Are You Prepared For The Hiring Surge?

As over 60% of Americans are now vaccinated the country is on track to becoming fully open by July 4th. Leading to businesses re-opening and companies going back to offices. Employers are looking to hire new workers for their growing team as early as this past month. But this year those employers are met with some big challenges. One of them being the shortage of applicants in the work force. It is predicted that the 8 millions jobs abruptly lost last March would not be regained until the end of 2023. 

With companies hiring all over the globe this gives workers a choice they previously did not get. Workers can now look at what is important to them beyond just a paycheck and the old hiring process just isn’t going to cut it! Things such as benefits, work/life balance, remote work options to name a few. Employers must recognize that employee benefits can be life-changing for their workforce, especially those centered around care, flexibility, and mental health if they are going to keep up. Gone are the days where workers do not have a say in what goes on in their work place environment. So what can you do? If you are an employer think about what benefits you currently offer your employees. Are the benefits that you would accept if YOU were looking for a new job? If you are an employee think about what benefits you would love to see in your work place and suggest them. 

One benefit that has become extremely popular is a health and wellness program. This is not only beneficial to employees mental health but also their physical health. With companies such as Dailypay, Buttonfly, Google, and even Facebook adding these health and wellness programs it is obvious the increased productivity it creates. BellFitness offers corporate health and wellness programs for your workplace – email to get a free week for your team and see the difference yourself!

How to Maximize Your Current Warehouse Space

By Tompkins Solutions

While the COVID-19 pandemic closed many doors over the last year, industrial real estate in North America was immune to the virus, with transactions for large warehouses and distribution centers of 200,000 square feet or more climbing nearly 25% in 2020, according to CBRE. As demand for industrial real estate continues to rise, so too does the cost. According to Cushman & Wakefield, warehouse and distribution center rents hit a record high in Q4 2020, increasing by 5.6% over the previous year.

And it’s not just warehouse demand and rents that are rising. Construction materials costs have also skyrocketed over the last year, with the producer price indexes (PPIs) soaring 62% for lumber and plywood and 20% for steel mill products since April 2020, according to an Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) analysis of government data. Material shortages, price hikes and shipping delays due to COVID-19, tariffs and quotas and the recent Suez Canal blockage have also increased project lead times and costs, making it more difficult for companies looking to quickly ramp up operations to keep up with rising order volumes. 

As a result, brands and retailers are testing many different strategies to expand their operations, including leveraging their brick-and-mortar infrastructure for ship-from-store fulfillment. Some companies are also seeking alternative spaces such as shuttered malls, golf courses and even vacant office buildings, but these can present additional challenges like rezoning issues.

If expansion isn’t an option, here are a few ways companies can make the most of their current warehouse space to optimize fulfillment operations:

Drop shipping

As the industry continues to shift to online shopping, more retailers are beginning to explore drop shipping options with manufacturers. Nordstrom and Foot Locker are just two of the many retailers that have recently implemented drop shipping programs. In addition to freeing up valuable warehouse space, drop shipping enables retailers to expand their product offerings, minimize inventory risk and reduce shipping costs and delivery times.

Vertical space utilization

After evaluating inventory practices, the next area to examine is space utilization. With social distancing standards limiting floor-level redesigns and modifications, companies should look at ways to maximize vertical space. The areas above cross aisles and dock doors are frequently underutilized and can be converted into rack sections to increase storage capacity. Another way to increase valuable floor space is by building a mezzanine. Mezzanines can be used as a storage or work area and can improve vertical space utilization by up to 50%.

Intelligent inventory management system

Achieving ultimate forecasting accuracy and effectively employing multiple fulfillment strategies like drop shipping and ship-from-store requires the use of the sophisticated inventory management software. Advanced warehouse management system (WMS) solutions provide access to real-time inventory and transaction data across the entire supply chain. These solutions can also optimize warehouse space by assigning inventory to the best storage location based on product activity and unit load dimensions.

Check out our other resources to learn more about how to optimize your fulfillment operations and deliver on customer demands.

Vantis Institute Combines Entertainment and Education In National Hair Loss Campaign

Rapidly expanding Hair Loss Clinic Launches First-Ever Ad Across Social Media.

NEWPORT BEACH, CA., May 13, 2021 — Vantis Institute, LLC. — Vantis Institute, the fast-growing hair loss clinic bringing non-surgical solutions to clients worldwide, announced its first-ever national ad spot. This inaugural ad marks the beginning of an aggressive national marketing campaign developed during the lockdowns related to COVID-19.

