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!

 

 

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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!

Office Supplies and Giving Thanks for 6 this Thanksgiving

Office Supplies and Giving Thanks for 6 this Thanksgiving2018 has been quite a year. Doesn’t it seem like more than 9-1/2 months ago since the Eagles won the Super Bowl? A crazy year like this one gives us more reasons to pause and be grateful for all we have this Thanksgiving.

A collection of younger adult voices put their list together on a platform called Odyssey. Simple yet heartfelt and more meaningful than ever, their Top 6 went this way:

  1. Family…and appreciating those who surround you.
  2. Friends…always there for you, even when family is not.
  3. Opportunity to go to College…again, younger adults.
  4. Good Health…irreplaceable.
  5. A Home…never to be taken for granted.
  6. Food to Eat…for many, this is a luxury.

Around the office and in business applications, there are other things to be thankful for.

  1. Clear Sign Holders…especially valuable for busy holiday sales. Like pilgrims finding their way across the ocean, durable Acrylic Sign Holders point shoppers to spotlight specials.
  2. Poster Holders…for increased visibility in .100 premium thickness acrylic. Slanted back from countertop displays or wall-mounted with neodymium magnets, literature always gets noticed.
  3. Cubicle Sign Holders…now available in new designs, including a first with colored borders. Special events, promotions, and sales announcements really stand out!
  4. Name Plate Holders…for wall, desk, and cubicle displays. Several new options are available that were not last year, including border color alternatives and many with FREE perforated card stock included!
  5. Magnetic Sign Holders/Picture Frames…always in demand for the Holidays, now accentuated magnetically!
  6. Donation Boxes…maybe the most important on the list. The Holidays are when the giving spirit of generous people really shines. Acrylic Donation Boxes and Mini Donation Boxes always fill this time of year from charities to animal shelters bustling through the Season.

We hope we’ve given you something to consider for Thanksgiving. And don’t forget those who work to serve Thanksgiving Day, like emergency medical personnel, fire, police, and first responders, and certainly those in the military, always on guard.

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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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!

 

CAALA Vegas 2018 – The Nation’s Largest Trial Lawyer Convention

catch-the-wave-36l6ns5qu0m21jbv3jm7swUnsafe products, bad medicine, shady business practices, negligent corporate conduct without scruples…it’s a sad-but-true fact of life that not every product and purveyor is 100% reliable. When consumers are wronged by practitioners who engage in unethical practices or with a purchase that’s not what was promised, it’s nice to know that there’s a vital segment of the legal community to help fight back.

Consumer Attorneys focus solely on the protection of ordinary consumers from those who try to take advantage or simply get away with nefarious products and/or services. In response, Southern California is home to the nation’s largest local association of plaintiffs’ attorneys, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA). It’s a powerful group of advocates united in one purpose: to protect victim’s rights with equal access to justice.

On Labor Day weekend, the CAALA 36th Annual Las Vegas Convention takes place. Over 2,000 visitors are expected to attend, including attorneys, law firm staff, trial lawyers, and legal consultants. Besides vendor exhibits and product demonstrations, the goal is to give attendees the latest educational advantages, networking sessions, and brainstorming opportunities…covering crucial areas from insurance and medical services to publishing and production.

Once finished, it’s back to the firm and business as usual, only with a sharper edge in a legal area that offers a valuable benefit to our society-at-large.

Also valuable inside each firm’s walls? New Acrylic Sign Holders and dynamic new Name Plate Holders in modern, cutting edge designs.NPBR with Silver Insert

Cubicle Name Plate Holders are also in especially high demand right now. Colored borders have been incorporated to deliver a clear view and sharper focus on 8-1/2” x 2-1/2” inserts. Countertop and desktop Name Plates in slant-back clear, glass green, and Executive Series designs are also gaining popularity for blending function, style, and a nice complement to the décor.

By the way, did you hear about the case of the runaway hit-and-run cow in Sacramento County? Indeed, an escaped cow charged a 70-year old neighbor woman “at full speed from approximately 300 feet away.” The plaintiff did recover however, and in Paynter v Romano this past January, a confidential settlement was reached as the result of a “high/low verdict.”

