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Regional Events

Agricultural Boom Stimulates Regional Events

Regional Australia, driven by a tremendous surge from the agricultural industry, is seeing a noticeable increase in the number of events, festivals and shows being held. The positive effects from booming exports of key crops, and continued growth in cattle and horticulture, is generating a trickle down effect that is being enjoyed across the entire country. As revenues increase for agricultural business, so too does disposable income of those involved, and the regional councils in the area. Below we’ll explain how this has a knock on effect with regional events.

Agricultural Industry Growth

Almost every week we are seeing positive reports about expected crop yields and estimated export value from all manner of crops and from all parts of regional Australia. A mild winter and and generous spring has meant that Australia’s two biggest export crops (wheat and barley) are both experiencing record breaking years in terms of yield and export value. Canola, our 3rd biggest export crop, also experienced it’s 3rd biggest year on record in 2016.

As the ABC reported here, bumper grain harvests are having a flow-on effect throughout the Victoria economy. Banks are reporting that creditors and loans are being paid and debt is being reduced, key signs that an economy is rebounding nicely.

Other crops such as macadamias, almonds, plus horticultural exports such as grapes and potatoes, have also experienced excellent years.

The Benefits of a Boom

As the agricultural sector booms, regional communities bathe in the glow. The Regional Australia Institute report that regional cities are, for the first time in years, seeing a growth in their population. A growing population provides stimulation for the local economy. More shops open, residents spend more money, creating a growth cycle.

The Effect on Regional Events

The event industry specifically benefits from all this growth and prosperity in several ways. Firstly, when we talk about events, we refer to community events, music and arts festivals, agricultural shows, rodeos and other gatherings. Organised by regional councils in many cases, there is also a growing number of privately run events focusing of regional Australia.

Take Groovin the Moo for example. This is Australia’s premiere regional music festival, attracting more than 100,000 patrons to it’s regional events. Held all over Australia, Groovin the Moo hosts it event in Wayville SA, Maitland NSW, Townsville QLD, Bendigo VIC, Bunbury WA and then Canberra ACT. Despite including the nations capital, the focus of the events is on supposedly less glamorous locations in regional Australia.

The rising waters of events in regional Australia

For an event industry to be successful, you need four factors to present. When they are present, the waters rise for the entire event industry, stimulating growth.

  1. Regional councils and potential event hosts/organisers, need to be “cashed up”. When regions and states do well economically, this results in more generous budgets being allocated, and confidence to plan further ahead. Bigger events need more planning, so suddenly events become a more central element of council planning.
  2. Potential patrons of these events need to be generating a disposable income. With a growing economy, the average household will have a higher disposable income.
  3. The mood in a community needs to be positive. The agricultural boom provides confidence to the community from top to bottom. When times are good, people are more active, more social and more positive.
  4. Potential private and government sector partners and sponsors need to see a benefit to being involved in the event.

Regional councils are enjoying full coffers and increased budgets, but with that comes the responsibility to use it wisely. The running of events has long been a core part of regional council mandates, as the effects are far ranging within the regional communities. With the agricultural boom, regional councils have the budget to organise events.

Potential patrons in regional Australia are enjoying the trickle down effect of a booming agricultural industry. With a high proportion of regional residents being involved in agriculture in some way, when the industry booms, the effect is wide spread. In terms of the event industry, this creates a market of potential patrons who have disposable income. With more disposable income, residents are more likely to spend money on attending a regional event, agricultural show or rodeo.

The mood and “happiness index” that comes on the back of a boom is just as important. A community that is struggling with debt, poor crops and under-employment is far less likely to attend a regional event. But with a prosperous regional economy, the mood in most cases will be enhanced. This influences potential patrons and makes them more likely to attend an event.

The combination of the three factors above means that sponsors and other event partners are also more likely to be involved. A sponsor becomes involved in an event in order to promote their brand, their message or their products and services. With events selling more tickets and generating more positive “buzz” in regional communities, the more likely it is that sponsors will want to be involved. Their investment in events is crucial, and further stimulates the growth of the industry.

Boom sees the regional events industry grow

AAC ID Solutions, as Australia’s leading supplier of event accreditation such as wristbands, cards and lanyards, has its finger on the pulse of event trends nationwide. The agricultural boom is having a clear effect on regional events, with more events being held, and greater numbers of people attending these events. Long may it continue.

For more information about event accreditation for regional events contact AAC ID Solutions at sales@aacidsolutions.com.

Woven Wristbands Australia

The Wristband Industry’s Biggest Secret – Woven Wristbands

We’re constantly talking with our customers, and at a recent team meeting something very interesting came up. Something that we think will surprise a lot of people. It’s the wristband industry’s biggest secret, and AAC is prepared to reveal all!

The background

A lot of events and venues have been using wristbands here in Australia for 20 years. We know, because we were the first ones to supply them! At that time, and as recently as 10 years ago, the vast majority of wristbands used in Australia were Tyvek Wristbands. This made sense at the time, as they were much cheaper than all the other type of wristbands available. They also achieved the main goal of identifying visitors or patrons.

But times have changed.

New technologies, greater demand for a USP (unique selling point), more streamlined manufacturing processes, a tighter focus on security, higher demand. All these factors have resulted in another type of wristband becoming a real option for almost every use. What type of wristband are we talking about? Woven Wristbands.

