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Signet News

2016

Signet's new Mobile Scanning App

Signet, a leading Australian manufacturer of packaging, construction, safety and cleaning supplies and proudly recognised leader in customer service excellence, has given customers yet another reason to choose Signet as their preferred supplier through the release of a Mobile Scanning App. Read more here.

Signet's February Buyer's Guide-Adding more value and new products than ever before

The start of the New Year is an exciting time at Signet as it also signals the start of the new Buyer's Guide period. The launch of February's Buyer's Guide showcases an extensive range of new products, ensuring that there is always an item that suits our customers' needs. Read more here.


2015

At Signet we strive to put customers at the centre of everything we do, so it's our mission to help Australian businesses compete by providing the lowest overall cost, outstanding service, and genuine value to our customers. We've broken down our offering into five key pillars to explain how we help Australia compete. Find out more here

Signet, a leading manufacturer and supplier of packaging, safety and cleaning supplies, has been recently accredited into the Google Trusted Stores program. To help shoppers identify online merchants that offer a great shopping experience, the Google Trusted Store badge is awarded to ecommerce sites that demonstrate a track record of on-time shipping and excellent customer service. Read more here.

Partner Profile - Signet Partners with 3M

At Signet we are always looking for ways to help Australia compete by providing solutions that make our customers work lives simpler and more efficient. This is why partnering with leading brand 3M Australia is a perfect fit. Find out more here.

How to Set Up a Safe Warehouse

Signet knows the importance and benefits of setting up a safe warehouse and want to help our customers do the same. Find out more here.

Geami WrapPak - A New Protective Packaging Solution

Ranpak are an industry leader for environmentally friendly, cost effective void fill and protective packaging solutions. They have recently added to their range with the introduction of a paper based bubble wrap alternative, the Geami WrapPak system. Find out more here.

Signet's New Buyers Guide is Helping Australia Compete with New Products and Even More Value

Signet is always looking for ways to help Australian businesses compete. This is why the launch of the new Buyer's Guide is an exciting event both for Signet and our customers with a variety new products, the expansion of current product ranges and brand new prizes on offer.Find out more here.

Signet reaches a new milestone in Customer Service Excellence and helping Australian businesses compete

The recent 2015 CSIA Australian Service Excellence Awards saw Signet become an industry leader in training for the first time, winning the Training Excellence Award on both state and national levels. Find out more here.

2014

Sustainable practices and the bottom line have become a focus for our customers across numerous industries. If you’re looking for short term benefits and long term results, take a look at your current packaging processes. By ensuring you are using the most suitable product for the job, you can directly influence the company bottom line while also improving your company’s brand – the benefits of these practices are almost endless. Read on for a guide focused on optimizing some of the most common packaging consumables.

Trial a different packaging tape adhesive

One way of reducing costs is to trial an alternative packaging tape adhesive. Rubber adhesive is the most common in packaging tape, however there are other more economical types available. Hot Melt packaging tape is a synthetic rubber adhesive which offers the same properties as a rubber adhesive tape, but at a cost effective price. An even cheaper alternative is Acrylic packaging tape. This adhesive performs best in cold rooms and fridges rather than in normal temperature environments.

For a more in-depth look at the different types of tape adhesives and to see which tape is best for your application take a look at our “How-To” video - http://www.signet.net.au/resource_centre/videolibrary

Optimise pallet wrap consumption

There is a common misbelief that the more pallet wrap you use, the more secure your goods will be. More often than not, this only results in increased costs, time and waste for your business. Instead, we recommend increasing the stretch while using a lower gauge film, or contacting us about your wrapping configuration and techniques. Another tip is to investigate the different types of film available which are designed to perform differently in depending on your application.

Switch to Ranpak for protective void fill

Ranpak packaging such as FillPak for void filling or PadPak for cushioning is one of the most cost effective forms of void fill available. The paper can be used and reused to block, brace, coil or pad fragile items for transport or storage.Both products are made with recycled materials, which means your company is actively reducing the impact of plastic and other environmentally unfriendly products. Ranpak products also help to reduce packaging costs from the ability to re-use the paper. Another benefit of Ranpak void fill is its easy storage – it requires significantly less space when compared to alternatives like Mic Pac or bubblewrap.

