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Starline's Brian Porter Talks Tariffs' Impact on 2019 Pricing, Streamlining the Ordering Process, PromoStandards
December 10, 2018 at 9:08 am

It's clear the tariffs are going to impact the promo industry in the new year. We asked Brian Porter, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Starline Inc., about what we can expect for 2019, how promo suppliers are handling pricing and much more. Plus, Sean and Brendan discuss a totally crazy insane morning hack from Jeff Bezos, and Sean asks the tough questions everyone's afraid to ask about Pantone's Color of the Year...

Newspaper Merchandise Has Gone Far Beyond the Tote Bag
December 13, 2018 at 2:04 pm

In the difficult media landscape of the 21st century, news publications need to offer much more than just relevant content and ad space. Brands like the New York Times and the Daily Beast are moving beyond the tried-and-true tote bag offering and going with full lines of apparel and other merchandise for readers to show their preferred media...

2018 Wrap-Up: Our Top 10 Most-Read Stories of the Year
December 13, 2018 at 10:54 am

What was everyone reading in 2018? These stories, apparently! By page views, these were our most-read promo industry (or promo industry-related) stories of the year. If you missed them, don't worry. You have until the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve to get caught up. After that, they all turn back into a pumpkin, or something. Thanks for reading, everyone...

Halls & Company Hires Dino Bartolomei as Regional Sales Manager
December 13, 2018 at 11:37 am

Halls & Company, Brooklyn Park, Minn., announced the appointment of its new regional sales manager, Dino Bartolomei. "We are really looking forward to Dino being a force in the industry representing Halls & Company and our capabilities," said Eric Johnson, vice president of sales for Halls & Company. "Dino has the right mix of industry…

Why a Fashion Retailer Is Delivering Custom-Printed Tees and Totes in Pizza Boxes
December 12, 2018 at 12:29 pm

Thanks to DKNY, pizza boxes will prove an advocate for apparel, as the fashion house will be delivering custom tees and totes in branded boxes through Dec. 21 as a nod to its eponymous 100% DKNY campaign. Consumers can customize the items online, and proceeds will go to Ronald McDonald House New York...

2018 Wrap-Up: Our Top Promo Social Media Stories of the Year
December 12, 2018 at 11:48 am

It's hard to believe, but 2018 is pretty much over. And to think, we just stopped writing "2017" for every date! To give it a proper send-off, we're running a series of retrospectives recapping the year that was. Today's subject: promo social media. These were our top stories of the year involving Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and anything else social...

Buzzfeed News Is Getting In On the Tote Bag Game
December 12, 2018 at 1:38 pm

Print journalism is having a tough time. You've probably read all about it, ironically, on some of these companies' websites. One thing that companies have done to urge people to subscribe to their publications is give out tote bags and other membership incentives. Totes from publications like the New Yorker and NPR have become statement…

PromoPlacement Launches Promotional Products Career Hub
December 12, 2018 at 11:51 am

PromoPlacement, Chesterfield, Mo., a recruiting firm to the promotional products industry, announced the launch of its Career Hub. Through the Career Hub, promotional products industry professionals will have easy access to every career page published by both distributors and suppliers. "We’re thrilled to bring the Career Hub to the promo industry,” said Kevin McHargue, CEO…