The Ultimate Sports Stars Earnings Quiz

Do you know which NFL superstar made more money in the last year? How much has A-Rod (Alex Rodriguez) earned throughout his career? Or how much Michael Jordan’s Nike “Air Jordan” sponsorship deal is reportedly worth?

So if you are an avid sports fan or the kind of person out of your friends who always knows the value of the player’s contracts, and you’re up for the challenge then have a go at playing the quiz here.

Be warned you may be surprised by the answers. Good luck!

See how your sports knowledge scores below: 

  • If you guessed between 1-3 correctly, you’re an amateur sports fan! A rookie. Brush up on your knowledge of worldwide sports and try again.
  • If you guessed between 3-6 correctly your knowledge of sports worldwide is impressive – good work! 
  • If you guessed over 6 correctly, you’re truly ‘sports crazy.’ You’re likely to get up a stupid o’clock to check contracts of all the top sports stars!

Sustainable Hotel Ideas

Eco-consciousness is becoming a priority for many of us in our daily lives, making switches to more sustainable ways of living and shopping, and the hospitality industry is no different.

The hotel industry currently accounts for approximately 1% of global carbon emissions and this is set to increase if old practices continue. The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance estimates that hotels need to reduce their carbon emissions by 66% per room by 2030 to play their part in combating climate change.

Eco friendly hotel trends are now emerging in more and more hotels across the world. From reducing water usage to larger scale projects to reduce carbon emissions, there is plenty that any management team can do to follow in the footsteps of the latest sustainable hotel ideas and trends.

Minimizing water waste and usage

An easy place to start shifting towards more eco-friendly hotel trends is to take steps to minimize water usage and waste throughout your hotel.

While guests are entirely in control of how much water they use in their rooms, you can encourage them to consider using water more mindfully. Leave small signs or cards in bathrooms or near sinks to suggest how much water they could be saving if they only run the tap for as long as they need it or take shorter showers. You could also encourage your guests by adding some information to these signs or cards, showing them what your management team does every day to help save water.

Reduce plastic throughout your hotel

Millions of tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans every day. Reducing plastic is another simple way to help your hotel to reduce its carbon footprint and avoid adding to the global plastic waste problem. Some easy swaps are switching out your plastic straws for glass or metal ones, or changing up plastic water bottles for reusable glass ones. Not only will these simple solutions help your hotel become more environmentally friendly, but they will also give a classier feel.

Switch to wooden keycards

While on your journey to reducing plastic throughout your hotel or resort, you may realize that even your keycards are made of plastic! Consider switching to a more sustainable alternative such as our RFID Wooden Hotel Key Cards. Made using bamboo, a sustainable and incredibly durable alternative to plastic, that keeps the RFID chip safe.

What’s even better, wooden hotel keycards can be easily customized. Choose a custom shape or engrave with text or your hotel logo to create a boutique experience for your guests.

Become paperless

Technology and email are fast replacing paper receipts, bills and other documents across a range of industries. Often paper receipts can be lost or are immediately thrown away after issuing. To help reduce paper waste, consider switching your room bills and restaurant or bar receipts from paper to digital format such as email.

Using a digital document management system can also help to improve file organization and management, and make documents easily accessible to staff wherever they are stationed across your hotel or resort.

Opt for local produce

Give your guests a greater flavor of the place they are visiting, and reduce your carbon emissions at the same time by switching to local produce for food preparation.

Buying from local produce suppliers reduces the distance that your produce order has to travel, reducing emissions from transportation, as well as giving you the opportunity to support local businesses in the process.

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Reduce food waste

When considering making the switch to local produce for your food preparation, it can also be useful to review how much food each of your catering outlet wastes on a daily or weekly basis.

Some waste is unpreventable when catering for a large number of people, but understanding where unnecessary waste is occurring throughout your hotel can aid you in putting a plan in place. Helping you to become more eco-friendly and save money in the long run.

Consider biophilic design on a large scale

Looking at your hotel on a larger scale, you may notice that there are changes that you could make to the architecture and design of your buildings to make them more sustainable, and create an encompassing eco-friendly environment for your guests.

Replacing metal beams with natural materials such as dark hardwood, harnessing more natural light with considerate window placements or even creating a living plant wall to bring a burst of green into your lobby space can enhance your space.

Creating an environment for staff and guests that is more visually connected to nature may not have such a large impact on the sustainability of your hotel as a whole. But it is fast becoming one of the most popular sustainable hotel trends for its creative design and incorporation of more natural elements and plants into architecture.

Monitor your carbon emissions

Even simple steps can help to reduce your emissions, such as turning off air conditioning in unoccupied spaces, utilizing more natural light or take these eco-friendly hotel ideas to the next level and switch to renewable energy sources to power your buildings.

To keep you on track when implementing these sustainable hotel ideas, consider monitoring your carbon emissions regularly. Place updates or achievements on signs or cards throughout your hotel to encourage your guests to participate in your mission.

Join sustainable hotel trends with ID&C

More sustainable hotel ideas are evolving each day as more and more of us are becoming more environmentally conscious. Taking even just one of two of these ideas into consideration can help your hotel or resort to play its part.

At ID&C we have developed a range of eco-friendly products suitable for events, conferences, leisure facilities, hotels and more. Our RFID wooden hotel key cards are a great place to get your business started on the road to a more sustainable future. Available to customize and make them truly your own. Get in touch with us today to get started designing your wooden hotel key cards and make the first step towards becoming adpoting more sustainable hotel ideas.

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How Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will save the Hotel Industry

It’s no news that the hospitality industry has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. Travel restrictions and social distancing have brought new challenges for hotels and resorts. And, international travel and close-proximity of guests is a potential breeding ground for germs to be spread. These uncertain times make PPE for hotels more essential than ever in protecting staff and guests.

Plan your hotel PPE requirements. Get ahead.

Hotels and resorts will already be putting changes into effect, and chances are this will become a new normal in the hospitality world. It’s key that you provide an environment that is safe for not only your guests but your workplace. It might be that you no longer use the front desk like you used to, having people line up to check-in will not be beneficial for anyone. It may be hard for guests to book rooms as hotels reopen with limited capacity at first, and restaurant services such as buffets will be a thing of the past. 

