California Restaurant Month and 2019 Hot Trends!

california restaurant monthAnticipation is running high for 2019 in the restaurant, bar, and food service industry.  The National Restaurant Association surveyed nearly 700 professional chefs in the American Culinary Federation and determined which food, cuisine, beverages, and culinary themes will be this year’s “Hot Trends,” from Zero-Waste Cooking (#3) to Veggie-centric/vegetable-forward cuisine (#8).  To honor January 2019 as California Restaurant Month, here’s a sneak peek…

1. Cannabis/CBD oil-infused drinks.

2. Cannabis/CBD oil-infused food.

3. Zero-waste cooking.

4. Globally inspired breakfast dishes.

5. Global flavors in kids’ meals.

6. Hyper-local.

7. New cuts of meat.

8. Veggie-centric/vegetable-forward cuisine.

9. Chef-driven fast-casual concepts.

10. Craft/artisan/locally produced spirits.

If you’re in the food-&-drink biz, you know one constant that never changes from year to year: the importance of repeat customers.  That’s why Loyalty Rewards Programs are so vital…and increasingly popular due to the ease of technology.  This is especially true for chains, where loyal customers can be rewarded for ordering from any location.

Enter the Acrylic Tablet Holder.  Take advantage of this user-friendly technology and make it a focal point of attraction.  Interactive Point-of-Purchase (POP) centerpieces feature an eye-catching modern look, whether in free standing floor units or in custom kiosks.  Get better results from cross-promotions with updated offers and reward bonuses…everybody wins!  Acrylic Tablet Holders are a perfect fit for countertops, slat-wall displays, and desktops.

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California Restaurant Month is inviting visitors from all over the world to sample cuisine not found anywhere else.  One spotlight is on the central coast’s Aubergine, recommended “after a day of exploring Carmel-by-the-Sea.”  This intimate setting has just nine tables in the main dining room with a 2,500-bottle wine cellar.  California-inspired and locally sourced dishes with the finest wines of France and Monterey County…Aubergine is an intriguing possibility!

By the way, you should also know that the Hot Trends list includes doughnuts with non-traditional fillings and ancient grains!

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Sign Holders, Brochure Holders, Display Options and the National Stationery Show

national stationery show 2019It’s anticipated that some 10,000 trade professionals from around the world will converge on the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in NYC February 3rd through 6th for 2019’s National Stationery Show. More than 400 companies will be exhibiting, ranging from card and gift shops, party stores, and big box retailers to importers and special event planners.

If you’re not familiar with it, you might be surprised to know that the NSS is actually 73 years old. Coined as “the place for all things paper,” NSS spotlights the visual from industries that create greeting cards, custom invitations, and “lifestyle gifts.” Thousands of new products will be displayed from “the launching pad for 100+ emerging, trend-leading businesses…a true discovery zone!”

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In the spirit of competition, creativity at NSS can also be rewarding. The 3rd Annual “Design Our Valentines” contest could not be timed better. The highest honor however is the Best New Product display in multiple categories…like All Things Wedding (Invitation Suites, Bachelor/Bachelorette Party Gifts, Favors, etc.), Cause-Related products, All Things Paper, and Life/Style (candles, soaps, pillows). These are just a few.

As the year’s largest industry show, NSS calls itself “The Home for New Stationery Trends.” It’s the time and place for those “emerging designers” to show their flair alongside familiar, well-known brands. And when it comes to print displays, we’re setting a few new trends for 2019 ourselves.

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Clear Acrylic Brochure Holders from Glass Green to the Elite Series provide a classy complement to superb print products. Crystal Clear Sign Holders increase visibility, making a fine vehicle for retail promotions including the specific niche businesses NSS attracts.

Even name plate displays are getting a bold new look in print, beyond the ubiquitous black-and-white. In keeping with NSS creative inspiration, Name Plate Holders with pattern alternatives, colored borders, and free card stock options are the cutting edge of a new trend on a traditional display.

Give it some thought…standing out with customer appeal takes more ingenuity than ever now and the “same old” approach can leave eyes glazed instead of engaged!

 

Plastec West 2019 and a New World in Plastics

feb.All eyes will be on the Anaheim Convention Center February 5-7 for this year’s Plastec West, billed as the nation’s largest advanced design and manufacturing showcase. Engineers, executives, and manufacturing experts will all be on the Expo showroom floor, exploring opportunities with plastics suppliers and new wrinkles in areas like injection molding and automation.

