Popco's new edge-protector and corner-forming products

We've been busy! Engineering, tooling and production have been in full swing at Popco and we have three new products to show for it.

The simplest of our new products is an edge protector. This part is similar to another we've offered for years, but we've added flexible gripping fins that make the new part able to accommodate thin as well as thick stock.

Another new product is our 90 degree corner-former. This part is ideal for creating display bins and can be used both indoors and out. The corner-former’s UV-resistant PVC material lessens yellowing and holds up in all types of weather. Graphics can be easily changed out and the corner-former can be used over and over.

Our third new part is a remarkable, flexible corner that allows designers and installers to adapt their creations to varied angles and spaces. Despite its flexibility, this part is nearly as heavy duty as the 90 degree corner-former and can be used indoors or out.

The new parts are also cost effective joinery pieces. As an alternative to expensive, pre-constructed Covid shields, sheets of plexiglass can be assembled using our 90 degree or our flexible corner-formers and the edge protector can cover sharp edges of cut plexiglass. This helps retailers prepare Covid shields unique to their space without breaking the bank on bespoke, pre-assembled shields.

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Popco plays a therapeutic role.

Recently, a new customer agreed to share details on their use of Popco's suction cups. We're always pleased when this opportunity arises, but this time around, "pleased" hardly does justice to our reaction. Thrilled is more like it! The customer provided spectacular photographs and text and, for the first time in eight years of posting, we are turning our blog over to our customer/contributor. Here's what they had to say about their product which they've combined with our suction cups.

SORxSOAP - pronounced /sore*soap'/ - is a revolutionary new approach to soft-tissue mobilization and muscle health. It is a soap based tool that is crafted with essential oils and all-natural analgesic ingredients. 
When included in your daily routine it has benefits such as:
Improvement of range of motion.
Restoration of healthy muscle function.
Increased blood flow within scar tissue to promote healing.
Relief of myofascial adhesions which is vital to overall muscle performance.

You use downward strokes (not too aggressively, you will increase the wear on your tool) on any and all muscle groups that you want to treat, whether due to minor acute strains or as an overall wellness routine.
The ingredients release a soothing lather and aroma-therapeutic scent into the shower that helps relieve stress and leaves a cooling tingle of the skin. We suggest leaving the lather on the skin for at least 30 seconds to achieve maximum effect. The gender neutral scent is strong enough to let you know it is working yet fades gradually as you start your day, leaving nothing behind except the cooling.

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Wow! This might be the coolest use of a Popco suction cup to date. SORxSOAP seems like a terrific product. How many athletes could benefit from this product? How many people's physical challenges could be lessened with this product. Who doesn't have an ache or pain that could use some attention? To our customer, big thanks from Popco. To our readers, click to check out SORxSOAP.

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Popco's new superail hangs posters, banners and Covid shields

Popco's SR2 series Superail is an economical and versatile poster hanging rail that is now available in white, black and clear.

The oval profile of the Superail naturally presses in at the bottom of the rail, holding stock in place. The finned "grips" on the inside of the rail accommodate thin and thick stock; from .020" to .080." Banner clips slide into the top track on the Superail to create hanging points.

In addition to hanging posters, the Superail will grip clear PVC, RPET and similar materials for installing ceiling-hung Covid shields. This economical approach makes modifications to counter surfaces unnecessary and allows for easy positioning of shields over counters. For short or long term use, Popco's Superail is an easy and inexpensive way for retail spaces to prepare for reopening.

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Popco's official pandemic announcement.

Hello to all our partners, clients and brand ambassadors. Popco would like to take a moment to wish you and your family well in these uncertain times. We'd also like to assure you that we will remain open for business with the majority of our workforce working remotely. Popco is an important part of the supply chain that is essential to the health and safety of people throughout the world. Many companies are relying on us, today, to provide essential parts that manufacturers need to help keep all of us safe. We will do our best to fulfill those orders while protecting the health of our staff, families and community.

We will be here now, through the pandemic, and beyond. In a way, this has galvanized our team and we truly feel we will come back stronger as a company, as a community, and a nation. 

Be safe and stay healthy…
~ Your friends at Popco Inc.

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Everything is different now.

It seems like yesterday when, in this blog, we were wishing readers Merry Christmas and welcoming in a new decade.

Now, everything is different.

Now, our suction cups are in stores supporting signs that announce limited hours or temporary closures. Our Magik Frames have sold out to companies that must post heath-procedure notices throughout their campuses. Even our SNAPRAIL™ has been pressed into unique service as a result of the pandemic.

A long-time Popco customer shared with us the photo, above, which shows our SNAPRAIL™ supporting a clear PVC sneeze-guard for pharmacies. We could never have imagined it. Who could have?

