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What you need to know is that not all paper shredders are created equal.

Friday, February 21, 2014 11:35:00 PM America/Chicago

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1) Continuous Run Time:

The most important attributes when you are shopping for a paper shredder is not just the sheet capacity, but the continuous run time, which is the duration of non-stop shredding prior to overheating. When a shredder overheats you will likely wait 30-60 minutes before it can restart again. This run time rating is not always shown on some paper shredder descriptions. The longer the run time, the better and more expensive the motor is and therefore more durable. Better shredders will have a run time of 8 mins or more. Some shredders are called heavy duty and can have a run time of 15 mins or more.

2) Quiet Operation:

Secondly, look for a quiet motor that runs <58db or less. This means the motor is using an induction motor and not a universal motor that is used by shredders that are louder. Most smaller, light duty shredders will use a universal motor because it's less expensive and lighter than induction motors. The larger capacity shredders may use either motor types. You can also tell by the weight of the shredders since induction will weigh almost twice as much as a universal motor.

3) Shred Speed:

A faster speed is important not because it can shred paper faster, but it means that the components are made of more durable parts. A speed of 7.5 ft/min or more is a decent rating.

4) Shred or Cut Type:

There are many types of cutters out there and they can be confusing to most. There are really just 3 types of cutters in the market, but some have alternative names. The 3 types of cuts are strip cut, cross cut and micro cut. Strip or straight cut means the blade makes a thin straight cut from top to bottom of a sheet of paper.  Cross cut means the blade can make cross section cuts along a strip of paper. This is also called confetti cut because the cross sections resemble confetti. Diamond cut is another name for this, but it's trademarked and the shredded paper resemble diamond shapes.

5) Shred Size and Security Level:

Although there are only 3 shred types, there isn't really an industry standard that is regulating what the shred sizes are for each type. Shred size is the final shredded paper size that falls into the waste bin. Every manufacturer seems to have their own standards and sizes. The smaller the cut size the higher the security level.

  • For a strip cut shredder, the size should be 40mm (1.57") or less. This is usually classified as a security level 2
  • For a cross cut shredder, the size can vary greatly depending on the manufacturer. But a good size should be around 5 x 40mm or less or 4 x 50mm. This should be a security level 3.
  • For a micro cut shredder, the size should be 3 x 8mm or 2 x 15mm or less. This should be a security level 4. Anything 2 x 6mm or less should be level 5. The highest level is 6, which would be .08 x 4mm or less. 


6) Features:

Auto Start and Stop, Reverse mode are must-have features. Some shredders have auto stop when a jam is detected. This helps prevent the motor from grinding further and strip the gears. The better shredders will have warning indicators to let you know the bin is opened and overheat detection. 


Things to look for when shopping around for a paper shredder:

  • Beware that some manufactures claim their shredder is a micro cut when the size exceeds 3x8mm. 
  • The better brands of shredders will show all the specifications as stated above. If it's not listed, ask the seller for the information. 
  • Try to find a brands that have their own website or can directly service the shredder under warranty. Most mass merchants or resellers will not know how to repair or troubleshoot shredders. 
  • Don't go without paper shredder oil. Paper shredders can usually last years if the blades are properly lubricated. For frequent users, apply oil at least one a month. 

Feel free to contact support@simplyglobo.com with any questions.

I hope this helped!

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Unique Uses For Paper Shreddings

Friday, February 21, 2014 11:30:00 PM America/Chicago

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Paper shredders come in handy for many different reasons.  The first, and most important, is privacy and protection.  However, there are many other reasons that people use paper shredders.  Getting rid of clutter and excess paper is an excellent example of why a paper shredder comes in handy.  Another great reason is to recycle any unwanted paper that you may have. You may be thinking “How can you possibly recycle paper that has been shredded to  small strips?”  Well the answer is very simple, by using the paper shreddings to your advantage. These five uses for a paper shredder are reason enough to start saving your paper shreddings.