As a business, you’ll be thinking about how things were previously displayed in rooms, and now might be the time to remove any non-essential items such as notepads and pens. While these are great branding opportunities you can still wave the flag of your resort with the PPE you use. 

Choosing The Right Face Mask

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If you’re looking to save time by using disposable masks for your employees so that you don’t have to clean and reissue them, take a look at our disposable Custom 3-Ply Face Masks. They’re made from a non-woven material with soft elastic ear loops making them easy and comfortable to wear. With up to 96% filtration efficiency they are the ideal mask for everyday use. You can even use our free and fast in-house design service to make sure you get the look you want.

If you’re looking for N95 masks for sale, we have them too. N95 face masks offer medical-grade protection and filtration.

If sustainability is high on your agenda, then look no further than our reusable Custom Printed Cloth Face Masks. These masks are not only good for the environment, but they’re also comfy and breathable. You can customize these masks with your branding by adding your company logo. We have further options with 5-layer filters for enhanced purification. 

If your front-desk will be in working order, we’d encourage you to use our FDA approved Face Shields with anti-fogging and anti-dust splash.

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These coverings will protect both your staff and guests through all times of close communication. If you want to create a protective barrier between staff and guests during check-in, our friends and sister company Imprint Plus manufacture these amazing counter sneeze guards.

Going the extra mile for the comfort of your guests

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You can also use our Floor Stickers to help aid guests and mark out safe spaces. These floor decals will guide guests to line-up safely, and remind them of social distancing rules. If you want to check the health of your staff and guests, why not invest in Infrared Thermometers, these items give a quick and accurate reading in 1 second for fever detection. 

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It’s important to remember that staff members will not be used to wearing masks for long periods of time. They can cause discomfort around the ears or feel loose after several long shifts. This is where our supplementary items come in handy. Our custom Silicone Face Mask Ear Savers attach to your mask to adjust the pressure around the ears. These accessories can be sanitized quickly and are also customizable with your logo. And don’t forget to order your gloves and vented or unvented goggles and glasses. 

PPE kits for hotels

Hotels and resorts are renowned for offering luxury full-services, so why not consider gifting each guest a PPE kit, including branded hand sanitizer, no-touch tool (to use on elevator buttons and light switches), and gloves. You could also include some bottled water. 

Another essential item of your PPE sets is going to be hand sanitizer. A sought after item you’ll probably want on-hand in every room and workstation. We offer various options from wipes to bottles and even bulk-orders.

Contactless entry is the new normal

With cleaning staff and guests entering a number of rooms and touching doorknobs, now is the perfect time to update regular key entry to a single-use RFID wristband. We can customize the bands, wrap them in cellophane and integrate with any RFID door lock system.

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We understand that we’re living in uncertain times but by being fully-prepared with your PPE, you can move-ahead feeling confident that your hotel & resort is doing all that it can in safety compliance to keep everyone safe. If you have any questions on how to navigate your PPE, our team will be happy to help you along the way and choose the right custom PPE products for your hotel.

ID&C is registered with the FDA (Food and Drug Administration)
ID&C’s FDA Registration Number – 3016840179

Face Masks 101: A User’s Guide to Face Masks – All Your Questions Answered

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we have been hearing a lot about face masks, N95 masks, and Appendix A. From a nationwide shortage of masks, to the latest CDC recommendation encouraging people to wear masks in public settings, its clear masks are at the forefront on everyone’s minds. But what do we really know about the difference of these types of face masks between health care workers and the rest of us? See: frequently asked questions and answers to help explain the use of masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

I have been hearing a lot about N95 masks. What does this mask do that is different from others?

 

Answer: N95 masks, or N95 respirators, are a type of personal protective equipment (PPE) used most by healthcare workers who need a higher level of protection. These masks are tighter-fitting and made of higher filtration material than regular masks so that they can filter out an estimated 95% of airborne particles that might otherwise pose a threat to an individual’s health.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend that the public wear N95 respirators to protect themselves. N95s are intended only for healthcare professionals who need protection from airborne hazards when tending to patients. Examples of who might need this type of mask would include healthcare workers who do procedures that put germs into the air – especially healthcare workers who work with patients on ventilators and other invasive procedures. N95 masks are NIOSH approved. N95s are intended only for healthcare professionals who need protection from airborne hazards when tending to patients.

Examples of who might need this type of mask would include healthcare workers who do procedures that put germs into the air – especially healthcare workers who work with patients on ventilators and other invasive procedures. These masks fit tightly to the face and have the highest filtration efficiency, blocking 95 percent of particles of 0.3 microns or larger. An N95 mask protects medical workers who encounter high doses of the virus while visiting and carrying out medical procedures on multiple patients. The rest of us don’t need that level of protection, so these masks should be reserved for health care workers only.

I have been hearing a lot about the need to purchase KN95 and N95 masks off Appendix A. Rumor has it any manufacturer not on Appendix A is a fake. I have heard Appendix A is a list FDA published so it should mean they are the only quality mask manufacturers available, right?

 

Answer: False, Appendix A is not intended to grade all mask manufactures. Appendix A was created because of a national shortage of NIOSH approved N95 masks for the medical industry. FDA needed a way to put urgent PPE equipment in the hands of frontline healthcare workers. Previously, the FDA required N95 masks to be both FDA 510k certified (a test proving the mask meeting surgical mask requirements), and NIOSH certified. During COVID-19 the FDA relaxed these requirements to bypass the FDA import clearance process.

They removed the requirement for FDA 510k and NIOSH and added KN95 masks as an authorized alternative to the N95 masks. Importers simply need to sign a EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) form proving they are being delivered straight to medical workers. There have been cases where this EUA form was used to import medical products and when the filtration was tested it tested well below the 95% filtration N95 threshold (as low as 28%)!