When doctors, nurses and caregivers; when police, grocers and truckers; when any number of companies and workers are on the front line of the Covid19 crisis, we at Popco do not want to position ourselves as heroic. We are not. But we are committed to supporting those who are. And we are committed to remaining in operation so that our products can move along with the all the products that will fuel the response to this struggle. We are not the first to say it, but we'll say it again with conviction, everything is different now and we're all in this together.

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What do you do with that thing? Revisited.

We're back for another installment of our series entitled "What Do You Do With That Thing?".

We began this exploration of truly baffling parts last spring, when we spoke about our awkwardly named, self-piercing flag sign holder. That part, like the part featured in this post, isn't easily understood until you see it in use.

This post's part is the self-piercing channel mirror-holder (yes, we know... another catchy name from Popco). Viewed out of context, it could be accurately described as a milky plastic square with a pokey thing (hmm, maybe we should have called it that). However, once the part is snapped into a standard store shelf channel, its usefulness starts to become clear.

Then, when you use the little pokey thing, or, as we prefer, the self-piercing sign holder, the mystery vanishes and this odd little part proves to be a remarkable, affordable, reusable and all-together fantastic thing. Like so many Popco products that lack initial appeal, the proof is in the pudding. As evidence, we cite the self-piercing channel mirror-holder!

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Hey Walleye, we're coming for you!

If you think it's weird to talk fishing in January, you've got a thing or two learn about Minnesotans. We're a hardy breed and we'll fish even if we've got to bore a hole through thick ice to get to the lake.

Of course, Minnesotans have no monopoly on fishing passion. Our friends to the south, Marine Metal Products, in Clearwater, Florida have passion and then some. What's more, for the last several years, MMP has included Popco's suction cups in their Bubble Box Livewell Kit.

The Bubble Box Kit turns any cooler into an insulated live-bait well, and Popco's suction cups help secure the tools of the fishing trade to the cooler/bait-well. The resulting product is enough to make any fisher person salivate, although, we Minnesotans avoid that in our ice-fishing shacks; lip icicles are no fun!

Thanks to our partners, Marine Metal Products, for choosing Popco’s suction cups for their fabulous Bubble Box Kit.

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Merry Christmas

Dear Reader,

There'll be no business, no commerce, no Popco spiel in this post. We just want to wish all of you a merry Christmas and happy New Year. Thanks for a great 2019. Now, it's on to a new decade! We'll see you in 2020.

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Popco welcomes a new President

elihu Wear assumes the position of President of Popco, Inc.

Beginning in November of this year, Elihu (Hugh) Wear has assumed full ownership and the position of President of Popco. Elihu is uniquely qualified for this role since he draws on 25 years of experience working at Popco, and ten years as a co-owner.
Popco was founded by Elihu’s father, Phil, in 1979. Initially Popco was a small operation focused on vacuum-formed trays and small-sign holders. In the thirty years that Phil led the company, Popco rose from modest beginnings to a full-fledged P-O-P powerhouse featuring many proprietary products; including an extensive line of suction cups that have sold in the tens of millions and the patented SNAPRAIL™ sign hanging system which became an industry standard.
In 1987, Elihu graduated from UW Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin with a major in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Then, in 1990, he completed his studies at the Academy of Accountancy in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.
His expertise in the hospitality industry, and his stints as a customer service representative with JC Penny’s and Fingerhut, inform Hugh in his day-to-day dealings with Popco customers, vendors and staff. And, in his early years at Popco, Elihu’s accounting training was invaluable as Popco upgraded the company’s billing and records-keeping system.
As president of Popco, Elihu is aggressively expanding Popco’s marketing efforts, hiring new staff and committed to growing Popco’s presence in the competitive point-of-purchase industry. Now is an exciting time of growth and modernization at Popco, and Elihu and the staff are eager to move forward to better serve existing customers and add new customers to the Popco roster.

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Popco's sign feet double as FDA-approved cooler dividers

Popco cooler dividers

Popco's sign feet are primarily used to support signs on counters, shelf tops and end caps, but that's not the only use for these parts. Sign feet can also be used as dividers in produce and meat coolers.

When plastic parts are used to merchandise food, FDA requirements come into play. On their website, the FDA offers a great deal of information on FCS (food contact substances). You can read about FCS requirements here, but be forewarned, reading this is like studying up on tax complexities, or maybe having a root canal.

Sign Foots used as cooler dividers.

We'll try to make it simple for you: Some plastics are safe and approved for use around food, other plastics not so much. Among the acceptable plastics is HIPS (high-impact polystyrene). Popco uses HIPS to produce extra-wide sign feet in white and black. For clear sign feet used around food, Popco uses a special PVC that is FDA approved. In white, black or clear, our sign feet are terrific products for marketing food or any other type of product.

For more information on using our sign feet in coolers as dividers and supports for signs, click here, or give us a call (800-557-6726).
For several hours of the dullest imaginable reading, check out the FDA requirements.
Please note: FDA approved PVC is offered by Popco only as a special run.
We do not stock sign feet in this material.

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