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Navigating the Amazon Effect: Using Technology to Support Your People
February 11, 2020 at 12:40 pm

Not even a high-touch and highly creative industry like promotional products is immune to the “Amazon Effect.” That may have many distributors rushing towards an e-commerce model to meet buyer expectations—but before you completely throw out the traditional relationship-based model, let’s discuss...

Success Advice From Norm Hullinger, CEO of alphabroder
February 3, 2020 at 2:10 pm

For the new year, I have decided to ask some of the most respected industry leaders to share their thoughts on success. Thank you to Norm Hullinger, the CEO of alphabroder, for sharing his valuable advice. First question: In your years of experience in our industry, what do you think the most financially successful people…

Do You Need to Collect Sales Tax In Other States?
January 31, 2020 at 1:46 pm

Ask the Accountant… Question: I have sales in several states. Do I have to collect sales tax in states other than my own? Answer: Sales tax has always been a complicated issue, and it was made infinitely more complicated by the Supreme Court ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair in 2018. The decision means that…

Our 5 Favorite Promotional Products of the Week: Public Transit Stress Relievers and More
January 29, 2020 at 1:02 pm

The biggest day in advertising is right around the corner. That's right—Super Bowl Sunday. It's basically the Super Bowl of advertising! For those of us who keep our eyes out for solid promotional items, we don't have to wait for one year to celebrate clever advertising. We get to do it every week! This week's edition includes public transit stress balls, fan bobbleheads and Chinese New Year packaging...

It Worked for Jim Carrey
January 21, 2020 at 11:32 am

If you want to achieve more wealth, just write yourself a check and post-date it. The law of attraction is a very real thing. The truth is that everything in our universe is about vibrations. I know that most things look solid, but the truth is that all things are made from atoms and all…

Which Invoices Are Open? When Are They Due?
December 20, 2019 at 2:34 pm

Ask the Accountant… Question: How can I find out which invoices are open and when they are due? Answer: In QuickBooks Premier, go to: "Reports" > "Customers and Receivables" > "A/R Aging Detail" This report will list all of your open invoices and their due dates. It will also “age” the invoices, showing how long…

Our 5 Favorite Promotional Products of the Week: Coasters, Chicken-Scented Firelogs and More
December 18, 2019 at 1:36 pm

It felt like it rained for a month straight here in Philadelphia, but we managed to get out into the world and find a few promotional products that caught our eyes. Check out this week's edition of our five favorite promotional products, which include a neat idea using coasters, a meat-heavy holiday shop and the return of KFC's chicken-scented firelog...

Is Your Brand Supporting Your Success?
January 6, 2020 at 11:42 am

It’s curious to me that we are in the “branding business,” yet so many companies seem to have a brand that does not contribute to their success. Here’s a rule I learned many years ago: If you sell products, you will be asked to quote prices. If you sell solutions, you can name your price. Pick…