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The Industry “Disruptors"—How Do They Affect You?
November 12, 2015 at 6:53 pm

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect of on all the things we are thankful for. I'm thankful for my family, my health, my business and the opportunity to have a positive impact on the community around me. Recently, I was blessed to be able to attend the ASI Power Summit, which is a gathering of…

Can I Run a Report on Amount of Sales from Customer Groups in QuickBooks?
November 13, 2015 at 7:10 pm

Question: Is there some way in QuickBooks to run a report showing the amount of sales from a particular group of customers? Answer: Yes. QuickBooks allows you to define "Types of Customers." When you open a customer in the Customer Center, click on "Additional Info" on the left side of the screen. There you can…

When I Say 'Swag,' People Smile
November 17, 2015 at 6:55 pm

I just attended a conference (outside the promotional products industry) where I had the chance to speak to business leaders from information technology, sales and marketing. In several roundtables, and of course over cocktails, people would ask what my company does. With some I said, “We sell promotional products, items with logos, such as the…

Scary Stuff: Innovate or Die
November 20, 2015 at 6:36 pm

What are you going to do in 2016 that is going to make you even more relevant in 2017? What are you going to do to create the customer experience needed to ensure that you can compete and flourish long term? Are you going to curse the online challengers who are driving you crazy? Or,…

Collecting Sales Tax on Additional Charges
December 11, 2015 at 6:24 pm

Question: How can I find out if I have to collect sales taxes on additional charges, such as screen charges and freight? Answer: Contact your CPA or the department of revenue for your state, because sales tax varies by state—and sometimes by county. It is most likely that these extra charges are subject to sales…

Retailers Pay Penalties for Labeling Rayon Textiles as Bamboo
December 10, 2015 at 7:48 pm

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed court orders barring four national retailers— Nordstrom, Bed Bath & Beyond, and J.C. Penney—from mislabeling and advertising rayon textiles as "made of bamboo," and required the companies to pay civil penalties totaling $1.3 million. According to a press release from the FTC, Bed Bath & Beyond will pay…

Concubines, Coffee and Change
December 10, 2015 at 7:27 pm

"Sixty queens there may be, and eighty concubines, and virgins beyond number; but my dove, my perfect one, is unique..." (Song of Solomon 6:8-9). This Old Testament verse, interestingly written by one of my very distant relatives (Solomon), beautifully makes a point that modern day language can’t quite convey. Every business must have a unique…

ePromos Promotional Products Inc. Announces New Office
December 10, 2015 at 6:09 pm

ePromos Promotional Products Inc., St. Cloud, Minn., announced its relocation to a new downtown office space to accommodate current and future growth. The company's new office will be centrally located in St. Cloud's business district in the Davidson Opera House, located on the 100 block of Fifth Avenue. "We are thrilled to be moving back…

Gemline Appoints Director of Account Management
December 10, 2015 at 4:34 pm

Gemline, Lawrence, Mass., has appointed Ross Dohrmann as director of account management. He will be focused on program channels, direct-mail channels, wholesale channels and new business opportunities. Dohrmann brings strategic sales and management experience to this new role. For more information on Gemline, visit

Chocolate Inn/Taylor & Grant Earns Silver Supplier Status from Facilis
December 10, 2015 at 4:23 pm

Chocolate Inn/Taylor & Grant, Freeport, N.Y., has earned silver supplier status from St. Louis-based distributor Facilis Group for 2016 in the U.S. and Canada. “Facilis has yet again recognized us as one of the most trusted suppliers in the food gift industry," said David Miller, president of Chocolate Inn/Taylor & Grant. "We will continue to provide…