Besides coatings and rapid prototyping, the Plastec Expo will be a showcase for new innovations and technology…like tours, demos, and activities focused on 3D printing. Speakers will discuss 3D printing in applications ranging from medical device applications – vaccine delivery vehicles, surgical implants, and stents.

Last year, representatives from 3M, Apple, Disney, and Honeywell were all in attendance. This year, more than 1,900 suppliers will be showcasing the latest solutions in injection molding, automation, molds & dies, materials, product design and more! Free presentations and interactive exhibits will provide an up-close-and-personal look at tomorrow’s cutting-edge technologies.

What’s trending upward in 2019 for Plastec West visitors? Many are looking for smarter manufacturing strategies and techniques for faster development cycles at lower cost. A Smart Manufacturing Innovation Summit features sessions on collaborative robots, AI, sensing technologies, and related topics. A new 3D Printing Innovation Summit opens up ideas in bioprinting (just to name one example) and how 3D printing is “shaping the future of manufacturing.”

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In our niche, premium acrylic is our specialty in Sign Holders, Brochure Holders, and new Cubicle Name Plate Holders. At Plastec West, numerous other specialties could very well be game-changers in surgical robotics…and the next generation in wearable sensor technologies that track the body’s physiological state with real-time feedback for timely intervention. Today’s popular commercial versions just monitor physical activity and vital signs…not “molecular-level information related to the body’s dynamic chemistry.”

To round the event out, Universal Robots will be introducing their collabortive robots that have six points of articulation and mimic the motions of a human arm. Tasks such as decal application, bolt-tightening, even welding, have never been easier! For the manufacturing professional, this is a must-attend event of 2019.

Acrylic Sign & Brochure Holders in the Transforming Retail Sector for 2019

cq5dam.web.1200.630Brisk holiday sales and consumer spending in general have retailers feeling rosily optimistic for 2019. While uncertainty and caution keep expectations at least mildly tempered, spending indicators are undeniably high. One bellwether is the travel industry, where bookings for vacations are already up and even summer camping spaces at parks are being reserved rapidly, despite being shut down by the government as of this writing.

Early winter spending on travel may indicate economic strength but retailers still have to contend with a familiar nemesis: online shopping. Will 2019 be a breakthrough or bust for the retail industry?

TotalRetail observed a transformation in the retail sector worth noting. While 80% of purchases are initiated online, “64% of major retail purchases are still made in-store.” According to their research, store values are growing significantly – especially those with the foresight to become more “experiential arenas.”

This more hands-on approach offers something online shopping can’t: a tangible, visual product. American Girl doll stores are described as being “like walking into a storybook world.” In Shanghai, a shoe store added an indoor track so customers can run and capture real-time data before deciding. Furniture stores are using “augmented reality” to match consumers’ real-life living rooms with the just right furniture…an “inside/outside” approach.

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The point is to stay relevant and strengthen the bond between brand and customer first-hand impressions. Also an essential part of the physical in-store experience? Presentation and display. This is where the need for clear acrylic is also critical. Acrylic Sign Holders and Brochure Holders lend vitality to that in-store connection, giving retailers an added edge with the latest product/promotional displays and their visual appeal.

That concept isn’t lost on the travel industry, either. Travel Daily News, citing a Bentley University Center for Marketing Technology Center study across 17 cities in North America and Western Europe, found that 79% of visitors picked up a brochure during their travels. “The decline of print advertising predicted by marketers was over hyped,” according to CMT Director Ian Cross, adding that “even in this digital age, people still value tangible ‘in-the-moment’ printed materials like brochures.”

We know where you can find the perfect Brochure Holders to match.

Cubicle Accessories and Essentials for Warmth in Cold Workplaces!

untitled design(2)It doesn’t really matter if your office is in the frozen northern tundra or the Sun Belt: indoor air temperatures are notoriously low in many offices, leaving those in the cold finding ways to stay warm in cubicles.

A CBS News report last year cited a UC Berkeley study that found only 40% of U.S. workers were satisfied with office temperatures. Women in particular are more susceptible to thermostats set by male counterparts wearing suits. There’s a disparity between men’s and women’s body temperatures that was not widely considered back in the 60’s, when the formula for optimal office temperature was first developed and mostly unchanged ever since!

Winter or summer, indoor air temps have workers battling the draft with heated chairs, electric blankets, heated floor mats, and the good ol’ space heater. Still, according to Business Insider, “the freezing office” is the number one complaint in workplace polls.

