My friends, where does the time go? (Can you tell I’ve
been listening to a lot of political speeches lately,
my friends?) We are quickly closing in on the end of
summer with Labor Day weekend and I will be happy to
have Monday off. Hope
your holiday barbecues
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Rain on Me The Pitch: One
of my supplier sales buddies here at ASI suggests you tell your
rental car clients that they should have imprinted umbrellas
handy for clients on stormy days. Mary Sells (yes, that’s
her real name and she sells) was in Georgia this week for a meeting
and she got soaked by the remnants of hurricane-turned-tropical
storm-turned-tropical depression, Fay. Peerless Umbrella
Co. Inc. (asi/76730) has the L’il Buddie (item #4210),
an ultra-mini pocket umbrella with manual opening and matching
rubber spray handle. Plus it has a matching nylon sleeve. This
would also be ideal for your retail clients and supermarkets too. Pricing
starts at: Qty.50; list price-$16; price code-P. Web address: www.peerlessumbrella.com. The Bottom Line: Be a pal.
Watch and Wash The Pitch: Now you can sing in the shower and
watch yourself doing it. Zipline
a great sale on item #ZIP1029, a shower anti-fog mirror/radio with a fold-out
razor/toothbrush holder. It also has a digital clock, so your Madonna imitation
doesn’t make you late for work. Batteries are included. Suggest it
to your clients for holiday gifts and employee incentives. This would also
be super for bathroom renovation companies, plumbers and any organization
who wants to shower their customers with great service. Sales price
is: $23.70 (C) for a minimum of 25. Web address: www.addsomezip.com.
Expires: 12/31/08. The Bottom Line: Soapy sales.
Got it Licked The Pitch: For all your breast-cancer awareness runs
and events, Lollypops & Candies (asi/67872) has
a sale on awareness lollypops: For head logo only, $.076 per
piece; for head and stick imprint, $.086 per piece. They come
in boxes of 1,000 pieces. Use promo code: AWARELOL08. Web address: http://67872.asisupplier.com.
Expires 10/31/08. The Bottom Line: Suckers for a cure.
Booster Club The Pitch: According to a survey by Harris Interactive,
40% of employees say water-cooler talk about TV shows boosts morale at
work. And for the third year in a row, American Idol is the
most-talked about show. (I know that’s true here in the editorial
department; and did you hear they are adding a fourth female judge? Maybe,
she can pipe in when Paula zones out.) Aqua Sheen (asi/36575) has
an item that would make an awesome incentive gift for outstanding employees
and would help them out with their TV watching too. It’s also perfect
for company stores. Actually, this product (#323) is right up my alley:
It’s a 50” x 60” heavy, non-pill fleece TV blanket,
which is machine washable. It has a 20" pocket to keep your tootsies
warm, as well as a pocket for your remote, glasses, etc. Pricing
starts at: Qty.-48; list price-$30; price code-Q. Web address: www.aquasheen.com. The Bottom Line: Cozy up.
Splitsville The Pitch: Apparently,
he does not want to be her “Soul
Provider.” Even cutting his mullet off could not save Michael Bolton’s
relationship with Nicolette Sheridan. They have, sadly (sniff, sniff)
ended their engagement. While we’re on the topic of break-ups,
however, Molenaar LLC (asi/71980) offers the Klip Kit,
a set of 14 break-off utility clips, which are mailable and patented.
They come in blue, red, white or yellow. Anybody can use these. Pricing
for item #5015 starts at: Qty.-250; list price-$1.06; price code-P. Web
address: www.miline.com. The Bottom Line: Keep it together.
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