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Beacon Promotions Celebrates 15th Anniversary
July 20, 2018 at 1:37 pm

Beacon Promotions, New Ulm, Minn., celebrated its 15th anniversary this past week with many fun events. The company played some games, had some special treats and lunches catered in, employees were in drawings to win some corporate gift prizes, and more. Some of the company's retirees also returned to visit, and Beacon recognized the 15…

Let's Review Every Single Piece of McDelivery Day McDonald's Swag
July 20, 2018 at 11:12 am

We've seen fast food brands going all-in on promotional products the last few years, but few have gone quite as big as McDonald's did for McDelivery Day. The event, held yesterday, saw the burger giant dispatch tons of branded merchandise via UberEats delivery—a high-profile, promo-centric campaign that, at least going by social media reactions, was…

Don't Get Fleeced: Selling Promotional Fleece and Fall Apparel
July 19, 2018 at 1:52 pm

While many people love summer for the reason that it allows them to wear light, freeing apparel such as T-shirts, tank tops and swimsuits, it’s no secret that the best season for style is fall. Seriously, what’s better than putting on a comfy fleece and a pair of sweatpants to go for a nice walk…

Promotional Restaurant T-shirts Get Some Love In Canada’s Largest Newspaper
July 19, 2018 at 1:36 pm

While America has many amazing restaurants, including this best-of roundup from OpenTable that is quite kind to Promo Marketing’s Philadelphia base, we are not above commending our neighbor to the north for its excellent eateries. Canada abounds in terrific spots to fulfill its citizens’ and visitors’ caloric needs, and while the establishments’ fare serves as…

QCA Authorizes UL as Accreditation Program Audit Provider
July 18, 2018 at 2:37 pm

The Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), Chicago, announced the qualification of UL as an authorized audit provider for their Accreditation Program. With this achievement, UL joins Bureau Veritas to become only the second authorized audit provider. Also, to better serve QCA’s clients, both providers will now offer accredited suppliers the opportunity to schedule and complete future…

New Costco Promotional Products Business Launches Via Harland Clarke
July 18, 2018 at 2:34 pm

Just as the gigantic supermarkets have put a strain on smaller mom-and-pop grocery stores, those retail megaliths like Walmart and Costco are now competing with promotional products distributors by offering customizable products directly to consumers. Walmart has been in the game for a little while now, but Costco has quietly started selling products in the…

Promotional Socks Are Huge With Nonprofits and Fundraisers
July 18, 2018 at 1:41 pm

Our roles as news conveyors and chroniclers help us geek out on a number of topics, including lauding the longevity that particular products have enjoyed. For those with similar interests in tracing the history of consumer offerings, we suggest combining a penchant for investigating apparel items with an affinity for looking at promotional goods to…

TSC Apparel Names Dave Klotter as New CEO
July 18, 2018 at 1:28 pm

TSC Apparel, Cincinnati, announced the appointment of Dave Klotter as its new CEO. Klotter comes to TSC Apparel from Marianna Industries, where he served as CEO and board member. Before that, he was a senior executive with KIK Custom Products, as well as various executive and sales leadership positions throughout his 25-year career. "I am…

Feminist Apparel CEO Fires Staff After Allegations of Sexual Misconduct
July 18, 2018 at 1:07 pm

There's already been a few hurdles in the world of feminist apparel. Now, a Philadelphia-based company is at the center of a scandal that proves that just because a company says it supports the #MeToo movement, doesn't mean it's true. According to Refinery29, a clothing company called Feminist Apparel has been selling T-shirts with catchy…

These Are the Biggest Hat Trends Right Now, According to Instagram
July 18, 2018 at 12:46 pm

We don't have to tell you that promotional caps and headwear are huge business opportunities for your brand. And while there's nothing wrong with a classic hat promotion, there are some new trends making waves on Instagram that you should pay attention to. According to Fashionista, summer 2018 is all about four key hat trends.…

Teespring Has a Stolen Designs Problem
July 18, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Teespring has faced its share of criticism, after selling insensitive shirts and sparking outrage. Now, according to The Daily Dot, Teespring has a huge problem that could threaten the company's future: design theft.

Bleacher Report's New E-commerce Collection Is a Masterclass in Branded Merchandise
July 18, 2018 at 12:27 pm

In the weekend before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final, Bleacher Report launched a capsule collection of soccer jerseys—Hip Hop x World Cup—designed in collaboration with rappers including Black Thought, Vince Staples, 21 Savage, Vic Mensa and Smokepurpp. The jerseys, which were created to reference the local roots of each artist, were priced at $80 a piece, and sold out in a mere three days...

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…