Reputation of Woven Wristbands

Woven Wristbands have a reputation for being very expensive, and indeed that used to be true. As little as 5 years ago, woven wristbands really were the exclusive domain of the music festival. Music festivals chose woven wristbands because of the additional security benefits they offered, and the difficulty involving in replicating them. But all that came at a price, with bands costing as much as $2 each.

And this is where the biggest secret of the wristband industry presents itself.

WOVEN WRISTBANDS ARE NOT AS EXPENSIVE AS YOU THINK.

This is a secret because the vast majority of events and venues using Tyvek bands are completely unaware of it. They don’t even think to ask about woven bands, because in their minds they are expecting a quote of $2 per wristband. This is simply not the case any more.

Woven wristbands in 2017

2017 presents a whole new ball game for woven wristbands. Not only should woven wristbands be at the top of your agenda for this year, they should be marked with an asterisk, highlighted and underlined.

Woven Wristbands

Loving their wristbands… and the music… but mainly their wristbands!

We know that this is a difficult concept to get your head around, but consider the benefits of woven wristbands vs the Tyvek, plastic and vinyl wristbands you have used for so many years:

  • Woven wristbands present your brand in a better light. When was the last time you really looked at a woven wristband? They are incredible. Beautifully embroidered with quality threads, they elevate your brand to a level above and beyond what a Tyvek wristband can achieve.
  • Woven wristbands are far more secure than any other type of wristband. This is a key factor for music festivals, especially those that last several days. They remain secure, functional and attractive for days at a time.

And remember, we are no longer talking about these wristbands costing upwards of $2 per unit.

So tell us, what do woven wristbands cost now!

Woven wristbands

Woven embroidery looks fantastic

Woven wristbands are now available for as little as 35c each, and rarely cost more than $1, even at low quantities! The steep drop in pricing from several years ago is due to the factors mentioned earlier; streamlined manufacturing, higher demand etc. The benefactor from all this is YOU.

Woven wristbands are now a legitimate alternative to Tyvek, plastic and vinyl bands. The range of colours and scope of artwork available for woven wristbands is diverse. Plenty of  opportunities exist to get your creative juices flowing.

Woven Wristbands and Additional Functionality

Much of the wristband industry is moving towards incorporating additional functionality in wristbands. AAC is at the forefront of this movement, working with technology partners and the biggest events and venues in Australia to continually raise the waters.

The point is that these wristbands allow your business, functions and processes to be scale-able. Whether you are looking at barcoded systems, RFID systems or anything else, woven wristbands can remain your primary wristband, with the additional technologies seamlessly integrated as your venue or event grows.

In essence, you can future proof your business by moving to woven now.

Elevate your Brand

Elevate your brand, and talk to AAC ID Solutions about moving your wristband choice to woven. You won’t be disappointed. Give us a call at 1300 797 478 or email sales@aacidsolutions.com.

Wristbands

Wristbands – The 3 Mistakes you are Making

If you’re reading this then you are involved in the purchasing of wristbands. You may manage an event, a night club, an aquatic centre, or be involved in running an attraction, a school or a resort. Whatever your role in the procurement of wristbands is, this article will be an important read.

Top 3 Mistakes made with Wristbands

First of all, we’ll go through some of the key mistakes make with wristbands. Finally, we will present the way to solve these problems.

You are purchasing the wrong type of wristband

This can happen perhaps when you are involved for the first time, or if your wristband supplier did not provide you with enough information. There are many different types of wristbands available, and they all have different features and benefits. They also have their own limitations, which are equally important. The first mistake is therefore not taking the time to understand the wristbands available.

You are getting the artwork wrong

Styles such as Tyvek, woven, photo image etc all offer different printing capabilities. It is important, therefore, that you take full advantage of these capabilities. The security of your event can be greatly enhanced by doing so. For example, when purchasing woven wristbands there are numerous additional features that can be incorporated such as metallic threads and sequential numbering. Firstly, these features do not cost a lot more and secondly, they enhance the security of the wristband. On Tyvek, important artwork often gets moved to the far right of the wristband. This is the area that is covered when the wristband is applied. As such there is no point in placing artwork there.

You are ordering wristbands too late

Even if the two mistakes above have been addressed, it is important to order on time. You may have done your homework and are fully aware of all the benefits of woven bands, but if you have left your order too late, it will be all for nothing. As a general rule, Tyvek bands should take less than 1 week, as should plastic and vinyl bands. Woven or fabric bands take 3 weeks, no more though.

Addressing the top 3 mistakes

Now that we have gone through these mistakes, how can they be addressed? There really is one very simple solution – work with an experienced wristband supplier. of course we are going to say that, but it is true. Talk to us here at AAC ID Solutions. We have been manufacturing, printing and supplying wristbands for almost 20 years, right here in Australia. There is no other supplier with the experience, service and capabilities that match AAC, and that is why the big events and venues only use us.

Stick with the experts, with the genuine Wristband Factory. Call AAC today at 1300 797 478 or email us here.

 

Promotional Products Gold Coast

Promotional Products Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is one of Australia’s fastest growing cities. AAC ID Solutions has been operating here since 1997, and is proudly Gold Coast born and bred. Promotional Products Gold Coast is one of our most successful product ranges, as we get the opportunity to often meet with you face to face!

