Ennis Releases Q3 Revenue
Top 40 supplier Ennis (asi/52493) has announced that net sales for the fiscal third quarter ended November 30 were $88.7 million, a decrease of 9% compared to $97.5 million for the same quarter in 2015. So far for the fiscal year, the company reached $270.3 million in net sales, compared to $294.7 million for the same period last year, a decrease of 8.3%. Read Article
Discount Labels Merges with Lancer Label
Discount Labels (asi/49890) has merged with Lancer Label (asi/66220), finalizing a strategic partnership that the companies began in May. The combined suppliers will continue operations under the Discount Label name at Lancer Label’s location in Omaha, NE, and Discount Label’s facility in New Albany, IN. The merger makes Discount Labels one of North America’s largest digital custom label printers. Read Article
7-Eleven Launches First U.S. Drone Delivery Service
The future of delivery has arrived, and the company leading the charge is….7-Eleven? Yes, the world’s largest convenience store chain has launched the first regular commercial drone delivery service to operate in the U.S. The company announced Tuesday it has been making regular drone deliveries to a select set of customers in Reno, NV, during the month of November.
The Joe Show: Unique New Products
In this episode of The Joe Show, Product Editor Joe Haley shows off a number of excellent items for the coming winter, including a warm fleece blanket, a comfy sweater jacket and a 40-oz. heat-insulated bottle for hot liquids.
Obituary: Patrick J. Dinley, Proforma Communications Group
Patrick J. Dinley, president and CEO of Proforma Communications Group (asi/300094) and the former president and CEO of Norelco, died on December 10 after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 76.
Born in Pittsburgh, Dinley attended Pennsylvania State University and received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. He became a sales associate for General Electric in 1966, and a regional sales manager for Norelco 10 years later. He was promoted to vice president of sales for Norelco in 1981, helping to lead the company to the top of the shaver industry. He was named president and CEO of the company in 1991.
Staples Names New Chief Technology Officer
Staples Inc., parent company of Top 40 distributor Staples Promotional Products (asi/120601), has promoted Faisal Masud to the newly created position of Chief Technology Officer. Masud joined Staples in May 2013 as executive vice president of Global E-Commerce. Masud will manage the company’s e-commerce and global technology and report directly to CEO and President Shira Goodman.
Since 2013, Masud has overseen a number of important developments for Staples, including Staples Rush, the company’s same-day delivery service; Staples Exchange, a unified platform that allows vendors to sell through Staples’ e-commerce channels; and Staples Easy System, which aims to streamline office supply management by giving customers the ability to quickly reorder Staples products from any mobile device.
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Boost Technologies dba Shumsky Promotional and Boost Rewards (asi/326300) has launched Ignite by Boost Rewards, a new employee recognition solution with a proprietary SaaS platform. The program drives employee engagement through social recognition, badging and on-demand challenges.
InnerWorkings Inc. (asi/168860) has announced an expansion of its ongoing relationship with health care services provider McKesson Corporation.
PCNA Now Directly Connected to ESP
PolyconceptNorth America (PCNA)is now directly connected to ASI's ESP®, giving distributors real-time inventory available and the ability to send POs directly to PCNA from ESP. Find out more.
S&S Activewear Integrated With ESP
In a first for the promo products industry, distributors searching for S&S products in ESP® can now select the warehouse from which orders are shipped. Find out more.