Beat the Winter Blahs

It’s so easy to get sucked into the winter blahs this time of year. The holidays are officially over and it’s nothing but dark and cold outside. We can help you to shake off those blues with these tips:

clean and messy deskDeclutter! Starting your day with a clean space can help you to be more productive and creative. Take advantage of the time spent indoors and clean your desk, office, purge old files, etc. Why stop there? Go ahead and make the rest of your life just as productive and clean your fridge, organize your closets and more. This is a great way to keep yourself organized and ready to start the year off right.

 

winter blues pop of colorAdd a splash of color to your wardrobe! 

Adding color to your day will brighten your mood and get the creative juices flowing! Why not add a colorful scarf or tie to your attire?

 

Add color to your office

Give your office or room at home a bright new look! 

Adding pops of color can really lighten the mood on those cold, dark days! You can easily do this with small office decor or add some flowers in a vase!

 

play outside in the winterGet outside and play!

Bundle up and get outside for some exercise, especially on sunny days! Sunlight is a natural mood-enhancer and exercise stimulates and warms the body.

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Do You Know How to Check Your Liquid Glue This Freeze Season?

Freeze Season Is HereWith freeze season here it’s important to know how to protect your liquid products. This winter please be sure your receiving department knows to do the following before signing the carrier’s delivery receipt.

When a liquid adhesive arrives, open the container and examine the contents for the following conditions:

  1. Check to see if the adhesive temperature has gone below 32°F or 0°C
  2. Does the product look coagulated resembling cottage cheese
  3. Is there water separation in the product
  4. Is the product hard and frozen

*If freeze indicator was used you must still check the product as mentioned above. 

If you discover any of these conditions and the Bill Of Lading is marked “Protect From Freezing” reject the shipment and state your exception in writing on the delivery receipt. If you choose to receive the shipment, you assume responsibility for the condition of the freight received. If you discover a problem after the carrier has left, call the carrier and request an immediate inspection. For other questions, call your AJ Adhesives Customer Service Representative at 314.652.4583.

Keep In Mind:

  • Place purchase orders early in the week so the product is not in transit over the weekend
  • Be sure to always keep liquid adhesives in storage areas at or above 55°F and away from open doors, cold areas, or any areas exposed to cold conditions
  • Please be sure to inspect all liquid adhesive products upon delivery in the presence of the carrier’s driver to ensure there is no evidence of frozen product. If this is not done, and the receiver accepts the goods, it is assumed the goods are not frozen at the time of delivery and it becomes the responsibility of the consignee
  • Order truckload quantities when possible to receive additional heat protection
  • Transit times may vary due to unpredictable weather/road conditions; encourage customers to buffer transit to ensure timely delivery

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AJ Adhesives and Mid America Packaging Hold Annual Winter Meeting

Tis the time of year again! The time of year the AJ & MAP sales and technical teams gather ’round to work on next year’s planning with educational and growth meetings.

While a lot of it is down to business work we always make time for company bonding at the company holiday party. Enjoy these meeting and party photos!

 

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IHC Does Random Acts of Kindness!

random act of kindness post

At AJ we believe our company culture is very important. This frigid winter weather here in St. Louis had our headquarters feeling the winter blues. So our IHC team decided we needed to do something about it! We decided to spread some IHC cheer and give out Random Act of Kindness notes throughout the office to brighten everyone’s day!

The response we got was great. Everyone was wondering where these positive, uplifting notes came from. It became a guessing game and really helped to lift those winter blues.

We believe to spread our IHC culture to our customers we too have to feel it, so we try hard to keep our internal customers, our employees, just as Insanely Happy

What will you do to brighten someone else’s day? Tell us here or on our AJ Facebook page!

Delivering IHC Service

It’s Saturday, January 18th, a bitterly cold and snowy morning in Chicago at 9:30 when AJ’s salesmen, Dave Beader, gets the call from his customer, Gold Standard Baking, that they are out of glue and need two pallets (2,940 pounds) ASAP or their production would be down completely. With the offices closed and truck line carriers all booked for the day Dave makes a quick decision, to keep his customers Insanely Happy he decides to rent a truck to pickup and deliver the glue himself.

IHC AJ Truck

He finds a truck rental company, rents a truck and then drives to the AJ Chicago warehouse to pick up the 2 pallets of glue for his customer. 

truck pallets IHC AJ

Snow coming down, Dave loaded up the truck with the 2 pallets of glue. He then drives to his customer to ensure their production line would not go down.

Truck at dock AJ IHC

He reached his customer’s dock and the product was unloaded. Saving the day Dave made sure he delivered to make an Insanely Happy Customer!

Now THAT is going above and beyond to keep your customer Insanely Happy!!

Winter Meetings at AJ & IHC MVP

Every year AJ Adhesives has a winter meeting at the St. Louis Headquarters to see how we can grow as a team and as a company. It’s always a good time to get together with all of our sales guys from all across the country.

This year IHC created an award system to thank our guys for all of their hard work throughout the year. We had quite a few titles to hand out; Social Media Mad-Man, Mr. Congeniality, Growth Bonus and our top award, our IHC MVP.  We presented these awards during the IHC presentation, and boy, were they surprised! The presentation was complete with disco lights flashing and the theme song from Space Jam blasting as the winners were announced. After all, it had to be an Insanely Happy event!

Our guys won their name on our plaque and a coveted IHC shirt. I think these pictures show how Insanely Happy they are to be our top winners for 2013. 

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Bill, Social Media Mad Man, IHC shirtGary, Mr. CongenialityDave Growth BonusIHC plaques 2013