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Digital Media – An Exciting Journey

Marketing Guru Seth Godin said it best, “Don’t find customers for your products, find products for your customers.” I truly believe that companies who craft products while actively listening and catering to the customer’s needs are truly the most successful in delivering spectacular products and services tailored to the needs of beloved customers.

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To introduce myself, my name is Shreya Singh – the latest addition to the Frame USA team as the SEO coordinator. I am passionate about digital marketing and making an impact while following the aforementioned philosophy – by understanding what our customers are really looking for and striving to make sure our customers have nothing less than a delightful experience with our products and services. I am a recent MS Marketing graduate from the University of Cincinnati and my areas of interest are content marketing, social media marketing and digital analytics. Apart from my formal degree, I’ve obtained certifications to keep my skills relevant and I recently completed the Advanced Google Analytics Certification Program.  Also, I do have experience working in different aspects of digital marketing for IT and Retails industries.

I am very eager, determined, and excited to learn more about digital marketing professionally as the industry evolves. I am amazed by the dynamic nature of marketing aided by technology today which has just empowered us with so much more. So, I aim to leverage it to serve our customer needs in a better manner.

FrameUSA serves its customers with American made products in a great way and I am excited to help improve the digital experience we provide to our customers.  As said in the quote below, building a life which you thoroughly enjoy and are excited about is important. That being said, we aim to help preserve our customer’s cherished memories by providing thousands of affordable picture frames.

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Insight Into Our New Inside Sales Representative

I grew up with a total of 10 siblings including myself. My father and mother moved to the U.S after Vietnam just shortly after the Vietnam War. They had nothing coming over, with children already coming over, and more to come in transit. The struggle was real for them, my mother and father did whatever was necessary for us to have a good life and experience nothing but good and wellness. There is not a day that goes by without me thinking of both my parents and what they have gone through. My love and appreciation will always be there for them, even through the argument and disagreements we may have had in the past, I owe everything to them, I mean everything.

I have one word that I remind myself every day, “gratitude.” A word that reminds me, that life is short, those who help you along life have used up their time and sacrifice so much for you to have a life with less struggles. My parents are the ones I owe most, if not all, my gratitude too. And the reason I say most, is because we can go through life solo or we can accept the hands of others and learn from that experience. My mother told me, “Never expect anything in return and always help those who need a hand.” As I pondered her words, I knew what she meant, I understood her words as, I will never completely know the outcome of any situation given in life, but I would at least know the outcome of my choices and how I present myself in this world to others.

Her words kept me to be grateful under any situation, getting cut from a team, failing an exam, not getting the job I applied for. I can’t even imagine the hardship my parents gone through to even give us these opportunities. With this mindset, I know that others go through difficult times to, maybe they are having a bad day and need the moral support. My father or mother didn’t have to tell me how important it is to work hard in life, I believe it’s something you must see and experience first-hand, and I saw it through my parents, even my older siblings. I was given the gift of Choice, to choose what I wanted to do in life and what to experience.

FRAME USA has given me the opportunity to be a part of their team, and I am unbelievably grateful for that. It shows that they are willing to give me a chance as an Inside Sales Representative to prove myself that I am a dedicated and smart worker. I cannot wait to grow within this wonderful company and see where it takes me from here. Thank you FRAME USA.

~ John Nguyen

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Frame USA’s 2017 Holiday Party

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On Friday, December 22nd Frame USA hosted our annual Holiday party to celebrate the hard work every member of the team contributed in 2017! The party was held in the infamous Empower U room which was decked out for the holiday festivities.

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In addition to the wonderful decorations, the Empower U room was filled with a delicious assortment of food thanks to our lovely caterers and a few employees who decided to bless us with some desserts.

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Once the food was devoured, everyone participated in a company-wide raffle. The raffle has some pristine gifts such as: an Amazon Echo, virtual reality goggles, an Xbox One, a Kindle Fire, a 12 piece cutlery set and a 50 inch TV among other things.

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In addition to the raffle, prizes were awarded to a few individuals who went above and beyond and had exceptional work in 2017. The first award was our Raving Fan Award. What’s a Raving Fan you ask; a Raving Fan is a customer that is more than just satisfied with services and products….they RAVE happily about them.  Raving Fans return to a business because they are thrilled with the service from the minute they view the company’s websites to the minute they receive their product.  Not only that, these customers RAVE about the company and the service to all their friends and family so those people will want to see and experience it for themselves! Jon from the office team and Chris from the warehouse team were the recipients of this award.

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Our next award was the Most Valuable Player and our team is so strong that we had FOUR MVP’s! Jenn was Frame USA’s most valuable manager of the year, Jill won the award for the office team and the warehouse team had two winner, Gail and Carla.

