Supplier News

Gemline Appoints Director of Account Management
December 10, 2015 at 4:34 pm

Gemline, Lawrence, Mass., has appointed Ross Dohrmann as director of account management. He will be focused on program channels, direct-mail channels, wholesale channels and new business opportunities. Dohrmann brings strategic sales and management experience to this new role. For more information on Gemline, visit

Chocolate Inn/Taylor & Grant Earns Silver Supplier Status from Facilis
December 10, 2015 at 4:23 pm

Chocolate Inn/Taylor & Grant, Freeport, N.Y., has earned silver supplier status from St. Louis-based distributor Facilis Group for 2016 in the U.S. and Canada. “Facilis has yet again recognized us as one of the most trusted suppliers in the food gift industry," said David Miller, president of Chocolate Inn/Taylor & Grant. "We will continue to provide…

4 Lessons for Delivering Flawless Customer Service
December 10, 2015 at 3:55 pm

Caring for customers is a critical element in every business. Most small-business owners "get this," but struggle to deliver a consistent, flawless experiences to their customers as they grow. In fact, the challenge of caring for customers—through your employees—can be a big part of what accelerates your business's growth or holds you back. Why? Your…

College Football Bowl Game Giveaways
December 9, 2015 at 7:18 pm

The college football bowl games have been announced, and players and coaches are preparing for what will be, for many, the last game of the season. If that wasn't enough for the players to look forward to, the giveaways they'll receive from sponsors are impressive as well. Bleacher Report ranked some of its favorites, but here are what…

Fire Damages Sportswear Supplier's Warehouse
December 9, 2015 at 6:43 pm

A fire at Pop Tops Sportswear's Easton, Mass., facility resulted in more than $100,000 in damage. According to Wicked Local, the fire alarm tripped at the facility at around 6:52 a.m. on Dec. 6. Pop Tops Sportswear manufactures team uniforms, apparel, work wear and promotional products. Easton Fire Capt. James Walsh told Wicked Local that…

Consumers in Japan Can’t Get Enough L.L. Bean Tote Bags
December 9, 2015 at 4:30 pm

For a retail business, huge demand during the holidays isn’t bad news. But for L.L. Bean, overwhelming demand in the U.S. for its signature Bean Boots is being compounded by a huge surge in demand for its signature Boat and Tote bags from Japan. The company is expecting orders for a little more than 600,000…

Campaign Merchandise for the Holiday Season
December 8, 2015 at 6:21 pm

With the holiday season underway, presidential candidates have been adding holiday-themed promotional merchandise to their Web stores. From sweaters fit for an "ugly sweater party" to decorations to hang on the tree, candidates from both ends of the political spectrum are getting in…

Halls & Company Hires Four Multi-line Sales Representatives
December 8, 2015 at 5:56 pm

Halls & Company, the Brooklyn Park, Minnesota-based manufacturer of ID Line, announced the hire of four new multi-line representatives: Joe Eberz of Joe Eberz & Associates to cover the North Central U.S., Tony Tuso of Tuso Marketing for the Southwest U.S., Joe Keely of Select Lines Marketing for the South Central U.S. and Scott Hareid…

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…

International E-Z UP Inc. Honored at 2015 SGIA Expo
December 8, 2015 at 4:21 pm

International E-Z UP Inc., Norco, Calif., was honored for the third year in a row at the 2015 Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) expo in Atlanta, with Gold and Silver Award wins across multiple categories. International E-Z UP Inc. was recognized in the association's Golden Image Competition with the Gold Award in the retail, POP…