Locksmithing etc. March 2016

March 1, 2016

Fun Promotional Giveaway

Label Label® Key Caps (http://LabelLabelKeyCap.com) has launched a new  promotional key cap and tag design. Locksmiths can now print their logo on one side of the key cap and their customers can label up the other side. These flexible key caps stretch over most keys, no matter what the size.

The all-in-one key cap and ID tag is perfect for anyone to either promote their business or to simply organize their keys.

The new design boasts:

  • Label Label® Key Cap and Tag can print logos and company information on the back of the key caps
  • Super stretchy material - to stretch over different shaped and sized keys
  • Unique custom label ID tag is stuck directly on to the face of the key

Not only are they promotional giveaways but they also can be used as identifiers

A New Day of DHI

According to the Door & Hardware Institute (www.dhi.org), “We asked, you answered, and we evolved. After receiving and reviewing thousands of responses from our two major research studies, we better understand what you need for your company to prosper and for you to grow professionally. Your DHI has since been hard at work — with a new perspective and outlook — creating new initiatives to help ensure your future success. Prepare for a new day, a new DHI! “

Our brand is evolving at a pace that matches your progression as a professional. We’re no longer your dad’s DHI, and as such, we want to engage with you to help further your career and enjoyment of this diverse and dynamic industry.

To punctuate this new attitude, DHI is adopting a new look as well. The organization’s name and logo have been streamlined and simplified to DHI, a familiar acronym. The new tagline, “Door Security + Safety Professionals,” puts the emphasis where it belongs — on members and their  contributions to the non-residential construction industry.

Accolades for Anixter

Anixter is the recipient of the 2015 Customer Satisfaction Award from Johnson Controls (JCI). This highly coveted award recognizes top-performing suppliers across JCI’s business units.

“This award is a validation of the value-added services we perform for Johnson Controls and its customers,” said Michael Childers, Director of Global Accounts at Anixter for JCI since 2006. “By going beyond normal distribution, we performed up to a Fortune 100 company’s expectations and went above and beyond as a supplier. It is an amazing honor and we are privileged to receive this award as part of the event.”

At its 2015 annual Supplier Excellence Recognition awards ceremony held near its headquarters in Milwaukee recently, JCI recognized the work Anixter has done in the past year. Anixter worked with JCI on healthcare and education projects in New Orleans, Denver and Detroit. In a highly selective process, award winners were chosen among every supplier within JCI’s business units.

“We had to be nominated by the JCI procurement group sponsor and went through a rigorous evaluation process to get selected,” Childers said. “It was a phenomenal honor to be selected and receive this award.”

Noke Smart Padlock

Noke has gone all the way from Kickstarter project to fully fledged product that anyone can buy. It brings the lock from the time of keys into the future of lights and Bluetooth. The Noke smartlock aims to make keys obsolete sending away with them the worry of losing keys and being locked out.

You can even send virtual keys to friends with the Noke app.  Easily share and revoke access to your locked items. Specify the day, time, location, and duration of access. Name your locks and create custom settings specific to each Noke. A history tab maintains an audit trail.

Since the Noke comes in padlock form, it can work in multiple areas. From a side gate at home to a bicycle on the street, the idea is for Noke to secure everywhere.

Noke lock battery life is over a year for padlocks and over three years for U locks.

More Info:  www.noke.com

Escaping A Locked Room As Tourist Attrraction?

One of the oddest news items we’ve seen in a while is the opening of Clue Chase, a new teambuilding game / tourist attraction in Manhattan. It is billed as “New York City's newest and largest escape game venue with four missions and over 4,100 square feet of games and puzzles.”

Clue Chase is "mission-based" and every door leads to an expertly crafted puzzle to solve within a room designed by actual theatrical set designers. Missions include: becoming a spy during the Cold War, an archaeologist trapped in an Egyptian tomb or a master thief pulling off the world's greatest heist. Players work in teams of 4-10 to find clues, collect hidden items, solve puzzles and accomplish the mission within a 60-minute limit.

"We even had a professional locksmith recreate a traditional ancient Egyptian tomb lock as a feature for the Egyptian Tomb mission," says President David Chase.

Clue Chase officially opened its door in November of 2015. However, a final mission is still in development. It is located in the Grace building across from Bryant Park. Tickets are available by reservation only. Individuals and groups - families, friends, coworkers - can reserve tickets via Clue Chase's website: www.cluechase.com, or call (646)-829-1690. 

ASSA ABLOY Reports Strong Year-End Figures

At a Feb. 8 press call, ASSA ABLOY released the following financials fort eh year 2015:

  • Net sales increased by 20% to SEK 68,099 M (56,843). Organic growth was 4% (3).
  • 16 acquisitions with total annual sales of about SEK 2,500 M have been consolidated.
  • Operating income (EBIT) increased by 20% to SEK 11,079 M (9,257). The operating margin was 16.3% (16.3).
  • Net income amounted to SEK 7,693 M (6,436).
  • Earnings per share rose by 20% to SEK 6.93 (5.79).
  • Operating cash flow increased by 21% to SEK 9,952 M (8,238).
  • The Board of Directors proposes a dividend of SEK 2.65 per share (2.17).

“The final quarter of the year continued strongly for ASSA ABLOY, with a rise in sales of 15% for the quarter and totaling 20% for the year,” says Johan Molin, President and CEO. “Operating income also grew very satisfactorily by a full 13% for the quarter and a total of 20% for the full year.

“Organic growth was strong, at a full 5% for the quarter. The strong sales trend in the USA, Europe and the Pacific region continued unchanged. The sales trend in the developing countries remained good except in China, where sales continued to fall. However, a weaker demand picture can be perceived in many developing markets, linked to a shortage of financing for major projects. This principally affected Global Technologies.

“The strong development of electromechanical products continued during the year as our customers are converting from mechanical locks to an ever-increasing extent. It is clear that ASSA ABLOY has established a leadership in this area for both commercial and residential applications. Particularly striking during the year was the strong demand for digital door-locks for so-called home automation in the USA, and for the Cliq system based on the new cloud technology."

However, Molid did cite a challenging business economy. “My judgment is that the global economic trend remains weak. Although America is showing a positive trend, Europe and many of the Emerging Markets are stagnating. However, our strategy of expanding in the Emerging Markets remains unchanged, since they are expected to achieve very good economic growth long term. We are also continuing our investments in new products, especially in the growth area of electromechanics.”

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