Get Organized for National Clean Off Your Desk Day!

The Sailor's ClubTrying to get organized at work for the new year?  For many, it’s one of the easier resolutions to keep. As holiday decorations come down and work routines resume some semblance of normalcy, it’s a natural time to focus on buckling down and getting back to work. Spring cleaning comes later, but for now, National Clean Off Your Desk Day January 13th reminds us that there’s no time like the present for getting it together.

If you believe that a messy desk indicates productivity and a clean desk represents the opposite, here are some numbers from multiple sources including Forbes and Salesopedia that might change your mind.

*1 Full Work Week…average time wasted per worker, looking for misplaced files and materials.

*15% Increase…in work effectiveness without distracting clutter.

*The $120 Cost…to companies for each document lost due to clutter and disorganization.

*400 Times…more bacteria on the average desk than the average toilet!

*2 in 5…people suffer from “Irritable Desk Syndrome.”

*77%…feel more productive and relaxed in an uncluttered workspace.

Should the spirit strike, we can help with your office organization tools. Cubicle Brochure Holders do a magnificent job in this regard…and it could also be time to upgrade Desk Name Plate Holders.

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Traditional Desk Nameplate Holders have adopted bold new looks for 2020. The Nameplates themselves come in distinctive designs that stand straight, sloped, or slanted back to meet the eye. Dynamic colored border options are also available, creating a standout Desk Name Plate Holder ideal for a clean new look. Framing inserts in black or silver, for example, makes the custom look that much more appealing.

Clearing the clutter gets easier with the right Cubicle Brochure Holders, too. Sturdy, clear acrylic delivers exceptional clarity and visibility, adding aesthetic appeal to function and easy installation…no tools required. Multiple options in dimensions accommodate numerous sizes of literature, taking care of many a messy desk!

Consider the possibilities in acrylic Desk Name Plate Holders and Cubicle Brochure Holders and here’s to National Clean Off Your Desk Day…with organization and enhanced productivity for the rest of 2020.


Find Your Way with Multi-Tier “Wayfinding” Signage and Name Plate Holders for Navigation

Untitled design(8)Don’t be alarmed if you’re not familiar with the term “Wayfinding.” You might not even find it in many dictionaries, although the Oxford English Dictionary did add Wayfinding to its word bank in 2015, defining it as “the act of finding one’s way to a particular place; navigation.” Simple, right?

In a more modern context, The Society for Experiential Graphic Design says that Wayfinding also refers to “information systems that guide people through a physical environment and enhance their understanding and experience of the space.”

In other words, this relatively new term encompasses both traditional signage and how it is used for directional guidance…like where to Enter and Exit…and more high-tech navigational technology and global positioning.

It’s in architecture, however, where the word Wayfinding is more commonly heard. Think of it in terms of orientation within the building via several methods…signage and graphic communication, of course…and visual clues through tactile elements and audible communication. Different ways of communicating to multiple sensory receptors are what revolutionized signage for special needs users.

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Landscape and lighting also play a role in another aim of Wayfinding. As part of site and building design, lighting and landscaping can help support “intuitive navigation” where the path literally guides foot traffic even without the written word.

Inside, that can be easier said than done. Directional guidance can use an assist from our Multi-Tier “Wayfinding” Signage Displays and People Spotter Name Plate Holders. New options are especially effective in Combination Suite Identification Name Plate Holders that help passing foot traffic find its way.

Acrylic Name Plate Holders deliver superior clarity, especially on walls and cubicle partitions. Distinctive colored border options also capture attention while Multi-Tier Signage draws the eye to important “wayfinding” interior navigation, directional guidance, and suite identification.

In Wayfinding, signage can be broken down into four categories: Directional, Informational, Identity, and Regulatory. Conveying this essential information clearly is a big responsibility with a simple solution: Multi-Tier Name Plate Holders and Signage Displays, available now at Plastic Products Mfg.

