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.

FDA Dangerous Hand Sanitizer List Tops 135, Adds Another U.S. Manufacturer

The FDA’s constantly-updating list of potentially harmful hand sanitizers has now risen to more than 135 products. Another U.S.-based manufacturer has now joined the list, too, with Dallas’s Santa Cruz Biotechnology initiating a voluntary recall. Georgia-based SG24 LLC also had to recall its SkinGuard24 All-Day Hand Sanitizer after it was labeled to contain methanol...

American Jewish History Museum Made $30K in One Day From Sales of 'Yo Semite' T-shirt

The National Museum of American Jewish History hit the jackpot when President Trump accidentally pronounced "Yosemite" as "Yo Semite." The museum had been selling a shirt with that text on it since 2011, and sold thousands immediately after the president's mistake went viral, generating $30,000 in a little over a day...

Los Angeles Apparel Responds to LA Subpoena Over Workplace Practices

Los Angeles Apparel has responded to a subpoena from the city of Los Angeles looking to enforce compliance rules now that Los Angeles Apparel has reopened. The apparel company, founded by American Apparel founder and former CEO Dov Charney, was in the media spotlight after more than 300 workers in the company's manufacturing facilities tested…

What Does a World Without College Football Look Like for Small Town Merchandisers?

College sports took a huge hit yesterday when the Big 10 conference announced that it would not be playing a single down of football this upcoming season. It’s not the first conference to do so, but with schools like Penn State, Michigan and Purdue, it’s a huge move for college sports and, by extension, the companies who depend on selling merchandise...

Single-Use Face Masks Could Be the Next Major Ocean Pollutant

Environmental experts worry that improperly disposed single-use face masks could make the issue of ocean pollution worse. More face masks are popping up in waterways across the world as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread and people take precautions to protect themselves and others...

Some Distilleries That Pivoted to Hand Sanitizer Are Now Struggling to Sell It

For months after the start of the pandemic, hand sanitizer was in short supply. In response, many alcoholic beverage distilleries stepped up to make it. And they made a lot of it. They made so much that, with the hand sanitizer supply starting to catch up and prices per gallon dropping, they now have more than they know what to do with...

QR Code Menus: The Touchless Revolution In Restaurants and Hospitality

Rather than picking up a menu, restaurant patrons scan a QR code. From there, the menu loads on your smartphone. This has helped against surface contamination during the ongoing fight against the spread of COVID-19, but it’s reduced the need for physical menus. Still, QR code stickers could be a source of new business for promo distributors...

Taylor Swift Rebrands 'Folklore' Merch After Another Designer Says She Ripped Off Logo

It turns the logo on Taylor Swift's "Folklore" merch was very similar to another designer's logo of the same name. Swift agreed to rebrand the merchandise after the designer called her out on Twitter. At her online store, the items are still available, but the logos now read "Folklore Album" without the word "The" in front...

Is Washington's NFL Team Hinting At (or Trying Out) Its New Identity Through T-shirts?

The NFL season is supposedly happening soon, but we’re still no closer to a new name for the Washington Football Team after it officially retired the “Redskins” moniker. There have been a few other names thrown out, like Warriors and Redtails, and the first batch of “Washington Football Team” official merchandise might provide some clues for what to expect next...