Laws and Regulations

The City of Roswell Has an Awesome New Logo (But There’s a Catch for Local Businesses)
June 17, 2019 at 12:53 pm

Roswell is not without its share of history and pride, with notable figures such as John Denver, Sam Donaldson, Demi Moore and Roger Staubach all having ties to the town. The masses, however, will forever know Roswell, the fifth-largest city in New Mexico, as the site of 1947’s supposed UFO crash, though the actual destination…

Rationalizing Your Way Out of Responsible Promo Sourcing
May 30, 2019 at 2:03 pm

To justify taking the easy way out and not having the harder, more educational conversations with their customers, both suppliers and distributors tell themselves all kinds of lies: “My customers aren’t asking for it,” “My competitors aren’t doing it,” “It’s too expensive” and “No one has been caught.” What they may not realize is that these lies are costing them business...

Watchdog Group Examines Canadian Government's $6.7M in Promo Spending, Finds … Nothing, Really
May 29, 2019 at 2:04 pm

Members of Canada's Parliament ordered a breakdown of the Canadian government's promo spending between January 2017 and February 2019, and found that it had purchased items like rubber ducks, pens and lanyards totaling about $6.7 million (about $4.5 million USD) over that span. According to iPolitics (which has detailed Canada's federal promo spending in the…

Trade War: How We Got Here, Where We Go Next
May 23, 2019 at 11:06 am

More than a year into a contentious trade war with China, uncertainty remains the only sure thing. With significant tariff increases looming that include most promotional products imported from China, here’s where the promo industry stands while we wait for answers—and how some promo businesses are dealing with the situation...

Study Finds E-Cigarette Promotional Products Can Double Chances of Youth Tobacco Use
May 20, 2019 at 1:26 pm

Since cannabis has become legal in places like Colorado, California and all across Canada, the ongoing debate has been over marketing and advertising. Some cannabis companies have argued that they should be able to advertise their products freely, whether those ads make their way to minors or not, just like alcohol advertisements are ubiquitous across…

New Round of $300B in China Tariffs Includes Just About Every Promotional Product Possible
May 14, 2019 at 12:37 pm

Days after the U.S. raised existing tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods from 10 percent to 25 percent, President Trump announced that an additional $300 billion in imports from China would soon be subject to 25 percent tariffs. That $500 billion total would represent virtually all of the goods the U.S. imports from China, and includes just about every Chinese-made promotional product imaginable...

As 25% Tariffs Go Into Effect, China Threatens Retaliation
May 10, 2019 at 2:05 pm

President Trump today followed through on his threat, issued earlier this week, that the U.S. would increase U.S. tariffs to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. In response, China expressed its "deep regret over the development," and threatened to retaliate. This type of back-and-forth has been the M.O. of the trade war.…

Guns N’ Roses Sues Brewery Over Merch, Beer With Similar Name
May 10, 2019 at 1:49 pm

Two weeks ago, we chronicled how Guns N’ Roses is hoping to give moms across the land a rocking Mother’s Day through holiday-specific merchandise. The Hall of Fame band, though, also has a mean streak, and it is looking to put its “appetite for destruction” to good use due to a brewery whose Guns ‘N’…