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If you haven't visited the Lifetime Store Online recently, you've missed out on a brand new, streamlined checkout process! We compiled all the feedback we'd been getting over the years when the Lifetime Store Online fills your "direct from the manufacturer" orders, and applied as many changes as we could to eliminate whatever steps we could and simplify the remaining ones. This new checkout could cut your checkout time in half! So, head over to the Lifetime Store Online at BuyLifetime.com and buy that Lifetime product you've been eyeing! More

What is Pinterest? According to their website, Pinterest is a "virtual pinboard" where you can pin your interests. "Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes..." Some time ago we started to see Lifetime products showing up on people's pinboards. How cool is that? Based on how fast Pinterest is growing, and all the cool things people are doing with our products, we thought we'd make it easier for you to "Pin" our stuff on your pinboards! Head on over to our Lifetime Store online, find your favorite product, then click the Pin It button to add it to your pinboard!  Happy pinning! More

Back when I was a kid, my Dad asked me to look at some computer specs and "pick the one we wanted". He was a very frugal man and told me to make sure it would "last me though college". That was probably a bit naive, but neither of us knew any better. Today I have a "computer" with a much faster processor, more RAM, more storage space, and a significantly faster Internet connection -- it fits in my pocket and I call it a "smartphone". It really is amazing, the technology that we take for granted. Here at Lifetime Products, we've always used technology to solve problems -- not just because it's "cool" -- though a lot of it is really, really cool! Such is the case with smartphones and tablets! If you have an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Windows Phone 7 we have an app for you! Our apps put our information about all our pro... More

  Search engines not only display content, they spider web pages, gathering information from your pages, then re-work all that information into a listing that searchers see when they're looking for stuff -- and the cycle is complete. When a person goes to a search engine they have a good idea of what they’re looking for (otherwise they'll be on StumbleUpon, right?). With millions of search results being found and displayed, sometimes it's hard for people to find what they're looking for among all those results. To help combat that, Google is trying to show searchers more information about their search results. Information about information? That sounds a lot like meta-data! Yes, yes it does! Here at Lifetime, we're starting to roll out web pages that will take advantage of Google's "Rich Snippits" to get mor... More

Contrary to popular opinion, Lifetime doesn't have a magic machine that takes raw-materials in one side, and spits out award winning products on the other side. Instead, we have a talented team of people working in various locations across not only the United States of America, but across the globe, as well. Most of you probably know that Lifetime is the industry leader in residential basketball hoops and polyethylene folding tables and chairs. But, they are also a recognized industry leader in our corporate IT capabilities. In fact, because of our cutting-edge standardization practices, HP recently showcased Lifetime in an international case study to help teach other companies about the benefits of standardization and centralization. Pretty cool. Traditionally, multinational companies have large and unnecessarily redu... More

We are excited to announce that the official Lifetime Products app for Windows Phone is now available from the Marketplace, and it's free for anyone who'd like it! What's more, it's designed to stay up-to-date with our product lines, so as long as you have a data connection, you'll never be taken by surprise. Why should you get the Lifetime Windows Phone app? At Lifetime Products, we're constantly trying to stay ahead of the curve. In today's environment, that means being able to answer your questions about our products no matter where you are -- even on your smartphone. With our new Windows Phone app, you can browse through all of our products and specific models. You can quickly see their specs and photos. You can easily compare models, email product information and pictures, and even buy the product right from... More

Bar codes help make life easier from manufacturing all the way through the supply chain, and up to the check-out register. While you're shopping for products, you can look for better deals and more information by scanning traditional UPCs with your phone, an app, and an internet connection. Pretty cool, right? Something new that you may have seen cropping up on billboards, articles, advertisements, and even product displays and packaging is a new kind of bar code, a 2D barcode.  These new 2D barcodes are also called a QR code which is short for quick response. UPCs are a 1D (one-dimensional) type of bar code. Traditionally, a laser is used to illuminate a thin stripe across the barcode. A 2D barcode contains multiple lines of information and require multiple lasers to read. Since not many of us carry lasers around in o... More

