Motivators Affiliates With iPROMOTEu New York-based distributor Motivators Promotional Products (asi/277780) announced it has decided to affiliate with Top 40 distributor iPROMOTEu (asi/232119). In a statement, Motivators said it was seeking to scale its online business, streamline its operations and position itself for significant future growth. Read Article
McDonald's Recalls Children's Activity Bands Fast food giant McDonald’s has recalled children’s activity wristbands, due to the risk of skin irritation or burns. About 29 million wristbands were made for the U.S. and 3.6 million for Canada, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). They were being distributed in Happy Meals between Aug. 9 and Aug. 17, but after receiving more than 70 reports of incidents, including seven reports of blisters, McDonald’s halted the initiative and issued a recall. Read Article
5 Tips to Win More Sales With Seniors The senior market is booming as the baby boomer generation (age 51 to 69) continues to enter retirement. Think of them as consumers with time and money on their hands. According to Gallup Daily, the senior cohort spent an average of $105 per day on purchases at stores, restaurants, gas stations, online, etc. last year. How do you help clients reach seniors? Here are five markets and product ideas from the experts at Lion Circle (asi/67620). READ ARTICLE
The Joe Show: Fantastic New Products
In this episode of The Joe Show, Product Editor Joe Haley gets ready with two different sets: a custom box with a trio of imprinted candles, and a grilling gift set with four different sauces for BBQ fanatics. Joe also showcases a sleek leather backpack, a hoodie with added functionality, and a koozie that’s also a great networking item.
Private Equity Firm Invests in Badger Sportswear
Private equity firm CCMP Capital Advisors announced it will acquire a controlling interest in apparel supplier Badger Sportswear (asi/60582). Financial terms of the agreement were not released; however, Badger founders Jerry and Bill Carr will reinvest a significant portion of their equity as part of the transaction. Jerry will remain CEO and chairman of the company's board of directors.
"We are excited about the future of the great company we have built and the opportunity to partner with CCMP," Jerry Carr said in a press release. "We believe CCMP's significant consumer and retail investment and operating expertise and its long-standing history of successfully working with family-owned businesses make them the ideal partner to help take Badger to its next level of growth."
Charlesbank Completes Polyconcept Acquisition
Charlesbank Capital Partners has completed its acquisition of Polyconcept, parent company of Top 40 supplier Polyconcept North America. Announced in July, this is Charlesbank's first investment in the promotional product industry. Polyconcept's management will remain unchanged, and will put in equity along with Charlesbank and other investors to finance the transaction. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
"We are very pleased to have the opportunity to partner with [Polyconcept's] management team to expand the business globally, building on their track record of success and tapping into new opportunities for growth," Charlesbank Managing Director Josh Klevens said last month after the acquisition was agreed upon.
Made-in-USA Rules and Regulations for Distributors
It's an election year, which means the spotlight is once again on Made-in-USA products. No one wants to get burned by a Made-in-USA claim that proves false, and the regulations regarding these claims can get technical. For example, under the rules of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), a product must be "all or virtually all" made in the U.S. to be called "Made in USA" or otherwise represented as being of domestic origin. "All or virtually all" means that all significant parts and processing that go into the product must be from the U.S. A product should have no – or negligible – foreign content.
This article has six tips for helping distributors navigate the Made-in-USA path.
Call for Nominations: Supplier Sales Rep/Supplier CSR of the Year
Supplier Global Resource, the industry's only magazine dedicated to ad specialty suppliers, is holding its 7th annual Supplier Sales Rep of the Year contest to recognize outstanding performance, exemplary service and top-notch professionalism. In addition, the magazine will recognize the best supplier customer service rep – a person who continually goes over and above for his or her distributor clients.
Distributors, do you work with a supplier customer service rep who makes your job infinitely easier, faster and more streamlined? Do you have a supplier sales partner who always puts you and your customers' needs first and has a "do whatever it takes" attitude to make you shine? If you know the perfect contenders for both awards, email the nominees' names and details regarding what makes her or him award-worthy to Michele Bell (email@example.com), editor of Supplier Global Resource, by Friday, September 9.
In the News
Benchworks (asi/137190) has been named to Inc. Magazine’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America for the second time.
Corporate Specialties (asi/169040) President Valerie Hayman Sklar is one of 30 graduates in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Detroit program.
Hanes and Champion (asi/59528) announced a limited-time-only Fleece Triple Rebate promotion for the Hanes4Education program. For more information, visit www.hanes4education.com.
Prime Line (asi/79530) announced an enhanced Canadian shipping program for its Connecticut headquarters and a new program for its Jetline (asi/63344) South Carolina facility. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2bfFYRI.
Tri-Mountain (asi/92125) launched its latest Fall Collection with 27 new apparel styles. To view its new 2017 catalog online, visit www.trimountain.com.
ESP® CRM And Orders Rolling Out
Latest features help distributors save time, create faster and more accurate orders and organize customer info, all in ESP. Find out more.
Distributors Get Instant Access
The Magnet Group and Hit Promotional Products are now fully integrated with ESP®, giving distributors instant access to product inventory and the most updated pricing from the integrated suppliers. Find out more.
IT'S ALLABOUT NETWORKING ATASI SHOWS® | CREATING CONNECTIONS. INSPIRING CREATIVITY.
At the 2017 ASI ShowsinOrlando (Jan. 18-20), Dallas (Feb. 1-3) and Chicago (July 11-13), expand your professional network, learn the latest trends and discuss your sales goals and clients' needs face-to-face with industry colleagues.
Create lasting connections by attending networking events like:
NEW FOR 2017 & FREE: Cocktail Networking Reception – After a full day of attending education sessions, unwind and join your fellow distributor and supplier colleagues for a drink
FREE: Closing Celebration – End your show and collect new friends' business cards or maybe even close a last-minute deal over beer, wine and snacks
ASI Show Bash – Held in unique venues for a fun evening of food, drinks, excitement and networking (ticket required)