Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

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It is very important that, when we can, we try to do our part to reuse & recycle products that have the potential to be reinvented. By doing this we not only save space in our landfills, but preserve energy and the Earth’s natural resources. Natural materials like iron ore and coal are constantly used in making new products. By finding a way to reuse, recycle, or refurbish your old goods, you will be single-handedly helping preserve the environment around you. This can be anything from a water bottle to a filing system!

Recently, one of our Indoff Sales Partners, Marsha Olinghouse, did her part in going green. She and her team worked with a Wells Fargo branch in West Chester, Ohio and all together saved 10.8 TONS of metal!

“We try hard to always ask our installers to use care and not to fill the landfills with furniture removed from the decommission or other disposals,” Marsha explains. “My installer said that the old file cabinets were recycled. Also (50) chairs and (5) files were donated to a nonprofit Adoption Center. The workstations were sent to be refurbished for future use. The only items that were put in a dumpster were old wood work surfaces from the stations.”

Here is the breakdown of what Marsha was able to save:

-27032.5 lbs Of Iron Ore Saved!

-10813 lbs Of Coal Saved!

-432.52 lbs Of Limestone Saved!

“We take many measures in recycling and try to be green every day,” Marsha says.

Indoff is very proud of Marsha and all of our Partners who do their best to “Go Green”!

Do you reuse and recycle? Share your stories below!

“Best Place to Work” Award!

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For the fifth year in a row, Indoff was named one of the best places to work by Counselor magazine. We are so honored that they picked us to be a part of their list again! This year ASI chose us as one of their stops on their road tour. The crew came in to tour our corporate office, enjoyed lunch, and helped us pick a winner in our annual pumpkin decorating contest. We had so much fun with ASI and hope to be a part of the “Best Places to Work” list again next year!

Check out our album from our ASI visit and pumpkin contest! http://on.fb.me/GSSqSa

Vendor Spotlight: Edwards Garment

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Edwards Garment is a leading specialty image apparel and uniform supplier for men’s and women’s clothing.  Established in 1867, the company began manufacturing men’s and boy’s pants under the name Kalamazoo Pant Company.  Edwards Garment was established in the 1950s to develop uniform programs for career and casual wear.  Today, the company is known for their Image Apparel programs and legacy items including dress oxfords and traditional broadcloth shirts; luxury knit polo’s; casual woven shirts and blouses; dress or business casual pants, shorts and skirts; blazers and suits as well as cotton and acrylic sweaters.  Inspired by timeless styles, Edwards Garments are seen at restaurants, hotels, casinos, financial institutions, transit centers, theme parks, stadiums, arenas and other industries who build their brand with image apparel.

The company is privately held and located in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Our warehouse is home to over 400 catalog styles and 130,000 sku’s.  Our motto is “Image Apparel Made Easy” and Edwards offers:

  • Sizes to Fit Everyone from XXS-6XL
  • No minimum Order Size – Order Just One
  • 98% In-Stock Availability on Popular Styles
  • Same Day Shipping on Blank Orders received by 4PM ET
  • Shop, Decorate & Ship from One Location
  • 3 to 5 Day Quick-Turn Embroidery Services
  • Emblem Decoration and Garment Modification Services
  • Free Pant Hemming Prior to Shipping
  • Two-Day Delivery Nationwide (continental United States)
  • Easy Returns, No Restocking Fees
  • One Order, One Warehouse, One Invoice
  • Shop 24/7 at www.edwardsgarment.com

Products

Edwards supplies corporate, casual and image apparel with expertise in hospitality, security and transit markets.  The catalog offering is on the shelf and ready to ship.  Styles include: polos and  knits, casual and dress wovens, sweaters, pants/shorts/skirts, neckwear, transit and security apparel, hospitality and restaurant apparel, chef apparel, aprons and housekeeping apparel.  Offering a consistent and expansive size range, Edwards is a supplier that fits you.

Service

Edwards is a top 40 ASI supplier with a 4.5 star rating.  We offer three convenient ways for you to place an order.   And, we offer same day shipping on blank orders received by 4PM ET.  You may contact Customer Service at 800.253.9885 Monday-Friday, 8AM ET – 7PM ET; eMail your order to orders@edwardsgarment.com or obtain an online account and order 24/7 through “e for me”.

Marketing

Think marketing, think Edwards as a partner in growing your business.   We encourage you to take advantage of our free marketing tools that offers everything from flyers to brochures, virtual samples to photo CDs, custom catalogs to zoom catalogs and more.  Visit us at http://www.edwardsgarment.com to learn more about all we have to offer.

Quality

Edwards Garment develops product with comfort, performance and durability as key priorities to satisfy our customer needs, and has a long standing policy of standing behind the quality of its product.

Quality starts during the development process with the selection of materials that are suited for the image apparel industry, and continues throughout the life cycle of a product with material testing and finished product audits to confirm that performance expectation are consistently met.

This focus on product quality results in very high marks from customers on after-purchase surveys in the area of product quality and an extremely loyal customer base.

Decoration Services

Adding embroidery or emblems builds brands and showcases design from simple to extraordinary using rich tone-on-tone silhouettes to colorful patchwork décor.  Send us your artwork for embroidery or emblems for attachment.  Edwards has the ability to make decoration services easy.  Our cutting edge embroidery machines and experienced decoration associates provides operational excellence.    Edwards offers:

  • Free digitizing on orders of 48 or more pieces up to 6,000 stitches
  • Sew out proofs available with 24 hours of digitizing
  • Expedited decoration and shipping services
  • Drop shipment services directly to your customer
  • Easy to place repeat orders with your artwork already on file
  • Competitive rates with quick turns and only one invoice

Edwards is your single reliable source devoted to customer service.

Edwards Garment

4900 S. 9th Street

Kalamazoo, MI  49009

PH: 800.253.9885

FX: 800.234.9150

http://www.edwardsgarment.com

Getting New and Loyal Customers

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Everyone says that one of the hardest things about running a business is developing long-lasting, loyal customers. They say that getting new ones is easy, but getting return business from someone can be a bit more work. While they are correct, it is essential to gain more and new customers as your business grows. Before you decide to use traditional methods of gaining customers, think of ways to turn them into repeat customers right off of the bat!

In a recent article from Inc.com, young entrepreneurs offer new – and forgotten- ways to attract new customers and clients that will turn a one-time buyer into a potentially loyal “fan” of yours. There are a few suggestions, like “making weekly calls”, that may not get you what you’re looking for, but others like “experimenting with the odds” may have some validity. For instance, if you’re current ad campaign isn’t producing the type of results you prefer, try mixing it up! Do something you normally wouldn’t (unless, of course, it would hurt more than help).  Creating new ideas and implementing them is a great way to test your strategy and potentially gain a whole new market.

What are other ideas that you can think of that pull in new customers? Share with us below!