7 Reasons to Buy Canadian-Made


Did you know that 45% of consumers will go out of their way to buy Canadian-made products?  Why would someone want to go out of their way just to buy a Canadian made product you ask?  Well, we’ve compiled this list of some really good reasons!

  1. Creating and giving jobs back to Canadians, thus keeping our dollars at home.  Independent Canadian businesses provide 77% of all private jobs in Canada.[1]
  2. Quality control.  Canadian manufacturers are highly regarded for their strict quality control standards. “Made in Canada” has earned its reputation of being high quality and durable.   
  3. Direct communication.  The barriers that once existed between Canadian manufacturer and consumer are diminishing and never before has it been easier to directly communicate with the manufacturer to have any questions or requests answered. 
  4. Products from Canada produce less carbon footprint for you to receive the goods, which is a tremendous aide to the environment. For example, a product made in Canada requires 25 times less transportation than a similar product made overseas. 2
  5. No duty or brokerage fees are needed to bring the product into the country, which would otherwise need to be added to the cost of the product and therefore potentially making the product more expensive than its Canadian-made equivalent. 
  6. Health and safety are carefully regulated in Canada, as opposed to overseas plants.  We can feel good about buying products made in Canada!
  7. Supports our communities.  When we buy Canadian we are contributing to the enrichment of our communities and could be contributing to the survival of a struggling local family business. 

Ready to start buying more Canadian-made products?  Be sure to look for products from these Canadian manufacturers when browsing our catalogue or shopping online!

GemexDavis Group
TOPS Office ProductsAvery
Continental Filing SystemsHilroy
Empack3M
Global Furniture

Sources:

[1] http://canadianentrepreneurtraining.com/six-statistics-about-small-business-and-entrepreneurship-in-canada/

2 https://buycanadianfirst.ca/why-buy-canadian-first

What Is Antimicrobial?


It’s a term you’ve heard for years, that we’ve come to understand is something that helps protect us, but what exactly does antimicrobial mean anyways and how does it help us? We’ll answer those questions here!

So, what does antimicrobial mean?

Antimicrobial products kill or slow the spread of bacteria, viruses, protozoans, and fungi such as mold and mildew.1 You can find antimicrobial products everywhere – in your home, workplace or school.

Antimicrobial technology typically contains one of three active ingredients2 :

  1. Silver ion – used in a wide range of materials and applications including medical coatings, plastics and food-contact products
  2. Zinc – which is commonly used as an antifungal
  3. Copper – used as a preservative on hard surfaces

Which ingredient that is added is determined by the product type, where in the world it will be sold, and what efficacy claims the manufacturer is looking to make.

But how does it help protect me?

By using products with an antimicrobial protection, not only will you protect yourself from picking up potentially harmful bacteria but you will reduce the spread of such bacteria on any shared surfaces. In addition, the enhanced protection will also help extend the life of your product by protecting it from deteriorating quicker, staining and developing odours. This protection also doesn’t wash off or wear away, so you can enjoy the benefit of having continuous antimicrobial protection.

12 Great Uses For A Label Machine


A label machine is not just for super-organized, anti-clutter fanatics.  There are so many uses for a label machine in the office, here are some ideas you can start right away!

1. Learn a new language

Label common items with its name in the language you would like to learn.  Seeing the words daily will help you to learn that new language in no time!

2. Identify personal belongings

Stapler always go missing? Someone always using your mug?  Put your name on it with a label so everyone knows it’s yours!

3. Binder Clips

Keep your paper documents neat and tidy by grouping like documents with a binder clip.  Label the binder clip so you know what types of documents are in that pile.  You can also pre-label binder clips and use them to indicate action items like “Please Sign” or “To File”.   

4. Signs in the office 

Create a neat and simplistic label for you inbox and outbox.  You can also use labels to post subtle reminder messages, like the long-standing struggle to not leave dishes in the sink!  

5. Organize your breakroom

Indicate where dishes, cups and cutlery should go so that evertyhing is put back in its proper place. 

6. Cords & Cables

Ever reach behind your computer or TV and are overwhelmed with the number of cords back there, and finding the one you need seems like a daunting task?  Eliminate the confusion by labelling each cord or cable with its function and quickly locate the one you’re looking for.

7. File Folders

Title your file folders neatly and legibly by using a label.  This also creates a nice uniform look to your files, and you can take your efficiency even further by using various colours of label tape to identify types of files.  For example, all personnel files can be pink while invoices could be in yellow.

8. Inventory Management

Create a label for each item in your supplies cabinet and not only will people be able to quickly locate what they are looking for, but you’ll also quickly be able to identify which supplies are running low and need to be ordered. 

9. Binders

Quickly identify which binder you’re looking for and create a uniform appearance with the use of a label on the spine.  Using various colours of label tape is also an excellent way to keep organized. 

10. Flash Drives

Never have to wonder again what is on that flash drive by labelling it.  This also helps to reduce security risk by no longer having to plug in an unknown flash drive to determine what is on it.

11. Name Badge

Create a name badge quickly by using a label machine.  This works particularly well in creating guest badges for the office.   

12. Storage Boxes

Never again have to guess what’s in that storage box, and need to pull it down in order to see what’s in it when you use labels on the outside!