Old Promos with New Tricks: Power Up these Tried-and-True Imprinted Items

We love the way promotional products are getting makeovers, from new packaging, to unique add-ins. Here are just a few ways you can power up these traditional logo’d items.

Promo: Snacks and Candy
Power Up: Custom Magnet as the Label

Most branded treats, like mints or candy, are for in-the-moment branding. But Magnet Packs are a fun way to leave the recipient with a ‘sweet reminder’. Your message is printed on an attached magnet that will stick around long after the candies, trail mixes, or even dog treats are enjoyed!

Promo: Stadium Cup
Power Up: Silicone Pint Glass

Made from the same material as the popular awareness bracelets, now this pint glass can be given and used anywhere, with no worries about glass containers, or small flimsy plastic cups that can crack or wear out over time. Silicone means it’s microwave-, dishwasher- and freezer-safe, will not melt if placed near ovens or grills, and won’t chip or fade. Sturdy enough to hold liquids, flexible enough to carry in your pocket! Perfect for indoor & outdoor dining, camping, tailgating, and commuting.

Promo: Fridge Magnet
Power Up: Domed Magnet Set

The new 4-piece Domed Magnet Set comes in a gift-able tin for a high-end look, and the magnets can be round, square, or a mix of both. Makes the perfect client or staff thank-you gift.

Promo: Branded Journal
Power Up: Tip-In Promotional Pages

Advertising space like no other — your message, map, schedule, special offer, contact information, industry tips and figures, and more — all on 1 to 8 pages in side your branded journal, or even a tri-fold-out sheet for larger layouts. Now available in Castelli brand journals!

Promo: Insulated Tumbler
Power Up: Light-Up-Your-Logo Tumbler

This 16 oz. double wall insulated tumbler features your logo… illuminated! The patent-pending design and function lights up your logo by pressing a button at base. ABS Plastic exterior, 304 Stainless Steel interior and features plastic twist-on lid. Comes with 2 replaceable cell button batteries. Perfect for evening outdoor events, or a quality client gift.

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Perry Office Plus is ready to help you power up your promotional marketing! Teach your old giveaways new tricks with the help of our in-house Promotional Consultant. Contact us today at (800) 234-6605 or email promos@perryop.com!

Put Some Sparkle in Your Promos: 6 Imprinted Items to Dazzle Your Audience

A growing trend in the promotional products industry is the addition of glitter, sparkle, light, or other shimmering elements that helps your gift stand out from the crowd. Here are some of our favorites. Reach out to us if you take a ‘shine’ to any of these radiant ideas — we’ll help you get more ‘bling’ for your buck!

Reusable Glitter Tote Bag

This glitter-finish non-woven, polypropylene tote is a fun spin on the traditional grocery tote. It would make a fabulous addition to any event where you want to make a bold, flashy statement! Perfect for a women’s conference or swanky swag bag.

Illusion Sparkle Water Bottle

This 17 oz. vacuum-insulated, double wall stainless steel bottles are designed to have an ‘illusion’ effect, showing two color shifts as light hits the coating from various angles. Available in Green/Blue, Purple/Blue, and Orange/Magenta. Sure to compliment any luxury or beauty brand, or makes a bold great sideline statement for teams and clubs.

22oz Cool Gear Pop Lights

These 22 oz. Single wall Eastman Tritan™ plastic party bottle features LED lights that create a unique illuminated 3D effect for your imprint! The 8 rotating color light modes and shuts off automatically after 30 minutes. Includes 3 AAA Batteries and leak resistant flip cap. Light up the night with this amazing drinkware!

Mood Sparkle Pencil

Mood pencils change color by the heat of your hand, but these don’t just change, they sparkle! Perfect for holidays, trade shows, kid events, and awareness days! Choose from Green To Yellow, Orange to Yellow, Blue to White, Purple to Pink, Dark Red to Orange, or Black to White.

Custom Glitter or Glow Tattoos

Custom temporary tattoos are a favorite at many events — and now you can add a glitter effect or even a glow-in-the-dark option to really put a spotlight on your brand!

Sequin-Embroidered Apparel

This is a unique way to give your branded apparel a special sparkle! This decoration technique uses sequins to create attractive logo designs. Once a layout is complete, it is digitized in a sequin dot format. The design is then created by embroidering sequins directly onto the garment. Add it to shirts or hats for a wide variety of uses.

