Meet the Creative Marketing team!

Meet the Creative Marketing team!

As you have noticed, we have some really fun and unique people working at Clickstop.

We strive to hire the best of the best in every department. Whether you are making sure our websites are working behind the scenes, like the Technology team, or you are busy sewing straps and cargo nets, each employee plays a vital role in making us a success. We have said it many times before, but it is important enough to say it again… Our employees make us who we are. You spend 8 hours a day with your co-workers. Can you imagine how long a day would seem if you hated the people you work with? Can you imagine how fast the day goes by at Clickstop?

Over the past year or so, one of our teams that has seen a LOT of changes is the Creative Marketing team. Creative Marketing is filled with really focused people who know how to make work fun. This team is behind the scenes making sure the content on US Cargo Control is up-to-date, informative, visually appealing, and most importantly – accurate. They work on USCC print material such as our flyers, postcards, and catalogs. They shoot photos and upload copy to each page. This is a busy group of women.

So, let’s meet the ladies making it happen, the Creative team!

Rachel Neve – Marketing Design Specialist – 5 years
Kerry Trenkamp – Director of Creative Marketing – 4 years
Tina Hinz – Marketing Content Writer – 1 year
Bri Else – Graphic Designer – 8 months
Amanda Morgan – Marketing Content Writer – 7 months

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Clickstop Brands: EcoFoil – Reflect, Reduce and Save

Clickstop Brands: EcoFoil – Reflect, Reduce and Save

When people in the Corridor think about us, it is hard to remember Clickstop’s brands.

We have marketed ourselves to the community as a cool place to work, a top work place, a fast growing company, and even that building in the middle of an Urbana cornfield. But obviously, there is a lot more going on behind the scenes at Clickstop than a bunch of awesome people gathering to have fun. The short explanation is that we are  a multi-brand merchant. What that means is Clickstop is the parent company to a handful of brands, which we own, operate, and employ the people who make it all happen. We are the home of US Cargo Control, Fasteners Plus, EcoFoil, Space Savers, and Just Plastic Boxes.

The majority of our business is done through US Cargo Control, making up about 85% of the business. Most of our employees work on the US Cargo Control brand and help us drive traffic to our site, take phone calls, manufacture straps and nets for our customers, and pick, pack, and ship out our products. Operated by our talented Bing team: Fasteners Plus, EcoFoil, Space Savers, and Just Plastic Boxes. This small group of seven does all of the marketing, sales, and shipping for these brands.

So, now that you know a bit about what the company Clickstop does, let’s dive into a specific brand, EcoFoil.

We asked the Bing Team to tell us a little bit about the EcoFoil brand. Here is what they had to say.

Eco Foil - Reflect Heat, Save Money

 

 

What is EcoFoil?

EcoFoil is a Radiant Barrier insulation. Where traditional types of insulation slow down heat, our product is stopping 96% of the heat transfer. Foil insulation is an alternative option that uses the benefits of foil to create smarter insulation assemblies.

This is an eco-friendly product that helps you save energy and reduce your carbon footprint by reflecting heat back into its source. This simple property works to keep your home or building cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, which increases the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling systems. Radiant barrier is used in combination with traditional mass insulation or building methods like radiant heating systems to maximize overall energy savings for living spaces. It is also used alone in commercial and agricultural applications.

What types of customers does EcoFoil get?

Our customers cover about every type. We have individuals installing our product in their commercial or residential projects. and we have contractors using it at customer’s commercial or residential projects. We also get re-sellers purchasing from us.  EcoFoil has also partnered with Tiny r(E)volution in their goal to build a 300 square foot home for $10,000 or less. Check out the project here!

What are some standard uses for EcoFoil?

Our most common applications are in the attic where a lot of homes take in heat in the summer and lose it in the winter. Also a lot of people use them in pole barns. Some of our alternative applications are to make bags to transport oil based paintings, inside boxes to ship candies and fruit, curtains inside of an RV or even to make lunch bags.

What are your goals for EcoFoil?

To continue to educate customers on the benefits of Radiant Barrier and how cost effective it is. We would like to be recognized as the best in the industry for Radiant Barrier with our commitment to service, education, and quality products at great prices.

How does your team work together to get customers the information, education, and products they need?

Our team is committed to educating consumers on the many benefits of Radiant Barrier.  There are a variety of uses for our EcoFoil products, and it is important to us that our customers get the right product for their project in the most cost effective manner.  We want the process to be simple.  There are some inferior products in the industry and that is why we offer a 10 year warranty.  We stand behind the quality of the product.  We pride ourselves on our knowledge and look forward to making an even bigger impact in educating on Radiant Barrier and it’s benefits to consumers.  Everything from how cost effective of an alternative it is, ease of installation to its environmental impact.