Maximize Restaurant/Bar Sales through the Holidays and New Year with these Tips

istock-681752010‘Tis the season for feasting, and if you’re in the bar/restaurant/foodservice business, you know the potential is big for busy end-of-year sales and a momentum swing into 2020 Q1. Give your “per check” revenue a boost with effective displays, cross-promotions, and upsells for hungry, thirsty customers. They’re ready to order: give them more choices and increase sales at the same time…everybody wins!

Start by catching the holiday wave. According to the National Restaurant Association’s latest Restaurant Performance Index, sales trended upward in September and October, leading into a busy holiday season and a great time to create repeat customers. Show them some love and they’ll be back in 2020!

Don’t ignore your take-out customers! Especially during the holidays, people are in a hurry. If you want to grab your share of take-out revenue, your Takeout Menu Holders can play a vital part! Show them what’s good to-go with an Acrylic Brochure Holder.

Put your seasonal promotions in the spotlight. Whether marketing a signature drink for the holidays or special winter comfort food dish, capturing attention can be tricky. Draw hungry eyes to your upsells with attractive Curved Sign Holders. Clear acrylic over a black acrylic background with stylish metal standoffs makes a perfect, eye-catching showcase!

Make ‘em warm-n-cozy! There’s typically a post-holiday drop-off in business as holiday revelers return to routine and spend less after the Christmas season. Add a winter touch with your slicks and specials to keep customers coming back. Swivel base acrylic displays accentuate your décor and spin to reach more eyes and potential buyers!

Celebrate Answer the Telephone like “Buddy the Elf Day”, December 18

Celebrate Answer the Telephone like _Buddy the Elf Day_, December 18It’s the most anticipated day of the year…a day of joy, peace, and happiness. Christmas? Thanksgiving? Valentine’s Day? No, it’s National Answer the Telephone like “Buddy the Elf” Day!

In case you missed the joke, “Buddy” is a character played by Will Ferrell in the 2003 movie Elf. The holiday comedy was a box office hit and, according to Elf’s IMDb storyline, revolved around Buddy’s return to human society as a 30-year old man who has lived his entire life up to that point as one of Santa’s elves. Life in New York City being decidedly different territory throws everyday challenges at bewildered but well-meaning Buddy, like answering phones.

To honor this special day, December 18th, one only needs to accomplish a simple task…and if you know the scene in the movie, you know what’s coming. A phone rings and you answer “(Insert your Name) the Elf, what’s your favorite color?” The event also has a social media following at #AnswerThePhoneLikeBuddyTheElfDay.

This year, there’s a new wrinkle to the festivities that lends itself perfectly to the optics: “_______________ the Elf” name inserts in Clear Acrylic Name Plate Holders! Every Elf station in any office has potential. Desktops, cubicles, partitions, walls, and countertops all make ideal platforms.

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Desk Name Plate Holders really add a festive flair to Buddy-like Elf inserts with silver and black border options. Cubicle Name Plates also feature colored borders in silver, black, bronze, and white. All deliver a crystal-clear view in stunning acrylic with polished edges.

Perforated card stock is also included free on select orders so you can print your own “_____ the Elf” inserts and save some green this holiday season. As for Name Plate borders and your color options? Just ask “what’s your favorite color?”



Executive Name Plate Holder Awards for National Salesperson Day, December 13th

Having a positive attitude is rewardingImagine your operation without an effective sales force, the women and men who quite often represent the face of a company. The personality that cements the bond with clients, earning the trust of that client and his or her choice to do business with you above all others. You can’t underestimate the value of a hard-working salesperson.

As a client liaison, a good salesperson must also answer questions about various operational aspects, requiring a deeper internal knowledge than is often required of other personnel. In recognition of their heroic efforts, Friday, December 13th is designated National Salesperson Day!

National Salesperson Day was first observed in 2000 and one could argue that this was long overdue. From the 1800s all the way through the 1950s, the “salesman” was often considered a disreputable manipulator using sly techniques to “trick” one into buying something. The image of peddlers promoting cure-all snake oil has basis in fact. Times have certainly changed.