Swap steel strapping for PET strapping

Steel strapping has been an industry favourite due to its heavy duty nature, strength and durability. Unfortunately however, it can be quite dangerous to use if you don’t also have the proper equipment and processes. An excellent alternative is polyester (PET) strapping which is strong, safe and economical. PET strapping has smooth edges making it safer and less accident-prone, and is also able to be recycled. It is light weight when compared to steel, however offers a similar level of strength. PET strap is designed to resist ‘creeping’ and ‘relaxing’ which reduces the chance of your load shifting or settling during transit and storage.

These are just a few tips for the most common types of packaging, but they can go a long way towards your bottom line. Feel free to contact us for more tips on optimising your packaging.

Minimising costs while maximizing efficiency and quality is a key focus for horticulture packing sheds in the agriculture industry. By implementing effective processes and ensuring you use the most suitable consumables, you can directly minimise waste, save time and save money.

It is important to get this right at the start of the packing season to reduce the impact of common packing shed challenges. These challenges include casual staff turnover, lack of in-depth training and stringent quality and safety legislation. The guide below details how you can achieve this to maintain the quality of produce and get the goods despatched as soon as possible.

1.Sort out your site safety

Having a packing shed that is safe, comfortable, hygienic and clearly signed can directly and indirectly save money. Ensure that the shed has warning and instructional signage displayed to clearly communicate dangers, health and safety messages, housekeeping practices and the location of emergency exits and first aid kits.

Occupational health should be part of these safety measures with the use of anti-fatigue floor mats as they can reduce strain, fatigue and are non-slip. These measures can also include providing personal protective equipment where required, such as ear plugs and respiratory equipment.

2.Practice hygienic handling

Food-safe hygiene practices centre around making sure your hands are clean at all times and ensuring you are using the correct gloves. Having an antibacterial hand cleaner or sanitiser available can avoid many health or contamination problems

Vinyl food preparation gloves are recommended for most packing sheds as latex has been known to negatively affect certain foods. Vinyl gloves are also preferred as they are more sensitive on the wearer’s skin when compared to latex.

3.Pick the right packaging

Using a bag or carton liner that is the wrong material or incorrect dimensions can be costly to your business. Polyethylene is a common material for poly bags and liners as it is safe to use with food items. Both products can be found in a wide range of different sizes with a selection of thicknesses available. By using the correct bag or liner for your application, you can save both money and time.

Another way to do this is to make sure your cartons are suitable for the produce you’re packing. This could be through switching to trays, cartons or boxes with handles, or having your cartons custom printed with your company’s logo.

4.Select labels that match your needs

Labels are an integral part of the packing process as this is where the important information such as the carton’s contents, shipping requirements and relevant dates are displayed. Both freight labels and date/batch labels are ideal for displaying this information.

Freight labels work in conjunction with freight computer printing systems which ensure your goods meet your freight company’s barcoding and shipping requirements.

Date and batch labels are recommended as they clearly communicate best before or use-by dates, display a batch number or can record the carton’s packing date.

5.Secure cartons with wrap/strapping

This final step ensures that your carefully picked and packed goods will stay safe and secure during transit. There are a few products specially designed to hold cartons or the pallet together while also being conducive to air flow. This can be vital for fruit and vegetable packing sheds to ensure the produce has appropriate air circulation and maintain their quality – especially where the goods have been chemically treated.

The ideal wrap is air flow pallet wrap which has reinforced ventilation holes to provide quick cooling or drying of the wrapped items. The film is designed with dependable tensile strength which helps to keep the goods secure during transit and minimises spillage.

The strapping option available is polypropylene strapping tape which can be used to bundle or palletise cartons and can be used instead of pallet wrap. This product has high impact strength so it won’t split or break during transit.

These are only a selection of the important products and processes which will help to optimise your packing shed. For more advice on how to reduce waste, save money and become more efficient, contact us on 13 7446 or by emailing sales@signet.net.au.