In fact Avery’s client purchased from Appendix A and tested the masks and they failed, proving Appendix A is only a move FDA made in order to put PPE in the hands of healthcare workers quickly and it is not guaranteed to be N95 quality. As an example, the supplier “Chengde Technology” listed on Appendix A (https://www.fda.gov/media/136663/download), shows they supply a “PM 2.5” filter mask. The PM 2.5 filter is a very simple filter designed for environmental allergens, like a HEPA filter. Chengde Technology is also not registered as an authorized medical mask manufacturer or exporter in China (http://en.cccmhpie.org.cn/Web/Content.aspx?queryStr=w7x08q7x15x15o3w8w1vS9z8w7x1X10x16x0X10x16o3w8w1u9v1u9vV3v5).

Chengde are only authorized to export civilian masks, so the Appendix A is deceiving. Due to the number of fake masks being exported from China, the Chinese government put a crackdown on masks and any mask manufacturers that opened after February 2020 are not authorized to produce or export medical grade masks. Many of the suppliers listed on Appendix A were opened in 2020 and many are not authorized to produce medical grade masks.

What is the most important thing to know when purchasing masks for non-medical use? 

 

ANSWER: Filtration. ID&C’s filtration levels are at 99% filtration, compared to the 95% filtration requirement for N95 masks. ID&C purchased a filtration test machine and test every lot of material. The main component that makes a mask have a high filtration level is the “melt blown fabric”. There are suppliers who purchase cheap melt blown fabric and state it is 99% filtration. ID&C and our mask manufacturer entered a legal agreement requiring proven test results. ID&C had CCL’s head of China employee visit the factory and review the filtration testing machine, materials, and results himself.

BFE (Bacterial Filtration Efficiency) melt blow material trades at $37,000 a ton for 99% filtration, $25,000 a ton for 95% filtration, and $4,200 a ton for 90% filtration, no wonder manufactures cheat and buy cheap material! ID&C and our KN95 mask manufacturer only purchase BFE95%-99% melt blown material and our manufacturer is legally bound by our agreement to do so. Our manufacture is required to test every lot and show us the results prior to production.

COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Studies indicate these droplets usually travel around 6 feet (about two arms lengths). That is why the combination of a high filtration mask and social distancing is important. ID&C’s KN95 masks have certified test results that meet the following standards: CE Certified, EN 149:2001+A1:2009, FFP2, GB2626-2006, KN95 yet test at 99% filtration levels. ID&C’s 3 ply masks meet YY/T0969, CE standards, yet test at 99% filtration levels.

 

What are ASTM Levels 1-3?

 

ANSWER: ASTM Levels distinguish the type of mask needed in a medical setting. ASTM is the preferred national standard in the healthcare industry. The FDA, who oversees the sale and marketing of surgical masks, recommends that manufacturers demonstrate mask performance in four areas: Fluid Resistance, Breathability, Filtration, and Flammability.  ID&C can secure ASTM level masks; however, the minimums are 100,000 pcs – 1 million pcs and the production time is a lot longer and the masks are a lot more expensive. In fact, during COVID-19 ID&C are not allowed to purchase medical or surgical grade masks and import them with an EUA form unless they are going directly to a medical facility. ASTM measurers 4 levels: Filtration, Breathability, Flammability, Fluid Resistance (to bodily fluids). Level 1 is medical, not sterile for exams, Level 2 is moderate barrier, Level 3 is maximum barrel (sterile) for surgical settings. ASTM masks are not necessary in a general everyday setting. Remember, filtration is key!

 

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What about medical masks?

 

ANSWER: Medical masks reduce the transfer of saliva and respiratory droplets to others and help block blood and other potentially infectious materials from the skin, mouth, or nose of the wearer. Medical masks may or may not have some level of fluid-resistance and do not seal tightly to the wearer’s face (NIOSH N95 do). They have multiple layers of different non-woven fabric materials, which are fused together. N95’s are available in different thicknesses and with different ability to protect from contact with splashes and droplets. Medical masks are designed for single-use and will deteriorate with prolonged use, exposure to moisture and exposure to standard levels of disinfection such as chemicals, heat, and radiation. These are also in short supply and should only be used only by medical workers. Medical masks are made of a paper-like non-woven material and are often given to a coughing patient waiting to see a doctor. Compared to the N95 or KN95 mask, a medical mask filters about 60 to 80 percent of particles and, according to the Food and Drug Administration, mostly blocks “large-particle droplets, splashes, sprays or splatter that may contain germs.”

What about surgical masks?

 

ANSWER: In addition to N95 masks, there are also surgical or “procedure” masks. These masks are made in different thicknesses and have ability to protect healthcare workers from contact with splashes. A surgical mask is the type you are used to seeing on TV surgeons and are usually rectangle shaped. Surgical masks have a special additional “sterile” coating on the material that medical masks do not have.

What are NIOSH and FFP standards?

 

ANSWER: “NIOSH” is the USA’s and “FFP” is the European’s method for testing the way a mask fits snugly to a person’s face. NIOSH/FFP measure how much particles can enter/escape through the edges of the worn face mask. Since 3 ply masks do not fit snugly on the face, they are not rated using NIOSH/FFP standards. ID&C’s KN95 are certified with the Europeans FFP2 rating which is equivalent to the USA’s NIOSH N95/KN95 standard. However, ID&C has not undergone USA’s NIOSH testing as the process is extremely expensive and comprehensive.

I am not a healthcare worker. Do I need a face mask? If so, what kind do I need and when am I expected to wear it?

 

ANSWER: According to CDC recommendations, the general public is strongly encouraged to wear face masks in public settings where social distancing is difficult to maintain (i.e. – grocery stores, pharmacies, music concerts, sport events, hotels, and theme parks). There are many kinds of masks – and most are just fine. The important thing is to have a thick enough material that can better block germ particles. Layers of fabric can help with this. Masks should only be worn if developmentally appropriate and if tolerated. The CDC says not to put a mask on young children under age 2.

Do I need to wear a mask everywhere?

 

ANSWER: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends almost everyone wear a face covering, or mask, in public places like grocery stores, pharmacies and other places where it is hard to stay 6 feet apart from other people.

Will a civilian mask protect me?

