Cintas Releases Third-Quarter Financials
Top 40 distributor Cintas (asi/162167) reported that revenue for the third quarter of its 2016 fiscal year was $1.216 billion, an increase of 9.7% year-over-year. Organic growth, which excludes the impacts of acquisitions and exchange rate fluctuations, was 6.8%. Operating income for the third quarter was $193 million, an increase of 11.1% year-over-year, and operating income margin improved to 15.9% from 15.7% of revenue. Read Article
Ennis Acquires Assets Of Major Business Systems
Ennis Inc. (asi/52493) announced that one of its wholly owned subsidiaries has acquired the assets of forms manufacturer Major Business Systems, based in Hillsborough, NC. The subsidiary will now operate under the Major Business Systems name, and current Major Business Systems owner Jeff Russell will continue in his position. Read Article
American Apparel Offers On-Demand Delivery
American Apparel has partnered with logistics provider Postmates to offer on-demand delivery of select garments. Customers in the U.S. can now use the service to buy and receive more than 50 different apparel styles, all in one hour. It’s now offered in 79 American Apparel retail stores nationwide and covers 31 metro areas. Read Article
The Joe Show: Products Bursting With Promo Potential
In this episode of The Joe Show, Product Editor Joe Haley brings together a collection of exciting products, including a uniquely shaped desk caddy, a pair of Stars-and-Stripes sunglasses, a sports bottle with built-in compartment for liquid water enhancer and much more. WATCH THE JOE SHOW
Tips For Selling Political Promo Products
Want to sell political products to campaigns? Start with trust. Trust level is most important when working with vendors, says Brendan Gill, president of BGill Group and Essex County freeholder, who has both advised and run successful re-election campaigns for the likes of U.S. Senator Cory A. Booker and U.S. Senator Frank J. Lautenberg.
“I want to know not only that you can deliver on time, and meet the orders you’ve promised, but also that you can pivot and make design and production changes quickly,” he says.
Kraft Campaign Links Social Media And Promo Products In a new social media marketing initiative, Kraft Heinz is giving away boxes of Kraft Mac & Cheese, T-shirts and branded macaroni-shaped pillows to people who use the hashtag #didntnotice in response to the change in Kraft Mac & Cheese’s recipe.
Since December, boxes of the macaroni and cheese have contained new ingredients: artificial preservatives and dyes were swapped out for a combination of paprika, annatto and turmeric. Worried that customers would revolt regardless of the taste, Kraft simply shipped the new boxes without telling the public. Now, the company is using promotional products to highlight the seamless transition.
Obituary: Robert Whitesell
Robert “Bob” Whitesell, former COO of Norwood Promotional Products, now Norwood US (asi/74400), died on March 8 at his home in Sun City West, AZ. He was 72.
Born in Chicago, Bob attended the University of Illinois and was a member of the Illini football team that won the 1963 Rose Bowl.
Bob started in the industry in 1972 with Gillette Papermate, and relocated to New Jersey in 1979, where he was named president of New York-based Scripto/Everglide. In 1988, he became president of Radio Cap Corp. in San Antonio, and eventually became COO of the company when it became Norwood Promotional Products.
In 2004, Bob retired from the industry, but returned in 2005 to establish Windy City Products, Inc. alongside his son Scott. In 2012, Bob made his retirement official.
“Bob was the epitome of a man that ‘walked softly yet carried a big stick,’” says Fran Ford, president of Castelli (asi/44305). “I was so fortunate to be involved with him in many projects over the past 25 years. He was always so kind in helping young people, including myself, to make the path for growth much easier and clearer. He will be missed dearly, but his legacy will live on for many years to come!”
Bob is survived by Dorothy Whitesell, his wife of 48 years, as well as three children, Scott, Debbie and Michael; three grandchildren, Michaela, Bella and Mason; and sisters Pat Hairrell and Betty Jane Knauth.
A memorial service will be held on Friday June 3 at St. Mary’s Church in Huntley, IL, with a viewing starting at 9:00 a.m. and a ceremony at 10:00 a.m. A celebration of life will immediately follow the ceremony, at a location still to be determined.
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In The News
BIC Graphic (asi/40480) has launched a campaign focused on the KOOZIE brand, in which distributors can choose their favorite new KOOZIE item and earn a sneak peek into new product launches for April. For more information, visit www.online.bicgraphic.com.
Charles River Apparel (asi/44620) was recently selected as the 2015 Humanitarian Award Recipient by the New England Promotional Products Association.
CustomInk has announced that its newest customizable product category is tech accessories. For more information, go to www.customink.com.
People On The Move
Boost Technologies, LLC, parent company to Shumsky Promotional (asi/326300) and Boost Rewards, has promoted Jill Albers to vice president of business development.
Charles River Apparel (asi/44620) welcomes Tracy Lehnen as vice president of marketing and Rich Corvalan as director of sales.
ETS Express (asi/51197) has promoted Derek Hansen to vice president of operations and Natalie Isbouts to assistant manager of customer service, while Nick Chipchase has been hired as regional sales manager for the Mid-Atlantic territory. These key roles are instrumental in the growth of the company’s new production facility in Concord, NC.
Hospitality Mints, LLC (asi/61820) welcomes Pat Viancourt as president and CEO, Curt Connor as director of sales and Jenny Domin as sales manager of promotional products.
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