Promotional Products Gold Coast

Some of our Gold Coast clients include local icons such as Dreamworld, Jupiters Hotel & Casino, The Gold Coast Suns, the Gold Coast Titans, Skypoint, the Gold Coast Turf Club, Gold Coast Airport Marathon, the Pan Pacific Masters Games and soon, the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games! We truly are a Gold Coast company and we take great care to look after promotional products in this area.

Branded Apparel – Wholesale Promotional Products Gold Coast

AAC has incredible access to a network of factories, providing us with the ability to offer incredible wholesale rates on branded apparel such as t-shirts, polo shirts, hoodies and uniforms. With high quality products and impeccable printing and embroidery, AAC is the undisputed heavyweight champion when it comes to promotional products gold coast.

Executive Gifts and Marketing Products

No matter what you are looking for in the world of executive gifts and marketing products, AAC can supply it. We specialise in traditional promotional items such as branded water bottles, pens, tote bags and the like, but our passion is in sourcing those unusual products that no one else can find. Branded piggy bands? Done. Promotional belt buckles? Sorted. Custom printed cowbells? Delivered in 5 days!

Put us to the test and see whether we meet your standards. We love a challenge, and we love saving you money.

Branded Merchandise for Gold Coast Resorts

One thing we have plenty of here on the Gold Coast is hotels and resorts. AAC has been working with dozens of these properties for years, supplying a wide range of merchandise. The resort stocks the promotional merchandise in their gift shops and then sells it to guests, generating fantastic additional revenue. The most popular items include beach towels, caps, colouring in sets, drink bottles and playing cards. Talk to AAC to learn more!

Promotional Products in time for Christmas

There is still time. We just 2 months to go from today, you can still order branded promotional products, items and merchandise in time for Christmas. So whether you are sourcing items for your staff, suppliers, members, customers or patrons, now is the time to finalise that order.

For everything related to promotional products Gold Coast, talk to AAC ID Solutions. We have been here 20 years, and we’re not going anywhere else! Give us a call at 1300 797 478 or email us here.

Party Wristbands

Options for Party Wristbands

So you’re having a party! Along with all the usual decisions to make regarding venue, food, drinks and entertainment, there is one oft-forgotten area that you need to think about. The need for party wristbands has grown over the years, with incidents of party crashing becoming very common. Furthermore, the advent of Facebook Events and other online tools has only increased these occurrences.

Party Wristbands – Tyvek Wristbands

Tyvek Wristbands are your first and only choice when looking for a low cost and highly effective party wristband! These wristbands are available in a range of bright colours and patterns, and are easily applied to guests as they arrive at your party. Alternatively you can mail your wristbands out to guests in advance, because they’ll thenwear the band on arrival.

The great benefit of Tyvek Wristbands is that there are hundreds of colours and patterns available to choose from. You can select a unique pattern, and even one that is themed along the same lines as the party itself. The wristbands, once applied, cannot be removed. Anyone present at the party who is not wearing a wristband can be quickly identified and asked to leave. The key benefit for all involved is peace of mind.

Party Wristbands – Woven Wristbands

You will be familiar with woven wristbands if you have attended a music festival. Woven wristbands are built to last several days and are used as multi-day wristbands at big events. They are often referred to as fabric wristbands. Many people actually collect these wristbands as mementos. They provide a novelty factor and will make your event feel like something bigger.

Keep in mind is that woven wristband do take 3 weeks to manufacture and deliver. Consequently, make sure you are planning well in advance.

For more information on party wristbands, contact AAC ID Solutions are 1300 797 478 or email us here. AAC has been manufacturing and printing wristbands for 20 years, making us therefore the perfect partner for your event.

Tyvek Wristbands

Uses of Tyvek Wristbands

We’ve seen it all when it comes to Tyvek Wristbands. As the sole manufacturer of these in Australia, and having been selling them for 20 years, that is probably not surprising! So what are some of the uses we have seen for Tyvek Wristbands over the years?

Tyvek Wristbands as Event Identification

Of course, the most common use of Tyvek wristbands is as a means of identifying patrons at an event or venue. The wristbands are secure and non transferable, which means that once they are worn by a patron, they cannot be removed without destroying the wristband. The most popular places that you’ll see wristbands used in this way are music festival, aquatic centres, night clubs and tourist attractions.

Tyvek Wristbands as Luggage Tags

How many times have you gone to pick up someone else’s luggage from the carousel at the airport before realising at the last moment that it wasn’t your bag? Using brightly coloured or patterned wristbands is a unique solution. Not only will the wristband be easy to spot from a distance, but you can still write your contact details in marker pen too. The wristbands will also be secure, due to the strong, commercial grade adhesive AAC uses during manufacturing.

No more looking like a thief at airports!

Tyvek Wristbands as Drink or Food Coupons

Many events around Australia include a complementary drink, snack or gift of some kind. This is especially true at corporate events and parties, networking sessions and after parties. The easiest way to monitor this process is to provide everyone with a wristband that also includes a detachable stub. The patrons simply wears the wristband and then exchanges the stub for the free drink, snack or gift.

Tyvek Wristbands in the Child Care Industry

Following the same theme of the stub wristbands, the child care industry has followed suit. The wristband and the stub are both printed with identical unique numbers. Many centres now apply the wristband to the child (which they cannot remove), and then ask the parent to present the stub when they collect their child. The numbers will match, enhancing the security around pick-up time. Children also find the wristbands fun to wear, and they do not distract from their other fun (and messy!) activities.