1. Pet Beds-  The pet beds that you purchase in the store, don’t always last very long.  Most of them are simply fabrics covers over Styrofoam beads.  After awhile, the beads become flattened and therefore the bed is no longer comfortable for your pets.  When this happens, you could be stuck sharing your bed with some uninvited guests.  Instead of having sleepless nights, stuff the pet bed cover with your leftover paper shreddings.  They will provide a thick and comfortable bed for your pet without you losing yours.

2. Fire Starter- Do you enjoy going camping? Or even just sitting by a fire? Then use your paper shreddings to get the fire started quickly.It is safe and a cheaper alternative to purchasing the fire starting logs.

3. Packaging Material- We all have to mail packages at some point and everyone has experienced a box that was too big for the items it carried.  To protect the items from getting damaged while shipping, fill the empty space with paper shreddings.  They will not only fill up any unused space, but will also create a barrier from any unwanted damage.

4. Gift Bags-  Don’t waste your money on tissue paper, use the shreddings from your paper shredderinstead.  It is not only practical, but it gives your present a unique flair.

5. Compost- Add the paper shreddings to your compost to help your plants grow.  This is especially helpful for greens.

So the next time you shred all of your confidential documents, think twice before emptying the waste basket.  Those paper shreddings could definitely come in handy.

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Air Mattress Buying Guide

Friday, February 21, 2014 10:48:00 PM America/Chicago

Air Mattress Buying Guide

You may wonder why some air beds on the market can vary so greatly in prices. You may have seen a queen size raised air bed selling for under $50 on Amazon.com or Walmart stores and some models that cost around $200. The main reason for this great difference in price stem from 4 key main factors.  

1) Material
There are a few different plastics that can be used to make air beds:

  • The cheapest being Vinyl, which is what the under-$50 air beds use. This is the least durable and most easily to stretch material. These beds will appear deflated after every night of sleep, not because it's losing air, but because the material will actually stretch under your weight.
  • The better material is PVC, which is more durable and will stretch less than vinyl.
  • The best material is Lamininated Polyester on PVC, which is stretch and puncture resisitant. This is the most durable material you can buy on the market. SimplySleeper is one of the only few brands on the market that offers this material. This material is almost twice as expensive as PVC and takes as long as 30 days more to produce. However, this air bed will last 5 times longer than a vinyl air bed. 

2) Gauge of Material
Besides the material used, the gauge or thickness of the material is important. A gauge of under 0.4mm is more likely to tear under the weight of an average adult. A higher gauge for each of the three material will help make the bed last longer, but a higher gauge for Vinyl and PVC doesn't mean it's more durable than a lower gauge Laminiated Polyester on PVC. 

3) Built-in Pumps
Air beds that are inexpensve will likely come with an external pump or no pump at all. When an air bed comes wtih a built-in (or integrated) pump, it is easier to use as you won't have to attach anything to it. SimplySleeper air beds all come with pumps that requires only a turn to inflate or deflate. Also  the pumps are factory sealed tight together with the bed so leaks are less likely to occur. 

4) Coil Design
The construction or pattern of the coil on top of the bed also can increase the durablility and comfort of the air bed. Most inexpensive beds have sparse or standard coils that do not require much production time. The less coils the bed has the less structurural integrity it has. This means that if you sit on the side of the air bed you will likely slip off right off. Also the coil can provide more chambers inside the bed which provides more support for your body.

When shopping for an air bed, pay close attention to these specifications and not just price alone and you will find the best bed for your needs.


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Portable Speaker Buying Guide

Friday, February 21, 2014 9:50:00 PM America/Chicago

Why Buy a Portable Speaker?

You own an iPod, a mobile device equipped with audio, a laptop and a PSP. You can listen to music and other audio files on each and everyone of these things. Why would you possibly want to purchase a portable speaker? The fact is each of these pieces of equipment do broadcast audio, but they do not play it loud and clear without the use of headphones. In fact, most laptops, phones and handheld video games can only be heard if you are holding them closely. Also, most MP3 players can only be heard with the use of headphones. The restriction of audio does not allow you to hear the music loud or clear.

