Herzog Named CEO at Corporate Imaging Concepts
As first reported in a Breaking News Alert, Bob Herzog, formerly the CEO of Bullet (asi/42424) and the COO of Polyconcept North America, has been appointed the new CEO of distributor Corporate Imaging Concepts (CIC, asi/168962). Herzog replaces Brian Abrams, who founded CIC 20 years ago. Going forward, Abrams will remain with the Chicago-area firm as executive chairman. He and his wife Patty are still the largest individual minority owners of CIC. Read Article
6 Powerful Facts to Sell More Floor Mats
Did you know that anti-fatigue mats increase worker productivity? We’ve got a handy infographic with everything you need to know to effectively pitch mats – a lucrative product category that most businesses purchase.
TSC Apparel Partners With Charney-Led Brand
Cincinnati-based TSC Apparel (asi/90518) has announced an exclusive partnership with brand Los Angeles Apparel, which is led by former American Apparel CEO and Founder Dov Charney. Through the partnership, TSC Apparel will launch a new line created by Charney’s company. “We’re thrilled for the opportunity to partner with TSC – we will walk through walls to get the customer what they need, when they need it,” said Charney, in a statement. READ ARTICLE
CPSC Recalls Children’s Clothing
Retailer Fred Meyer, in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has recalled about 48,000 Kids Korner brand fleece hooded sweatshirts and girls’ bomber jackets. The CPSC says the children’s wear feature a zipper pull that can detach, posing choking and laceration hazards to kids. No injuries have been reported and no ASI-listed companies were noted in the recall. READ ARTICLE
An Affordable Alternative to Wearables
Have you pitched badges yet? Get insider information on selling plastic, metallic, reusable and specialty badges, plus tips for starting a badge program, which allows your clients to submit orders with a few easy clicks.
The Joe Show: Standout Ideas
In this episode of The Joe Show, Product Editor Joe Haley demos a host of new promo items, including a 30-oz. tumbler, an Honor and Remember flag, custom all-silk woven ties and a group of fun novelty pens. WATCH THE JOE SHOW
HALO Breaks Ground on New Facility
Top 40 distributor HALO Branded Solutions (asi/356000) is building a new operational headquarters building in Sterling, IL. The $19 million project, set for completion in May of 2018, will accommodate 500 employees, while creating 67,000 square feet of office space and 90,000 square feet of warehouse space for the firm.
St Regis to Relocate U.S. Headquarters
The St Regis Group, parent company of 10 industry suppliers, including St Regis (asi/84592), R.S. Owens (asi/75530) and Mi Pen Company (asi/71033), has announced the planned relocation of its U.S. headquarters to a new facility in Chicago. The purchase of the 180,000-square-foot site – located a few minutes from O’Hare International Airport – will be finalized this week and will centralize production, warehousing and administration at one location.
Video: Our Favorite MLB Logos
Spring has sprung, and that means America’s baseball diamonds are alive again with the pleasing crack of bat to ball. In this video, ASI’s “Facebook” Vinnie Driscoll and Chris Ruvo, executive editor of Counselor magazine, put their baseball fever to fun use by discussing their top five favorite MLB logos – plus some kooky Minor League branding. It’s a topic promo pros in the logo business will surely have opinions on – and we encourage you to weigh in after watching!
ADP: March Job Creation Higher Than Expected
Payroll firm ADP and Moody’s Analytics reported Wednesday that private sector companies added 263,000 jobs in March, far above the consensus 185,000 figure expected by economists. The total represents an increase from 245,000 in February, and the highest number of jobs created in a month since December of 2014.
SnugZ Wins Advantages Video Contest
The first ever Advantages Product Video Contest winner is SnugZ USA (asi/88060), which edged out Towel Specialties (asi/91605) in the championship round. In the end, Germ Warfare was too much for the Beach Blanket Tote.
The bracket-style tournament showcased 16 submitted videos featuring some of the top products in the industry. Week by week, the field was whittled down until a champion was crowned. To see the complete field, HEAD TO OUR BRACKET to check out all the matchups. Thanks for voting to determine the winner of the Advantages Product Video Contest.
In the News
Golden Pacific (asi/55549) has added the following multi-line rep groups to complete the company’s representation nationwide: Incentives West (Mark Shinn and team) will cover 11 states in the Pacific Northwest and Southwest (excluding southern CA) plus HI and AK; Lori Eaton (and team) will cover OK, TX, AR and LA; Brooks and Brooks (Josh Brooks & team) will cover 14 states in the Northeast; Incentive Associates Inc. (Rick Buckley and team) will cover KS, MO, IA and NE; Eysoldt Marketing Group (Matt Eysoldt and team) will cover IN, OH and KY; and In Stepp Marketing (Jeff Stepp and team) will cover seven states in the Southeast.
iPROMOTEu (asi/232119) has announced the winners of its DunkFest 2017 contest. Drew Pulliam of Pinnacle Branding in North Carolina was the overall winner. He correctly predicted that North Carolina would beat Gonzaga in the championship game. iPROMOTEu employees Cory Rosenblatt and Kam Moriarty came in second and third place respectively.
Trophy Mart (asi/466876) was awarded the Gold Obelisk Award for Small Business Retailer of the Year at the 2017 International Awards & Personalization Expo.
Distributors Qualify for EQP
A number of top suppliers now offer distributors the least expensive end-quantity pricing (EQP) for promotional products ordered electronically through ESP® Orders. Find out more.
ASI Issues 1,692 Education Certifications
Twenty-four more industry pros were recently certified through the ASI Education Certification Program, bringing the total to 1,692. Find out more.
THE GREAT LAKES ROADSHOW IS NEXT AROUND THE CORNER
The ASI Roadshow is traveling to the Great Lakes region and we can’t wait! Distributors will have an opportunity to find the hottest promotional items for the 2017 sales year without having to spend too much time out of the office.
ASI Distributor members, be sure to bring your clients with you so you can source new promo items and brainstorm ideas with suppliers – just have them bring a business card to the registration desk. To protect your client’s information, they will be given a yellow lanyard and a generic badge without any of their information on it. This will alert suppliers that they are speaking with you and your client so the appropriate business conversations can take place.
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