All the Sign Holders point to E3 2019 for the Throne of Gaming!

E3 Expo(2)“3 days of innovative new technologies and never-before-seen products.” That’s how the E3 2019 Expo is being billed by its host, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). E3 is big with computer and video game companies, industry analysts, and gamers alike…and tens of thousands of the best and brightest from more than 100 countries are expected to converge on this year’s Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center, June 11th through 13th.

Calling the Electronic Entertainment Expo the world’s largest annual video game industry trade show is not just a boastful claim, either. According to CNET, highly anticipated announcements are expected from heavy hitters like Microsoft, Nintendo, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, and Square Enix.

“Visual spectacles” years in the making are among the big-name titles that will leave gamers salivating. Microsoft will unleash the epic Halo Infinite and EA is expected to unveil Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Doom Eternal is Bethesda’s new entry in the shoot-em-up market and sci-fi fans will geek out over CD Project Red’s Cyberpunk 2077.

Nintendo’s also getting into the game with Pokemon Sword and Shield while seafarers engage with Ubisoft’s Skull and Bones.A3 Gaming Insert

CNET says that 2019’s most anticipated game is actually a new take on a game that nearly caused a frenzy four years ago. In 2015 at a Sony press conference, the mere mention of Square’s Final Fantasy VII Remake apparently made some in the crowd “hysterical” and some were even said to have been “brought to tears.” Say what you will, gamers are indeed passionate.

And don’t think of video gaming as merely a pastime…or worse, a waste of time.

Professional competitors are piling up hundreds of thousands of dollars, even millions in individual winnings. The highest ranked American is 9th worldwide, checking in at $3,038,000+. Video game realism is also gaining acceptance in actual military training.

If you plan to attend E3 2019, be sure to look for the signage and make your way to the Throne of Games…and when you have a big product launch announcement of your own, showcase it E3-style in clear Acrylic Sign Holders.

 

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Nameplate Holders, Menu Holders, and a Smart Marketing Plan through Summer and Beyond!

summerReady or not, Summer’s here.  Are your promotional campaigns intact?  Have you begun planning for Summer events and early back-to-school fall promotions?  The most effective marketing plan starts with a comprehensive look at the calendar NOW!

The first stop on the calendar is Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start of Summer.  It’s the lead-in to summer vacation and outdoor pop-up displays, particularly in food establishments and markets going al fresco.  It could be patio dining with burgers and margaritas.  It could be retail shopping for designer sunglasses or summer dresses.  Either way, the ideal showcase for each is in the Point-of-purchase diplay or retail sign holder…like a classic Style Q for a clear four-sided acrylic display stand.  If your campaigns have not yet accounted for the great outdoors, consider the added revenue potential.  Sturdy, premium thickness acrylic that can stand up to the elements is also a nice benefit.

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Style A2C Magnetic Black Sign Holder

 

June’s spending spotlight falls on Father’s Day and retailers will want to focus eyes toward special product roll-outs in a masculine fashion.  Retail trade estimates for 2019 predict an average of $113.80 spent for Father’s Day, and here’s a great new way to create your share of the appeal.  Style A2C Magnetic Black Sign Holders combine a glossy black back panel with a clear acrylic front panel…a real head-turner in 2nd quarter marketing campaigns.

Next on the calendar, the 4th of July and a general shifting of gears into August.  Food service again should capitalize, as will the hospitality industry at the peak of travel season.  Going hand-in-hand, commerce flows heavily in trade show season during July and August: August is the third busiest and July the fourth busiest trade show month of the year respectively.  Otherwise, traditional holiday-related spending is relatively slow then, but for those in hospitality and the restaurant/bar industry, it’s a juicy opportunity to incentivize!  Thick Acrylic Sign Frames are the new gold standard…the elite among literature and signage displays.  It’s exceptionally tough in busy venues like those described above, and really grabs the eye!

