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With Latest Tariff Developments, More Confusion (Mixed With Optimism)
May 23, 2018 at 2:23 pm

There have been two more recent moves in the ongoing game of tariff chess between the U.S. and China. President Trump announced on Monday that the U.S. would put a hold on $150 billion in Chinese imports after China promised to increase its imports of agriculture and energy products, per Business Insider. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/998553122179084290 China, on…

Promo Distributors Weigh In on the Secret to Naming Your Company
May 23, 2018 at 12:04 pm

Red Antler, one of the hottest branding agencies in the business, recently unveiled its secrets for deciding on a company name. We asked promo distributors Zorch and BrandVia to weigh in on Red Antler's advice, and for the stories behind their names. They were happy to oblige...

IMAGEN Brands Hires Paul Lage as President
May 22, 2018 at 2:28 pm

IMAGEN Brands, parent company of Crown Products and Vitronic, announced that it has hired Paul Lage as its new president, replacing former president Lori Kates. Lage was previously at Gill-Line, where he was CEO since 2010. Gill replaced Lage with Jamie Fain last week. "We are excited to have Paul join our team at IMAGEN…

Great (and Gross) Promo Ideas Inspired by USPS’ New Scratch-and-Sniff Stamps
May 22, 2018 at 2:12 pm

With the USPS set to launch scratch-and-sniff stamps, we began to wonder which promotional products might benefit from a similar treatment and which should definitely resist the urge to be nosy about our noses’ inner workings. Just for fun, here are three examples of goods that would be more awesome and three that sound downright terrible in scratch-and-sniff form...

Branded Merchandise Is Selling Big for SoulCycle and Other Trendy Fitness Brands
May 22, 2018 at 2:04 pm

Following in the footsteps of SoulCycle, which pioneered the move of fitness studio branding on a range of apparel options, other studios, gyms and classes are getting in on the game. Not only this, but they have found that they can make big money selling branded T-shirts, crop tops, yoga pants, sports bras, hats and more, often charging more per item than the price of a single class, or even a brief membership...

Fran Ford, President of Castelli North America, Passes Away
May 22, 2018 at 12:58 pm

Fran Ford, CAS, president of Castelli North America, Sparks, Nev., passed away last night after a long-term illness. Ford spent 40 years in the promotional products industry, including two stints at Castelli from 1993 to 2002 and from 2012 to this year. In between, he served as vice president of J. Charles from 2009 to…

Nike, Adidas Starting to Move Away From China, and That Says A Lot
May 21, 2018 at 1:51 pm

Nike and Adidas are shifting more of their Asian manufacturing business from China to Vietnam, continuing a recent trend of companies choosing to leave China due to higher costs. According to GQ, Adidas reported that 44 percent of its shoes were made in Vietnam in 2017, up 13 percent from the previous year. During that…

We Thought the Royal Wedding Gift Bag Would Be a Little More Extravagant
May 21, 2018 at 2:41 pm

The royal family invited 2,000 commoners to the royal wedding, and these guests were given a gift bag to mark the occasion. Printed on the canvas bag itself was the date of the wedding, as well as the location (St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle) and the initials “H” and “M."...

After 'Delivery Challenges,' Elon Musk’s Boring Company Flamethrowers to Ship in Two Weeks
May 21, 2018 at 2:09 pm

Philadelphia will never find itself short on claims to fame, but one contribution that many people might not know about is that it served as the destination Elon Musk chose when seeking an undergraduate education. Matriculating at the University of Pennsylvania, the South African earned two bachelor’s degrees before going on to become the business…