Portable speakers can fix this for you. Not only can you listen to you music without the use of headphones, but you can also broadcast it throughout the room. Others can listen to your music with you and the quality will be like nothing you've ever heard before.

If you look for a portable speaker that is compatible with all of your audio devices, your audio selections will be endless. There are many different portable speakers on the market, but to get the most for your money you should get one that has dual USB technology. This will give you the opportunity to use your portable speaker on both PCs and Macs.

One positive attribute to having a handheld speaker is listening to music with other people. If you have a portable speaker you can hook it up to your MP3 player or laptop and broadcast the music for the entire room to hear. This is a great idea for parties and casual get-togethers.

Handheld speakers are also good if you are a fitness fanatic that likes to work out with friends, having a compact speaker will allow you to listen to music together. There are some portable speakers on the market that are designed for the fitness gurus. They are small in size and weigh less than ½ pound. They also come with a fitness armband that will fit your MP3 player as well.

No matter what you use to listen to audio files, having a portable speaker will be beneficial. It will allow you to listen to your music louder, more clearly and without interference. It will also give you the ability to share your music with friends and most importantly, you won't have to use those dreaded headphones anymore.

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Why buy a paper shredder?

Friday, February 21, 2014 5:34:00 PM America/Chicago

Why buy a paper shredder?



According to the Federal Trade Association (FTA), an estimated 9 million Americans have their identities stolen every year. With the holidays around the corner, it's more important than ever to protect your personal and financial information. Identity thieves still rely on the most common and cheapest way to steal your information - digging through your trash and grabbing papers such as old credit card statements, expired credit cards, bills, check stubs, pay stubs, and even something as innocuous as a birthday card. Even with today's threat of fraud happening at an alarming rate, many people still throw away their old documents without thinking twice. 

Credit card offers increase dramatically around the holidays, as these institutions hope to gain more profit by tempting people with preapproved credit limits. Such applications are rampant at this time, and thieves know this. If your identity and information gets stolen, the thief can use it to make an exorbitant amount of orders online, and have them shipped to their address instead of theirs. 

Take the proper steps to protect yourself, your identity and your finances - not just around the holidays, but all year around. What is the easiest way to do so? Simply invest in a quality paper shredder. Not enough consumers do the proper research to find the best paper shredder for their needs. While it's common for businesses and corporations to use shredders, every home should have one. A small investment now will pay off in huge dividends when you realize you've cut the easiest rope thieves can climb to find out who you are. 

First, you'll need to determine what a thief would need to steal your identity. Here's a condensed list:

•    Your name
•    Mailing/billing address
•    Date of birth
•    Mother's maiden name
•    Social security number
•    Account numbers (bank, credit card, etc)
•    PIN numbers and passwords

As you may have guessed, your social security number is target number one - the skeleton key to your identity and who you are on paper. You'll want to make absolutely sure any document that reveals your social security number, even partly, is completely destroyed. 

How do you find the best shredder for the highest security possible?

Paper shredders come in three shred types - strip-cut, cross-cut and micro-cut. Strip-cut shredders do just that - they cut paper into strips, and are the most commonly found because of their economic value. However, leaving your documents in even sized strips are not enough. A patient thief will simply put the pieces together and use it to find your account numbers, or use the "junk mail" for yet another preapproved credit card offer to get one made and sent directly to their door. You'll want something much more intricate. Cross-cut shredders cut your documents into crisscross, diagonal pieces, and make it impossible to piece back together. Micro-cut shredders cut the pieces even smaller and are most often used for highly sensitive data in hospitals and government offices. A cross-cut or micro-cut shredder is the best choice for anyone to use at home. 

There are shredders that allow you to shred multiple papers at once, and even with blades that can safely cut credit cards and CDs. Investing in a shredder that does all three is ideal, since it'll effortlessly cover old statements, old, expired credit cards, or CDs that might have incriminating information. Very few, if any thieves will spend the time it'd take to put together several hundred pieces of a document when they could just move on to an easier target. Make life difficult for them, and ensure the padlock is on yours.

