Confessions | Gloves Everywhere | 3850 Series Switches | What’s My Role? | News to Start Your Day
October 19th is Office Chocolate Day & National Suspenders Day…so wear your suspenders while eating chocolate today! (whether you are in the office or not)
Ok, you guys. Can I confess something to you? Some days it is hard to write these emails. On the hard days I either feel stuck in a “what in the world do I have to say that is interesting?” mode, or other days anything I may want to share feels vulnerable. I have a few tricks up my sleeve to overcome or push through those things (don’t worry I don’t picture you all in your underwear). But then there are days like today where we receive really impactful and meaningful emails from customers and … wow! Knowing we’re making an impact in someone’s everyday life, bringing a smile to their face or meeting a need they have by what we’re doing and how we do it, is real motivation.
One of our core values is Make it About Relationship, and the emails we receive with wonderful stories of how our team has impacted someone’s life helps me know that they are really living that out. I am a proud “mama bear” in those moments, and it makes me want to find more ways we can positively impact lives.
Some of you receiving this email came to us because you needed safety supplies, and we had them in stock. Others of you are a customer because of our core business, which is technology products. When COVID hit and PPE was difficult to find, we had customers ask us if we could source it for them. That began our journey into PPE, and it has been great for us. We strived to offer products at great prices, found products that others weren’t able to offer though they did come at a premium cost (I’m looking at you Clorox wipes), and will always seek to ship products quickly and provide exceptional (and unexpectedly positive) service. I think we always knew that selling PPE was a season for us, as masks and gloves and other safety supplies would at some point (and are now) more widely available. That leads me to confession #2: a couple of weeks ago we made the decision to begin exiting our safety supplies season.
Letting customers in on “inside information” probably isn’t considered a best business practice. To be fully transparent about it, we are hoping you will help us exit this season gracefully. As of right now we still have great stock levels on many products, but as we sell out of them, we do not currently plan to re-stock the shelves. We have learned SO much through this journey (I hope to be able to write about some of those lessons soon), and we are looking forward to being able to take those lessons and apply them to our core group of technology products. I hope you’ll continue to buy your masks, gloves and other safety supplies from us as long as we have it (and feel free to share the great deals coming your way with your friends). We would also love to serve you with any technology needs that you have now or in the future.
With much appreciation for each of you,
Today’s Product Updates from Rebecca:
Happy Tuesday! We are quickly selling through our inventory of Nitrile Gloves so be sure to act fast if you are looking to stock up on some! We have got both Black Nitrile Gloves and Blue Nitrile Gloves in stock and ready to ship!
We also have Vinyl Powder-Free Examination Gloves available for purchase!
Reminder: Get free shipping on your PPE orders by using coupon code PPESHIP at checkout!
Main Safety Supplies Landing Page: https://www.cablesandkits.com/c/safety-supplies
Today we’re taking a look at the Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series WS-C3850-48U-S! This incredible switch is equipped with Cisco’s popular StackPower technology which allows for power sharing and redundancy. This 1RU switch features (48) 10/100/1000 UPoE ports, a 176 Gbps switching capacity, IP Base software, and a 480 Gbps stacking bandwidth. We currently have this switch on sale, so snag yours now!
What’s My Role? – by Gary our Chief Administrative Officer
(If you missed the previous parts of this series, you can read them on our blog.)
Apollo Mission Moment #12
Although a potential medical problem knocked Ken Mattingly off the primary crew of Apollo 13, he played a pivotal role in developing procedures that brought the astronauts safely home. His knowledge of systems outside his assignment provided the last few amps for the vital power-up procedure just before re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. Later, Mattingly made his replacement, Command Module Pilot, Jack Swigert, look good during the power-up before re-entry.
Life is filled with disappointments. Get over it! Our personal and career success are inextricably linked to how we prepare and respond to those disappointments. On a related personal note, at one point in my career, I was assigned to Special Projects, which those who work in an enterprise corporation understand is akin to the career kiss of death. I refuse to sulk, and instead, threw all my energy into those special projects. Six months later, I was asked to lead the largest and most complex project that business had ever undertaken, which we completed on time and on budget.
LEVERAGING THE MOMENT:
- Be prepared! You never know when you may be asked to fill someone else’s assignment.
- Business is a team sport, and it is no fun playing for a loser. Pull together to win.
“It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you don’t care who gets the credit.” (Harry S. Truman)
News to Start Your Day With:
- Right at 40,743,900 cases worldwide, with 30,408,700 people who have recovered, with 1,124,413 deaths AND 8,459,000 cases in the US with over 5,504,500 people have recovered, with 225,241 deaths.
- British scientists will launch the world’s first human challenge trials for covid-19, in which healthy volunteers will be deliberately infected with the coronavirus, in hopes of speeding to a vaccine.
- According to the Washington Post, large school districts across the United States are beginning to reopen, driven by fears that students are falling behind and early evidence that schools have not become the coronavirus superspreaders that many feared.
- Singapore is preparing to launch a rapid coronavirus antigen testing plan for people seeking to attend large-scale gatherings such as weddings, sporting events and business conferences, as officials continue efforts to rebuild and reopen the economy amid the global health crisis. Singapore’s health ministry confirmed the new plan Tuesday, adding it was working to identify events that would benefit from the testing strategy, including future live performances and “high risk activities” in the Southeast Asian country.
- U.S. stock futures rose early Tuesday ahead of a deadline for a new fiscal stimulus deal from Washington. Futures contracts for the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 190 points, or 0.7%. The move indicated an opening gain of more than 209 points. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures both added 0.8%.
- Apple apparently wanted its MTV and on Monday launched Apple Music TV, a free 24-hour livestream of music videos, live shows and other music events, Variety reported. People in the US can find it on the Apple Music app or the Apple TV app. It started with a countdown of the top 100 most-streamed songs on Apple Music, Variety noted.
- NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft will briefly touch down on a large asteroid today and grab some rocks and dust from its surface to be returned to Earth for study. The event marks a major first for NASA and a potential boon for science, space exploration and our understanding of the solar system. Lockheed Martin Space will stream the daring mission live. Touchdown will be today around 3:12pm PT and can be streamed on the NASA website.
- The Mandalorian season 2 will return to Disney Plus on October 30th. The 2nd trailer released on Monday gave us another glimpse of the upcoming season, and a report suggested that season 3 will kick off production before the end of 2020.