Brendan Menapace

Brendan Menapace

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

How Relationships Can Become Acquisitions (and How to Manage Them)

Acquisitions are finicky. When you’re on the buyer side, it’s almost like playing a game of poker, or like buying a used car. You don’t want to show all of your cards to the other players. You don’t want to let on exactly what you’re doing or hint at your next move...

Heritage Sportswear Officially Liquidating Assets

Heritage Sportswear, Hebron, Ohio, announced in a recent email that it will close its doors after 37 years in business. The wholesale apparel supplier will undergo a complete inventory liquidation, and announced that it will drop prices in every category as part of the liquidation. Heritage Sportswear will offer T-shirts, fleece...

Trump Threatens to Increase China Tariffs to 25%, Add $325B More to List

President Trump announced yesterday that the U.S. will increase tariffs to 25 percent on $200 billion in Chinese imports, effective Friday. The tariff rate was originally 10 percent, but during trade talks at the end of 2018, Trump promised that the number could increase if the sides couldn't reach a deal by March 1. That deadline was extended once, but with the sides still unable to come to terms, it appears the long-threatened 25 percent rate will now go into effect...

Report: Sycamore Partners, Staples' Private Equity Owner, Wants Out

Bloomberg reported that Sycamore Partners, the private equity firm that bought Staples Inc. in 2017, is now looking to withdraw most of its cash investment through a recapitalization effort, leaving Staples with about $1 billion in additional debt and $600 million in equity...

Surviving in the Age of Amazon

In a world governed by convenience and instant gratification, spearheaded by big-name companies like Vistaprint and Amazon, how do the traditional print distributors stay afloat and keep their business as profitable as possible?...

More Promo Companies Indicted, Fined in Price Fixing Schemes

A federal grand jury in Texas has indicted Taiwanese company G Nova Corp and its CEO over price fixing schemes relating to promotional products. A second company, NetBrands Media Corp. and two of its executives, have already agreed to plead guilty to similar, but unrelated, charges, per Reuters...

The Biggest Promotional Products Trends We Noticed at PPAI Expo 2019

Wandering around the show floor and taking it all in is one of our favorite parts of the show. And as much as it might seem like aimless strolling, there’s actually a great deal of learning involved. Here are some of the biggest trends we noticed from...

The Right Way to Use Social Media for Business

Social media, to some, is an enormous time waster. These people see it as nothing more than a good way to derail productivity by obsessively refreshing and scrolling. But for others, it's a great way to stay in touch with old friends and maintain relationships that otherwise might have fallen by the wayside...

3-D Printing Is About to Get a Lot Less Expensive

The concept of 3-D printing isn't new, but for a lot of companies, it's not economically viable. The benefits don't outweigh the cost, yet. But, 3-D printing company Carbon is looking to make 3-D printing more accessible for everyone by slashing the price of three commonly used resin materials...

Starbucks' 2018 Holiday Cups Are Here, So You Can Officially Start Celebrating

Halloween is over. That means it's officially the holiday season already, right? If you ask the majority of retailers in America, the answer is yes. Before the jack-o'-lanterns can even get gross and mushy, companies are peddling wintery products as if Thanksgiving and fall never even existed, save for a few pumpkin spice drinks still on the menu...