will not be affected by the Covid lockdowns occurring in China this month.
This month’s supply chain issues are mainly caused by China’s lockdown due to an increased occurrence of Covid.
Our trade association, Advertising Specialy Institute (ASI) reported that “Suppliers say lockdowns in Shanghai and other areas of China are likely to delay restocking of promo products in North America.”
I know, there has been an inventory issue for a year. Now it is getting worse. China was producing and shipping at a reduced volume last year. Now they are blatantly shut down. The Port of Shanghai is now a huge ship parking lot. These ships are either waiting to get loaded or unloaded.
How long will this problem last? It depends on the lockdown, and how the Chinese government handles the issue. Fortunately, Maglite is not affected. Many other suppliers like SanMar (according to ASI) have anticipated this problem, and have stocked up on inventory, to above average levels. Other promotional product suppliers that saw this lockdown coming, also are probably prepared to meet customer demand this year. Hopefully China will get back on its feet again soon.
Tomorrow, the first Wednesday in May, is National Skilled Trades Day in the US. This is the day we set aside to recognize the importance of those who:
Build your homes.
Fix the furnace and air conditioning in your office and homes.
Paint ceilings, walls, bridges, and machinery.
Wire your house and the businesses.
Fix your cars.
Create your hairdo.
Build the roads.
A college education isn’t necessary for any of these jobs, so these careers have generally been hard to fill with qualified people. Tomorrow, you can recognize these important contributors to society by:
Calling them for assistance instead of doing it yourself.
Give them a gift, like this useful architect scale ruler. It is a vital tool for reading blueprints of road construction and building construction and remodeling.
April 20 is International Volunteer Recognition Day in Canada and the UK. The origin of this special day is unclear. But, it is a great opportunity to thank those who give their time to help others. How can you participate? You can help on both sides of the fence. First, by being a volunteer yourself. Second, by honoring those who give of themselves to help others.
How to volunteer:
Pick an area that you love. Is it cooking, gardening, driving, painting, performing music, singing, fishing, meeting new people?
Find a way to combine your area of love to an area of need. You may find it in government, churches, local volunteer organizations.
Governments need people to volunteer on commissions, like the Shade Tree Commission, Parks, Civil Service, Utilities, and zoning.
Churches offer many ways to use your talents. Singing in the choir, playing your instrument, cooking, delivering, and taking people grocery shopping.
Your local civic clubs, like Rotary, Kiwanis, and Lions offer many ways to share your abilities.
How to honor the volunteers:
If you have been the recipient of the generosity of volunteers, you can simply thank them.
Or you can contact the mayor of your city, and ask if he would be willing to write a proclamation to call attention to those volunteers. Then call the newspaper and have them take a picture in his office of the group of people.
Give gifts, like Maglite flashlights to the volunteers in your favorite group. You can choose a government group, church group, or civic group. Again, you can call the newspaper, TV stations, and mayor to get involved in the appreciation ceremony. People like to read stories like this in the newspapers, and watch them on TV.
March 30 is National Doctors Day in the U.S. A good way to celebrate, is for all
hospitals to give the doctors an M3A AAA Mini Maglite engraved with their logo on the barrel. This slender flashlight has a pocket clip, so it is always available. It uses two AAA batteries, so it doesn’t take up much space. The power is in the packaging, and this gift comes in a hinged, firm plastic gift box. It is sure to be a hit.
What does a pipe diameter tape measure have to do with Pi Day? It’s a tape that you wrap around a pipe (the circumference), and it reads out the diameter for you. You don’t need to divide by pi (3.14159). It’s a simple but amazing tool for those that work with pipelines in oilfields and gas fields. Even arborists use them to measure the diameter of a tree trunk.
What does a “pie” have to do with this? 2 reasons. First, the two words sound the same. Second, pies are round, which is the appropriate shape when you are comparing circumferences and diameters.
So, enjoy the day by eating your favorite pie.
And now for the CONTEST:
What famous scientist was born on Pi Day?
The first person that leaves a comment here, with the correct name, will receive a FREE Diameter Tape in the mail. (Continental US only). Don’t leave your address, for security reasons. I’ll contact you privately for that information.
Since December 1, 2021, the Lufkin Diameter Tape Measure has disappeared from all retail shelves. Why? I am guessing it is because of the widespread supply chain issues. Every industry has been affected by this problem in 2021. The procurement of steel has been a problem, according to “Cheddar News” on October 18, 2021. The price of steel has also gone up.
The good news is here:
We expect to receive inventory of the Lufkin Diameter Tape Measure in April 2022. We plan to fill the back orders that have piled up since December soon. There are Chinese diameter tapes available now, but many customers would rather wait for the beloved Lufkin tapes.