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Shopping for the Best Air Mattress

Friday, February 21, 2014 5:00:00 PM America/Chicago

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Shopping for the Best Air Mattress

For about 5 years in my life, I had to do a lot of moving and even a bit of travel. The longest I've stayed in one residence was for 1.5 years. I lived in small houses, homeowner's attics, apartments, and cramped studio rooms. While traveling, I chose the smallest room possible, most of them with uncomfortable (or questionable) beds. While space may have been tight, one thing I never suffered from was a good night's rest.

The stress of constantly moving, going to college, working, and the occasional travel can take a toll on someone's well-being. Thankfully, I don't look back at those days as being a horrible, stressful time, and I attribute most of that to having restful sleep every night, thanks to my handy air mattress.

My air mattress lasted me many years. I took it with me everywhere, and saved a ton of money by not having to rent trucks to move a huge traditional mattress, as well as being able to stay in smaller apartments due to not needing so much space.  Even if no one place was ever "home" for me, my air mattress helped bring that feeling of security and stability since that never changed, regardless of my surroundings.

Possessions, relationships and jobs came and went. However, my investment in a quality air mattress was easily the best decision I ever made. Even today, I keep an extra one on hand for those nights where we have overnight guests, or certain days where I need extra firmness my traditional bed can't cover.

The air mattress you choose today has to satisfy strict requirements. After all, this is your health and quality of sleep on the line! The ability to easily inflate and deflate to adjust to your desired firmness at any time is crucial. Without enough spine support, you can wake up with aches and pains, and it can negatively affect your sleep quality.

A convenient travel bag makes it simple to deflate, fold up and go in a matter of minutes. Time is of the essence for all of us, and shaving off minutes to pack up and go is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. A good travel bag is waterproof, sturdy, easy to carry and fits in any suitcase or duffel bag.

Depending on your usage and lifestyle, the initial investment in a quality air mattress will pay for itself in as little as a few weeks. It's great for singles, those living frugally, travelers constantly on the go, backpackers, and students. 

SimplySleeper air mattresses and air beds are the perfect companion for any of the above, and are great to have around the house for anyone else. Have lots of overnight guests? Move a few furniture and inflate a comfortable SimplySleeper  for a sound night's rest. Staying at a motel overnight for a business trip, but prefer not to sleep in a previously occupied bed? Use a lightweight SimplySleeper air mattress, adjusted just for your desired firmness and comfort.

SimplySleeper air mattresses are simply the best in the industry. With such benefits as the below, you'll wonder why you ever went without:

  • Easily adjust firmness to your liking by inflating and deflating automatically
  • Flexible, multipurpose use
  • Economical - a quality air mattress pays for itself quickly, making the initial investment well worth it
  • Very lightweight and easy to carry for travel and moving
  • Easy to store and even easier to set-up - literally a plug and go device

Available in a wide variety of sizes and all constructed with heavy-duty polyester Durmothane technology for the ultimate in breathable fabric and comfort that adjusts to your body temperature.

You can turn any room into a  cozy chamber of slumber quickly and economically with a quality SimplySleeper air mattress. They will meet and exceed your expectations for the quality of sleep you deserve, even from a convenient air mattress.

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Profect against identity theft with a paper shredder while doing your 2013 taxes

Friday, February 21, 2014 3:46:00 PM America/Chicago

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Profect against identity theft with a paper shredder while doing your 2012 taxes

It’s almost time to file your taxes! In the United States, tax return season runs from January 1 – April 15 in 2013. Be prepared and protect your identity during this crucial time by shredding sensitive documents while filing your tax returns. Even if you believe your past paperwork is too old, outdated or insignificant, any personal information that ties back to your identity can be used by thieves. W2 forms, specific tax related forms such as 1040 or 1040A, and any other receipts, statements, and invoices have your personal information and should be eliminated after filing.

Your name, address, social security number and income numbers are plainly displayed and should only be viewed by authorized personnel, such as the IRS. Identity thieves know that this is a prime time to collect your information and up their efforts to rummage trash for old forms, receipts and invoices. This is the best time to shred all of your financial or personal information and prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.

