OraLabs - NVC Agreement Oralabs Holding Co, parent company of OraLabs/Leashables (asi/75202), has signed a definitive agreement with NVC Lighting Investment Holdings Ltd, a Hong Kong-based company involved in the design/manufacture/distribution of lighting fixtures and related items. Under terms of the agreement, NVC becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of OraLabs. NVC has 30 offices and 300 distribution centers throughout China. No word if the acquisition would have any effect on the promotional products industry.
Pencil Beats Coin-Holder In Annual Promotional Products Clash Mike Burns, president of Quikey Manufacturing Co. Inc. (asi/80210), and Hank Frisch, president of Team Apparel Group Inc. (asi/342465), had their annual competition, and once again Frisch and his 6-foot pencil won. The supplier vs. distributor competition, called the "The Battle of the Giant Promotional Products," was a race up 42 floors in the historic Terminal Tower in Cleveland. Burns, with a 4-foot version of Quikoin coin-holder strapped to his back, was passed on the 38-floor. The even raised $1,000 for the Ronald McDonald House in Cleveland.
Personalized Show Reports Free For ASI Show Attendees The ASI Show has launched new free service to ASI distributor members who attend its shows. Starting with the Orlando show, attendees received post-show e-mails with complete contact information for suppliers they visited at the show. The service was created to facilitate faster distributor follow up and ordering after the show.
Karen DiTomasso, director of distributor services, notes, "After seeing such a great mix of suppliers, it's easy to understand how distributors may forget exactly which ones they saw and meant to contact after the show. To make the process easier, this new service will give the attendee a personalized list including complete contact information for the company. All distributors need to do is let exhibitors scan their badges as normal, and after the show they'll get the e-mail."
Can You Believe: A $600 Flip-Flop? The Wall Street Journal had a story recently about designer flip-flops that run north of $600 a pair. The trend to expensive flip-flops started when a $12 brand that was used by Brazilian coffee-bean pickers was spotted by designers and marketed to the too-much-money-on-their-hands crowd. The enabler in all this has been the appearance of high-end beach shoes coupled with dress-up clothing. There's not $600 footwear in the promotional products industry, but a check of ESP showed six suppliers with 43 models of shoes or sneakers that cost $100 or more. As for flip-flops, there are 25 models from a half dozen suppliers. We have to tell you, though, the footwear that has made the biggest splash in television and newspaper stories about promotional products have been the ones made by the Idea Group Inc. (asi/62119) and Neet Feet Inc. (asi/73525), whose debossed soles leave impressions of logos in the sand.
When It's Time To Move On... CEOs, what are your succession plans? We'd like to hear from people both with and without plans in place for an upcoming issue of Counselor. If you have a plan, what is it? Or if you don't, why not? Please e-mail your comments to Karen Akers at email@example.com.
People On The Move Tervis Tumbler Co. (asi/90914) has named Laura Spencer COO. She was formerly CFO.
Ennis Inc. (asi/52493) has named Michael McGill executive vice president/treasurer.
4imprint, British parent firm of Counselor Top 40 distributor 4imprint Inc. (asi/197045), has named Ken Minton chairman and Gillian Davies group financial director.
Senator USA (asi/86390) has named Gregg Chatterson, formerly of Admanco Inc. (asi/32360), Central key accounts manager.
OF THE WEEK
Ultimate Golf Experience 2-DVD Set from Sound Promotions (asi/88226) The Ultimate Golf Experience is a new 2-DVD instructional video for all ages, created just for the use of the promotional products industry. Packed with nearly four hours of instruction, the 2-DVD set is organized in five educational chapters covering everything from the basics to course management and the psychology of the game.
The 2-DVD set is available as an imprinted item in quantities below 1,000 units.
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ASI PRODUCT/SERVICE SPOTLIGHT
Norwood Exhibiting At All ASI Shows Through 2006 Counselor Top 40 supplier Norwood Promotional Products has committed to exhibiting at the next six ASI Shows, including the remaining 2005 shows in Las Vegas and Chicago, and all four shows in 2006. The supplier, currently ranked #2 on Counselor's 2004 list of Top 40 suppliers, recently teamed with the ASI Show to build and enhance relationships with clients and prospects from the 17,500 distributors the Show attracts annually.
Continuing the trend of the most respected and sought-after suppliers exhibiting at The ASI Show's final two events this year, ASI Las Vegas and ASI Chicago, include other Top 40 notables American Apparel (asi/35297), Broder (asi42090), Bic (asi/40480), Samar (asi/84863), 3M (asi/91240) and others.
For more information on the ASI Show, visit www.asishow.com or call (877)ASI-SHOW to have any questions answered.
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Specialty Advertising Counselors of the Delaware Valley (SACDV)
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
Info: (610) 873-1186; Fax: (610) 873-7433 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sacdv.org
Promotional Products Association of the Mid-South (PPAMS)
8/Rothchilds, Knoxville, TN; 10/Hollywood Casino, Tunica, MS
Info: (931) 695-3117; Fax: (931) 695-5441 email@example.com www.ppams.com
Advertising & Promotional Gift Exhibition
Promotional Merchandise Trade Association
National Exhibition Center, Birmingham
Info: 024 7624 7208; Fax: 024 7624 7209 firstname.lastname@example.org www.promota.co.uk