Labor Day weekend looms (sigh). I miss summer already! So, I officially have two sophomores now with school back in session: one in high school and one in college. It's all going way too fast, as I'm sure your busy day is, but I trust you will make time for this edition. Have a great week and 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.
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The Joe Show: Electronics
In this episode of The Joe Show, Counselor Managing Editor Joe Haley shows off some of the coolest electronic gadgets available on the market today. Have a tech client looking for a unique promo? Or maybe a customer looking to target the younger set? This episode is for you.
Overall Impression (uniforms) The Pitch: My sister Colleen and I used to argue over who had the better-designed Barbie penthouse (for real), but newly-listed supplier Universal Overall Company (asi/92465) has a pretty impressive history of sibling teamwork and design. Beginning with brothers Max and Joe Eckerling manufacturing industrial work garments in 1924 in Chicago, the company makes its uniforms in Chicago to this day. And the family-run business has been passed down for three generations. But these days, it's not just overalls. Item SC16NV, for instance, is a stylish men's navy blue long-sleeve pocketless shirt, made from 100% cotton, 5.25-oz. twill. Pricing starts at: 24; $21.63-R. You can check out this and some of their other work wear offerings at: www.universaloverall.com. The Bottom Line: It's a family affair.
Sing-a-Long (grill/iPod player) The Pitch: My Yahoo horoscope for today starts like this (I'm an Aries): "Your vision for the future is very strong today. So much so, that you will be seeing things that haven't even been invented yet!" Hmmm...I'm intrigued. One thing that has been invented and is also intriguing is the George Foreman iPod/mp3-ready grill available from Rock Distribution Company (asi/83072). Item GIPOD200 is perfect for incentive programs, starting at: 50; $166.07-V. For more information, e-mail: email@example.com. The Bottom Line: Grillin' to the music.
Why So Cold? (mini ice scraper) The Pitch: Just as I am lamenting summer's end, along come the annual Farmer's Almanac predictions for a bitter winter. Darn you, Farmer's Almanac! Why do you have to bring a sister down? However, sales could be up for winter-related items, such as a credit-card-sized ice scraper from Aakron Rule (asi/30270). It's on sale at: 250; .39-R. Good idea for automotive markets. Click here: www.aakronline.com. Expires 12/31/09. The Bottom Line: Frosty reception.
You Wear It Well (shot glass beads) The Pitch: Who doesn't like their Jager shot in a blinking glass ... on a necklace no less? OK, full disclosure: I've never even had a shot of Jagermeister. However, shot glass beads with blinking LED lights are a fun product from Envision Marketing (asi/52519). Even if you're not a shot person per se, they are a cool keepsake and they are just right for all types of events, celebrations, bar openings and more. Overstock pricing while supplies last starts at: 100; $1.95-S. See them here: www.envisionmanufacturing.com. The Bottom Line: Lights ... action!
Can Touch This (you could win a free iPod with apparel purchase) The Pitch: Are you singing MC Hammer in your head? Well, since I already mentioned a grill/iPod player above, I thought you'd like to know that, coincidentally, Bodek and Rhodes (asi/40788) teams up with Jerzees (asi/84257) to give away a free iPod Touch to the customer who orders the most Jerzees' products online each day. The promotion takes place every business day in September. Also, all Jerzees' buyers will qualify for a random drawing for additional iPods. For more information: www.bodekandrhodes.com. The Bottom Line: Music to my ears.
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