You were probably saving your pay stubs, receipts and statements all year in preparation for your taxes. While you’re collecting the previous year’s paperwork, why not use the time to shred older papers and documents you may have stored away? You will likely bring up your storage of old documents, statements, invoices and forms from past filing seasons.

There are many benefits to shredding your old documents while doing your taxes:

  • •  Save time as you sift through outdated documents and keep your important files up-to-date
  • •  Free up current space and save storage space
  • •  Easier organization and even easier to find what you need
  • •  Unclutter cabinets for a head start on your spring cleaning 

The IRS suggests keeping documents that support your tax returns for at least three years in the event of an unexpected audit. However, if you’re absolutely sure the threat of an audit has passed, or you’re confident that you’ve done your taxes accurately and reported all income, keep a copy of that year’s tax return and shred everything you used to reference the return.

ATM receipts, credit card statements, business invoices, write-offs, paycheck stubs, bank statements, investment records, insurance policies and big purchase warranties can all be safely shredded after you no longer need the information for that year’s filing.

These days, you do not need paper versions of your receipts and forms. The IRS accepts electronic versions, so scan what you need and keep them safe in a USB flash drive or another secure virtual storage box. Banks offer online statements, and you can download applications directly from the IRS’ website if necessary.

In the event your house is destroyed, having digital backups become invaluable, and when kept off-site (such as with a trusted party out of state or in a safety deposit box) you have little fear of your information being intercepted or simply picked apart with a paper trail.

Documents that do require a paper version include birth, death and marriage certificates, documents related to home ownership, wills, powers of attorney, business agreements, and divorce or child care orders, to name a few. Do not make additional paper copies – however, if you do, make sure the copies are shredded as soon as you don’t need them. Tax season is a good time to look over what can be safely disposed.

Ensure your personal and financial information’s security and use a high quality micro-cut or cross-cut shredder right after filing your taxes. Micro-cut and cross-cut shredders cut paper into multiple pieces, rendering it impossible for a thief to re-assemble. Keep one at home and well-maintained for years of security and protection from identity theft. Unclutter your space, save time and gain peace of mind this tax season with a smart investment on a quality paper shredder.


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Understanding Security Levels of Paper Shredders

Friday, February 21, 2014 12:07:00 PM America/Chicago

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Paper shredders offer a specific level of security.  There are six different levels that provide a specific amount of security.  Some levels offer a lot of security, while others offer only the minimal security.  Making sure you have the level that best suits your needs is important for protecting yourself and your business.

Strip-cut shredders are the least secure and range from level 1 to level 3.  The level 1 strip-cut shredders will make strips of paper that are 12 mm by 40 mm.  This is ideal for people that do not have a lot of confidential documents and do not need a lot of protection.  The level 2 strips are 6 mm by 40 mm and the level 3 are 2 mm by 40 mm.  Although they are more secure then level 1, they are still not ideal for deeply sensitive material.

Cross-cut shredders are a great alternative for extra security protection.  They all come in security level four.  The shredder cuts the paper into shreds of paper that are 2 mm by 15 mm.  It is ideal for confidential documents and sensitive material.  Bills, employment documents, medical information and private correspondences should be shredded with a minimum of a level 4 security level shredder.

Finally, micro-cut shredders provide the best security and protection.  They come in two different security levels, 5 and 6.  The level 5 shredders cut shreds that are .8 mm by 12 mm and the level 6 are .8 mm by 4 mm.  This type of shredder is ideal for banking documents and other documents that contain private information such as social security numbers, banking information and license information.

Using the correct paper shredder for you needs will not only guarantee your protection, but will also give you the piece of mind that your information is not going to end up in the wrong hands.

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Shopping for a New Portable Speaker?

Friday, February 21, 2014 11:44:00 AM America/Chicago

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When you're out shopping for portable audio speakers, it's hard to know which one has the best quality AND won't put a hole in your wallet. There are so many brands, models, and features that could easily overwhelm anyone shopping for new speakers. However, once you try out the SimplyVibe V5-BT1, you’ll never have trouble shopping for speakers again. 

