Today’s Topics: Goals & Frameworks | 1080P HD Webcam Deal | Stock up on Sanitizer | Difference Between LSZH & OFNR | News to Start Your Day
January 13th is National Sticker Day…we know your CK stickers have to be your favorite stickers in your collection.
Happy Hump Day! We’re cruising through the week now. I spent a good portion of the day yesterday preparing for a meeting later this week. I was focused on arranging the meeting to align with a catchy sort of phrase (or phrases) that we use internally to describe how we approach revenue, gross margin and net margin. The phrases may have been stolen or tweaked from other material at some point. This is my disclaimer: I do not know their origin and am not claiming they are original, but we do use them ourselves. We say: define the bottom, drive the top and manage the middle.
Define the Bottom
What is your net margin goal? Know where you’re headed.
Drive the Top
Where are the revenue dollars coming from? What products or services are you selling and to whom are you selling? Who is driving?
Manage the Middle
Keep those expenses in check! If you know where you want to end up, and you know what road you’re taking to get there, this would be the nuisances of the road trip. Don’t get taken off course by the sign that tempts you to go see the largest ball of yarn in the US … unless your goal is to take a spontaneous road trip.
In working through this list, I was struck by the thought that the concept really fits any goal. (Perhaps this pairs unintentionally well with pondering the ponderables from yesterday.) Any goal you have could be what you’ve defined as the “bottom”. Next you’ll need to understand what top level, leading actions begin and fuel your journey to that goal. Lastly, be intentional about your journey there. Don’t spend time, energy or resources that you don’t have – and don’t waste what you do have on unrelated, unimportant experiences.
I hope this framework and my ramblings help spur you towards a goal you may have. Sometimes the road is long, but it is worth it. Stay the course, be intentional and look forward to that final destination!
CK Insider Info | Announcements | Updates:
Introducing Yealink Phones! HD Audio & video, perfect for Zoom and Teams calls.
Don’t forget Fiber cabling prices have dropped by 20%!
Free shipping on PPE – use coupon code PPESHIP
Don’t forget about our PPE Coupon for 20% OFF your order of $250 or more of PPE products. coupon code: BEPREPARED
Product Spotlights & Updates:
Well, we told you we’d be introducing new products in 2021 and today I’m excited to introduce our newest 1080P HD Webcam! This webcam is perfect for all of your video conferencing needs! It works seamlessly with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Facetime, Skype, YouTube and more! It seriously has it all! A few highlights for you:
- 1080P Full HD quality for a clear, crisp, lifelike picture
- Built-in Noise Reducing Microphone to cut out the unwanted distractions from background noise
- 90° Wide View Angle to give you the wide view you’re looking for
- Plug & Play to make it easy to use! Ready to go in less than 1 minute!
As with all our products, this comes with a lifetime advance replacement warranty! To make this launch even sweeter, we are running a special on these webcams for THIS WEEK ONLY! Snag yours today!
Is It just me or is anyone else finally running out of all the hand sanitizer they stockpiled months ago!? As we are getting into the thick of the winter months, I find myself wanting to be more prepared than ever for whatever twists and turns life might throw at us! That’s why I am re-stocking on my hand sanitizer! If you’re looking to do the same, we definitely have you covered! Check out our hand sanitizer options below!
- 3.38 oz Gel Hand Sanitizer (24 Pack) – There is no time like the present to STOCK UP on hand sanitizer! We have our 3.38 oz packages of sanitizer on sale for an incredible deal! We are selling them in packs of 24 and they come packaged ready for retail sale!
- 8 oz Gel Hand Sanitizer (24 Pack) – These convenient 8oz bottles of gel hand sanitizer feature a push top and are perfect for keeping in your purse, car, desk… really anywhere! Made from 70% ethyl alcohol, these are a great purchase for anyone looking to stay safe and sanitized!