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you may have noticed that we’ve added some new Facebook share and Twitter tweet buttons to each blog post.  You'll see them at the top of the post by the headline (like in this photo) if you are reading the full version of the post, and you'll see them on the bottom of the post if you are reading and scrolling through the post on the www.lifetime365.com homepage.  These buttons are a quick and easy way for you to share our blog posts with your friends without ever having to leave the blog and without having to manually copy and paste a link to post.  Simply click the button you want to use and it automatically opens up your Twitter or Facebook account and posts the link and blog title in the status box for you.  (If you are... More

Drum roll please... We are excited to announce that the official Lifetime Products iPhone app is now available from the App Store, and it's free for anyone who'd like it! What's more, it's designed to stay up-to-date with our product lines, so as long as you have a data connection, you'll never be taken by surprise. Why should you get the Lifetime iPhone app? At Lifetime Products we're constantly trying to stay ahead of the curve. In today's environment that means being able to answer your questions about our products no matter where you are -- even on your phone.  With our new iPhone app, you can browse through all of our products and specific models.  You can quickly see their specs and photos.  You can easily compare models, email product information and pictures, and even buy the product right f... More

At Lifetime, we're always looking for ways to improve our website to make it easier for you to use.  Most recently, we overhauled how customers access our assembly instructions in the Customer Care section of Lifetime.com.  Why is this a big deal?  Well, Lifetime makes a lot of products, and we're continually finding ways to improve upon them to make them easier to assemble, less expensive, and for various other reasons. When these improvements are made, we have to publish a new version of the assembly instructions for that product. On the surface, that's not a big deal because the instructions get printed and packaged inside the box with the rest of the parts. But what happens when a customer loses the instructions? In the past, we've only shown one version of the assembly instructions on our website -- which... More

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On the Drive Home
After writing my last post about my first encounter with a Lifetime Basketball System, I started thinking about how many other people probably had a similar experience as mine. In fact, on my drive home from work last week, I decided to count how many basketball systems there were, and how many of them were from Lifetime. In my short 10 miles from work to home, I counted 60 basketball hoops along my path, and out of those, close to 80% of them were made by Lifetime! So Im guessing that many have had an experience similar to mine. If you do, Id love to hear about it! In fact, while looking for the Jordan vs. Bird commercial a couple of weeks ago, I ran across video of some guys creating some pretty cool memories of their own on a Lifetime System. Check them out here: Backyard Basketball
Building Our Lifetime Shed – Step 2
Since its been over a week since I last blogged, youre probably hoping that building our shed really didnt really take this long! Dont worry, it didnt. I just havent had a chance to sit down and write about it amidst all of our Thanksgiving festivities, preparations for family visiting, and Christmas decorating. As youll recall, after almost a full days work, we finally had our ground leveled and our wood platform built for our shed. We strategically planned to build our 8x5 Lifetime shed on Veterans Day since Mike would have the day off, but the kids would both be in preschool. We were under a ticking time clock five hours of uninterrupted, kid-free work time. Hopefully, we could build the shed before it rained or before we had to leave pick up the kids! We started at 9:30am. The first few steps required simply snapping to...
Life Is Short...So Are Adjustable Height Tables!
In my Spring Break post, I mentioned how my parents crammed their van full and drove from Ohio to Texas to stay in a condo on the beach in Port Aransas for the month of March. Let me tell you, they packed practically everything but the kitchen sink. Literally. Clothes, tool boxes, fishing poles, a laptop, a printer, bicycles, a sewing machine... and even a Lifetime table! Seriously! My mom packed her 4' fold-in-half adjustable height table so she could use it as her sewing table. (Thank goodness its compact for easy transportation because they needed every inch of cargo space they could get.) Mom set the table up right in front of the windows so she could enjoy the ocean view while she sewed. She loves to make quilts as a hobby, but I also took advantage of her skills and had her take tucks in some of my skinny-mini son's sh...