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The Vernon Company Adds Allen-Johnson as Account Executive
August 20, 2014

The Vernon Company, Newton, Iowa, recently announced the addition of Kimberly Allen-Johnson as account executive for its Western region. She is a promotional products-industry veteran and former owner of Island Imprints, Fresno, Calif.

CPSC Recalls 242,500 Children's Water Bottles
August 20, 2014

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on Tuesday announced the recall of 242,500 children's water bottles manufactured by Brita. According to the official recall notice, Brita received 35 reports of broken or cracked lids, though no injuries were reported. The CPSC noted that the broken lids could cause lacerations.

BIC Graphic Launches New Bags and Padfolios
August 19, 2014

Designed to protect technology during work and travel, new bags and padfolios from BIC Graphic, Clearwater, Fla., have a modern look, and are lightweight and TSA-friendly.

Logomark Unveils Its 2014 Holiday Calendar
August 19, 2014

Logomark, Tustin, Calif., released its 144-page digital 2014 holiday calendar, which features more than 350 products, including more than 150 new or exclusive items.

Phthalates Panel Recommends Additional CPSC Restrictions
August 19, 2014

Over the next several months, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will be reviewing the report and recommendations of an agency advisory panel regarding risks of phthalates in children’s products. If implemented by CPSC through rulemaking, the recommendations of the long-delayed report would restrict phthalates more stringently.


On the basis of toxicity concerns primarily regarding potential endocrine disruption, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) requires the CPSC to convene a Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel to study the effects on children’s health of all phthalates and phthalate alternatives as used in children’s toys and child-care articles.

Smart Business Cards Transform Into USB Drives
August 19, 2014

Business cards belong to the same quaint, pre-digital era as film cameras and vinyl records. We may still have them, but how many of us use them to find contact information when we can consult Google or LinkedIn? USB drives are hardly more useful, usually ending up in the same desk drawer as their analog predecessors.

Now there’s the SwivelCard, a thick piece of paper that is at once a personal business card and a USB device.

Spanish Retailer Criticized for 'White Is the New Black' T-shirt
August 19, 2014

Sometimes phrases have unwanted connotations. While it may be just a play on words referencing the common fashion phrase on what's in style or the popular Netflix series, "Orange Is the New Black," Spanish retailer Zara has experienced backlash on possible racial undertones of its printed white tee with "White Is the New Black" printed across the chest in black block letters.

5 Best Cinematic Sales Pitches
August 19, 2014

Hollywood, as a general rule, doesn't seem to care much for salespeople. In almost every movie and TV show, sales professionals are depicted either as con-men or nut-cases.

Nevertheless, you can learn about real-world selling from Hollywood's skewed depiction of it. Here are five memorable scenes, along with my explanation why they're useful:

1. Boiler Room

Even though this movie is about con-men rather than salespeople, this "closing" scene illustrates two basic principles of selling.

The Best Productivity Tricks You Can Learn From Firefighters
August 18, 2014

Firefighters are always a call away, ready to tackle potentially dangerous situations. But while their job probably carries a ton of stress and responsibility, their methods and tricks can still apply to your job and everyday life.

Like any emergency personnel, firefighters work long hours and rely on a lot of teamwork. Since lives are often at stake, they also have to operate with pinpoint accuracy. It requires training, keeping calm under pressure, and knowing what to do at the right time. Within these goals, they have lessons for all of us—even if you don't regularly save people from burning buildings.