Olympia clamps down on cancer
Attendees at the 2013 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas will have the chance to put test a vise grip will contributing to a worthy charity in a program called “Clamping Down on Cancer.”
The 5-in. Ultra Quick Adjust vise will be pitted against a regular vise in a friendly competition for charity. Olympia Tools will donate $100 to City of Hope for cutting-edge cancer research in the name of anyone who participates in the vice "race.”
Olympia Tools’ new Quick Adjust vise has several innovative features, whether for use in the garage or on the job site. The vise comes with a set of four replaceable jaws for a variety of applications. A quick-release button unclamps the jaws in a fraction of a second. The heavy-duty base turns effortlessly on a 360-degree swivel, while the durable anvil surface is excellent for hammering raw material into shape. Taken together, these features push the tried and true workshop vise into new territory.
"This year’s National Hardware Show is a big stage, so we’re excited to take the opportunity to promote not only our great line of products, but also a great cause: City of Hope,” said Olympia Tools’ Tony Lee, VP sales and marketing. “We invite anyone attending the show to stop by our booth and get some hands-on experience with our Quick Adjust Vise, all while raising money for City of Hope’s breakthrough medical research."
City of Hope is a nationally recognized Comprehensive Cancer Center focused on creating new therapies for chronic disease. Olympia Tools hopes to raise $10,000 for City of Hope’s cancer research initiatives.
“As City of Hope continues to work diligently to find cures and new innovative treatments for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases, it is the philanthropy of companies like Olympia Tools and its associates and customers that provide the funding for our research. Your support will help our scientists and physicians quickly translate laboratory treatments into ground-breaking discoveries,” said Al Olson, senior director of development, City of Hope.
The "Clamping Down on Cancer" event will take place at Olympia Tools’ booth (#5941 in Central Hall) on Tuesday, May 7, between 2 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
AHMA sales survey holds steady
A survey of members of the American Hardware Manufacturers Association (AHMA) shows more than half are ahead of year-ago sales levels
The AHMA’s survey for April found that comparing current sales levels with year-ago levels, 56% of respondents said sales were higher in April versus year-ago levels.
The 56% figure is down slightly from March, when 58% said sales were higher than the year-ago period.
Also for April, 25% reported sales were even, and 19% said sales were below year-ago levels.
AHMA CEO Tim Farrell pointed to the relatively weak home improvement retail sales, based on government data. “Sales of home improvement products through retail channels in the U.S. are up about 2.6% on an adjusted basis this year versus last year, according to data compiled by the Department of Commerce. Total retail sales for all kinds of businesses are up 3.7%. These figures illustrate why many of our members continue to struggle to attain the robust sales levels they have enjoyed in past years.”
Looking forward one year, 56% of respondents project sales will be higher, down from 79% who felt that way in March.
Survey: LinkedIn remains most popular site for finding candidates
Organizations are increasingly using social networking sites to recruit job candidates, and many HR professionals use these sites to target passive candidates and those with a specific skill set, according to new research the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) released April 15, 2013.
LinkedIn remains the most popular site for recruiting and screening candidates, followed by Facebook and Twitter, respectively.
HR professionals most commonly target candidates at the nonmanagement salaried and director/manager-level (87% and 80% of respondents, respectively) when using these sites to recruit candidates. They also, to a lesser degree, use these sites to screen candidates at those job levels.
Among organizations that do not use social networking sites to recruit or screen candidates, about one-half of respondents said they don’t use these sites as a recruiting tool, and three-fourths said they don’t use them to screen candidates because of legal concerns or fear of discovering information about protected characteristics such as age.
In terms of screening candidates, 63% of respondents questioned the information’s relevancy to a candidate’s work-related potential. When it comes to recruiting, slightly more than a quarter of respondents (26%) questioned the veracity of candidate information found on social networking sites.
SHRM conducted the survey from Feb. 25 through March 8, 2013, with 651 of its members whose job encompasses recruiting and staffing. Most respondents (62%) were at organizations with 500 to 24,999 employees, and the highest percentage (39%) was at privately owned for-profit companies.
Among key findings:
• 80% of respondents use the sites to find passive job candidates. Other uses include posting information or participating in a discussion, looking for active candidates and creating web pages for their organization.
• 77% use social networking sites to recruit candidates, up from 56% in 2011.
• Publicly and privately owned for-profit organizations are more likely to use these sites than nonprofit and government organizations.
• 69% of respondents use these sites to target candidates with a specific skill set, closely followed by 67% that use them to increase employer brand and recognition.
• 57% do not have any kind of policy — formal or informal — on using social networking sites to screen candidates. Privately owned for-profit and government organizations are more likely than publicly owned for-profit organizations not to have such a policy.
• 72% (about the same percentage as in 2011) do not plan to implement a formal policy within the next 12 months on using social networking sites to screen job candidates.
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