Product Spotlight: EMI Yoshi’s High-Quality Black Plastic Plates

Ever had to host an important event and want to make it come off with a smash, but don’t have the budget you want to make it happen?

That’s where EMI Yoshi comes in. And even though we’re highlighting their black rectangular plastic plates today, they design all their products to have the look of fine china and the affordability of plastic.

Just take a look at their black rectangular plastic plate in action to get a better feel:

Nice, right?

What kind of impression do you suppose that would make on your guests?

These black plastic plates are just one of many items carried by EMI Yoshi.

Plus, these and all other plastic servingware don’t just sit around and look good. Everything’s designed to be highly functional too.

These plates are sturdy and can hold a lot of food. They won’t fold and flop, dropping food to the floor and disappointing your guests. Liquids won’t soak through.

Your guests can focus on the event, socializing, and why they decided to attend your event. They won’t need to worry about holding their plates or staining their clothes.

How Does EMI YoshI Make It Happen?

Well, elegant disposable servingware is all they do. They don’t make the cheap, plain plastic servingware you get at your local grocery store.

They only make sophisticated and luxurious servingware like the kind you’d find at a distinguished event.

So that means they do it incredibly well. And since they’re focused on helping you make a lasting impression, they’re happy to listen to your feedback and suggestions and innovate in ways the market appreciates.

The company has a large line of elegant servingware and fast delivery times.

So, regardless of the event you host, and even if you find yourself in a serious time-crunch, EMI Yoshi makes it happen, and makes it a splash.

These rectangular black plastic plates absolutely make customers go wild. And EMI Yoshi has hundreds more options for you to browse so you host an event to remember.

Product Spotlight: Placon Fresh’n’Clear GoCubes

Need to keep your food looking delicious for customers so they buy, while also making sure the package stays absolutely securely sealed?

Placon’s new GoCubes come to the rescue!

Your customers still get all the expected convenience by being able to grab food and take it on-the-go, while also having a secure seal that keeps their food fresh and avoids spilling.

Here’s what the 12-ounce version with a clear base looks like in action:

But, that’s not where the benefits of GoCubes end.

In fact, you get much more with GoCubes:

1. Keep Your Food Fresher Longer

Separating each of the various contained foods keeps them all fresher even longer. Custom compartment trays ensure your team always packages portions consistently, which minimizes prep time.

You can also put the focus on your most delicious ingredients, enticing more customers to buy.

2. Secure Sealing

GoCubes can be easily film sealed, or just have a lid placed on. Tabs are included which allow customers to easily open your items and avoid spilling. This also reduces refunds and complaints.

And finally, this also ensures your container doesn’t fog. That means customers get to see your food items with 100% clarity, which maximizes your sales.

3. Stack Securely and Nest Efficiently

When not in active use to display and sell your food to customers, GoCubes still provide exceptional value to your business.

They’re designed to stack securely so they can easily be carried or transported by your team, without fear of the whole stack falling.

And when not in use, that also means GoCubes can be nested efficiently so they consume minimal space and don’t get in the way of your business’s operations.

4. Brand with Your Logo

Placon doesn’t need to take the credit. Give your company the credit by placing your own logo on any of the GoCubes.

5. Variety of Sizes

GoCubes can accommodate any merchandising approach you can dream of. Eleven sizes are available, ranging from 6-80 ounces in storage capacity. And you can choose from six different inserts, which customize how you arrange the food contained within.

6. 100% Recyclable

Finally, to cap off all the amazing benefits of GoCubes, each container is 100% recyclable.

Each is made with 100% recyclable post-consumer PET material.

Make sure you share that with your customers so they feel extra good about purchasing from you!

Yes. GoCubes absolutely rock. And you should definitely strongly consider them when you make your next food container purchase.

4 Office Sanitation Myths Dispelled

In every industry, you have myths and reality. Things appear to work this way, but they really work that way.

When you talk about office cleanliness and sanitation, understand the reality behind these 4 myths:

1. Office Sanitation Isn’t a Specialized Area of Knowledge

It’s easy to fall into the thinking that cleaning pros really aren’t professionals at all. It’s easy to judge people in this industry as much less than others.

But, sanitation, the actual process of removing disease-causing agents like germs and bacteria, is in fact its own science.

