HALO Letters: Not What They Seem The HALO Estate, the company left to handle the distributor’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy, has sent out letters disputing more than $3 million in supplier claims. But unlike other HALO actions, this one is not expected to cause much concern among suppliers. The recent HALO Estate court filings are cleaning up duplicated invoices or disputing claims of suppliers who are fighting so-called preference lawsuits and should know the HALO action is coming, says Marc Simon, who is handling HALO Estate matters.
The recent HALO actions were triggered because HALO’s books don’t match the supplier claims, says Simon, who is also president of Counselor Top 40 distributor HALO/Lee Wayne, now legally separate from the bankrupt company. Often there is a simple reason for the discrepancy. In fact, our check of suppliers on the list didn’t uncover any disputes with HALO. For example, AAA Umbrella Co. (asi/30023) found that the same $241,000 invoice was listed by HALO under the AAA and also its line name, Rainmen, says Jeffrey Nanus, the supplier’s president.
The invoice clean-up is a final step to getting checks mailed to suppliers who have been waiting more than three years for payments for orders delivered before HALO’s 2001 filing, Simon says. Those first payments should be out by the end of the year, he says. Industry suppliers, meanwhile, benefited from a recent decision that gives them priority over a $50 million preferred stock debt stemming from HALO’s purchase of Starbelly.com. That decision increases the amount of pennies on the dollar that suppliers will receive from pre-bankruptcy debts.
T-Shirt Trouble Expressive T-shirts got a couple of people in trouble recently. A couple was ejected from an American Airlines flight last month after the man tried to board wearing a T-shirt with an illustration of a woman with a bare breast, according to CNN. Airline officials at first asked the man to change the shirt or turn it inside out. The couple were given a refund by the airline, which has a policy that says it has the right to remove passengers whose clothing causes discomfort or offense.
Another couple who were wearing anti-Bush T-shirts at a rally for the president held in Charleston, WV, were arrested after refusing to move to a designated protest area, says USA Today. The two had gotten tickets to the rally but, once there, had take off an outer garment to reveal shirts that said: “Love America, Hate Bush.” Trespassing charges against the couple were later dropped.
In The News The Bradenton (FL) Herald ran a piece on Manatee Apparel & Promotional Products Inc. (asi/260233) owner Janene Witham; specifically, how she took the firm over after joining it seven years ago, and the changes the firm is making to meet today’s marketplace demands. This included information about logoed apparel..
An information-laden piece on the industry in general and the just-closed 2004 Specialty Advertising Association of California (SAAC) show ran in the Long Beach (CA) Press Telegram August 4. Several industry practitioners were quoted.
A recent Coshocton (OH) Tribune ran yet another piece on Jasper Meeks, his inventive use of his printing press, versatile press and why the city is the birthplace of the modern promotional products industry.
PRWeb ran a lengthy article on how distributorship Superior Promos Inc. (asi/339754) helped web design firm Novapulsar.com use promotional products for a multifaceted campaign to encourage its customers to become repeat buyers. It was a great testimonial to the effectiveness of the medium.
Phone Card Rates Could Go Up 20% The cost for prepaid calling cards could rise as much as 20% if the Federal Communications Commission decides to implement retroactive charges for regulatory fees, The Washington Post reports. The FCC is thinking of making phone-card vendors pay the same fees and charges that apply to other phone service. AT&T Corp., which stands to see a bill for $100 million, has argued that the cards are so called “information service” offerings, a technical term that would exempt them from the proposed charges. AT&T encouraged its phone-card customers to call the White House’s toll free number to complain, and 300,000 did so, the company said.
Of Guitars And Toilet Plungers There have been a couple of interesting giveaways recently. Delta Air Lines’ Song subsidiary will be giving out guitars. The Gibson Les Paul Junior electric guitars are engraved with the Song logo and will be given away to people who buy at least two tickets on selected routes of the low-cost airline in the fall. Participants must buy tickets from Song’s Web site. The promotion will also include Apple Mini iPods and free downloads of songs from iTunes.
More earthbound is the promotion for Roto-Rooter Services Co. The company give away 1,500 plungers at a Birmingham Barons baseball game. The plungers had logos for both Roto-Rooters and the Barons, and an 800 number for the plumbers if the plunger doesn’t work.
Three Groups Trying To Draw Blood The three top blood-donation organizations have banded together to fund a public-service campaign designed to get young people to give blood, The New York Times tells us. The American Red Cross, The American Association of Blood Banks, and Americas Blood Centers are all participating. Despite all the attention after 9/11, the nation’s blood supply has been chronically short, and young people often don’t think about donating. The campaign tries to draw donors by bringing up causes that appeal to the young like stopping pollution and then suggesting blood donation with the tagline: “Saving the world isn’t easy. Saving a life is.” You can see the group’s effort at www.bloodsaves.com. There’s a logo – a bandage with a spot of blood – that would look great on a promotional product.
People on the Move Dennis Sherman has joined Bullet Line (asi/42424) as Southeast regional manager.
Three Rivers Specialty Advertising Association (TRASA) has named a new executive board: Kippie Helzel, president; Dana Zezzo, vice president; Eddie Grimes, treasurer; and Sherri Donnelly, secretary.
Certified Group (asi/160475) has merged with A Plus Marketing (asi/119568) and Certified Hawaiian (asi/160464).
Registration And Housing For The ASI Show Orlando Is Now Available The ASI Show! Orlando, January 3-5, 2005, is the industry’s first national show of the year. You can request registration and housing forms now at www.asishow.com or by calling (877)ASI-SHOW. Special show highlights include a Stephen Covey keynote presentation, an exclusive Cirque du Soleil event, a Disney Tour and the Block Party at Universal CityWalk. Take advantage of free ticket offerings and special discounted tickets with early registration. Online registration will be open soon.
Remember it’s not too late to benefit from highly informative ASI Show! education offerings from this year’s first quarter shows. The best of education CD-ROM is available for a limited time to ASI members. This invaluable learning tool includes audio recordings from more than 50 popular education sessions. Visit www.asishow.com for ordering information. Limited supplies are available.
More exciting announcements about The ASI Shows! in 2005 are coming soon to www.asishow.com.
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August 23-27 Traveling Showcase
National Specialty Advertising Showcase (NSA)
Newark, Philadelphia, Baltimore, North Virginia, Richmond
Info: (361)949-1857; Fax: (361)949-7460 email@example.com
The Traveling Optimum Promotional Show (TOPS),The Eastern Tour
Promotional Products Association of Canada
8/23-World Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax; 8/25-Palais des Congres de Montreal, Montreal
Info: (514)489-5359; Fax: (514)489-7760 firstname.lastname@example.org
Specialty Advertising Counselors of the Delaware Valley (SACDV)
Valley Forge Convention Center, King of Prussia, PA
Info: (610)873-1186; Fax: (610)873-7433 email@example.com
August 25-26 Expo 2004
Promotional Products Association of Florida (PPAF)
Walt Disney World Dolphin, Orlando, FL
Info: Kathy Ginkel (407)933-7879; Fax: (407)932-0089 firstname.lastname@example.org
2005 ASI SHOWS
January 3-5 Orlando
February 2-4 Dallas
March 30-April 1 Vegas
July 12-14 Chicago