Applicator Bottles for a Crafty Halloween and 2018 Holiday Decorating

Applicator Bottles and Stainless-Steel Needles - The Finer PointsAdd headingIt’s that time of year…time to get crafty in the spirit of the season. Halloween and Christmas are by far the two most celebrated events of the year in terms of décor sales and revenue. As a result, creative craft making also gets busier as does use of tools for every application.

From carving jack-o-lanterns to handmade Thanksgiving centerpieces and decorating the tree, Fall is traditionally the season for craft makers. And there’s a bounty of new ideas trending for this year’s autumn designers…like Glowing Leaf Jars. Glue real or silk leaves (silk lasts longer) in a single layer around the interior of a Mason Jar, add a battery-operated tea light, and voila!  You have a warm, glowing look of Fall.Maple-leaf-decoupaged-mason-jars-fall-decor-craftgawker

Candles wrapped in cinnamon sticks tied together with twine add a nice complement in seasonal décor and aroma. Incorporating gold into traditional autumn wreaths is also big this year.

For Christmas, Hallmark is celebrating its 45th anniversary of an annual tradition: issuing the latest in a series of ornaments. This year, Hallmark is featuring more than 200 new “Keepsake Ornaments” with a nod to each of those 45 years…especially popular if you have a particularly special year in mind.

But for those into the DIY approach, there is some essential planning behind successful craft making. Solvents, glues, and cements will be widely used, along with the applicators to apply them. Seasoned veterans of seasonal crafts know all too well that there’s quite a selection of fine stainless-steel needles in varying lengths and gauges, Oval and Boston Round applicator bottles, and color-coded caps for easy identification.APCOLLIAGE BLUE

If you’re on the supply side or feeling personally inspired, you might want to see for yourself. Just visit Plastic Products Mfg for Applicator Bottles!

 

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Acrylic Name Plate Holders and the Story of the Cocoon Cubicle

brody1One of the most pressing issues facing office workers in a cubicle environment? Curbed productivity associated with open floor spaces and their inherent noise, interruptions, and commotion.

Enter the safety and serenity of the Cocoon Cubicle, a new design called “Brody” that was developed by furniture company Steelcase and featured in a recent blog at www.ridiculouslyefficient.com. According to Steelcase Director of Product Design Mark McKenna, these new “space cocoons” give workers a quiet, comfortable place to concentrate on the task at hand.

McKenna determined that office workers get distracted every 11 minutes, often taking another “23 minutes to get back on task. Add those two things up, and most people never get into the flow.” Brody was designed to help eliminate those distractions with privacy screens on three sides, a footrest, armrest, and adjustable tilt work surface…all based on the “idea of flow” and creating longer periods of concentrated, productive time.

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PNHG2 Double-Sided Glass Partition Name Plate Holder

 

Now let’s take the concept a step further because a modern approach with Cocoon Cubicles deserves a dynamic name plate holder to match. NPW Flush Mount Name Plate Holders fit the bill nicely. These clear Acrylic Name Plates attach easily to cubicles – cocoon and otherwise – as well as doors, walls, and desks. Orders with Plastic Products Mfg include double-sided “magic tape” that doesn’t yellow or leave unsightly residue.

Aside from cocoons, glass partitions can also be enhanced. If your cubicle/floor layout is already fairly set with glass wall dividers and partitions, PNHG Cubicle Name Plate Holders help capture a modern office look in a more traditional setting.

If you’re considering a Brody-like Cocoon Cubicle approach OR need something to fit glass wall partitions, explore the visual appeal that goes with Flush Mount Name Plate Holders and Cubicle Name Plate Holders. Both deliver style and a crystal-clear view!

 

 

Acrylic Name Plate Holders vs Metal & Aluminum in Cost Savings and Benefits

20180530194716-GettyImages-865293688Weighing the benefits of Acrylic Name Plate Holders against their counterparts in aluminum or another metal? While both deliver their own style and visual appeal, there are some distinct differences to debate in the cost/benefit analysis.

First, the bottom line. From the standpoint of sheer material costs, metal is more expensive, hands-down. The composition of clear acrylic can be manufactured for significantly less money…hence, a lower price tag. Then there’s the added cost of the name plates themselves where metal is concerned.