Other ways to keep warm? www.health.com listed its top 11, including Snuggies, Everlane Cashmere Crew Cardigans, and something called the Corkcickle Tumbler that allegedly keeps drinks hot for three hours.cr-home-cold-office-ah-08-15

But it’s the personal space heater most frequently called upon to warm up those colder, draftier office spots and cubicles. The Balance listed its “8 Best for 2019” in office applications. Best overall is the Vornado AVH2 with vortex technology apparently powerful enough to heat an entire office. It’s $70.

Best value? The Lasko MyHeat Personal Ceramic Heater, only $20 with “satisfying warmth” and a ceramic heating element. Small and efficient for organized cubicles!

Acrylic Cubicle Sign Holders, Name Plate Holders, and accessories can also play a part in organization and warming up work spaces metaphorically. New border colors add a splash of warmth and style in both Cubicle Name Plate Holders and Sign Holders, accommodating a variety of sizes in promotions, literature displays, and the new 2019 calendar. If your staff is warming up cubicles and getting organized, keep these upgrades and fine details in mind!

 

 

Sign Holders, Brochure Holders, and CES 2019 in Las Vegas

Are you going to the big CES event in Las Vegas, January 9th through 12th? This showcase for technology and consumer electronics promises to be a huge draw, and if you plan to be an exhibitor, be sure to take the best signage to draw attention, stop foot traffic, and inspire interest in your greatest new breakthroughs!

CES bills itself as “the world’s gathering place…the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.” Virtual reality and augmented reality devices will be among the many features, showing new possibilities for healthcare professionals, sports technologists, architects, and brand marketers.

Getting your products noticed for this prime opportunity is key. Get your share of attention with a standout exhibit and display booth, featuring Sign Holders and Brochure Holders as spotlights for your literature.

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If CES truly is “the ultimate platform for technology leaders to connect,” you’ll want to grab every opportunity to connect with potential decision-makers, face to face. Give them something to take away…something tangible from your Brochure Holder.

What draws curious eyes to your display products and literature in the first place might very well be your Sign Holders.  A new Swivel Base Sign Holder gives your promotion mobility.  The Executive Series delivers a polished, professional look that slants back to reach eye level comfortably.

Press and industry analysts from an estimated 150+ countries will be in Las Vegas for CES. Here’s where you can get an advantage. “CES Unveiled” takes place Sunday, January 7…a huge media event BEFORE the show. It could be your chance to get ahead and develop worldwide connections, whether you’re a start-up or well-established name already.

On the show floor or at “CES Unveiled,” your tabletop display says a lot about your operation. Just be sure they get a good look with clear Acrylic Sign Holders and Brochure Holders!

 

 

Resolve to “Organize Your Office Space” for National New Year’s Resolutions Week

resolutions-3889989_1280-1140x570Welcome to 2019…and with the New Year comes a renewed sense of hope, excitement, and the prospect of new opportunities. For many, the tradition of making resolutions comes into play and the first week of 2019 is in fact designated National New Year’s Resolutions Week.

How and when did the practice of resolution-making get started initially? www.history.com attributes the first New Year’s resolutions to the ancient Babylonians about 4,000 years ago – “promises to the gods to pay their debts and return any objects they had borrowed.” Babylonians believed that by keeping their word, the gods would bestow them with favor throughout the year.

Religiously, the act of making resolutions or promises continued with the Romans pledging to the god Janus, where January gets its name. There was even a “peacock vow” that knights took to “re-affirm their commitment to chivalry” in Medieval times (WikiPedia).

In the early 20th century, New Year’s resolution postcards exhorted readers “to live a simple, sincere, and serene life, repelling every thought of discontent.” Easier said than done in the Great Depression, when only about one-quarter of American adults were estimated to have made resolutions. Today, that number stands between 40% and 50%, the most common revolving around weight loss, exercise, smoking, and getting rid of other bad personal/financial habits.

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Here’s a resolution you can make that is easily achievable and will make your work environment a bright daily reminder of a resolution kept. Resolve to Organize Your Office Space with 2019’s bold lineup of new Name Plate Holders and Cubicle Sign/Brochure Holders.

 

Cubicle Nameplates with Borders in different colors add a dynamic, modern look to office layouts. Select orders qualify for free perforated card stock included, helping with another resolution to save money.

Clear Acrylic Cubicle Brochure Holders are also increasingly in demand for 2019’s professional upgrades. New Year, new décor!

So why do many resolutions fail and become forgotten by spring, if not sooner? According to University of Pennsylvania research, we simply set our sights too high. Seems every New Year inspires big goals that just aren’t reasonable. Be realistic in your expectations and don’t forget the office space!