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Intuit Merchant Services Versus Bill&Pay
November 18, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Question: I want to be able to invoice and receive payments electronically from clients and have them entered automatically in QuickBooks. What are my options? Answer: Currently, the best two options you have are Intuit Merchant Services and a service that integrates with QuickBooks called "Bill&Pay." Intuit Merchant Services, being a QuickBooks service, is the…

Patagonia to Donate 100 Percent of Black Friday Sales
November 23, 2016 at 10:39 am

Patagonia typically brings in millions of dollars in sales on Black Friday. But this year, the outdoor retailer is giving away everything it makes that day. The Ventura, California-based company announced it will donate 100 percent of its Black Friday sales—estimated to be well over $2 million—to grassroots environmental groups. The organizations fight to protect vital…

Donald Trump Used Machine to Autograph Merchandise
November 23, 2016 at 10:24 am

If your early holiday present to yourself was a genuine, autographed Donald Trump hat, you might want to give it another look. According to ABC News, the president-elect didn't sign his own autographed items; a computer did. Trump's campaign utilized the autographed merchandise to raise money…

The Wrap: Forever 21 and Macy's Guilty of Using Sweatshops and More
November 23, 2016 at 9:53 am

Here’s what’s happening this week in the apparel world … The U.S. Department of Labor has accused T.J. Maxx, Ross, Macy's and Forever 21 of violating wage laws, including overtime laws and minimum wage guidelines, according to Yahoo. These workers do not work in factories overseas, they actually work in…

Data Driven Versus Data Informed
November 29, 2016 at 3:17 pm

I love data. I really do. The more data you have, the better decisions you can make. Unless… Unless you read the data without context and understanding. Consider this example: Your e-commerce vendor is reporting to you that your Google Adwords (the ads that show during a Google search) campaign is doing extremely well and…

The Wrap: Donald Trump Redesigns 'Make America Great Again' Hats and More
November 30, 2016 at 12:38 pm

Here’s what’s happening this week in the apparel world … Some people drink champagne, and others buy a new dog. But, Donald Trump celebrated his presidential win with a hat redesign. According to Vanity Fair, the president-elect changed his "Make America Great Again" hats to say "USA" in large, white…

American Apparel Supplier Demands Payment
November 30, 2016 at 12:13 pm

American Apparel has been making headlines this month thanks to its bankruptcy filing and subsequent sale to Gildan Activewear. But, it seems the headlines keep coming, according to The Fashion Law. The company's scanner equipment supplier, iTek Services Inc., has demanded $6,000 in unpaid bills in order to ship the scanning equipment American Apparel ordered. Without…

Colin Kaepernick in Trouble Over Fidel Castro T-shirt
November 30, 2016 at 11:54 am

In response to Fidel Castro's death last week, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is, again, defending his decision to wear a controversial Castro T-shirt back in August. According to Sports Illustrated, the crowd at the 49ers game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday booed Kaepernick when he arrived on the field. …

8 Apparel Pieces Perfect For Holiday Feasts
November 30, 2016 at 10:28 am

Let's face it: Holiday feasting is an Olympic sport. Over Thanksgiving weekend, I definitely indulged in candied sweet potatoes, stuffing, tons of turkey and, of course, massive amounts of pumpkin pie. It was then I realized that athletes have sporting uniforms, why don't we have special outfits for our marathon holiday feasting? There are certain…

Inventory Versus Non-inventory Parts
December 2, 2016 at 2:06 pm

Question: In QuickBooks, do I set up my items as “non-inventory part” or “inventory part?” Answer: Most always, ad specialty transactions are of the “non-inventory part” variety. The items ordered are customized to our clients' specifications—drop shipped directly to them, and we, the distributor, do not take physical possession. And in QuickBooks, these transactions are…