That’s because some products clean (giving an area of your office a neat appearance and clean scent), while others do that and kill the underlying germs and bacteria which make employees sick and reduce productivity.

To make the latter happen, you need specialized knowledge and experience as to which products to use, and the right way to apply them in the correct amount so they do their job.

That takes years to master, just like any other profession!

2. Anyone Can Do Office Sanitation

In truth, anyone can pick up a mop or rag and start cleaning. And you can certainly hire office sanitation services who do only that.

However, you can also find services with experienced supervisors who train capable, well-paid professionals who help you get results the entry-line companies can’t.

For example, they can actually reduce the amount of germs and bacteria in your office so your workers stay healthier.

That means they miss fewer days at work due to illness. And their productivity remains high because their body doesn’t have to divert any energy to fighting off germs and bacteria.

It may be harder to find a janitorial service who does this. But many do have the knowledge and skills.

3. Office Sanitation Disrupts Your Employees’ Ability to Do Their Jobs and Decreases Productivity

This does happen. But it only happens with inexperienced or cheap janitorial companies who don’t plan for this.

Experienced janitorial companies who know how to do their work understand how to blend in and do their job at your company while also not getting in the way.

And they’re happy to take the time to understand how to work with you best.

That’s one of many differences between just any janitorial service, and a top-notch one.

4. Clean-Smelling and Clean-Looking Areas Are Safe and Healthy

Some janitorial companies know how to manipulate their work to appeal to your senses. Others just want to make you happy. But the best make you happy and deliver you measurable business results.

Like you heard earlier, it’s easy to make a toilet or desk surface look and smell clean and fresh.

But, remember you don’t have a special sense for the number of germs and bacteria which could still remain.

You could have billions of bacteria that cause frequent illness and productivity problems in your office – even though it looks beautiful and smells fresh.

Appearances can be deceiving.

Office sanitation is important to your company’s success. If you take it seriously, you’ll notice an improved bottom line.

So make sure to investigate these myths and all their aspects as you hire a sanitation service, rather than the nearest warm body.

Your workers, your board, and your customers will thank you.

4 Things You Should Know About Distributing Product Online

Amazon sets the standard. But even though they do, data from eMarketer predicts they’ll do 47% of online sales this year.

But that means 53% of online sales aren’t done by Amazon. And that means you have opportunity to grab market share.

…But how do you do that? What should you do to snatch and keep your market share, and even grow it?

Here’s how to maximize opportunity as you sell and fulfill product via online transactions:

1. Focus on Customer Experience

Bob Trebilcock of Logistics Management finds client companies focus more on products’ cycle through their supply chain than customer experience.

Certainly, fulfillment time is a big part of customer experience. And it’s important to optimize that, as Amazon now aims to cut delivery time to just 1 day.

But, that’s not the only aspect of customer experience. How easy is it to get a refund from you? How quick and efficient is the ordering process?

How usable is your website?

You must gather customer experience data and optimize every step for a pleasant, painless experience to compete.

You’d be surprised how many company’s online experience remains stuck in the internet of 10 or more years ago!

2. Hold Your Vendors Accountable

Establish your own practices and procedures. And for companies who do not aim to meet your guidelines, give them a suspension.

Set a standard for how many times you can handle this, and then notify the company that the relationship will be dissolved if they get suspended too many times.

You may lose some relationships. But this keeps your business operating with peak efficiency and it helps you maintain a great customer experience too.

3. Optimize Your Returns Process

Returns will happen. Customers can’t touch or feel your products, and in the case of clothing, they can’t try it on.

The gold standard online is free returns. If you offer anything less than that, you really put a dent in your business.

Have your warehouse ready to receive returned items. Have your strategy in place for how you will liquidate these items.

Also, how will you get return labels to your customers?

Every step counts, and the larger the scale at which you operate, the greater the efficiency you create.

4. Automate Multichannel Distribution

Your customers now expect you to be present on many channels. That varies somewhat based on your niche.

But you can’t just sell from your own website anymore. Different market segments will prefer to interact with you via the channel of their choice.

So, you must have automation in place to take orders from a variety of channels.

Easy does it. One at a time. But you must be everywhere if you want to compete.

Product Spotlight: Purell ES8 Soap Dispenser Eliminates Need for Battery Changes

Where would we be without American innovation?

