Product Safety Solutions From BIC Graphic

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Take a look at these product safety tips provided by our friends at BIC Graphic!

US Product Safety laws can be very technical and complex. Several product categories have specific regulations due to the nature of the product’s usage or the materials. Knowing that your supplier has complied with all product safety laws gives you and your customer peace of mind. Here are some examples of major product safety regulations:

Most Promotional Products, such as Writing Instruments, Bags, Outdoor, Meeting, Awards, Fashion Accessories, Apparel, etc., need to be tested for lead (toxic), phthalates (hormone disruptor) and Physical Hazards (cut, pinch, tip over, collapse, choke, etc.)

Food & Drink Contact Items, such as Drinkware, Tableware and utensils, are tested for lead (toxic), cadmium (toxic), BPA (hormone disruptor), n-hexane (toxic), heptane (toxic) and other extractives (toxic).

Child Products (intended primarily for use by children 12 and under) must be tested for lead and other heavy metals (toxic), phthalates (hormone disruptors), physical hazards (choke, cut, pinch, eye irritation, noise, asphyxiation, etc.)

Electronics need to be tested for Fire and Shock Hazards, Mercury Content (toxic) and Emission of Frequencies (interference with other electronics).

There are many more standards that apply to specific products, but the above gives you a quick overview of the primary concerns of our industry today.

BIC Graphic has an extensive product testing process as well as a structured auditing approach their suppliers must comply with. This ensures that both the products BIC Graphic manufactures, as well as sources, are safe for your customers.

Product safety testing documentation is available on the Norwood by BIC Graphic website – (http://www.norwood.com/special/safetyreports/Safety+Search%99/) as well as testing specifically related to CPSIA regulations (http://www.norwood.com/special/cpsia/CPSIA/).

 

Indoff Introduces Energy Solutions Sales Division

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Indoff is proud to announce that they are officially expanding into the energy solutions market.

“The lighting and energy industry is undergoing a major transition that allows consumers to use energy much more efficiently. By opening the door to this industry, Indoff Sales Partners will have the opportunity to offer their customers many cost-saving solutions,” says Division Vice President, John Vasquez.

Indoff’s Energy Solutions division is focused on lighting initially, but its Partners will have access to a wide range of products from LED solutions to solar panels to spot coolers. This wide variety of offerings is consistent with Indoff’s tradition of providing total solutions to its customers.

“We have been in the lighting and energy solutions business for a while,” explains Indoff President, Jim Malkus. “But we think the time is right to make a concentrated effort to grow this portion of our business. Providing our customers with help in reducing their energy consumption, costs and carbon footprint is an exciting opportunity for us.”

Indoff is headquartered in St. Louis, Mo and has Sales Partners located throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. Indoff has been serving the needs of both the industry and office for over 40 years.

Vendor Product Spotlight: Akro-Mils

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This week, we are taking a look at Akro-Mils. Akro-Mils is on of Indoff’s many Material Handling Vendors. They are all about storage, organization and transport solutions that increase material handling efficiency and reduce costs in any industry.

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Akro-Mils has announced the expansion of its ShelfMax® line with the introduction of 23 sizes of ShelfMax8 8″ high plastic storage bins. These new 8” bins include sizes designed for shelving systems and many Vertical Carousel Automated Storage Retrieval Systems.

Extra-large ShelfMax8 bins feature even greater storage options for end users — including up to 95 percent more holding capacity than traditional 4″ shelf bins, and 65 percent more capacity than 6″ bins.

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Bins feature a wide hopper front for easy access and a built-in rear hanglock to allow complete access to contents when tilted out on shelving. The oversized label area easily accommodates a 2″ high adhesive label, or multiple labels for divided bins holding multiple SKUs. An innovative new divider design allows for more secure bin partitions, and easier installation and removal of optional width and length dividers.

ShelfMax8 colors include red, blue, yellow and clear.

For more information on this product and to learn more about Akro-Mils, Click Here!

Vendor Product Spotlight: BAG MAKERS

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Our second spotlight piece this week is highlighting one of Indoff’s Promotional Products Vendors, BAG MAKERS.

