It is hotter than heck here in Trevose, PA today (how hot is heck anyway?). It’s so humid, in fact, that we are supposed to get severe thunderstorms with golf-ball-sized hail. I know; I’m the Al Roker of the industry. In keeping with our scorching weather, here are some sizzling ideas. Enjoy and 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.
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Healthy Alternative (antibacterial pen) The Pitch: If you’re wondering what Chef Louis and his recipe for creamy ratatouille have to do with All-In-One Mfg.’s (asi/34256) GermShield pen, you should click here: http://allinoneline.com/GermShield.aspx. In the meantime, let me tell you, this pen (item AIO-WGSBG) is made from antimicrobial plastic and is therefore a great idea for hospitals, schools, daycare centers, office buildings … anyone! Pricing starts at: 300; .99 (R). And you can get it for as low as .81. The Bottom Line: Keepin’ it clean.
Hip-notic (book) The Pitch: UCLA’s latest slang dictionary comes out today and I’d love to be the editor (if you know anyone over there, hook me up). It looks like a fun read. The words are compiled by college kids and if you don’t know if you’ve ever rolled mad deep or spit some game at someone, you might want to get your hands on it … you know, just so you can be hip. You can also get your hipness on with The Book Company’s (asi/41010)Little Hiptionary: “A bangin’ pocket reference for kewl peeps everywhere.” It would be a fun giveaway at special events and swanky venues. Pricing starts at: 50; $7.95 (R). See it here: http://www.thebookco.net/view_detail.cfm?ID=4929. The Bottom Line: Make some serious skrilla (money).
Date and Time (countdown clock) The Pitch: Sound the alarm! The Countdown Clock from Time Products International (asi/91320) can be set for any special event and is a very cool idea for wedding planners (countdown to “I do”), obstetricians (baby on board!), colleges (school’s out for summer) and more. Item CK-425M starts at: 50; $11 (R). Click here: http://www.tpi2000.com/productDetails.php?productId=289. The Bottom Line: Ticking away.
I’m Spooked (coloring book) The Pitch:My 8-year-old nephew stayed with us a few days last week and at night we would sit around the fire pit and Uncle Steve (my twisted husband) would try to scare him with stories of “The Crazies” who live in our town (more like our house), and “the man behind the shed.” All kids like to be spooked to some degree (although Uncle Steve pushes it) and especially around Halloween. Coloring Book Solutions (asi/45815) offers item #0482, the "Spooky Night" Halloween activity pad. Restaurants could give these out during the month of October. Pricing starts at: 1000; .38 (S). See it at: http://coloringbooks.asisupplier.com/.
The Bottom Line: Kiddie-cool.
All About You (custom nutrition bars) The Pitch: Savvy mom Ava and cutie son Anthony were both born on October 24. Isn’t that pretty awesome? They also founded You Bar (asi/98848) together; an LA-based business where they make customized nutrition bars, protein bars, candy bars and energy bars. Every bar has a nutrition label, ingredient list, allergy information and expiration date. Think about these for trade shows, special events, spas and gyms and more. Pricing starts at: 13; $4.23, (R). You can find out more about the bars and view a video of the whole gang at: www.youbars.com. The Bottom Line: Raise the bar.
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