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Industry Veterans Join Chocolate Inn/Taylor & Grant
February 6, 2019 at 2:34 pm

Chocolate Inn/Taylor & Grant/Lanco has added four industry veterans to its sales team to increase its U.S. and Canadian presence. Adam Brown joined as key accounts manager, Scott Lange and Mike Oliver as multi-line U.S. sales representatives, and Donna Klaassen as multi-line sales representative for British Columbia. “As we grow both organically and thru acquisition,…

How Nutella Is Using Custom Merch to Drive People to Its Stores
February 5, 2019 at 12:53 pm

We admit that we laughed a bit upon learning that today is National Shower With a Friend Day, apparently, but we confess that we revised our shopping lists when reading that it's also World Nutella Day. We know there's always room for Jell-O, but everyone who can should make ample space for the hazelnut spread,…

So ... What's New?
February 4, 2019 at 12:03 pm

January has come and gone in a flash, and even though you may still be recovering from trekking down each and every trade show aisle, it is time to get to work. Well, we are here to help. We hear it every year from all our customers: "Show me what's new!" Well, at SnugZ, we…

HALO Branded Solutions Adds Heather Bridges as Chief Financial Officer
February 5, 2019 at 1:28 pm

HALO Branded Solutions, Sterling, Ill., announced the hiring of Heather Bridges as the company's new chief financial officer. Bridges will succeed Linda Janczkowski, who announced her intention in July to reduce her role within HALO. Bridges will report to HALO CEO Marc Simon. Bridges has had a distinguished career…

More Promo Companies Indicted, Fined in Price Fixing Schemes
February 4, 2019 at 2:08 pm

A federal grand jury in Texas has indicted Taiwanese company G Nova Corp and its CEO over price fixing schemes relating to promotional products. A second company, NetBrands Media Corp. and two of its executives, have already agreed to plead guilty to similar, but unrelated, charges, per Reuters...

Polyconcept Appoints Neil Ringel as New CEO
February 4, 2019 at 8:41 am

Polyconcept, New Kensington, Pa., announced the appointment of Neil Ringel as its new CEO, effective today. Ringel, whose resume most recently includes head of corporate development for Staples, will replace Gene Colleran, PCNA's CEO since 2015. "We appreciate Gene's many contributions to Polyconcept and wish him the very best," Josh Klevens, managing director at Charlesbank…

Tinder Has Its Own Branded T-shirt Collection Now
February 4, 2019 at 1:44 pm

What would the world be without Tinder? For one thing, the global news cycle would be far less interesting or disturbing, depending on how one chooses to categorize some of the most recent stories involving the six-year-old dating application. With the ultimate commercialized observance, Valentine’s Day, a little more than a week away, the Tinder…

Bella+Canvas Launches 'Fashion Apparel Masterclass' Online Educational Program
February 4, 2019 at 2:23 pm

Bella+Canvas, Los Angeles, launched a new online education course for promotional products industry professionals called the "Fashion Apparel Masterclass," or "FAM" for short. Bella+Canvas set out to create a masterclass that addresses the challenges specific to the promotional products industry and provides solutions that will give members the tools to sell more premium apparel, and…

Data, Customer Experience and Calculated Risk in the Promo Business
February 1, 2019 at 2:45 pm

When I used to be heavily invested in music, teachers would often say, “The more you put in, the more you’ll get out.” This is true with my career, in my relationships and with my health. This is equally valid with regard to digital information. For example, the more online digital information I knowingly or…