Different sales techniques took shape from the 1920s-1950s. The psychology about understanding buyers and what makes each “tick” was first considered during this period. Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People coincided with the advent of “relationship selling.” The practice of overcoming objections also became known as barrier selling.NPA2085025 GG-Insert1200px

If you’ve ever seen Glengarry Glen Ross, you’ll recall the explanation of AIDA in a rather brutal sales “motivation” meeting. It’s a formula that also became popular in the ‘50s, standing for Attention, Interest, Desire, Action. In theory, successfully convincing a sales prospect in all four areas adds up to signing the dotted line. AIDA was widely adopted from that point forward by telemarketers and door-to-door salesmen up to top execs.

You can make every salesperson feel like a top exec for National Salesperson Day with Executive Series Name Plate Holders.  Style NPA2 delivers exceptional class with Silver Posts. Clear Glass Green Executive Name Plate Holders take the elegance a notch higher. Think about it and be sure to thank your sales team!


Operation Santa Paws Brings Holiday Cheer to Animals in Shelters

Untitled design(8).jpgFor a time that conjures images of relaxing with family and peaceful contemplation, the holiday season for many is extremely chaotic and stressful. Aside from shopping and planning, the holidays are also typically busiest for animal rescue shelters.

Illustrating the need for adoptive forever homes and guardians, Operation Santa Paws is in force. Annually designated from December 1st through 24th, Operation Santa Paws aims to stock these shelters with critically needed food and supplies during the hustle-bustle of the holiday season.

The Operation reports that approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter shelters every year. Adoptions are generally near their highest during the holiday season as families treat themselves to a furry family addition. And those not adopting also tend to share generously in the spirit of the season by donating to shelters. Treats, blankets, food, toys…you can bet these items are welcome.Acrylic Donation Box with Pet Flyer

Of course, animal shelters also need hard cash to stay afloat. Making every dollar count begins with the right approach to donation appeal, and acrylic is doing its part. Acrylic Donation Boxes are filling fast in kennels and shelters across the country…solid, tough, durable models like those in the Plastic Products Mfg PMBSC styles. These attractive Donation Boxes offer secure locking options and Sign Holders to help draw the eye to a worthy cause.

As Operation Santa Paws spreads its good work, note how much difference one person can make this holiday season. Justin Rudd originally put OSP together in 2001 for local shelters in Long Beach, California. In 2018, his philanthropic efforts are benefitting animals nationwide.

Tips and Must-Haves for Your Annual Holiday Office Party

holiday-office-party‘Tis the Season for gathering with friends and family, including those work families often seen more than each’s own. Of course, that means it’s also time for another annual event popular every holiday season: the office party.

Start with the official announcement and pronounce it visible for all to see. Top-Mount Cubicle Sign Holders (Style CSHH) and Cubicle Sign Frames (Style CSHL) capture the essence and showcase upcoming festivities clearly.

Acrylic Cubicle Sign Holders make a brilliant display and fit perfectly on partition walls. The literature display stands out among the festive décor, right at eye level. It’s also why this dynamic Sign Holder is so popular for use in directional guidance and emergency signage displays. And check out the latest colored-border options that match so nicely with holiday decorations!CSHL Holiday Cropped

User-friendly Cubicle Sign Frames elevate party invitations and holiday festivities in high fashion. Other times of the year, this same Tiered Sign Holder delivers top visual acuity above cubicle/partition walls, grabbing attention from greater heights.

As for the holiday office party itself? Here are a few other tips, courtesy of Create & Cultivate, an “online platform and offline conference for women looking to create and cultivate the career of their dreams.”

Spread the cheer with music…and you don’t need a DJ. Spotify, Apple Music, and a Bluetooth speaker can take care of the Silent Night.

Cocktails beyond the ubiquitous beer and wine? There are plenty of tasty recipes online you can easily make your own, or even do a mulled punch in a crockpot, wafting aromas of clove and orange.

Set aside a “photo booth.” It’s almost always a draw (eventually). Garlands are festive and easy to hang. Edison string lights, too. As for the food? A charcuterie board adds upscale flavor to easy-snacking finger food.

No matter what, you can show all the details in Cubicle Sign Holders/Sign Frames. We hope your holiday office party’s a hit!