WEI Announces | The Social Media Ambassador’s Project

social media ambassadors announcement

 

One big thing that separates us from our competitors is our large scale. We have 10 locations in total; 4 of those 6 located internationally. The large number of employees producing large volumes of production orders for a wide variety of clients means that there is a lot of activity happening  at each and every single one of our locations every single day. From awards to intricate designs and large scale rushed production orders, each one of these occurrences comes together to build the foundation for the core values by which each our employee lives by every single day. It is each one of these experiences that we would like to share with you!

World Emblem International is proudly launching the new Social Media Ambassadors Project!

Employees from each one of our various locations have been chosen to function as their respective location’s representative in this project. These employees will function as ambassadors and will assist the World Emblem marketing team in the collection of information and content related to each of their respective locations that we can use to post on social media. It is our fervent hope with this project that you, both as our employee as well as our customer, will get to share these experiences with us and get a good understanding of what World Emblem International is all about.

We will post content created by these employees every week. Each post will include their name and location.

Be sure to stay tuned!

Keep scrolling down to meet our resident Social Media Ambassadors:

Yaritza Polaroid

Name: Yaritza Urribari
Location: Miami, FL (HQ)
Department: Production

 

Lisa Polaroid

Name: Lisa Taylor
Location: Miami, FL (HQ)
Department: Marketing

Armando Polaroid

Name: Armando Calderon
Location: Miami, FL (HQ)
Department: Sales | Name Badges International

Jessica Polaroid

Name: Jessica Leal
Location: Decatur, IL
Department: Production

Flavia Polaroid

 Name: Flavia Acosta
Location: Taylor, MI
Department: Production

Sandra Polaroid

Name: Sandra Zavala
Location: Ontario, CA
Department: Production

Ruth Polaroid

Name: Ruth Musto
Location: Atlanta, GA
Department: Human Resources

Refugio Polaroid

 Name: Refugio Reyes
Location: Aguascalientes, MX
Department: Sales

Carmen Polaroid

Name: Carmen De Alba
Location: Aguascalientes, MX
Department: Sales

Name: Natalia Restrepo
Location: Mississauga, ON, Canada
Department: Production



 

 

 

 

Living Our Core Values III | The White Rabbit

“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” — Dale Carnegie

One’s life cannot be consumed by work and no play. On the contrary. It is precisely this concept of having fun that should play a consistent role in one’s every day life. This is especially true for work. Studies have proven that a person is more likely to be successful at their work when they actually enjoy what they’re doing. This answers the question as to why something like “Having fun” would be an intricate part in our system of core values. In fact, it is so ingrained in the functionality of our company that we make it a point to incorporate this concept in as many ways as we can. Where am I going with this? Keep reading to find out…

Rewind to about 2 years ago and World Emblem employees throughout every location were forewarned to “Beware the white rabbit.”  What is the white rabbit? If you’ve ever read the popular children’s fiction novel, “Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland,” or, like many others, seen Disney’s film adaption, then you are probably well aware what white rabbit I’m talking about. In the film adaption of the book, he is most famous for anxiously yelling out the phrase, “I’m late; I’m late for a very important date!” This prompted a “fun” and, albeit, unique way to optimize our company’s various administrative and production deadlines. To build suspense, teaser fliers were posted around all World Emblem locations warning employees to “Beware the White Rabbit,” adding that the details behind the flier were to reveal themselves at a specified date. Once revealed, on-time performance was tracked at every location. Banners were printed out featuring the white rabbit that each location would use to track their respective performances. T-shirts were printed out with the white rabbit reminding everyone to “Be On Time All the Time.” The purpose? To encourage improvement in a specific area using one of our core values, Have Fun.

By the end, aside from improving on time performance in various areas, the whole occasion made for a very memorable experience.

Check out this slide show of pictures from the event:

How do you incorporate fun into your work life?

 

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Naturally  life is full of challenges. Above all, these challenges tend to test the values by which we build the foundations for our daily lives. This is never more evident than in our company. As a business, we are constantly presented with challenges that we must overcome.  The surmount-ability of these challenges results in nothing less than  the reinforcement of the values by which we stand. Herein lies the fruition of World Emblem’s latest blog series.

We proudly introduce the “Living Our #CoreValues” blog series.