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Multi-Tier Cubicle Name Plate Holder with Silver Border

 

Labor Day is September 4th and Back-to-School marketing will already be well under way.  University and College campuses will also spring to life as fall term commences for the 2019-2020 school year.  Planning ahead for a lot of new names and faces should include the next generation in nameplate holders: Style PNHL SSS/SSB Multi-Tiered Cubicle Name Plate Holders with Black and Satin Silver Borders!.  It’s the latest of many new Nameplate Holders from Plastic Products Mfg, and especially unique because name/title inserts are held firmly in place by sparkling crystal clear acrylic. And don’t blink!  It’s never too early to think about what’s at the end of the calendar…yes, Halloween and the Holiday Season.  Get your POP Literature Displays in line now, then relax and reward yourself with a weekend getaway. Acrylic is your clear seasonal choice the rest of the year!

Cubicles Then and Now: from Name Plate Holders to People Spotters™

Untitled design(3)We recently touched on the origin of the office cubicle, first introduced in 1968 as an “Action Office” system by the Michigan furniture manufacturing company, Herman Miller. Herman Miller, which opened in 1905, turned to Robert Probst for a design “not to keep us apart while at work, but to set us free.” The Action Office was thus proclaimed as the world’s first open-plan modular system of flexible panels…with a revolutionary ability to reconfigure in changing office layouts.

Ironically, it was the changing office landscape that led to conflicting reviews of the Action Office. In the 70s and 80s, those who chose a partition pattern that simply crammed more workers into a smaller footprint brought about a stinging rebuke among discontent staff.

Today’s push for newer, more open-air floor plans is helping inspire another look at the trusty cubicle. Imagination and ingenuity are creating interior office designs unlike anything around when Action Office was first introduced.

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Cubicle Name Plate Holder

 

Innovative office designs now approach cubicles much differently. No longer a mind-numbing labyrinth of partitions, technological developments have made it possible to create independent work pods out of cubicles. Wireless and paperless work environments offer more freedom and require less cumbersome forms of storage. Modern workstations are increasingly taking the form of a mini-living room, not a cage.

One element that’s still essential, regardless of partition layout? That’s the Cubicle Name Plate Holder so key to identification. New People Spotters are keeping pace with office dynamics, adding style and distinction to spotlight the individual. Polished acrylic with bold Colored Border Name Plate Holders makes name and title inserts pop!

Silver, black, bronze, or white, Cubicle Name Plate Holders provide a fine showcase for personalized 8-1/2” x 2-1/2” inserts with polished edges and superior color detail. That makes a sharp contrast against the partition wall and an aesthetically appealing addition to the cubicle.

 

Gifts of Thanks for National Teacher Appreciation Day May 7th

1280x720_80507C00-XMTOG-1068x601When asked which professions are most underappreciated, underpaid, and undervalued, many responses are likely to include first responders, teachers, or both. As vital as first responders can be in life-threatening emergencies, it’s more likely that a teacher has cast a significant influence in your day-to-day.

To honor our fine educators, May 7th has been designated National Teacher Appreciation Day. Also called National Teacher Day, the National Education Association calls it not just a day for honoring teachers but also one that recognizes “the lasting contributions they make to our lives.” Social media postings using #TeacherAppreciationDay or #NationalTeacherDay are encouraged to say thanks, and we have a nice tribute idea that’s even better!

Consider the one item almost as necessary to teachers as a desk and a syllabus: the Name Plate Holder. Colored Border Desk Name Plate Holders make very personalized gifts that offer quality and distinction. Polished acrylic like this goes well in a classroom setting and never goes out of style!IMG_0031-w

These People Spotters™ make excellent tributes, giving each teacher a well-deserved individual spotlight. Bordered Desk Nameplate Holders have a dynamic, modern look in slant-back, sloped, and stand-up styles. Bold Silver or Black borders add a nice twist to a classic desk accessory. Personalized inserts are also easy to load and never looked better in premium thickness acrylic.

Congress first declared March 7, 1980 as National Teacher Day. But the drive to make it happen began much earlier. Political and educational leaders started discussing the designation of a national day as far back as 1944. In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt resumed the call and persuaded the 81st Congress to make the proclamation.

By the way, if you miss saying thanks to a teacher on Tuesday, May 7th, you can still avoid detention by saying it throughout the week. Technically speaking, National Teacher Day is part of Teacher Appreciation Week. Now you know!