Promo Products

Wallace Carlson Printing Acquires Select Assets of J-C Press
September 11, 2019 at 11:46 am

Wallace Carlson Printing, a Minnetonka, Minnesota-based commercial printer, has announced its acquisition of select assets from Owatonna-based J-C Press. The acquisition expands the company’s services to a diverse range of commercial printing capabilities and customer base that include wide-format and signage. Wallace Carlson will continue to serve the J-C Press client base and maintain a…

Promo as What?!: How a Supplier’s Booth Giveaway Became a Full-On Industry Movement
September 10, 2019 at 11:14 am

EMT just wanted to drive some traffic to its trade show booth. The supplier, based in Indianapolis, was looking to highlight its product line and get people talking—with any luck, maybe generate a little buzz on social media. It had no idea it was about to start a movement. But that’s exactly what PROMO AF…

This &Pizza Skateboard Has an Actual Pizza Inside
September 10, 2019 at 10:49 am

Skateboarders are particular. They won't ride just anything. And nowadays there are so many things to take into account when you're buying a board—width, concave, nose size versus tail size, what kind of pizza is in the middle, wheelbase, length, etc. Wait. Hang on. Did we just say "what kind of pizza is in the…

After ‘Sharpiegate,’ Trump Campaign Store Sells Branded Markers
September 9, 2019 at 2:23 pm

There are many forces that want to hit Alabama this year, but they will do so as college football teams eager to defeat the Crimson Tide and not as extreme weather occurrences. Before it swung north, President Donald Trump thought that Hurricane Dorian would devastate the Heart of Dixie, electing to emphasize his point by…

Promo History Lesson: The World's First Movie Poster Was a Promotional Failure (But Still Sold for $70K at Sotheby's)
September 6, 2019 at 11:33 am

Today's lesson comes to us from 19th Century French cinema—specifically, the poster that is believed to be the first film poster in history. It was unsuccessful at driving people to the theater, but it was successful at raking in some cash more than 100 years later. The poster for Auguste and Louis Jean Lumiére's film, which was also the first public movie screening, only garnered 30 attendees out of an invited 100...

Chocolate Inn/Lanco's Chris Barlow Elected to SAAGNY Foundation Board
September 6, 2019 at 10:50 am

Chocolate Inn/Lanco regional sales manager Chris Barlow has been elected a trustee of the Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York Foundation (SAAGNY) board. In this role, he will aid the foundation’s mission to connect with and support the local tri-state communities through charitable activities. “I am very honored to be elected to the SAAGNY Foundation…

This Subscription Box Partners With Breweries to Send Beer Merch Far and Wide
September 5, 2019 at 1:30 pm

We might never have world peace, but we can take solace in knowing that at least one thing enjoys almost universal acclaim: beer. Owing to that acceptance, the First Sip Brew Box has enjoyed a three-year existence as a subscription box provider that sends beer merch to aficionados across the globe, giving breweries some clout in a promotional products-heavy cosmos...

Gemline Announces Strategic Partnership With W&P
September 4, 2019 at 11:51 am

Gemline, Lawrence, Mass., announced a strategic partnership with New York-based food and beverage-focused kitchen, gift and lifestyle products brand W&P. Gemline will be the exclusive supplier of select W&P products for the promotional products industry with an initial product offering consisting of kitchen and bar giftware styles launching September 2019. Gemline launched a small selection…