Sunscreen: Pretty Much the Greatest Summer Promo Ever Invented

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For many of us, depending on where you live in the world, days are becoming longer and temperatures are rising. SUMMER! Don’t worry; there’s no need to keep your excitement contained! Yes, summer is right around the corner and with that excitement it’s easy to forget about that inevitable and dreaded first burn. We’re not talking about that insult from the bully in 7th grade that you finally have a comeback to. Think more along the lines of an ugly and red full body sun tattoo. Ouch! Remembering the pain yet?

Summer is the greatest thing invented since electricity, sliced bread and John Stamos! Which brings us to our next point: sunscreen is pretty much the greatest summer promo ever invented. You may be asking yourself, why? Here’s an easy answer to your question, because EVERYONE uses sunscreen!

UV Rays & Compliance

If there’s one thing even your grandma knows best about summer it’s that the sun’s UV laser beams are threatening to penetrate your luscious skin with the fury of 20 Sylvester Stallone’s in the latest Rocky re-boot.

 

UV is short for ultraviolet. According to skincancer.org both UVA and UVB rays penetrate the atmosphere and play an important role in conditions such as premature skin aging, eye damage (including cataracts), and skin cancers.  At SnugZ USA our sunscreen formula and ingredients are always kept up to date with compliance standards. Rest assured, you can count on us to deliver a sunscreen product that is safe, PABA free, and USA Made in an FDA Registered facility that will protect from harmful UV rays.

UV Diagram

Case Study & Event Ideas

A distributor customer of ours called a few weeks ago seeking a unique promotional item for a local mountain bike race series. Their client explained: “I want a giveaway that truly connects with our riders. Something they’ll use throughout the summer at every race.”

Duo Bottle with Carabiner
Instantaneously, we both knew that the Duo Bottle with SPF 50 Sunscreen fill, SPF 15 Lip Balm and Carabiner (ZSUNPL19D –ZLBPWT) would deliver exactly what the race director wanted and more. Racers are stoked to have these for the 2017 season and they plan on ordering more to stock on their race website!

Not only is sunscreen great for MTB racing, but here are some other great ideas:

  • 5Ks
  • Marathons
  • Rock Climbing
  • Universities
  • Outdoor Events
  • Ski & Summer Resorts
  • Tradeshow Giveaways
  • Recreation Centers
  • Much More!

Summer can be cruel, don’t forget the sunscreen – Watch the MediaHive Video

Item of the Week with Janice Freij

Aren’t baths the best? We’ve always thought so.

If you’re looking for that next great item to recommend to your customer and have already exhausted sanitizer, lip balm, mints, sweets, stress relievers, polos and pens—we’ve got the ace for you! You’ve most likely experienced an e-mail or phone call where your client is adamant you provide them with the next latest and greatest item sure to dazzle.

This next go around, give the gift of relaxation by choosing an item of our Zen line. Zen is our aromatherapy line offering therapeutic grade essential oils extracted from nature. Our mix of proprietary blends and single oils were brought on board to help balance, harmonize, and promote health of body, mind, and spirit to the promo world. This year, SnugZ USA was the first to introduce such an offering of essential oil and blends to our market. Aside from bath salts, we offer an assortment of amber bottles, roller balls, soaps, candles, bath bombs, diffusers, and limited holiday scented candles.

That being said, we recommend our Zen Bath Salts in a Clear Glass Wire Bale Jar, sku NBSWB25. Sooth your customers into zen this holiday with our essential oil infused bath salts bundled in a crafty, eye-catching 2.73 oz. container.  Bathing in an essential oil infused salt bath at home provides the ultimate aromatic, escape from work and life’s stresses as salts release their calming properties designed to uplift one’s mood and reduce stress.  Our essential oil salts were handcrafted to cleanse and improve health to the body’s largest organ—your skin.

Unfamiliar with how to use bath salts? It’s simple.

  1. Fill your tub with warm water
  2. Equally disperse half of salts into water
  3. Let dissolve (five minutes)
  4. Dunk in and unwind.

We have seven notable proprietary blends to fill your container with. Pictured below is our Exhale blend made from peppermint, tea tree, eucalyptus and lemon ingredients formulated together to maintain clear airways and breathing, support overall respiratory health, and help minimize effects of seasonal threats.  We use Epson salt for our Zen combinations and the benefits are abundant. Epson consists of magnesium and sulfate mineral compounds which are natural agents that help reduce muscle inflation, increases energy and stamina, produce serotonin, and relax and reduce irritability. [1] Bath salts are a trendy spa item and are a hot commodity in retail. Chances are you’ve seen these soap and spa displays at your local grocery near checkout and the pharmacy.

