Brendan Menapace

Brendan Menapace

Brendan Menapace is the digital content editor for Promo Marketing. While writing and editing stories come naturally to him, writing his own bio does not.

How to Become a Rainmaker of Sales

What does it mean to be a rainmaker in sales? What is a rainmaker to you? Is it the person who consistently has orders coming in from clients? Is it the person who knows how to play the long game, building up relationships with clients for future success? Or, could it be the leader of the team who brings out the best in the sales staff and motivates the team to achieve its goals? Why can’t it be...

Halls & Company Acquires ActNow Media

Halls & Company, Brooklyn Park, Minn., manufacturer of ID Line, announced that it has acquired ActNow Media, an Atlanta-based promotional products supplier. ActNow Media was founded almost 20 years ago by Fred Leamer, who started the company with the Write 'n Roll paper mousepad, and expanded...

CPSC Prohibits 5 More Chemicals in Children's Toys and Child Care Products

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted 3 to 2 the other week to prohibit children's toys and various child care items from containing more than 0.1 percent of specific phthalate chemicals used to make vinyl and plastics. This final rule will take effect 180 days after publication in the Federal Register, per CPSC...

Thelonious Monk's Family Sues Brewery Over Labels, Packaging

Thelonious Monk is one of the most celebrated jazz musicians ever. So, it's no surprise that a brewery would want to harness the cool energy for one of its beers. Thus, the North Coast Brewing Co. released its Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale...

Buying New Equipment to Maximize Capabilities and Return On Investment

Purchasing new equipment can be daunting. Where do you even start? How much do you want to spend? What are you trying to accomplish? How do you know you’re getting a good deal, or that you’ll get your return on investment? These are all things that responsible business owners...

Did Staples' Board Sell Too Low? Multiple Law Firms Think So

A little less than a month ago, Staples' board of directors unanimously approved a sale to Sycamore Partners for $6.9 billion, and the dust seemed to be settling on the whole situation. But, because we are apparently masters of foreshadowing, our last words on the subject were...

Vistaprint's Storefront Impacts Distributors In A Big Way

Two weeks ago, we reported that Vistaprint had opened its first brick-and-mortar storefront, Vistaprint Studio, in Toronto. The store offers an extension to what the e-commerce platform does—customized paper products and printing—but gives customers the chance to see products in a physical setting...

A Look Into the Huge Shakeups in the International Shipping Industry

Last September, a Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd. cargo ship was bound for the U.S. The problem was that Hanjin, based in South Korea, had just declared bankruptcy. So, that U.S.-bound ship was quite literally floating in limbo off the coast of California, unable to dock at ports...

TD Bank Recalls Complimentary Pens

TD Bank, Cherry Hill, N.J., is recalling a line of its pens from its branches because of a manufacturing flaw that could potentially be a safety hazard. "With abundant safety in mind, TD self-reported our concern to the Consumer Product Safety Commission late last year, and proactively...

Branded Beer Glass Battle Rages in Florida

When we say there's a legal battle brewing in Florida, we mean it. That's because the battle is over whether beer companies should be able to provide bars and restaurants with free branded glassware...