Letter from our President
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Letter from our President

Letter from our President

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Understanding the situation is changing rapidly, we have taken many measures already to ensure our employees’ safety, such as extra sanitization and cleaning in our office, providing additional handwashing stations for employees and visiting couriers, etc., giving our employees work from home options if possible, cancelling all in-person meetings, and spacing out work stations if a WFH option is not available. We also want to take this time to ensure you that our services remain completely operational and we are ready to serve. Our team is monitoring emails and providing quotes, as well as processing and shipping orders. If needed, we can provide ideas to inspire and unite employees during this difficult time and solutions to delivering merchandise and collateral for virtual conferences. Boss Promotions continues to be thankful for your business and I wish you and your families the best in safety and in health. Sincerely, Jonathan Gillingham...

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Insights On The Coronavirus

Insights On The Coronavirus

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When the World Health Organization (WHO) officially made the Coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern, everyone around the world nodded in unison and said, “No kidding!” Thankfully, the virus has not proven as deadly as previous viruses at this point, but it’s certainly causing serious havoc around the globe. China remains the epicenter of the outbreak. All but 1% of cases are in China, and 34% are in Wuhan, which is on a citywide lockdown. There’s a lot of confusion, questions, and concern about how the Coronavirus will interrupt business and continue to spread. Peter Hirsch, CEO of Hirsch Gift, offered a supplier’s perspective on the two biggest questions seen across social media from the Promotional Products industry. The following is an unedited interview: “Peter, what are the two biggest questions you’re seeing regarding the Coronavirus?” Here is what I think are the important factors to consider from a business perspective in dealing with fallout from the CoronaVirus: 1) Will there be a supply chain disruption? Factories in many regions in China are going to open late, we don’t know exactly when but somewhere between mid to end February, this is up to a month later than the normal start up after CNY. There will likely be issues of staffing as workers from Wuhan and other areas will not be able to travel back to factories until travel restrictions are lifted.  The result of all this will be that instead of the normal planned one month delay in products from China, the first shipments will probably only arrive in the USA in May compared to April assuming a 60 day production/shipping cycle. Some products with longer cycles much later. Suppliers with deeper inventories, domestic manufacturers and manufactured products from other countries will be in a better position to handle this issue. Good advice for distributors would be to advise customers to place orders as early as possible if delivery is required in the next 6 months, that way avoiding disappointment or last-minute scrambling to find alternative choices.  2) Is there a risk of getting the CoronaVirus from product/boxes shipped out of China? According to World Health Organization (WTO) the virus does not last more than a few hours on objects and taking into account aired and sea freight products to the USA all take from days to a month to ship, there is no risk. We will...

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The Last Straw

The Last Straw

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We’ve seen a push in the last 10 years to reduce the use of wasteful and harmful disposable plastic products, such as shopping bags, utensils and bottles across Canada and the United States. Soon Seattle, San Francisco and Vancouver will be the first cities to implement bans on single-use plastic straws in the food service industry. They are being joined in this pledge to eliminate plastic straws by companies like Disney, Starbucks, Aramark and American Airlines. Plastic is not biodegradable, and light plastic straws are easily blown from city streets into neighbouring ecosystems where they cause harm. Plastic straws cannot be recycled, and Americans alone use enough to wrap around the earth 25 times each day. While plastic straws are far from the worst problem facing the environment, their elimination would make a difference. Between general public bans and the choices of private companies, what are straw-users to do? Durable reusable straws and single-use straws made of biodegradable material like paper are the top alternatives, and both provide different promotional branding opportunities. The most basic reusable steel straws often come with brand-able carrying cases, and extra detail can be added directly to the straw by etching or engraving. The FinalStraw is the world’s first collapsible reusable steel straw, and comes in a unique and very compact keychain carrying case. Both provide great opportunities to promote a brand or product, and at the same time say “we support the environment”. Single-use straws currently used by the food service industry will be be replaced by biodegradable alternatives. These, too, provide a unique new opportunity for promotion that was not available with traditional straws. While it’s unlikely that eliminating plastic straw use will save the earth, experts say that this could represent another key step in our changing behaviour and eliminating plastic waste. Furthermore the shift may provide simultaneous opportunities for marketing and demonstrating your company’s commitment to the...