BAG MAKERS is a long-time Indoff vendor that specializes in imprinted non-woven polypropylene, paper, plastic and polyester bags. BAG MAKERS partners with distributors to sell more than 97 million bags each year, including paper and plastic, shoppers, gift bags, carry-out bags, trade show bags, insulated lunch bags, hot and cold grocery bags, backpacks and more. The company offers four imprint processes—flexographic ink, hot stamp, screen print and ColorVista (a high-resolution, four-color process).

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In January, BAG MAKERS introduced a new bag to its popular all-purpose tote collection—the Cubby. This premium, non-woven polypropylene bag offers six interior floating sleeves that are just the right size for carrying bottles of water, olive oil or a favorite beverage. The sleeves conveniently fold neatly to the side to accommodate larger items.

The Cubby Tote’s reinforced handles lend strength and durability, and its sewn-in foam bottom insert helps cushion breakable items. It also offers a 3-inch hang loop to attach to a bag stand. The Cubby Tote is a great bag for a wide variety of marketing programs—ideal for grocery stores and gourmet shops, wineries, farmer’s markets, company picnics, open-air festivals, concert venues and much more.

Learn more about the Cubby Tote at www.bagmakersinc.com, or in this brief Cubby Tote video.

For your free Cubby Tote sample, email our sample team at SampleDept@bagmakersinc.com.

 

Vendor Product Spotlight: Superior Manufacturing Group

 

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Our first Spotlight, this week, is on Superior Manufacturing Group. Superior Manufacturing Group has grown from a modest manufacturing and repair shop to a leading manufacturer of floor matting products worldwide. With manufacturing facilities in both North America and Europe, Superior Manufacturing remains committed to customer service, quality products and sales support. Superior is widely recognized for the NoTrax® floor matting line but also manufactures economy floor mats, food service products, and mats for the home.

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The product they have chosen to feature is their Arrow Trax™ mats. Arrow Trax™ mats provide a high quality, yet visually appealing product for areas that see their share of foot traffic. They have a durable herringbone pattern that offers non-directional scraping action and moisture retention. The mats have a full 38 ounces of needle-punched yarn per square yard that provides the highest degree of crush resistance. Arrow Trax™ is part of our GreenTrax™ program, providing high quality mats for green cleaning environments.   Arrow Trax™ is offered in a variety of colors and sizes. These mats are best used in  main entryways, employee entrances, or any and all heavy traffic areas.

To get more information on this company and their many products, click here!

 

Vendor Product Spotlight: Vantage Apparel

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This week we are taking another look at Promotional Products Vendor, Vantage Apparel. For more than 35 years, Vantage Apparel has been the top-ranked brand of identity apparel chosen to promote the names and logos of the country’s leading corporations, resorts, golf courses, colleges and casinos. They manufacture and stock nearly 200 styles of fashion apparel designed specifically for our markets.

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The product that Vantage has chosen to feature is their new ContrasTees. It’s a new, fun program that lets the customer take advantage of the color-blocking trend. You pick the body color and a contrasting pocket color.  There are hundreds of color combination options to go along with your creative design – you can even do full-chest screen print designs that go under or over the pocket!  The minimum order for this program is 72 pieces with a turnaround of only 2 – 3 weeks!

 

For more information on Vantage Apparel and their new ContrasTees, click here!

Vendor Spotlight: Arlington Industries

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Our next Vendor Product Spotlight features one of our many Business Products Vendors – Arlington Industries.  Arlington Industries is a leading wholesale distributor of OEM and Compatible Imaging Supplies as well as new and Factory Refurbished Office Machines.  Arlington offers one of the largest selections of Mono and Color Imaging Supplies and Solutions.  With over 40 years in the industry, Arlington will be “Your Partner for Imaging Products.”

 

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The Arlington Solution we are featuring is their Control Print MPS Solution.  When you combine Arlington’s Premium Compatible Toners with their full offering of Certified Remanufactured Printers and the Control Print Cloud Based Software, you have a winning MPS Solution and printer Monitoring tool that can help grow your business and keep existing business!  Don’t let MPS come between you and your customers, let it bring you closer.

For more information on Arlington Industries, click here!