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PromoPlacement Launches PromoTemps, a National Promotional Product Temp Worker Agency
April 22, 2019 at 1:16 pm

PromoTemps, Chesterfield, Mo., a staffing and temp agency to the promotional products industry, opened its doors last week. Through PromoTemps, promotional products industry companies and professionals will be able to hire experienced industry support staff on a temporary, hourly basis. "We’re thrilled to bring PromoTemps to the promotional products industry,” Kevin McHargue, CEO of PromoTemps, said in a press release. “Finally, you can get expert support, when you need it, on…

Nike's New 420 Shoes for Dog Lovers Have Some, Um, Interesting Decoration Features
April 22, 2019 at 11:04 am

On Saturday, 4/20, the day that ganja lovers have designated as their own, Nike released its latest nod to their infatuation, issuing the SB Dunk High Walk the Dog kicks. The shoes feature many interesting decoration features, including a brown mark on the outsoles that looks like, well, dog poop. That's just one of many design elements that make the shoes stand out...

A Distributor Remembers an NFL Promotion That Made a Difference
April 22, 2019 at 10:34 am

When a promotional campaign gets its intended brand impressions for the end-buyer, pretty much any distributor would say it’s a success. But when a promotion can do some real good in the world and create a positive affect for people, it’s even more special. Greg Schwartz, vice president of sales for Hot Cards, Cleveland, had…

Quick Instagram Tips for Promotional Products Businesses
April 19, 2019 at 11:00 am

We previously covered Instagram with an in-depth look at how 
the ever-popular social media channel allows brands to promote their business and stay in front of audiences. Here are a couple more tips for getting the most out of the mega-popular platform...

9 Top Promotional Chocolate, Candy and Mint Items End-Users Will Love
April 19, 2019 at 9:48 am

There’s something about sweets that puts a big smile on anyone’s face. Who would say “no” to a box of chocolates? Definitely not us! To satisfy your sweet tooth (and your clients’), here are some of our favorite promotional chocolate, candy and mint items. Embossed Mint Tin by Chocolate Inn/Taylor & Grant Available in three…

Have You Heard About OrderMaster?
April 18, 2019 at 3:29 pm

Question: Have you heard about OrderMaster? Answer: I’ve been asked this question quite a bit over the last few months by distributors whom I have helped convert from OrderMaster to a QuickBooks-based solution. With their help and a fair amount of detective work, I found the owner. I learned that OrderMaster is no longer being…

3 Ways Branded Pens Benefit Brand Storytelling
April 18, 2019 at 2:50 pm

Everyone has a story to tell, including brands. Whether it’s one that conveys encouragement like Nike’s “just do it” slogan, or one that inspires individuality like Apple’s “think different” campaign, stories are the messages that connect us. They make people, products and brands more approachable and relatable. And while brand storytelling may be a relatively…

Southern Plus Acquires Aqua Sheen Brand, Assets
April 18, 2019 at 12:41 pm

Southern Plus, Hartwell, Ga., announced that it has acquired the Aqua Sheen brand and its assets for an undisclosed amount, and will sell Aqua Sheen's rainwear products as an extension of Southern Plus's current product offering. "We're excited to continue the legacy of the Aqua Sheen brand and to be able to offer customers rain…

Holy Cow There Is So Much Game of Thrones Tie-In Merch
April 18, 2019 at 12:31 pm

Its knack for gripping storytelling and cast of “roughly 12 zillion characters,” as Vox wrote, have made “Game of Thrones” a can’t-miss component of contemporary pop culture. The public’s fascination with the show, which secured 17.4 million viewers for Sunday’s season eight opener, has bred considerable branding opportunities, and it seems that the amount of…

Pro Towels Donates to the Abbeville Promise Program
April 18, 2019 at 11:46 am

The Pro Towels Family of companies, including Pro Towels, Kanata Blanket Company, Superior and Neet Feet, has donated $1,000 to the Abbeville Promise Program, a higher education scholarship program committed to helping students in the Abbeville County, S.C., area. The scholarship program was established by the Freshwater Coast Community Foundation to help bring access to…