 

 

Furthermore, this fun-size beaker offers a diverse amount of uses making it a multipurpose bottle. Its small size capacity, trendy exterior and re-useable ability makes it a versatile item you can refill with kitchen spices, daily prescription, or small purse items. It’s no wonder Sales Executive, Janice Freij recommended it. Bath salts are a fantastic fit for hospitals, health clinics, spas, hotels, and assisted living centers. Minimum quantity starts at 50 pieces per order at $4.48 (C ) plus a $45.00 (C ) set up charge. Allow five business days for production time after proof approval.

Janice is a part of our valued Sales Dream Team. She embodies an extensive insight in promotional know how and is in direct contact with customers on a daily basis. She’s plays an integral role in representing SnugZ USA in our business traveling expeditions to numerous trade shows and conferences across the country. We’re lucky to have her skills and talent on board. Those who have gotten the opportunity to meet and work with Janice can vouch for her colorful personality, skilled competencies, and passion for our industry. If you have any remaining questions, you are always welcome to contact Janice at her direct line at 888-447-6840 ext. 9548 or janice@snugzusa.com.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.



[1] Epsom Salt Uses & Benefits. (n.d.). Retrieved November 2, 2015, from http://www.saltworks.us/salt_info/epsom-uses-benefits.asp#.VkOnz875Rc8.twitter

 

Congratulations July MVPs!

We have many prodigies in abundance here at SnugZ USA; however, one can understand the difficulty in obtaining the task to select only three to be in the limelight for their commitment and hard word. Nonetheless, to our surprise, every month the bar is set higher and higher. After meeting one-on-one with these outliers, it’s no surprise these select few rose out among the rest. Their tenacity and diligence at work is unmistakable and worth the recognition. As a result, we are proud to announce and share our stellar SnugZians who rise above the bar. July 2015 MVP’s are: Lori Holdener, Saul Alcala, and Valerie Pelca.

Lori Holdener: Credit Manager

Lori is a prime example of a SnugZian dedicated to the max. She has been with us now for 13 years and we’ve never witnessed anything less than a phenomenal effort from her. Lori consistently operates at 110% in her responsibilities every day, week after week. It’s no stranger for her to communicate across various departments (customer service, order entry, marketing, and many more) and they all vouch how respectful and pleasant she is in her communications. A hidden talent of Lori’s is she’s a marvelous cook. She spoils her team and surrounding others with her yummy pastries and come birthdays your diet is guaranteed to make an exception.

As the customer credit manager, she’s no stranger to experiencing heightened phone calls but that’s no problem for this seasoned vet. Lori is a skilled artisan when it comes to handling these type of calls and has a knack for making clients feel appreciated and attentive.  We’ve received countless feedback on how much customers enjoy working with her. Customers and co-workers alike describe her as someone who radiates good vibes, obtains a robust work ethic, and enjoyable to work with. We are fortunate to have her part of our team and this recognition is far overdue.

When Lori is away from work she enjoys being with her family. She comes from a family of five siblings and is the second youngest child. Reading is big hobby for this credit manager; some of her favorite genres are mystery, Stephen King novels, and leadership

Saul Alcala: Lanyard Night Crew Supervisor

We asked Saul’s supervisor to describe his work ethic here at SnugZ USA and this is what he had to say. “I compare Saul to the ninth inning pitcher in a baseball game—a closer. Saul is the person I repeatedly look to for the last of the day push to get jobs done. He is asked to perform under pressure and he encompasses the tenacity and composer to do so with ease.” That being said, Saul is our Mariano Rivera at SnugZ. He is skilled, smart, suave, and dependable.  Saul shows up to work with his mind in the game and hits the shop floor wasting no time.

A true leader, he leads by doing and is an example to his team. Without reluctance, Saul shares his work insight with those he works with to help improve and develop their knowledge in manufacturing. His bilingual skills are very handy and he is fluent in all process in his department. Every day he can encounter various curve balls but Saul manages to adjust at the plate and cracks any challenge. We thank and recognize Saul for his remarkable performance; his presence truly makes SnugZ a better place to work at.

Saul has been a part of our family for a decade now. Originally from Inglewood, California, Utah has grown on him and he now resides in West Valley City. When he’s away from work Saul enjoys spending time with his 3 children and wife—Christina. Some of his favorite hobbies are barbequing ribs and Carne Asada, going to the shooting range, and running. Just last month we had a Corporate 5k with our health insurance and Saul was one of the first to sign up.

