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Starbucks' Color-Changing Branded Cups Keep Selling Out
May 6, 2019 at 2:15 pm

Last we heard from Starbucks, the coffee and sugary drinks giant updated its rewards program to allow members to snag free merch when they save up enough points. This week, Starbucks was back in the news for merch, this time for its new eco-friendly, color-changing branded cups that are so popular, stores are struggling to keep them in stock...

Signet Inc. Returns to QCA Advisory Council
May 6, 2019 at 1:39 pm

Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), Chicago, has expanded its Advocacy Council with the addition of Memphis, Tennessee-based Signet Inc. The Advocacy Council (previously known as the Distributor Advocacy Council) is comprised of industry advocates who are leading the way for brand safety through the responsible sourcing of promotional products. ADvocates recognize QCA as the standard by…

Something Inked's Bill Feldberg on Branded Footwear, Nike's Dope 420 Shoes, Promo Opportunities
May 1, 2019 at 10:10 am

Branded footwear is having a moment. Everywhere you look, big names are collaborating with shoe brands, bringing the promo and retail worlds together. We talked to noted sneakerhead Bill Feldberg, of promo company Something Inked, who gave us the details on the footwear phenomenon. Bill told us about Nike's 420 releases, Vans' licensing brilliance, Crocs' unlikely ascent to "cool," promo sales opportunities with footwear brands and much more...

Burger King's New 'Real Meals' Are Silly, But They Have a Good Message
May 3, 2019 at 1:56 pm

For a long time, themed kids' fast food meals were dominated by the Happy Meal. It became a catch-all term for neatly packaged meals that kids liked. Other restaurants tried, but nothing had the longevity or brand awareness domination of the Happy Meal. Burger King is trying its best, though, to face off against the…

Cincinnati Reds Fan Gets Call to Make Custom Lamps for Team's Hall of Fame
May 3, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Only the most diehard fans expect for the Cincinnati Reds to contend this season, and since the club resides in last place in its division, even those individuals’ patience is going to end up taxed. Since the franchise, thanks to an association with the long-defunct Cincinnati Red Stockings, is celebrating its 150th anniversary, supporters are…

Showdown Displays Parent Company Acquires Promic B.V. Display Systems
May 3, 2019 at 9:02 am

Sign-Zone LLC, the parent company of Showdown Displays and Jansen Display Group, announced that it has acquired Promic B.V. Display Systems, a designer and distributor of custom promotional displays. Headquartered in Nederweert, Netherlands, Promic provides mobile presentation systems and supporting hardware for products such as retractable banners, beach flags, floor displays and banner stands. The…

Why Facebook Is Using Less Blue in Its Branding
May 2, 2019 at 1:28 pm

Despite the overwhelming regard for blue in the world of color psychology and its vast presence in commercial logos, Facebook announced it is moving away from the hue in favor of more white for its mobile app layout and interface, with the same change coming to its desktop site in the coming months. Why the change?...

This Inch-Thick Phone With an 18,000 mAh Battery Was a Colossal Crowdfunding Failure
May 2, 2019 at 1:58 pm

One of the biggest complaints people have about their cellphones is that, inevitably, the battery loses its ability to hold a charge. Avenir Telecom, a European telecommunications provider, tried to save us from that struggle by crowdfunding a new, Energizer-branded phone. The problem was the phone was comically, insufferably large...

Orbus Recognized as a 2019 Green Giving Partner by Matthew 25: Ministries
May 2, 2019 at 1:01 pm

Orbus Exhibit and Display Group, Woodbridge, Ill., announced that it has been recognized as a 2019 Green Giving PArtner by one of its recycling partners, Matthew 25: Ministries. The Green Giving Partner Seal is awarded to corporate partners that display a commitment toward minimizing corporate waste and supporting humanitarian aid to the needy and disaster…

Coca-Cola’s New Summer Bottle Labels Turn Into Promotional Wristbands
May 1, 2019 at 12:19 pm

Although 2019 has thus far proven profitable, the Coca-Cola Company has been experiencing consistent revenue declines over the last few years. Now that May has arrived and people can practically taste summer’s arrival, the company is hoping to drink up kudos thanks to its Enjoy campaign, an endeavor that will allow consumers to convert bottle…