Brushed, anodized, and powder coated aluminum Name Plate Holders require more money for individual displays with printing and engraving costs. Many styles of Acrylic Name Plate Holders for desk, wall, and cubicle displays come with free card stock for convenient, eye-catching DIY Name Plates.

One area where metal has traditionally held an edge is also changing. Flexibility in colors has long been a strong suit for metal. New looks in acrylic are starting to tip the scale the other way, however. Acrylic Name Plate Holders now come with colored border options in silver, black, white, and bronze. Different multi-textured patterns are also making an impact with acrylic in modern office décor and functionality.

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Acrylic Nameplate Holder with Silver Border

 

Both metal and plastic get high marks for longevity and durability. Both can perform long tours of duty without showing signs of wear, providing a strong return on investment. Premium thickness acrylic with polished edges can especially stand the test of time without yellowing or fading.

And that brings us back to cost. No matter which material you prefer, acrylic is the clear winner when it comes to dollars and cents. It costs less than aluminum and metal with the added bonus of saving time and printing costs with free card stock for personalized inserts. And the new acrylic name plate holder styles with flashes of color?  Magnificent!

 

 

 

Acrylic Display Essentials and Trends for Functional, Productive, Good Looking Offices

BCG3_51602Hunting for ways to upgrade and enhance your office décor that simultaneously foster productivity and deliver functionality? The business publication Inc. recently discussed trends in office redesign as part of its search of the “World’s Coolest Offices.”

One trend points to offices creating more inviting casual spaces for individual work, partly in response to the growth of remote work environments. Seems that productivity often goes up when staff can operate someplace besides their assigned workstation, like in an onsite lounge or café.

Shaking up the floor layout can also “break up the monotony.” Inc. pointed to BCG Digital Ventures in NYC and the labyrinth employees navigate as opposed to less-inspiring rows of desks. The formula is simple: an engaged worker is a happier, more productive worker. A workplace lacking inspiration only stultifies creativity and initiative.

In-office visual accents also serve an important purpose. Wall art, furniture, signage, and even tapestries are all part of a movement to carve out a more distinctive identity – not just for customers/clients but also for those internally who build the business.

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Adjustable Cubicle Name Plate Holder

 

If you’re upgrading, here are a few other vital visual essentials for modern, aesthetic appeal. Transforming cubicle layout into new pods? Consider options in Acrylic Name Plate Holders, including new Colored Borders. Adjustable Cubicle Name Plate Holders are worth a look, as well as CMB10 Cubicle Business Card Holders…durable, strong, and attractive with 10 different slots for cards.

Clear acrylic lends solid visual appeal in other ways. Cubicle Sign Holders and Sign Frames feature larger dimensions and an ideal showcase for literature displays that draw the eye AND help keep desks clutter-free. Once your display captures attention, the Acrylic Sign Holder conveys each message clearly with tremendous visual acuity, almost like glass.

Time for a dynamic office upgrade? You don’t have to wait for 2019 to get a jump on a design that makes the team happier and more productive…nor the acrylic display accents that complement them!

Wall-Mount Colored-Border Name Plate Holders Make Better Walls!

Wall-Mount Colored-Border Name Plate Holders Make Better Walls!There’s been much discussion about walls the last two years. Of course, the world’s best-known is the Great Wall of China. The Great Wall was originally a series of smaller, disconnected structures dating back to the 7th century BC. It took the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) to connect, rebuild, and fortify it. After centuries of grueling construction, the Great Wall and all its’ branches today measure nearly 21,200 miles!

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Wall Name Plate Holder with Black Border

 

That’s a lot of wall space and hard to say just how many Colored-Border Name Plate Holders it would fit. But no matter how large or small the wall space in your facility, there’s a unique new look available to showcase name and title inserts: Style NPW Wall-Mount Colored-Border Name Plate Holders.

Composed with polished edges and premium thickness .092 acrylic, this Name Plate Holder mounts flush to walls with an eye-catching bend at the bottom. Inserts slide in from the side, framed in stylish Silver or Black.

The colorful new look of this Bordered Name Plate Holder is easy to install straight out of the box, delivering a dynamic look at eye level that both blends into your décor with a flush approach yet stands out with your choice of color schemes.

Flexibility’s another nice benefit: sizing can be customized to your specifications. Regardless of name plate dimensions, inserts are easy to replace and complement your interior nicely with Colored-Border Name Plate Holders adorning your walls. They stand up well to fading, scratches, and discoloration, making Style NPW a smart investment.