In some cases, innovations are huge, while in other cases they’re small but lead to huge benefits for the target customer.

The Purell ES8 falls into the latter category.

Its seemingly minor innovation integrates a small coin-cell battery with each refill so you don’t have to constantly monitor and change batteries for the dispensing system.

So you get a completely new refill of soap and a fresh power source with just a single refill change.

You’ll never have to worry about complaints of a dispenser failing to do its job ever again.

Now that’s a big deal!

Here’s what else will make you love the Purell ES8:

1. Easy Recycling

The bottle and refill easily disassemble so you can remove and recycle both. The same goes for the battery.

2. Simple to Check Refill Levels

Just a single look and your employees can easily tell whether the dispenser needs a refill. Never deal with another complaint about an empty dispenser ever again.

3. Backup Energy in Place

Just in case the coin-cell battery were to lose all its power prior to the refill going empty, the ES8 includes backup energy inside the dispenser.

And it provides more than enough power to keep the dispenser working like it should during high use.

4. Optionally Get Alerts

The ES8 includes GOJO SMARTLINK technology, which means you get alerts when the ES8 needs service.

This also allows you to add other upgrades as technology changes.

5. Highly Environmentally Safe

The ES8 cuts battery waste by 68% and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 15% compared to leading no-touch soap dispensing systems.

That’s something simply you can advertise to your customers.

6. Cool Design That Blends In

So, customers and employees who use your bathroom don’t stand around and admire the beauty of your soap dispensing system.

With the ES8, you get a system with an attractive design that doesn’t look gaudy or cause any extreme reactions.

It gracefully does its job and doesn’t attract attention so your customers and employees focus on what they need to do next.

The Purell ES8 increases your operating efficiency so your maintenance team can focus on more complex tasks and keeping your workplace safe and clean for your employees and customers.

And we wholeheartedly recommend it.

Product Spotlight: Scotch High Tack Tape Keeps Even Recycled Boxes Closed

Isn’t it frustrating when tape doesn’t stick to boxes made from recycled cardboard?

That’s a big problem because greater than 90% of corrugated cardboard in the US gets recycled, making it the single most recycled packaging material.

Recycling’s great. But what if you lose or damage a bunch of your product while getting it to market?

It happens because of the less porous fibers, your tape’s design, and the additional pressure required to make a solid deal.

Well, with 3M’s Scotch High Tack Box Sealing Tape 371+, that problem goes away.

That’s because this tape has been designed to stick to even the most difficult of materials (recycled boxes), and a wide range of other traditionally difficult-to-adhere-to materials.

You’ll also love this tape because:

1. The Adhesion Lasts

No joke. The tape was tested using ASTM Test Method D-3654 and was found to adhere to any select material for at least 3000 minutes (50 hours).

This test covers a variety of materials, including steel and fiberboard.

2. Maintains Performance at Low Temperatures

You won’t lose adhesion when the weather turns cold. Scotch High Tack Box Sealing Tape 371+ continues to do its job, even when temperatures approach 30 degrees.

Yes. It works for food manufacturers too.

3. Quick and Easy to Apply

This tape isn’t different from any other tape you get from 3M.

You can quickly and easily seal your boxes just like you would expect, even given the specialized nature of this product.

4. Can be Custom-Branded

Yes. You can print this tape with your custom branding. Continue to reinforce your value proposition with your customers using a product you trust.

5. Tamper-Evident

3M made this tape clear. That means you can quickly observe any evidence of tampering with the tape or the material it seals.

6. Two Widths to Increase Efficiency

Sometimes, laying one line of tape isn’t enough. That can mean a large decrease in efficiency.

So, this tape comes in two widths: 48 mm and 72 mm.

Maintain your efficiency when you use 3M’s Scotch High Tack Box Sealing Tape 371+.

We love this product. And since we come into contact with many options, we know what works best.

So when you hear us recommend this tape, feel excited because you know you won’t have any adhesion problems or lost or damaged product!

The Difference Between Good and Great Office Cleaning Services

Office cleaning is so easy to dismiss and minimize because, come on, how hard is it really?

Anyone can do it, right?

Well, yes and no. Technically, anyone can just raise their hand and do the job. And many janitorial services hire whoever’s available so they can minimize their wages and maximize company profit.

