So the Phillies play the Rays starting tonight. Sorry to my friend Dianne Plourde at Geiger, who had high hopes for her beloved Red Sox. Thanks to my buddy Donn James at IMC, who made good on his bet after his beleaguered Dodgers lost and sent enough Baby Ruth bars to give the whole editorial department their afternoon sugar fix. Here's your weekly fix of deals and ideas.
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Seeing Red The Pitch: As you'll note in my Sales Tip video, I'm wearing Phillies red. Even though ASI encouraged us to wear red every day our home team plays, this was an unconscious effort on my part that just happened to work out. (However, I am not wearing the Phillies cap that HR left for each employee; I worked hard on my hair this morning.) Red is simply my signature color. As an Aries (fire sign), I'm drawn to it. So, I was drawn to the red Weekender Duffel from Seville Corporation (asi/86565). Item #AG-223 is also available in other colors and is made of 600 denier polyester. It has a large zippered main compartment, two zippered front pockets, front mesh pocket for water bottle or other beverages, padded handle wrap, and adjustable shoulder strap. Perfect for upcoming overnight holiday visits. Pricing starts at: Qty.-24; list price-$11.98; price code-R. Web address: www.sevillegear.com. The Bottom Line: Getaway gear.
Take a Hike The Pitch: A report out of London suggests there are five things you can do every day to stay sane. Naturally, I had to check it out, being on the brink of cuckoo-hood (yes, I made that up) on a daily basis. Turns out, it's pretty simple: connect, be curious, learn, give and be active. Idea International (asi/62116) has a simple step counter (item #PD223) to help you out on that end. It has a large imprint area and comes with a built-in belt clip and batteries. Get it at EQP. Web address: www.acuraline.net. Expires 12/31/08. The Bottom Line: Step by step.
Afternoon Tee The Pitch: This is a neat twist on your average business card: Tee Off/Norwood (asi/90740) offers item #61155. It's a business card tee packet, which includes six tees and two ball markers. When those are gone, tear the perforated edge to keep the card. Plus, it's on sale at: Qty.-500; list price-$1.10; price code-R. Use promo code 1. Web address: www.norwood.com. Expires 12/31/08. The Bottom Line: Cool card.
Scratch That The Pitch: It's getting to be that time of year here in the Northeast, when everything gets itchy. Aloe Up Suncare Products (asi/34362) rescues your clients from the ravages of forced-hot-air heating systems and outdoor elements. Item #61611 is the supplier's original formula light moisturizer. It's hypoallergenic and biodegradable. All products contain a minimum of 25% pure aloe vera gel. You can get a free spec sample by providing a shipper number and sending artwork to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Web address: www.aloeuppromo.com. The Bottom Line: Skin-saving sales.
Smoke-Free Environment The Pitch: Pennsylvania recently went smoke-free in its bars and restaurants and that makes me so happy. I can now go to my favorite places without coming home smelling like a chimney (not to mention the health benefits). The national Great American Smokeout is scheduled for November 20 this year and Scentria Corp. (asi/85383) has a great product, which we featured in our October Advantages Fresh Ideas showcase. Gone Smoke is a personal smoke smell eliminator that takes that cigarette and cigar stench right out of clothes and hair. There are more than 125 sprays per .45-oz pen, which is made from high-quality brushed aluminum. Pricing starts at: Qty.-100; list price-$5.19; price code-R. Web address: www.scentria.com. The Bottom Line: Out, damned smoke!
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