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Wall Name Plate Holder with Silver Border

 

By the way, wondering how the Great Wall was maintained post-Ming Dynasty to present day? The Qing (Manchu) Dynasty (1644-1912) largely neglected it to try and pacify nationalities like Mongolia. Hard to believe, but it’s estimated that nearly 1/3 of the Great Wall has disappeared entirely!

 

 

Acrylic Donation Boxes, Kennel Sign Holders, and their place in Shelter Dog Adoptions

autumn-wallpaper-with-a-dog-in-a-halloween-pumpkin-hd-dog-background-pictureDid you know that Americans own an estimated 78 million dogs and 85.8 million cats? Approximately 44% of all households in the US have a dog, according to the American Pet Products Association, and 35% have a cat. Statistics also show that nearly 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year, split about 50/50 between cats and dogs.

We mention these numbers because October is Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month…and sadly, there’s another number: the 670,000 or so shelter dogs euthanized every year.

With a push to find “forever homes” as winter approaches, rescue shelters, kennels, and humane societies across the country are getting the word out that now’s the time to adopt. Most shelters also depend on volunteers and the financial generosity of the public.

There are two key tools in clear acrylic that can provide valuable assistance. Social media campaigns and outbound publicity helps potential adopters fall in love with potential canine companions. Once through the door, they need to identify that new friend and Wall Mount Name Plate Holders are in high demand as a result.

Special Acrylic Kennel Sign Holders deliver a clear display for each dog’s name, age, breed, gender, and other vital info. The NPW035020 Wall Mount Name Plate Holder features premium thickness acrylic to take the hard knocks of a busy shelter. The 3-1/2” wide x 2” high Name Plate is easy to side-load, shows doggy details clearly, and mounts easily with double-sided magic tape included.

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Acrylic Donation Box

 

For those all-important donations, acrylic clarity once again proves its value. Being Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month, October can be a significant time for fundraising. Whether they adopt or not, those who come for a look tend to be generous, caring individuals willing to donate. Acrylic Mini Donation Boxes invite such contributions. PMBSC7H includes a Sign Holder for personalization, as does its locking counterpart PMBSC7LH. Both are extremely tough, durable, and secure.

One more note about animal publicity…and one more number. 40% of dog owners reportedly learned about their pet through word-of-mouth. Sharing social media should only make that number higher in Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month!

Customer Appreciation Displays and Special October Customer Service Awareness

CustomerServiceWeek_2Did you know that the first week of October is Customer Service Week? For some consumers, customer service is considered forgotten. For smart business operators however, it’s a vital line between success and failure, especially for those who rely on repeat customers.

That’s why the International Customer Service Association (ICSA), established in 1984, first proclaimed the start of October as an official national event in 1992. It’s a time to celebrate “fresh ideas” and “key customer experience players” who make a positive impact with vendor-customer relations.

According to www.customerexperienceinsight.com, Customer Service Week is for specially recognizing “front-line service reps and sales professionals, marketers, customers, support staff and leadership.” Of course, the customer part of that equation should also benefit with creative promotions and rewards. Customer Service gifts can apply both internally for deserving team members and as a bonus for customers themselves. At least one company even rolled out a red carpet to replace carpet runners.

Doing something fun for the staff boosts morale and shows genuine care for their efforts. Showing customer appreciation likewise tells valued clientele that they’re special, too. Acrylic Sign Holders can be an integral part of associated displays…and acknowledging key personnel with the latest Name Plate Holders is also a good idea!

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Acrylic Name Plate Holder

 

Kate Nasser, People Skills Coach, lists the 25 Worst Customer Service Stories as negative examples in CSR training. In a nutshell, real-life responses like “it’s not our fault you have this problem – it’s yours” and “I’m sorry, but that’s our policy and I’m not connecting you with my supervisor” are obvious no-nos. One grocery store customer asking about a cinnamon bun sample was reportedly told “that they were very fattening and I could do with losing some weight!”

Nasser focuses on critical CSR training points that relate to “emotional intelligence, customer care attitude, listening skills…and clear communication,” not to mention “the perilous effects of procedur-itis.” In other words, don’t tell good customers you can’t make them happy because of policy. A little flexibility, compassion, and common sense can go a long way, good to remember during Customer Service Week, October 1-5!