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Promo Marketing Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
August 25, 2014

Samantha Gotlib, vice president of sales at Charles River Apparel, Sharon, Mass., challenged Nikki Stella, Promo Marketing's group president/publishing director. She has accepted the challenge along with the Promo Marketing and Print+Promo teams.

7 Crucial Steps to Building a Champion Sales Team
August 25, 2014

Joe runs a company with 19 salespeople, a mix of veterans and newcomers. Sales have been flat for the past 18 months even though the economy has improved. He is constantly making futile attempts to get his team to prospect more. Joe tries to show them how to sell more effectively, but they continue to fall back into the same old habits.

Sound familiar? Entrepreneurial organizations often underperform because they haven't built their sales teams systematically. Follow these seven steps to turn an ineffectual sales crew into a high-performing championship team:

Bangladeshi Factory Owner Out of Jail, Accused of More Worker Abuse
August 25, 2014

Nearly two years after a preventable fire killed 112 garment workers in Bangladesh, the owner of the Tazreen Fashion factory is out of jail, still in business and accused of cheating and retaliating against 1,600 employees at a separate five-factory complex.

Delwar Hossain spent fewer than six months in pre-trial detention before his release on bail Aug 5. He and his wife, Mahmuda Akter, had surrendered to Dhaka authorities in February, having been charged with culpable homicide 13 months after the deadly fire at Tazreen. Until now, the courts have repeatedly denied Hossain’s request to be let out on bail.

10 Simple Ways To Make Your Office Look Cleaner Than It Really Is
August 22, 2014

Your office is your home away from home. And keeping the office clean is an incredibly important function of everyday work life. While it'd be great if you could clean up after yourself every day to make sure everything is always spick-and-span, the truth is that you'll probably hold off on the bigger cleaning chores until you absolutely need to... Until somebody important knocks on the door, forcing you to de-clutter everything like a highly-efficient cleaning ninja.

Sometimes, giving the appearance that things are cleaner than they really are can help you temporarily not look like an absolute slob.

Bangladeshi Workers Receive Overdue Pay After Police Break Hunger Strike
August 22, 2014

Garment workers in five Bangladeshi factories that supplied clothes for Walmart and other western retailers finally received their wages on Sunday Aug. 10, following an 11-day hunger strike. The settlement came after the managing director of the Tuba Group, Delwar Hossain, was bailed on Aug. 5. Hossain has been in prison since Feb. on charges of homicide and negligence leading to the death of 112 workers in a factory fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory in Dhaka in Nov. 2012.

Workers stopped production on June  10 after the management failed to pay their wages in May ...

The "Selfie T-Shirt" Is Here And It Will Cost You Only $166
August 22, 2014

Have you ever been just sitting there, phone in hand, arm raised at a 45-degree angle to your shoulder, taking pictures of yourself over and over and over, trying to discover as yet uncaptured depths of nuance and beauty in your imperfect face and imperfect upper torso? Have you ever felt that while your face, and your hair, and your body, and your soul, are fully committed to your project, your clothes will not quite comply? Have you ever wondered whether things can get better?

For you, and for me, and for us all, there is now a shirt.

Proforma Acquires Hyde Brothers Printing Company
August 21, 2014

Proforma Third Degree Marketing, Akron, Ohio, and Proforma Excalibur Business Solutions, Massillon, Ohio, teamed up to acquire Hyde Brothers Printing Co., Marietta, Ohio. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.