Back in April, it seemed like no one thought the trade war would get this far. But now, with 2019 just a few weeks away, it's clear the tariffs are going to impact the promo industry in the new year. What's unclear is the extent of that impact, so we asked Brian Porter, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Starline Inc., about what we can expect for 2019, how promo suppliers are handling pricing and whether the recent 90-day negotiation extension would produce any meaningful results.
If you're tired of hearing about tariffs, fear not. We also talked to Brian about Starline's new tech solutions for streamlining the ordering process, how PromoStandards is aiming to improve the way suppliers and distributors do business through unprecedented collaboration, and more.
Plus, Sean and Brendan learn a "morning hack" from Jeff Bezos (having breakfast with your kids—wow, crazy!) and talk Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year. Is the Pantone Color Institute a shadowy cabal bent on twisting the very fabric of reality to its will? Probably not, but Sean's #takes on it will really make you think!