John Corrigan

  • Staff Writer

John writes for ASI’s family of magazines and ASICentral.com. More importantly, he covers WrestleMania and the Wing Bowl along with other dignified events.

Maria Impacts Promo Firms on Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria blasted Puerto Rico on Wednesday, knocking out power to the entire...

L.L. Bean Recalls Toddler Fleeces

L.L. Bean, in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC),...

Irma Strikes Southeast U.S., Disrupts Promo Firms

Hurricane Irma has weakened to a tropical depression after blasting south and central...

Promo Firms Prep for Irma

As Texas and Louisiana continue to recover from Hurricane Harvey, the Southeast U.S....

Harvey Recovery Underway as Promo Firms Lend Aid

Tropical Depression Harvey is finally moving away from Texas after making a second...

Texas Mom Thrives as Custom Apparel Franchise Owner

Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More, a franchise apparel shop and Under...

Factory Production Disrupted Throughout China; North American Suppliers Affected

The Chinese government has launched environmental inspections that have halted...

California Closer to Banning Branded Marijuana Merchandise

State legislators in California have taken another step toward banning legally...

Alibaba Reports Strong Quarterly Sales

China-based Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., a seller of promotional and various other...

Best Distributor Self-Promotion 2017: NorthPoint

At the end of the day, the purpose of every promotion is to generate...

Best Supplier Promotion 2017: Edwards Garment Co.

Good suppliers work hard to become valued partners to distributors. Edwards Garment...

Best Social Media Promotion 2017: BrandVia

February was full of puppy love at San Jose, CA-based BrandVia (asi/145037) as photos...

CPSC Recalls Children’s Swimsuits

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall for...

Minor League Baseball: Fans Swing By For Golf Night Giveaway

Lifelong friends Jules Alper and Gary Lee proudly wore their new logoed golf visors...

Gildan Posts Revenue Gain

Top 40 supplier Gildan Activewear (asi/56842) reported its net sales reached $715...

Nickelodeon Nostalgia Sweeps Comic-Con

Distributor Axis Promotions turned back the clock to the neon days of the early '90s at...

Q2 Distributor Sales Increase 3.2%

Distributors increased their sales in the second quarter of 2017 by 3.2%, according...

State to Aid Some Laid-Off American Apparel Workers

California has stepped in to help laid-off American Apparel (asi/35297) employees as...

Key Trends for 5 Top Promo Markets

The traditional top markets of the promotional products industry are going through...

PA Governor Rejects Ban on Plastic Bag Bans

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has officially taken sides in the national battle over...

Supplier Woman of Distinction 2017: Cindy Bergler, Express-A-Button

Decades ago, with only $200 to her name and a fistful of moxie, Cindy Bergler...

Bess Cohn Memorial Humanitarian Award 2017: Philip Koosed, Bamko

Philip Koosed doesn't have a particular interest in foreign affairs, but he does have...

Supplier Family Business of the Year 2017: Charles River Apparel

One day, Walter Lipsett was thumbing through the pages of Delta Airlines' magazine,...

Distributor Family Business of the Year 2017: Midwest Promotional Group

The Lewandowski family has been in the promo products industry since the Roaring...

Technology Executive of the Year 2017: Eric Shonebarger, Hit Promotional Products

As the chief information officer of Hit Promotional Products (asi/61125), Eric...

CPSC Recalls Infant Coveralls

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall for baby...

Amazon Seeks Patent for Drone Delivery Beehives

Amazon has taken another step toward a drone-filled future, filing for a patent for...

Shoe Bags Make an Ideal Gift for Golfers

When motor oil provider Valvoline wanted to make an impact during a corporate...

Economy Watch: Homebuilding Declines Again in May

Homebuilding declined for the third straight month in May, a possible sign that the...

Get Better Brand Exposure

If you want people to hear about your business, you can't solely rely on referrals...

Overhaul Your Firm's Efficiency

Keys to making your supplier firm leaner, meaner and streamlined for success.

Global Ad Sales Growth to Slow In 2017

A new report from Magna Global forecasts worldwide ad growth will slow this year,...

Canadian Promo Industry Veteran Fred Oesen Retires

Dozens of industry players from all over North America gathered in Toronto last week...

CPSC Recalls Children’s Playwear

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall for...

Report: Manufacturing Sector Expands But Some Signs of a Slow-Down

The latest Institute for Supply Management (ISM) manufacturing index hit 54.9 in May,...

E-Commerce Data Reveals Growth, Buying Trends

More than four in 10 large revenue distributors now report having some amount of...

Ecommerce Data Reveals Growth, Buying Trends

More than four in 10 large revenue distributors now report having some amount of...

Companies Cracking Down on Telecommuting

Earlier this month, IBM urged thousands of U.S. employees to relocate from their...

Fidget Spinners Soar in Promo Popularity

Reinventing the wheel has led to fidget spinners becoming a highly profitable viral...

Alibaba Quarterly Sales Rise By 60%

China-based Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has announced that its fiscal fourth-quarter...

2017 Hot List: Sean Burns, Jesse Goodwick & Jared Lazar

The millennial trio behind Team Phun is riding a wave of success.

2017 Hot List: Tracey Clingen

"Don’t fall in love with your computer. It’s the human element that keeps you alive."

2017 Hot List: Tsedenia Kiros

Even Oprah is paying attention to the design director at Charles River Apparel.

2017 Hot List: Michael Levitt

"I like the ability to express creativity and execute for our clients."

2017 Hot List: Yuhling Lu

Meet the former scientist and co-founder of Ariel Premium Supply.

2017 Hot List: Bill and Sharon Miller

In business for more than 35 years, the co-owners of BCG Creations aren't slowing down.

2017 Hot List: Rob Russell

"2016 was the first year we did the trade show circuit, and it’s been fantastic."

2017 Hot List: Rich Santo

"Our brand is reliability and innovation and capacity."

Ten Miles of Promos at the Broad Street Run

Nearly 40,000 people channeled their inner Rocky on Sunday morning for the 38 th ...

WrestleMania Promos Take Over Orlando

A week of magic and mayhem has ended as World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) presented...

7 Tips for Hiring Top Sales Reps

Industry insiders and experts share their advice on how to find and employ successful s...

Epson Hosts Fashion And Technology Forum

As part of the Epson Digital Couture Project before New York Fashion Week, the...

Q/A: Epson Global President Minoru Usui

Epson America Inc. hosted its third annual Digital Couture Project Show to spotlight...

Epson Hosts 3rd Digital Couture Show in New York

Leading up to New York Fashion Week, Epson America Inc. hosted its third annual...

25 Years Of Gorging And Promos At Philly’s Wing Bowl

For a quarter century, Philadelphians have gathered for a boozy, salacious,...

2017 Promotional Product Supplier of the Year - Showdown Displays

As leading distributors will attest, it’s a banner order every time with this top suppl...

Examining Promotional T-Shirt Buying Habits

The biggest custom online T-shirt sites are raking in sales. But are they changing the ...

Trump’s Insult Becomes Promo Treasure for BuzzFeed

During a press conference last week, President-elect Donald Trump made a scathing...

Distributor Salesperson of the Year Finalist - Mitch Silver

Check out the Advantages Distributor Salesperson of the Year finalists. ...

Distributor Salesperson of the Year Finalist - Jamie Nicholson

Check out the Advantages Distributor Salesperson of the Year finalists. ...

California - The State That Banned Plastic Bags

Voters have made their voices heard. How did we reach this pivotal moment, and what’s n...

Customized NFL Cleats Raise Money For Charity

The NFL was a little more colorful this past weekend, as hundreds of players wore...

Pension Blowback Causes Unionwear to Declare Bankruptcy

Made-in-the-USA manufacturer Unionwear (asi/73775) has filed for Chapter 11...

EK USA and SnugZ USA Settle Lawsuit

EK USA (asi/51201) announced it has settled a lawsuit against SnugZ USA (asi/88060)...

Whole Foods’ John Mackey: How To Discover Your Company's Higher Purpose

In an exclusive podcast, ASI speaks with John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO of Whole...

Promo Products Companies Churn Out Championship Gear After Cubs Win

As long-suffering Chicago Cubs fans celebrated their team's World Series victory,...

Supplier Sales Rep of the Year Runner-Up - Loren Richardson, Alphabroder

When Loren Richardson married his wife Jennifer 16 years ago, he assured her that...

Supplier Sales Rep of the Year - Matt Wagner, Fields Manufacturing

Salesman by day and cowboy by night, Matt Wagner lives a double life with a single goal...

Hanes Announces Sales Increase In Q3

HanesBrands, parent company of Hanes Branded Printwear (asi/59528), announced revenue...

ASB Acquires Peter Kleine Company

Top 40 distributor American Solutions for Business (asi/120075) has acquired the...

Inside California’s Plastic Bag War

How competing forces are shaping the debate over a statewide plastic bag ban – and what...

The Book Company Partners With Shinola

The Book Company (asi/41010) has announced an exclusive partnership with Shinola, a...

Obituary: Marcy Lazarus

Marcy Lazarus, president of Promotional Breezes (asi/300734), died on September 27 in...

Towel Specialties Launches New Division

Towel Specialties (asi/91605) has launched its new Cobblestone Mills division,...

Geiger Announces Headquarters Renovation Project

Top 40 distributor Geiger (asi/202900) announced Wednesday that it will undergo a $12...

No. 11: Proforma Albrecht & Co., Best Places to Work 2016

The greatest gift at this perennial Best Places to Work member is a top-notch workplace...

WWE Launches Pet Products

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has a storied history with animals, from legends...

Shipping Prices Skyrocket, Cargo Stranded Due to Bankruptcy

One of the world's biggest shipping companies has left billions of dollars' worth of...

Promo Products Take Over Temple University

Temple University welcomed its incoming freshmen class this week with TempleFest, an...

Fashion Trends Q/A: What’s Hot for 2017

As 2016 winds down, suppliers and distributors are on the hunt for next year's...

KFC Gives Away Fried Chicken-Scented Sunscreen

If you've ever wondered how legendary actor George Hamilton maintains his perpetual...

Professionals Who Still Rely On Pens

Computer this, phone that? Not for these professionals who rely on pen and paper to do ...

Express-A-Button Acquires SAMCO

Express-A-Button (asi/53408) announced it has acquired SAMCO  (asi/84820)....

Study: Marketers Wasting Time with Themed Emails

If you're thinking of sending back-to-school emails to entice customers, a new study...

Best Marketing Video - Snugz/USA Inc.

From Ghostbusters to The Goldbergs , you don't have to go far this summer to find...

ASPCA Promotes App With Summer Giveaway

Pet owners have to be extra careful during the summer months as their furry friends...

Avoid Being Blindsided by Rush Orders

Heightened demand for quick turnaround requires flexibility and a culture that embraces...

How to Grow Beyond Promo Products

With less revenue coming from promo, distributors must meet demands for additional serv...

Instagram Announces New Feature, Challenges Snapchat

Instagram on Tuesday introduced Instagram Stories, a new feature that lets people...

‘Snowden’ Stuns Comic-Con With Unique Promo

Comic-Con has become a buffet of pop culture-themed ad specialties over the past...

RNC Wraps Up With Wacky Promos

This week and next week, ASICentral.com is offering full coverage of the promotional...

Political Promos Take Over RNC

This week and next week, ASICentral.com is offering full coverage of the promotional...

Supplier Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 - Eddie Blau, Innovation Line

On the morning of September 19, 2015, Eddie Blau was exercising in his backyard when...

Distributor Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 - Brian Abrams, Corporate Imaging Concepts

Brian Abrams woke up one morning with a familiar dread. A successful attorney in...

The Basketball Tournament Returns With Custom Apparel

If your bracket busted back in March, don't worry. You have another chance to win...

Red Cross Announces Fourth of July Giveaway

Thanks to the success of its Memorial Day weekend giveaway , the American Red Cross...

Staples Teams With United Way To Fight Illiteracy

Staples Inc., parent company of Top 40 distributor Staples Promotional Products...

ASW Global Named Official Merchandiser of RNC

The Cleveland 2016 Host Committee has named ASW Global's Main Event Merchandise Group...

T-Mobile Thanks Customers With Giveaway Campaign

T-Mobile is thanking its customers with a package of perks, including weekly...

Is Falling Entrepreneurship Hurting The Promo Market?

Despite it being easier than ever to start a business, American entrepreneurship has...

Red Cross Recruits Summer Donors with Promo Products

The American Red Cross has launched a social media campaign to recruit blood donors...

Logomark Kicks Off 12 Weeks of Summer Campaign

Top 40 supplier Logomark (asi/67866) has announced a multimedia initiative to inform...

Four Hot New Markets

Four hot sectors provide ample sales opportunities for distributors.

Accolades Inc. Receives Jackie Robinson Award

Every year since 2004, Major League Baseball has designated a day to honor Jackie...

Houston Promo Companies Reopen After Flooding

A state of disaster has been declared, as historic flooding hit nine counties in and...

UnitedHealthcare Offers Promos for Autism Awareness

In honor of April being Autism Awareness Month, national charity Jaden's Voice held...

Villanova Championship Parade Highlighted By Promos

A sea of Villanova blue flooded downtown Philadelphia on Friday as the Wildcats...

WrestleMania Promos Take Over Texas

A week of BBQ and bodyslams has wrapped up as World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)...

New Niche For Promo Products: Micro Moments

Promotional product opportunities could come direct from last night's SportsCenter...

6 Questions Hiring Managers Want to Hear

At the end of job interviews, after you've grilled the potential candidate, it's time...

How Are Disrupters Changing the Industry?

Disruption, by definition, is a disturbance. It interrupts the normal order of...

Kraft Campaign Links Social Media and Promo Products

Kraft Heinz is congratulating customers on passing a taste test that they weren't...

Pete Rose Slides Into Bobblehead Hall of Fame

Sorry, Commissioner Manfred. Charlie Hustle is going into the hall of fame. The ...

Ted Cruz Sells 'Trump University' T-shirts

As the battle between Republican candidates rages on, Ted Cruz has unleashed a new...

'House of Cards' Campaigns with Promo Products

Three days after Super Tuesday, the most corrupt politician in American history...

6 Questions Interviewees Should Ask Employers

At the end of job interviews, after you've grilled the potential candidate, it's time...

Which Promo Products Do Students Grab Most?

Nobody loves free stuff more than college students so it's no surprise that hundreds...

Gluttony and Promos On Display At Philly’s Wing Bowl

Philadelphia's most gluttonous tradition carried on again this year as WIP Sports...