The SimplyVibe V5-BT1 portable speakers are the newest model that have been introduced on SimplyGlobo's website. One of the best features of this product is that it is Bluetooth which means it can hook up to your laptops, smartphones or tablets without dealing with any cords or plugging anything in. It's very simple to pair your device with the speakers and the instructions are user friendly and straightforward. Once your device is paired up, all you have to do is choose a song and hit play! You can control the volume as well as switch songs from either your own device or the speakers which I find very convenient. These amazing speakers can play up to 18 hours on medium volume without needing a charge, so you don’t have to worry about charging it all of the time. The speakers aren’t the only thing that can be charged; in case your phone battery is about to die, you can use the included USB and charge your phone using the speakers. That’s a very special feature that you won’t find on a lot of portable speakers. Also, if you’re using your smartphone to listen to music and you get a call at the same time, you can answer the call using the product as a speakerphone! It takes one press of the button and you can talk to someone straight from the speaker and then go right back to listening to your music. After learning about all of the unique features of the SimplyVibe V5-BT1, I hope this helps make your shopping experience a lot less stressful! Happy shopping!

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Camping Season is Here!

Friday, February 21, 2014 10:54:00 AM America/Chicago

Summer is a time for warm weather, barbecues, bonfires, and most of all... camping! Who doesn't love a good weekend of camping with a group of friends, sipping cold drinks, and roasting marshmallows? I sure do! However, one thing that may turn people off from camping is the idea of sleeping in a tent on the cold, hard ground, but don’t worry, I have a simple solution to that problem... get one of the SimplySleeper air mattresses and get ready for one of the most comfortable night's rest you’ll experience in the outdoors. I can honestly say from experience that these mattresses are worth taking on your next camping trip! Below are just a few of the many air mattresses that can be used for camping:


This bed has so many great features that come with it, and it is such a convenient product to bring camping. It is a twin size bed with a built-in foot pump, which means no need to hook it up to an outlet; you can pump up the mattress in just two minutes without any hassle. The SS-25T is extremely light weight, weighing in at only 6 pounds, and it comes with a carrying case so you can easily bring it with during your travels. The quality of the material is very durable so you don't have to worry about rips and tears. Take a look at this awesome model under SimplySleeper: http://www.simplyglobo.com/ss-25t.html


Another unique model that's worth checking out is the SS-SNG54Q, and it's a very useful item to bring along on your next camping trip. This is a queen size air mattress which means more room for sleeping (great when camping with your significant other). This particular model has a rechargeable battery pump that automatically inflates and deflates the bed in only 60 seconds! All you would have to do is put the deflated mattress inside your tent and the pump will do the work. Once again, these air mattresses are made to be durable and puncture resistant, so it can handle the grueling environment of the outdoors. Check out this air bed, and I promise you won't regret it! Here’s the link to the SS-SNG54Q: http://www.simplyglobo.com/simplysleeper-ss-sng54q-queen-airbed-w-rechargeable-pump.html

So, if you're thinking of going camping sometime soon, think about purchasing one of the SimplySleeper air mattresses so you don't have to worry about sleeping on the hard ground ever again!

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An Exclusive Ranking Among the Best

Thursday, February 20, 2014 3:50:00 PM America/Chicago

SimplyGlobo is extremely proud to announce that Inc. magazine ranked us 164th on their 32nd annual list of fastest-growing private companies in the nation out of a whopping 500! In order for a company to be included on the list, they were required to achieve a minimum sales growth increase of 770% in the past three years, which a huge accomplishment for any company.

It is such an honor that our company has been ranked on Inc. 500's exclusive list, a list that has provided early exposure to many well-known companies such as Microsoft, Zappos, Intuit, Jamba Juice, Zipcar, Clif Bar, Vizio, Oracle and many others. SimplyGlobo started out small, but thanks to our team and loyal customers, we were able to experience this rare and amazing opportunity. Thank you to our wonderful customers for your continuous support in helping us to get to where we are today!

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