Creative Promotional Products Joins Facilisgroup
March 22, 2017 at 1:53 pm

Facilisgroup announced that Creative Promotional Products, Skokie, Ill., has joined its fast-growing community of promotional products distributor partners. The family-owned Creative Promotional Products also has an office in Hong Kong, from which they coordinate and develop high-quality custom products. “We had been looking at various platforms that would help us improve order tracking, streamline workflow and…

How Would Your Customers Feel About a 20 Percent Price Increase?
March 21, 2017 at 2:21 pm

If you had to increase your prices 20 percent tomorrow, how would your customers react? After you absorbed unflattering comments and disappointment, your customers would buy fewer products, if they bought any at all. Beyond our industry, consider what we buy every day: clothing, footwear, housewares, electronics and so on. How would you feel the…

Souders Brand Marketing Acquires Visions by Phoenix
March 20, 2017 at 2:15 pm

The Distributor Exchange announced today that Trish Barone of Latham, New York-based distributor Souders Brand Marketing has acquired Ocean Township, New Jersey-based distributor Visions by Phoenix. Barone and Souders Brand Marketing, an independent distributor affiliate of iPROMOTEu, has been in business since 1997. “Lorene and Danielle Manning, owners of Visions by Phoenix, really matched my…

Are You at the Edge of Your Comfort Zone or in the Danger Zone?
March 20, 2017 at 2:06 pm

Let’s take a quick look at the three zones in which most people operate: comfort, growth and danger: Now, let’s take a look at how these zones apply to your sales efforts. In sales, the accounts that we are most knowledgeable about are in our comfort zone. We are comfortable with their size, and with…

Quinn Flags Announces Extended Customer Service Hours
March 17, 2017 at 2:16 pm

In an effort to better serve customers, Quinn Flags, Hanover, Pa., has extended its customer service department hours by an hour each day, Monday through Thursday. Representatives will be taking phone calls and personally assisting distributors 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. EDT at (800) 353-2468. For more information on Quinn Flags, visit

Promotional Product Companies Announce Closures Due to Snow
March 14, 2017 at 11:05 am

Due to snow and ice in the Northeast today, some promotional products companies have announced closures or affected hours. Admatch-Regal, New Rochelle, N.Y., announced that its offices will be closed today, March 14, and all emails will be answered upon reopening. Chocolate Inn / Taylor & Grant, Hicksville, N.Y., announced that its headquarters is closed,…

Small Business Leaders Optimistic About Future Under Trump
March 13, 2017 at 2:32 pm

Donald Trump made it very clear in his campaign speeches—namely those in Rust Belt states—that he is a friend to the manufacturing industry, and he wants to keep jobs in America and bring back the ones that left. And, a lot of small-business communities in the Midwest…

CafePress Reports Fourth Quarter Financial Results, Decrease in Gross Profit
March 10, 2017 at 2:43 pm

CafePress released its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended Dec. 31, 2016, boasting a rise in stocks, but a decrease in gross profit year-over-year. According to Yahoo Finance, CafePress reported net revenues up 7.5 percent over the fourth quarter of 2015, but a gross profit margin down 3 percent over the same…

The Oscar Error: A Lesson for All of Us
March 6, 2017 at 2:39 pm

Whether you watched the Oscars or not, by now everyone has heard about the big mistake. The last and most important Oscar for best picture was awarded in error to the wrong film. By the time the error was caught and corrected, two producers of the non-winning film had already given their acceptance speeches, and…

We Hope Your Password Is Not One of These 25
March 6, 2017 at 2:04 pm

We all try our best to keep our online accounts safe. By creating passwords that (we think) are secure and original, we believe our credit lines, bank accounts and more are safe from illicit activity. What's more, if your company gets hacked, you put your customers in danger, too. Are your…