“We didn’t furlough staff during the lockdowns and focused on strategy and building systems to support our growth,” said Co-founder & Clinical Director of Vantis Institute, Jessica Oslo. “Our goal is to change the lives of men and women suffering from hair loss. We’re excited to reach a new audience and spread the word about our non-surgical solution to millions of new potential clients.”

The 30-second spot titled ‘Golf Balds’ was filmed at the Newport Beach Country Club golf course with actual Vantis clients and introduces humor to overcome the sometimes awkward discussion of thinning hair. The ad is a first in a series of three longer spots being filmed over the next 60 days and will feature actual clients and celebrity cameos.

“We know that receding hairlines and balding is a difficult subject and our advertising strategy will both entertain and educate clients who were unaware of the Vantis Follicle Replication solution, “adds Anneliese Droetti who co-produced the ad. We’ve experimented with a variety of techniques to communicate our alternative to hair transplant surgery and are excited to expand our reach to a broad new audience.”

The ad is currently available on YouTube.

Vantis Institute in Newport Beach developed an innovative solution for people suffering from hair loss. In the US, hair loss is estimated to effect over 35 million men and over 21 million women. Americans currently spend over $11.1 billion annually on hair loss treatments. Vantis Institute disrupted the industry with the development of a non-surgical hair-loss solution, called Vantis Follicle Replication (VFRTM).


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Barclay Butera Virtual Tour

The Priority Center was proud to partner with Barclay Butera on May 13th to showcase interior design ideas for individuals in Southern California.

This virtual tour by Barclay (which showcased his Newport Beach home) coincided with Mental Health Awareness Month in May. The tour and time with Barclay not only shared design inspiration for attendees but also highlighted The Priority Center and the work that we do to help those struggling with anxiety , depression and mental health trauma.

We are grateful to Barclay Butera, our event sponsors and our attendees.

4 Steps to Relationship Breakdowns

By Mark Samuel

When it comes to team relationship breakdowns, leaders often try implementing trust-building exercises, style assessments and communication processes. But so often, those relationship breakdowns don’t experience any permanent shift. Why is that?

There are four areas in which a breakdown can occur: the ends, the means, the coordination and relationships. Let’s take a look at each one in detail.

The Ends

The “ends” refers to your desired business or team outcomes. When there’s breakdown here at the ends, it affects every other area all the way down to relationships, because if you don’t have agreement on where you’re headed, you’ll naturally have different ideas of how to go about what kinds of actions to take.  Once you’re clear on the ends, you can move on to the means.

The Means

The “means” refers to your business strategy as well as your priorities. At a high level, you can ask yourself: Where do we get the leverage for accomplishing our business outcomes? What’s the strategy we’re going to use to get there? What does that mean in terms of all our different roles and responsibilities for accomplishing our business outcomes?


Coordination refers to implementation or execution, including things like planning, decision-making and problem-solving.

Coordination also involves accountability. Can you count on each other, regardless of functional area or level in the organization to do your parts, keep your commitments and move things forward in a timely manner?


The last place in which breakdowns can occur are in relationships, including things like style and communication differences.

But remember, if you’re not aligned on your ends, by definition, you won’t be aligned on your means, coordination or relationships either. If you don’t agree on what you’re trying to accomplish, how can you agree on priority and strategy? When you’re not aligned on where you’re going, the other areas of implementation will inevitably suffer. You won’t be able to build trust or have effective communication if you’re not even talking about the same end goals to begin with.

If you are in alignment about your ends, then the next place a breakdown can occur is your means. If you’re not aligned on your strategy and priorities, the coordination about how to implement that strategy and make progress on those priorities won’t work. Once you are aligned on your means, the next place the breakdown can occur is in coordination.

There are a lot of areas of coordination in which a breakdown can occur: Are you including the right people in planning and decision-making? Are you surfacing and solving problems creatively and holding each other accountable for business outcomes? If you’re not coordinating well, your relationships will also suffer. Frustrations will build and trust will be broken.

No matter where a breakdown occurs, it will always show up in relationships, but the root cause is often somewhere further up the line. This is why focusing on team building and relationship building activities, styles inventories and communication improvement might make things better for a short time but will inevitably devolve as old issues resurface. 

Understanding each other’s styles and communication preferences is important, but if you try to solve the problem at a relationship level when it’s really a coordination or strategy breakdown, the problem will inevitably resurface. 

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The Journey of Lightning Fit

Colleen McNutt was an NCAA D1 collegiate athlete and graduated from Colombia University.  Through both personal health struggles that limited her ability to workout in a traditional sense, and her time as a collegiate athlete, Colleen found herself in need of something new – a routine that didn’t require double or triple days, or hours on end in a gym. Through those same health struggles came an introduction to Electric Muscle Stimulation (EMS), a technology new to the US, but decades old in both the EU and Asia as a primary source of health at fitness for professional athletes and the average at-home athlete alike. Before this, EMS was limited in the US to small scale, immobilized TENS therapy during injury rehabilitation. 

