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Dr. Shrink’s Recycling Run 2012


We are thinking spring already and preparing for our annual Recycling Run for 2012.  Dr. Shrink is once again teaming up with Bay Area Recycling for Charities (BARC) for the third year in a row in an effort to make sure shrink wrap is recycled properly every spring.
Shrink wrap will NOT biodegrade in a landfill, so it is important to have it recycled.  Our Recycling Run program makes it simple and straightforward:

  1. 1.Buy Dr. Shrink REBAGS® for $3.00 each from Dr. Shrink
  2. 2.Stuff the REBAG® with ONLY shrink wrap (no buckles, strapping, access doors, etc.)
  3. 3.Request a pick-up form from Dr. Shrink to schedule a pick up

 
Pickup regions are all throughout Lower Michigan and we have expanded this year into Wisconsin and Illinois as well.  The Wisconsin Marina Association is working to start the program in their state and BARC will be doing the pickups within all three states.  Optima Colour is also participating in the effort for the second year, and will be doing pickups in Ontario, Canada (within 200 miles of Toronto).
If you are curious about removing a shrink wrap cover properly for the Recycling Run, please reference this video below.

*This video was filmed in January 2011*
If you are interested in participating in the Recycling Run, please see the complete details and form Why to Join the Recycling Run 2012.pdf & Recycling Form 2012.pdf.
For Canadian recyclers, Shane McKenna with Optima Colour at 519-622-5700 or by email atshane.mckenna@optimacolour.com.
 
If you are in Wisconsin and would like to know more about the Wisconsin Marina Association, please clickhere!

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Dr. Shrink’s 2nd Annual IPAD Giveaway


We’ve had a lot of excitement and buzz come from the announcement of our 2nd annual IPAD drawing, as well as some questions.  We want to clarify the complete details, rules, and regulations for the drawing in hopes to clear up any confusion:

  • No purchase is necessary. Purchases of $100.00 or more during the entry period qualifies for automatic entry.
  • Entries will ONLY be accepted starting February 6th at 9AM EST and concluding February 17th at 5PM EST.
  • U.S. residents age 18 or older may register for the drawing without a purchase via email at sales@dr-shrink.com or by filling out this quick entry form.  You must provide contact information – name, birthdate, address, phone number and email address.
  • Limit 1 entry per person.
  • The winner will be selected from a random drawing.
  • All entries must be received by 5:00 PM EST on February 17, 2012.  The winner will be selected and notified via phone and/or email on February 20, 2012.
  • The prize is an Apple IPAD 2 with Wi-Fi capabilities– a $499 value!  No cash prizes to be awarded.
  • Void where prohibited.

Dr. Shrink, Inc. is proudly running this promotion.  Please do not hesitate to contact us at sales@dr-shrink.com with any further questions.  Best of luck to all our participants!

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Dr. Shrink Wraps the Yacht Teleport


There are many amazing people in this world, each with equally amazing stories to share.  Dr. Shrink has had the pleasure of working with some of these wonderful people over the years.  Today we wanted to highlight the incredible story of Chris Bray, Jess Taunton, and their yacht named Teleport and explain how Dr. Shrink is now tied into their story.
Chris and Jess are adventurists from Australia.  In 2009, they purchased a yacht in Canada that was in need of some major refurbishing.  After spending three months rebuilding in 2010, the yacht was fixed up and given a new name, Teleport.   Since then, Chris and Jess have been sailing Teleport back home to Australia in stages each year, stopping along the way to see some of the world’s most fascinating places. Beginning their journey from Halifax in Nova Scotia this year, the duo have now sailed her up the east coast of Canada, across the notorious Labrador Sea to Greenland, up Greenland’s treacherous iceberg filled west-coast, and across into the infamous Northwest Passage in the Arctic above Canada.
Throughout their journey, they have been sharing their experiences with the entire world via the internet and blogging.  Many people have followed Chris and Jess’ amazing story and have been able to see some of the breathtaking sights they’ve had the privilege to see.   Some people have even become sponsors for their voyages donating supplies, gear, and anything else that would help them along their trip.
Chris approached Dr. Shrink’s CEO Mike Stenberg via email about being their shrink wrap supplier for when they have to let the Teleport lay over for a period of time.  Chris had just been covering the yacht with tarps and knew there was a better and more effective solution out there.  Very fascinated by their story, Mike has agreed to be their sponsor and is now the premium shrink wrap supplier for Teleport!
We are very proud to be supporting these amazing people traveling the world, doing something that they truly love and are passionate about.  If you would like to follow the story of Chris and Jess or to see Dr. Shrink’s special sponsorship page, please follow this link to read more about their incredible journey thus far.

