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Friday, January 9, 2015

Remi’s Product/Service Review of In The News, Inc.

One of our favorite things to do at Remi is display plaques of the company’s various achievements and proudest moments around the headquarter office space in Charlotte, NC. And no one preserves our most notable accomplishments better than In The News, Inc. Since 1987, the company has provided custom lamination and engraving services. In the 25 years of operation, In The News, Inc. has created over 1 million custom, hand-stained wall plaques for their national customer base of over 500,000 clients, according to their website.

In The News, Inc.’s mission statement thoroughly covers the important points of who, what, why, and how. Who: offer lamination and engraving services to individuals, small, medium, and large businesses throughout the US. What: make available a product which prominently and tastefully displays the article or achievement. Why: dedicated to building a company that will provide opportunities to employees, managers, and stockholders. How: maintain an exciting and professional atmosphere committed to enhancing the pride and self-esteem of each team member.

Remi has been using In The News, Inc. since 2002…that’s over a decade of service! When a plaque needs to be made, we contact our Senior Account Executive, JoAnn Snider, directly. Typically, custom wooden plaques are made to display magazine articles, for example, Remi’s original industry articles appearing in DOTmed magazine or Radiology Today magazine; to showcase prestigious awards won, such as the Business North Carolina Fast 40 award two years in a row; or display prominent marketing pieces, like the 4-page exposition on Remi featured in Greater Charlotte Biz magazine.

Overall, Remi rates In The News, Inc. 5 out of 5 stars! Below are the company’s pros and cons:


Pros:
  • A dedicated, friendly account executive. A relationship has formed over the years with Remi’s Senior Account Executive, JoAnn, and she can always be counted on to answer any questions and always give her honest opinion.
  • Quality work at a fair price. The wooden plaques commemorating some of Remi’s proudest moments are made in-house at In The News, Inc., arrive in sturdy packaging and once opened, a beautiful piece of artwork is revealed.
  • Customized name plates. Each plaque has the option to come with a customized name plate featuring important information about the plaques contents. In Remi’s case with industry articles, the name plate displays our company name, the name of the publication, and the date.
  • Bragging rights. In The News, Inc. allows companies, like Remi, to tastefully brag about company achievements. The plaques are eye-catching, decorative pieces that can be displayed throughout the office. When guests visit, the plaques can be used as ice breakers or make excellent conversation starters.

Cons:
  • There’s only one…a long turnaround time. It takes a few weeks to receive a plaque once ordered. There are two reasons. One, because of the nature of the lamination process, hard copies of the original document being made into a plaque have to be mailed in. Given today’s technology, it seems antiquated; but it’s the only option. Electronically scanned in versions of the documents do not create high quality plaques. And two, plaques have to be shipped to Remi because In The News, Inc. is located in Tampa, Florida. Again, this is unavoidable.


The New Year promises to bring more achievements and proud moments to Remi as the company continues to grow its Equipment Maintenance Management Programs across the country. As they happen, we look forward to working with In The News, Inc. throughout the year. Perhaps we might try some new crystalline plaques this year as well.


Do you get plaques made? Have you worked with In The News, Inc. before? Share your stories with us!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

How will you celebrate National Cookie Day?

Do you know what holiday falls on December 4th? It’s National Cookie Day! The word cookie, otherwise known as a biscuit outside the US, was derived from the Dutch word koekje, meaning little cake. After finally making their way to America in the 17th century, cookies have been popular ever since. Not to be confused with a tracking cookie, which is not a delicious dessert but a way to compile information about computer users’ internet activity.

Cookies come in all different shapes and sizes, can be store bought or homemade, crunchy or chewy, made with or without nuts, loaded with chocolate or fruit, dunked in milk or served with tea, crumbled on ice cream or served as a sandwich – the possibilities are endless.

What does your favorite cookie say about you? In an article from Huffington Post, some of the most popular types of cookies are translated into different personality traits. Here are some highlights: if chocolate chip cookies are your favorite, then you’re a classic and loved by everyone; peanut butter cookies means you are smart and work well under pressure; oatmeal raisin suggests you are traditional and prefer to cozy up by the fire with a good book; macaroons means you are the sophisticated and not shy about it; and finally, if snickerdoodles are your favorite cookie then you are modest and loved by all.

Reader’s Digest lists the top holiday cookie in each state. California is the persimmon cookie, Indiana is the no-bake cookie, New York is the rainbow cookie, Remi’s home state of North Carolina is the peanut butter ball, and South Carolina is the pecan chewy just to name a few. What’s your home state’s cookie?

One of my favorite cookie recipes is from Publix – three-grain chocolate chip cookies.

You’ll need the following ingredients:
1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
½ cup rolled oats
½ cup cooked quinoa, cooled and patted dry
½ cup flaxseed meal
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
½ cup butter, softened
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
¼ cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1-12oz package dark chocolate baking chips

Baking directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine whole wheat flour, oats, quinoa, flaxseed meal, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer on medium-low speed about 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add eggs, honey, and vanilla. Beat until just combined.
  3. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips and mix just until combined. Spoon onto prepared baking sheets in mounds of 1 level tablespoon, leaving 2 inches between cookies. Bake about 10 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Let cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes and then cool completely on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Do you have a favorite cookie recipe you’d like to share? Leave the details or a link to it in the comments section.