Every week in The Daily Stitch we will post a story dealing with an occurrence that helped to facilitate our company’s core values.

In conjunction with these posts, a series of tweets will be posted on our Twitter account with the hashtag#WEICoreValues profiling various quotes and situations dealing with these same experiences.

Make sure to follow this blog, The Daily Stitch, and follow us on Twitter to get all the updates on this as well as all of our other upcoming Blog Series.

Mention us on Twitter (@worldemblem) with the hashtag #WEICoreValues and tell us how you have lived your core values (in your own personal life as well as in your work life).

Living Our Core Values II | The Importance of Giving Back

“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”

– Mother Teresa

Exemplified in our last few blog posts was this recurring idea of the importance of one’s core values; more specifically, that of “Extreme Commitment” as one of our company’s most important core values. As a company, it is easy to think that core values could only be concurrent as far as the individual employee and the customers they serve were concerned. But a company’s impact stretches farther than that of  the fluidity of its proverbial sales funnel. As the global leader within our respective market, we have certainly realized this to be true. The values that we model our business on are the same ones that helped build the foundation for our company over 20 years ago. It is our duty to facilitate these values to those in  most need of reaping their benefits. This is exactly what happened in November of last year.

It was during this time that Super Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippines. The storm known locally as “Yolanda” was one of the most powerful on record. Thousands were killed and 4 million people were displaced; this includes 1.8 million children. Overall, UNICEF estimates that out of the 13 million lives that were affected by this storm, 6 million were children.  News outlets around the world reported on it, families suffered from it and many people around the world prayed about it. Whilst all this was going on, Americans were in the middle of preparing for Thanksgiving. It was then we decided to pull resources from all of our locations and collect donations for the cause throughout the holiday season. Our ultimate goal was to collect a minimum of $3,000; every penny of which WEI would match. In the same spirit promoted in our company’s core values, all WEI employees came together from every department of the company to donate $3,255.

In the end, as a company, WEI employees came together to donate over $6,500 to UNICEF’s efforts in the Philippines. It was truly a proud achievement for the entire company!

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For a full album of pictures of the Philippines 3 months after the storm, click HERE.

For more details on Super Typhoon Haiyan as well as UNICEF’s efforts in the Philippines and how you can donate, click HERE or visit www.UNICEF.ph.

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Naturally  life is full of challenges. Above all, these challenges tend to test the values by which we build the foundations for our daily lives. This is never more evident than in our company. As a business, we are constantly presented with challenges that we must overcome.  The surmount-ability of these challenges results in nothing less than  the reinforcement of the values by which we stand. Herein lies the fruition of World Emblem’s latest blog series.

We proudly introduce the “Living Our #CoreValues” blog series.

Every week in The Daily Stitch we will post a story dealing with an occurrence that helped to facilitate our company’s core values.

In conjunction with these posts, a series of tweets will be posted on our Twitter account with the hashtag #WEICoreValues profiling various quotes and situations dealing with these same experiences.

Make sure to follow this blog, The Daily Stitch, and follow us on Twitter to get all the updates on this as well as all of our other upcoming Blog Series.

Mention us on Twitter (@worldemblem) with the hashtag #WEICoreValues and tell us how you have lived your core values (in your own personal life as well as in your work life).

Introducing the “Living Our #CoreValues” Blog Series

Naturally  life is full of challenges. Above all, these challenges tend to test the values by which we build the foundations for our daily lives. This is never more evident than in our company. As a business, we are constantly presented with challenges that we must overcome.  The surmount-ability of these challenges results in nothing less than  the reinforcement of the values by which we stand. Herein lies the fruition of World Emblem’s latest blog series.

We proudly introduce the “Living Our #CoreValues” blog series.

Every week in The Daily Stitch we will post a story dealing with an occurrence that helped to facilitate our company’s core values.

In conjunction with these posts, a series of tweets will be posted on our Twitter account with the hashtag #WEICoreValues profiling various quotes and situations dealing with these same experiences.

Make sure to follow this blog, The Daily Stitch, and follow us on Twitter to get all the updates on this as well as all of our other upcoming Blog Series.

Mention us on Twitter (@worldemblem) with the hashtag #WEICoreValues and tell us how you have lived your core values (in your own personal life as well as in your work life).

