Bombings Prompt Promo Firms to Adjust Deliveries
Tensions among residents and businesses remain high in Austin, TX, even after police reported that the suspected serial bomber who has terrorized the city for nearly three weeks died on Wednesday. Authorities are still urging caution and promo companies are being extra vigilant. READ ARTICLE
Counselor’s Best Places to Work Reveal & Countdown
On Monday, March 26, at noon ET, Counselor will start unveiling its 2018 Best Places to Work companies on www.asicentral.com/news. Each day next week in a countdown of our top firms, we’ll reveal eight winning companies with coverage including profiles, photos, podcasts and more. GO TO ASICENTRAL
Video #3: One Easy Step to Help You Win More Appointments
At Proforma, we’re not calling this year 2018 – we’re calling it 2X18. That’s 2X your success, 2X your profits and 2X your fun by subscribing to our 2X18 video series. Video #3 reveals one easy step you can incorporate in your business strategy to win more appointments today. LEARN MORE
CPSC Recalls Combination Chargers/Hand Warmers
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall on combination battery chargers/hand warmers from Beanworthy LLC of Newark, DE. The Human Creations EnergyFlux and EnergyFlux Slim can overheat, potentially causing fires or burning users. READ ARTICLE
Why You Should Be Selling Custom Mints
Find out from Hospitality Mints how custom-wrapped mints make an easy sell for any customer. Now that’s sweet. LEARN MORE
Make Every Day Earth Day With Plantable Seed Paper Promotions
Gear up for spring with eco-friendly products. Watch this video to see how Bloomin Promotions creates their handmade seed paper promotions that really grow. LEARN MORE
The Joe Show: Broad Appeal
In this episode of The Joe Show, Product Editor Joe Haley shows off a host of new promo items, including a custom plush puppet, a heavy-duty safety vest, a six-function pocket knife, and a dash-mounted car accessory that can hold cell phones, pens and more. WATCH THE JOE SHOW
Proforma Recognizes 172 Million Dollar Club Members
Top 40 distributor Proforma (asi/300094) honored its 172 Million Dollar Club members at a three-day celebration in Riviera Maya, Mexico, earlier this month. The group included 39 Proforma owners who were honored for achieving new sales milestones.
Winter Storm Toby: Company Updates
Another strong winter storm moved up the East Coast this week, creating disruptions along the I-95 corridor and beyond. Click the link below for a list of companies affected by the storm, including those that are closed or facing power outages. If your business is being impacted, send us an email at FEEDBACK@ASICENTRAL.COM.
In Memoriam: Ralph DeShong, Landes
Ralph Lee DeShong Jr., founder of Houston-based supplier Landes Inc. (asi/66230), died on March 11. He was 84. A graduate of the University of Texas and a U.S. Army veteran, DeShong founded Landes in 1970.
Merch Watch: Wentz Tops Brady in Jersey Sales
The Philadelphia Eagles have again beaten the New England Patriots – this time in a battle for supremacy in NFL merchandise sales. Just as the Eagles dethroned the Patriots in Super Bowl LII, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has overtaken Pats’ QB Tom Brady as the NFL player with the top-selling jersey.
Participate in Counselor’s State of the Industry Research
Counselor is conducting its annual State of the Industry research – and we need your feedback! Please take a few minutes to participate by taking either the supplier or distributor SOI survey in the links below. If you participate in this research, you will not only provide a valuable voice in the important results, you will also:
Receive a $5 Amazon.com gift certificate
Be entered into a drawing for an iPad being given away in one week
Earn credit toward your BASI/MASI certification
Receive an early release of selected findings from the report before they’re published in Counselor magazine
In the News
AdVantage Line (asi/31570) has announced a special promotion to help Noteworthy customers affected by the Top 40 company’s planned closure this spring. AdVantage will manufacture and fulfill orders for printed LDPE plastic bag products with a 5% discount off of Noteworthy’s 2017 online catalog pricing.
People on the Move
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), welcomes John Rodriguez. He will be representing the group for Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and Wyoming.
ASI Creative Labs Launched
ASI's award-winning creative team now offers a full-service in-house marketing agency producing everything from videos to content marketing campaigns. Find out more.
New Counselor Mag Unveiled
ASI's iconic Counselor magazine has reinvented itself, featuring more people, products, research, case studies and opinions about the issues that matter most to the promo industry. Find out more.
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