While trying to justify the annual UPS price increase (happens every December) we were pleased to actually get a little good news from UPS.
Starting in 2020, UPS will offer regular ground service to a large number of metropolitan areas. This is long overdue.
In the past, Saturday delivery service was limited to a small number of areas, required paying for expedited shipping and added a Saturday delivery surcharge.
All of that is going away, starting tomorrow.
This is, no doubt, a response to very aggressive delivery services now being offered by the Postal Service and by Amazon Prime. Both of these services not only offer Saturday delivery at no additional cost, but even have limited Sunday delivery as well.
Now, when computing delivery times, a lot of our customers will only need to consider Sunday as a non-business day.
Curious about whether this service is available in your area? Click here and take a look at the list.
Duracell has yet again rolled out a new color scheme for its line of Procell alkaline batteries.
We’re not sure what they are up to, but the look is a radical change from the last two paint schemes.
When a company has as durable an image as the coppertop, you would think that long term brand building would be part of their plan. If it is, it certainly does not include the actual image of the product.
We have just started receiving product with the new look and should be shipping them in the next week or so.
Unlike a lot of online companies, we still have a toll free phone
number (four, actually) and we still answer the phone. The questions we
get are almost always more easily answered online through our
content-rich web sites, but we are happy to take the calls.
The most common question, by far, relates to gaffers tape, and the
three different kinds we sell. It is a good question and it is worthy
of a detailed blog post. Here goes…………..
is the best known brand of gaffers tape. It was known as Permacel 665
for many years before the brand was sold to Shurtape and it is the gold
standard for utility grade gaffers tape. It can trace its lineage
directly back to when Johnson and Johnson invented the original gaffers t
We sell it to Broadway tours, major concert producers and some of the
biggest video production companies in the country. If consistency is
more important than price, then Shurtape 665 is guaranteed to get the
from Pro Tapes and Specialties, has become the most popular tape we
sell and is the value leader in its field. It’s specifications are
identical to Shurtape 665 and performs comparably in most applications.
It is priced about 10% less than 665 and is available in lots of
Shurtape Professional Grade
(formerly known as Permacel 672) has a specially formulated adhesive
that is designed to work in extreme temperatures. Production pros turn
to Professional Grade when they are working outside in cold temperatures
or when they need a tape product to use around hot stage lights.
We offer all three brands in multiple widths and, like everything
else we sell, all our gaffers tape is sold with a “satisfaction
Need more info? Feel free to give us a call! (800-327-4414)
This is the time of year when power companies (at least the responsible ones) help their customers with tips on keeping their homes warm.
Some are simple and almost free. Others will cost you something, but you can easily recoup those costs with energy savings, especially if they can be used for more than one year.
One simple one is a “draft stopper” which involves wrapping up a towel with duct tape and pushing it against the bottom of an exterior door. The expansion of the towel into the opening fills the draft space and the coating on the duct tape almost completely stops the air flow.
Touch ups on trade show booths or on a video set with spray paint can’t be done onsite, since the use of aerosol sprays isn’t allowed on most show floors. It can get messy quickly and even damage other show material
Booths and displays in high traffic areas get dinged and bumped into and it can be a challenge to keep things looking fresh, particularly when a show runs for several days.
Cameras and audiences can quickly be distracted by a shop worn or damaged set piece is in plain view.
Quick color matched repairs can be achieved with colored gaffers tape and nothing is released into the air when you do it.