Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sense of community

With our "wonderful" election coming in a couple of weeks I have been reflecting on our society here in America.  I have many opinions on most subjects and have been studying information in depth so that I can be more informed and not one of the many reactionaries on Facebook.

I am not going to comment on my voting preference but rather to hopefully inspire others to become involved and empower them to get out to help their communities and the world (based on your interests). I myself am a volunteer in our local fire company as a Fire Police officer. (For those of you who don't know what that is, we are empowered with police powers to protect our firefighter brothers and other emergency workers, the public at large and property if need be). In addition to this I spend Saturdays helping visitors to our great city of Philadelphia and chat with homeless people who are trying to get their lives back together. In addition I also have taken up cycling to raise funds for causes such as the MS Society, American Cancer Society and Veterans causes.

This is highly rewarding to me as I feel in some small way I might have an impact on just one person. I request nothing in return but to pay it forward so that maybe one day we all might be better people.

In addition to my personally helping I have decided to enact a donation program to support a few causes. To that end through the end of 2016 Formulations will donate 10% of the profits of the sale of fire/EMS products and medical products a couple ways. We will donate to Doctors without Borders, who has an A rating for helping people all over the world.  For the sale of fire/EMS products we will donate to the volunteer fire company of your choice (if you don't specify, we will donate to smaller fire companies with a great need).

#firecompany #doctorswithoutborders #donations #helpingcommunity #liketohelp #wonderfulworld

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Happy New Year 2016

As I reflect on 2015 I know one thing for sure, people see it as a bad year.  I don't know why, as the economy improved dramatically, more jobs were created and the planet we call home is still here.

In advance of 2016 I was already aware that the economy was going to be even better than in 2015. Construction alone in my hometown of Philadelphia is slated to be huge.  This not only improves the landscape, it also creates temporary construction jobs and in turn, offices and other buildings for even more permanent jobs.

While we at Formulations did not achieve for the growth we had originally hoped, we adjusted our our business model and built a more solid foundation on which to be one of the top suppliers of printing, marketing and apparel for the United States.

We wish to thank all of our clients for their continued support throughout the years and we are now poised to take you all well into the future.

Grazie,
Dennis Morris

Friday, August 23, 2013

Marketing Observations

As I sit here in a Panera in Doylestown I notice the steady stream of people coming in who patronize this location. The patrons are both old and young and from all walks of life including business professionals to laborers. I ponder the success of getting this wide variety of patrons they are able to attract to their establishment. Marketing and quality products are the keys to their success. One without the other would not have the same results. Paneras marketing is four fold. They use promotional products including pens, direct mail and magnets along with marketing materials such as brochures and menus. Media advertising is next with randomly running ads on radio. They balance this with another form of marketing.......their service. Service from the front door to the back door is an important aspect of marketing any business. I have never waited long to order, the orders are always correct and the food is terrific and a good value as well. Businesses can take a lesson from this and that is to train your staff that their job includes marketing. This is true of everyone involved from the cashier to the cook to the janitorial staff and especially the boss or owner. Every person in the chain IS part of your marketing team. Good impressions and service open up the last marketing avenue.....word of mouth advertising.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Want fries with that?

How many times have you heard the phrase "would you like fries with that"? This is a staple term for sales. When you are selling any product or service there are additional ones which correspond to the one the customer ordered, like fries with a hamburger. These "fries" are value added sales which take little to no time on your part but can reap you additional profit. If you or your employees don't ask you risk losing this additional sale to a competitor who in turn could take future orders from you as well. Remind your employees that these additional sales add up for the company profit and give the employee incentive to make these additional sales through commissions or profit sharing. This shows the employees that you care for them as much as the business.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Calendars

Businesses are gearing up for the winter months which are fast approaching. Don't get caught in the cold........start marketing your business today. Marketing does not have to cost you a fortune either. This is where the companies of Formulations Products and Services shine. Our staff is here to help you increase your sales and keep you within a reasonable marketing budget.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Federal Tax Forms and Compliance Posters

Formulations Products and Services has been carrying federal tax forms for years. In recent days we have added ComplyRight Employee Information Posters. These posters are now required for all employers with 15 or more employees to be posted in a prominent place where employees can view their rights and responsibilities.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Marketing during a recession

Marketing during a recession can pull your company out of the downturn by keeping your name in front of your target audience. As long as you do your marketing wisely it won't break the bank. There is a history of companies which made sure they marketed during the recession they were in as they understood the power of marketing. Some of the more notable businesses which did this are Microsoft, Federal Express, Hyatt, Burger King and Trader Joe's.