Keep reading to check out the first part of this blog series.

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“Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.” 
― Roger Crawford

“Our clients are important to us.”  Doesn’t everyone say that? How many businesses actually show you they care? World Emblem does. Let us explain why.

As our client, you have helped build the foundation for World Emblem’s growth throughout the years.  Without you, there is no “us.”  We know you have choices and we’re grateful every single time you choose us. Herein lays the dedication we have to you as our client. The merit of this dedication has never been so tested as it was the past two weeks.  With two winter storms shutting down the entire Southeast region, our plant in Atlanta, GA closed a total of 5 business days. In spite of the chaos that followed however, World Emblem was not shut down. We re-directed all orders to our other 5 locations, flexed our equipment and ultimately, combined with the extreme commitment of all of our team members, were able to produce higher-than-normal volumes. In some cases, if we were unable to make the carrier pickup times we made special carrier arrangements and even went so far as to hire drivers to make hand deliveries to our clients. These business continuity plans make it so that these events were not “catastrophic” or “crippling,” as the newspaper headlines at the time so described. More importantly, it is these plans that make it so you can count on us for uninterrupted service during any situation. Ultimately, we were able to produce and ship every single order.

Direct Embroidery Supervisor | World Emblem International

Direct Embroidery Supervisor | World Emblem International

Sandra Conde (left) |Single-Head Supervisor --Gabriel Rodriguez (right) | Quality Control Manager

Sandra Conde (left) |Single-Head Supervisor –Gabriel Rodriguez (right) | Quality Control Manager

One of our dedicated team members, Osana Larosa, cancelled her vacation without being asked to. Even with her father paying her a visit from another country, she came in to work when she heard we could use the help. Her teammate, Sandra Conde, and her entire team came in early as well and worked until midnight to make sure your emblems went out on time.  Two of our plant managers, Patricia Alcala and Sebastian Oliveras, and their teams did the exact same thing. Gabriel Rodriguez, our Quality Control Manager, offered his help and expertise to organize the efforts despite not working in production himself. Not many companies can say that have a team this dedicated to its clients. Those that do are few and far between. Our team does some truly amazing things and we love them for it. In the end, we incurred the cost of the overtime, the shipping and the couriers for a very important person; You! You are the only reason we are here.

At World Emblem, we make it a point to put our heart into every product and service. So when we say, “Our clients are important to us,” we will always be willing to show you how much.

World Emblem is EXTREMELY COMMITTED to Its Customers!

Extreme

 

“How did this happen?” That was the tagline on the homepage of the CNN website for two days starting January 29th, 2014 as two inches of snow paralyzed Atlanta, Georgia and the surrounding areas. 

The front page of the World Emblem website had an entirely different tagline.  “World Emblem’s Extreme Commitment Is Alive, Well & Stronger Than Ever!” 

As soon as the severity of the situation in Atlanta became clear, World Emblem’s team catapulted into action to ensure every order made it out on time.  It all came down to good decision-making and an amazing commitment by our World Emblem team.  Orders were redirected from our Atlanta location and moved to locations that were operational in California, Mexico, Nevada, Illinois and Florida.  Team members from these locations worked together to handle the overflow of orders from our Atlanta location which is World Emblem’s largest production facility in the United States. Our Florida team made the decision to put all Florida orders on hold; not because we don’t love our neighboring clients, but because we had the ability to make special arrangements with carriers and couriers to get the orders to them on time even if that meant delivering them ourselves.  Our team in Florida was not only able to handle the orders from Atlanta, but was also able to get every Florida order out the door and onto the carrier’s trucks before the cut off time.  Our amazing operators worked overtime from 10am until midnight to make sure that our clients’ needs were met.  Those orders were then delivered to the airport and put on white-glove service to arrive at several cities.  We then had couriers pick up the orders from Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville and deliver the orders to the clients’ doors before 10:30 am. This is a remarkable feat as Atlanta is our largest facility in the United States.

We called clients to let them know to expect delays but in fact, there were none.  Our teams worked tirelessly so that the impact of this disruption was not felt by our clients.  It is just another way that World Emblem is willing to prove to our clients that our core value of Extreme Commitment is alive, well and stronger than ever!

