YETI Alleges Promo Drinkware Violates Intellectual Property Rights
YETI Coolers believes that companies in the promotional products industry are infringing on its intellectual property rights through the selling of alleged knockoff drinkware products and related marketing that aims to cash in on the Austin, TX-based company’s legally protected designs, trademarks and trade dress rights. Read Article
3 Proven Methods for Painless Rush Orders
It’s inevitable that you’ll face rush orders. How you handle them can make or break your profits and reputation – and impact your customer retention efforts. We’ve got three proven ways you can handle quick-turn custom orders with ease and professionalism.
BIC Graphic Pledges Stability, Investments After Sale
Emmanuel Bruno, BIC Graphic’s (asi/40480) general manager, told Counselor that parent company BIC Group “did consider other offers, but ultimately felt H.I.G. was the best fit” to purchase the division. In the deal, made public on Tuesday, BIC Group reportedly sold BIC Graphic and its Asian sourcing division to Miami-based H.I.G. Capital for $80 million. Per the agreement, BIC Graphic’s management team will continue to run the business going forward.
The Joe Show: Home Run Promos
In this episode of The Joe Show, Product Editor Joe Haley demos a host of new promo items, including a clever charging tool, delicious milk chocolate fortune cookies, a fun bat and ball set, a stylish pair of sweatpants, and a sturdy cooler that’s perfect for summer and fall picnics.
Obituary, Steve Weinstein, EMT
Steve Weinstein, founder and president of Indianapolis supplier EMT (asi/52263), died on May 29, after a decades-long battle with multiple illnesses. He was 61. Customers and peers of Weinstein expressed their condolences on EMT’s Facebook page and on the guestbook of his obituary posted on Legacy.com. One called him a “capable and friendly competitor for over 20 years,” another recalled their “warm and forever friendly” conversations over the years. Yet another noted: “He will be missed by so many.”
Sharp Incentives Acquires BrandSource Incentives
Phoenix-based Sharp Incentives (SI) has purchased multi-line rep firm BrandSource Incentives (BSI), the companies have announced. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal expands Sharp Incentives’ territory from the Rocky Mountain region and Southwest U.S. into the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.
Cintas to Close Facility, Cut Jobs
Cincinnati-based Cintas (asi/162167) is reportedly planning to close a legacy G&K plant in Indianapolis, cutting nearly 70 positions at the facility. Citing a layoff notice filed last week in Indiana, the Indianapolis Business Journal reported that Cintas will eliminate nearly 20 sales rep and manager positions, plus the jobs of other workers at the site. Cintas does expect, though, to move some of the workers to nearby existing facilities by the end of July, the report said.
CPSC Recalls Children’s Playwear
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall for children’s playwear from retailers Layette, Hip Hip Hip Hooray and Born Children's Boutique. The buttons on the garments can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. Lila + Hayes has received eight reports of the buttons detaching. No injuries were reported and no ASI-listed firms were named in the recall notice.
Big Squeeze II: Distributors Feel More Pressure
A tech-disrupted marketplace and intensifying client demands are clamping pressure down on distributors, challenging industry firms to adapt like never before. In this exclusive feature, Counselor gives distributors a chance to explain the tensions they’re feeling and how they’re dealing with those challenges. Plus, we offer up four strategies distributors and suppliers can use to work together to be collectively more successful in the cauldron of 21st century business.
In the News
Admore Inc. (asi/32050) received seven awards including “Best in Show” and “People’s Choice” at the 28th annual “Detroit Club of Printing House Craftsmen, Gallery of Superb Printing” competition.
Benchworks (asi/137190) has announced that VP of Pharmaceutical Strategy Emil Andrusko, Sr. has been named one of the 2017 PM360 ELITE 100 in the program’s mentor category.
Prime Line (asi/79530) has launched a fidget collection that includes a variety of PromoSpinners as well as other fidget items such as Rubik’s Cubes and Tangle puzzles.
Soft Stuff Creations (asi/88122) has announced that founder and president Lorne Kotzer held an educational seminar on June 2, titled “8 Misconceptions in Toy Safety” at the company’s Surrey, BC, location.
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