10 Products that Make You Feel More Organized Just Looking at Them

Feeling a little overwhelmed at the office and looking to de-clutter and get organized? Here are 10 office products to inspire you to organized greatness!

12-Compartment Organizer with Mesh Drawers
Organize much? You’ll enjoy every one of the 12 drawers here.

Master Vision Magnetic Calendar Combo Board, 48 x 18
So much organization in a shorter height, perfect for underneath overhead storage or in a cubicle. Feels like the best way to start a day. Right after coffee.

Post-It Full Adhesive Roll
Use it as a note or label! The Super Sticky adhesive sticks securely and removes cleanly and the dispenser allows you to pull and cut the perfect length every time. You can use it as a sticky note to leave reminders and notes, or use it as a label to identify rooms, doors, supply baskets, tool boxes, shelves, tubs, and more. The full adhesive back means  it won’t peel up until you’re ready to remove it!

Safco White Mesh Organizer
Use it as an inbox, a to-do box, or to keep on-going projects close at hand. Five 1″ wide vertical sections hold file folders, slim binders, magazines and more, while three 1″ horizontal sections accommodate any letter-size document. How fresh and fun is that white, right?

HON Flaghship File Cabinet
At 30″ high, this multipurpose filing and storage cabinet can also double as part of your worksurface. Check out the link for other configurations. And don’t forget our Furniture Team can help you find just the right storage for your needs — just call 800-234-6605!

Smead Expanding Project Organizer
One of our favorites around the office — this has 10 pockets for keeping track of multiple projects — or multiple parts of a larger project. Keep track of project progress, contacts and notes, all in one place.

Pendaflex Assorted Clear Poly Index Folders
This 10-pack of file sleeves is a great way to put a visual with your ongoing projects. Durable poly folders have color-coded strips, plus white, write-on tab at top for color-coded organization.

Smead Cascading Wall Organizer
Save desk space by utilizing often overlooked wall space! The six cascading pockets are removable to make viewing and access to documents easy, and an elastic cord closure allows you to contract all the pockets and secure them for transport. Bonus: It adds a pop of color to your workspace!

Safco Onyx Mesh Mobile File
Ever wish you could roll that file cabinet out of the way? This a great option, with two supply drawers, a file drawer, a top shelf, and sturdy casters to keep you rolling through your day.

Dymo LabelManager 500TS
Now THAT’S a label maker! This touchscreen, handheld label has a full-color screen that allows you to easily change fonts, format text, and add graphics to your customized labels. Compatible with labels from 1/4″ to 1″ widths, you’ve got a lot of options for getting everything labeled and in its place.

Shop the Perry Office Plus website at perryop.com for many more organization tools and supplies!

How to Choose a Promotional Product that’s GREAT, Even if Your Budget Isn’t

You’re planning your next promotional product for an event or initiative and you have a high end item in mind. Your budget might have other ideas — and that’s ok.

For every “high-end” item, there is a less expensive alternative that might be right for your audience (and certainly easier on your budget). Here are some ways you can scale back your wish list to choose an effective AND affordable promo!

$$$$ <— This … or this for less! —> $$
1. The full set? Do just a piece!
If an $8 Salon-Quality Manicure Kit is outside your budget, try a simpler Nail File Key Ring for under $1 each. Recipients will still appreciate its usefulness. You could even use it as a loyalty charm for repeat clients.

2. Full color? Simplify!
Instead of a $13 full-color branded smartphone case, a silicone “Smart Wallet” offers usefulness and branding in one, at a lower price point. You can even pop your business card inside each one as a handy way to distribute it.

3. Make a big splash? You could take the simpler option.
Instead of a $17 luxury logo’d towel, use an inexpensive branded Lip Balm with a high quality full-color label that will still be useful for days in the sun.

4. Instead of “Executive Style”, try “Functional & Affordable”.
Instead of a $4 metal stylus pen, add your logo to this less expensive Metallic Stylus Pen for less than $.80 each — attach it to a coupon for your product or services!

5. Items with a narrow appeal can cost more. Something universal helps!
Instead of a $15 stainless steel insulated tumbler, your audience might also like a more budget-friendly color-changing stadium cup — at less than $.89 each.

Bottom line: When your budget is limited, you can stretch your budget when you think outside the box!

Perry Office Plus would love to be your source for promotional products. Our dedicated consultant is on hand to guide and support your promotional needs from start to finish. Call today: (800) 234-6605 or email promos@perryop.com.

10 Imprinted Trade Show Giveaways that Attendees will Actually Keep

When your goal is to give your event attendees something that will stay with them and remind them of your brand — and it usually is, right? — you have to think strategically. These are categories to consider for your next trade show giveaway.

Electronics: Depending on the audience, a gadget not only gets attention, but is more likely to be kept than a pen. Consider a Mobile Device Charger or an LED Flashlight!

Mobile Device Charger

Light-Up Items: Something flashy is always a fun thing that attendees will carry around with them at the show and often keep for a while afterward. Consider bouncy Super Blinking Balls or these fun Flashing Rings.

