Brendan Menapace

Brendan Menapace

Brendan Menapace is an assistant content editor for Promo Marketing. While writing and editing stories come naturally to him, writing his own bio does not.

Sri Lanka Wants to Import Workers to Boost Struggling Apparel Industry

Workers in Sri Lanka's apparel industry are seeking government concessions to allow them to import labor from surrounding economies, like Nepal and Bangladesh, to help support the country's shortage of skilled workers. Harsha de Silva, Sri Lanka's deputy minister for national policies and economic affairs said that thousands of jobs are open in Sri Lanka's…

College Athlete Might Lose Eligibility Over Water Bottle Company

Ryan Trahan, a freshman cross country runner at Texas A&M, says his life pretty much revolves around two things these days: running and his line of water bottles that he and a friend developed in high school. Because of his involvement with the latter, the budding entrepreneur is in some trouble with the NCAA. The…

Harry Styles, LiveNation Aren't Messing Around With Counterfeiters

For those of us who like to rock from time to time (and you know we do), you know the outside of concert venues and arenas are full of people slinging less-than-legal merchandise like T-shirts, drinkware and posters. Some musical acts, like AC/DC, have taken some big steps to stop this. After all, they want…

Stran Promotional Solutions Acquires Lindon Associates

Stran Promotional Solutions, Quincy, Mass., has acquired Holliston, Massachusetts-based Lindon Associates, making it Stran Promotional Solutions' first major acquisition. The financial details of the purchase haven't been disclosed. Lee Cohen, president of Lindon Associates, will continue at Stran in a business and development role. "Lee has built Lindon Associates over the last 22 years by…

Michigan School Bans (Then Unbans) U.S. Flag Apparel

A school in Michigan banned and then unbanned (and apologized for banning) American flag apparel in school. This week, parents of students at Roseville High School outside of Detroit received an email detailing the school's dress code, which included "U.S. Flag" on the list of prohibited…

Baltimore Ravens Call Off DNA Test Promotion for Now

Remember the Baltimore Ravens' DNA test giveaway? Hopefully none of our Baltimore-area readers were planning on going and receiving one, because the team put the promotion on hold for the time being after receiving criticism from local medical professionals. The decision to hold off on the giveaway, which…

Foo Fighters Turn London Pub Into Merch Store Because They Can

Dave Grohl, frontman of the Foo Fighters and formerly the drummer of Nirvana, puts on the appearance of being one of the world's few remaining "rock stars" in the sense that he does, in fact, play rock music and just about everything he does is larger than life. When he broke his leg on stage,…

New iPhones Charge Super-Fast (But Only With USB-C Adapter)

The hype around Apple's new smartphone offerings is still palpable, with fans celebrating the new screen innovations, processing power and the ability for wireless charging. One thing Apple has been touting about its new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X is the ability to charge really, really fast. But, like most things in this world…

Nike's New Interactive NBA Jerseys Are Genius On Multiple Levels

Interactive, technology-influenced athleisure has been making waves in the apparel world for the last few years, as athletic-minded people want something that they can wear comfortably while they exercise or compete, but also something that helps them track their progress and health. With the NBA's switch to Nike uniforms, the league is trying out a…

L.L. Bean Recalls Children's Jackets

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that L.L. Bean is recalling its toddler sweater fleece pullovers. The snaps on the item can detach, posing a choking hazard for children. The sweater was sold at L.L. Bean stores and online in sizes 2T, 3T and 4T, and feature four…

Staples Finalizes Sale to Sycamore Partners

Sycamore Partners announced this week that it has completed the acquisition of Framingham, Massachusetts-based Staples. "We are pleased to have completed this transaction, and look forward to partnering with CEO Shira Goodman and the Staples management team as we seek to increase long-term profitability," Stefan Kaluzny, managing director of Sycamore Partners, told Street Insider. "With…

BIC Graphic Appoints Emmanuel Bruno as President

BIC Graphic, Clearwater, Fla., announced the appointment of Emmanuel Bruno as president, following the company's sale to H.I.G. Capital earlier this year. Bruno previously served as vice president and general manager of BIC Graphic North America, and has been with the company for eight years before that, holding multiple executive roles within the company. "On…

Coke Exchanges Drinks for Hugs With Promotional Machines

In 1930, psychologist Dr. Harry Harlow theorized that infant monkeys, specifically rhesus macaques, needed their mothers for much more than just sustenance. He hypothesized that the physical connection and comfort provided…

Lush Unveils Fidget Spinner-Shaped Soap Bar

Just like in nature, fads experience a natural evolution. Items pick up successful traits of other items, and future creations include the best of what's around. Right now, it doesn't get any hotter than fidget spinners, or at least things that look like them. Lush, a company that specializes in personal care products like soap…