After the necessary permissions and approvals for construction have been finalised, the next step is to get the construction site set up. It is important to prepare the site correctly for a smooth and efficiently run construction that keeps workers and site visitors safe. Read on for a 10 step guide on how to achieve this as well as suggestions on some of the products you might need.

Evaluate the site and create boundaries

  • Examine the construction site to determine if there are any pre-existing utilities such as water or electricity. Make sure you clearly mark these on the site.
  • Use the blueprints you have received from the project’s architects or engineers to establish boundaries for the site.

Recommended products:Barrier mesh, steel posts & caps and spot marking spray

Have a phone line installed onsite

  • This might seem like a premature step however a phone line will allow any updated plans and contracts to be received immediately. This will help the construction process to continue efficiently

Recommended products: Printer paper and printer cartridges

Set up a perimeter fence and mount signs

  • After the site boundaries have been established erect a fence to create a physical barrier around the construction site. This will ensure the safety of site workers, site visitors and passers-by which should be a high priority
  • Mount signs on the external side of the fence which detail your company name, contact information, instructions for site visitors and what PPE (personal protective equipment) must be worn onsite. On the internal side of the fence, mount applicable danger signs and signs to indicate the location of first aid kits.

Recommended products: Custom printed signs, danger signs and emergency signs

Take samples of the soil onsite

  • Take soil samples from a few different site locations and have an environmental engineer test these. The results will allow you to determine if the site is contaminated or if there will be any issues during excavation or when pouring concrete.

Recommended products: Silt fencing

Find and eliminate hidden dangers

  • Scour the site to find concealed dangers such as old wells, shafts, electrical cables, and gas or water channels. Mark these clearly – even if they are scheduled to be covered over or filled soon as unmarked they will be hazardous to any person onsite.

Recommended products: Spot marking spray, timber stakes, flagging tape, hazard netting and underground mains marking tape

Remove remaining flora or old building structures

  • Remove any old materials onsite and save anything that could be salvaged. Ensure you store these out of the way and ensure you clearly mark the hazard

Recommended products: Steel posts and barrier mesh

Eliminate pests from the construction site

  • Depending on the condition of the site, this might require a professional exterminator. This is an important step as pests can pose a health and safety risk and can damage construction supplies

Recommended products: MSA wasp killer

Set up site amenities

  • Organise a site office, temporary toilets, a kitchen and storage areas

Recommended products: Office stationery, toilet paper, hand towels, hand cleansers, coffee, tea, sugar, cups and stirrers

Organise security for the site

  • There are several different options available depending on the needs of the construction site. It is better to err on the side of caution with site security as this could mean the difference between preventing theft, damage or unauthorised persons entering the site.

Recommended products: Safety locks and signs

Clearly convey site procedures

  • Regularly communicate with management, workers, suppliers and site visitors to ensure they understand site security, correct procedures and the location of amenities onsite

Also ensure that the necessary PPE, safety equipment and first aid supplies are provided appropriately across the site. For more information about setting up a construction site or for help finding the right products, contact us on 13 7446 or by emailing sales@signet.net.au.

This year Signet has got your order and business looked after with the launch of the new Your Buyers Guide. The catalogue comes complete with exciting new products, range extensions and a prize competition to get you one step closer to your dream holiday.

While workplace safety provides its own obvious benefits, most people don’t consider that it also increases workplace productivity. The more streamlined the safety measures; the better people will understand their role and responsibilities. This in turn reduces the instances of people requiring leave due to accidents and injuries, which decreases the workload strain on other employees and also minimises the compensation and insurance costs for the company.

The increased productivity also leads to greater job satisfaction which can directly impact staff retention. Denise Leeming, the OHS Manager for safety specialist Signet, said that when safety becomes a part of workplace culture it naturally increases worker productivity and reduces the amount of non-conformances.

“As a company you’ve got to make it important for every person onsite”, said Leeming. “If you as a company are seen practicing what you preach, your staff, visitors and suppliers will follow suit.”

