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.
Overall, 2020 was certainly not the best year on record – that is for sure. But it was a year where we experienced and learned (too) many new things.
We learned that people can come together in amazing ways to help each other. Frontline workers and many essential workers put others ahead of their own safety and provided much-needed services. We also learned of daily acts of kindness that were performed throughout the year. On the other hand, we also learned that as humans, we can also be a bit set in our ways at times and hesitant to change. And we truly learned the sadness of losing friends and loved ones.
We learned that both people and businesses are quick to adapt. Many businesses began manufacturing PPE and other needed products by adapting their resources. Both businesses and people learned what Zoom is and how to utilize it, and we learned how to work from home when it is possible. The food industry had to drastically change their business models, many offering to-go meals for the first time. At the same time, outdoor only dining was introduced, along with other new services such as cook at home meals, and let’s not forget alcohol delivery. We learned what remote learning is. We learned how to navigate a televisit with our medical professionals and found it to be a pretty great thing. The film industry learned how to release new films through streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon. My niece loved Mulan on Disney Plus! And we also learned we can purchase anything and everything from the comfort of our sofa, even an automobile!
With so much more time on our hands, many of us took up new hobbies and learned how to create arts and crafts projects, among other things, to pass the time. We saw record sales in-home fitness equipment (I bought a treadmill), jigsaw puzzles (yup, I put several of those together), guitars, meal delivery services like HelloFresh and Blue Apron, and of course, face masks. We also took binge-watching to a whole new level.
Some of these things will carry on into this year and beyond. Some will fall by the wayside as we move along, but I think 2020 will have a lasting impression on how things are done moving forward. I think medical televisits and increased telecommuting are two things that will be more of the norm into the future, along with others.
Oh yeah, and we also learned that there apparently isn’t an endless supply of toilet paper. 😉
During the month of October, as we focus our attention on breast cancer awareness, we thought this would be a good time for a few words from our company CEO and cancer survivor, Bob Ally. Bob was courageous enough to share his personal thoughts and emotions regarding his battle and victory against this awful disease.
Bob’s inspiration throughout this battle was his daughter. There was a time when he was close to death. But, his words, “I want to live,” can resonate with all of us.
Bob implores us all to donate whatever we can because research demands investment. “People should donate to the American Cancer Society that way they can continue doing the research. I’m glad they found a cure for me, and I’m going to help find a cure for the next generation of people…” To donate, please click here.
During the coronavirus pandemic, we at Shachihata / Xstamper wanted to find a way to contribute to society’s needs. We examined our facilities and determined that our ink manufacturing process could be re-purposed to produce hand sanitizer. We are excited about being able offer you a hospital-strength hand sanitizer, in a WHO-recommended formula that works on surfaces, as well as hands.
We have also introduced some brand new COVID-19 related stamps and signage. These products are designed to aid the healthcare industry, offices, restaurants, and those of us who have been staying indoors and maintaining social distancing. We are also listening to the needs of our customers and will consider adding products that the market demands.
We are always in search of finding new ways to help meet the needs of our customers and community, whether it is staying safe with hand sanitizer, celebrating a social distancing graduation or birthday with a sign for all to see, or stamps and informational signs for use in the health care field. We anticipate that these products will assist you during this unprecedented time and we hope that everyone remains safe and well.
As we are all painfully aware, the COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on all aspects of our lives and for how long remains uncertain.
Due to the recent restrictions imposed in California, some of our Torrance office employees are working remotely. Our New Jersey factory remains open and our manufacturing and shipping timetables are unchanged. We have had to reschedule some employee hours due to a curfew imposed by the state of New Jersey, but we are functioning at full capacity.
Many others do not have the luxury of being able to work from home or adjust their shifts. These are the front line people who go to work each and every day to provide the population with what is needed. From the police, firemen, EMTs, and National Guard, who come to our aid and ask nothing in return. These first responders are always deserving of our gratitude, and today even more so. To the thousands who work in the medical field, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, technicians, emergency room workers and so many others, thank you for caring for us in our time of need.
But let’s not forget the truck drivers and delivery people who get goods and supplies to where they are needed. The grocery store employees, who face uncertainty and risk to provide us with the necessities we must have. And the restaurants who have stayed open for take-out and delivery, so that we can have some sense of normalcy in our lives. These folks are working tirelessly for long hours, day after day, putting others before themselves.
These are the true heroes of today and we owe them our gratitude and deepest respect. The next time you have the opportunity, let them how much you appreciate what they are doing. It may not change much in the overall scheme of things, but to one tired person who is giving all they have it just might make a difference. They deserve something back from us, even if it’s just knowing that we acknowledge the sacrifices that they are making for us all.
On Friday, December 20th, we had our annual holiday party at Madre’s Restaurant in Torrance, California.
The food was amazing!
There was more fun to be had. We played a question and answer game about company history. Debs won first prize, Rae was second, and Rose was third. There was even a live mariachi band and some of us jumped on the dance floor.
It was a great evening. We’re all looking forward to an awesome 2020 year!
Lots of fun here this year. We celebrated our 50th anniversary in style, revived our annual summer bbq, attended several trade shows and had the opportunity to meet with several licensed Xstamper manufacturers.