But ask yourself: is that a winning formula for providing excellent service?

Then you have other companies who hire skilled, knowledgeable, and dedicated employees. True cleaning professionals.

And they deliver measurable business results like: fewer employee sick days, increased employee productivity, and reduced workplace accidents…all of which affect your bottom line.

But how do you know you’re hiring a janitorial, cleaning, or sanitation company (whatever they call themselves) who can actually do this?

Here’s what to ask and look for:

1. Purposefully Make Statements Such a Company Knows To Be Untrue

When talking with potential service providers, focus your discussion on results verifiable through your senses: cleanliness, scent, touch, and so on.

A good company sells you what you want. However, a great one acknowledges the importance of those results, but then they redirect your attention to how they can get you real business results with their services.

It may be somewhat annoying to have them correct what you say. But that’s what good companies do because they understand what’s truly most important to your company.

2. Ask How They Pay Their Employees

Good companies pay their workers after they complete their job and around the market rate.

Great ones, who want the best workers who truly deliver exceptional value, pay above market rate and pay their workers immediately. They don’t make them wait.

Top pay attracts top talent. And then the company trains that talent so it produces the value you want.

3. May Not Ask You to Sign a Contract

If a cleaning company doesn’t require a contract, that’s good news for you. That forces them to give you exceptional work and value.

Because if they don’t, then you simply leave.

This isn’t a hard rule. Some great cleaning companies do not require this. But it’s a good sign if you do find one.

4. Listens to Your Needs First

Any janitorial company can create a plan that keeps your office clean. However, the great ones listen to you, what you need done, what you value most, and when you want it done.

Then they create a plan that works for you.

As you talk with the company, you should get prompt and courteous responses. If they seem hard to get a hold of, that’s a warning sign they’re disorganized and may let you slip through the cracks.

Great companies are difficult to find in any industry.

But now you have a basic road map for finding a cleaning service that does much more than clean…and actually drives real business results.

6 Solutions to Common Packaging Problems

“It’s the most amazing packaging we’ve ever seen!”

That’s nice. But is it really going to do your company any good?

Take a look at six common packaging problems to make sure you create something that amazes, impresses, and grows your business:

1. Designing Based Only on Your Own Opinion

Who approves or modifies packaging design at your company? Have they found a way to incorporate the customer’s perspective?

Naturally, you make the final call. But, ultimately the market votes for your company (or another company) with their dollars.

So, you must find a way to learn your market’s true opinion of your packaging.

2. Irrelevant Packaging

When was the last time you analyzed and changed your packaging? Have you made updates to move along with any potential shifts in market perception?

For example, does your market now have a strong dislike for plastic because of the harm it does to the environment and animals?

You don’t want to lose out on market share by failing to change with emerging trends.

3. Not Considering Your Competition

When you do change or create your packaging, do you have your competitor’s packaging available so you can analyze how it works?

It’s important to tell your brand story in a way that delivers value to your market so you stand out from the competition.

That’s easier said than done. But it’s critical to your success.

4. Confusing Your Market

The font, colors, images, and words you use on your packaging all communicate something to your market.

Do they communicate what you stand for and what your market expects?

Or do they work against each either and lead your market to different assumptions?

Again, testing your packaging with your market and gathering their feedback will help you make profitable decisions.

5. Hard-to-Open Packaging

Sometimes, amidst all the frenzy to create packaging that lights up your market, you can overlook functionality.

Your packaging might easily tear and let your product fly all over. It may be a pain to open. Your customers may not be able to reuse your packaging.

Functionality remains important. Make sure to give it a test or to get feedback from your customers.

6. Fixing Packaging That Already Works

Honestly, you may not even need to change your packaging. Perhaps you already have what your market loves. It happens to even large corporations.

An update is nice. However, it can also be a big mistake. So yet again, that’s why you always solicit feedback from your customers before bringing new packaging to market.

Packaging has been proven to increase sales. So make sure you don’t make these mistakes so your company reaps the desired rewards.

6 Truly Inspirational, And Unique, Shopping Bag Designs

You’ve heard us talk about what your shopping bag needs to create a winning experience with your customers.

Sometimes, it helps to see interesting ideas in action too.

