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Will Smith’s Charity Merch Raises $20K in Two Days Using YouTube’s Teespring Platform
July 17, 2018 at 2:39 pm

So much negativity often surrounds Philadelphia that we here at Promo Marketing love lauding locals whose actions shine a positive light on the city. Since commencing his career in 1985, Will Smith has given us—especially those who, like the 49-year-old actor and musical artist, hail from West Philly—ample occasions to hold our heads a tad…

In Memoriam: William S. Epstein of Pilgrim Plastic Products Company
July 17, 2018 at 2:01 pm

William S. "Billy" Epstein passed away July 13 at the age of 87. He was the devoted husband of Ethel Epstein; former husband of Myrna Epstein; brother to Judy Epstein; and father to Marc and Annette Epstein, Amy and Paul Holt and Aaron Epstein. He was grandfather…

Custom Ink Opens Seven New Physical Stores, Offers Same-Day Capabilities
July 17, 2018 at 1:47 pm

Custom Ink, one of the primary competitors to traditional promotional products businesses, has taken another step in its expansion plans and opened seven more brick-and-mortar locations in its native Virginia. Six of the stores are located within Michaels' stores. One of the locations is a standalone store, with another planned standalone store opening in Alexandria,…

The Air Force Is 3-D Printing Coffee Mug Handles to Save $1,210 Per Mug
July 17, 2018 at 12:21 pm

The U.S. Air Force has started 3-D printing coffee mug handles because otherwise it would cost $1,210 to replace a single one if it breaks. That's not a typo or a misplaced comma. It really costs $1,210 to replace the coffee mugs' handles. Granted, these are not the coffee mugs you're using at home or…

Wearable Tech Has a Future in the Cruise and Travel Categories
July 16, 2018 at 1:47 pm

Wearable technology is becoming more prevalent in much more than just the health and wellness sector. It's being used by entertainment companies and sports teams to create coordinated design elements in stadiums and during concerts. It's being used in apparel to let you know when your Uber driver is coming. It's being used to pay…

Plan. Execute. Evaluate.
July 16, 2018 at 11:30 am

In business we must continually plan, execute and evaluate. 1. Plan: Most business folks have some sort of plan. Some have long-range plans. Some have annual plans. Most have at least a “to do” list to help plan their day. 2. Execute: Most business folks also execute. The key to good execution is good planning.…

Midnite Snax Opens New Manufacturing Plant
July 16, 2018 at 10:45 am

Midnite Snax, Bethpage, N.Y., announced the opening of its newest facility. This 35,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art manufacturing plant gives Midnite Snax a combined 120,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing, warehousing and office space. Just like the main facility, the new addition is a Safe Quality Food facility, and is internationally recognized as exceeding global food and…

As 2020 Nears, Promotional Spending for Trump Reelection Bid Heats Up
July 16, 2018 at 10:12 am

Per the Huffington Post, the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, which sells Trump-branded merchandise and hats bearing campaign slogans, raised $10.2M during the second quarter alone. Out of this, the group has spent at least $600,000 to manufacture branded hats, T-shirts, towels and commemorative coins, to name only a few items...

Gene Geiger, Charles Pecher Are PPAI’s 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees
July 13, 2018 at 1:54 pm

Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), Irving, Texas, will induct Gene Geiger, MAS+, co-owner and CEO of Lewiston, Maine-based distributor Geiger; and Charles “Chuck” Pecher, president at St. Louis, Missouri-based supplier Skinner & Kennedy, into the PPAI…

Clarity and Organization are Key in QuickBooks
July 13, 2018 at 1:16 pm

Question: Can you clarify "Customers," "Vendors," "Employees" and "Other Names?" Too often I use "Other Names." Is that right? Answer: No. It is best to set these up correctly from the beginning. Fixing later is difficult. In this section, QuickBooks allows a name to be used only one time. If you put everyone in "Other…

Minor League Baseball Team's 'Millennial Night' Promo Deserves None of Your Flak
July 13, 2018 at 10:57 am

If you ask anyone older than 35, millennials are entitled, selfie-taking, lazy leeches whose fragile egos and penchant for avocado toast prevents them from purchasing houses and contributing to the world. If you ask any millennial, they will tell you that standpoint is hyperbolic, to say the least. Millennials are the Yankees. Everyone who isn't…

Stran Promotional Solutions Adds Two Industry Vets to Leadership Roles
July 12, 2018 at 2:15 pm

Stran Promotional Solutions, Quincy, Mass., announced the hire of Bob Shea as its new vice president of sales. With more than 20 years of experience in print and promotional sales and sales management, he will be responsible for building out the sales team at Stran and the growth of both the existing account base, as…

Analysts: Consumers Could Feel Impact of Tariffs by Fall
July 12, 2018 at 2:05 pm

With the increased sanctions of $200 billion most recently, economists said that consumers don't have to worry just yet. This fall, however, should things continue on this current track, that could change.

You Need to See This Anaheim Angels Mike Trout T-shirt Promotion
July 12, 2018 at 1:24 pm

Since he debuted July 8, 2011, a month shy of his 20th birthday, Mike Trout has served as the face of the Los Angeles Angels. On Tuesday, the two-time American League Most Valuable Player received an eponymous shirt night, with his club literally acknowledging his image as the organization’s chief identifier by placing an enormous…

Women's Soccer Apparel Searches Spiked 520 Percent in 2018
July 11, 2018 at 12:45 pm

Most likely thanks to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, there's been a huge spike in searches for women's soccer apparel, according to a new report from e-commerce aggregator, Lyst. Searches for the words "soccer" and "football" have risen 107 percent month-over-month, and 340 percent year-over-year since this time in 2017. From the period of May…

Budweiser Gets High Marks for World Cup Light-Up Promotional Drinkware
July 11, 2018 at 12:36 pm

Come Sunday, though we will be happy to see the FIFA World Cup champion crowned, we will likely find ourselves fending off a case of the “sads,” as parting with what has proven a wonderful tournament will be tough. Budweiser will probably be fighting a few feelings, too, as the final will be the last…