Shachihata Xstamper has decided to launch our official blog. We just had a meeting and decided a blog was a great way to communicate what’s new at Shachihata. Periodically we will issue a new blog post with the latest information on the products and services we offer.
New product launch? You’ll hear it here first.
Upcoming tradeshow? We’ll tell you where we’re going to be and what products/services we’ll be showing.
We’ll also we be here just to share the latest happenings in and around Shachihata. Maybe it’s an employee birthday party, a Halloween costume contest or how we’re celebrating Earth Day…whatever it is, you will find it on our company blog.
And perhaps most important, this will be a place for you to communicate with us. Have a comment you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you.
We hope you’ll follow along and be a part of our new endeavor!
With summer now upon us, as well as high gas prices and inflation, many of us are searching for fun, and exciting things to do that won’t break the bank. Here are 12 suggestions that might be helpful in finding summer fun.
1. Visit a Farmers Market
Every community has at least one farmers market. They are a fun day out and a chance to explore what the local farmers have to offer. Check out this USDA website to find a farmers market in your area: https://www.usdalocalfoodportal.com/.
2. Have a Picnic in a Park
Grab your cooler and BBQ and head to a local park for a day in the sun. There is always something for everyone at a local park. A quick Google search of “local parks near me” is all you need to discover a previously unknown little slice of paradise.
There are so many things to see in this great country of ours, and a visit to a National Park is a great inexpensive way to see the sights and learn about the nature that surrounds us. The National Park Service has a wealth of information to plan your visit: https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/index.htm.
5. Go Camping
A favorite summer activity for many is going camping. Camping is an inexpensive way to experience nature and spend time with friends and family. You may want to find a camping site a bit closer than usual, with the price of fuel this summer. Again, the National Park Service is a great resource: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/camping/campground.htm.
Research nearby state parks for good hiking trails, or ask a friend for recommendations on their favorite hiking spots. Grab a hat, some water and snacks, and get out there. The National Park Service remains a great place to start your research: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/trails/index.htm.
Kids love to fish (for 5 minutes, anyway) but add fishing with a boat ride, and now you’re talking. I’m sure you have a favorite spot, but it can’t hurt to explore more possibilities. Good luck! This website provides information on everything from getting your fishing license to registering your boat to finding local fishing holes: https://www.takemefishing.org/.
Whatever you choose for your summer adventures, we hope you make the most of it. If you need marking supplies for camping gear or sports gear, or if you need pens and markers for your artistic masterpiece, we have what you need, and Xstamper.net is your resource. If not, get out there and have fun; summers are short.
There are times in our lives when we feel optimistic. We go on vacation or do other things that may not be necessary but make us feel alive. Then there are times when things don’t seem quite as rosy… take the situation we are navigating today. After the past 2+ years, we are now staring down a sizable rise in inflation. So it’s understandable that we now look for ways to save a bit here and cut a bit there. But it is also good to remember that the cheapest solution isn’t always the least expensive.
All of us have, at times, looked for the most cost-effective way to solve a need or task. But, this can often lead to additional costs, whether it be purchasing a lower grade tool that is not up to the task or maybe something that wasn’t exactly what you were looking for, but the price was right. This can lead to aggravation and wasted time at best (redoing a task). Too often, we end up buying a better quality product to replace the one we originally purchased.
So the next time you’re out bargain hunting, remember that no matter the economic environment, quality is always quality and must be included in the equation. Once quality and the life of the product are considered, along with the purchase price, the actual value can truly be determined.
Oh, and by the way, there are a few products that will last a lifetime. Once purchased, these items will be replaced or repaired free of charge forever. Click HERE for an example.
In late December, we bid farewell to our friend, Terry Minato, as he rode off into the sunset of retirement. Terry had been with Shachihata USA for well over twenty years! During that time, he wore many hats, including General Manager of our New Jersey factory, CEO, and most recently, Vice President.
He was a diligent worker, a teacher, and a leader. However, Terry will be best remembered around the office for his kindness. Terry is the best of us. He was well-thought of inside the walls of Shachihata and outside. He was known by suppliers and customers alike as a thoughtful and considerate person.
We held a going-away dinner party in Terry’s honor and everyone had a great time. Bob, our CEO, gave a moving going-away speech. Terry was gracious as always. And the food was terrific. We left happy and full bellies!
