Oddo out? Apparently. Near press time, we learned that Tom Oddo, former president of Adva-Lite Inc. (asi/32145), is no longer with the firm. While the company acknowledges that he's no longer there, several calls to get more info went unreturned. More to come.
Andrews Interviewed By PROMO Magazine On the eve of his trip to attend the Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair in China, ASI President Tim Andrews was interviewed by PROMO magazine's Premiums & Incentives electronic newsletter this week. The Q&A focused on the Asian market and its affect on the promotional products industry. Andrews addressed supplier concerns of distributors going direct and distributor fears that end-users might do the same. He reiterated ASI's policy of listing only North American companies and pointed out that while there is reason for concern, the industry will continue to flourish.
Industry Awards Counselor picked up three awards this week from the American Society of Business Publication Editors. It won a national award
for best publication re-design;
another for opening page or spread for �Gen-Next Marketers,� October 2004; and a regional award for best original research article, �Brave New Sales Reps� (compensation
article), June 2004, written by Connie
The Awards and Recognition Association (ARA) recently honored three industry people: Gordon Grabill, owner of Ad Concepts/Awards Mart (asi/104963), was named Volunteer of the Year; Cowart Awards Inc. (asi/169483) was named Retailer of the Year; and Steve Capper, president of A-1 Awards Inc. (asi/100044), was inducted into the ARA Hall of Fame.
The Vernon Co. (asi/351700) has presented Bic Graphic USA (asi/40480) with its Supplier of the Year award, presented annually to the industry supplier providing the best overall service to Vernon .
Study Say Products Could Be the Secret A Yankelovich study released last week painted a mixed picture about consumers' attitude toward marketing. While 60% actively avoided advertising
messages (compared with 54% the year
before), 55% also agreed that they enjoy advertising. The disconnect, the study claims, is explained by the fact that consumers feel advertisers are not meeting their needs and are not respectful of their time and attention. The good news for us is that the report advises marketers �use the kids of practices that fully recognize consumers' ability to resist ads, while offering some sort of incentive or �reciprocity,' that makes them feel that accepting a marketer's message isn't a waste of time.� Sounds like a job for promotional products.
Industry In The News Dov Charney, senior partner of American Apparel (asi/35297), as well as American Apparel, was mentioned in a recent Reader's Digest article on the best clothes made in the USA .
World Wide Lines Inc. (asi/98290) has broken ground on a 45,000-square-foot expansion at its Covington, TN, facility.
Drew Wolf and his distributorship, League Collegiate Wear Inc. (asi/250441) were the topics of a recent Philadelphia Business Journal article about business
Art Pro Printing (asi/36972) has relocated its sales office from Tucson, AZ, to Iowa Falls, IA, to give it a more central location.
The Portsmouth (NH) Herald's local business section featured a fairly lengthy and interesting article about Valerie and Mike Wilson, and their distributorship, Off The Wall Promotions (asi/287017).
OF THE WEEK
AMC is proud to introduce the newest addition to their quality line, The BG97 Sports Bag:
This item is made from the highest-quality fabrics in the industry and, like ALL of the AMC products, its manufacturer stands behind its name. The BG97 Sports Bag is also woven out of the same high-quality 600-denier polyester fabric the BG96 is made of. It comes with a small pocket that is great for storing your keys, phone and even your wallet. The best thing about this bag is the side pouch that is GREAT for storing a pair of basketball/soccer shoes. APOLLO is excited to offer you the price of $5.99 per piece blank and it gets better, $6.99 per piece with a FREE digitized tape with a minimum order is 144 pieces. Ask about our contract embroidery pricing.
Feel free to contact APOLLO at 1-800-982-2146 or EMBROIDERY USA 1-888-947-9988 or visit
WWW.APOLLOEMB.COM to see the full AMC line…….
other new and creative products,
visit the Product Central section on ASICentral.com.
ASI PRODUCT/SERVICE SPOTLIGHT
The ASI Show Philadephia Now Just Three Weeks Away � May 24-25 The ASI Show Philadelphia, May 24-25 (exhibits May 25) is just three weeks away with momentum building each day. The excitement over the Philadelphia preview has already brought in more than 1,000 distributors representing over $1 billion in industry sales. Additionally, a number of top distributor companies are holding meetings at ASI Philadelphia: Brown & Bigelow, Business Partners, HALO/Lee Wayne, iPROMOTEu and Proforma.
Suppliers continue to reserve space and the show is more than 80% sold out. Last week, 30 new exhibitors reserved space � less than 80 booths are available. The growing list of suppliers represents a �who's who� of the industry: Ash City, Fields, Dard, Hit Promotional Products, AT Cross, Norwood, Leed's, Lanco, Bullet Line, Logomark, SanMar, Alpha Shirt, Broder, Bodek and Rhodes, Goldbond, American Apparel, World Wide, Moderne Glass, The Corvest Companies (Toppers, Adva-Lite, It's All Greek), Jayline, Jetline, The Webb Co., Noteworthy, and many others.
Please visit www.asishow.com to register or exhibit. For more information on this year's ASI Show Philadelphia preview, call (877)ASI-SHOW.
The ASI Show Philadelphia resumes its three-day format next year May 23-25, 2006 (exhibits open 24-25).
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Upper Midwest Association of Promotional Products (UMAPP)
RiverCentre, St. Paul, MN
Info: (651) 734-9767; Fax: (651) 734-9110 email@example.com
Traveling Optimum Promotional Show
Promotional Products Association of Canada Inc. (PPACanada)
4/Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre, Vancouver, BC; 6/Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, AB; 9/Delta Regina Hotel, Regina, SK; 11/Winnipeg Convention Centre, Winnipeg, MB
Info: (514) 489-5359; Fax: (514) 489-7760 firstname.lastname@example.org
Educational Seminar for Profit (ESP)
Georgia Association of Promotional Products Professionals (GAPPP)
Atlanta Hilton Northeast, Norcross, GA
Info: (678) 376-0766; Fax: (678) 377-0947 email@example.com
Promotional Marketing Association of Northern California (PMANC)
Portola Plaza Hotel, Monterey, CA
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