It’s October already, and holidays are coming, impacting consumers and business owners alike. While Adam Equipment can’t provide you with the perfect gift list or the best recipes, we can provide tips on how weighing scales may help you reduce the holiday stress to ensure you enjoy yourself as much as possible.
Scales and balances are present in a wide variety of industries from laboratories, to warehouses and kitchens, and have varied uses and software to adapt to the needs of its users. Whether they ensure consumers pay a fair price for goods or increase efficiency, there are many ways to use them to your advantage, especially during the holiday season.
1. Weigh Your Luggage Before Traveling
This one may seem obvious to some of you, but there are many people who do not weigh their luggage before traveling. This can cause nasty surprises like extra costs, having to toss valuable goods out of their belongings, or having to reorganise the entire family’s luggage to stay within the acceptable limit. Furthermore, the airport’s luggage scales are not always accurate. While they have to pass certifications and should be calibrated routinely, wear and tear from frequent use or skipped maintenance can affect the results. Make sure your own weighing scale is properly calibrated and accurate before taking the measurements. And of course, don’t forget that you might come back with more items than when you left, or that you’ll pack differently because of dirty laundry. Another good reason to weigh your luggage is for your own health. Make sure you and your loved ones are not carrying too much weight, especially if you’re going to be carrying backpacks and purses during a long trip. Prevent pain and soreness that aggravate your stress levels.
2. Use a Scale in Your Kitchen
Make sure your holiday recipes are perfect by using a food scale to weigh ingredients. Not only is it much more accurate, it also ensures your recipes stay consistent throughout the seasons. Another plus is that you can use recipes from different countries without having to go through painful conversions every time. You can also use portioning scales to maintain your weight and avoid the holiday weight gain, or just to make sure all your guests get a fair amount. It is also faster than using measuring cups, and less messy. Ideal for holiday cooking! While inexpensive digital scales are everywhere, be careful. Some food scales have an iPad look, and while it makes your kitchen look sleek, they’re impossible to clean without leaving streaks, and unforgiving when it comes to messy ingredients. Make sure to check the capacity and how user friendly the scale is (no one wants to fight with technology when the entire family is waiting for food or worse, during dinner rush at a restaurant). Why spend the extra money on a more expensive food scale if you don’t cook large batches? Some food weighing scales are waterproof, making them a cinch to wash. Make sure the display is easy to see when cooking even in hectic conditions or with a bowl’s shadow over it. In commercial kitchens, make sure your scale and other kitchen equipment is ready to handle the influx of customers, and upgrade if it can’t keep up.
3. Weigh Parcels Before Sending Them
Chances are you’ll have to send something over the mail, whether it’s a card, presents or candy. Or perhaps your business is picking up and you have to ship more things. Weighing your parcels with a parcel scale before sending them can make sure you stay within your budget and plan your spending accordingly. Make sure you weigh the entire thing, packaging included. A light item could be fragile and have a lot of extra weight to cushion it. For a business owner, it can add up considerably. Stay on top of your budget and know how much you’re spending this holiday season. You can avoid being overcharged on shipping or ensure you charge a fair price for shipping and handling. It’s also useful to know the costs if you’re shipping things at different time. Can you afford to send things via overnight shipping or should you get them well in advance? Overall, always a useful thing to do to keep your budget needs in mind.
4. Keep Track of Your Inventory
Counting scales can save you a lot of time and hassle, particularly if you have a lot of small individual pieces in your inventory. Many counting scale models come complete with checkweighing and parts counting features that provide a welcome break from tedious manual counting. Keep an eye out for our article for November on how to keep track of your inventory with weighing scales.
5. Great for Gift Bags
Whether it’s a secret Santa, holiday specials or just stocking stuffers, you want to ensure everyone gets the same amount of goodies. A checkweighing scale can help you create gift bags that all weigh the same. If you have a counting scales, you can fill the bags with the right amount of goods, ensuring satisfaction in customers and loved ones alike. Counting scales are ideal for celebrations such as Halloween where a lot of people are getting small sweets, or markets and festivals where food stalls can sell bags of bite sized foods. Some of our checkweighing and counting scales even have colored LED displays to see if the gift bags are ready at a glance.
Find the Perfect Scale
Whether you want to make your business more efficient or make your life easier, Adam Equipment will have what you need. We have trade approved counting scales for retail and other commercial ventures. If you are looking for a postal scale for shipping small items and cards, a compact scale will suffice. If you’re shipping heavy gifts, a bench scale or other or parcel scale types might be more appropriate. Our compact food scales are great for small kitchens and little cafes, while our washdown scales can handle the busiest restaurants and biggest family dinners. We have a wide selection of industrial counting scales, from small bench scales to weighing indicators that can fit the biggest platforms for large warehouses. Feel free to contact us for more information or for help choosing the right scale for your needs.
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