Right Vinyl Car Wrap
Paint art is one of the most significant aspects one should consider when planning to overhaul or customize the look of their cars. Besides, apart from the brand, people will always focus on color and design or the graphics on the vehicle.
Today, vehicle wraps are common, and fleet vehicles such as trucks and service cars owners have opted for new looks. They have adopted cast vinyl wrap material to give their cars recent appearances with long-lasting impressions created by quality graphics.
However, wrapping cars is not an easy task. It requires experts with extensive knowledge of the type, quality, and designs of the various kinds of vinyl wrapping. Most importantly, the professionals must choose the suitable material with stunning results; that’s where vinyl wraps win.
Understanding Vinyl Wrapping
Vinyl wrapping is a process that entails applying some thin layers of vinyl materials on paintworks—for instance, covering the body of a car or during construction.
Vinyl materials can easily combine with other materials making it ideal for the manufacturing and car designing experts to apply it to various vehicles. And chances are high to notice some vehicles moving around wrapped with materials, especially those used in advertising products and services.
Uses of Vinyl Materials
Vinyl material was initially applied in advertising or commercial vehicles. But now, its uses have spread to various industries and the general consumers. Here are some of its applications:
Medical use. With non-hazardous properties, manufacturers have used vinyl to make several medical products like:
- Blood bags or intravenous fluid containers
- Caps and goggles
- Mouthpieces and inhalation masks
Construction use of vinyl. The construction industry takes the lead in using vinyl products. Here it’s used in:
- Roofing and covering walls and floors
- Making window frames and siding
- Insulating wires
- Piping of sewage, irrigation systems, and water distribution
In the automotive industry, vinyl is used for a variety of purposes, including:
- Car floor mats
- Armrest and dashboards
- Interior upholstery of cars
- Windshield and wiper systems
- Car wiring and cables, especially those of the under-hood
- Car body customization or molding
What Are Some of the Characteristics That Make Vinyl a Good Choice for a Material?
The vinyl properties that make the above functions ideal includes;
- Different color provisions- vinyl come in a variety of colors, including transparent or solid
- Resistance- depending on the materials, vinyl is resistant to humidity and moisture
- When compared to other plastic materials, vinyl is a dependable and durable material with cheap production costs
- The vinyl materials can easily be recycled, something that isn’t common with other plastics
- Environment-friendly, made from renewable common and natural salts, the material causes zero harm to the surrounding.
What Are The Different Types Of Vinyl?
There are roughly three types of vinyl, namely:
- Calendared laminate or Film/wrap material comes in various textures and finishes, including gloss, brushed metal, carbon fiber, matte, and matte metallic. They don’t stretch and are not conformable, plus they are less durable.
- Real silver/gold. This other vinyl product use 22k Gold or other non-tarnishing silver depending on the color of the final material.
- Cast vinyl comes in three different finishes; metallic, gloss, and matte. It has a lifespan of between 3-10 years that significantly depends on the color chosen and the finishing experts.
Instead of heating the vinyl plastic on the vehicle like it’s done on the other vinyl, cast vinyl is made by sprinkling some liquid resin on polished cast paper-backing. This form of vinyl is comfier and moldable, making it one of the greatest and most popular ways to wrap a car.
How to Pick the Perfect Vinyl Car Wrap
To create a more prolonged visual impact and the desired look, consider:
The Material Used
Like everything else, people will always get what they pay for. So, those who care about the quality or durability of their vinyl car wraps must shop for the highest quality vinyl.
Some of the best and proven high-quality vinyl manufacturers are the 3M, Oracal, Arlon, and Avery. It, however, doesn’t mean that when a company displays or shows they use any of these manufacturers, then it’s real, or that becomes the right choice.
Besides, these companies can also be providing other vinyl from high-cost, high-quality cast vinyl to cheaper calendared vinyl of low quality and performance. One can have the best car, but with poor or low-quality vinyl material, the material won’t last and would mean going back to the market. This will prove quite expensive.