It was this exposure to EMS that sparked something in Colleen. How could this have not even scratched the surface in the US? Health and Fitness is rife with opportunity for technology that truly works, but nothing like EMS had been integrated into actual fitness routines as a core, or complimentary, element in the daily lives of individuals. 

In 2018 Lightning Fit began – Colleen’s sole purpose and mission behind creating Lightning Fit was to innovate the health and fitness industry by bringing this disrupted technology out of the shadows of use only in professional sports circles, and into the limelight.  Lightning Fit started in a small 200 sq ft space in Costa Mesa, CA with 1 EMS machine and a vision of what EMS could become. Two seemingly simple workouts, 25 minutes at a time, began to have a profound impact on early adopters satiating for something new, just like Colleen.

Since then, Lightning Fit has now blossomed into a multi-facility, multi-faceted business with 4 brick and mortar locations and 20 employees in the LA and OC area; with an opportunity to be the first mover of a true EMS provider in the states, with scientific training and analytical data to back it up. Alongside the existing facilities Lightning Fit also has branches dedicated to mobile training and professional athletic performance.  

WHAT’S NEXT: Lightning Fit continues to expand throughout the SoCal area and eventually nationwide with the goal of giving people access to EMS workouts through Lightning Fit globally with a unified vision, approach, and adherence to quality that is lost on current EMS options internationally. Lightning Fit is currently in active conversations with multiple professional sports teams in the hope of bringing the revolutionary targeted muscle activation technology to elite athletes across multiple sport modalities. By focusing on constant innovation in the fitness landscape, Lightning Fit is poised to disrupt a stagnant marketplace who’s only true innovation in the last years has been in-home connected fitness. 

 Our ethos at Lightning Fit is simple: Optimizing People through Smart Technology.

All-In-One Wall Mount LED Signs From TV Liquidator

Any business owner knows that your brand is your business. It is extremely important to make sure that the signature iconography and typography of your business are always on display. It helps build a rapport with your customers by providing something tangible that they can connect with. TV Liquidator’s All-In-One Wall Mount LED Sign is the perfect advertising solution for businesses to display both their branding and advertisements simultaneously. This wall-mounted sign consists of a printed acrylic sign face (Identification Sign) above a programmable full-color LED sign for your custom messages. 

The identification portion of the sign is backlit and utilizes a reverse printing technique to ensure that your custom artwork can stand the test of time and battle the elements. The backlighting is powered by LEDs that are both strong and energy-efficient, costing you less than traditional signs using incandescent bulbs. TV Liquidator will even assist in designing the perfect logo for your business to match the theme and aesthetic you desire.

Below the ID sign, you will have a high-definition full-color LED display rotating your custom messages and advertisements. This comes equipped with a wireless antenna system and easy-to-use software so you can quickly upload your messages, images, and videos. It comes preloaded with a content library that spans all different types of businesses and organizations. TV Liquidator also offers free software training with lifetime programming assistance.

TV Liquidator’s All-In-One Wall Mount LED Sign’s come with a free 3-year warranty and lifetime support. They take pride in providing an American-made digital signage solution that is UL Compliant, FCC Compliant, MET Certified and CSA approved. Their climate-controlled cabinets are completely weatherproof and are designed for the most extreme conditions. Each sign has an aluminum frame with a solid steel support structure and is finished with a durable powder coat paint. They use high-performance LED modules and the highest grade Meanwell power supplies.

Overall this sign is a great solution for any business. They are engineered, designed, and built right here in the USA and offered at amazing prices that you cannot find anywhere else. This is all backed by world-class support and amazing customer service.

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The Important and Overlooked Role of Personal Development in Business

By Mark Samuel

We are often expected to live dual lives — one at home and one at work. But this is ludicrous, if not harmful. Compartmentalizing our personal selves with our work selves is possible, but it’s not optimal. We must think of ourselves as whole beings and incorporate our full selves into our work. This includes our growth and personal development.

There are many ways in which personal development can support professional development, but here I am highlighting four that are particularly striking. 

Increased Compassion

The human experience varies in many ways, but it’s universal as well. When we learn about ourselves, we also learn about our leaders, our employees and our customers. Our growing compassion invariably helps us serve those we interact with in business much better, therefore serving our business outcomes, values, culture and, ultimately, our bottom line.