Now, we’d like to introduce Terry’s replacement, “Slim” Yamada. Slim’s been with Shachihata for many years, as well. Most recently, he was in charge of our Malaysia factory. Slim has big shoes to fill, but he’s up to the task. Over the past month, he’s hit the ground running and is helping to chart a new direction for us. We’re thrilled to have him on board.
We’ll wrap up this post, saying thank you to Terry-san once was again and good luck with the next steps in your life. You will be missed! Now we leave you with an image of the quintessential Terry, laughing and enjoying life!
Although nine other countries in the world have thanksgiving celebrations, the U.S. holiday is unique in the aspect that along with being a day of giving thanks, it is also tied to the earliest period of our country. It is not only a national holiday but a prominent moment in American history, that is still taught in schools.
Since 1621, Americans have celebrated Thanksgiving, but it did not become an official US holiday until 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln made the last Thursday of November the day the country celebrates the event. This date has remained the same ever since, except in 1940 and 1941, when President Franklin Roosevelt attempted to move the celebration to the third Thursday of the month for commercial reasons. This change was not received well and was short-lived.
The question of where the first Thanksgiving celebration was held in the United States has been a subject of debate, between New England and Virginia. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy attempted to find a compromise between the claims, by issuing a proclamation, “Over three centuries ago, our forefathers in Virginia and in Massachusetts, far from home in a lonely wilderness, set aside a time of thanksgiving. On the appointed day, they gave reverent thanks for their safety, for the health of their children, for the fertility of their fields, for the love which bound them together, and for the faith which united them with their God.”
So on this, the 400th year of Thanksgiving celebrations in the U.S. let us all take a moment to be thankful. It can be easy sometimes to overlook how fortunate most of us are in the United States, especially with all that has gone on over the past couple of years. But, if you take a moment, I am sure we can all find many things to be thankful for, families, friends, pets, health, happiness… Whatever it may be, be sure to acknowledge the blessings and gifts that you and your family have.
Last year around this time, Bob Ally, our President and CEO, bravely spoke about his personal bout with cancer. Since it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we thought this would be a good time to remind everyone of his thoughts and that the struggle to eradicate cancer continues to this day. Above is a shortened version of the previous video we posted on this blog, where Bob tells his story.
Cancer is such a devastating disease. It affects not only the individual but those around them. Sadly, most of us know someone close to us who has been impacted by cancer; I know I have. My grandma had breast cancer, as did my Auntie – both made it through, I’m happy to say. A good friend survived Hodgkin lymphoma. I had another Auntie pass away from melanoma several years ago, which was tragic for all of us, including her son, who was barely entering adulthood at the time. And, in the past year, my dad dealt with a form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He is currently in remission but will be closely monitored for the foreseeable future.
This is the unforgiving nature of cancer. We’re thrilled to report, however, that Bob remains cancer-free after eight years. We have posted the following link to the American Cancer Society. Please join us in donating to cancer research so that we can help out others, like Bob.
– Joshua Musial, Order Processing Supervisor/Marketing Assistant
As I am sure you are now aware, the Milwaukee Bucks won the 2021 NBA Championship. What makes this achievement noteworthy, besides Giannis Antetokounmpo’s amazing performance, is that the last time the Bucks won a championship was in 1971. That’s 50 years, a half-century, 5 decades, 18,250 days. Any way you write it, it is a long time coming.
What we can learn from the Bucks feat is that if you stay committed and focused on your goal and work hard, good things will come your way. Of course, there will be setbacks, and it may take longer than you initially planned. Ask the Bucks, but yet, here they are champions once again.
Now not everyone can be THEE champion, but that isn’t always the most important thing. When I was younger, I was a motocross racer; I loved everything about it, the bikes, the sounds, the smells, the competition, the excitement, the risk involved, all of it. Well…maybe not exactly all of it. One season there was this other rider. I can’t remember his first name, but I’m pretty sure his last name was Juba, as I saw it on the back of his jersey more times than I care to remember. I could NEVER beat this guy (unless he fell off or broke down); it became a bit of an obsession for me to beat him, if just once.
I watched him ride at every opportunity. During practice, I would always try to follow him to learn his braking points, his corner entrance and exit speeds, how far he would clear a jump, the lines he would take. Anything I could glean that would benefit me, along with my own hours of practicing. As the season moved on, I took what I learned and steadily got closer and closer. When the season had finally ended, I still had not beat Juba…not even once. The following season he moved on to another race class, and we would never compete against each other again.
