Metal name badges

A New Look for Sporting the Arches

If you look back over photos of the uniforms fast food employees have had to wear over the years, the word “understated” or “professional” would not come to mind. You’ll see lots of bright oranges and yellows and some unfortunate stripe combinations. And we won’t even get into those paper hats!

The styles were enough to make an employee want to take off their name badge as soon as they punched the clock at the end of their shift.

However, things are changing. According to a McDonald’s survey, more than 70 percent of the restaurant chain’s employees feel that their new uniforms provide a “modern image that they would be proud to wear.”

In collaboration with clothing designers Bindu Rivas and Waraire Boswell, McDonald’s USA recently introduced two new uniform collections for its 850,000 employees. The clothing designs were based on feedback from employees.

The biggest change – other than the solid gray and black color palette – is the addition of a versatile denim apron that can be worn as a half-apron or just from the waist down.

The “Waraire” line includes short- and long-sleeve tees that feature a small McDonald’s logo on the front as well as dark blue button-down shirts with red detailing. The Rivas “Timeless Elements” designs have grey tees, ties, and polos with yellow details.

Boswell is known for dressing actors, talk show hosts and professional athletes. However, he once worked at a McDonald’s restaurant in Pasadena, Calif. and said he wanted to create functional designs “that people would feel comfortable wearing outside of work.”

In addition to his experience as a former employee, Boswell worked with focus groups of current crew members to find out what they would to like to wear to work.

Rivas is a British designer who has developed uniforms for other major brands, including the McDonald’s UK line. “Employees are the face of any brand, and when it comes to uniforms, we knew that McDonald’s restaurant employees wanted something that bridges the gap between fashion and function and it was our job to create a unique apparel line that fits the look of McDonald’s while highlighting the individuality of its crew and managers,” Rivas said in a McDonald’s press release.

Although social media users called the new uniforms “dystopian” and compared then to those worn by Star Wars stormtroopers, McDonald’s USA says they are a hit with its workers.

McDonald’s selected WayToBe, Aramark, and Twin Hill as the distributors of the new collections across the country.

McDonald’s franchise owners have some flexibility in the uniforms they choose for their stores. They also have some leeway in the styles for the McDonald’s name badges they choose. While the size, material, and color of the badges may vary, the badges all feature McDonald’s iconic golden arches. The logo, which has changed several times since it was first introduced in 1952, is one of the most recognizable in the world.

Your Pet Needs A Name Badge

The first Saturday of every April is “Every Day is Tag Day,” sponsored by American Humane, a non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of the nation’s animals. The event is part of a nationwide focus on the importance of pet name tags and microchipping.

Nearly 10 million pets go missing each year in the U.S., according to American Humane. Sadly, only about 2 percent of lost cats and 15 percent of lost dogs without ID tags or microchips find their way back to their owners.

Both pet name tags and microchips need to have current contact information in order for them to be effective. Since pet ID tags can fall off or be removed, a microchip provides another layer of protection. Animal shelter staff members routinely check for microchips on stray animals.

A tiny capsule about the size of a rice grain, a microchip is inserted under the pet’s skin near the shoulder blades. Most shelters and veterinary offices have the equipment to scan the chip’s identification number that can be traced back to the pet owner through an online database. Some large pet stores, like PetSmart and Petco, have scanners as well.

Here are some tips to make Every Day Is Tag Day count for your pet.

  1. Make sure your dog or cat wears a collar with a name tag that includes the owner’s name, current address, and phone number.
  2. Update the tag if you change your address or phone number.
  3. If you are traveling, place a short-term tag on your pet with the phone number of someone who is taking care of your pet and knows how to contact you.
  4. Don’t make the mistake of thinking indoor pets don’t need name tags. Many pets get lost after running out an open door or escaping during a thunderstorm or fireworks.
  5. Don’t take your pet’s tag off because of the clinking noise it makes. Instead, try plastic tags, tag pouches, or personalized collar plates.
  6. Put your pet’s collar back on as soon as possible after a bath.
  7. Don’t rely solely on microchipping. A person who finds your lost pet may not be able to take it to the vet or the shelter to have it scanned. An ID tag is a much easier way for someone to get in touch with you quickly.
  8. Inspect your pet’s tag regularly to ensure the ID tag is legible and in good condition.
  9. Make sure your pet’s collar is fastened securely. For safety reasons, cats should have breakaway collars that will unsnap if it becomes ensnared in branches. If your cat loses its collar, you will need to replace the ID tag as well.