The Design of the Car
The surface of most vehicles is not flat, affecting the design and the type of vinyl to use. For instance, calendared vinyl is not conformable and will only suit flat surfaces.
Since not all types of vinyl can suit curves and flat surfaces, consider the curves, angles, and space that need to be customized. This will help give the car the topmost appearance without distorted images or sliced pieces on the vehicle.
Select a Proper over Laminate
Some shops or vehicle wrap installers may apply cast vinyl wrap material but reduce their cost. So, they’ll ‘add or use some cheap calendared laminate. They won’t be visible but will quickly start to fade. Also, it will mainly start to bubble popping out of position.
Therefore, confirm with the firm or ask experts to help check the type of over-laminators used; preferably, ensure the car is laminated with cast vinyl.
Congratulations, it’s almost done; the design, material, and perfect production are perfectly prepared. So, the next thing to think about is the venue or place of installation. Will the installation be done indoor or outdoor?
If the wrapping is done indoors, there are high chances of preventing small or large particles from getting under the wrap. However, doing the wrapping process outdoor increases the risks of having sands and other unwanted particles within the wrap. This will make the design un-proportional.
Choosing the material, design, production, and facility is critical in determining the best vinyl wrap for vehicles.
Saad Mushtaq was born and raised in the busy city of Abbottabad. As a journalist, Saad Mushtaq has contributed to many online publications including the PAK Today and the Huffing Post. In regards to academics, Saad Mushtaq earned a degree in business from the Abbottabad UST, Havelian. Saad Mushtaq follows the money and covers all aspects of emerging tech here at The Hear Up.Thanks
Great Resignation: How to beat Great Resignation with Employee Experience
The world was forever changed in late 2019 when the Coronavirus made its appearance. Countries shut down. Streets were empty. Companies held as best they could or were forced to close their doors. Many would believe that such an event would lead to employees wanting to hold on to their jobs. Typically, large numbers of resignations signify a good economy and abundant availability of jobs allowing people to follow passions instead of necessity.
Post-COVID employee experience is much different.
For two years, and some a bit more, people were forced to spend time alone, realigning the importance of human interaction, well-being, and happiness. This drive for more personal fulfilment, satisfaction, and growth stemmed The Great Resignation.
No longer were employees basing staying with jobs out of need or comfortability. Now they look for work-homelife balance, greater satisfaction and better employee experiences, or they will leave. So how do companies face this? How do they increase employee retention and improve employee engagement?
The secret is in employee experience.
Holistic Employee Experience
There are, of course, no quick fixes for the Great Resignation, small wins can motivate and drive longer-term goals for your organization. The Great Resignation—and COVID by extension—taught many employees that life meant so much more. That the daily grind working in offices with long commutes, stress, lack of rest or relaxation, and the hustle of strenuous work weeks while normal was not conducive to happiness and mental well-being.
But this shift can be used as a blueprint for better employee experience!
Companies who work on being human-centric in ideals, strategies, and decision-making can improve greatly their chances of stemming mass exodus. Post-covid employee experience is now the new golden standard, and it looks at taking a more comprehensive and holistic view of experiences.
How can you be more holistic and how does it help?
- Think beyond probationary periods – Your employees are more important than the first 30, 60, or 90 days of employment, and yet many companies stop professional development and training after these dates. Normalize career growth, evaluations, employee 360 reports, and feedback loops to keep learning and advancement in the scope of your employees. While doing this, you’re also keeping your strategies and Key Performance Indicators—KPIs—fresh as you go.
- Communication is key – Talk to your employees about what they need, want, desire, and what their ambitions may be. Learn your people like you want them to learn your company. With transparent and open communication, you are engaging with your employees and creating an environment of consistency, openness, and inclusion—aspects employees’ desire.