What do you see happening in the next five years for the EcoFoil brand?

Radiant Barrier has become more common in the insulation industry as consumers have learned more about the benefits. That awareness only continues to increase. We want to continue to be a leader in this industry and grow the brand along with it.

 

If you are interested in EcoFoil or want more information, make sure you visit our website or give our Bing team a call at 888-349-3645. They are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 – 5:00 CST. EcoFoil is very committed to service and is here to help!

Nothing But Net! April’s Clickstop Experience

We have a lot of awesome employees at Clickstop.

Actually, we have so many great people, we often hear from employees that their co-workers are the best part about their job. How amazing to be part of a workplace that has such high amounts of camaraderie.  When you find a career that allows you to feel accomplished in your work AND be surrounded by people you like, you hold that close. It is definitely something special at Clickstop. With so many high achievers here, it is hard to decide who to write a blog post about next! (a good problem to have if you ask me.) But not to worry, this time another Clickstop employee suggested we feature April Kress!

When we think about hard working team players, April definitely fits the bill.

April started at Clickstop in August 2016. “I was looking for a new opportunity and my “cousin” Austin Dopp (one of our talented sales guys on the Bing team) reached out to tell me Clickstop was hiring.” said April. “I knew a couple of people that worked here and knew they were happy and really enjoyed the atmosphere. So I decided to give it a shot!”

It was a move we are all happy that April took, because now she is making waves in our manufacturing department, specifically on the cargo net team.

“April always has a great attitude. She loves to see the team succeed and is a huge contributor to our overall goals of the team and company.” said Dean Vrba. As a long time member of the cargo net team, Dean works with April closely. “April is someone who Promotes a Winning Team Spirit as she works throughout the day. She believes in working hard and playing hard, making her the kind of employee Clickstop wants, that the cargo net team wants.”

April’s biggest goals at Clickstop are to learn, keep meeting goals, and to keep growing. These goals shined bright at the beginning of the year when she was working on a unique cargo net for one of our customers.

Nothing But Net!

In early 2017, the cargo net team had one of their biggest nets to sew yet.  The team was tasked in making a 26′ x 22′ net for a company that specializes in creating obstacle courses for fitness.  This net was a challenge that April was up for. The net ended up weighing about 180 lbs.

“The biggest challenge was the weight of the net – I broke 3 or 4 needles just because it was so heavy.” said April. But what a feeling to get it all completed and shipped out. “I was relieved once it was finished; I felt very accomplished. But most of all, I wanted it just to be shipped out of here!”

“I was very confident in April.” said Dean. “April had been sewing plenty of stock nets, so she had the confidence. In my mind she was ready for a bigger challenge. With the help of Holly, we gave her positive support, so she was not going to fail.”

Be Adventurous – Embrace and Drive Change

April is a big proponent of the core value Be Adventurous – Embrace and Drive Change. When she got this huge order to sew, she knew being adventurous was part of taking on such a massive challenge.  “Change is  good and life is easier if you roll with the punches. Changes bring great opportunities!”

As a company that wants to see employees grow and reach further than they thought possible, it is very exciting to see people like April step up. We love to see employees learn, set and meet goals, and just become better versions of themselves. Without those who Think Big and Make it Happen, Embrace and Drive Change, or Promote a Winning Team Spirit, we would not be where we are today. Finally, we asked April where she sees herself in five years.

“Hopefully still working with a great team like Cargo Nets, and possibly in a new role – five years is a long time but I will definitely still be within the company. Who knows where we will be by then!”

Clickstop Building Construction Update

Clickstop Building Construction Update

We are getting SO CLOSE to being completed with our building expansion.

So close!

But no matter how close it is, there is still a lot of work that is happening right now. We can hear the construction throughout the building, smell the sometimes not so pleasant smells, and see changes happening every day. Dare I say the count down has begun? Maybe not quite yet, but I can barely contain my excitement. So let’s dive right in and show you some of the most recent changes!

 

The kitchen construction is really coming together!

The kitchen with a full service counter.

The kitchen wall has opened up to the bistro.

As you can see, the equipment is almost completely installed in the kitchen. Chef Zach is truly counting down the days to occupancy.  On the left is the salad and soup bar, the right is the full service line, and if we were to do a 180, you would see the beverage bar, and a (healthy) dessert bar. This space will lead out to the grand room, or if you went through the brand new opening (that area in the center that is in plastic) you will be in our current bistro.

Right now, the space smells dusty and drywally (is that even a word?) but soon we will be smelling hot soups, freshly grilled lunches, healthy sides.

 

The Pub is taking shape!

