Springin’ to Summer!

I know it is only February, but the weather here in sunny Miami has me in a summer state of mind!

And with many enjoying this time of the year with family and friends on vacation, I think it is the perfect time to highlight a few fun-in-the sun promo items that will be of a great use no matter where you are vacationing this year!  

A vacation essential is a good tote bag. Whether is for the beach or to hold your belongings while sightseeing, it is important to bring a tote bag that is practical and will also have just enough space. I love this great tote bag from Leeds.com, the Sun & Sand Cotton Beach Tote. With is fun, bright colors and mesh bottom hidden by a bottom flap, it allows you to store all of your vacation necessities without getting sand stuck everywhere. We also love the foldaway shopper totes, such as the one below. They foldaway into a corner drawstring pouch, taking up less space in your luggage, yet the nylon fabric makes it great for carrying wet clothes/towels home from the beach.   

Vacationing means always being on the go, and we love items that come as “kits” and include multiple items to keep you always ready. Tekweld.com carries great sunscreen and outdoor kits as well as first aid kits that will always keep you prepared. They feature various kits that can be customized to your clients’ needs and will surely be useful on their next outing. Kits include sunscreen, bug repellent, body lotion, and stain removers.

Waterproof phone cases have been very popular that past couple of years with the evolution of technology and social media. We simply want to share all of our experiences with friends and family, so why let a little water stop you! We love the water proof pouches and breakaway neck cords making it easy to keep your mobile device on you at all times. Be sure to include a pair of sunglasses inside the pouch as a great bonus that will surely be appreciated.

I have a great appreciation for receiving promotional items that are not only trendy but that are also useful and I will want to bring it everywhere, any chance that I get. Those items for me this year are the beach towel and selfie stick. I can always use an extra beach towel living in Miami, but it is a great way to catch the eye of not only who is receiving it but who will be seeing it. Towels have become a great way to promote and please as I like to call it, serving its purpose on many levels. When you wrap yourself up in a great, bright, eye catching towel, you feel a sense of instant gratification and appreciation. Selfie sticks provide that same instant gratification, literally! There is no better vacation accessory at the moment than the selfie stick! Hand’s free connectivity with our smart devices will always win over the recipient, and provide a great “walking billboard” of some sorts to any brand!

 

2016 Nurses Week

Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6th – 12th to honor the hard work and dedication of professional nurses throughout the country.

One way that many hospitals celebrate this week is by giving their nurses gifts, many of which include the hospitals’ logos. Some of our favorite promotional products for nurses this year are:

– Totes and duffel bags (If planned well in advance, you can present some very cool custom bags)
– Spa-type gift sets (Essential oils are a great gift that will surely be appreciated!)
– Anything Tech! (power bank, car charger, selfie stick)
– Collapsible lunch containers with matching utensils
– Picnic blankets or beach chairs

There are literally thousands of other options around, but these are what I like the most right now – they’re all unisex and either useful or fun! But regardless of what gift you choose, the important thing to is to recognize these often-unsung healthcare professionals. So to all of the nurses out there, thank you for all that you do!

Protect Your Checks with Anti-Fraud Ink!

Most may not realize it, but the checks we write are one of the most targeted forms of fraud.

According to a 2015 AFP Payments Fraud and Control Survey, they account for 77% of all fraud cases. Check washing accounts for more than $815 million in fraud every year. Even more so, prescription drug fraud accounts for more than $10 billion in annual losses.1439318971954

To many, writing checks is an “old-school” method that has virtually been replaced by debit cards. Because of this, when we write checks now, we may not consider the ink inside of the pen that we are using to write. This is where ISO (International Organization for Standardization) has established ink standards to be used in pens that protect our documents from fraud. ISO-12757 applies to the ballpoint ink refills used for documentary used and general use as well. These standards mean the ink under these standards must be water-resistant and fade-resistant. The ink will essentially become trapped in the paper, making it impossible to erase or alter any important documents. Other requirements include Ethanol resistance, bleaching resistance and light resistance.f

While the FBI estimates that losses total over $18.7 billion annually in check fraud, the testing and standards of the ISO-12757 are reviewed every five years. So how are we to protect ourselves?

As I mentioned earlier, many people don’t find themselves writing checks anymore thanks to bank debit cards, allowing easier access to our bills online. However, for the occasions that you do have to write checks, or fill out personal prescription information, it is important you come prepared.

I can almost guarantee at this very moment you have multiple pens on your person or in your general area while reading this. I know I have about five in my purse next to me and even more inside the desk I am sitting at. A great tip is to always keep a set of these specific pen in two environments where you may need to write a check or fill out important paper work : at home of course, maybe at a desk where you pay your bills and such as well as in your car/purse for the ladies. Mark the pen with a piece of tape if that will help you tell it apart from other pens you may have laying around. This way, you will always be one step ahead.

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