- Employee-centric Corporate Culture – It may seem like the best idea is to center your company culture around the company’s values, vision, and strategies, but this is only half the battle. Integrating employee experience into the fabric of company culture ensures the company is as focused on their employees’ happiness as their own. It creates a bond to grow engagement, which has an effect on employee satisfaction and experience. As these rates increase, so to can employee retention numbers and customer experiences.
- Life and work-balance Erasure – Should your employees have to ask for more work-life balance? No, they shouldn’t. When built directly into work environments or expectations, it becomes something standard instead of something to be sought after. Examples of this could be:
- Flex hours
- Unlimited PTO
- Work-from-home or hybrid offerings
- Expanded benefits to include mental health and free resources
- Altered work hour schedules
Rise of Human Experience
Human Experience is a viewpoint that blends aspects of customer experience with employee experience, important in a post-COVID world. Instead of viewing them as separate entities entirely, companies can connect metrics and measurements of both to view a more comprehensive experience. Employees are customers—or potential ones—and as such, so too can customers become employees. With this view, it refocuses employee experiences in direct answer to the needs stemming The Great Resignation.
Ways you can use CX strategies within EX:
- Employee Journey Mapping – Like in customer experience, companies can work on mapping journeys for positions within the company overall, building in professional development and growth from the outset. They can then alter these journeys through personalization when an employee fills that role.
- Monitoring metrics – connect goals, milestones, and trajectories with metric directly linked to KPIs. Think employee net promoter score (eNPS), employee experience (EX), employee satisfaction (ESAT), and employee engagement (EE), for example, as they can correlate with operational success as well as customer success with your organization.
- View of employees – view your employees with the importance you view your customers. You cannot survive without either, and just as you court customer loyalty for more profitable relationships, so to can employee relations boost revenue, growth, and expansion.
Remote and Hybrid Work
One of the lasting effects of COVID was the desire to work from home or have the flexibility to. According to Gallup, nearly half of full-time working Americans—45%—are still working remotely. White collar workers have even higher percentage, coming in at 70%. After the shutdown, many leaders were surprised to find employees still wanted to work remotely. The Pandemic exposed an internal need for conducive work environments and flexibility.
The office and all it entailed wasn’t as attractive as some leadership believed.
It was agile leadership who switched to maintaining remote or hybrid options who won out against competitors. Record job openings only further highlight how living is more important, and work can no longer be focused on only paying bills. Organizations who shift better with their employees retain talent better.
Remote work is not the only fix, but it does show how views of work’s place have vastly changed.
Act on Meaningful Feedback
Closing the loop between you and your employees is more important than ever before. Simply hearing them is not enough. Active, empathetic listening pair with actions on a consistent basis is the wining combination. Employees not only want to know they are heard but that their input is valued.
Regularly checking in with your employees, and not only attaching it to their performance, creates a culture of partnership.
Ways to gain meaningful feedback to inspire data-driven action:
- Employee 360 Review [LN1] [SP2] – not to be confused with an employee evaluation, the 360-degree review is a way for all employees to gain feedback from peers, subordinates, and managers to assist employee self-evaluation.
- Pulse checks – a powerful anonymous survey tool. Pulse checks are in between annual reviews and keep the feedback coming for HR initiatives, but it can also inform business strategies that are employee-focused as well.
- Surveys – From satisfaction to engagement, the best thing you can do is ask your employees. Working from assumptions can lead you down costly mistakes. By asking directly you can get their true opinions—think of using anonymity to influence candid responses.
The biggest takeaway from this is: employee experiences is an important part of operational success. The evolution of its importance and what it means cannot be discounted. Doing so can led to higher employee turnover rates and you won’t retain your best talent. As employee experience continues to change, the forward-thinking companies with innovative leadership will make it to the top.
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Khalil ur Rehman is a proud born and raised in Abbottabad. Khalil has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade having contributed to several large publications including the Yahoo News and The Verge. As a journalist for The Hear Up, Khalil covers climate and science news. [email protected]