Perry Office Plus can help create the flashy promotional gift or giveaway you’re looking for! Visit our website at perryop.com/promos, call (800) 234-6605, or email promos@perryop.com for more information!

3 More Tips to Help Stop the Spread of Cold & Flu at the Office

Each year, between 5% and 20% of Americans get the flu and miss a staggering 70 million work days as a result. The indirect costs? Between $3 billion to $12 billion a year. Let’s knock those numbers down a few pegs with some simple ideas.

1. Consider all the spots around the office that hands touch during the day.

Imagine yourself as you move throughout your work day:

Using a door handle, typing on your keyboard, putting a phone to your face, shaking hands with visitors, sharing a pen with a co-worker, stopping by the restroom, using the vending machine, microwave, or coffeemaker… all these places are hot spots for germs and can spread viruses.

While some germ exposure is good for strengthening an immune system, during cold & flu season, it can’t hurt to be extra careful and give these areas a spot treatment.

2. Upgrade your supplies to emphasize personal hygiene.

Washing hands and covering coughs and sneezes are two of the best ways to avoid the spread of germs. But all those tissues and extra hand washing can leave skin dry and sore, which can actually make you more susceptible to germs!

For cold & flu season, consider adding some higher quality products to the usual mix of soap, towels, and tissues. Try providing extra-soft Kleenex Anti-Viral Facial Tissues or moisturizing Purell Healthy Soap for a few months to amp up the hygiene AND comfort levels.

3. Make cleaning and sanitizing supplies readily available.

When it comes to killing germs, a little can go a long way. Keep supplies on-hand in a central location. Purell Surface Disinfectant Spray is a safe way to disinfect surfaces without the harsh fumes or chemicals that some people can be sensitive to. Lysol To Go is a 2oz can of spray that can be tucked into a desk drawer or purse for quick and easy disinfecting.

But the number one thing you can do is to simply stay home when you feel sick, which can avoid spreading it. Take care, y’all!

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Perry Office Plus is your central Texas source for flu fighting supplies. Visit our website at perryop.com.

Perry Office Plus Announces Local Acquisition, Knoll Furniture Alignment

 

Knoll Showroom Toronto

Temple office products and furniture dealer Perry Office Plus has announced the acquisition of another local furniture dealer, Commercial Furniture Solutions (CFS), as well as their new alignment with furniture manufacturer, Knoll, Inc.

Perry Office Plus owners, Debbie and Harry Macey, and CFS owner Billy Wren completed the acquisition after partnering on recent projects.

“We are excited to bring the expertise and resources of Perry Office Plus to CFS customers,” Mr. Macey said.

Perry Furniture Manager Jessica Speer said Mr. Wren will transition to a sales role within her team.

Perry also announced the company is now a Knoll furniture dealer.

“Knoll emphasizes quality and design in their products,” Ms. Speer said, adding that Knoll is widely respected in the architecture and design community. “We believe this alignment will help keep more furniture projects in the local area. Rather than looking to a furniture dealer in Austin or Dallas, project managers now have even more reasons to look to Perry Office Plus, right here in Temple, for design, sales, and installation of projects of any size.”

The Perry Office Plus furniture team consists of design consultants, project managers, and installation specialists. The team recently completed the design and installation of complete furniture solutions at the new Santa Fe Business Plaza in downtown Temple, including the Temple Chamber of Commerce, Temple Economic Development Corporation, Central Texas Workforce, and Temple ISD Administration Building.

About Perry Office Plus
Perry Office Plus will celebrate 99 years in business in 2019. The company is headquartered in Temple, Texas and is one of the largest independent office products and furniture dealers in the State. Beyond office essentials, Perry offers complete furniture solutions, as well as janitorial and break room supplies, and custom promotional products. Their more than 35 team members share the company’s commitment to service and community involvement, and are led by local natives, Harry & Debbie Macey. For more information, visit perryop.com.

Is Your Office Prepared for a Fire Emergency?

Remember back in school when we all enjoyed the occasional fire drill because it got us out of class for a few minutes? At the office, a fire drill might be more of an annoyance than a relief, but it’s no less important now than it was back then. Here are some things to keep in mind when planning for a fire emergency at your office.

