Hi, kids...don't be confused. I know it's only Monday and I am knocking on your inbox, but we decided that Hot Deals should be twice weekly now; and by "we" I mean my lovely publisher. Hope you'll find it a welcome addition. I bring you some products I found in sunny San Diego at the ASI Show last week (sorry to my coworkers who were stuck back here in the Philly snow again). Enjoy this first-ever Monday edition. 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
Eco Award The Pitch: I featured this 100% recycled glass award in my Kathy's Korner video from the Advantages New Products Pavilion, because it caught my eye with its coolness (kind of like my husband back in the '80s). You can see it and other fun and unique products on video here: http://www.youtube.com/asicentral#p/u/12/KWAnllJwTP0. This particular item is perfect for rewards programs of all kinds and it's from Crystal D (asi/47759). Pricing starts at: 1; $164.12-R. Product #4600 can be found on: www.crystal-d.com. The Bottom Line: Glass act.
Lean & Green The Pitch: While we're on the topic of eco-friendly, I was walking down the trade show aisles when the good folks at AdCapitol (asi/31260) were kind enough to hand me their Green Bag, which I was then able to collect other products in. Item TB207 is a 100% recycled folding tote bag that collapses to an itty-bitty size when not in use. Pricing starts at: 144; $4.13-R. Great for your grocery store and retail clients. Click here: http://www.adcapitol.com/. The Bottom Line: Earth Day must have.
Hey, Cookie The Pitch: So, I'm now just looking through the Green Bag I mentioned above and I finally find the peanut butter cookie I bought at the convention center last week when I was starving (I ate the other one right then and there). I was wondering where that cookie went! It reminded me of the logoed cookies on display from AP Specialties (asi/30208). Each delicious shortbread cookie is made with natural ingredients and features a 3-D logo. Pricing starts at: 8; $1.19-R. These are just what you need for any special event. You saw them in the above-mentioned video, and you can also see them here: http://www.apspecialties.com/. The Bottom Line: Recipe for success.
Plant One on Me The Pitch: OK, so I seem to be on an eco-friendly kick here, but there were, indeed, plenty of eco products at the ASI Show. I got to meet the lovely Lauri Sjoblom, president of Symphony Seed Papers (asi/74930), who showed me some of their hot new products, including item SSS, their Seed Saver Card. It's a seeded postcard under vellum cover that is printed with your client's greeting or invitation on the front, and planting instructions on the inside. The handmade seed paper shows through the invitation and each printed card comes in a 100% recycled envelope. These are also perfect for special events, awards ceremonies, incentive trip announcements and more. Pricing starts at: 100; $2.45-R and you can see the supplier's products and paper-making process here: http://www.seedcards.com/. The Bottom Line: A growing trend.
Eyes on You The Pitch: Eyes of a certain age need reading glasses, mine included (although I am happy to say I am only a 1.0). Well, did I come up with a fashionable find in San Diego! Specialtising Int'l. Inc. (asi/88584) now offers logoed reading glasses. Right now, I hold in my hand, a terrific-looking pair in tortoise shell. Pricing starts at a mere: 96; $5.66-R. These are ideal for book stores, eye doctors, and how about restaurants for reading those pesky menus in that ambient (a.k.a., dim) lighting? Item #R-3025 is too new for their Web site, but call the supplier and ask about it: 800-727-8886. Click here to see older versions: http://www.seesun.com/reading.html. The Bottom Line: Read all about it!
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