Trimark Named in List of Most Admired Corporate Cultures of 2013
Trimark Sportswear Group (asi/92122), part of Counselor Top 40 supplier Polyconcept North America, has announced that executive search firm Waterstone Human Capital has named the company one of Canada's Most Admired Corporate Cultures of 2013. Each year, Waterstone recognizes Canadian organizations' business cultures that enhance performance and help maintain the company's competitive advantage. "We are proud to have Trimark as part of our distinguished list of Canada's 10 Corporate Cultures of 2013," says Marty Parker, chairman and CEO of Waterstone and the founder of the 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures program.
"We understand the desire to be perfect, but realize that is not a true destination, but progress towards it is the true definition," says Will Andrew, president of Trimark Sportswear. "Trimark is admired not just for our products and services, but also for who we are as a company and the environment we have created." View the full list of the 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures here.
MW Corporate Products Relocates
MW Corporate Products has moved to #130-10691 Shellbridge Way, Richmond BC V6X TW8. In addition to the relocation, the company is pleased to announce two new hires; Rainnie Lee as office manager and Godrey Levy as an account manager.
"We are actively seeking new, qualified sales professionals to join our expanding team," adds Mark Wigod, owner of MW Corporate Products. Wigod can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PSL Canada Enters Into Deal With Tomax
PSL Canada (asi/75613) announced that it has obtained an exclusive supplier agreement with Tomax USA for Canada. Tomax's line includes the latest in power banks, mobile accessories and wireless products.
The Allen Company Expands its Ops
The Allen Company (asi/34330) announced that it now has a Canadian operation based in Paris, Ontario, Canada. For more information about the supplier's expansion into Canada, go to www.allenmugs.ca.
Hub Pen Co. Canada Announces MLR of the Year
Hub Pen Co. Canada (asi/61968) announced that its Canadian multi-line rep of the year award was given to Chura Sales Ltd., owned by Dave Chura and Ken Greatrex.
Starline Product Shines in Contest
Starline Industries (asi/89213) was awarded first place for the "Best New Product" by MarketingEdge Magazine for its EL77 RoxBox Agua Bluetooth. The EL77 was one of nearly 100 products submitted for consideration.
Maturing Apparel Trends Drive ISS Long Beach
ISS Long Beach, which took place last month, proved host to the maturation of several key apparel trends that have grown in the industry over the past few years. Here is what suppliers and decoration equipment companies have in store for 2014.
Pattern: The creeping influence of patterned garments is beginning to be felt. Alternative Apparel (asi/34850) has seen a tremendous response to its printed hoodies, available in patterns like stars, stripes and florals. Camo, too, continues to creep into a number of items. Sweatshirt experts Independent Trading Company brought camo patterns to two of its top-selling hoodie styles. Tri-Mountain (asi/92125) is the only company doing oilfield camo hoodies and sweatshirts. "Oilfield camo is here," said Danny Tsai, vice president of merchandising for Tri-Mountain. "This camo is becoming a big seller to the U.S. oil industry."
Transitional Performance Pieces: The demand for performance pieces that can be worn in everyday settings continues to increase. Hanes (asi/59528) has launched its new X-Temp series of garments. The unisex T-shirt is made from a 60/40 ringspun cotton/poly blend, so the garment wicks but still has a similar feel to cotton. It's available in 10 colors, including five neon heather hues. Expert Performance Tee (asi/53404) has launched a number of new items this year, including yoga pants, colorblock shirts and a spaghetti strap tank with built-in bra. All can be used as activewear or everyday items. "We don't look at ourselves as just a performance brand anymore," says Merchandising Developer Nino Phimphachanh. "We see ourselves as a lifestyle brand."
Direct-to-Garment Printing: The wide variety of direct-to-garment printers now available means decorators have more choices than ever before with this burgeoning technology. But a sea change is forming, particularly with the arrival of the Epson SureColor series of printers. Stahls' ID Direct (asi/88984) has thrown its considerable weight behind the printer as a distributor, after revealing an aborted attempt a few years ago to develop its own machine. Marketing Director Joe Longtin of AnaJet (asi/16000), which owns the largest market share of DTG revenue and sells its own printers, believes that many manufacturers that outfitted their printers with Epson print heads will now be confronted with a choice. "It's either become an Epson distributor or close your doors," he says.