Useful Conference/Trade Show Products: If your audience is the conference-going type, a handy padfolio, note pad, or bag is a great option with staying power. Keep it high-quality, as this crowd doesn’t like junk. Consider a Clear Value Note Pad, or a Wheeled Duffel Bag.

Useful for the Office: When attendees go home from the trade show or event, send them with something that would be a great addition to their desk, or helpful to have in their commute. Depending on your audience, add your logo to an Branded Adhesive Note Cube, a classy Wall or Appointment Calendar, or even a handy Lunch Cooler!

Oh… and don’t forget T-shirts! 😉 Can’t go wrong with Gildan.

 

The bottom line? Make it useful, fun, or unique and recipients will hang on to your logod items for much longer. That means more ad impressions and brand awareness for you!

Perry Office Plus would love to be your source for promotional products. Our dedicated consultant is on hand to guide and support your promotional needs from start to finish. Call today: (800) 234-6605 or email promos@perryop.com.

8 Gifts for Your Messy Co-worker (or the Office Neat Freak)

Need some ideas for the co-worker or friend who always has a clutter-covered desk, and just can’t seem to get it together? Or maybe your cube-mate is intensely tidy and appreciates gifts that help them stay that way. Here are 8 great ideas (and you can get them all from Perry Office Plus):

1. Stick-N-Find Bluetooth Location Trackers

Perfect for the person who misplaces everything! This set of 2 Bluetooth tracking tags use a free app to locate anything it’s attached to. Shop on perryop.com (SMD02218)

2. Grip-A-Strip Display Rail, 12 x 1 1/2, Aluminum Finish

This streamlined alternative to bulletin boards lets you display important papers, posters and other items up to 1/8″ thick, without the need of tacks, pins or tape that can get lost. Shop on perryop.com (AVT1025)

3. Bankers Box Premiere 6-Piece Organization Kit

This lightweight kit contains one eight-compartment sorter, one four-compartment organizer, one three-drawer organizer with bin and three magazine files. Made of corrugated cardboard with 60% recycled content. Shop now on perryop.com (FEL7647801)

4. Smead Project Organizer

This multi-pocket organizer includes pre-printed templates for optimal organization and project planning! Shop on perryop.com (SMD89200)

5. Dotz Cord Catcher

Keep charging cords from dropping behind desk or workstation. Holds up to four cords in two channel sizes. Weighted, non-stick silicone base grips to surface without leaving residue. Shop at perryop.com (PRBDCC40MCK)

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6. Monitor Riser

Puts your monitor at a comfortable height, plus it has a mini sorter and accessory tray on the top shelf (or you can use them separately). Shop at perryop.com (FEL8037401)

Justick Bulletin Board by Smead

7. Smead Justick Bulletin Board

With just 4 batteries, this bulletin board uses an electric charge to hold items — no pins or magnets, since you know, those get lost pretty easily. Watch the brief video on this great new line of products. Ask your Perry Office Plus rep about it today!

HON Flagship Mobile Pedestal with Seat Cushion Top

8. Mobile File Pedestal with Seat Cushion

Store, move, sit… Add the optional seat cushion top to the HON Flagship mobile pedestal and you’ve got a multi-purpose piece of furniture that will roll away under a worksurface, serve as an extra seat (or stacking area, for the stacking types), and has plenty of room to keep files and other items off your desk. Contact the Perry Office Plus Furniture team for a quote!

How to Use Halloween as a Marketing Opportunity

Aside from Christmas, Halloween is the biggest holiday for consumer spending, and the affordability of promotional Halloween giveaways like trick-or-treat bags, make it possible for even the smallest of companies to get noticed.

Halloween Promos By Perry

Market: Trick-Or-Treaters

  • Hand out imprinted treat bags ahead of the holiday for “ToTs” to use. Consider adding a coupon on the bag itself for return business.
  • How about a logo’d pumpkin carving spoon? You can hand them out at your very own pumpkin carving contest!
  • Reflective safety accessories are a great way to help keep trick-or-treaters safe and get your logo noticed.
  • Even an imprinted flashlight is a welcome gift that will be kept and used again.

Market: Community Events

  • Add your brand to a local event using fun nighttime promotional products.
  • Plastic light-up drinkware or glow-in-the-dark accessories are always a hit at clubs & parties.
  • Get your promos in the hands of folks coming out of haunted houses and it will be a fun souvenir.

Market: Customers and Prospects

  • Go “reverse trick-or-treating” by going door-to-door to your customers and giving them a container of candy to give out. Put it in a custom imprinted bag, box, or even a reusable candy jar for maximum impact.
  • Send your prospective customers a Halloween-themed stress ball to let them know you want to help with their “scariest” problems!