Tyvek Wristbands at Cloak Rooms

Another great use of stub wristbands is at cloakrooms. The wristband is worn by the patron when admitting their coat, with the cloakroom personnel keeping the stub with the coat. This greatly reduces the chance of a mix-up, or of someone claiming a coat as their own.

Tyvek wristbands have so many uses, as presented above. For more information on wholesale Tyvek wristbands, contact AAC ID Solutions – the only manufacturer of wristbands in Australia! Call 1300 797 478 or email us here.

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Tyvek Wristbands in Australia

Here at AAC we like to do a little maths. At a recent team meeting someone asked “I wonder how many people have worn one of our Tyvek Wristbands?”. What followed blew our minds.

Tyvek Wristbands

Tyvek Wristbands are one of the most commonly used products in Australia. Being the sole manufacturer of these products, and having supplied them since 1997, we certainly have our finger on the pulse when it comes to their usage!

Let’s consider just the past 7 years. AAC has produced 18,000,000 to 24,000,000 Tyvek wristbands annually during that period of time. A safe bet is that we have manufactured 140 million Tyvek wristbands since 2009. That is 6-7 wristbands for every person currently living in Australia!

Wow. And this hasn’t even included all the wristbands we produced from 1997 to 2009, nor does it include the plastic, vinyl and woven bands AAC has supplied to countless events, festivals and venues.

Demographics

Firstly, consider where these wristbands have been used. From music festivals, schools and night clubs to aquatic centres, tourist attractions and events, our wristbands have been worn by everyone from the age of 1-100 and with interests ranging from one extreme to the other.

Geography

Our geographical coverage is extensive, with wristbands supplied to every corner of Australia. From far north QLD, the NT and WA to all major capital and regional cities, AAC supplies its wristbands to a broader range of businesses and locations that any other supplier.

Therefore, if you are reading this, there is an exceptionally high chance that at some point you have worn one of our Tyvek wristbands, which is a pretty great thing for us to say! It is a safe guess that half of the people living in Australia have worn a wristband made by AAC.

Australian Made Tyvek Wristbands

Australian Made Tyvek Wristbands

Why Tyvek wristbands?

Tyvek wristbands remain Australia’s most popular wristband for identification purposes. They hit every check point because they are low cost, secure and available in hundreds of colours and patterns. With a commercial grade adhesive, AAC’s wristbands are the most secure available anywhere, crucial for events and venues that take their security seriously. The combination of benefits offered by these bands make them perfect for events and identification.

For more information we’d love to hear from you! Give us a call at 1300 797 478 or 07 5665 9333 or email us at sales@aacidsolutions.com. Australia’s genuine Wristband Factory.

 

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Wristbands in the news August 2016

Once again, AAC keeps its finger on the pulse with its roundup of wristbands – news and innovations from around the world. As always, we have a mix of interesting and unusual in this round-up, and we’ll be leading with an idea that we’re not too confident about. After all, they are always the most fun to look at!

The wristband that traces GPS directions on your skin

‘Huh?’ I hear you say. Huh indeed we reply. Somatic Labs have launched their “Moment” wristband, with the key feature being that it communicates to its wearer via touch. It vibrates and traces patterns in your skin to communicate information. It has four motors (and nothing else); no screen, no watch.

The rather odd example given is with regards GPS tracking, where instead of using your phone – which is apparently too hard – you would receive alerts through the device, which would be like having an arrow traced on your wrist saying “turn right”. As you get closer to imminent death at the next junction because you haven’t felt the initial ‘tracing’ of the arrow, the tracing becomes more intense. How this accounts for your hands and arms being in constant motion I can’t imagine, but this does not sound easier than using the GPS in a phone – especially when the GPS literally tells us when to turn.

No, we are not keen on this one! But it will be just (!) USD$159, so there is that.

Peach Music Festival Wristband theft

It’s every festival managers nightmare. The wristbands have been produced after months of designs and samples; they’re delivered and on site at the festivals in the days before the gates open. But then, they’re gone. The managers of the Peach Music Festival in Pennsylvania experienced just that, when a scene was started at a VIP registration tables the night before the event and some suspicious individuals were photographed then entering an employees only area. Cue missing wristbands. Gulp. The wristbands were then recovered following an arrest by police the following day. Phew!

Guys, lock up your wristbands when they’re on site!

Inspiring wristbands changing company culture

It has been proven time and again that writing something down greatly enhances the chances of something taking place. Talks about something and you might do it. Write something down and the chances are greater that you’ll do it. Write is down AND share it with others and the chances increase even further.

This has been nicely demonstrated by Purity Life Health Products, a 115- employee distributor of natural health products founded 32 years ago. By embracing a culture of being “Easy to do business with/path of least resistance” the company focused on providing the fastest, and best, service to its customers. The message was printed on to wristbands and given to the team. They talked about it, wrote it down and then shared the vision. Everyone became invested in the idea and profits have since risen 31%.

See, this is why we love wristbands! It was all about the wristbands. Mostly. Some of it.

