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.

National Pen Revenue Increases While Vistaprint Revenue Dips

Cimpress, Venlo, Netherlands, parent company of Vistaprint, released its first-quarter earnings report for the fiscal year, and saw a bit of an improvement on the National Pen side, but a dip in Vistaprint revenues. According to Nasdaq, the National Pen brand made $70.2 million, up 6.3 percent over last year. Vistaprint reported $343.2 million in…

The LA Dodgers Are Using Streetwear-Inspired Merchandise to Attract New Fans

Baseball is a weird sport. It's not for everyone. The people that love it could talk for hours about a pitching battle that ended 1-0, or how there's nothing better than spending four-and-a-half hours at the ballpark. The ones who don't like baseball would tell you how boring it is to watch a pitcher retire…

President Trump Says U.S. Has Not Agreed to Tariff Rollback After All

Late Thursday, Reuters reported that the interim agreement between the U.S. and China to rollback tariffs was facing opposition from White House officials and skepticism from outside experts and former advisers. Today, President Trump confirmed those reports, reversing course on the tariff rollback announcement...

Gemini Industries Acquires TKCups-Sorg's

Gemini Industries, Roxana, Ill., announced that it has acquired TKCups-Sorg's, a supplier of custom printed napkins, plates, coffee sleeves, coasters, cups and more. Founded in 1996, TKCups-Sorg's has specialized in both paper and plastic food service products, and has introduced environmentally-friendly product lines. Through the acquisition, Gemini will expand its promotional product offering with a…

U.S. and China Agree to Phased Tariff Rollbacks If Sides Can Reach Interim Deal

The U.S. and China reportedly agreed to remove additional tariffs in phases, but only after the respective countries' leaders sign an interim deal. That part is still being worked on, but Chinese Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng said China and the U.S. held "extensive and serious discussions" over the past two weeks...

Under Armour Confirms It's Under Federal Investigation for Accounting Practices

Under Armour confirmed to the Baltimore Sun this week that its accounting practices are currently under federal investigation. The company has reportedly been cooperating with the investigation since 2017. The SEC and Justice Department are currently looking into whether the company manipulated its sales figures...

4 Things to Remember for Holiday and Seasonal Promotions

Doesn’t it feel like a moment ago we were all yelling, “Happy new year!” and then we blinked and it was November? Whether you realize it or not, the holiday season is here. And, for distributors who have tried their best to deny the changing of the season, there's still time to get in on holiday and seasonal promotions...

How the Trump Campaign Is Using Steady Merch Sales to Get Valuable Voter Data

The Trump Campaign is using its merchandise sales for much more than just raising funds. It's using the data it gleans from the sale of Trump-branded merchandise to measure its outreach to new donors, and therefore get a picture for its growing or shrinking appeal among otherwise uncommitted voters...

Stouse LLC Acquires Magna-Plus Inc.

Stouse LLC, New Century, Kan., announced today that it has acquired Magna-Plus Inc., a provider of custom labels, magnets and other promotional products. The acquisition was effective on Oct. 25. Kansas City, Kansas-based Magna-Plus Inc. was founded in 1993 by Marianne D'Amato and Tom Eaton. It now has a nationwide distributor customer base. "We are…

Disney Has Some Cool New Dia De Los Muertos Merchandise at Epcot

Disney has been crushing it with heritage themes in movies lately, with instant classics like "Moana" and "Coco." So, it makes sense that the attention to detail it uses for its flicks would carry over into the merchandise at its theme parks, like the Dia de Los Muertos items it rolled out for the Mexico pavilion in Epcot this week...

PPAI Responds to Senator's SWAG Bill

Following the news of Iowa Senator Jodi Ernst's SWAG Act, a proposed bill that would prohibit government entities from using taxpayer dollars for advertising (including buying promotional products), PPAI sent out a statement to the industry urging them to voice their opposition. "While it might be tempting to limit the purchase of promotional products in…

Nike's New CEO Isn't An Apparel Guy (But That Might Not Matter)

Under Armour isn't the only apparel giant making changes at the top. While Under Armour has been in the news after CEO and founder Kevin Plank stepped down from his position (while remaining involved in a new capacity), you might have missed that Nike's top executive Mark Parker is leaving at the same time. Due…