Difference between LSZH and OFNR – CK Learning Center
With the many types of fiber cables and then the components that make each of them up, it can be very confusing to know what fiber cable is the best overall for your business. One of the biggest questions we get is what is the difference between OFNR fiber cables and LSZH fiber cables. While they seem like the same thing, they are really two very different and very important attributes of fiber cables, and the same fiber cable can be both. To understand these attributes better, we have to understand the construction of fiber cables and the different rating levels associated with fiber optic cabling.
Optical Fiber Construction
There are several parts that made up the fiber cable. Each part starting from the cladding, then the coating, strength member and lastly the outer jacket is covered at the top of each other to give protection and shielding especially the conductors and the fiber core. Above all of these, the outer jacket is the first layer of protection and adds strength to the fiber to withstand different conditions such as fire, moisture, chemical, and stress during installations and operations.
What is the Plenum Area?
A plenum area is a space used to move air to workspaces for the purpose of ventilation or to form air flow for an air distribution system.
What is the Riser Area?
Examples of riser areas are floor openings, tubes, or channels that run upwards over one or more floors. Riser cable is planned for use in upright shafts that run between floors.
What is the General-Purpose Area?
A general-purpose area is all other areas that are not plenum or riser on the same space or floor.
Fire Rating Levels
There are four levels of fire resistance for fiber cables and each level has two divisions which are the conductive and non-conductive cables. The higher rating cable is backward compatible to the lower rating cable and can be substituted while the lower rating cables can’t be used in place for the higher ratings.
- OFNP and OFCP Fiber Cable Optical Fiber Nonconductive Plenum Cable and Optical Fiber Conductive Plenum Cable. OFNP and OFCP cables as the name implies are used for plenum areas and have resistance to fire and smoke.
- OFNR and OFCR Fiber Cable Optical Fiber Nonconductive Riser Cables and Optical Fiber Conductive Riser Cables are used for the riser areas. These cables must prevent the fire from one floor to another.
- OFNG and OFCG Fiber Cable Optical Fiber Nonconductive General-Purpose Cable and Optical Fiber Conductive General-Purpose Cable. These cables must not spread the fire for more than 4 feet, 11 inches.
- OFN and OFC Fiber Cable Optical Fiber Nonconductive and Optical Fiber Conductive. To get this cable rating, the flame shall not infiltrate floors or ceilings and the cables are also used for general purpose areas.
Comparison between the OFNR and LSZH Cables
Now we understand the different types of cable materials and their fire ratings, we can now clear the misconception between the OFNR and LSZH cables. These two cables are not the same type with just a different term. Failure to properly understand these classifications may lead to unfortunate accidents.
Finish reading this article HERE in the CK Learning Center.
Today’s News to Start Your Day:
- As of this morning, there are 24,187,369 active cases worldwide, 65,978,289 have recovered and there have been 1,973,295 deaths. In the US, there are 9,164,254 active cases, 13,820,516 have recovered and there have been 389,790 deaths.
- More than 25 million doses of vaccines have been distributed in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- All international travelers flying to the United States must show proof they have tested negative for the coronavirus, the CDC said on Tuesday.
- Vice President Mike Pence told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi he will not invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office. The House on Tuesday night passed a resolution calling on Pence and the Cabinet to push Trump out of office over his role in fomenting last week’s Capitol riot. The chamber plans to start the impeachment process for President Trump today.
- YouTube on Tuesday suspended Trump’s account, saying the president uploaded content that violated its policies, though it would not specify any specific videos that violated its policies. The so-called strike-one on the platform prevents new uploads for a minimum seven days. “Given the ongoing concerns about violence, we will also be indefinitely disabling comments on President Trump’s channel,” said YouTube, owned by Alphabet’s Google unit.
- Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, will check off another lifelong dream when the Packers quarterback serves as a guest host on “Jeopardy” this offseason. The show is using a series of interim hosts in place of the iconic Alex Trebek, who died in November after a battle with pancreatic cancer. “I’m really excited about it. We’ve been talking about it for a little bit,” said Rodgers during his media availability on Tuesday afternoon. “I think I may have jumped the gun a little bit so I apologize to ‘Jeopardy’ if they wanted to announce it, I just got so excited on the show earlier.”