InnerWorkings Q1 Revenue Dips Top 40 distributor InnerWorkings (asi/168860) generated gross revenue of $267.4 million during the first quarter of 2017, the Chicago-based firm revealed Monday in an earnings statement. The sales tally represented a 1% decrease from the same quarter the prior year. Read Article
Former Executives Buy HandStands PROMO
Former executives of HandStands PROMO (asi/59525) have teamed up to buy the business back from Energizer Holdings Inc. Banded together as HandStands Products Holdings LLC, executives Jason Fogg, Rodd Steuart and Chris Anderson announced the acquisition on Monday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Slideshow: Ten Miles of Promos at the Broad Street Run Nearly 40,000 people channeled their inner Rocky on Sunday morning for the 38th annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run in Philadelphia. Runners wore custom T-shirts representing teams and charities, and picked up a bevy of promotional products after crossing the finish line. Check out some of the great branded merchandise on offer in this exclusive slideshow and video. READ ARTICLE
The Artcraft Group to Acquire Corporate Marketing
New Jersey-based The Artcraft Group has entered into an agreement to acquire Corporate Marketing Inc. The deal, made public last Friday, will merge Corporate Marketing into Top 40 distributor firm Artcraft Promotional Concepts (asi/125050). Financial terms were not disclosed. READ ARTICLE
The Joe Show: Can-Do Promo Products What do travel pillows, a compressed T-shirt in a can and a nifty product called the “Party Pal” all have in common? They’re among the awesome brandable items ASI swag guru Joe Haley features in the latest edition of The Joe Show. Check out the video for Joe’s quick-hit product and sales insights. WATCH THE JOE SHOW
Smile, It’s Good for You: The Bryce Harper “Gobblehead”
The promotional products business is full of energy, creativity and fun. Sometimes, we all need a reminder of that, especially on more trying days. To stir smiles around the industry, Counselor will periodically run the “Smile, It’s Good For You” section in PromoGram. Here, we’ll highlight the lighthearted side of branding and promotions. Check out our first installment, featuring a video and story about the Bryce Harper “Gobblehead” – a humorously unique promotion that morphs the MLB star into a half-man/half-turkey bobblehead.
CafePress Reports Q1 Financials
An increase in orders couldn’t prevent net revenue from declining for CafePress during the first quarter of 2017. That’s according to an earnings statement that the Louisville, KY-based company released last week regarding the three months ending March 31. CafePress, an online gift shop with web-based design tools that allow consumers to personalize an array of merchandise, said that revenue totaled $18.3 million, down from $18.5 million during the prior year’s first quarter.
Obituary: Alvin Badiner, Spartan Promotional Group
Alvin “Al” Badiner, sales representative at Spartan Promotional Products (asi/331150), passed away on May 1. He was 91. Badiner was a resident of St. Louis Park, MN, and a long-time member of the promotional products industry.
This year, Wearables magazine decided to highlight some of the charities its readers believe in, and the power of the T-shirt in raising awareness – and funding – for causes. Editors selected nine finalists based on their fundraising prowess. Now, it’s up to you to select a winner. Voting will be open until the end of May.
BE A PART OF THIS SUMMER’S HOTTEST INDUSTRY EVENT ASI Show® Chicago, July 11-13 at McCormick Place is your opportunity to find new products, generate new business and prepare for your end-of-year sales season. Here’s what you can expect from the three-day schedule: