EmbroidMe Names New President
A spokesperson for United Franchise Group has confirmed to Counselor that Joseph Loch has been named as the new president of Top 40 distributor EmbroidMe (asi/384000). Loch was previously an executive at Hickory Farms, Inc., and has also worked for Office Max and business products cooperative Independent Stationers. Read Article
Ennis Releases Q2 Sales Figures
Top 40 supplier Ennis (asi/52493) announced it reached $91.2 million in net sales for the fiscal second quarter of 2016 that ended August 31 – a decrease of 9.3% compared to $100.5 million in the same quarter last year. For the first six-month period of fiscal 2016, the company reached $181.7 million in net sales compared to $197.2 million for the same period last year, a decrease of 7.9%. Read Article
Snapchat Changes Name, Reveals Smart Glasses Popular social media messaging app Snapchat is ready to pick up where the failed Google Glass left off. The company has changed its name to Snap and also announced the launch of Spectacles, candy-colored connected sunglasses that let wearers record short videos from their own perspective and post them to Snapchat. READ ARTICLE
The Joe Show: Cut Through The Promotional Clutter
In this episode of The Joe Show, Product Editor Joe Haley presents a reflection band for your rearview mirror that warns “don’t text and drive.” In addition, he shows off eye-catching mugs in a variety of “color of the year” choices, boxing glove keychains and more.
Distributors’ Parent Company Files for Bankruptcy
Delivery Agent Inc., which helps sports and entertainment operations sell products online, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy-court protection last week. The San Francisco-based company has multiple industry affiliates: MusicToday (asi/278627), a music merchandise company and pioneer in the direct-to-fan business model; Clean Fun Promotional Marketing (asi/162979); and TV-commerce platform Shop the Shows, LLC.
UPS Begins Delivery Drone Testing
UPS has joined the race to get delivery drones off the ground. The company last week began testing drones for commercial deliveries to remote locations. Partnering with robot-maker CyPhy Works, UPS launched a drone from the seaside town of Marblehead, MA, that flew on a programmed route for three miles over the Atlantic Ocean and successfully delivered an inhaler to Children's Island.
In the News
Towel Specialties (asi/91605) has launched its new Cobblestone Mills division, featuring high-impact and luxurious blankets, as well as Turkish robes. The line will feature an assortment of blankets and decorating techniques that include traditional embroidery as well as screen printing and multicolor edge-to-edge Colorfusion, which creates “larger than life” graphics for the customer. The company also offers a new sherpa blanket and several specialty blankets. Cobblestone Mills will have the same industry identifiers and contact information as Towel Specialties and will be carried by all of the Towel Specialties multi-line sales reps. For more information, visit cobblestonemills.com.
People on the Move
Brian Starke, cofounder of Bravo Awards (asi/41638), has retired after a 20-year career in the promotional product industry. Cofounder Greg Livings is now the company’s principal owner and CEO. “Bravo will continue to operate and deliver as it has since the beginning, with the innovative creativity, concierge-level customer service, competitive pricing and superior delivery efficiencies our clients have come to expect,” said Livings.
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