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Fighting the Flu: It Starts Here

Posted on Monday Oct 29, 2018 at 11:08AM in Cold & Flu


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It Starts Here: Preparing for the Flu


The best part about the upcoming winter season is spending precious time with loved ones around the holidays. The worst part? The Flu. According to reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a record number 80,000 people died last year from the flu. That’s more than the number killed in traffic collisions, from gun violence, or from opioid overdoses.



Hill & Markes is hyper-focused on the fighting the flu this year. It is our job to make sure our customers have the right tools and product to keep their facilities safe and healthy. But first, it starts here: at our facility, with our employees. We implemented a cold and flu prevention strategy at our headquarters by using products we believe in and educating our staff on proper cleaning procedures.


Flu Shot Available


The CDC recommends getting the flu shot every year. While getting the flu shot is entirely your choice, we wanted to make sure our employees had a convenient way to make that decision. A representative was available at our office on a day when our entire staff was here. She was free to administer the vaccine to anyone who wanted to take this necessary precaution. We offered the flu shot at the beginning of October because it is recommended to take the flu shot by the end of October, the latest.


The flu shot’s effectiveness varies each year depending on the strain, but flu vaccines carry very little risk and decreases chances of hospitalization or serious illness. Taking this yearly vaccine will reduce flu-related illnesses.


Clorox T360 is Revolutionary


The Clorox T360 is an incredibly effective tool that helps fight the flu. The T360 uses the proven power of electrostatic technology to kill cold and flu viruses in hard to reach surfaces in your facility. Did you know that viruses can live on hard surfaces for up to 7 days? The T360 kills cold and flu viruses in two minutes or less. With minimal training required the benefits are undeniable. (Don't worry, we can help with the training!) This one-step disinfecting machine is revolutionary!


Hill & Markes led the COUNTRY with sales in the Clorox T360 in 2018. We are on our way to completing that goal again this year.


Because we believe so much in the effectiveness of this product and we’ve experienced tremendous success with the T360 at our customer’s facilities, we applied it to our building. Check out the video of us applying the T360 below.




Creating a Clean Environment


Hill & Markes makes sure to provide a sanitary environment for our employees all year round! We practice necessary cleaning measures to prevent germs from finding homes on our counter tops, coffee machines, phones, floors, and doorknobs. We clean our surfaces with disinfectants and sanitizers that kill germs and bacteria.And, there are sanitary stations available at high-touch points in our office: time clock, restrooms, entryway, and the bistro area. We also educate our employees on proper handwashing techniques and provide wellness information through our newsletter.



How we can help you: we stock a vast supply of cleaning solutions to sanitize, polish and shine every surface in your workplace. But that’s not all, from carpet to tile, hardwood to laminate, we have all the right brooms, mops, polishers, and vacuums to maintain and protect every floor in your building.


Purell Dispenser

Purell Dispenser Bathroom

Purell Dispenser Wipes

Purell Dispenser Doorway


Fight the Flu


We are committed to providing our customers with a safe and healthy environment. But, it starts with our Hill & Markes family- at our home. We believe in our products so much that we use them at our own office.


Not only did we implement a flu strategy for our employees, but we will be sharing flu prevention information and incentives with you for the duration of flu season! We will be actively fighting the flu by partnering with leading manufacturers to offer end user rebates, promotions, AND presenting exciting social giveaways all in an effort to make sure YOU are able to spend precious time with loves ones this holiday season.


Let’s take down the flu together.



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Katie Bruno - Hill & Markes Marketing Assistant and Social Media Specialist




Katie Bruno is originally from Peru, but recently moved to Amsterdam, NY after graduating college with a Communication degree from UAlbany. Oh, not that Peru, a small town in upstate NY. Fueled by coffee, she passionately blogs about all things wholesale and uses her addiction to social media for the greater good of the company.




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