Water Bottles Recalled Due To Lead Paint Violations Pottery Barn has recalled imprinted water bottles with Avengers and Star Wars themes due to excessive levels of lead. Over 15,000 water bottles were sold in the U.S. (and an additional 400 in Canada) from June 2014 to September 2015 at Pottery Barn Kids and Outlet stores as well as through the company’s Kids catalog and website. Read Article
Prime Line Signs Deal With Energizer Top 40 supplier Prime Line (asi/79530) announced this week that it has signed a distribution deal with Energizer. The partnership will result in Prime Line becoming the exclusive supplier of Energizer Power Bank products to the North American promotional products market. Read Article
Wearable Tech Poised For Growth A new survey predicts that by the end of next year, 25% of United States residents will use wearable devices. The forecast from eMarketer paints a bright future for wearables, including an increase in users to 63.7 million people in 2016, a 61% jump over 2015. By 2019, the survey predicts that a third of the U.S. population will wear these devices at least once a month.
Podcast: How To Gain Referrals
In the latest edition of ASI’s new Strategy Session podcast, sales expert and networking guru Alice Heiman shares her top strategies for gaining referrals and growing your online presence. Read Article
The Joe Show:Promo Products With Pizzazz
In this episode of The Joe Show, Product Editor Joe Haley shows off several products to help you build great promotional campaigns for clients. Looking for a unique item great for high-level corporate meetings? How about a two-in-one item perfectly suited for education-sector promotions? Or, a useful item for clients that are targeting female demographics?
Click here to watch the latest episode of The Joe Show.
Walmart Seeks Permission To Test Delivery Drones
Walmart has launched into the commercial drone war – joining the likes of Amazon and Google in the race for ever-more-efficient air delivery. The retail giant on Monday applied to federal regulators for permission to test drones for home delivery.
For the last few months, Walmart has been testing two types of drones inside its facilities, but is hoping to move beyond the testing phase as quickly as possible, spokesman Dan Toporek told the New York Times. Toporek said the drones could be used to facilitate inventory work and enable curbside pickup, in addition to delivering packages to residential neighborhoods. The retailer’s market saturation gives it an edge when it comes to drone delivery, according to Toporek: “When you have stores within five miles of 70% of the U.S. population, we have close reach to get to a lot of people.”
Amazon has been touting its “Prime Air” drone delivery plan for two years, and has called for air space to be designated specifically for commercial drones. Google has also been hard testing its own version – the somewhat secretive Google Wing project. But there are many obstacles to overcome before commercial drone use takes off. Though individuals are permitted to fly drones, federal regulations prohibit commercial use, and some have expressed doubt that operators can safely fly the machines out of their field of vision. Polls have also shown that most Americans are uncomfortable with the idea of delivery drones.
But, Walmart, Amazon, Google and others expect a loosening of regulations in the near future. Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos has cited the belief that one day seeing a delivery drone would be “as common as seeing a mail truck.”
Power 50 Podcast: Jo-an Lantz, Geiger
In this fifth installment of the Counselor Podcast: Power 50 Series, Jo-an Lantz explains why she thinks the pace of everything in the ad specialty market is picking up. "The Amazon model is really beginning to encroach on this business," said Lantz, executive vice president of Top 40 distributor firm Geiger (asi/202900). "Traditional methods and approaches are shifting in this business and everybody really needs to adjust. There’s just less time in the whole supply chain."
Also in this podcast, Lantz discusses why she’s so bullish on the promotional products market for the upcoming year and details the shifts she foresees in the business moving forward.
In this series of podcasts, Counselor talks to some of the most influential people in the promo products market – the members of the 2015 Power 50. Leading up to the announcement of the exclusive Power 50 in November, Counselor is catching up with various members of the list to gauge their views of the market.
What's their outlook for the industry? What's the top challenge that promo companies face today? What tech item can these top influencers simply not live without? All that – and more – takes place in these one-on-one in-depth conversations.
Click here to listen to the Counselor Podcast: Power 50 Series.
Obituary: Phyllis Adels, Phyllis Adels Advertising Phyllis Mirkin Adels, owner of distributor firm Phyllis Adels Advertising, passed away in June in Houston, TX. She was 81.
After working at Neiman Marcus for five years starting in 1972, Adels started Phyllis Adels Personal Shopper Inc. She helped clients in selecting tasteful gifts, such as unique jewelry and personalized gifts. Later, she joined the promotional products industry by expanding the business to become Phyllis Adels and Executive Advertising Gifts. Her daughter, Jill, joined the business and worked with her for the past 30 years. In an email to Counselor, Jill Adels said she will now continue to oversee and operate the business.
Phyllis Adels is survived by her four daughters (Dawn Adels Fine, Nanci Adels Fine, Jill Adels Klaff, and Allison Adels), three grandchildren (Tony Fine, Francesca Fine and Katie Estelle Klaff), sister (Marilynn Mirkin Wood), and multiple nieces and nephews.
The family requests that any contributions made in Phyllis Adels’ name be sent to The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston, 303 Jackson Hill Street, Houston, TX, 77007, or to a charity of one’s choice.
Vote Now For The Advantages Distributor Salesperson Of The Year Make your voice heard! Advantages has chosen 11 finalists for its Distributor Salesperson of the Year award. Now, your vote will help determine the winner. Click here to see the finalists and vote for the salesperson you think is the best of the best.
The winner and runners-up will be profiled in the January issue of Advantages. Besides scoring bragging rights, the winner will also receive a technology prize pack filled with merchandise from Apple, Mophie, Samsonite, Withings and more. Click here to vote for the Advantages Distributor Salesperson of the Year, then share the link with colleagues. Voting ends on Monday, November 2. Thanks for voting!
In The News
R.S. Owens (asi/75530) has completed the 2015 London International Advertising awards, which honor achievements in advertising, digital, production, design, music & sound and technology. The winners will be announced on November 10.
People On The Move
Geiger (asi/202900) has promoted Patrick Blanchard to the position of marketing project manager, and Kimberly Beaudin to the position of director of supply chain management – global services.
Hub Pen Company (asi/61966) announced that it has hired Myat Zar as supply chain associate.
StrombergBrand (asi/89955) has appointed Tobin James of TCJ Marketing Inc. to cover FL and Puerto Rico, and Bo Turner of Turner and Associates for AL, GA, MS and TN.
Sweda Company LLC (asi/90305) announced that it has promoted Kellie Claudio to senior vice president of sales and marketing, and the supplier firm has welcomed Ryan Scott as director of sales.
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