Decreased Reactivity

We can all get reactive at times of overwhelm or emotional upset. This is normal, but usually not helpful. When we react, we often blame the outside triggering circumstance. But we have no leverage there because we can’t control external events. 

What we can control is our own reactivity. We might not be able to prevent it, but we can notice it, take a breath and find our center before responding. When we can decrease our own reactivity, we can also help de-escalate the reactivity of our co-workers and direct reports, creating a more pleasant and outcome-focused environment for everyone.

Greater Clarity, Direction, and Sense of Our Own Values

How often do we get into jobs, moving up the corporate ladder, only to find that we’re not exactly sure why or where we’re going? We are all extremely conditioned — by our parents, our peers and society — to strive for certain types of success and accomplishment and to hold certain values. But are these successes, accomplishments, and values really ours to strive for?

Personal development can help us become clear about what is really important to us and this can inform how we conduct business interpersonally, how we decide on business goals and priorities and how we move forward as an organization and culture.

Personal Leadership Leads to Organizational Leadership

We are not just employees. We are parents, spouses, partners, and community members, and we always have the opportunity to be leaders in these areas. Leadership includes the skills of planning, getting organized, inclusive communication, and the courage to take action when necessary. Leadership also includes the ability to compromise, resolve conflict in a healthy manner and foster an environment of trust and support. Finally, personal leadership requires the generosity of spirit to be of service to others, acknowledge others and express gratitude for the bounty of good fortune that we experience each and every day.

These are all of the same skills required on the job whether we are managers or individual contributors leading our career, our teamwork, our support of others in our organization or others who support our success. Leadership is not a professional or personal skill; it’s an attribute of living a fulfilling life regardless of our situation or circumstance.


While you might be tempted to let personal development take a backseat or to ignore it altogether, I have found that those who embrace personal development as fervently as they embrace professional development find more success, greater fulfillment and a deeper sense of purpose in their careers and their lives.

How to Design Your Distribution Network for the New Normal

By Tompkins International

While COVID-19 caused a significant surge in online sales, e-commerce was already on the rise prior to the pandemic, forcing many businesses to reevaluate their distribution and fulfillment networks to accommodate higher volumes and different delivery methods. Distribution centers (DCs) that are used to handling bulk orders with fixed delivery routes and schedules are now having to shift their operations to fulfill individual customer orders within tighter timeframes.

As businesses continue to explore new ways to expand fulfillment operations, here are eight factors to consider when designing an optimal network:

Network structure impacts revenue

The network structure impacts customer service, which in turn drives revenue. In addition to proximity to customers, companies should also evaluate locations based on distance from other links in the supply chain, including suppliers, manufacturers and modes of transportation like railways and airports.

Optimize for profits, not cost

Many network designs are centered on cost reduction. While minimizing costs is important, today’s network designs should focus on maximizing profits.

Start with the strategy

An optimal network design delivers value by supporting the overall business objectives. The first step is to develop the business and operations strategy which will drive the network design.

More than just data 

In addition to data, companies must also have a thorough understanding of the flows—material, information and cash—that occur in the supply chain and the business rules needed to run the network before beginning the optimization process.

Cycle times are important

While customer service times are critical for driving revenue, cash-to-cash and order-to-cash cycle times should also be evaluated and factored into the overall network design.

DC operations and design reviews are necessary

Utilizing a model based on non-optimal facilities can lead to poor network designs. An in-depth analysis of economies of scale, process improvements and new technologies is necessary to properly account for capabilities, capacities and costs.

Labor limitations and costs

An important element of any network design is labor. Unemployment rates, skilled labor availability, unions and costs must be included in all network scenarios.

Don’t forget about incentives

An often overlooked but substantial element of network analysis is financial incentives offered by state and local governments. Be sure to check if your business qualifies for grants, tax credits, rebates or other financial assistance.

Check out other resources to learn more about how to optimize your supply chain during these uncertain times.

The Ronald Mcdonald House of the Central Valley reveals a brand new day room in partnership with Tangram Interiors

Families staying at the Ronald McDonald House while their kids get critical care at Valley Children’s Hospital now have a beautiful, new space to relax in.  

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Central Valley unveiled a brand new day room thanks to the Frank and Evelyn Schmidt Family, who donated a grant for the project.  

In partnership with Tangram Interiors the day room now provides a comfortable and tranquil space for everyone staying at the Ronald McDonald House.  

The Ronald McDonald House is a cornerstone of the Ronald McDonald House Charities®. It provides a “home away from home,” a refuge for families who are trying to cope with the physical, emotional, and financial burdens of having a seriously ill child.  

The house accommodates 18 families for a nominal donation which can be waived if the family is unable to pay.

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