 

ANSWER: The main reason for wearing a mask is to protect other people. If you are wearing a mask over your mouth and nose and you cough or sneeze, the mask can catch respiratory droplets and keep them from landing on other people. If you are wearing a mask and someone next to you coughs or sneezes, their respiratory droplets would hit your mask instead of your mouth! But it is very important for you to not touch the front of your mask. And if you do forget and touch the front of your mask, just make sure you wash your hands right away. The masks also keep you from inadvertently touching your mouth or nose with unwashed hands.

How can I make wearing a mask more comfortable?

 

ANSWER: Wearing a mask is not something most of us are used to doing. Make sure you are doing it correctly so that you get the best protection. Some people are finding they need to modify the straps or loops with clips and other items behind their head, such as ID&C’s ear savers! This is all fine – if it fits securely over your nose and mouth, and if you can still breathe! Remember – this means you should not slip your mask off your nose, or down around your chin. To work, the mask needs to cover your nose and mouth. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wear-cloth-face-coverings.html

Just as important — when wearing the mask, try not to touch it. When you must touch it – to remove it, for example – wash your hands with soap and water after. And, if you are using a cloth mask, make sure you’re washing the mask after a few wears so it stays clean. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-wash-cloth-face-coverings.html

What type of filter is inside the reusable and washable fabric cloth face mask?

 

ANSWER:

PM 2.5 Carbon filters are used in air purifiers to absorb, remove, and capture particulate in the air. Airborne particulates react chemically with the carbon in the filter, causing it to stick to the filter. Carbon filters are used to trap allergens like dust, mold, smoke, and chemicals in the air. Face masks sporting carbon filters come with optional replaceable filters that helps remove bacteria from the air and, additionally, helps absorb particulate on the surface of the mask.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends we cover our faces with a mask, scarf, or bandana when we are in public. Be sure to follow the CDC’s recommendation for wearing, removing, and washing cloth masks (and bandanas).

ID&C acquired by CCL Industries

January 17, 2020. CCL Industries Inc., a world leader in specialty label, security and packaging solutions for global corporations, government institutions, small businesses and consumers, announced today it has acquired ID&C for its Avery segment.

About CCL & Avery

CCL Industries Inc. employs more than 21,000 people operating over 180 production facilities in 40 countries with corporate offices in Toronto, Canada, and Framingham, Massachusetts. CCL is the world’s largest converter of pressure sensitive and specialty extruded film materials for a wide range of decorative, instructional, functional and security applications for government institutions and large global customers in the consumer packaging, healthcare & chemicals, consumer electronic device and automotive markets. Extruded & laminated plastic tubes, aluminum aerosols & specialty bottles, folded instructional leaflets, precision decorated & die cut components, electronic displays, polymer bank note substrate and other complementary products and services are sold in parallel to specific end-use markets.

Avery is the world’s largest supplier of labels, specialty converted media and software solutions for short-run digital printing applications for businesses and consumers available alongside complementary products sold through distributors, mass market stores and e-commerce retailers.

VIP Wristbands

VIP Wristbands – Why?

 

Are you planning a concert, festival or event and want to offer a VIP experience for your guests? With a VIP wristband, your guests can be privy to queue jumping, restricted access or simply an extra bottle of champagne.

We understand everyone has different budgets and expectations in mind when considering ticket prices. Some are happy with a standard ticket whilst big-spenders could be looking for a VIP touch. By offering tickets at different prices with different levels of accessibility, you can make everyone happy.

VIP wristbands provide an easy solution to control crowds and manage access to your event in what can become a chaotic process. Custom VIP Wristbands are common at concerts, festivals and exclusive events where organisers provide dedicated spaces and exclusive access for your highest profile guests. Guarantee a more exclusive experience with access to amenities and facilities that a standard ticket can’t buy. 

Benefits of VIP Wristbands:

 

  • Access Control. With VIP Wristbands you can effectively control guest access to particular areas of your venue. Whether you’re organising a festival, private party or a concert, you can control whether guests have access to a VIP tent, backstage entry or to an after-party. If guests are paying for a VIP experience, they’ll want access to luxurious amenities that aren’t available to standard ticket holders.

 

  • Exclusivity. By restricting areas to a particular set of wristband holders, you’re creating a sense of exclusivity. VIP guests are guaranteed the best seats in the house with impeccable service and unrivalled hospitality.

 

  • Crowd Control. You can monitor the number of people entering and leaving an exclusive area of your event. This is particularly useful for security measures but also when identifying the popularity of your VIP areas for future events. 

Our custom VIP wristbands ensure your guests get noticed by staff and guests alike, receiving faultless service from the moment they walk through the door. Not only will VIP ticketing make your security and access control more manageable, but it will also offer a better experience for your guests as they wave goodbye to long queues, less than impressive service and poor viewing spots. 

Fabric wristbands for VIPs

Custom VIP Bracelet Wristbands

 

VIP Wristbands are commonly used for conferences, exhibitions, hotels, festivals and concerts to name just a few. Not only do VIP wristbands offer exclusivity and VIP treatment, but they also come with a premium look and feel. Our range of plastic VIP wristbands are most popular, but are also available in fabric and cloth, all made from premium-quality materials that can be custom made to your specifications and requirements.

When customizing your VIP bracelets, using our simple wristband designer you can choose your preferred color, text, logos and any graphics which promote your brand or event. 

We have a range of wristbands to choose from, including paper wristbands, vinyl wristbands, fabric wristbands, silicone wristbands, RFID wristbands, cloth wristbands and barcoded wristbands

8 Ways The Masters Could Benefit from RFID Technology

‘Golf is big business in America. More than 1-in-4 Americans age 6 or older, 82 million people in total, consume some form of golf media. That’s a huge market – not only of players but of people who simply love to watch the game. Making it a lucrative and appealing market for advertisers and media outlets. 

To give you a scale of the potential footfall at a golf tournament, the Waste Management Phoenix Open welcomed a record-breaking 719,179 people through its gates at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course in 2019, the largest number for any PGA Tour event in history.

Events with such a large attendance require ticketing, entrance, and security to run as efficiently as possible. And, with the colossal Masters only a few days away, we take a look at how RFID technology could be used to optimize one of golf’s most prestigious tournaments.