So how do you achieve this safety and enhanced productivity as a company? One way is by becoming certified with the OHSAS 18001 health and safety standard. This accreditation is the world’s most recognized health and safety management program. Other ways include providing comprehensive training for all employees with regular refresher courses, providing access to safety manuals and procedures, following relevant legislation and standards, and keeping up to date on the latest first aid information.

And why should all of this be important to you as a customer? Aside from assuring that no humans were harmed in the making of the products you purchase, safety measures provide reassurance that companies are being held accountable and continuously improving internal processes. This results in better products and services for you and your business.

Workplace health and safety is made simpler with the right tools, so it is recommended to provide a wide range of protective wear, safety equipment, signs and first aid products adequately across your site.

Safety at work is everyone’s responsibility regardless of your department or job title. This safety can include identifying and controlling health and safety risks, decreasing the potential for accidents, complying with relevant legislation, training and education, as well as being conscious of your own actions.  

While workplace safety provides its own obvious benefits, most people don’t consider that it also increases workplace productivity. The more streamlined the safety measures; the better people will understand their role and responsibilities. This in turn reduces the instances of people requiring leave due to accidents and injuries, which decreases the workload strain on other employees and also minimises the compensation and insurance costs for the company.

The increased productivity also leads to greater job satisfaction which can directly impact staff retention. Denise Leeming, the OHS Manager for safety specialist Signet, said that when safety becomes a part of workplace culture it naturally increases worker productivity and reduces the amount of non-conformances.

“As a company you’ve got to make it important for every person onsite”, said Leeming. “If you as a company are seen practicing what you preach, your staff, visitors and suppliers will follow suit.”

So how do you achieve this safety and enhanced productivity as a company? One way is by becoming certified with the OHSAS 18001 health and safety standard. This accreditation is the world’s most recognized health and safety management program. Other ways include providing comprehensive training for all employees with regular refresher courses, providing access to safety manuals and procedures, following relevant legislation and standards, and keeping up to date on the latest first aid information.

And why should all of this be important to you as a customer? Aside from assuring that no humans were harmed in the making of the products you purchase, safety measures provide reassurance that companies are being held accountable and continuously improving internal processes. This results in better products and services for you and your business.

Workplace health and safety is made simpler with the right tools, so it is recommended to provide a wide range of protective wear, safety equipment, signs and first aid products adequately across your site.

Signet does with a fast, simple and secure online store that now has a whole new range of products and features. It has never been easier for you to order supplies for all areas of your business as well as manage your account.

Signet was founded on the belief that business people were looking for a combination of good value and good service. This basic philosophy combined with a focus on being as easy as possible to do business with, has lead to significant company growth and continuous improvements over the past decade.

The August update to the Signet online store and catalogue includes an even bigger range of products and more than 600 price reductions. Some of the exciting new products include:

  • Signet’s Own mailing bags
  • Printed barrier tapes
  • New sizes of pallet wrap
  • 39 new printer cartridges from your favourite brands

The latest update to the online store has also focused on fixing common problems that companies experience when dealing with multiple suppliers – from running around placing orders from several different suppliers, spending time dealing with time-wasting sales representatives and chasing invoices and incomplete orders. The Signet team has been working hard to enhance your online experience with:

  • An extra 3500 products online from brands you know and trust
  • A revamped shopping cart which makes checking out faster and easier
  • Improving our search bar to include extra filters and product suggestions
  • Developing a Carton Finder Tool to help you select the right shipping carton
  • Extending our online order cut-off to 3pm for same-day despatch

Start getting real value from your supplier today by working with Signet – your one stop shop who is always in stock, always on time and always reliable. Head to www.signet.net.au.

The end of a financial year can be busy and stressful so it’s good to take a moment to celebrate the new year in style. Signet is kicking off the new financial year with a bang with a Week of Celebrations from 21st-25th July. During the week both existing customers and new customers have access to 5 explosive “one day only” offers.

