Brendan Menapace

Brendan Menapace

Brendan Menapace is the senior digital editor for Promo Marketing. While writing and editing stories come naturally to him, writing his own bio does not.

TSC Apparel Names Dave Klotter as New CEO

TSC Apparel, Cincinnati, announced the appointment of Dave Klotter as its new CEO. Klotter comes to TSC Apparel from Marianna Industries, where he served as CEO and board member. Before that, he was a senior executive with KIK Custom Products, as well as various executive and sales leadership positions throughout his 25-year career. "I am…

Custom Ink Opens Seven New Physical Stores, Offers Same-Day Capabilities

Custom Ink, one of the primary competitors to traditional promotional products businesses, has taken another step in its expansion plans and opened seven more brick-and-mortar locations in its native Virginia. Six of the stores are located within Michaels' stores. One of the locations is a standalone store, with another planned standalone store opening in Alexandria,…

The Air Force Is 3-D Printing Coffee Mug Handles to Save $1,210 Per Mug

The U.S. Air Force has started 3-D printing coffee mug handles because otherwise it would cost $1,210 to replace a single one if it breaks. That's not a typo or a misplaced comma. It really costs $1,210 to replace the coffee mugs' handles. Granted, these are not the coffee mugs you're using at home or…

Wearable Tech Has a Future in the Cruise and Travel Categories

Wearable technology is becoming more prevalent in much more than just the health and wellness sector. It's being used by entertainment companies and sports teams to create coordinated design elements in stadiums and during concerts. It's being used in apparel to let you know when your Uber driver is coming. It's being used to pay…

Minor League Baseball Team's 'Millennial Night' Promo Deserves None of Your Flak

If you ask anyone older than 35, millennials are entitled, selfie-taking, lazy leeches whose fragile egos and penchant for avocado toast prevents them from purchasing houses and contributing to the world. If you ask any millennial, they will tell you that standpoint is hyperbolic, to say the least. Millennials are the Yankees. Everyone who isn't…

Starbucks to Phase Out Plastic Straws as Seattle Pushes Plastics Legislation

The fight against single-use plastics is gaining momentum, as more and more countries, cities and businesses are phasing them out in favor of more eco-friendly options. The latest news comes from Starbucks, which announced that it plans to phase out plastic straws at all of its locations by 2020. Rather than go the route of…

Staples Acquires HiTouch Business Services, a Promotional Products and Office Supplies Company

Staples announced that it acquired HiTouch Business Services, which, among other services, sells office supplies and promotional products to companies in the U.S. HiTouch will now be part of the Staples Business Advantage delivery program and will operate its e-commerce platform independently of Staples, but will maintain a status as a Staples-affiliated distributor...

Shakira Accidentally Made Tour Merchandise With Nazi Imagery

An item from Shakira's "El Dorado World Tour" merchandise is receiving some heat for what critics say is a striking resemblance to the Black Sun image used by Nazi Germany and modern far-right extremist groups. As a result, concert producer Live Nation has stopped the sale of the necklace two weeks into the tour (coincidentally,…

Amazon Is Expanding Its On-Demand Merchandise Service

Amazon's presence on the periphery of the promotional products industry has been known for a while, and it's grouped in with the likes of CafePress, Redbubble and Custom Ink (among others) who are adopting the direct-to-consumer model of custom products sales. To say that Amazon is now a competitor is old news. However, the extent…