1 – Security

With the use of RFID wristbands, event organisers can control access points for visitors, staff, and vendors. Having a clear understanding of who is allowed access into which areas. Have some last minute VIP guests? Or maybe some temp staff picking up a shift, with RFID wristbands you have the ability to act flexibly to edit access last minute at the click of a button.

2 – Alcohol Consumption

If you want or need to keep alcohol consumption at a limit, it’s easy with RFID wristbands. By creating a digital token system connected to an RFID wristband, you can limit the number of drinks each guest is given or allowed to purchase. They can also be used as a form of I.D. By inputting attendees date of birth, your staff can understand quickly who is of legal age to buy alcohol without the need for repeat I.D requests or a visual wristband check.

3 – Sponsorship / Experience

With a good idea in place, RFID wristbands can help boost sponsorship or social experiences across your event. For example, in 2014, ID&C provided 100,000 RFID enabled wristbands, helping to turn the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles into a contactless playground for sports fans. Fitted with 7 activation kiosks for brands including BMW and SkySports, tournament ticketholders took part in activities including a ‘digital high-five’, a virtual ‘walk the course’ tour and a competition to win a stay at Gleneagles.

4 – Exclusivity & Convenience

From VIP upgrades to exclusive areas, and competition giveaways for high-value ticket buyers, the possibilities are endless for making your guests feel extra special.  In addition, variable data such as section, row and seat info can be printed on to a wristband. This leaves guests less reliant on the help of the staff to find their specific seats. It’s like having a ticket conveniently on your wrist. And, it’s definitely more convenient than repeatedly getting your phone out repeatedly!

Everything is geared to be more efficient, save organisers and guests more time that they can spend enjoying unforgettable experiences. 

5 – Operational Improvements

By collecting data from your RFID wristbands as guests move around your event, you can continuously improve operations. From reduced lines and wait times to overcrowding on temporary structures with weight restrictions. It can also be used for fire marshall checks to quickly understand how many people are in one area at a time, and restrict this to a set number.

6 – Data collection

The data that can be collected at your golf tournament is like gold dust for event organisers and sponsors. It will really help you understand ticket sales, revenue growth from sponsorship deals, popular points of interest across your event, and areas that can be improved.

7 – Save money  

While you may think RFID wristbands will cost you more money, they’re actually a cost-effective alternative for your tournament. Not only can you reduce the number of credentials required by streamlining everything into one RFID band, but there’s also no need for various tickets, which can be easily lost, or ruined in outdoor weather. Wristbands are comfortable, convenient, and also a nice little memento for your guests to remember the event by.

8 – Increase revenues – cashless payments

Cashless payment options are proven to increase food and beverage sales at events. The removal of physical money makes people less hesitant to spend their money. They’ll spend more time enjoying their day, hands-free. They no longer need to worry about having the right cash, or not losing their wallet. Payments are made with a convenient tap of the wrist. This also saves time for staff, helping to reduce customer wait times. Ultimately keeping everyone happy. 

 

 

Wristband Color Meanings

Wristband Color Meanings

Awareness wristbands can be used as a sign of support for certain movements, beliefs or health conditions. However, the wristband color meanings can be somewhat ambiguous, especially when a particular color represents so many illnesses and beliefs. This can often be confusing for those who are unaware of what they mean.

Here at ID&C Band, We’ve compiled a list of silicone colored wristbands and what they represent, so you can recognise supporters of various causes around the world.

Rubber Bracelet Color Meanings

Blue Wristbands

Blue wristbands are one of the most popular colors adopted by organisations on their charity and awareness bracelets. Their meanings range from diseases like colon and colorectal cancer to social issues like animal abuse and domestic violence.

Different shades of blue are also synonymous with other conditions. Examples include light blue, representing rare illnesses such as Edwards Syndrome, but also creating awareness for men’s health. Navy blue is used to represent chronic fatigue syndrome, alopecia and is also the official wristband color of Beat Bullying UK. Finally, royal blue is used to signify support against child abuse. Although awareness wristband colors can overlap, they’re all used in a positive manner to raise money and gain recognition for various causes.

Red Wristbands

The color red was first used on a charity ribbon for a cause in 1991, symbolising the fight against AIDS and HIV. Today, the color remains in widespread use to create awareness for the disease.

The red wristband color meaning is also commonly associated with heart disease and congenital heart conditions, used commonly by the American Heart Foundation.

Burgundy Wristbands

Burgundy wristbands are commonly used to represent support for disabled adults and support of long term health conditions. Specific illnesses using burgundy as their central color include sickle-cell anemia, migraines, meningitis and Williams Syndrome.

Green Wristbands

Green wristbands are renowned for their association with environmental causes, but there are also lesser known wristband color meanings. Organ and tissue donation support is also represented by this color, along with bipolar and Tourette’s syndrome and a breadth of other physical and mental health conditions.

Various shades of green represent specific ailments or purposes. For instance, sea green is the wristband color for stuttering awareness, whilst lime green is synonymous with a whole host of muscular-related conditions and spinal injuries. Light green illustrates celiac disease and other common diseases like STDs. Mint green is typified to several genetic disorders, but also genetic disorder awareness in general. Other shades of importance include turquoise and teal colored ribbons and wristbands.

White, Pearl & Clear Wristbands

White silicone bracelets commonly stand for social issues, made famous by the campaign ‘Make Poverty History’. They also represent peace and religious beliefs but are also associated with bone disease and blindness. Clear wristbands have been previously used to demonstrate the fight against invisible illnesses, and as such related conditions have adopted clear and white bracelets to promote their cause.

Black Wristbands

Black wristbands display mourning and advocate sleep disorders. They’re also used in conjunction with white wristbands to promote Black Lives Matter. Black bracelets may also represent prisoners of war, 9/11, gang prevention, skin cancer research or counter-culture movements.

Purple Wristbands

Another common color, purple silicone bracelets signify a wealth of conditions including fibromyalgia and cystic fibrosis, but also mental ailments and social issues such as ADHD and elder abuse.

