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Out With the Old, In With the New

Wednesday, December 6, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alyce Ryan
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Is it just me thinking that this year has flown by faster than last year? With the final column of this year, let’s look at closing strong and looking forward into 2018. Traditionally, this is a time when the final campaigns are fulfilled, allowing us the time to clean out, take stock, and plan for the new year—an opportunity to take some things to the next level.

 

Taking Stock in 2017 for a Great 2018

A great place to start is removing what is not needed. So, what can we clean out? How about those great idea boxes that we thought we could use for ideas, but the campaign is long gone? How about those sample boxes in the sales department and conference room? In fact, there is a multitude of items that can be disposed of if you have an internal cleanout campaign. Let’s merge and make space for the new tooling of 2018; this is a better option than the cost of additional racking! When removing all these items and clearing the aisles and corners, remove at-risk safety issues.

While you are at it, take a look at cables in the customer service areas, behind desks and monitors, and in customer waiting areas, and take a peek into the IT department—which is not for the faint of heart. In the electronics and computer industry, they use a method termed cable management. It’s where loose cables are transformed into looms using a technique that allows you to quickly trace cables, but has them organized using strain loops and wrap methods that make them much more provisional-looking. This results in a safer area and one that is easier to clean and maintain. Another area to focus on is the reception area, and whether the cables face the visitors.

The Rise of the ‘Hi-Viz’ Vest

I have no doubt that the business I should have ventured into in the late ’70s is hi-viz (high visibility) materials. Today, the number of items in fluorescent colors and materials is staggering. Their wide use is escalating each decade. In Europe, it is common for vendors to visit packaging facilities with their own personal protective equipment (PPE), the hi-viz vest being one of them. This trend will continue, with many U.S. facilities adopting this garment as a norm, which leads me to ask two questions regarding the hi-viz vest.

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