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White House Narrowly Avoids Custom Pen Crisis
February 22, 2017 at 12:25 pm

The first four weeks of Donald Trump's presidency have been busy, to say the least, but things almost reached a tipping point last week. No, we're not talking about Trump's impromptu press conference—we're talking about a presidential pen shortage. The Associated Press reported that Trump's transition team ordered 150 gold-plated pens before Inauguration Day, but gave away so many that the White House was nearly out...

Chicago Cubs Keep Celebration Going This Season With Giveaways
February 22, 2017 at 2:46 pm

Cubs fans, keep on celebrating. You've all earned it. This was surely a World Series to remember for Cubs faithful and others. (Sorry, Cleveland.) So, to keep the party going, the Cubs have some fun World Series-themed giveaways planned for the 2017 season, according to DNAInfo. While most of us will never understand what it…

Samsung's Problems Undoubtedly Hurt Its Reputation
February 22, 2017 at 2:32 pm

Following Samsung's ongoing battery woes (recalls, product bans and factory fires) and reports of its chief being involved in less-than-savory behavior, the company's reputation has plummeted, at least according to a Harris Poll. According to UPI, Samsung fell from third place last year to 49th in terms of reputation among U.S. consumers. The results are…

Reach 17 Million People With These Six Products Without Breaking a Sweat
February 20, 2017 at 11:52 am

Across the country, more than 17 million people finish over 50,000 races every year. Whether it’s the Don’t Worry, Be Hoppy Run/Walk 5K in Waconia, Minn.; the Shudder Mudder in Corry, Pa.; or the New York City Marathon, people will come together en masse to either challenge themselves in the support of a cause or…

BIC Graphic Receives Two PPPC Awards
February 22, 2017 at 2:05 pm

BIC Graphic, Clearwater, Fla., announced that it received two awards at the Promotional Products Professionals Canada (PPPC) National Convention on Feb. 12, 2017. The "Canada! 150 Years Calendar" was awarded a Silver in the Most Creative New Promotional Product category. Mark Wingrove, national sales and marketing manager for BIC Graphic in Canada, was on hand…

Federal Judge Declares Snuggies Are Not Apparel
February 21, 2017 at 2:34 pm

After years of tireless debate and losing our voices (and our friends) in screaming matches, we can finally put one of life's greatest mysteries to rest: A Snuggie is a blanket, not apparel. According to Quartz, the U.S. Court of International Trade ruled on Feb. 10 that Snuggies, the "blanket with sleeves," should be classified…

MTA, Supreme Co-Branded MetroCards Sell Big on eBay
February 21, 2017 at 2:48 pm

The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), which handles New York City and the surrounding area, issued special MetroCards co-branded with Supreme, a popular street wear company. New Yorkers could buy the cards for face value, making them no more valuable than the classic yellow ones, but the highly sought-after Supreme logo has boosted the special cards'…

Water Bottle Uses Scents to Encourage Hydration
February 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm

With all of the technological innovations related to water bottles and drinkware, companies have created a lot of ways for their drinwkare products to promote hydration. Some connect to apps to alert users when…

Hanes Introduces FreshIQ Technology for Wholesale Industry
February 21, 2017 at 12:55 pm

Hanesbrands Inc., Winston-Salem, N.C., announced the launch of its new Hanes X-Temp Triblend with FreshIQ in the decorated apparel industry, which merges the best of lifestyle apparel and activewear without compromising on either. This new fashion tee brings the heathered look of a triblend combined with the cooling, wicking X-Temp technology and the advanced odor…

Another Study Shows BPA Possibly Causes Birth Defects
February 20, 2017 at 2:12 pm

There's a lot of discussion about bisphenol A, aka BPA, and whether or not it's safe to use in drinkware and food products. According to the FDA, the chemical is "safe at the current levels occurring in food," but a lot of manufacturers still try to go without it whenever possible, and BPA-free items, like…