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New Trend Alert: Cork

New Trend Alert: Cork

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We see cork bulletin-boards and wine stoppers and we don’t think twice. But from notebooks to watches, yoga mats and blocks to furniture and dinnerware, this amazing material is catching fire in a diverse, ever-expanding range of new products. Cork is derived from the bark of the Cork Oak tree, which grows mostly in the Mediterranean basin. When the bark is removed from a mature tree, the tree remains healthy and continues to grow, and this removal can be done 15-20 times over the course of a tree’s natural life. Cork is also fully biodegradable — making it an amazing 100% natural, highly renewable and environmentally-friendly material. Cork is light enough to float easily and durable enough to be used in the soles of shoes. It is elastic and will always naturally expand to its original size, as well as being completely impermeable to liquids and gasses, making it such a great drink-stopper. It is fire-resistant, hypoallergenic and a natural insulator.With all these amazing properties, we should really not be surprised to see cork showing up in an astonishing variety of products. From accenting drinkware or simple accessories, there are now countless notebooks, purses, clutches and cases, dinnerware and even furniture made entirely from cork! Your imagination really is the limit, and wherever your taste leads you, you can rest assured knowing you’ve made a cool and earth-friendly choice.    ...

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Golf Wear in the Office

Golf Wear in the Office

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You may dream about driving the ball like John Daly, chipping like Rickie Fowler, and putting like Ian Poulter, but you don’t necessarily want to dress like any of them – at least not in the office. Although wild colour combinations and odd fashion statements may fit in on the golf course (especially if you’re paid big bucks to wear them), they aren’t really acceptable at downtown or even “dress casual” offices. You don’t want your plaid pants or day-glow orange golf shirt to announce the fact that you are slipping out a couple of hours for an early tee time. Ideally, you want the ability to go from an early afternoon staff meeting straight to the first tee without changing clothes. Although you suit-and-tie guys may have access to a locker room for a quick change, those with more relaxed dress codes or “Casual Fridays” want outfits that fit in at the office and on the course. The most important part of the golf ensemble is the shirt. A nice short-sleeve polo is a must, preferably without a gaudy logo that might be frowned upon in some work environments. While industry leaders like Nike and Under Armour continue to make nice cotton shirts (which have traditionally been the most popular), they have transitioned more and more to lightweight, “performance” synthetics. All the major sports apparel companies have synthetic golf shirts complete with a name for their unique material. Other golf brand names such as Puma, Cutter & Buck, Callaway and TaylorMade have gone that direction, too. Be sure to avoid loud colours or patterns; solid muted colours provide great workplace camouflage. Luckily the latest retail trends have reached the sportswear world so you can combine fashion and function to go from office to greens with ease. STRIPES COLOUR BLOCKING HEATHERED/MELANGE See more looks in our Boss 2018 Golf Look Book! Please contact your rep or go to our contact us page to create a storyboard with your logo, get pricing or see the new 2018 samples. If you look like a CHAMP hopefullly you’ll play like a CHAMP!!...

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The unpredictability of fads.

The unpredictability of fads.

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Once a year, a new fad comes and goes. As a promotions and solutions company, it’s our job to jump on that trend and deliver. In 2017, a weird shaped children’s toy called the Fidget Spinner took the world by storm. A fidget spinner is a colorful device that entails three paddle-shaped blades attached to a central core. To use a fidget spinner, you squeeze the core and give the blades a flick… that’s all it takes to make them spin for a couple minutes straight. To really make a splash in the promotions industry, we must predict and react to faddish behaviour. One little problem… it’s a lot easier said than done. If only we could have been the first to jump on the hula hoop bandwagon in 1958, when an estimated 27 million were sold in North America. Other notable children’s fads include Rubik’s Cubes, Beanie Babies, jelly bracelets, and various types of collectible cards, to name a few. The fidget spinner marks another fad that took us by surprise, but like any other novelty, it will inevitably fade. Currently, suppliers are desperately trying to think of different ways to make their fidget spinners stand out from the crowd: lights, sport shapes, all-over print and custom shapes are all available now. But how much longer until they are collecting dust in dressers? Only time will...