This is looking so cool! At the end of our grand room, there will be a pub! If you look carefully, you can see where the booths will be going in along the back wall of the space. There will be windows all around, and a really dark, moody, atmosphere within. This will be a great space for socializing, eating lunch, or even to have team meetings. This is a really unique feature of the building we are excited about.

You will also notice some stairs in the upper left hand corner of the photos, outside of the pub walls. The construction on the stairs started last week. This is our second set of stairs leading to the second floor. There is also an elevator that was installed as well.

 

The Grand Room stage is almost complete!

This is looking so cool, and is one of the things that I get excited to see finishing touches happen on during construction. As you can see, we have this cool wood plank around the TV wall on the stage. That wood has been tied into the steps leading up to the stage, the outside of the sky box, and the railing along the second floor.

With that big wall of tvs, and the audio being wired throughout, employees will be able to sit upstairs or down on the main floor during meetings.

There will be a lot of natural lighting throughout the building.

As you can see, the natural lighting really brightens up the space, even in the areas with darker walls. In the left hand picture, you can see the side of the sky box on the left. The right hand picture shows the hall to the locker rooms, therapy room, game room, laundry room, and the new Technology space. Outside of the photo frame to the right, is the atrium, which also lets in a ton of light.

 

Did someone say Therapy room? I thought this was a top workplace?!

The therapy room has a nice calming grey color to help relax employees.

The therapy room has a nice calming grey color to help relax employees.

Yep! You heard right, a therapy room! But this therapy room is going to be mainly used for massages! Every month Clickstop has a massage therapist on site so employees can purchase 15 or 30 minute massages. Nothing says relax and be happy like this in the middle of the day! We currently have to do these in a conference room, which is in a high traffic area. Not that relaxing! This space will be perfect for those moments of deep relaxation. Additionally, it will double as a room that we can do wellness exams or weigh ins during our thrive competitions!

 

Speaking of wellness, the gym floor is being installed!

The last time you saw the gym, it was a bit of a mess. Well look at it now! The gym floor is being installed and soon it will be in its final stages of completion! Although we really appreciate that we have had a small workout facility the past five years at Clickstop, we are anxiously awaiting this larger, ventilated, and non-carpeted area to work out in. We LOVE that Clickstop looks out for our physical well-being!

 

Holy Smokes! THAT is what we call a patio!

The giant patio has been poured.

The GIANT patio has been poured. Now we just need grass instead of all that mud!

Looking out the gym windows, you will notice a LOT of mud. But look closer, there is a slab of cement out there! That is our new patio! Wait. Strike that. This is our new MASSIVE patio! I can already see employees enjoying their lunch outside, competing in wellness activities, playing bags, and even shooting some hoops. Who knows exactly how we will utilize this space, but the options are endless!

So there you have it, a quick look at our construction progress. Make sure to check back in the next few weeks to see even more finishing touches!

Join Clickstop Employees in the Fight Against Diabetes!

Join Clickstop Employees in the Fight Against Diabetes!

One of the most amazing things about Clickstop employees is their unwavering commitment to help a good cause. Whether it is buying Christmas gifts for a family in need, supporting the graduates who have achieved so much despite obstacles in their way, cleaning up the ditches in the spring and fall to beautify our little corner of the world, or coming together to show a fellow employee that they matter. Clickstop employees are the BEST. If you have not visited our company and experienced it first hand, you are missing out because it is truly amazing what we can do together.

Yesterday was a prime example of Clickstop employees stepping up to support a good cause.

Diabetes Fact Sheet

Earlier this year, Joe and I (this is Amy, btw) decided to form a Clickstop team for the Tour De Cure, hosted by the American Diabetes Association. Their mission, to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all those with diabetes.  So, in order to raise money to help find a cure, the Tour De Cure was formed. People across the United States can sign up to ride their bicycle, raising money for the cause. Diabetes affects the lives of millions of people. So if Joe and I are able to ride our bikes and raise money for a good cause, we are in.

So we formed a team and decided to throw a spaghetti lunch and bake sale.

(yes, we know… bake sale and diabetes do not really go well together.)

All Clickstop employees were able to have a plate of spaghetti, salad with all the fixings, and a slice of garlic bread for $6.00. Baked goods were up for grabs for $2.00 a piece. Joe made some wonderful crunchy cookie bars, I made my famous lemon cupcakes and some Special K bars, and Lacy donated a chocolate cake with some amazing vanilla frosting. (It is a secret family recipe). We also had some items up for grabs in a silent auction.

Remember when I said that Clickstop employees always step up?

THEY STEPPED UP. The support we felt was amazing. The bistro was full the entire lunch hour with employees enjoying their spaghetti and salad. The baked goods quickly sold out, and we had some nice bids on the silent auction items. We had employees donate their time (Lacy with the wonderful cake and Debbie helped Joe and I prepare the meal. THANKS!) and we even had some much appreciated free will donations. A few employees brought in their family members to enjoy the food and company of this incredible team.