The NBM Show: Digital Printing and Engraving to Sign Making & Sign Holders

Long.Beach.Convention.and.Entertainment.Center.original.5670If you’re reading this, there’s an excellent chance that The NBM Show taking place at the Long Beach Convention Center August 2nd through 4th has something your office can use.

NBM is presented by three publications: Awards & Engraving, Printwear, and Sign & Digital Graphics. According to the trade show’s website, The NBM Show brings suppliers and services together under one large umbrella, showcasing “sign making, digital printing, screen printing, embroidery, apparel decorating, sublimation, awards, engraving, specialty graphics, custom gifts, and everything personalized.”

Fabrication specialists Gemini will be among the exhibitors. So will Digital Art Solutions, specializing in graphics software and innovative vector graphics design templates. Training and class certification will also be a key part of The NBM Show.

Many exhibitor booths relate directly to some new products we’ve recently unveiled…and ways to get the most from them. Screen printing acrylic Sign Holders and Name Plate Holders is just one way. New patterns and font choices can also be customized for dynamic, 21st century Name Plate Holder Inserts. We can even use your own graphics to personalize the template for pre-printing.

Like the hundreds of products on display at The NBM Show, acrylic is easily incorporated into modern-looking, forward-thinking floor layouts in office and campus environments. One new approach is found in the colored borders of NPAA Desktop Name Plate Holders in Silver and Black. You might be surprised just how much eye-appeal is added to a classic design.NPAA085025-SSS-Insert-600px

Drawing attention to special promotions, product spotlights, and point-of-purchase displays is vital in successful marketing. It’s part of the takeaway from The NBM Show and another area where our expertise applies. Consider Acrylic Sign Holders accented with Stainless Steel Standoffs…or Swivel Base Sign Holders that add movement to your presentation.

By the way, if you miss NBM in Long Beach, you can still catch the next show…later in August in Meadowlands, New Jersey!

 

 

Converting Brick-and-Mortar Retail into Customer Fulfillment Hubs

hand of young woman with multi-coloured bagsWhile some brick-and-mortar retail stores scramble to keep pace with online commerce, others are finding a new niche in the supply chain…and customers are taking notice. Satisfying immediate demand with a new wave of product delivery options, traditional retail outlets are discovering new revenue sources through conversion to omnichannel fulfillment centers.

By serving as a fulfillment hub, retailers are filling a critical link in the customer shopping experience. While giants like Amazon have changed the shopping and ordering experience, that immediate purchase gratification for customers can disappear quickly with poor/slow delivery. Enter the retailer for “final mile” delivery.

According to a recent Total Retail article, increased demand for BOSS (“buy online, ship from store”) is something retailers face in an area where they’re traditionally prone: the downstream delivery network from store to consumer (upstream logistics going from supplier to distribution center to stores).

To tackle the challenge, retailers are developing new relationships with smaller but tenacious third-party delivery networks like Instacart, Lyft, and Uber. Operators also realize, according to the article, that consumers don’t mind pick-up of online orders if they have already arranged and paid for products and can save on delivery. Facilitating that process quickly enough for instant customer satisfaction may test inventory management skills but a well-trained staff that can integrate the digital approach, smooth out initial pratfalls, and engage customers with orders almost as fast as ordering a pizza, bodes well for repeat business.cubicle setting PNHLT4R

Total Retail also points out that “new technologies like heat mapping, embedded sensors, digital store tags and connected assets allow customers, associates, and store managers to interact with each other based on geographic location and inventory availability.” Using these tools helps retailers co-exist with customer-controlled fulfillment…and with the e-commerce market.

Physical brick-and-mortar establishments also deliver a customer’s need to see a tangible product in-store – 75% of customers, according to Alliance Data. And that ties into something else up-close-and-personal: how signage is displayed once they arrive. Essential for new customer fulfillment hubs? Brochure Holders for informational pamphlets…Sign Holders for cross-promotions and policy statements…and Name Plate Holders for department/staff ID and directional signage. Nothing fits this modern landscape better than acrylic!