Memorial Day is Monday and sadly, most of us only know it’s a 3-day weekend and all the commercials say it’s the best time to buy a car…or a fridge…or a TV. Please use the freedoms your ancestors saved for you to resist doing that. In reality it is the day, one lousy day, when we acknowledge, honor and thank all the men and women who have sacrificed so you and I have the freedoms to do things like…write this stuff. Thankfully, it’s their sacrifices in the past which have given us this peace and made it possible and probable that in America now, it’s more likely it was your parents or grandparents who served. Whoever they were for you deserves your thanks and a moment of thought before you throw those bratwursts on the grill Monday. That said, fire up the grill (made in Mexico) throw on those brats (made in Germany) pop open a Heineken (made in Denmark) and turn on the hockey game (made in Canada) because that’s what America is all about.
For the rest of us, well we seem to be preoccupied with trying to make our 3-day weekend longer…and with some success. It’s the Friday before a 3-day weekend and offices all around the country are darker than the inside of my heart. And I started this blog yesterday because there was already nobody around to bother me and today, anyone who can get away with it has turned a 3-day weekend into a 4-day weekend. Look around you America; offices usually teeming with people are cave-like dark. You almost expect a bear to walk out, yawning and scratching his butt, looking for a snack. Today, in most offices, it’s like you’ve suddenly been transported to the moon and there is nothing around you except an American flag and a broken-down dune buggy. After all my years in offices all around the country, I’ve begun to recognize the signs. Vacation planning has really become an art form; learning to stretch a 3-day weekend into something more. It’s so popular you’d think there should be a section in the employee handbook about it. And no apologies are necessary…if you have earned the time available, anything you can do to maximize its effectiveness is just good planning. Although many of you, and certainly your employers, might be better served if you put this kind of effort into your work performance on a day-to-day basis. Anyway, it’s common to find people taking Friday off to make it a 4-day weekend. At this point it’s something even rookies can do. Stretching it into a longer spell takes some ingenuity, planning and is usually best left to cagey veterans. Also, it’s a little sketchier when you call in sick on Wednesday and then again on Thursday. What are the chances you’re going to come in on Friday just to take a break from the 6-day vacation you’ve given yourself? You’ve just turned a case of the sniffles into another week of vacation. Really? How sick are you? I’m sure it would have been on the news if there had been an outbreak of malaria in Reseda. Do we need to contact the Centers for Disease Control or are you just coming back to the office in a hazmat suit on Tuesday to convince us you really were sick? But I can tell you this…if I find a picture on Facebook and I can tell you’re in line to ride the Teacups at Disneyland, I’m going to require a note from your doctor.
If you’re working today and everyone you know is at the beach or lounging by their pools, congratulations…you’re what makes America great.
It’s not really that different in business. IMC is open and manufacturing and manning the phones every work day to serve you and your clients. We know you have deadlines and we’ll do everything we can to meet the date promised. So whatever you want will be right and on time because we have processes in place to assemble your order so you won’t have to worry about it. We have thousands of useful products for many programs, events and holidays during the year so you can always find the perfect promotion for any season. We have calendars so we know when these holidays are celebrated so we make sure to have stock so we can fill your order. Even if your client has invented a holiday or celebration, we can also custom-make almost anything you can dream to make your client’s event all it can be. And we know you want exactly what you’ve ordered so we do everything we can to learn that order and help you look good to your customers. Take a look at our YouTube channel to see some videos showcasing popular products for some ideas on how to use them. We take our business relationship seriously and we want you to enjoy, give and receive our products and be able to use them every day. We look forward to working with you and we always have ideas to make our products work for your clients. You can also request our 2014 catalog on the Catalog page of our website and order some. And all of our new items are visible in the section of our website. The 2014 IMC catalog is also available virtually at Zoomcatalog.com if you’re tired of fighting paper catalogs. It can be viewed nicely with your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone. IMC is the recognized leader in the introduction of new retail brands to the promotional product industry and has multiple design awards from both ASI and PPAI. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 40 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. See great ideas and items from Kikkerland, Stewart/Stand, Wedgwoodand Bluetech. We invite you to browse any of our 2,500+ products on the IMC website to see items suitable for any occasion or event and pieces you can use to personalize your relationship with your clients. We have promotional products for every event, show, convention, corporate store and company program that will keep your client looking to you for new ideas. What do you think? Let us know with a comment here or on Facebook or Twitter. IMC wants to know…what are you grilling on Monday?