Promo Products

Know When Your Customers Are Tax Exempt
March 19, 2019 at 8:27 pm

A reader asks, “I am creating an item in QuickBooks Premier, and it makes me select it as ‘Tax’ or ‘Non for Sales Taxes.’ Sometimes it is taxable and sometimes not, depending on the customer. What do I do?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

How We Talk About Promotional Products: Why Language Matters
March 5, 2019 at 8:30 pm

In an age where garbagemen are called “sanitation engineers” and secretaries are “executive assistants,” why do we insist on belittling our industry by saying we’re in the tchotchke business, or that we do promotional giveaways or swag? It’s time to blow up much of the nomenclature that is used by others—and by us—to describe what we do...

American Solutions for Business Officially Compliant with PromoStandards
February 26, 2019 at 7:25 pm

American Solutions for Business (ASB), Glenwood, Minn., is officially using PromoStandards to streamline its e-commerce platform to integrate with industry suppliers. “We are expanding to allow suppliers to load our Product Information Management (PIM) system with product information and media content to be used...

Here’s Some Cool Augmented Reality Tech Designed to Stop Merch Counterfeiting
February 26, 2019 at 7:19 pm

The popularity of the NHL's Los Angeles Kings' merchandise has spawned an increased desire for fans to own game-used equipment, and has prompted the organization to pioneer an application that proves goods’ authenticity. It might seem odd that a hockey franchise is the first to employ augmented reality anti-counterfeiting tech for merchandise...

4 Reasons Promotional Products Distributors Should Be Generous
February 19, 2019 at 3:44 pm

When you think of a successful distributor, what comes to mind? You might think of annual revenue, customer count or number of employees. But, in this day and age, success should also be defined by how generous you are as a company. You’re probably asking yourself what that has to do with being a successful distributor—let me explain...

Clarity and Organization are Key in QuickBooks
February 19, 2019 at 2:38 am

A reader asks, “Can you clarify 'Customers,' 'Vendors,' 'Employees' and 'Other Names'? Too often I use 'Other Names.' Is that right?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

More Promo Companies Indicted, Fined in Price Fixing Schemes
February 12, 2019 at 8:37 pm

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...

Polyconcept Appoints Neil Ringel as New CEO
February 5, 2019 at 8:11 pm

Polyconcept, New Kensington, Pa., announced the appointment of Neil Ringel as its new CEO, effective yesterday. He is an experienced business-to-business distribution executive who built his career at Staples Inc., serving recently as its president of North American Delivery...