Do You Smell Smoke?

Donn James

We had a fire drill this week and it was a planned event and I’ve found that tends to take much of the suspense out of it. With all the advance warning you would have thought I’d have made plans to call in sick but my memory is just not what it needs to be. Because we make products for so many large, multinational conglomerates we have, over the course of the last 30-some years, had many fire drills to comply with our own and their HR. requirements. It’s actually surprising how many of these companies have ticklish rules in place regarding child labor, safe workplaces, sexual harassment and the fair treatment of employees. Here in California we’ve always been ahead of the curve, so you’re not going to find a 5-year old sewing together soccer balls in Malibu or a Montessori classroom in Brentwood lacing up tennis shoes. You may be just learning it but California is very different from the real world in that people file a Workplace Harassment claim if the cappuccino machine malfunctions or if the company-provided daycare center runs out of chocolate milk. Our state is very liberal in these cases even though I’m pretty sure the kid who just put new tires on my car was about 12 but I was assured he had a work permit.
These fire drills are generally well-organized and normally result in nothing more than a broken limb or two as people trip, orderly falling down the stairs. And getting people whose ages range from the early 20s all the way to ‘one foot in the grave’ out of a building is a daunting challenge. The offices and warehouse exits were unusually successful so our “Days Without a Major Tragedy” sign remains at 0 and we were able to cancel our standing order for an ambulance. So now we’re all standing outside in the smoking section which is mildly ironic in that it’s completely legal to stand outside smoking while you watch your office…and your cigarette burn. In fact, for those still addicted to this vile, disgusting habit, they probably just see the fire drill as an unexpected smoke break.
While we’re waiting for our smiling version of Fire Marshall Bill to take roll so we can return to work, certain caring people are silently taking roll just in case we left one of our customer service people chained to her desk in our hurry to vacate the premises. They’re easily replaced but there’s a lot of paperwork involved so it’s best for all concerned if we don’t leave one inside to roast. Not being a caring person my only thought is that I hope the fire doesn’t get to the drawer where I keep my microwave popcorn.
The real problem with an outdoor gathering in California is that you tend to attract characters you thought only lived in bad novels. This day our herd of sheeple attracted the guy we call the preacher. He lives in the park down the street in a two-bedroom refrigerator box, is generally regarded as harmless but his constant yelling is slightly off-putting. All his belongings are carefully stored in a shopping cart he stole from Target and he pushes it around with the annoying ostentation of a Mercedes owner. He wears a hoodie lined with aluminum foil and is usually ranting about the rapture or the government being able to read what’s left of his mind. I don’t understand him because well, I don’t speak…crazy but I thought I heard him say, “The world is going to hell” but a co-worker, who is also crazy, claims he told us the 11 secret herbs and spices in Kentucky Fried Chicken.

IMC has in excess of 2200 promotional products that will help you serve your client and we are adding new brand partners and products from our collections and our established retail brand partners. We believe IMC products speak for themselves and we can also show you ways to use and market them to your clients. Our products with decoration will have your customer coming back time and time again. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 50 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. We invite you to browse any of our 2,200+ products on the BRAND NEW IMC website to see items suitable for any occasion or event and pieces you can use to personalize your relationship with your clients. You can register as a distributor, track orders, upload art for virtual samples and even create your own flyers and catalogs of our products. We welcome you to 2017 and wish you the best and we hope you had time to stop and visit IMC at the PPAI Las Vegas show. The 2017 IMC catalog is available by request from the IMC website and is posted on the online services. We’ll continue to treat our clients professionally and get your orders to you…on time and on budget. You can also request our 2017 catalog using the catalog page of our website or download the PDF. We have products for every event 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. 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. The 2017 IMC catalog is also live and available virtually at and on our website if you’re tired of fighting paper catalogs and 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. 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 TwitterIMC wants to know…which way is the door?

About IMC

IMC is a prime manufacturer and supplier of products to the promotional products industry. We sell only to qualified promotional products distributors. ASI supplier, PPAI supplier. Our lines include our own IMC lines and 26 branded lines.
This entry was posted in Brands, Business Gifts, Customer Service, Manufacturing, Promotional Products, Promotions, Retail Brands, Sales. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s