7 Things You Need to Know About Heat Sealing Your Apparel Decorations

When decorating your apparel, there are several things one must always keep in mind. This is especially true when speaking about heat sealing techniques. Using this machine can be tricky to get accustomed to. However, when done right, a multitude of benefits can be reaped in both time and money.

The following list are tips anyone can use when personally decorating their apparel:

  1. Not all heat presses are the same

  2. Different press machines may require variations in settings

  3. Always heat seal a test patch onto your garments before starting production.

  4. Ambient temperature must be consistent

  5. Avoid cold and warm breezes from open doors or gates

  6. Do not stack garments on top of each other until the patches on them have been cooled.

  7. Calibration of your heat seal machines is very important. Remember, the measurements displayed in the gauges of the machine may not always be accurate.

Learn from Professor Patch! Check out his video class for more information:

Also check our this as well as our entire series of heat sealing tutorials on our YouTube Channel. 

2013 Holiday Recap: World Emblem Holiday Lunch Was A Success

World Emblem’s 2013 Annual Holiday Lunch was a great success!

As is customary every year, special awards were handed out to select World Emblem employees honoring them for their years of service to our company.

Check out a full gallery of pictures from the event below!

2013 Holiday Recap: World Emblem Launches a New Website!

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World Emblem International is proud to announce that its new company website, www.WorldEmblem.com, was officially launched January 1st, 2014. Aside from completely renovating its design, the website itself was updated to include a variety of additional content not previously available through the old version. The content itself is specifically targeted towards the site’s predominant users: current and potential customers and employees.

Additional pages were added to the website in order to house a variety of content. These pages include: a newly built “Career” section, an updated “Resources” section, maps of all World Emblem locations, customer testimonials, direct links to all World Emblem social media, including the official World Emblem blog, “The Daily Stitch,” and much more. Ultimately the goal with this project was to re-design the website to become the central source for all information relevant to the company and the interests of its constituents.

CLICK HERE to check out World Emblem’s new company website!

2013 Holiday Recap: World Emblem’s Florida Location Wins Ultimate Cup Championship!

This past quarter, we placed all of our locations in direct competition with each other each week. Customers with orders from each location will be called to verify the speed, accuracy and quality of their order as well as their overall customer service experience. The location with the highest ratings received possession of the Ultimate Cup for 1 week of bragging rights before the cup moved on to the next winner. Each week a different location would be named the Ultimate Cup Champion.

Our customers are the pinnacle of our business model. They are the driving force behind what makes our company tick. This past quarter, it is because of this business model that we answered the questions of how to communicate this to every operator, QC person, shipping manager and our employees as a whole. Thus, we decided to challenge ourselves in a way we’ve never done before; all to get you as our customers the best service possible.

In the end, the location with the highest ratings at the end of the quarter would be named that quarter’s Ultimate Cup Champion. The winner of the inaugural quarter of this competition was our Florida location!Not only would the quarter champions receive posession of the Ultimate Cup, they would also get the opportunity to have a company lunch with World Emblem President / CEO Randy Carr.

Below is a photo gallery with the complete list of weekly winners as well as pictures from the Ultimate Cup Luncheon with Randy Carr.

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2013 Holiday Recap: Randy Carr Makes Stitches Magazine Power 75!

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World Emblem is proud to have President / CEO, Randy Carr, listed as one of the 75 most powerful people within the decorating industry in Stitches Magazine’s 2013 Power 75 List.

In regards to the list itself, the chosen few represent the companies and organizations who are making an impact on how everyone in the decorating industry operates. They are setting a go-to-market course for the industry as it heads in to 2014.Those in running for the list were chosen from a diverse pool of candidates including: equipment and software manufacturers, educators, decorators and digitizers and more.

Randy Carr and his team are setting the pace for 2014 through their use of automated equipment to coordinate each step of the production process as well as through their heavy investment in an advanced ordering system that allows them to handle everything from design to ordering to checking sales history to invoicing. Two years ago, Randy Carr also launched the U.S. division of Name Badges International. In doing so, he expanded his company’s product offering to digitally printed, domed tags. Sales from this division are expected to more than double in the coming year in comparison to 2012.

For a link to the full article in Stitches Magazine CLICK HERE. 

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