Clever wristbands detecting chemicals in the air

Researchers from Oregon State University have developed simple silicone wristbands that act like sponges to absorb chemicals in the surround air or water. Key to their research was the detection of flame retardant chemicals in children’s environments, of which the wristband is capable of detecting more than 40 of them! The study of 72 preschool age children over the course of a week detecting 20 flame retardant chemicals in their environments. In small doses, this poses no great danger, but this initial study is perhaps the start of further useful research.

Keep a close eye on the AAC blog for more wristbands news and commentary. And of course, for all your wristband need, contact AAC ID Solutions on 07 5665 9333 or sales@aacidsolutions.com.au

Wristbands in the news

Wristbands and News From Around the World

AAC once again presents the latest and greatest wristband-related news from across the globe. And you know how much we love our wristbands!

We are always impressed by the amount of new products being launched in the arena of wristbands, especially those designed to assist with medical conditions or social issues. The low cost, easy to wear nature of wristbands makes them non-invasive and very adaptable to different uses. Here are the news and events that have caught our attention over the past few weeks.

Medical-quality consumer wristband monitors body signals

Empatica, co-founded but MIT Professor Rosalind Picard, has launched a wristband called Embrace. Embrace aims to monitor signals from the body, specifically to pre-warn caregivers of potentially deadly seizures in Epilepsy patients. Sensors underneath the wristband face track pulse, body motion, temperature, and EDA, which involves subtle electrical changes across the skin. Boosts in EDA, without accompanying changes in motion, can signal stress. In people with epilepsy, a sharp rise in both signals could indicate a severe, potentially life-threatening seizure. The wristband sends a message to the caregiver, via an app, that alerts them to the danger.

Wristband to save women’s lives

A software engineer in Cameron, Arreytambe Tabot, is working on an RFID-wristband with the goal of reducing maternal sepsis in Africa, where more women die in childbirth than anywhere else. The wristband holds data on vital signs of the expectant mother, allowing them to scan in during check-ups and to have all data update to the cloud. The key selling point is that the system does not rely on the literacy of the wearer, which is a challenge in rural areas.

Wristbands to assist disabled bus passengers

We like this one. 18 year old Daria Buszta of Bilborough College has started trials on a vibrating wristband that alerts people as to when their station is coming up. Aimed at those with visual and hearing impairments, the “ViBus” concept buzzes at the appropriate moment and could potentially assists hundreds of thousands of people across the UK. Nice work Daria!

Be careful with those RFID Wristbands… we’re looking at you Music Festivals!

The Gibraltar Music Festival found itself in strife recently when organizers went back on their promise to refund monies left on their wristbands. The RFID bands were used to create a cashless bar environment at the event where patrons could upload money and use the wristband to purchase drinks. The 23,000 pounds is now apparently going to be donated to a local charity, but I doubt this will placate patrons who expected their money to be returned. Lesson for music festivals – be clear with your refund policy, and then stick to it.

And finally, here we go again…

Wristbands that state relationship status

Forgive us for being jaded, but this idea has been rehashed about 20 times over the past couple of years, somehow always re-packaged as though it is brand new. Cheryl Duffy in Kellyville is the latest person to launch this after “so many” people told her horror stories about “online dating sites”. How a physical wristband helps during online dating has yet to be explained, but the R U SINGLE I AM wristbands are available for a mere $5 a pop if you want to find out! Alternatively, start a conversation with someone and find out if they’re single or not.

To keep up with the latest and greatest in wristband news, check back regularly with AAC ID Solutions –a leading supplier of wristbands in Australia and around the World.

Australian Made Tyvek Wristbands

Australian Events Looking for Australian-Made Wristbands

With the Australian dollar continuing its slide against the US dollar, it is forcing many Australian Events to seek locally-manufactured event products and collateral, especially wristbands.

As the only company in Australia to manufacture Tyvek wristbands on Australian soil, AAC ID Solutions has really noticed the difference.

Cost effective wristbands

As the Australian dollar drops, it is leaving those who import their wristbands very little choice. “Every day we are hearing that competitors are raising their prices to account for the weak Australian dollar” said Stuart Blott, General Manager, “As a manufacturer, we avoid that cycle completely”.

AAC’s prices for Tyvek wristbands have remained stable throughout the last 3 years, something that has been appreciated by its thousands of customers. Many events operate on an annual basis, so the ability to plan in advance is crucial. Projections for the following year are often made in the month immediately following the event. Having to worry about constant changes to price does not make this an easy process.

Quality Wristbands

The other other key benefit to AAC for manufacturing locally is quality control. “We have complete and total control over the substrate we use, the adhesive and production process” said Stuart, “For us, it is all about quality and consistency”.

This is all the more important when events have problems with the quality of Chinese-sourced Tyvek wristbands sold by Australian suppliers. “It’s a totally different product”, said Stuart.

As most event managers know, Tyvek wristbands are used to cost-effectively identify patrons or attendees at events, allowing event staff (security, bars, gates) to quickly know who is allowed where and especially, who is under 18. They are used religiously at festivals, aquatic centres, nightclubs, attractions and sporting events. Waterproof, tamper evident, secure and unique, these products are the “gold standard” of the event identification industry. For more information about quality Australian-Made event identification solutions, talk to the only experts in Australia – AAC ID Solutions at 1300 797 478 or sales@aacidsolutions.com

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Wristbands in the news

Re-thinking RFID for Events in 2016

RFID has been a funny thing in Australia.

