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HALO Hosts ‘Connect2020’ Virtual National Sales Meeting
August 13, 2020 at 3:14 pm

HALO Branded Solutions, Sterling, Ill., recently concluded “Connect2020,” the company’s virtual national sales meeting. The two-day event included sales training, supplier trend sessions and evening happy hours—including a “virtual progressive dinner” featuring company executives and their families serving, a five course dinner and supplier “dine-arounds” with small groups of staff, and support staff meeting with…

Apple Accused of Sourcing Employee Uniforms From Factories Connected to Forced Labor
August 13, 2020 at 2:05 pm

Apple is facing criticism after shipping records revealed that it sourced apparel from a Chinese company facing U.S. sanctions for using forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region. The apparel was most likely uniforms for Apple Store employees. The timing is especially poor, as Apple CEO Tim Cook recently told Congress that he would not tolerate…

Gemline Announces Partnership With Gardening Brand Modern Sprout
August 13, 2020 at 11:51 am

Gemline, Lawrence, Mass., announced yesterday a strategic partnership with Chicago-based Modern Sprout to bring a collection of smart, simple, sustainable indoor and outdoor gardening products to its growing product portfolio. Modern Sprout uses the logic of hydroponics redesigned to create beautiful, space-savvy products. Its company mission is simple: un-complicate indoor gardening. Since its founding, Modern…

HPG Combines 'Foodie' Appeal and Hard Goods With Batch & Bodega Brand Launch
August 13, 2020 at 11:27 am

HPG this week announced the launch of Batch & Bodega, a new brand that brings the supplier into the food gift category, bundling exclusive edible products from across the country with popular hard goods from HPG’s catalog to create unique kits. Customization is a huge part of these “batches,” and customers can choose design elements like high-end retail packaging and handwritten notecards for added personal detail...

These Are the Most Effective Face Mask Types (According to New Study)
August 13, 2020 at 10:57 am

There has been little debate among public health professionals that widespread mask use is crucial to slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Where there has been some debate, though, is over the most effective face mask types outside of the approved medical-grade varieties. Which of the many available face coverings protects most against transmission of the virus? We finally have some data...

Starbucks Has a New Line of Back to School Inspired Merch (With Some Great Designs)
August 12, 2020 at 3:14 pm

Back to school season is here! While it may look a lot different this school year with classes being held virtually, in-person or a mix of both, students and teachers will still be purchasing some of the usual back to school essentials. To add to the mix, Starbucks just released a line of cups and merch inspired by school supplies...

Geiger Hosts First Virtual Galleria Education Conference
August 12, 2020 at 1:19 pm

Geiger, Lewiston, Maine, hosted its annual Geiger Galleria education, networking and sales conference on July 28-29 virtually for the first time. The motto for this year’s event was "Push Harder, Climb Higher, Go Farther." Almost 300 salespeople and associates from around the country and the U.K. attended each day to learn new sales tactics, network…

FDA Dangerous Hand Sanitizer List Tops 135, Adds Another U.S. Manufacturer
August 12, 2020 at 1:01 pm

The FDA’s constantly-updating list of potentially harmful hand sanitizers has now risen to more than 135 products. Another U.S.-based manufacturer has now joined the list, too, with Dallas’s Santa Cruz Biotechnology initiating a voluntary recall. Georgia-based SG24 LLC also had to recall its SkinGuard24 All-Day Hand Sanitizer after it was labeled to contain methanol...

Our 5 Favorite Promotional Products of the Week: 'Jumanji' Keychains, Custom Mascot Suits and More
August 12, 2020 at 12:25 pm

As we inch closer to November, there will probably be plenty of fresh political merchandise to dissect in the coming weeks and months. We'll devote plenty of time to that, as we always do. But, before all of that starts, let’s have some fun and enjoy the rest of the summer, eh? This week's Fave 5 includes custom jackets for mascots, ingenious sneaker collaborations and more...

American Jewish History Museum Made $30K in One Day From Sales of 'Yo Semite' T-shirt
August 12, 2020 at 11:55 am

The National Museum of American Jewish History hit the jackpot when President Trump accidentally pronounced "Yosemite" as "Yo Semite." The museum had been selling a shirt with that text on it since 2011, and sold thousands immediately after the president's mistake went viral, generating $30,000 in a little over a day...

Los Angeles Apparel Responds to LA Subpoena Over Workplace Practices
August 12, 2020 at 11:30 am

Los Angeles Apparel has responded to a subpoena from the city of Los Angeles looking to enforce compliance rules now that Los Angeles Apparel has reopened. The apparel company, founded by American Apparel founder and former CEO Dov Charney, was in the media spotlight after more than 300 workers in the company's manufacturing facilities tested…

What's Working in Promo Sales: Tips for Landing Orders in a Shaky Economy
August 11, 2020 at 4:56 pm

With the current state of the global economy making every transaction even more crucial than usual, it’s a critical time to review what’s working and what’s changed in sales. To explore some sales tactics and advice for the new normal and beyond, we connected with a trio of distributors and a sales manager at a major supplier...

The Tyranny of Incremental Goals
August 11, 2020 at 1:31 pm

It will soon be budget time and time to set a goal with expected growth in GDP. What is the expectation when we set these goals?

What Does a World Without College Football Look Like for Small Town Merchandisers?
August 11, 2020 at 1:15 pm

College sports took a huge hit yesterday when the Big 10 conference announced that it would not be playing a single down of football this upcoming season. It’s not the first conference to do so, but with schools like Penn State, Michigan and Purdue, it’s a huge move for college sports and, by extension, the companies who depend on selling merchandise...

Bella+Canvas, Serena Williams Team Up With National School Boards Association and Scholastic to Bring Millions of Masks and COVID Safety Education to Children
August 11, 2020 at 12:20 pm

Bella+Canvas and Serena Williams have pledged to donate a minimum of 4.25 million masks—the number of students living below the poverty line—working with the National School Boards Association to distribute them to schools most in need. Bella+Canvas will provide free and discounted access to breathable, comfortable face masks—distributing masks to 115,000 schools nationwide...

Grow Your DTG Business During COVID-19
August 11, 2020 at 10:30 am

This webinar will deliver plenty of information about how to make money with DTG and include a demo of how to print custom face masks.