So take a look at these shopping bag designs and use what you can to inspire your own thinking:

1. Fitness Company

Make no mistake about it, some of these designs will definitely surprise and delight you. Check out Fitness Company’s unique bag design:

What’s nice about this design is that it communicates what the company’s all about. You have no doubt what they do and what they stand for. Plus, with such a unique look, you know you’ll get other people looking and talking!

2. Stop’n’Grow

Check out this one, but don’t consider what the company does at first. Just look at the image:

You wouldn’t exactly understand the product or its purpose, right? Thankfully, the company uses a bit of text to clarify their product and why you’d buy it. Not only will the image on the bag get your attention, but you’ll also understand the value of the company.

3. Wheaties

Why does Wheaties have a picture of a washboard, 6-pack chest on its bag? The company sells cereal, after all. Well, they understand they cater to a market. Their market doesn’t want cereal. They want the “Breakfast of Champions,” and they want to look like a champion. So Wheaties delivers that to them right on their shopping bag. And it’s representative of what you should aim for in your own business.

4. Samsung

Samsung has a super-interesting bag design here. However, they could increase the attractiveness of the bag and enhance the value of their brand by putting a super-high resolution image on the TV. Because, that’s what you want out of a TV experience, and it’s something you can add to the bag, right?

5. Red Cross

What a great way to advertise for a worthy cause, right? You know exactly what they do and how they help. They might even want to include a human model on the bag who looks happy and is clearly receiving the health benefits of the donated blood. Or, they might also want to show an image of a happy donor, which makes it clear to prospective donors why they might want to donate.

6. Alinna

What a gorgeous necklace, right? This shopping bag truly captures the “wow” factor of the necklace. Alinna could improve this shopping bag by including the face of the model smiling ear-to-ear. Because, every customer wants the good feelings that result from having the product.

All images, by the way, are courtesy of deMilked and boredpanda, both of which you can visit to explore more designs.

Anyway, those are some pretty fascinating ideas. So, we hope they help you uncover your own.

7 Ways to Create a Green Facility

How can you green up your facility and save on costs, while also helping the environment?

Well, there’s millions of things you can do.

And here’s some of the top ones:

1. Lighting

If you’re considering building a new facility, then think about adding ways for natural light to enter.

Not something you can do? Install LED light bulbs then. They save a noticeable amount of energy versus CFLs. And they can last decades.

2. Leaks

Leaks can go three ways: leaky pipes, leaky vents, or leaky windows. Make sure you have your windows caulked to reduce conditioned air loss.

Have your ductwork inspected because leaky ducts frequently have about 30% energy savings available on your HVAC costs.

And the same goes for your windows.

3. Insulation

Some buildings don’t have any insulation at all. Others have insulation, but not enough or not a high enough quality.

The right insulation dramatically reduces your heating and cooling costs.

And if you want to be fully green, make sure the insulation you have installed comes from recycled materials.

4. Evaluate Workspace Efficiency

Your employees’ individual cubes, speaking in terms of green-friendliness, are now a thing of the past.

They were also believed to enable your employees to be the most productive.

However, that’s all changed with the discovery of community workspaces. And such workspaces, by the way, result in the most efficient use of space and the most efficient energy consumption.

5. Automation

You’ve heard all the rage about smart homes. You can use the same approach with your building.

Automating lighting and heating and cooling by zone can result in substantial savings.

6. Roof Ideas

Make sure your roof has a coating that reflects sunlight. This results in your roof absorbing less than 50% of the sunlight which hits it (compared to 90% if it’s a darker color).

Steep roofs should use tiles or shingles to maximize sunlight reflection. Prefabricated sheets work best for the same purpose, but are more suitable for low-sloped roofs.

If your building has a flat roof, you might also consider installing some sort of garden on the top.

7. Windows, Skylights, Vents, and Glass Portions of Doors

Installing storm windows can make a big difference in your energy savings. Make sure your glazing system faces south to take advantage of solar heat as much as possible during the winter.

What about summer?

Simply install overhangs or the shading devices of your choice to block the sun.

There’s much more to greening up your facility throughout the year. It’s an intricate science.

But for now, you have more than enough ideas that will result in substantial savings when implemented.

Radiance FlexMax Reduces Storage Space Required by Buckets 91.6%

Do you still do storage the old way…with lots of empty buckets sitting around?

