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Six of the Highest-Earning Promotional Products Distributors Share Their Secrets
June 29, 2018 at 11:02 am

While one might presume that Robert S. Davidson is a big believer in the “art for art’s sake” mindset, the sculptor has also made apparent that he wants to act as a safeguard for other creative individuals’ rights. Last week, following a seven-and-a-half-year saga, the artist won a staggering $3.5 million in a case against […]

The New York Times' $300 T-shirt Is How Not to Promote a Brand
June 27, 2018 at 12:11 pm

Sometimes, we feel like we are screaming this message from the highest mountain top, and yet, brands continue to ignore our cries. But for those of you listening: Know your brand, and know your audience. There's clearly a disconnect in The New York Times latest promotional apparel, and we're not quite sure how anyone thought…

2018 Top 50 Distributors: HALO Branded Solutions Makes a Big Leap
June 29, 2018 at 2:22 pm

At $415 million in sales, HALO Branded Solutions made a large leap in 2018, jumping from No. 4 in 2017 to No. 2 this year. Jim D. Stutz, executive vice president for HALO Branded Solutions, spoke to us about business challenges, consolidation and the company’s 2017 accomplishments...

2018 Top 50 Distributors: BAMKO Rises on Acquisitions, Company Culture
June 29, 2018 at 2:23 pm

BAMKO made one of our largest climbs this year, jumping from 
the No. 32 spot in 2017 to the No. 17 spot in 2018. We interviewed 
Phil Koosed, president of BAMKO, to find out how the company 
grew its sales, as well as his thoughts on outside competitors and the millennial customer...

Time for Your Declaration of Independence
July 2, 2018 at 3:00 pm

The 4th of July is when we Americans celebrate our independence, our freedom. As you prepare your celebrations, let me encourage you to reflect on these two questions: Are you truly independent? Are you truly free? Most distributors with whom I speak don’t seem very independent. They seem to be bound by all of the…

Taco Bell Releases Wedding-Themed Branded Merchandise Collection
July 5, 2018 at 12:49 pm

The wedding collection includes a matching T-shirt and tank top set ($20 each), which feature the words “Mr.” and “Mrs.” respectively, making them a plain, if not inventive, alternative to your typical tuxedo and dress. Also featured is a Sauce Packet Bowtie and Sauce Packet Garter, which are both emblazoned with a hot-sauce-packet-inspired design, and also go for $20 a pop...

Illini Moves to New, Larger Facility to Expand Production Capabilities
July 5, 2018 at 8:41 am

Illini, Vernon Hills, Ill., has moved its headquarters to a newly built facility located at 1000 Woodlands Parkway, also Vernon Hills. At 120,000 square feet, the building houses all of the supplier's office, production and warehouse employees. This expansion allows Illini to increase its core pad-printing output, expand its digital printing technologies, add additional laser-engraving…