For years, pretty much all of us in the event industry were sure it would be ‘the next big thing’. With a large US-based RFID systems provider launching in Australia a few years ago it was assumed that many music festivals would moving to RFID for patron identification and cashless bars. All the momentum was in the favour of RFID and many of us were saying “I told you so”.

But, after some notable events initially trialed the technology, the majority decided to go back to their usual methods of accreditation, identification and payment systems. It seemed that the technology just wasn’t returning on it’s investment. The US-based company has since floundered and another notable expert in RFID also recently left the events space all together. Two more victims of the fickle Australian events market, which sees big music festivals come and go at an alarming rate.

After that, RFID got very quiet, with mentions of it few and far between. RFID for Events seemed like an idea that had come and gone with barely a whisper.

2016 is shaping up to be a very different proposition.

RFID for Events in 2016

Whilst the RFID wristbands and RFID cards have been cost effective for years, it has been cumbersome RFID systems and solutions that have prevented the technology from really taking off.

Fortunately Australia now boasts several knowledgeable businesses who have entered the fray and who are finally offering systems that make sense. These systems are modeled on successful international systems that offer several key benefits that had been missing before:

  • The ability to operate offline in case of a network loss
  • The ability to operate via apps and smartphones, increasing the accessibility of such a system
  • Far greater POS integration, allowing for intelligent cashless bars and easy to use “top up” stations that minimise the number of transactions taking place.
  • Much lower costs associated with the set-up
  • More advanced metrics and data to analyse after the event, with genuine benefits derived from the data that will improve profits at the next event.
  • Additional avenues to generate revenue, more often than not paying for the entire system itself, and then some.

The emphasis in 2016 will be less on access control, and more on managing connected crowds, social media integration, crowd management, brand activation and cashless payments.

Because of the above, and the continued cost effectiveness of RFID wristbands and RFID Cards, RFID for events is poised for a dramatic return to relevance.

Stay tuned, and for more information on systems, wristbands and cards, contact AAC ID Solutions in Australia at 1300 797 478 or sales@aacidsolutions.com.

Wristbands for the summer

Wristbands for the Summer

Summer is fast approaching. For attractions, resorts, events, aquatic centres and others this means a definite spike in visitors and patrons. It also means that now is the time to start looking at your wristband requirements for the coming season, and to make sure that you have enough stock to last through the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Wristbands for Attractions

Most attractions require a single day wristband that are cost effective. When we talk about attractions we are mainly looking at theme parks, tourist attractions, mini  golf, water parks, bowling alleys, fetes etc. For single day usage, we recommend using Tyvek Wristbands.

Tyvek Wristbands are waterproof, non transferable and secure. Available in a range of bright, neon colours, as well as vibrant, unique patterns, they are also easy to identify for your staff day or night. Priced from as little as 5c per wristband, Tyvek bands come in 19mm and 25mm sizes and more than 140 pattern and colour variations!

And remember, Tyvek bands by AAC are 100% Australian Made AND Printed – the only such wristbands in Australia. For this reason you are guaranteed the highest quality and best value products, supplied in the fastest time.

Wristbands for Resorts

Resorts use wristbands to identify their patrons, especially when their facilities are easily accessible by non paying guests. Most commonly, the wristbands used for this purpose are either silicone wristbands or vinyl wristbands; both are waterproof and comfortable to wear.

The best strategy to employ is to rotate through a wide range of coloured wristbands each week, so that their is a lower likelihood of replicas appearing.

Silicone wristbands are transferable of course, so savings can also be made if your resort can encourage guests to return their wristbands after check out. Vinyl wristbands are non transferable.

Wristbands for Events

Summer is the season for events in Australia. From music festivals to winery concerts, beach events to corporate parties, the industry goes crazy in the summer.

Along with this increase in number of events, comes a need to focus on the wristbands and accreditation used at the events.

Here, the recommendations can vary quite significantly; purely because events vary so much. For example, a single day event that is budget conscious will probably be OK to utilise Tyvek Wristbands. A multi-day music festival with camping, bars and VIP areas will be better equipped with Woven Wristbands.

Woven bands are the most secure, and most durable wristbands available in Australia, especially when combined with the exclusive closure mechanism available through AAC ID Solutions.

Wristbands for Aquatic Centres

Aquatic Centres and swimming pools always see a great increase in visitors over the summer, with warmer temperatures driving everyone to reverse the evolutionary process and head back to the water! The key factor for aquatic centres is that the bands they use are waterproof; and that they will also survive the rigors of such a centre. This could include saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzis etc.

Most aquatic centres will use Tyvek wristbands for this reason. Durable, waterproof and available in so many colours and patterns, they can be rotated daily.

Of course, a lot of aquatic centres are also moving to RFID enabled systems, which means their chosen wristbands will often incorporate RFID chips.

Closing word

In summary, summer is just around the corner. If you haven’t already stocked up on wristbands for the coming months, now is the time. Talk to AAC at 1300 797 478 to see how we can assist.

Top 10 Promotional Products 2015

Top 10 Promotional Products 2015

“The times they are a-changin” sang Bob Dylan in 1964. Gone are the pens and stress balls of 2006 and here come the power banks and bluetooth speakers of 2015. Without further preamble, we present our latest iteration of our top 10 promotional products and trends list for 2015.

And, just for fun, we’ll use some famous quotes to guide you through our top 10 list. Why? Because life is too short to take these things too seriously.