Specific shades include lavender representing epilepsy, periwinkle promoting eating disorder awareness and violet to raise money for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. As a less known cause, indigo is used to advocate against organized stalking and electronic harassment awareness.

Pink Wristbands & Peach Bracelets

Pink is likely the most well-known color on the list, famously used for breast cancer awareness by charities such as National Breast Cancer Foundation. However, other uses include nursing mothers and breast reconstruction awareness.

Yellow Wristbands & Gold Silicone Bracelets

Yellow wristbands were first used by Lance Armstrong in order to raise more awareness and funds for the research of testicular cancer. Since, they champion other causes like bringing Americans home from war-torn countries, and other types of cancers including liver and bladder.

Gold wristbands are associated with several important illnesses including the awareness of childhood cancer, Neuroblastoma and Osteosarcoma amongst others.

Orange Wristbands

Orange bracelets advocate a wide range of conditions. Examples include malnutrition, the chemical herbicide Agent Orange, Self Injury awareness and Cultural Diversity.

Silver & Grey Wristbands

Grey wristbands are used to illustrate allergies, asthma and brain cancer awareness amongst other conditions. Silver wristbands are used to endorse awareness for brain-related conditions including schizophrenia, dyslexia, and brain disorders.

Multi Colored Wristband Meaning

Depending on the color, multi colored wristbands represent a multitude of different conditions and causes. Well-known social movements include autism awareness, multiculturalism, and gay pride.

If you are interested in using a wristband for your upcoming charity fundraiser or event, we can create bespoke wristbands using our wristband designer. For more information on our wristband solutions please contact us.

Summer Camp Wristbands: Child safety ideas

Summer camps are big business in America. They’re a lifesaver for working parents and can entertain children from dusk until dawn all summer long.

Safety is paramount when dealing with child care at youth camps. And having to identify a child, their medical condition, or key details, is key to running a safe and efficient program.

Wristbands are an inexpensive way to identify the troops at kid campgrounds, youth camps, Christian camps, and summer camps. Where high volumes of children are joining you each day, wristbands provide an easy way to keep tabs on who’s under your wing. 

Let’s take a look at the options, as we share advice and ideas for running a successful and safe summer camp.

Large Summer Camps (10,000+, multi-day)

If you’re running a medium to large summer camp, you’ll want to look at our more advanced options, including cloth wristbands with a barcode or maybe even RFID technology (scroll to jump to the RFID section)

cloth loop lock wristbands

Fabric wristbands are better for large events because they offer a wide variety of security features, and can be worn securely for multiple days. ID&C’s loop lock wristband pictured above also allows for a non-tightening closure, perfect for children.

In some cases, it’s advisable to ship out the wristbands before the camp starts event, instructing the attendee to apply the wristband themselves before they approach the campgrounds.

This helps relieve pressure at the site gates, creating a safer and faster ingress.

Small Camps (less than 10,000 people)

For smaller camps or camps that run for a shorter period of time, our vinyl or Chroma wristbands are ideal. Both are durable and can be worn for a few days.

Vinyl, in particular, is durable and waterproof and can be printed with QR codes and sequential numbers to help inventory the wristbands.

Both wristband types are low cost, have a fast lead time and can be fully customized with your camp’s branding using our wristband designer.

Single day school trips or Family vacations

For short, family vacations or single day school trips, a basic wristband is perfect for peace of mind. Either a small batch of our Chroma or Tyvek wristbands are low-cost and can be pre-printed or made to write-on.

Custom printing or writing-on down details such as parents’ contact number, allergies, and hotel address onto the wristband is a simple way to safeguard your little ones during family trips.

Even plain silicone wristbands can be useful for camps looking to differentiate between groups and teams of children.

summer camp Tyvek wristbands

Customization for Summer Camp Wristbands

Now you’ve decided on a wristband type, its time to get creative!

Different customization choices and colors can help determine age groups, type of camp access, at a glance.

Choosing bold and different base colors is the first step to a good wristband system.

plain silicone bands

After this, clear details such as dates and child info should be paramount.

Finally, if there’s space, it’s great to promote your Camp’s Brand. After all, for older children, their wristband is more than their ID, it’s their memento of an amazing time and can be key to other children and families hearing about your camp.

3 ways to customize wristbands with ID&C

  1.  We do it for you! Yes, our wristband design team is on hand to create beautiful and differentiating designs. What’s more, its free of charge.
  2. You can use our custom wristband designer to create your own wristbands online. 
  3. If you’re a graphical wizard or have your own art team, you can download our design templates and send us your finished design.

More ideas

For camps offering swimming facilities or outings, by categorising wristbands into swimming levels, you can help keep children safe, and ensure they don’t go beyond their limits (for example, in a big pool or without floats) while under your care. And if you’re running night-time activities outside, why not use glow-in-the-dark wristbands for added fun and security.

If you’re looking for extra security for your youth camp, opt for an RFID or barcode wristband. This will give you the ultimate level of management and security. At the tap of the wrist, you can allow access to different areas depending on who has the wristband and prohibit entry to anyone who doesn’t have a wrist band.

Keeping track of who is where, when. You can also hold key information about medical conditions and parental contact information. And if a child was lost, when every second counts, you could pinpoint where they last used their wristband to narrow your search.

For those offering food and drinks, allergy wristbands are a useful tool in safeguarding children with allergies or dietary requirements under your care.

Our Tyvek Wristbands & Paper Wristbands are great for kids as they are lightweight, easy-to-wear, chlorine & water-resistant, easily secured and difficult to remove without breaking or showing signs of tampering.

RFID Technology

We mentioned it earlier in the post, but using RFID wristband technology can future increase security for your summer camp while delivering a plethora of additional benefits, including:

  • Tap-and-pay cashless transactions
  • Interactive gaming & competitions
  • Faster access control and multi-level access points (e.g. VIP, Staff, Crew areas)

Read more about how RFID technology can improve your event.

Get in touch

For more information on how to benefit from the use of wristbands at your next summer camp, contact us and we’ll walk you through all of the options available.

8 Amazing RFID Brand Activations for Events


Whether you’re already established or starting out, brand activations can create a great opportunity to make a big impact in your industry. It’s not new, news that consumers want experiences from brands. They want to feel like they’re part of something and escape the everyday. So, here are 8 amazing RFID brand activations to inspire you. Activations that have compelled audiences to take action.