All together, we made $603.01!

Seriously…

WOW! We are so excited.

So now, on June 24, Joe and I are going to gear up and ride the 50 mile route in the Tour De Cure. That gives us plenty of time to practice. And with the support we feel from our coworkers and friends, 50 miles is going to be a walk in the park.

And we want YOU to join our team!

Our team is supporting the American Diabetes Association because we want to make a difference. We want to lead. We want to inspire. We want to empower! We want everyone to have what we get in our lives everyday. The ability to Make Time for Fun and Family. The ability and support to Promote a Winning Team Spirit. We want you to feel Greatness in Yourself, and Inspire it in Others. And most of all, we are motivated to Think Big and Make it Happen. Join our team, meet some great people on the ride, and have some serious fun.

Join our biking team or donate to the cause here. 

Find out a little bit more about Joe and me below!

How long have you been into biking?

My dad was into biking for a long time while I was growing up. I never really got into it until after I graduated college. But once I started getting serious about biking, I was hooked! It has been about 10 years since I started biking seriously, and hope to do it for the rest of my life. – Joe

Around 10 years ago RAGBRAI came through my hometown. I remember driving around with my mom and dad to check things out and I told my dad that I would love to do that some time. Dad was excited, mom thought we were nuts. The next year he bought a bike and started riding. I wasn’t working for a company that gave me much vacation time so I couldn’t join him right away, but six years ago (almost exactly a month before I started at Clickstop) I rode in my first RAGBRAI and have been riding ever since. I get to hang out with my dad and two brothers a lot during the biking season. We all love it. – Amy

What types of rides do you usually participate in?

We haven’t participated in many rides since my brother and I started having kids, but we have participated in TOMRV (Tour of the Mississippi River Valley) which is a two day back to back century ride, traveling from Davenport to Dubuque on day one, then back the next. We have also ridden RAGBRAI several times in the past, but I have not been in a couple years. I am looking forward to getting back into it! -Joe

This year will be my 6th RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa). I LOVE it so much. There is nothing like getting up at 5am and hoping on your bike and enjoying Iowa. Plus, It is usually the hottest week of the year and I love the hot weather.  I also usually ride in RASH ride, which is a 50 mile bike ride around Buchanan County. My dad and I have ridden the Lake to Lake ride a few times and the Sturgis Falls ride as well. And of course, just riding all weekend long and after work too. -Amy

Why did you decide to be a part of the Clickstop team for the Tour De Cure?

I have been wanting to get back into organized rides and this was a great opportunity for that, while supporting a great cause. My grandmother lived with diabetes for many years before she passed away, and after watching her struggle with the disease, I thought it would be a great legacy for her to participate in an event that raises money to combat the disease. – Joe

Last year my dad, mom, aunt, and I went to Texas so my dad and I could participate in the BP MS 150 – a bike ride that raised money for MS. It felt good to ride for a cause. We had a great time with family, but it made me really appreciate the exciting and incredibly friendly rides right here in Iowa. So when this ride came up, I decided to go for it. It is a good cause, and my brother-in-law has diabetes so it feels good to help a cause that impacts his life everyday. – Amy

Clickstop employees donated a lot of money to the cause. What does that mean to you?

This means a lot because I was worried about being able to raise our team contribution on my own. Clickstoppers always come out in a big way to support causes in the community and events that their fellow Clickstoppers are passionate about. We would not have been able to do this without the support of our friends and family at Clickstop. Thank you everyone for participating in our fundraiser! – Joe

Everyone at Clickstop knows that I love riding my bike, so to feel so much support for my hobby is amazing. Then add on the fact that they would help raise money for a cause that affects so many people, it is just amazing. What a great group of people. -Amy

Why is it important to you to ride for a cause such as this?

Events like this help raise money and support causes that would otherwise not get the kind of attention and fundraising that is needed to combat ailments that do not have a cure. I am supporting this event as a tribute to my grandmother who struggled for many years of her life, and hope to support a cure for others who are still struggling with diabetes. – Joe

I love being able to be physical to help raise money. I feel like I can help out a good cause, while promoting activities such as biking (or running!). – Amy

Why is it a good idea to join the Clickstop team?

It will be a fun way to get together outside of work and support a great cause! – Joe

The more the merrier! I know a big bike ride can seem intimidating to some people, but there are multiple ride options. A 25 mile ride, a 50 mile ride, or even a 100 mile ride. Any biking level can join and still have fun. Plus, you will get to hang out with some really cool people, meet some of the friendliest individuals on two wheels, and  you will be supporting research that could bring on the cure for diabetes. Join us! You will not regret it! -Amy