Now I know what you are thinking; that doesn’t seem like much of a success story. At first glance, it may not appear to be one, as my total dedication to one goal had not been realized. But, what was achieved is more important than one race win. From this experience, I became a better rider, and the following season was more successful than any prior. I also learned patience and respect. So if you do experience initial setbacks, keep going, find ways to learn from them, and try new techniques and ideas. In the end, you may not be the champion of the world, but being the best you can be is true success in itself…
So, no matter what your passion may be; a sport, business, art, music, crafts, writing…stick with it, create, grow and expand, who knows maybe one day you too will be a champion. And hopefully, it won’t take 50 years!
In the words of Samuel Beckett – “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
The 4th of July is a day to celebrate the independence of the United States of America. We thought that it was a good time to celebrate all things independent. From kids going off to college for the first time and small business owners to musicians and artists, independence is a fundamental American value.
Shachihata is also independent. We are a 3rd generation family-owned company, established as ink chemists and stamp pad manufacturers almost 100 years ago in Japan. In 1967, we opened our US facilities. Since our inception, our focus has been on offering customers real-world solutions to all their marking needs. As an independent company, we have never strayed from our original concept of doing things the right way, regardless of time or cost.
As such, our core philosophy is guided by three principles: Convenience, Genuine Pleasure, and Trust & Safety. All of our products are rigorously tested for quality and durability, ensuring that you will receive the superior craftsmanship only Shachihata can provide. The result is loyalty and satisfaction.
Although we are an independent enterprise, we recognizes that we are still connected to everyone and everything on the planet. Therefore, Shachihata is also committed to restoring balance in the global environment by stepping up its efforts to conserve and recycle resources and develop production systems that minimize industrial waste. As an enterprise that prides itself on enriching people’s daily lives and culture, we regard environmental preservation as a central responsibility and are dedicated to realizing a low-carbon society.
So as we celebrate Independence Day this year, please take a moment to celebrate independence wherever you find it because it’s one of the things that makes this country great!
Many children are excited about going to summer camp this summer, many for the first time. Summer camps have always been a place where children grow, and imaginations are sparked. For many, it will be their first experience being in nature for an extended period of time. There are so many exciting things to do and learn. Oh, to be young again.
Certainly, this year will be different than summers in the past, as we are emerging from a pandemic that pretty much shut down life as we previously knew it. So, for those parents who are concerned about Covid-19 and summer camps, here is a link to the CDC recommendations for summer camp precautions and other helpful information.
Probably the hardest thing about summer camp (besides saying goodbye to our kids at the camp gate) is getting everything packed and ready to go. Kids rarely bring back everything that was packed; things get lost and mixed up with other campers. One way to reduce this is to permanently mark all your camper’s items. We have a few solutions for you here at our website. To help you sort through all the planning and packing we have a short list of essential items to pack:
We hope that all parents and campers have an amazing summer experience and that many memories and friendships are made. There is no better place to spend the summer months than in nature. So, enjoy and be sure to take plenty of pictures!
After more than a year of isolation, mandates, quarantining, shutdowns, and all the other unknowns, it appears we may finally be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. And that light is the warm sunshine of summer!
Considering all that we have been through, everyone deserves a little fun and to enjoy something other than binge-watching shows from their couches. It’s time to locate your camp gear, sports equipment, beach umbrella, suitcases, waterskis, and all your other favorite summer items that have been in storage for far too long.
What are your plans… a long overdue trip to see family members, a road trip to some long thought about location, a trip to a theme park, a resort vacation, or just some stress-free time in the great outdoors? Or maybe something a bit more local, like visiting a nearby beach, lake or museum, catching a few movies, picnicking in the park, barbeques with friends, or hitting your favorite sports team’s games?
The possibilities are once again endless, and all your favorite activities are waiting to be enjoyed. So get out there and soak in the sun and all that this summer has to offer. Whatever you and your family choose to do, be sure to enjoy the sunshine, be safe, and make it one to remember!
The Shachihata LX-7001 Laser Engraving System comes equipped with features not found anywhere else including, enclosed optics and a clean-up mode designed to save you time in your shop. Check out this video to find out how it works. We also provide complimentary annual maintenance visits to preserve the quality of your products.