Office & Desk

Skip the Surface Book—At Least for Now
December 15, 2015 at 6:19 pm

I got the Microsoft Surface Book (not the Surface tablet) two weeks ago, and it’s going back to Microsoft this week. It’s an expensive laptop that has great potential, but it’s not worth the extra money. Here are my thoughts. The potential is there: Beautiful and stylish Powerful Excellent tablet functionality with a great Bluetooth…

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…

AAkron Line Launches New GiveBack Philanthropy Program
December 11, 2015 at 6:05 pm

AAkron Line, Akron, N.Y., recently partnered with the National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources (NAEIR), a nonprofit that collects corporate goods and redistributes them to schools, churches and charities, to launch its GiveBack one-for-one program. Every time a customer orders a product from the GiveBack collection, AAkron will donate a similar product to…

ePromos Promotional Products Inc. Announces New Office
December 10, 2015 at 6:09 pm

ePromos Promotional Products Inc., St. Cloud, Minn., announced its relocation to a new downtown office space to accommodate current and future growth. The company's new office will be centrally located in St. Cloud's business district in the Davidson Opera House, located on the 100 block of Fifth Avenue. "We are thrilled to be moving back…

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…

Hub Pen Company Adds New Multi-line Representative
December 3, 2015 at 4:34 pm

Hub Pen Company, Braintree, Mass., announced the addition of Gerard Schifano of the Schifano Group to its list of multi-line representatives. Schifano will represent the company in New Jersey, New York City (five boroughs) and Long Island. Schifano has worked in the promotional products industry…

Clever Employee Gift Ideas
December 1, 2015 at 3:22 pm

Your employees are a big part of your business’s success story. So, understandably, you want to make them feel appreciated. A special and memorable gift is a great way to show your thanks for all they do. Why don’t you take advantage of the gift giving season to wow your staff with clever employee gift…

PM Video Battle: Webb Company Versus Amsterdam Printing
November 20, 2015 at 4:40 pm

Promo Marketing's Video Battle pits two industry videos against each other for the chance at the ultimate bragging right: Being declared our readership's absolute favorite. (Next up: Looking forward to Thanksgiving! Especially because I'm not the one doing the cooking.) Last week, Webb Company took down the reigning champ, and will now face off against Amsterdam…

Hub Pen Company Rep Receives SAAGNY Award
November 17, 2015 at 4:39 pm

Colleen Bibby, customer service representative for Hub Pen Company, Braintree, Mass., has received the Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) Customer Service Representative of the Year Award. Bibby has been…

Staples and Office Depot Offer to Shed Contracts to Secure FTC Merger Approval
November 16, 2015 at 4:24 pm

Staples and Office Depot are offering to transfer $600 million in corporate contracts to office-supply wholesaler Essendant to appease federal regulators and secure approval for their merger deal, the Wall Street Journal reported late Friday, based on anonymous sources. Spokespersons for Staples and Office Depot declined the Sun Sentinel's requests to comment on the report.…