Dogs and cats become part of our families, and we don’t like to think about them getting lost. By equipping your pets with name tags and microchips, you have the best chances of them getting back home to you safely if the unthinkable happens.

Different Types of Name Badges and the Benefits of Each

There is so much variety on the internet, and name badges are no different. When you think about name badges, it can be hard to choose what kind of name badge you want. There are a lot of different options to think through. These include magnetic name badges, photo badges, frame badges – you get the idea!

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Why Should You Invest in Name Badges in the First Place?

1. People enjoy hearing their name

According to psychology, a person’s name is subconsciously the most important word to them. There is nothing better than the feeling that you made a good impression when someone remembers your name and says it aloud.

2. You won’t ever have to forget anyone’s name again

 Nobody enjoys forgetting names. It’s embarrassing, and it makes the person whose name you forgot feel insignificant. Name badges are a fantastic way to avoid this social no-no. 

3. It makes your employees feel important (because they are!)

Name badges make employees feel like they are a part of the company they work for. We all enjoy feeling like part of a community or a team. It gives your business cohesiveness when name badges are in the mix.

4. Guests can quickly identify your employees

With name badges, guests of your business can quickly identify employees, if needed. This is helpful if they want to notify a manager of excellent customer service 

5. It adds security

Photo identification name badges are especially important when there are serious security matters involved at a company. You want to feel safe at your business. 

6. Name badges help with branding

Name badges are a great way to establish a brand or a business. Add your company’s logo to all of your name badges, and people will be sure to remember you. 

If you don’t know what type of name badge to go for, these are some of the kinds of name badges we offer here at Quick Badge and Sign Inc and the benefits of each. 

The Magnetic Name Badge

The magnetic name badge attaches to any type of clothing without damaging the fabric.

Magnetic name badges are designed to be mobile, which makes this an excellent option for service industries, such as restaurants or hotels. Magnetic name badges are also a good idea for special occasions, events, networking functions, or any time that people have to be mobile and on their feet. A magnetic holder can make a good addition to any name badge. 

The Metal Name Badge

Our metal name badges are of the highest quality. They are a lot more durable than a sticker name badge, or any other type of fabric. The metal name badge option is perfect for hotels and restaurants because it gives a polished look to any uniform. They look a lot more professional than a sticker name tag. However, be careful with the type of metal you decide on purchasing. Some metals can bend, break, or scratch easily. 

Each metal badge is frosted, die-cut, and etched. They are finished with a glossy edge to make them stand out. We insist on jeweler-quality .040 Solid Brass and Solid Nickel. Lower quality .020 products tend to bend or warp over time. Other companies use gold or silver “coated” cast metal then paste a plastic cover plate on the face of the badge. Our Solid Brass and Nickel tags are made to last and make an impression.

Framed Name Badges

If you want to add some sophistication and style to your name badges, consider investing in a framed name badge. A framed name badge gives any badge the class it deserves. Framed name badges are also a fantastic option for when you want your employees to look their best. When you order from us, you also have the option to design your name badge first and add a frame later. 

Dome Name Badges

For some extra protection, consider a dome name badge. The dome name badge gives any badge some additional coverage and scratch resistance, offering a more polished look. Our dome name tags are available in Aluminum. Clear dome cover badges are available in gold, silver, and white.

Photo Identification Badges

Give your name badges a little extra security with photo identification. Photo ID badges are perfect for high-security jobs, buildings, and events. 

Visitor Badges and Visitor Identification

Visitor badges are an excellent way for people to get to know a company’s guests. Whether it’s for a quick meeting or someone visiting for the day, people like to have their names heard in any setting. Never forget your visitor’s names again with a visitor name badge!

Plastic Name Badges

If you are going for a more economic option, consider plastic name badges. Plastic name badges used to be a more casual business option, but they’ve slowly made their way into the corporate world. Our plastic name badges are easy to clean and replace if needed. Plastic Name Badges and Plastic Name Tags contribute to corporate branding by adding the business logo to every employee.

Reusable Name Badges

Reusable name badges are an easy way to save money on custom name badges. Add your business logo to our reusable name badges and add any employee’s name without breaking the bank. 

Remember, all of our name badges can be ordered customized at great prices. Our team is here to help you answer any questions you might have before, during, and after you place an order with us. We manufacture our badges onsite and ship directly to any United States location. Quick Badge and Sign Inc. has a skilled graphics team ready to get your product started, so contact us today! 

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