WOVIN Brands Acquires Footprints USA
WOVIN Brands, parent company of WOV-IN (asi/92980) and Promopet (asi/79698), has acquired the assets of Footprints USA (asi/55030). Financial details of the transaction were not released. WOVIN Brands will move Footprints USA operations to its Jackson, WI-based facility and will maintain the custom promotional footwear company’s brand identity. Read Article
Staples Moves to Expand Beyond Office Supplies
As reported in Bloomberg Businessweek, Staples Inc., parent company of Top 40 distributor Staples Promotional Products (asi/120601), has plans to license its brand name to offer an extensive menu of business services. This effort to expand its reach beyond traditional office supplies comes after revenue continues to decline and management closes retail locations. 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: Heads Up for These New Products
In this episode of The Joe Show, Product Editor Joe Haley gets ready for Halloween with stainless-steel drink chillers shaped like skulls. And for the travel industry, he has a roomy waffle-weave spa bag, a stylus pen that becomes a phone stand and a neck pillow that turns into a tablet rest.
Q&A: EmbroidMe President Joseph Loch
It’s been just three weeks since Joseph Loch was named president of Top 40 distributor EmbroidMe (asi/384000) and he hasn’t stopped for a breath yet. The former Hickory Farms, Inc./Pfaelzer Bros. (asi/60717) executive has met with each member of EmbroidMe’s corporate team to develop strategies for next year and just finished his first trade show experience in his new role. Counselor spoke with Loch about entering the promotional products industry and his plans for the future of EmbroidMe, which ranks as the 18th largest distributor in the promotional product industry with $90.3 million in North American promotional product revenue.
Q: What led you to joining EmbroidMe? Joseph Loch: The company was looking for an executive with an operational background and sales experience who could evolve the brand. I’ve done a ton of research on the company and it is such an iconic brand. The team has done a wonderful job growing it to over 300 locations across the world. It’s a thriving company and we want to expand it even further. Personally, I’m thrilled to be here.
Employees Blame Bosses for Unused Vacation Time
An estimated 658 million vacation days went unused in 2015, and America’s managers may be to blame.
More than two-thirds of employees who receive paid time off say they hear either negative chatter, mixed messages or nothing at all from their bosses about using their vacation days, according to a new study from Project Time Off, a research initiative funded in large part by the U.S. Travel Association.
Nearly 60% of American workers left vacation time unused last year, continuing a 50-year decline in the number of paid days off that workers take. On average, workers took 20.3 days off in 1976 compared to 16.2 in 2015, reports “The High Price of Silence,” a study that surveyed 5,641 full-time workers in the U.S., including 1,184 respondents who have managerial responsibilities and 312 executive and senior leaders.
Case Study: Lands’ End to Produce New Delta Uniforms
Lands’ End, parent company of Lands’ End Business Outfitters (asi/250566), is flying high with its latest partnership. The company has landed a deal to manufacture and supply uniforms for Delta Air Lines’ approximately 60,000 employees.
“The new uniform collection will be a strong brand statement and builds on our team members’ sense of pride as they serve our customers around the world,” said Gil West, Delta’s chief operating officer, in a statement. “Fit, form, function and style are all integral to the uniforms for Delta people, and Lands’ End is the right partner to deliver on these things.”
I Earned My BASI: Craig Aukamp and Rachel Wach
On ASICentral.com, we’ll be speaking with industry members who’ve completed their BASI and MASI certifications to find out how it has benefited their businesses. In our first articles, Craig Aukamp, president and CEO of Chief Marketing Advisors Inc. (asi/161682), shares how earning his BASI gave him greater credibility and helped him to quadruple sales in a year. In addition, Rachel Wach, an account manager for Score Promotions (asi/321353), tells us how her BASI helps her serve a wide range of industries, including software development, law firms and nonprofit organizations.
In the News
Gill-line (asi/56950) was featured on CBS Sunday Morning News on October 16 as a company that has played an important role in political campaigns throughout the years. Watch the segment here.
SanMar Directly Connected to ESP
Top 40 supplier SanMar® is now directly connected to ASI’s ESP®, giving distributors instant access to real-time inventory, live product data, direct electronic order entry and automatic order status updates. Find out more.
ASI Awards 1st Intern Scholarship
Julianna Krueger, who worked in the Varsity Line division of Neil Enterprises Inc. in Vernon Hills, IL, wins $1,000 scholarship. Find out more.
DON’T BE ON THE SIDELINES FOR ASI SHOW ORLANDO’S KEYNOTE
Dan Marino, former NFL quarterback for the Miami Dolphins, is coming to ASI Show® Orlando on Friday, January 20 at 8:30 a.m., to share what he has learned professionally over the years, which will motivate and help you grow your business. In his keynote, Marino will share:
How he developed a work ethic that helped him excel
How he overcame obstacles and controversies that strengthened his drive
His perspective on leadership, team-building and setting goals
Register for ASI Show Orlando for FREE with promo code PROMOGRAM. And, if you want to get up close and personal with Marino, add an early-admission ticket for just $29, or a meet-and-greet ticket (includes early admission) for $89.
For more information on the three-day schedule, January 18-20 at the Orange County Convention Center, visit www.asishow.com, or call (800) 546-3300.