Marketing and Sales

Bleacher Report's New E-commerce Collection Is a Masterclass in Branded Merchandise
July 18, 2018 at 12:27 pm

In the weekend before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final, Bleacher Report launched a capsule collection of soccer jerseys—Hip Hop x World Cup—designed in collaboration with rappers including Black Thought, Vince Staples, 21 Savage, Vic Mensa and Smokepurpp. The jerseys, which were created to reference the local roots of each artist, were priced at $80 a piece, and sold out in a mere three days...

Plan. Execute. Evaluate.
July 16, 2018 at 11:30 am

In business we must continually plan, execute and evaluate. 1. Plan: Most business folks have some sort of plan. Some have long-range plans. Some have annual plans. Most have at least a “to do” list to help plan their day. 2. Execute: Most business folks also execute. The key to good execution is good planning.…

Gene Geiger, Charles Pecher Are PPAI’s 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees
July 13, 2018 at 1:54 pm

Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), Irving, Texas, will induct Gene Geiger, MAS+, co-owner and CEO of Lewiston, Maine-based distributor Geiger; and Charles “Chuck” Pecher, president at St. Louis, Missouri-based supplier Skinner & Kennedy, into the PPAI…

Premier Group Adds JH Specialty
July 10, 2018 at 11:27 am

Premier Catalog Group announced the addition of JH Specialty, a Fort Wayne, Indiana-based distributor, effective July 1. JH Specialty is a multi-million dollar company founded in 1998, offering both digital and traditional marketing services. Its services include website design and development, communications, e-commerce, print, promotional products, decorated apparel, and more. Founded by John Henry III,…

Soft Stuff Creations Hires Northwest Multi-Line Sales Representative
July 10, 2018 at 10:59 am

Soft Stuff Creations, Blaine, Wash. and Surrey, B.C., announced the addition of Howard Berman as its Northwest multi-line sales representative, covering Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Berman is an industry veteran and Promotional Marketing Association of Northern California (PMANC) board member. For the past nine years he has been president of…

Polyconcept North America Adds Field Sales Manager
July 3, 2018 at 1:16 pm

Polyconcept North America (PCNA), Pittsburgh, announced the addition of Jennifer Kirby as hardgoods field sales manager. Kirby brings more than 20 years of experience to PCNA. With her sole focus on customers in the Chicagoland area, she’ll work alongside Joel Kaufmann and Chelle Corr-Boxley to help distributors in the region drive business.. For more information…

2018 Top 50 Distributors: BAMKO Rises on Acquisitions, Company Culture
June 29, 2018 at 2:23 pm

BAMKO made one of our largest climbs this year, jumping from 
the No. 32 spot in 2017 to the No. 17 spot in 2018. We interviewed 
Phil Koosed, president of BAMKO, to find out how the company 
grew its sales, as well as his thoughts on outside competitors and the millennial customer...