Protect Your People

Your facility should have a plan on how to evacuate the building in the event of a fire, just like you would have a plan for where to go in the event of a tornado. Consider all the people who are in your building on any given day – staff, visitors, vendors, contractors, delivery staff, or even the general public – and have a plan in place to make sure they are accounted for in the event of an evacuation.

The Perry Temple team had Fire Extinguisher Training in 2017.

Your facility should be equipped with fire extinguishers and most local fire departments offer training on how to use them, so employees can extinguish a small fire and know what to do in the event of different types of fires. Don’t forget smoke detectors, and be sure to keep the batteries up to date!

Protect Your Documents

Fire-proof file cabinets can keep your sensitive and important documents safe for a time in case of a fire and are often water resistant in preparation for the subsequent water damage associated with putting out the fire. Some are even impact-resistant should it take a fall in a damaged building.

Consider a durable safe for valuable data backups or other documents that need to be kept on-site.

The most important thing to protect in the event of an office fire, of course, are the lives of your staff and guests, so plan for the worst and be ready to respond for the best possible outcome!

Is Your Office Prepared for Severe Weather Events or Disaster?

September is National Preparedness Month!

In 2017, there were 16 weather and climate disaster events in the U.S., according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), resulting in 306 deaths and losses of more than $362 billion. It’s critical that businesses are prepared for severe weather emergencies!

Have a Plan, and the Right Supplies!

OSHA and NOAA encourage employers to create an emergency plan, train workers on these plans, stay aware of weather forecasts and keep emergency supplies at the ready. Below is a list of some of the basics every business should consider having in their severe weather emergency kit.

Protect your Documents from the Elements!

Consider a fire-proof file cabinet for your most sensitive documents and files. They come in a variety of sizes and varying degrees of durability in the event of a fire. And simple USB drives can be a handy way to keep data in a secondary location in the event of a disaster.

Is your emergency kit ready? Count on Perry Office Plus for the essential supplies you need to prepare for severe weather emergencies and other disasters.

Other resources: FEMA’s Emergency Preparedness Resources for Business: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/resources-documents/collections/357

 

Is Your Office Prepared for a Medical Emergency?

September is National Preparedness Month!

Most medical emergencies happen at home, but what if something happened at your place of business? Would your staff be prepared? It’s important to know what to do if a co-worker or visitor falls ill and needs medical attention. Here are some suggestions on how to prepare.

  1. Have a Plan

In the event of a medical emergency, it’s important to have a plan and for everyone to know and understand it. All staff should know the location of the nearest First Aid Kit and AED, if your office has them. Everyone should know your office address and any cross streets, to help guide first responders.

  1. Train Your Staff

More than 90 percent of employees who participated in two 2017 American Heart Association surveys said they would take employer-sponsored first aid and CPR training courses.

Even if not required, the American Heart Association says, employers should offer first aid, CPR and AED training because it can save lives.  An employee only has a 5 percent to 7 percent chance of surviving cardiac arrest while waiting for the arrival of emergency medical services. Employees who receive immediate defibrillation, however, have up to a 60 percent survival rate one year after cardiac arrest, the organization says.

Another life-saving option is to provide hands-only CPR training. This consists of only chest compression on adults or teens, and is good for the first few minutes someone is in cardiac arrest, pushing remaining oxygen through body to keep vital organs alive. This buys time until someone with more skills can provide help.

Your local Fire Department is a great starting place for training, as well as your local chapter of the American Heart Association.

Perry Office Plus brought in a trainer from our local Fire Department to train our team on hands-only CPR.

Side Note: Am I Liable?

People might be afraid of hurting someone and facing legal liability, but most states have Good Samaritan laws that will protect them when assisting someone in an emergency. The Texas Good Samaritan Act states, “a person who, in good faith, administers emergency care at the scene of an emergency or in a hospital is not liable in civil damages for an act performed during the emergency, unless the act is willfully or wantonly negligent.” Ask your insurance provider about your liability in the event of an emergency.

  1. Have the Right Supplies

Having an up-to-date and complete First Aid kit is also important. We recommend the Smart Compliance system from First Aid Only which helps you stay in compliance with OSHA regulations and offers an easy refill notification and ordering system.

Perry Office Plus also has defibrillator pads available, if you plan to implement this protocol in your office as well.

Finally, talk to your insurance company and local emergency response officials to get the best advice on how to prepare and train your office for a medical emergency. It could make the difference in someone’s life!