Promo Industry Reacts To Looming ACA Changes
Spurred by its Republican majority, Congress has taken significant steps toward repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), while President-Elect Donald Trump says he is finalizing a healthcare plan that would replace the legislation commonly known as Obamacare. Executives and business owners in the promo products industry are monitoring the situation with both hope and concern. Read Article
Michigan Outlaws Plastic Bag Bans
The state of Michigan has adopted a new law that prohibits its local governments from passing ordinances that ban, regulate or impose fees on plastic bags and other containers, including bottles, cups and various types of packaging. Read Article
7 Steps To Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever
Are you ready to make 2017 your best year ever? Check out this video to learn about 7 simple steps to help you reach your business and personal goals in 2017. WATCH NOW
The Joe Show: Unique Promo Products
In this episode of The Joe Show, Product Editor Joe Haley dishes insights on attention-grabbing products that will help clients build brand recognition. From golf flags and a golf gift set sure to be a hit on the greens, to a planner, ¼-zip sweatshirt, stubby hammer, custom filled products and custom magnets, ASI’s maven of branded merchandise shares items for which customers are sure to be keen.
Trump’s Insult Becomes Promo Treasure for BuzzFeed
During a press conference last week, President-elect Donald Trump made a scathing soundbite that spawned a promotional product opportunity that Buzzfeed quickly capitalized on. After Trump referred to the digital news outlet as a “failing pile of garbage” for publishing a memo full of controversial and unverified claims about him, BuzzFeed launched a flash sale of T-shirts, bumper stickers and garbage cans on its online store, all branded with the Trump phrase.
American Apparel Retail Stores Slated to Close
The remaining 110 American Apparel (asi/35297) retail locations across the country will close by the end of April, following the company’s two bankruptcy filings and subsequent acquisition by Gildan Activewear (asi/56842). The closures will reportedly result in approximately 3,400 lost jobs.
Trade Show Tips for Promotional Product Pros
The ASI Show Orlando kicks off Wednesday and runs through Friday at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Use the strategies in this article to get the most out of your time at the show – or any trade show you happen to be attending this year.
In the News
American Solutions For Business (asi/120075) has been awarded the documentation and workflow management contract with Vizient Supply, LLC. The new agreement allows Vizient members to take advantage of special pricing and terms pre-negotiated by Vizient and ASB for custom forms and printing.
ATS Printing is moving operations from Saginaw County, MI, to a 60,000-square-foot building in Bay County, MI. The screen printing company also operates a Freeland, MI, location that's going to be consolidated into the new Bay County location.
Cintas (asi/162167) announced that it has earned the 2017 Military Friendly Employer designation by Victory Media.
Crystal Images (asi/47784) products are now being sold in the South Central and Mountain territories by MLR Alliance, an organization of multi-line sales representatives.
HALO Branded Solutions (asi/356000) has announced the recipients of its Fall 2016 Scholarship contest: First prize, a $1,500 scholarship, has been awarded to Noah Reeves, a high school senior from Alba, TX, who plans to attend Texas A&M in the fall. Second prize, a $1,000 scholarship, was awarded to Katelynn Kolterman of Onaga, KS, a Wichita State University junior. Third prize, a $500 scholarship, was awarded to Natalie Davis, a freshman at Elmhurst College.
HanesBrands, parent company of Hanes Branded Printwear (asi/59528), has launched its first collection of women’s sports innerwear, Maidenform Sport.
InnerWorkings (asi/168860) has announced an expansion of its ongoing relationship with healthcare services provider McKesson Corporation. The expanded partnership will create a best-in-class shared service function for McKesson's marketing, sales and operational collateral throughout North America.
Royal Apparel (asi/83731) has ramped up capacities and stock of Made-in-America apparel.
SanMar (asi/84863) has launched 2017 New Arrivals – a collection of 74 fresh styles for the new year. All new products are available to order on SanMar.com.
Uniflex (asi/92480) recently opened a new 20,000-square-foot production, warehousing and distribution facility in Portland, OR. The addition of this location, combined with current warehouses in Los Angeles, Tampa and Philadelphia, allows Uniflex to ship anywhere in the U.S. in two days or less.
CEO’s Video Recap
First-time ever: ASI CEO Tim Andrews offers a video recap of the company’s greatest hits of 2016. Click to view.
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.
ASI SHOW DALLAS KICKS OFF IN 2 WEEKS Attending ASI Show® Dallas isn’t just about sourcing new promotional products for your clients, but also expanding your industry network, learning the latest trends and discussing sales goals and client needs face-to-face with colleagues.
The three-day schedule, February 1-3, gives you ample opportunity to network with other professionals who are serious about doing business at these events: