Happy Monday everyone! Yes, I know … Monday, but it could be worse. We could be stranded in an airport waiting for a volcanic ash cloud to dissipate. I like to put things in perspective. Here's some perspective on what's new. Enjoy! Send your feedback directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org. It may be published in a future issue of Advantages magazine. For free information on products featured in Advantages, click here: www.advantagesinfo.com.
– Kathy Huston, editor
Big Plans The Pitch: I just read my horoscope and great news! It says, "whatever can go wrong will go wrong." (That means you too, fellow Aries people.) It also says we should have a plan B, C and D. This is why I love my daily planner. Fundcraft Publishing Inc.(asi/55530) has a new daily planner (item PL240) that includes fun and inspiring quotes from Ann Landers, Michael Jordan, Walt Disney, JFK and more. Pricing starts at: 100; $3.33-U. This is a nice idea for anyone who has a plan, and needs 100 backup plans too. Click here to see all their planners: http://www.dailyimpressions.com/. The Bottom Line: Put it on your to-do list.
Mind Games The Pitch: Don't tell my boss, but I just took a couple of minutes to answer one of those silly "7 Questions" emails from my friend, Debbie, who I've known since I was born. (In case you're wondering, "2 things I want right now" are 1. my family room and kitchen renovations to be finished and 2. wonton soup and an eggroll.) Everyone needs a little break now and again and Buztronics Inc. (asi/42963) offers the Mind Game puzzle cube on a key tag, so you can take it wherever you go and take a break whenever you need one. Pricing on item #1044754 starts at: 100; $1.99-R. Click here: www.buzline.com. The Bottom Line: Sales cubed.
A Real Shoe-in The Pitch: It's that time of year, folks; time to dress up your beer bottles for those barbecues, tailgate parties, company picnics and more. Numo (asi/74710) has a new can cooler that's shaped like a sneaker (it's really cute). It fits most cans or longneck bottles and you have 10 color patterns to choose from. Custom color schemes are also available. Pricing on item 559-DCC starts at: 150; $3.26-R. See it here: http://www.numomfg.com/. The Bottom Line: A foot in the door.
Let's Talk The Pitch: Who doesn't love a talking bottle opener? We have one that asks, "Cerveza, señor?" And my husband's answer is always, "Si." Yes, we are very international at the Huston house. Advantages Industries (asi/31570) offers item AD-580, which plays 12 seconds of music, a message, or jingle. Pricing starts at: 250; $12.29-R. These are a fun idea for sporting events, beverage suppliers, bars, etc. Also, think about pairing these with the bottle cooler mentioned above. Click here: http://www.advantageindustries.com/. The Bottom Line: Open up.
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