The solution to that problem is now here: Radiance FlexMax reduces storage space required by 91.6%.

That’s right. 24 empty Radiance FlexMax storage bags require the same space as one empty bucket. Just take a look below:

When full, FlexMax bags reduce storage space required for the same amount of liquid by 38%.

What could you do with all the extra space available?

But, nice as they are, those aren’t the only benefits of FlexMax. Here’s what else they do:

1. Greatly Reduce Wasted Liquid

Buckets don’t always empty completely. Sometimes, you still have that tiny puddle running around the bottom.

Have you ever calculated how many gallons of liquid goes to waste and doesn’t get sold?

What’s a rough estimate? And what if you could sell all that liquid instead of letting it go wherever it ends up?

What difference would that make to your company?

FlexMax’ flexible packaging allows you to empty 100% of the liquid stored within. Nothing goes to waste. And that could easily mean big money goes back into your company where it belongs.

2. Easy to Move and Durable

You might worry about the flexible packaging having susceptibility to ripping and tearing. That might mean you lose all of your liquid instead of just some.

…But don’t fret! Stable construction and strong handles means FlexMax doesn’t rip or tear. Just like a bucket, it won’t get damaged and lose your liquid.

Plus, the handles allow for easy transport. Just pick up FlexMax and move it where you want.

3. Be Nicer to the Environment

Buckets aren’t terrible to the environment. But they are when compared to FlexMax.

This product releases 30% less greenhouse gases and reduces post-consumer waste by 65% when compared to buckets.

Now you can tell your customers that you go above and beyond to be kind to the environment…and mean it!

4. Collapsibility Means Even More Space Stored

Buckets always stay their same size. FlexMax holds your liquid, but also collapses when empty. You can easily fit several hundred empty FlexMax containers in the same space as 36 empty buckets.

What could your business do with the extra storage space?

FlexMax beats the living daylights out of buckets. And you should feel excited when we recommend this product to you!

Product Spotlight: Clorox Total 360 Electrostatic Spray Cleaning System

Still using a trigger-based spraying system to clean your facility?

Want to clean up to 18,000 square feet per hour while using 65% less solution, without sacrificing any of your cleaning effectiveness?

Yes. You can do all of the above.

Because that’s exactly what you get with the Clorox Total 360 System.

When you talk about disinfecting services, no equipment has as much proven support or as advanced of a system.

1. Proof from Reputable Sources

As you know, companies can make practically any claim they want about their products. Clorox Total 360 makes big claims – and has third-party proof to back it up.

For example, Holy Name High School in Ohio uses the Clorox Total 360 system and has never had any serious outbreaks of skin infections, which cause 15% of injuries that result in time missed from sports.

Clorox Total 360 was also named the 2017 ISSA Innovation of the Year and the Visitor’s Choice award winner.

2. Wiping No Longer Necessary

Yes. This is where you save a ton of labor. You no longer have to wipe down surfaces of any kind or for any reason.

The operator simply stands 2-4 feet away from the surface to be sprayed, covering the surface in disinfectant.

You may choose to wipe down the surface to achieve a more polished look or to remove visible residue. But wiping of any kind is no longer necessary.

3. Disinfect Hard-to-Reach Places

Germs and bacteria don’t avoid hard-to-reach places because they’re inconvenient for you. So, trigger-spraying or wiping won’t do the job with these areas.

The Clorox Total 360 system makes disinfecting the back, side, and bottom of surfaces and objects easy.

Simply extend the arm and patented PowerWrap nozzle into these areas to disinfect them, again without sacrificing any effectiveness.

4. How Effective is the Clorox 360?

It’s clear you get a great level of effectiveness with the Clorox 360 Total Cleaning system. But, specifically, how effective is it really?

Well, it kills 99.9% of bacteria in 5 seconds or less. It also kills cold and flu viruses, MRSA, and norovirus in 2 minutes or less.

It eliminates odors. And it inhibits the growth of mold and mildew for a week.

Plus, you get all this done in just a single step. And, anyone can enter the disinfected area immediately after you complete the treatment.

If you have thousands of square feet to disinfect, we strongly recommend the Clorox Total 360 electrostatic cleaning system. You’re left with absolutely no doubt about its effectiveness and the sanitary condition of your facility.