1. Bonnaroo Festival Social Activation

We don’t like to blow our own trumpet. But we will. Working with AC Entertainment and Bonnaroo co-producers Superfly, ID&C were appointed to produce over 80,000 custom RFID wristbands to be used with a contactless RFID system provided by Intellitix. Bonnaroo organisers wanted to engage their fans in a number of social media-based activations placed around the festival site.

One interaction enabled fans to ‘tap’ their wristbands and check-in at the various stages, update their Facebook status, and upload pictures, which in turn automatically posted the corresponding line-up to their Facebook timeline.

In addition to this, the RFID wristbands were used by fans to gain entry to the festival arenas and campsites, where the use of contactless technology made paper ticket redundant.

The RFID wristbands helped achieve over 1.9 million Facebook Likes during the festival.


2. Tampa Bay Lightning Season Passes & Membership

When the season starts, there’s nothing more important to fans than Game Day. Corporations want super-fans to purchase season passes and they want to help make them feel part of the team. To belong to something. RFID technology was the perfect way to make this happen for Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey team. They gifted season pass holders with team jerseys fitted with RFID technology, giving them a special way to enter events and feel part of the team at the same time.


3.SXSW – IBM Cognitive Studio

During SXSW, IBM needed to showcase their range of cognitive solutions for B2B companies so they created the IBM Cognitive Studio. Attendees had to answer a few lifestyle questions and they were given a personalized RFID bracelet. Inside the studio, bartenders scanned the bracelet and an app displayed a personalized cocktail based on the answers and the array of ingredients.

  1. SXSW – Mazda Transport

For guests needing to get around SXSW, automotive sponsor, Mazda, had the right idea in providing rides. Registered attendees could sign up at the Mazda booth to receive a QR code bracelet to wear for the duration of the festival and receive free rides.

To pimp their rides out, guests could also tweet selfies to receive phone chargers and phone/GPS mounts for their cars. The photos could then be embellished and printed, much like a vintage Polaroid.

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5. UEFA Champions Festival

Another one from us. Along with Intellitix, we helped the UEFA Champions Festival utilize RFID cards to capture audience demographic information through a series of interactive skill stations offered by brand partners HTC, Playstation, Adidas, Ford, UniCredit and Gazprom. Fans took part in social media check-ins, voting stations, gamification and real-time contesting to compete for top prizes.

This activation helped increased sponsor engagement. This saw 13,000 registered RFID cards with email and Facebook accounts. 7,000 social photos taken. 40,000 emails triggered. 85,000 RFID interactions on site. And over 45 million page impressions online

6. VIP Cashless Lounge

Simple yet effective. Sponsors or brands can make your attendees, VIPs, members, or customers feel special with a cashless bar or VIP lounge area. Integrating RFID technology to enable Cashless Payments makes this experience all the more special.

7.YCWWF – The SavorBand by Event Farm

At The New York City Wine and Food Festival, attendees were given a ‘Savor’ wristband embedded with an RFID chip, so that when they sampled food they liked, they could tap their risk at the kiosk and instantly log what they tried, to find the restaurant later, or look up the recipe. Not only did this help guests remember places to try later, it also gave the event a strong indication on which vendors or areas of the event were most popular.

  1. Range Rover Evoque Test Drive

Range Rover turned the process of booking a regular test drive into a party. Modern technologies allowed them to use RFID cards to hold key information about users, so that they could invite them, check them into their test drive with the tap of a card, and post to their social channels what they were test driving.

 

 

 

Top 10 Creative and Easy Charity Fundraising Ideas

Hands up who’s guilty of making a pledge to ‘give back more’, ‘pass it on’, ‘make a contribution to society’ etc. etc., but then doing absolute diddly-squat about it? It’s not because we don’t want to take time to fundraise, it’s just because…well there is always something that gets in the way. ‘I’m too busy, I’ll vow to do something next month’…next month becomes next year and a new, New Year’s resolution.

Why Fundraise?

We found out the top reasons that motivate people to fundraise:

  • Wanting to support a particular charity or cause close to their heart
  • They are inspired by a person, whether it be a friend or family member, celebrity or leader, which drives them to fundraise
  • To feel good and help make a difference to others
  • To take part in an event and set a personal challenge whilst raising money for a cause in the process

Any of these sound good? What if there were fun, creative and easy ways to fundraise that didn’t impact your time and work/life routine?  Well we’ve been asking around and doing some research to put together a great hit list of ways you can get involved and finally accomplish one of your life to-dos.

Something for Everyone

1.  Bad Dress Day: Get people to come to work or school in bad dress. Think 70’s jumpsuits or bold print shirts with mismatching trousers. Or denim-on-denim…on-denim! Charge those who take part $1 and those who don’t pay a fine(!) of $2.

2. Cake Sale: Easy to organise, everybody can get involved whether you’re baking or sampling, plus who doesn’t love cake? They make for a great social occasion that usually raises a surprising amount of money.

3. Host a gig or small festival: This will take a bit more planning but the rewards will be well-worth the effort. Think festival vibe in a pub garden with local bands, hay bales and kegs of beer. Donate proceeds from ticket sales and sell commemorative awareness charity silicone wristbands/merch to raise extra cash.

4. Auction: One’s trove is another man’s treasure, so grab that box of random stuff clogging up your cupboard, ask your colleagues to do the same and voilà! You have a charity auction.

5. Hair-raising fundraising: Always secretly fancied rocking the Sinead O’Connor look? Now you have the perfect reason! Be bold and Brave the Shave to support men, women and children with cancer. It’s easy to get involved, pick a date and ask loved ones to sponsor you.

6. Clubbercise class: Hire a sports hall or studio and set up a morning rave. Try a theme such as 90’s club classics complete with smiley t-shirts, rave glow sticks and UV wristbands.

