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Re: Company give-aways
« Reply #75 on: December 19, 2019, 08:48:13 am »
Great suggestions, Amara!

Quite a coincidence this topic was brought up again. For some reason (I know the reason, but can't tell you ;)) my company had to get rid of all of the giveaways we had in storage, including the company store inventory.

I was absolutely gobsmacked at the amount and variety there was. Trunk organizers, tote bags (different sizes and designs), back packs, pens (galore!), pen-type toolkits, visors & hats, sun glasses, hard covered note pads (different sizes), zippered notebook binders with pockets, travel mugs, thermoses, stuffed animals, cute toys, flashlights, ear buds, T-shirts, etc., etc., etc.

It's a good thing that Event Planner (EP) and I live in a large room. We had 4 huge carts (6' tall, 8' wide 3-4 shelves) packed with boxes along with 3 tables stacked 3 boxes high. It was like an obstacle course to get through the room.

It took more than a week for EP and her volunteers to clean out the storage rooms, sort through the stuff, separate the items into equal parts for an employee giveaway which took place in various locations within the building during lunch hours. It wasn't advertised at all.

The first giveaway event took place after an annual ceremony (maybe 300 employees). EP saw people taking 10+ items and she thought "No, no, no. We have 3,000 employees. Everybody gets to take something."

So at the lunchtime event where all employees were involved she posted signs and coached her volunteers to say "One or two items only."

Almost everything was gone within 45 minutes. EP told me that she saw several people who work at the other end of the building (where a giveaway stand was set up) come to this side of the building, trying to get more swag.

Freebies? People went crazy.

Glad you guys were able to give them away. A friend worked at a company that had to get rid of all promotional material because of a legal reason and it had to all be destroyed. He said some of the stuff they found had to be 20 plus years old with lots of old versions of logos. Employees really wanted to take some items home as keepsakes but it wasn't allowed.
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Re: Company give-aways
« Reply #76 on: December 19, 2019, 10:03:40 am »
One of the things I found in my desk when I took this position 18 months ago was a give away from the local phone company about 3 logos ago. It has 10 colors of thread already threaded onto needles. And in a neat little plastic box so everything stays ordered.  Left it in the desk because it's cool and didn't take up much space. Last week someone was in need of a needle and thread and I amazed them with this.

And it turns out the beach wagon we received at the beginning of the semester has been invaluable! I keep it in my office, under a table, and use it all the tame to deliver supplies to other buildings. Faculty are using them to carry class materials back and forth. 
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Re: Company give-aways
« Reply #77 on: December 20, 2019, 12:26:13 pm »
My husband came home with a bunch of stuff from a conference - I'm really impressed* with the long-strapped bag [since I 'downsized' my handbag, if I travel up to London I need a second bag to hold book/water/scarf/cardigan/whatever], as I can carry it like a shoulder bag over a winter coat.

And who doesn't like a lanyard? :D

Not sure about the branded socks, though...  Not my size, so I guess my husband will be wearing too-big work socks for a while.

* For which read: I pinched it! ;) ;D
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