Valerie Pelca: Labs Swing Shift Team Lead

Valerie (Val) is the current Team Lead of our swing shift crew in our Labs department and we’re very grateful to have her. She’s been an irreplaceable member of our team since her starting role. She’s willing to perform any and all tasks asked of her and with a small margin of error. Val is the last one standing from our initial swing shift crew and we value her dedication and persistence during our growth. It was recent that Val was promoted to the Team Lead position and her crew has performed incredibly under her leadership. Their output has been noticeable and with great remarks.

When I first met Val she was everything everyone told me she would be: approachable, calm, smart, amusing, and likable. She always has a smile on her face and perhaps one of the most optimistic individuals I have met. Her “it can’t be done” personality is blatant in her dealings.

Away from her responsibilities at work, Val and her fiancé, Manny, are proud parents of three boys. She couldn’t be happier; she enjoys taking them to outdoor events such as: camping, fishing, swimming, and really anything outdoors. In addition, they have more critters of their own; they own a Ball Python and Toy Poodle. She just surpassed her year mark with us two months ago and we look forward to the many more years together. Thanks for being a great example at work and at home Val.


Sources: Sports Illustrated – Mariano Rivera

http://www.si.com/mlb/strike-zone/2013/09/20/mariano-rivera-42-things-to-know

Introducing our new Executive Director of Quality Control—Justin Gukeisen

 

In February, SnugZ USA welcomed a new member to its Executive Team—Mr. Justin Gukeisen, Director of Quality Control (QC). Justin isn’t a successor to a former administrator, but rather he is the first Director of QC in SnugZ USA history.  With his addition, the new 2015 Executive Team is now comprised of 11 members.

No matter the industry, it’s vital for every firm to pursue innovation and remain competitive. As a result, the Director of QC position was created to dissect our existing business manufacturing process, identify bottlenecks and constraints, eliminate waste, and consistently improve them to help ensure the company’s long term success.

A little bit about Justin is he’s a local from Utah–born and raised. A family man at heart, Justin is married to his wife, Lana, and together they have three children and one on the way. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints religion, he has a calling in his ward’s bishopric and when he’s not attending to family, church or work responsibilities, Justin enjoys pick-up basketball games. Lastly, he’s hard to miss around the office, just look for Blue, Silver, and Black. This avid Detroit Lions fan proudly wears his team’s colors and must own the biggest Lions wardrobe collection of any fan in Utah.

He brings with him an extensive work history in manufacturing, robust education, and seasoned skill sets as a leader and manager. Justin was with his previous company, Spectra Symbol Corp., for 14 years and his last position was the Chief Operating Officer (COO). At Spectra, Justin held several positions such as:  Janitor, Printer, Supervisor, Sales Territory Manager, Operations Manager, and Director of Specialty Products before COO. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management in 2011 from the University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business and returned two years later to pursue and receive an Executive Masters of Business Administration (MBA). Lastly, he encompasses experience in consulting nearly a dozen firms in the principles of Lean Manufacturing and process improvements.

Justin’s background helped him stand out among potential candidates but what truly helped him outshine others was his profound passion for the manufacturing industry. His gentle personality and commitment to help improve people and processes was a characteristic that struck a chord with decision makers. All of SnugZ’s executives have been hired from within, working years in the organization; however, Justin was recruited externally, an uncommon practice here. The prospective hopefuls were selected by referrals only—once again, attesting to his remarkable qualifications.

 

Naturally, Justin has wasted no time here at SnugZ USA and has hit the ground running from day one. During his training, he logged a keen ear to supervisors’ frustrations and constraints. He manages a team of 10 individuals and together they inspect all processing orders to ensure they are meeting customer specifications and are compliant with regulatory standards. Furthermore, Justin has been asked to facilitate a course in Lean Manufacturing in our SnugZ University program—an in-house training curriculum designed to offer developmental courses for all employees. Some of Justin’s goals are to help introduce and sustain all elements of Lean Manufacturing, empower all those he comes in contact with, and contribute to the executives’ vision for the company.

Justin has been an excellent fit for the SnugZ organization and culture thus far. Several of the manufacturing supervisors have approached leaders to express their excitement to begin working with him and his aspirations. It’s safe to say, we’re all ecstatic to move forward with his visionary leadership and targeted endeavors.

A Brand Pursuing Manufacturing Excellence

Starting out as a company making custom eyewear retainers in 1981, their innovative spirit has helped to grow them into a large full scale facility, producing promotional items from lanyards to a full line of personal care items.

Through the years, SnugZ has perfected the process of manufacturing, not only creating a product of quality, but one that customers trust and know will arrive on time.