Hurricane Season is once again upon us. While some will mark this time as uneventful, many of us will be gearing up for the worst. Regardless of whether you are laughing in the face of danger or going into full on panic mode right now, there are a few basic things that you need to know. Read more
As most of the country knows we are in the midst of a massive “Polar Vortex” . As scary as this sounds (and it does sound VERY SCARY) there are precautions we can take to keep ourselves safe and warm. Firstly do not spend any unnecessary time outside! I read somewhere you can get frost bite if you expose your skin to the cold for more than five minutes. To this Florida girl, well that sounds like a horror movie come to life. Second, please bring your animals inside!! Third, I hear lots of hot soup, tea, and hot cocoa are called for in freezing conditions, plus in all honesty that just sounds yummy.
This time of year seems to be when most people come down with a cold or the flu. That is why we are having a sale this week on all cleaning supplies. Kill those sickness causing germs with products like cleaning wipes, Purell, and bottled soap. We hope everyone is staying safe and warm and not leaving the house unless they have to! Restockit.com cleaning product sale
BREAKING NEWS: If you work in an office building, you may be already dying!
That’s the news out of our nation’s capital today. Health officials have released a statement warning the public of a new virus that’s being transmitted via office bathrooms.
ReStockIt.com has interrupted our regularly scheduled blog post to bring you this urgent message. The full release continues below.
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Washington, D.C. – Patient Zero has been identified in what is believed to be the most quickly spreading virus since the 2009 H1N1 Swine Influenza pandemic. The family of Patient Zero has requested that she remain anonymous, for fear of public backlash.
The disease has been dubbed the “The Cubical Plague” and is transmitting most rapidly through the workplace. Many offices across the country have either shut down or are enforcing the government mandate of surgical masks.
However research is now showing that the virus does not appear to be airborne but rather transmitted through contact.
Offices and institutions that currently use bars of soap are strongly advised to switch to liquid or foam soaps and use touchless dispensers such as those found here to help stem transmission rates.
“We felt a joint release was necessary to help spread this message- we believe that great strides must be taken to slow the spreading of this disease,” CDC research Ted Bruski said.” Particular focus must be on the public diligently washing their hands.”
The only information available regarding Patient Zero is that she was Hispanic female in her late 30’s with an otherwise clean medical history.
The patient was declared deceased at 2:17 AM EST this morning after a sudden swelling of the brain and an elevated body temperature. Symptoms appear to mimic those of a variety of ailments, from dengue fever to encephalitis.
Arjay Singh, M.D. will be presenting an hour-long special report this evening on CNN at 8:00 PM EST.
Dr. Singh will be addressing many misconceptions people have regarding the virus, and how to combat it. Spokesperson Marissa Shujman of the Department of Health and Human Services will be joining the show via satellite for her first public appearance since the panic began.
“We urge the President to issue an official statement and assuage public concern over this growing epidemic.” Dr. Singh said. “He should use his platform to take a stance against fear mongers while reassuring the American people that their government has their health and safety in mind.”
“Once again, we strongly advise washing ones hands at every practical opportunity,” Shujman said. “You can do your part by sharing this information via social media. You may save a life.”
Have you already started pulling your hair out over holiday shopping AND shipping? We can totally commiserate with you here at ReStockIt. Not only do we have to make sure our customers get their orders in time, but we all have to make sure our families get their packages too! Here are some helpful tips to get you and your business on the right track for holiday shipping!
- Let your delivery driver know your game plan: No matter which carrier you use, let them know if your hours are changing or how much volume you expect to ship out. A forewarned driver is a prepared driver.
- Make sure packages are ready at pick-up time: Drivers want to go home too, so if you’re ill-prepared for them, you’ll put a kink in their day. It’s the holidays! There should be no kinks!
- Package protection: UPS, FedEx, USPS…they are all kicked in high gear during this time of year. They are pushing packages through sorting facilities and hubs like they are going out of style-so if one of your packages gets dropped…then kicked…then finally picked up, you have peace of mind knowing you packed it like it was Fort Knox in a box.