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Our third award of the night was the Iron Person Award. This was given to someone who was versatile in their abilities to help out at Frame USA and they exemplified great efforts with going above and beyond the call of duty. This award was given to Cathy for the outstanding accomplishments she achieved throughout 2017.

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The final award of the night was the Cal Ripkin, Jr. “2,632” award and it was rewarded to Jim.

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Overall the party was a complete success! We hope that everyone had just as wonderful a holiday season as we did at Frame USA. As we enter 2018 we’d like to say that for over 30 years we have been proud to be an American made business. Producing more than 3,000 frames a day, we use 100% U.S. raw materials and also manufacture 100% in The United States. When you buy from us, you don’t just receive outstanding picture frames — you’re supporting American jobs, workers, and economy. We hope to continue to supply you with frames well into 2018 and beyond!

Cheers To A New Year!

Fill The Truck

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“In December of 2010, Dan Regenold, CEO of Frame USA, had a vision; to fill an entire 53′ foot semi-truck for a local charity. He knew this would be his biggest charitable giving project and he would need a team to assist him. He put together a team of giving coordinators consisting of: packers, donation collectors, marketing professionals and more, to help coordinate this massive event in under 30 days. By the end of December, Frame USA ended up needing a second truck because they over filled their semi by 7%. This resulted in 833 boxes and over 30 skids equaling more than 22,200 donations!

The truck didn’t stop there. To Dan, the truck represented hope, life and a second chance for people within his community who were down on their luck. It was at this point that the truck became a catalyst, ultimately giving birth to what is now called Fill The Truck.

In 2011, Frame USA expanded the Fill The Truck charity initiative to partner with 9 businesses to host a total of 8 trucks and/or storage units throughout the greater Cincinnati, northern Kentucky and southern Dayton area. Each business hosted a truck and collected donations for a local charity. In 2012, Fill The Truck hosted 6 trucks at 6 different locations.

In the last two years, 2015 and 2016, Fill The Truck has grown and in each of the last two years the charitable initiative has collected over 40,000 items at multiple locations throughout greater Cincinnati.

This year, the 2017 vision is to fill multiple trucks and provide substantial donations to each charity. We have partnered with 17 different businesses and corporate partners to donate items to seven great charities.

We are collecting donations to Fill The Truck. Even just basic things such as toilet paper, personal care items, winter clothing and bedding can have a profound impact for those who are in need. Please consider donating an item today through our website.”

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to Fill The Truck in appreciation for your online order for the month of December.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

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Teamwork Makes The Dream Work

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Vince Lombardi said, “Individual commitment to a group effort: that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work and a civilization work.” His words have great meaning and hold very true in almost any aspect of work and life.

If you have a group of people working individually, not communicating, but working towards accomplishing the same goal that can easilyt result in chaos. Some individuals might be overlapping on the tasks they are doing. Some tasks might get forgotten if Sally thinks Melvin is doing a certain task, and Melvin thinks Edward is doing it, but in the end, nobody has done it.Teamwork is communicating. I believe that poeple working together to accomplish a common goal will always prove higher, more quality, results than individuals not working as a cohesive unit.

Teamwork helps us accomplish results in a more timely manner. Teamwork can be fun, it also can help improve the attitude of the team. Teamwork makes for a better working environment and culture all around. Teamwork can consist of helping people through actions to get the job done, but it also can consisty of individuals lifting other team members up through help and a positive attitude. One small gesutre of help or support can go a long way for a struggling employee, or someone just having a bad day.

I really encourage team efforts on all of the areas I manage. I try to combine efforts of separate teams and make them one. At the end of the day our goal is to create Raving Fans! Every. Sing;e. Day. So in my mind it doesn’t matter what area you work in, I really try to create a culture that we are all there for one another, no single person is left on the island alone.

Like Vince said, if we individually commit to working as a group that is what will make our team work, Frame USA work, or any aspect of our lives. Teamwork makes the team work. Or in my words, teamwork makes the dream work!

~ Jennifer Riggsby, Logistics & Quality Manager

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Frame USA’s Annual Halloween Party

On Tuesday, October 31st Frame USA once again hosted it’s annual Halloween party! The party features festive food, snacks and drinks and there is a pumpkin decorating (we’ll call it decorating instead of carving because some pumpkins were painted) contest as well as a costume contest.

The origins of carving pumpkins at Halloween began in Ireland in the 19th century. Originally people hallowed out turnips to act as lanterns and often carved them with obscure faces. Jack-o’-lanterns were said to represent the spirits or supernatural beings (used by people to frighten others),or were used to ward off evil spirits (set in places to keep harmful spirits out of one’s home).