The Top 10 Promotional Products for 2015

“Anywhere is walking distance, if you’ve got the time” – Stephen Wright

Fitness bands - great promotional products

Fitness bands

You can’t swing a cat without hitting someone wearing a fitness band these days. Never did we believe that it would become part of polite conversion to ask someone “how many steps did you take today” without it being part of a 10 step program. Fitness bands come in all types of styles and with varying functionality.

The most common functions are to record heart rate, number of steps per day,sleep monitoring and calorie intake, but there are more advanced models available too. Fitness bands can be branded to your business for use as promotional products.

Expect to pay: $17 to $35 per unit

“If time travel is possible, where are the tourists from the future?” – Stephen Hawking

Retro products are taking off in a big way. Recently company’s have even started launching new mobile phones minus apps and functionality! My goodness, it would be like living a decade ago… no Angry Birds! It really has become a ‘thing’ though, with consumers looking at the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s with rose tinted glasses and thinking how much simpler life was then. It seems the past is cool and the future will be awesome… poor us to being alive right now!

As promotional products, this trend is appearing in the form of yo-yo’s, rubik’s cubes, slinky’s, retro sunglasses, and a variety of modern products with retro designs; for example, ipad covers with cassette designs on the front.

“You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother” – Albert Einstein

Bluetooth speakers - great promotional products

Bluetooth speakers

Bluetooth speakers have become very affordable in recent years thanks to advancements in the technology and manufacturing process. Just don’t ask us to explain exactly how it works!

As promotional products, they make a great gift because they are so useful. Bluetooth speakers allow you to play music from your phone, for instance, but with a much clearer, stronger sound than your standard phone speakers provide. This normally works to a distance of 8-10m or so, so ideal for the beach, the pool, park, or instead of having a more expensive stereo system in your home.

Bluetooth speakers can be branded and will be a popular gift for any recipient.

Expect to pay: $19 to $30 per unit

“A day without sunshine is, you know, night” – Steve Martin

Sun protection is a major trend in promotional products, with branded sunscreen and SPF lip balm the products of choice. It’s a win-win product, and ideal for a company with an outdoor and active focus in their marketing message. Recipients will keep and use the products; in the case of sunscreen, with family and friends, further adding to the exposure it provides.

There are lots of options available for those wishing to look at sun protection promotional products, with varying sizes, styles, shapes and scents. For a cost effective option, consider sunscreen sachets. There are also bottles, tubes, pots and more to think about.

Expect to pay: $1.50 to $4.50 per unit

“Max Power, he’s the man whose name you’d love to touch, but you mustn’t touch!” – Homer Simpson

Powerbanks - great promotional products

Powerbanks

Everyone is on the go 24/7, and with more apps demanding more from our phones, portable chargers (or, power banks) are fast becoming the must-have item of 2015. A power bank holds a specific amount of ‘charge’ that can be used to recharge your phone or tablet whilst on the go, just in case your battery runs out. This is ideal for long journeys, or for those who simply use their phone a lot.

They have become fairly cost effective also, meaning that the marketing budget won’t be completely dry if you go this way for your promotional products. As with all techno products, the price is influenced considerably by the specification, so go for a lower spec model to save money. Consider this – how often will a power bank get used by it’s recipient over the course of a year?

Expect to pay: $9 to $25 per unit

“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy” – Benjamin Franklin

Wine is experiencing a renaissance at the moment, with vineyards and wineries busier than ever before. People are also becoming more knowledgeable about wine, thanks to so many varieties being available. I defy anyone to get in and out of Dan Murphys in less than 30 minutes; it’s just too relaxing wandering the aisles, browsing through the labels and then, eventually, settling for whatever is on special at the time!

Because of the above, wine products are growing in popularity, with the range of items available increasing. As promotional products, they are fantastic. From neoprene wine carriers to cooler bags, from wine/picnic hampers to wine accessories, the industry is booming.

“Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about” – Oscar Wilde

Fun products are always a hit. Sometimes we need to loosen up and have a little bit of fun with our promotional products. Fortunately there are a wide range of silly products and novelties that can be branded with your logo or message and used in such a way.

Rubby ducky - great promotional products

Rubby ducky

Products that put a smile on the face of the recipient are always a winner, so why not think about branded silly putty, rubber ducks, tattoos, bubbles in a bottle, hacky sacks, confectionery or games?

Sure, their might not be an obvious synergy with your current marketing message, but sometimes that’s OK too!

With everyone being so time poor these days (or feeling like they are anyway!) taking a few moments to have a laugh can do wonders.

“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society” – Mark Twain

Traditionally clothing and apparel has been viewed more as an item of promotional merchandise, something that is sold within a retail environment, rather than something used as giveaway promotional products.

But with material costs reducing and printing capabilities increasing, more and more clothing is being used as promotional products. The success of apparel really comes down to whether you can come up with a witty way to promote your brand, because you want the recipient to wear the item of apparel often relatively often. If it is printed with “BRAND X IS GOOD” you might not quite achieve your goal.

Ask around the office or the marketing department, and come up with a self-deprecating way to promote your own brand and message. On a t-shirt or hat, that can be gold.