- Organization and you: Let’s face it. You probably use multiple carriers. Eh, it happens. Make sure you have your packages organized by carrier, placed where they need to be, and are ready to go.
- Don’t Stress! This is a no-brainer. Holidays are busy times, and we all tend to start pulling our hair out by the time Thanksgiving rolls around, but if you plan now, you can avoid the stress of making sure your customer, and you, are stress-free for the holidays.
For your sanity, we have included some links for shipping calendars from the Big Three Carriers.
FedEx recently conducted a study where they began putting sanitizer stations in their office as a test to see if less employees came down sick. The results were an absenteeism decrease. The study concluded that Purell hand sanitizer decreased the spread of germs in the office as well as reduced the amount of sick days employees took by approximately 20%!
Recent studies have shown that lost productivity due to illness costs US employers more than $260 billion annually. That 20% reduction in sick days could mean a savings of $52 billion every year if offices all used Purell!
Of course the benefits of clean hands and fewer germs extend far beyond the office.
You could say that Purell and I have quite a history. When I first started working if I wasn’t just on the verge of a full-blown cold, I was recovering from one. It was an endless and vicious cycle, and one that my boss and co-workers weren’t too pleased about.
That’s when hand sanitizer came into the picture. When my boss insisted that I begin using Purell Hand Sanitizer you could say it was love at first sight for my weak immune system. What a brilliant invention: the closest thing to washing my hands…in a tiny portable bottle.
And if you think you’re doing a decent job of keeping you and your workspace clean, think again.
FACT: Your phone is dirtier than your toilet!
Common surfaces that we come into contact with each and every day at the office are actually considered to have more germs than toilet bowls!! (Need to clean those toilets? Try these).
I can’t afford time away from work and you probably can’t either. Have no fear though; Purell is proven to kill 99.9% of the germs that it comes into contact with which cause sickness and infections. Use Purell and live a happier, germ fee life!
Today is Global Handwashing Day, and people everywhere are washing their hands more than usual. I’m an inveterate hand-washer, but with all this extra washing today, my hands are taking a beating. If yours are anything like mine, they get dry, cracked, and red looking, and no amount of lotion seems to work for them.
That’s why I like Softsoap. First off, it’s made by Colgate-Palmolive, the minds behind…Palmolive! I remember my mother using Palmolive when I was a kid, because it really did help her hands while washing dishes (this was before dishwashers were prevalent in houses) and they didn’t dry out like they would using other liquid dish washing soap.
I keep Softsoap in my kitchen, in my bathroom, and at the sink in the laundry room, and each one is a different scent. I alternate between the foam and liquid, depending on my mood, and I try to keep a manlier scent in my bathroom for the hubby, since he says he doesn’t like his hands to smell like lavender. I can’t think why not…
They also have different formulas that you can choose from, whether you want anti-bacterial, Kitchen Fresh, or their Pampered Hands line. Plus, the bottles are really attractive and you wouldn’t be ashamed to have them sitting on your counter! Plus, you should start stocking up for the holidays, because there will be even more hand washing then!
Are you ready? Whether we like it or not, most of us have one. Some are demanding and difficult while others are inspirational and understanding. But whether yours is fabulous to work for or not so much, today is all about bosses – it’s National Boss Day, also referred to as Bosses Day or Boss’s Day.
Patricia Bays Haroski is credited as “creating” the annual holiday. Years ago, the State Farm Insurance Company secretary wanted to show her appreciation for her boss and improve the relationship between employers and employees. In 1958, Haroski registered National Boss Day with the United States Chamber of Commerce and folks have been celebrating and recognizing their supervisors ever since. She selected Oct. 16 to commemorate her father’s birthday.
Bosses have a tough time of it – they’ve got to make all the hard decisions, and chances are they’ve got to put up with you, too. Buy your boss something nice on Boss’ Day and let them know that you don’t mean to be such high maintenance, and that you understand that being the boss isn’t always easy.
Take them out to lunch, buy them something nice for their desk (we make it easy for you!) or just get them a nice card, letting them know how you feel. Remember, one day you’ll be a boss too, and you’ll want to be ackowledged that you’re the best boss ever!