7. Host a Vinyl Night: People bring their favourite track on vinyl and play it ramped and amped up on a turntable. Great for rekindling old memories and by selling tickets/food you can donate all proceeds to your charity of choice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Work it at the Car Wash: Take a boring chore and turn it into a fun fundraising event. Use social media to advertise the event to your friends and local businesses, set up at your work car park or anywhere you can get permission for with access to water, and away you go. Make sure to get some volunteers involved who aren’t afraid of getting wet (because they will!)

9. Swear jar: Stick a box at home or in the office and every time someone drops a swear bomb they have to put £1 in there. Easy money!

10. Come Dine with Me: Gather a group of friends and charge a set menu fee at each other’s houses for a different course of a meal. If you’re feeling extra competitive, you can score after each course and the loser has to donate more.

Conclusion

You don’t have to give up a huge chunk of your time to organise a charity fundraiser. Even small-scale events can make a big impact if you spread the word and get friends and family on-board.

Its undeniable that giving back feels good and can be especially positive in a workplace. It gives people an opportunity to engage, bond and work together towards a shared, meaningful goal.

These are just 10 of our top picks for charity fundraising ideas but we’d love to hear yours. Share here and we will pick our favourite.

Sources:

www.blog.justgiving.com/what-motivates-people-to-fundraise/

Whatever your charity fundraising event, ensure you are creating awareness by custom designing your charity wristbands using our online wristband design tool.

ID&C understand when organising a charity or fundraising event you’d want to keep costs down. You can buy or personalise your own Tyvek Wristbands & Paper Wristbands or lanyards, using our free Lanyard Designer to give out at your fundraising event

history of hotel keycards

RFID Hotel Wristband Keycards – From Wallet to Wrist

If you’ve stayed in a hotel, chances are you’ve probably spent some time standing outside your room while you awkwardly swipe your keycard over-and-over again to try and open the door.

Or perhaps you left it by the pool or in the fitness suite. We’ve all been there. But thanks to a new concept from ID&C, the Wristband Hotel Key Card will help make these common mishaps a thing of the past.

RFID access on wristbands brings a new level of convenience to resorts and attractions industry. Not only can you pay for goods, food and beverages on-site, with just the tap of a wrist. You can also access your room, the gym and the pool, all without the need to carry a multitude of different cards. 

A brief history of the hotel keycard

Hotel keycards were commonplace as early as the 1970s when Norwegian, Tor Sørnes developed a re-codable plastic card (sometimes referred to as a relic) containing 32 punched holes. The small holes worked similarly to traditional metal pin tumbler locks and could be regularly changed to allow for over 4.2 billion different combinations.

punch hole keycards

In the early 1990s, magnetic stripe cards (or magstripe) were introduced and soon became the global standard for keycard locks. At the time, magstripe cards were revolutionary, and to this day are still widely used in the hospitality industry. However, they are prone to failure and are easily worn out, requiring regular replacement.

Up to this point, hotel door lock mechanisms still required that the keycard be physically inserted. That was until the launch of radio frequency identification cards (RFID) in the 2000s.

RFID key cards contain a small, passive microchip that is activated when in reading distance of the door lock, enabling a convenient ‘tap-to-unlock’ method for hotel guests.

More durable, reliable, and secure than any of its predecessors, the RFID card is now the industry standard for keycard access.

2 key benefits of RFID cards over Magstripe or Barcode

Security

RFID reduces the chance and opportunity for theft and fraud. An encrypted RFID keycard is almost impossible to reproduce, whereas tangible barcodes or magstripes are easily copied or transferred using certain methods.

Durability & Accuracy

RFID cards and wristbands can be made 100% waterproof and will withstand the likes of chlorine and sunscreen. RFID is also a contactless technology which is never worn out by repeat use.

Whats more, RFID is an instantaneous method of access control, whereas a barcode requires line of sight. And, magstripe can be temperamental, requiring repeat swipes to activate a door lock.

Magstripes and barcodes wear out quickly, increasing the need for re-issued cards.

Read more about how RFID works and the many benefits RFID technology brings to hotels, resorts & waterparks.

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Moving from wallet to wrist

RFID hotel keycards are typically 84 x 54mm and made of PVC. They fit snugly in your wallet and that’s pretty much where they are kept for the duration of your hotel stay (apart from when you leave it in the gym, of course)

But with ID&C’s new RFID wristband keycard concept, the keycard is taken to a whole new level of convenience.

Convenience is king

Switching a hotel keycard from wallet to wrist adds an array of simple yet incredibly convenient enhancements for resort guests.

No longer are guests required to carry multiple items in their wallet, or even carry a wallet at all.

One RFID wristband can be used for ultimate convenience during their stay. But, why is a wristband so much better than a card? Here’s why…

5 Reasons why RFID wristbands are more convenient than cards

1. RFID technology can power the use of cashless payments at a resort. And what better way to make payments while at the pool bar, than with a quick tap of your wrist? No soggy cash or dripping wet walks back to your sun lounger!

2. Guests will not misplace their card at the gym, by the pool or at a restaurant. Not when it’s conveniently tied to your wrist.

3. It’s multi-functional brilliance. Yes, imagine the sheer delight of your guests when given the ability to do so many different things with an easy flick of the wrist.

And, let’s not forget that some of the core benefits RFID systems deliver to hotels are significantly improved when making it easy for customers.

4. Data collection: The easy it is for guests to tap their way around your hotel, the greater understanding managers will have of their habits. Data around spending, buying habits and busy areas are all likely to increase with the convenience of a wearable RFID card.

5. Increased profits from revenues and operational efficiencies are proven to derive from the use of RFID wristbands.

One wristband to rule them all

Imagine enabling your guests to do all of this with just one RFID wristband keycard:

  • Hotel room access
  • Pool access (did we mention, our RFID wristbands are 100% waterproof?)
  • Locker access
  • Gym access
  • Cashless payments
  • Social media check-ins
  • Tie-together family accounts
  • Add parent contact & medical details to children’s wristbands
  • Store additional tickets (meal coupons, beach access, rentals)

Conclusion

RFID wristband keycards represent the ultimate in convenience for hotels, resorts & attractions. Multiple functions can be carried out with a simple tap of the wrist, helping to creative enjoyable and memorable experiences for your guests.