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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…

Keurig Selling Itself for Nearly $14B
December 9, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Keurig, the single-cup coffee machine maker, said it has agreed to be sold to private equity firm JAB Holding Co. for almost $14 billion. JAB Holding Co. is offering $92 for each share of Keurig, a 78 percent premium from the stock’s closing price of $51.70 on Dec. 4. Keurig’s stock is down nearly 61 percent…

3M Promotional Markets Hires The MLR Alliance
December 8, 2015 at 4:32 pm

3M Promotional Markets, North Mankato, Minn., announced that it has hired The MLR Alliance to represent the company in its Southern region. The MLR Alliance is made up of Tony Tuso of Tuso Marketing, Tony Pinto of Pinto Marketing, and Bill Reisack and Julie Macdonald-Ward of Reisack Marketing. The MLR Alliance will represent 3M Promotional…

Terry Town Hires Marketing Coordinator
December 7, 2015 at 4:48 pm

Terry Town, San Diego, a supplier of towels, blankets and robes, recently hired Esmeralda Anaya to head its marketing expansion as marketing coordinator. Anaya, a recent graduate of San Diego State University, has achieved accolades for her work with medium-to-large sized companies in southern…

Feds Bust Counterfeits at California Flea Market
December 4, 2015 at 4:32 pm

There is a major warning for shoppers after federal agents have made a bust of high-end counterfeit items in California's South Bay Area. Earlier this month at the De Anza College Flea Market, they seized more than $500,000 in fake merchandise. Purses, jewelry, sports jerseys, hats and shoes are just a sampling of the more…