Need more ideas for a cool Halloween promotion? Give me a call or email me today:

Debbie Yearwood, BASI
Promotional Consultant
Perry Office Plus
promos@perryop.com
(800) 234-6605 x  112
Recent Projects: perryop.com/custom

Top 10 Promotional Product Purchasing Pitfalls

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Some people enjoy shopping for promotional products, while others find it a daunting process. Whether or not you work with me, here are a few tips to keep in mind when looking for that perfect promo.

1. Not comparing apples to apples.

As you’re looking at items, don’t decide on price alone. Factors such as quality, source, production time, and imprint method can affect the price. I often recommend a “Good/Better/Best” range of items, so you can choose the item that suits your promotional needs AND budget.

2. Not doing the math.

When determining your budget, don’t forget that many items have additional costs such as setup fees for each imprint color and design, run charges for additional imprint colors or locations, and shipping costs. These extra costs can add up quickly and make your inexpensive promo, a real budget-buster.

3. Waiting too long to order.

Sometimes last-minute events or promotional opportunities come up, and I’m often able to assist. But it usually comes at a cost — in the form of a rush fee, expedited shipping, or waiving a proof. The further ahead you can plan, the better. It’s best to start your promotional product search at least 6-8 weeks in advance, in case of delays and dips in inventory levels.

4. Not getting a sample.

I’m familiar with a wide variety of products, but I often encourage my clients to get a sample of promotional items I’m not as familiar with (or from suppliers I don’t know well). It only takes about a week to get a sample and it can save you some disappointment in the long run if something about the item isn’t quite what you’re expecting.

5. Choosing the wrong item.

Just because YOU like a promotional product, doesn’t mean it’s the one for your audience. Plus, the trendy thing a few years ago is probably different today. It’s also important to consider things like the size of your imprint area in relation to the complexity of your logo. Busy logo? Don’t choose a pen with a teeny-tiny imprint area. There are a lot of factors like this to consider.

6. Choosing the wrong imprint color.

Contrary to what many people think, black doesn’t stand out on every color. Colors that clash, don’t fit your marketing scheme, don’t show up well, or cost extra are all pitfalls to watch out for.

7. Not using clean, vector artwork.

It’s worth an investment to make sure you have a clean, printable, vector version of your logo handy at all times. Almost every printer can use a file that was created in Adobe Illustrator. If you’re not sure what you have is vector, just send it to me, and I will check it out. We can also “vector-ize” your artwork to make sure it’s ready to print.

8. Inconsistent branding.

Whether you stick to a certain color scheme, a single slogan, or a certain style of promotional products, keeping your branding consistent across multiple promotional items means better brand recognition and easier re-orders.

9. Using questionable vendors.

On the internet, there’s no telling where something is coming from or who you’re dealing with. Sometimes prices really are too good to be true, or an item looks a lot better in a picture than it is in person. I’ve heard horror stories of vendors who went out of business after the client paid for their product — and never saw their order. Don’t let it happen to you! Vet your vendors. Over the years, I’ve built relationships with many reputable suppliers, both domestic and overseas, and work with them regularly, and Perry Office Plus is an established, reputable company with the resources to handle any just about any project.

10. Not working with a pro.

Not to sound like I’m bragging, but this one can solve almost all of the above pitfalls. In short, when you work with a professional Promotional Consultant like myself, at a reputable company like Perry Office Plus, you’ve got more assurance than ever that your product will be correct, on-time, and effective. And don’t forget my BASI designation.

Let’s get started working on your next marketing promotion, incentive plan, client thank-you gift, or giveaway. Call me at (800) 234-6605 or email promos@perryop.com. And be sure and visit our online project gallery for inspiration.

Choosing a First Aid Kit for Your Workplace: 3 Things to Consider

With a First Aid Kit on hand, you can be prepared for medical emergencies, no matter the size or type of your workplace.

First Aid Kit1. Ensure your kit meets ANSI/OSHA requirements

Packaging should identify the kit as compliant with ANSI X308.1-2015 standards, which requires different supplies than previous (2009) standards.

2. Choose the right type and number of kits.

Portable kits are great for worksites, and in the vehicles of your on-the-go staff, while wall-mounted kits keep supplies centrally located at the office. A good rule of thumb is that a First Aid kit should be no more than one minute away from any spot in the workplace, so consider strategically placing additional kits if your workplace is larger.

3. Appoint someone to monitor the kit’s contents.

First aid kit refills services are convenient, but can cost you up to 30% more in overstocks and waste. Since many kits have refill cards for each item when supplies are low, it’s easy to manage in-house. Appoint someone to be responsible for periodically checking the inventory levels of each kit, disposing of expired items, and re-ordering supplies as needed. It’s quick and easy and most items are available for next-day delivery from perryop.com!

And don’t forget…

…to register your kit. Some First Aid Kit makers offer a registration process for select kits, and will notify you of any product changes or first aid requirements in your industry.

…First Aid Kits are not returnable after purchase. For the protection of all consumers, First Aid Kits can not be returned, even if they are unopened.

Perry Office Plus offers a variety of First Aid kits, refills, & supplies. Call or visit today!