Housewares

13 Green Promotions to Celebrate Earth Day
April 6, 2016 at 2:59 pm

While it's been uncharacteristically cold here in Philadelphia, the first week of April still has brought chirping birds and blooming cherry blossoms. The start of spring also signifies that Earth Day is almost here, and if you're anything like us, you love the opportunity to give back to Mother Earth. Whether it's with eco-friendly products…

CPSC Hands Down Record $15.45M Penalty
March 30, 2016 at 5:56 pm

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced last week that Gree Electric Appliances Inc., Zhuhai, China; Hong Kong Gree Electrical Appliances Sales Co. Ltd., Hong Kong; and Gree USA Sales Ltd., City of Industry, Calif., (Gree) will pay a $15.45 million civil penalty to the government for failure to report defective dehumidifiers. This is a…

Chia Pet Giveaways Are Growing in Sports
February 24, 2016 at 4:19 pm

In baseball, "going yard" means hitting a home run. But now, it looks like the promotional powers of professional sports are "going yard" in a literal sense. We previously wrote an article about how more and more baseball teams are using garden…

15 Spring Promotional Products to Celebrate Groundhog Day
February 2, 2016 at 6:33 pm

While Phil doesn't exactly have the track record of a completely accurate weatherman, I am more than willing to proclaim we're in for an early spring this year. Ease your end-users into the changing of the seasons with these 15 spring-themed promotions so they're ready for everything from picnics to cherry blossom festivals...

Branded Amazon Dash Replenishment Devices Go Live
January 22, 2016 at 4:49 pm

Amazon introduced the Dash Replenishment devices in March by launching the product-branded plastic buttons. Now, the devices, which allow users to press a button to reorder items without having to log onto the site, are live. The buttons are branded based on the…

Openers Plus Featured on 'World's Greatest'
December 30, 2015 at 6:22 pm

Openers Plus, Costa Mesa, Calif., will be featured on the TV show "World's Greatest," highlighting the company's bottle openers. "Openers Plus has been creating the best bottle openers for a long time," said Jim Wysopal, president of Openers Plus. "It's really nice to now be the 'World's Greatest' bottle openers." Wysopal said the company's use…

Performance Awards Center to Distribute Pet Bowl
December 21, 2015 at 2:48 pm

Performance Awards Center (PAC), a Carrollton, Texas-based distributor, forged an agreement with New Zealand-based Heyrex to distribute its Torus pet bowl in the U.S. Launched in March, the self-dispensing water bowl previously was only available in the U.S. via Amazon.com. Torus provides both dogs and cats with clean, fresh,…

Promotional Incentives Inc. Celebrates 25 Years in Business
December 16, 2015 at 3:58 pm

Promotional Incentives Inc., Cape Coral, Fla., celebrated its 25th year in the promotional product industry. The company specializes in embroidered apparel, award and recognition gifts, and branded office and household items. When a young, recently married couple—Jack and Lucy Costa—launched the company in 1990, the duo set up shop in a Cape Coral office, where…

Newell Rubbermaid Acquires Rival Jarden for $13B
December 15, 2015 at 5:11 pm

Newell Rubbermaid, Atlanta, announced on Monday that it will acquire Rye, New York-based Jarden, a rival company with multiple brands related to the promotional products industry, including Sunbeam, Rawlings and Coleman, for $15.4 billion. USA Today reported that Newell Rubbermaid, which also makes Sharpie, Paper Mate and Irwin products, is purchasing Jarden for a combination of…

Retailers Pay Penalties for Labeling Rayon Textiles as Bamboo
December 10, 2015 at 7:48 pm

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed court orders barring four national retailers— Nordstrom, Bed Bath & Beyond, Backcountry.com and J.C. Penney—from mislabeling and advertising rayon textiles as "made of bamboo," and required the companies to pay civil penalties totaling $1.3 million. According to a press release from the FTC, Bed Bath & Beyond will pay…