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In addition to all these wonderfully decorated pumpkins we crafted, there was also a costume contest which many of our employees participated in. It is thought that wearing Halloween costumes began in Scotland in 1585 with the custom coming from Celtic festivals. Halloween costumes were traditionally based on supernatural or terrifying characters but by the 30’s, costume trend took a turn with more of them being based on characters in mass media, film and literature.

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We hope everybody have a safe Halloween and enjoyed it as much as we did!

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Frame USA’s Annual Chili Cook-Off

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On Friday the 13th, Frame USA once again hosted it’s annual chili cook-off! This year there were three different competitors who brought their own homemade chili recipes for us all to tryout. There was chicken chili, turkey chili and a spicy beef chili that the entire company feasted on.

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All three chilies were delicious and attempting to select a winner tore the company apart. In addition to the chili we also had people bring in very tasty side dishes including homemade cornbread, jalapeno cornbread, black bean brownies and spinach artichoke dip among other things.

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Take a look at how the employees were enjoying the feast!

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Cross Training at Frame USA

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Recently, production has been putting a lot of emphasis on cross training employees. Employees are no longer trained just for one job or one line. Now many employees are being trained and gaining the flexibility to perform multiple duties. For example, someone working on the saw might also be trained to fill or shrink-wrap. Now, a filler might be trained to work on special custom jobs which are more complex than their typical line work.

Cross training is smart because it allows employees to be more versatile and fill in when we’re short staffed or an important worker is missing. It also helps people rise to leadership positions by building skill sets. Working a day in a different department allows people to understand the unique challenges faced as an order moves from upstairs, through the saw room, to production and then packing.

In these months of large back to school orders, vacations and saying farewell to our summer help, things have been pretty hectic. Everyone at Frame USA has put in the extra effort, time and dedication to keep our numbers up and make sure orders go out on time. In order to help out on other lines, almost everyone in production has gone outside their comfort zone. Many covered new positions and learned new skills as a result. because people are willing to learn and work together we are all able to meet our goals.

Being willing to learn pays off in many ways. Learning a new skill can get you ready for a new job, such as being a joiner. It can give you more options as well. A filler who helps out on complex orders might end up spending a few days in the retail store to help.

By cross training we’re making Frame USA more efficient and flexible and creating employees that are smart, skilled and able to jump in wherever needed. I want to give props to everyone who has taken the extra initiative to help out and give our summer months a little more vacation time and a little less overtime.

~  Hannah Sypniewski, Joiner

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It’s Back! Frame USA Retail Store’s Annual Tent Sale Returns!

If you’re in the Cincinnati area you’ll be happy to know that it’s that time again! Frame USA is having its annual tent sale. Our September tent sale has always been about saving hundreds in art, wall decor and framing.

Now, while we are also the type to hold off to get the best possible savings, waiting until Sunday does limit the number of frames available. At these prices, everything sells fast!

Save up to 50% off of our closeouts and custom size frames, we have almost any size you could need or imagine. Also enjoy up to 75% savings on our matting options.

Our staff is knowledgeable and ready to help answer any and all questions about art and framing. Stop by and join in on the fun!

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Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation

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The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation’s mission is dedicated to the prevention of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, through awareness, education and support of research to find a cure.

Andy Caress lost his battle with melanoma in August, 2010 at the young age of 24. In his short life, Andy accomplished so much as a college tennis player at Coastal Carolina University, an excellent student, tennis professional, role model, loving son, brother and uncle, and as a source of inspiration for many around the globe suffering from this tragic disease.  

The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization. It was formed in May, 2010 by Andy Caress and is based in Cincinnati. In the early months of the organization’s formation, Andy’s friends and family rallied behind him and raised $10,000 for the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Andy was proud to present the check to Dr. Patrick Hwu, his melanoma oncologist. ACMF has contributed to M.D. Anderson annually since Andy presented the initial amount. 

During his battle, Andy realized that this disease is often misunderstood by the public as an “easy” or “lucky” cancer to get. His will was to change this misconception and the foundation is keeping that dream alive. 

His mission is simple: “My goal is that melanoma will never impact any person the way it has impacted me, and I will achieve my goal by educating the world about how melanoma may be prevented and identified.”

The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation carries this mission forward after his tragic death. The specific goals of the foundation are consistent with Andy’s mission and include:

1) Creating awareness about the seriousness of melanoma and that it affects all skin tones and races.

2) Educating the public about steps that can be taken to prevent melanoma.

3) Increasing opportunities for a cure for this deadly disease through work with leading melanoma and cancer research organizations.

4) “Wipe melanoma off the face of the planet” – in Andy’s words.

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to the Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation in appreciation for your online order for the month of August.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

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