I’ve mentioned before that we have a couple of refrigerators in the kitchens and lounge areas here at the home offices and we are no different than most offices in that we have certain policies regarding their use. Which, probably like you, we generally ignore. Here is a picture of one of them this morning. Is it just me or does this look like a baggage carousel at Southwest Airlines? Or the donation drop-off at the back door of the Salvation Army? Geez, there’s so much crap in here, this is where Jimmy Hoffa could be hiding. I don’t come home from Albertson’s and just throw all eight bags right into the fridge. Mainly because I don’t think a 32 pound box of cat litter needs to be chilled. So I take things out of the bag but at the office we might be so ashamed of our lunch that we have to hide it from everyone? And how cold do you need to keep that plastic bag? If keeping your lunch a secret is your objective…congrats, mission accomplished because I’m afraid to look in any of these bags. I’m waiting for one of them to start wiggling. Maybe your lunch is so bad you think it has to go straight from bag to mouth? Or is it an act of kindness to your co-workers because if we saw it, we might lose our appetite? We do have a couple of professed vegetarians who are always dragging in some combination of weeds, mud…and quinoa… that I would pay not to see. One of them brings some kind of a round fake meat patty that has the texture and probably the taste of gravel. When you drop it on the counter it spins around and around like a top until gravity takes over and it comes to rest like some miniature manhole cover.
We have a very official policy with regard to the contents of the refrigerator. Every other Friday an official sign goes up on the fridge that says, “If it’s here after 3:00 today, it won’t be here after 4:00.” That seems to work for everyone and it’s better than the previous sign that said, “If it’s furry or gray, throw it away.” I like the rhyme but seriously, there have been times when we could have made our own polio vaccine.
We have an ice cream cake box in the freezer that has been there since sometime during the Carter administration. It’s from Baskin & Robbins and we all know they have 31 flavors but we’ve had it so long that when we got this cake they only had 4. That’s like me going into a medicine cabinet at home and pulling out a bottle of Xanax that expired in 1987 and thinking…”Yeah, still good.” Anyway, this box is big enough to house two pair of football cleats or a good-sized ant farm and the only thing left in it is this little, tiny slice of freezer burn. Really, it’s so small a rabid, starving, half-dead coyote wouldn’t stop to eat it, yet the box remains there like we think it’s going to recycle itself. I believe this is clearly a case of “last piece syndrome”…you know when nobody wants to take the last cookie, slice of cake, stuffed mushroom etc. You’ve stuffed yourself full of crap for 1/2 an hour but you think you’re showing great restraint if you don’t take the last one and that no one has noticed you’ve been hovering over the dessert table like a vulture. And I’m sure the box is blocking the vents which keep the freezer from getting real cold causing every Popsicle I put in there to end up looking like a stick floating in a tiny orange lake. The box has been sitting in the freezer so long that even with a memory now showing significant lapses, I remember we were celebrating the birthday of our executive secretary…you know, the one who really runs the place, and she was a young, wide-eyed ingénue, naive but eager to learn, and now she collects social security, answers questions about Medicare and shows us pictures of her great-grandchildren on her phone (which hadn’t been invented when we got the cake).
It’s not really that different in business. IMC does care that your order is correct and we keep lots of products around for your events but we’ll let you decide what works best for you and jump in to help you with decisions about products and decorations. We have processes in place to assemble your order and we won’t put it on ice. We have thousands of products useful for many programs, events and holidays during the year so you can always find the perfect promotion for any season. We know when these holidays are celebrated so we make sure to have stock so we can fill your order. And 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 earn and 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 Troika, Nanda Home, Cerruti and Blackpen. 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…are you keeping it cold?