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Dr. Shrink Welcomes Karan Korolenko


Dr. Shrink is proud to announce a new member has been added to our dynamic shrink wrap team!  We would like to formally introduce Karan Korolenko to the Dr. Shrink staff.
Karen is from Manistee, MI and joined our Customer Service team on October 24th, 2011.  She brings a great deal of experience to the table; she previously worked in customer service for five years at an international company out of Chicago.
Under the wing of Kelly Buckingham in our Accounts Receivable department, Karen is currently learning very quickly how to input online orders and use our order entry software.  Karen had great remarks about her instructor saying, “Kelly has been really wonderful; she is an excellent teacher.”  When asked what her favorite part about working at Dr. Shrink is so far, Karen said, “I like the people; it’s a very laid back and comfortable environment.  Even though it is laid back and comfortable, it still is very efficient.”
Don’t be surprised when you soon start hearing Karen’s voice answering the phone to help take your orders.  We are very happy to have her join our team.  Welcome Karen, from all the Dr. Shrink staff!

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Dr. Shrink Joins the MIAF


Florida, known as the Sunshine State, could be re-dubbed as the Boating State.  It is full of marinas, yacht dealerships, yacht clubs, and of course boats – a lot of boats.  It comes as no surprise Dr. Shrink strives to work with the marine oriented businesses of Florida and be their premium shrink wrap and accessories supplier.  While we currently work closely with a number of marinas, dealers, and installers in the Sunshine State, there is always room for fresh ideas and resources.  In an effort to support our existing customers and seek out new opportunities; we are proud to announce our membership into the Marine Industries Association of Florida (MIAF)!
The Marine Industries Association of Florida’s purpose is to:

  • Promote social activities and education between its members
  • To exchange ideas on promotion and sales of their products and services
  • To foster and promote boating in Florida
  • To aid and assist in the proposal and adoption of suitable laws and regulations relating to boats and boating
  • To aid, assist or conduct displays of boats, equipment and allied products and services

Dr. Shrink’s goal is to exhibit the advantages of shrink wrap in front of the whole marine community and open up new application avenues.   Our involvement with the MIAF will help achieve this goal.  Using the MIAF as a resource, Dr. Shrink will continue to reach out to new and existing businesses with premium products and excellent service, and bring new shrink wrapping ideas and opportunity to the table.
For more information about the Marine Industries Association of Florida, you can visit their website at https://www.boatflorida.org.
If you have any questions or comments about Dr. Shrink, Inc. or our products and services. Please call 800-968-5147 or email drshrink@dr-shrink.com.

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“Rip the Wrap” Video Contest


If you are a current Dr. Shrink customer, you know just how strong and durable our premium shrink wrap is with varieties coming in 6 to 12 mil thick.  Some of you may not have used or even felt our thickest 12 mil material, so in order to have a little fun showing off just how strong this material is, we are running a “Rip the Wrap” video contest!  In order to participate in this contest, you will need to videotape yourself “ripping the wrap” from start to finish (or at least trying).  Here is a complete list of all rules and requirements of the contest:
 

  • Call our office or email sales@dr-shrink.com with your name and shipping address to request your 24″ x 24″ sample piece of 12 mil.
  • Your video MUST begin with stating your name and zooming in on all four sides of the sample piece in order to ensure no slits or cuts have been made.
  • Wrap must only be ripped with bare hands—use of any tools, pliers, etc. will be immediately disqualified.
  • Entire length of sample piece must be ripped.
  • Video must be saved in an AVI, WMV, QuickTime, MOV or MPEG4 format and emailed to sales@dr-shrink.com to enter.
  • Contest runs the entire month of August– starting 8 AM EST August 1st and running to 5 PM EST August 31st (Please consider ship time of receiving the sample, videotaping, and video editing/uploading).