“Milk was a bad choice” – Ron Burgundy

Collapsible drink bottle - great promotional products

Collapsible drink bottle

Collapsible drink bottles are a great twist on the standard drink bottles used as promotional products. Combined with a carabiner clip, they are a portable, handy and useful product that is ideal for use at events, or just out and about.

Promotional products that allow recipients to be active and mobile are always a winner at the moment. Though you may not want to use them for milk, Ron.

“Why should I care about future generations? What have they ever done for me?” – Groucho Marx

Environmentally responsible promotional products have remained popular and will continue to do so – for good reason too. With growing emphasis on the environment worldwide, and an accelerating acceptance of global warming being a massive problem, it makes sense for environmentally friendly products to be considered. These can range from bags made from recyclable material to bamboo lanyards.

And that’s it – the Top 10 Promotional Products for 2015! Let us know your thoughts on the list; your suggestions might just make the 2016 list! Review our 2014 Top Ten!

AAC Wristband Designs

Tyvek Wristbands – Brand New Patterns

We’re lucky at AAC ID Solutions. As an actual manufacturer of Tyvek wristbands, the only such company in Australia, we have complete freedom to design our own wristband patterns.

Following a grueling period slaving over designs, blueprints (huh!) and plans, we have launched no less than 15 new designs and colour variations for the 2015/16 summer season. This  expands upon our already market leading range of Tyvek wristband patterns. Firstly, the designs:

New Tyvek Wristbands

25mm Striped Wristbands

Firstly, we decided that our range of 25mm wristbands needing fleshing out a bit, and following demand from customers for a new pattern with more than 4-5 colour variations, AAC created and manufactured 25mm striped wristbands in no less than 8 different colours!

Tyvek wristbands - 25mm stripes

Tyvek wristbands – 25mm stripes

Tyvek wristbands - 25mm stripes

Tyvek wristbands – 25mm stripes

25mm Camouflage Wristbands

With so many laser tag, paintball and adventure themed customers ordering from AAC, we decided to give them something new! Two colour variations of camouflage  wristbands have been created in 25mm, and are ready to be ordered.

Tyvek wristbands - 25mm Camouflage

Tyvek wristbands – 25mm Camouflage

19mm Happyface Wristbands

To provide some competition for our popular multicolour happyface wristbands in red, we have created a twin version in neon lime! Available in 19mm, this design has been flying off the shelves already and is making people smile.

Tyvek wristbands - lime happyface

Tyvek wristbands – lime happyface

19mm Bubbles Wristbands

Despite having more 19mm Tyvek patterns than any other company in Australia, we have expanded the range once again with the new Bubbles pattern. With four colour variations to choose from, this design will be great for aquatic centres, stadiums and other venues looking to identify  it’s patrons.

Tyvek wristbands - bubbles

Tyvek wristbands – bubbles

To order any of these Tyvek wristband patterns, or others, click here.

More about AAC’s Tyvek Wristbands

Tyvek wristbands are currently the most popular form of identification wristband in Australia. They are used at countless venues in their many millions all over Australia to help events, venues and businesses identify who is who.

Only AAC manufactures these wristbands in Australia. This allows us to be obsessed with the quality and security of our products – accurate dye cutting, stronger adhesive, cleaner printing and thicker Tyvek are all hallmarks of an AAC Tyvek Wristband.

To order wristbands of any kind, talk to AAC at 1300 797 478 or contact us today.

Unique Promotional Products

Promotional Products: Now For Something Different!

The next time someone at your marketing meeting suggests that you buy some promotional pens, we suggest you advise them of a suitable place to insert those pens! We’re in the back half of 2015 and it’s time for some innovative thinking when it comes to promotional products and items.

It is now harder than ever to impress someone or maintain a lasting impression through the use of promotional products. With so many suppliers peddling the same products, it’s time to start looking at more unique products to get the attention and exposure you’re seeking.

This is especially relevant as we move swiftly towards the end of 2015 and to the gift giving season. November to December is when the promotional product season kicks in to high gear, with company’s vying for exposure.

Promotional Products with a Difference

Hacky sacks

Remember these? They’re making a comeback! Hacky sacks are a fun product that will be well remembered by those who receive them. Especially those of us who recall being talented with them but then realise perhaps our hindsight glasses may be rose tinted!

Bounce balls 

A great alternative to the usual stress ball; bounce balls are exactly what they sound like, and will provide a memorable experience for the recipient.

Wet wipe cans

Great for waiting rooms, car dealerships, reception areas, events; canned wet wipes can be branded in full colour all around the product, providing excellent exposure. And who doesn’t want their brand associated with being clean and hygienic!?

Confectionery

Branded lollies, jelly beans, rainbow chews and mints are growing in popularity because they offer something a little be different. Being perishable and therefore with a limited lifespan, you might think to avoid looking at promotional confectionery, but that would be a mistake. Our customers report receiving great responses from prospects, customers and suppliers they have distributed these to.

Completely custom shapes

Rather than branding an existing product, why not generate a completely unique design for your stress shapes or USB sticks? In the building industry… why not a stress shape in the shape of a house? In the IT industry… why not a USB in the shape of a computer mouse?

More Promotional Products than you can shake a branded stick at!

There are literally thousands of options when it comes to promotional products and merchandise. The two best ways to come up with something new is to look around (almost anything you see can be sourced and branded) or to work closely with a professional and creative company like AAC ID Solutions.

For more information, call us today at 1300 797 478 or Contact us.