On Monday, Wednesday and Friday the special offers are tailored to suit the customer industry type for all new customers, while for existing customers it is based on your individual purchasing history. Tuesday and Thursday have explosive prices for toilet paper, hand towel and A4 copy paper which are available to everyone; while on Wednesday there are 3x $100 fuel vouchers up for grabs. For more information head to the homepage.

The new financial year is also a great time to get your warehouse, office or home organised and review your current workplace processes. For organisation, Signet recommends stocking up on stationery, signs, markers and shelving. Stationery items will help to colour-code, file, record, highlight, scribe, stick and label items, while signs and markers help to communicate clearly and effectively around the workplace. Shelves are also a good investment as they can simplify processes; reduce the potential for accidents and hazards as well as increasing efficiency.

For assistance in reviewing your packaging, safety and cleaning processes speak to one of our experts who can make recommendations for improvement. And don’t forget to take part in Signet’s Week of Celebrations!

September is here which means its time for your annual home or work place spring clean! It’s important to clean and maintain areas like your office, grounds and warehouse to avoid unnecessary injuries and illness, or to stock up, reduce wear and tear and replace any broken or worn out items. Doing this can help improve health and productivity at work as well as improving customer satisfaction with your company. Find out more about this here on The Cost of Clean infographic.

 

To get you started on your spring clean, Signet has put together a list of top tips:

1. Create a kitchen cleaning roster for internal staff to follow during business hours - this will encourage everyone to participate in kitchen hygiene. Make sure you’re stocked up for kitchen cleaning supplies: http://www.signet.net.au/store/categories/cleaning-and-janitorial/kitchen-cleaners

2. Set a time during the month where staff clean and organise their work stations. This will also help you operate lean, dispose of any un-needed items and increase efficiencies

3. Clean high traffic surfaces regularly: computer mice & keyboards, phones, kitchen & bathroom sinks, taps and handles, microwave door handles, fridge door handles, water fountains, elevator buttons & vending machine buttons

4. Keep toilet paper, paper towels, hand cleaners and rubbish bags easily accessible for internal staff – this will make it easier and more likely for the staff to re-fill and maintain the bathrooms. Stock up here: http://www.signet.net.au/store/categories/cleaning-and-janitorial

5. Remove unpleasant odors from the bathroom, office or warehouse with Glen 20 or an automatic wall-mounted air freshener. Have a look at the 3 scents available: http://www.signet.net.au/store/categories/bathroom-cleaners/air-freshener

6. Encourage clean and hygienic hands around the workplace by having hand sanitiser dispensers in high traffic areas. This will help minimise the spread of germs and illness around the office.

7. Make sure your PPE and safety equipment is in top condition and replace anything that is damaged. Visit here for the full range: http://www.signet.net.au/store/categories/ppe-and-protective-wear

8. Check your first aid equipment – is everything still within date? Have you run out of any essentials? Top up here - http://www.signet.net.au/store/categories/medical-products-and-first-aid

9. Minimise clutter around the workplace and keep all areas organised with labels, signs, trays and cupboards

10. Refresh your premises by re-marking lines around your car park, warehouse and general site. For linemarking paint, a trolley or accessories visit http://www.signet.net.au/store/categories/linemarking

 

For more information on spring cleaning or to view the full range of cleaning and janitorial products, head to http://www.signet.net.au/spring.

Leading packaging and consumables manufacturer and distributor Signet has taken out the National Medium-Sized business category at the Australian Service Excellence Awards for the second time.

The awards are run by the Customer Service Institute of Australia (CSIA), and are renowned as being the highest national achievement for the provision of customer services, operational excellence and quality management. Signet was the only Australian company operating in the manufacturing and distribution industry to win an award at the event.

Click here to read more

With Melbourne Cup around the corner, many of us are thinking about what makes for a sure bet and how to ensure you’re a guaranteed winner. Just like trying to pick the winning horse, it is important to choose the best supplier for all your business needs. Whether you work in a warehouse, at an office or in the construction industry, you can bet on a sure thing with Signet! Offering the best packaging, safety and cleaning supplies in the country, Signet is proud to be the first choice for thousands of businesses – click here to find out why

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