 
If you think you don’t have the technology to upload a video, think again!  Most cell phones have the capability to record video footage which can be uploaded to YouTube.  If you can’t email your video because the file size is too big, you can easily upload your video to YouTube and email us the link instead.  We want everyone to give it a shot; fancy video camera, cell phone video, anyway you can get the footage, we want to see it!
ANY participants who enter a video TRYING to “Rip the Wrap” will win a free roll of 4″ Heat Shrink Tape and anyone who can SUCCESSFULLY “Rip the Wrap” will win a $25 credit towards any Dr. Shrink product(s).  We are excited to see everyone’s efforts to RIP THE WRAP.
 
**By submittal of your video, you give all property rights of the video to Dr. Shrink, Inc.**

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Proactive Steps to Better Warehouse Efficiency


Dr. Shrink contacted the Supply Chain Management Department at Michigan State University, the number 2 program in the nation behind MIT, to come in and audit the efficiency of our warehouse.  Brad Cook, an adjunct professor, audited the SKU performance as well as the overall operation of the warehouse over several days.  He was surprised at the current efficiency of Dr. Shrink’s 60,000 square foot warehouse, especially with only having three full time warehouse employees, but there is always room for improvement.
Based on his findings, a 3-phase plan was suggested.  Phase 1 is immediate improvements over a short term.  These improvements are almost exclusively re-arranging the current rack system and product placement.  Warehouse Manager Evan Jensen states, “One slight change can make an enormous difference.  Instead of organizing products by size for spacing reasons, we now have products strategically placed by order frequency.  This change in organization of our products has already made us more efficient when packing orders.”
Evan continued, “Also as Brad suggested, by rearranging current racking, we’ve also about doubled our capacity for order staging.  That means more orders are boxed, packed and/or skidded plenty of time in advance and ready when the shipping companies come for pick-up.”  Phases 2 and 3 will involve updated software for a warehouse management system and long-term plans for expansion.  That being said we are always looking for ways to help serve our customers better.  Through these short and long term changes, we are still focused on staying as efficient as possible.  We pride ourselves in getting our customers’ orders out to them as fast as possible, and these changes will only help us to continue achieving that goal.

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Dr. Shrink Joins the Scaffolding Industry Association


Shrink wrap is rapidly becoming the new face of protection in a number of different industries.  It is no surprise that scaffolding and containment is quickly rising on the list of industries that reaps the benefits of shrink wrap protection.  Dr. Shrink is committed to offering the best protection to the scaffolding industry through the best shrink wrap products on the market today.  To show our commitment, pledge, and assurance of offering only premium products, Dr. Shrink is proud to announce that we are a new member of the Scaffolding Industry Association (SIA).  The SIA has many admirable goals currently in place and Dr. Shrink has climbed on board in order to help and reach the following:

  • Increase public awareness of technological advances in the scaffold industry with regard to its products, services and practices.  Raise visibility of the industry.  Promote a professional image of the industry.
  • Improve the working relationship between manufacturers, dealers, users, and other interested parties.  Promote SIA Membership to all individuals and firms who manufacture, sell, rent, lease or use access, scaffolding, shoring and forming equipment, and related products and services.

To further promote and demonstrate the protection shrink wrap brings to the scaffolding industry, Dr. Shrink is scheduled to exhibit at the 2011 SIA Annual Convention and Exhibition in Minneapolis, Minnesota July 17th – 20th.  Above picture shows Dr. Shrink CEO & Founder, Mike Stenberg with SIA Board Directors, Laurie Weber and Elouise Schultz.
If you have any questions about shrink wrap and how it can help protect your next scaffolding project, contact us at 231-723-2685 or atsales@dr-shrink.com.