Ariana Grande's Limited-Edition NASA Merch Was a Hit at Coachella
April 17, 2019 at 2:31 pm

If you were too busy checking out all of the cool Coachella pics popping up on your Instagram feed, then you probably missed the news that Ariana Grande debuted a limited-edition, eight-piece, NASA-themed Coachella merch collection. It includes pieces like T-shirts, sweatshirts and a pair of glasses, and fans of Grande’s newest album will be happy to hear it features elements from her song “NASA” throughout...

10 Apparel Trends That Were Huge at Coachella
April 17, 2019 at 1:42 pm

Another year, another Coachella weekend. As you could see in your social media feeds, thousands of music-obsessed patrons made their way down to the desert to soak up some rays and listen to their favorite musicians at the first weekend of Coachella. As usual, it was the must-attend event of the year—even Ariana Grande released…

Dietz & Watson Pop-Up Store to Sell Insane, Awesome Branded Merch (Like 'Dietz Nuts' Boxers)
April 17, 2019 at 12:35 pm

Celebrating its 80th anniversary, Dietz & Watson certainly made up for a boring matchup between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams by airing its Dietz Nuts meat snacks commercial. Come May 1, nearly three months after the hysterical television spot, the Philly business will open a pop-up store that pays tribute to the product through eponymous boxers, while also selling other irresistible branded goods...

Promotional Product Price Fixing Investigation Yields Fifth Guilty Plea
April 17, 2019 at 11:36 am

A fifth promotional products professional has entered a guilty plea in an ongoing investigation of price fixing. The companies involved had conspired to fix the prices of branded items such as wristbands, lanyards, temporary tattoos and buttons. The latest guilty plea came from Akil Kurji, owner and president of Gennex Media. According to the U.S.…

Quality Certification Alliance's Tim Brown on Why Brand Safety Is Smart Business, Big Changes at QCA
April 17, 2019 at 10:45 am

Tim Brown, executive director for Quality Certification Alliance, joined the show to tell us why brand safety matters to modern promo buyers (and why it's a big opportunity for business), and give us more details on QCA's new participation model and recent rebrand. Plus, Sean and Brendan discuss how Disney's latest Star Wars theme parks merchandise might lead to a cup-holder crisis!...

The Koozie Brand Celebrates 40 Years With New Logo, Refreshed Brand Identity
April 17, 2019 at 10:43 am

In celebration of the Koozie brand's 40th birthday, BIC Graphic North America, Clearwater, Fla., has debuted a new logo and updated identity for the iconic brand. This year marks 40 years since the Koozie brand was born on April 16, 1979, when a construction worker found that piping insulation kept his sodas cool and his…

Walmart Is Launching a Children’s Apparel Subscription Box
April 16, 2019 at 2:55 pm

In the retail world, Walmart still occupies the throne, with revenue totals that made it the richest global company for 2019. To stay on top, the Arkansas-headquartered giant is constantly looking to innovate, and for its latest trick, it's launching a children’s apparel subscription box, the product of a partnership with KIDBOX...

What's Really Going On With This 'Worklife' Staples Rebrand?
April 16, 2019 at 1:34 pm

Staples just rebranded, giving itself an aesthetic makeover and billing itself as "The Working and Learning Company." It has a new logo, with the staple now front and center. It's all very 2019 and very Silicon Valley buzzy...

Rymax Adds 12 Brands to Portfolio of Premium Rewards
April 16, 2019 at 10:23 am

Rymax, Pine Brook, N.J., announced the addition of 12 new brands to its premium collection of rewards. Following an earlier announcement of its new look and tagline, the addition of these brands highlights Rymax’s continued focus on its rewards collection. Rymax’s most recent collaborations include the following products and brands: L’Occitane’s exquisite French beauty products…