And Rhodes CEO Passes
At press time, PromoGram
learned of the death of Art Rhodes,
CEO of Counselor Top 40
supplier Bodek and Rhodes (asi/40788).
Rhodes was responsible for switching
the focus of the company from retail
to imprinted sportswear after taking
over the business in the 1970s.
Today the company is one of the
biggest suppliers of wearables in
the industry and winner of the 2002
Spirit Award for Family Business
of the Year, of which Rhodes was
especially proud. More information
will follow next issue.
Revokes Proposed Tariffs
In the latest round of trade relations,
China has reversed its decision
to impose tariffs on its textile
exports. Originally announced to
quell worries in the United States
and Europe in the wake of Chinese
goods flooding the market, the tariffs
were canceled when new import controls
on China were announced by the two.
China’s efforts were stopped
one day before they were set to
take effect and would have covered
74 categories and resulted in increases
in tariffs of 2% - 4% to 10% - 20%.
While the move is sudden, it’s
not surprising as the U.S. and China
try to find a balance under the
new trade environment.
took many years to get to this point
and there will be several more years
until we get out of it,” says
Marty Lott, president of Counselor
Top 40 supplier SanMar (asi/84863).
“Just keep in mind that this
is all real short term and it’s
not going to cause prices to go
Acquires Marco Meetings Inc.
Dick Nelson, former CEO of Counselor
Top 40 distributor 4imprint Group
(asi/197045) and Counselor’s
2002 Person of the Year, has acquired
a majority interest in distributorship
Marco Meetings Inc. (asi/260870).
Specifics were not disclosed. Kenneth
Arch, Marco president/former owner,
will continue with the firm as president,
and Nelson will serve as CEO. The
firm will also continue to operate
from its Harrisburg, PA, location
virtually unchanged. “Growing
the business is constantly on our
to-do list,” says Arch. “Dick
was looking to acquire a company,
and we shared a lot of the same philosophies
about customer service and general
business growth. We see this as a
great opportunity to tap into Dick’s
expertise.” Marco’s sales
topped $10 million last year.
Increase Use Of Promo Products
Looking for a hot market to tap into?
More banks are giving out products
in response to increased competition.
Gateway has been giving away Cuisinart
toasters to those opening new accounts.
In addition to gift cards for Target
and Home Depot, Bank One is now offering
an iPod shuffle to those opening an
account of $500 or more. Hibernia
National has used luggage, smoothie-makers
and portable TVs. Other gifts have
included not only golf balls, but
sets of clubs. Tracy Mills of the
American Banking Association says
banks increased their marketing budgets
5% between 2003 and 2004, and 34%
of that went to sales promotions.
A few distributors we contacted said
they haven’t seen a major upsurge
in bank business yet, but it hasn’t
a similar vein, the Fremont
(CA) Tribune reported that
as part of Fremont National Bank’s
renovations at its North branch,
the company will include a store
selling items bearing the bank’s
logo – shirts, mugs, etc.
Why? As Diane Mallette, Fremont
vice president of marketing/HR,
says, “People ask us all the
time how they can buy them.”
you missing a possible sell-through
op with any of your banking clients?
For more proof of what you might
be missing, check out June Counselor’s
feature on Commerce Bank for the
ultimate in promotional product
purchasing. Read Here...
In The News The Phoenix (AZ) Business Journal
recently covered Geiger’s (asi/202900)
acquisition of Synergy (asi/340874)
and Inventive Incentives (asi/232050).
Corning, NY, city council recently rejected
eight to one a proposal by council member
Frank Coccho to eliminate $1,000 in the
city’s spending plan earmarked for
Marketing Group (asi/341871)
was covered on PRWeb as being
able to offer additional products via
alliances with Asian manufacturers.
the Promotions East show this week, Cosmo
Fiber (asi/46755) announced it's
launching The eBoss Line, a new line of
high-tech, imprintable products. The line
includes a number of USB drives, MP3 players
and digital cameras. One example: Its
eVibe MP3 player, which can be customzed
with a logo, includes a built-in FM tuner,
a digital voice recorder with built-in
microphone and an expandable memory card.
People On The Move
Brown & Bigelow (asi/148500)
has opened an office in Alpharetta, GA,
and hired Kimberly Dykes as manager.
Touch Marketing (asi/294288)
has relocated to Eagle River, WI.
Resources Corp. (asi/79530) has
made the following appointments: Alisa
Brennan, art director/creative services;
Binh Phung, IT team; Cliff Kempton, quality
engineer; James Ryan, warehouse manager;
John Lampart, non-inventory buyer; Joe
Nehm, manufacturing engineer; Mary Pugh,
marketing director; Melissa Pirkey, product
designer; and Qing Wang, quality manager.
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