Industry Companies Prepare for Hurricane Matthew
As Hurricane Matthew moves toward the U.S., industry companies are taking precautions ahead of the Category 4 storm. The hurricane’s projected path has both distributors and suppliers in multiple states shutting down operations and shoring up their facilities. Read Article
American Apparel Confirms New CEO
Chelsea Grayson has officially taken over as CEO of Top 40 supplier American Apparel (asi/35297), a spokesperson confirmed to Counselor. Grayson’s appointment comes after reports that Paula Schneider resigned from the company, effective October 3. Although the company hasn’t made a public announcement, Schneider’s LinkedIn page has no mention of her time at American Apparel listed. Read Article
5 Reasons to Check Out Wood-Based Products Now’s the time to start selling wood-based products, which are enjoying increasing popularity, particularly with millennials, because they’re eco-friendly and artisanal and come with cost-effective price points. READ ARTICLE
The Joe Show: Light Up Promotions With These Awesome Products
In this episode of The Joe Show, Product Editor Joe Haley gets festive with light-up holiday neckwear and headwear, perfect for fourth-quarter parties. He also showcases relaxing aromatherapy candles, a cold-weather jacket with detachable hood, an insulated nonwoven wine tote and a convenient no-kill bug remover tool.
Consumer Confidence at Highest Since Recession
Consumer confidence is on the rise, reaching its highest level since the recession. The Consumer Confidence Index reached 104.1 in September, up from 101.8 in August. It was the second consecutive increase in confidence, according to The Conference Board, which publishes the index each month.
Sonic Promos Acquires J4 Promotional Marketing
Gaithersburg, MD-based Sonic Promos (asi/329865) announced it has acquired J4 Promotional Marketing in Elkridge, MD. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. J4 Owner Jay Shaplin has joined Sonic Promos as its senior brand manager & vendor relations manager. Shaplin brings almost 20 years of industry experience to his new role, including participation on the board of the Chesapeake Promotional Products Association, as well as clients across both the mid-Atlantic region and the entire country. Sonic Promos has been a Facilis Group partner since 2011.
Obituary: Marcy Lazarus
Marcy Lazarus, president of Promotional Breezes (asi/300734), died on September 27 in Boynton Beach, FL. She was 64. Born in Manhattan, Lazarus pursued a career in special education before marrying her husband Bill, and following him into the promotional product industry. In 2004, Bill opened Promotional Breezes and Marcy served as president of the company until her passing.
8 Tips for a Great Showroom
As the adage goes, there's no second chance to make a first impression. So how do you set up a promotional product showroom that's sure to impress visitors? Follow these eight tips for a top-notch presentation of your wares.
In the News
GNP Branded Gear (asi/200020) announces that University of Georgia student Janine Kfouri has won the $1,000 2016 GNP Educational Scholarship. Applicants were asked to submit an essay describing their personal immigrant experience and how it has affected their education and career choices.
Prime Line (asi/79530) celebrated Customer Service Week at both its Bridgeport, CT, facility and its Jetline (asi/63344) location in Gaffney, SC, with daily team-building activities, games, giveaways and food.
Superior Uniform Group, Inc. (asi/90266) announced it has been named to Fortune's Top 100 List of Fastest-Growing Companies for 2016.
People on the Move
Ennis (asi/52493) has announced the realignment of its operational management team. Wade Brewer, Steve Reifel and Kevin Johnston have been promoted to business unit directors and have relocated to the corporate offices in Midlothian, TX.
Gempire/Floral Promotions (asi/55610) announced the retirement of 30-year industry veteran Barbara Pisano, effective September 30.
InnerWorkings (asi/168860) welcomes Peter Thompson as chief commercial officer.
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ESP® CRM And Orders Rolling Out
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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.
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