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2021 Retail Trend Report

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The pandemic drastically disrupted retail trends in 2020, accelerating growth for some categories while slowing down others. As more people spent time at home, outdoors with nature, and focused on personal protective equipment, retailers had to quickly pivot based on these trends and improve their digital infrastructure for a seamless customer experience. Retailers have remained resilient and determined, and we’re excited to see how they adapt to some of 2021’s biggest retail trends. (more…)

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What does a sustainable manufacturing process look like? To be considered sustainable, a company or product should: use less water and energy during production, use materials made from renewable resources or waste products, have reduced chemical waste and emissions, and products should be biodegradable. With the intersection of sustainability and technology, more and more sustainable fabrics and materials are being made available, making your next pair jeans more environmentally friendly.

We’ve created this guide to explore some of the more popular materials on the market and help you become a more environmentally conscious consumer! (more…)

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How many items from fast fashion brands are you wearing at the moment?

Fast fashion has become prolific, and unsurprisingly, the fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters, creating about 10% of global carbon emissions, and nearly 20% of all wastewater. Many brands are now looking towards more sustainable practices in their supply chains, from sourcing to manufacturing to transportation. We as consumers can choose to support these companies, and further the conversation with brands on sustainability.

In this post, we’ve rounded up tips and product ideas to help you become a more conscious consumer.

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Eco-friendly goods

Sustainability doesn’t have to just happen at home! With endless eco-friendly options for work and on-the-go products, it’s now easier than ever to be environmentally conscious anytime, anywhere. Here are some tips and products to get you started.

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At Boss Promotions, we understand the increasing significance of sustainability produced products not just for our organization, but also for our clients and their consumers. Every little change can count towards making the world a more sustainable place. 

This week we will be looking at small decisions we can all make to be more responsible for the world we all share, starting in the kitchen!

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We have over 15 years of experience with overseas importing and have built a vast database of trusted supplier partners. We believe in the quality of our products, and will provide transparent and certified compliant production all the way to delivery. All of our products are FDA approved for your safety.
IT IS OUR MISSION TO GET THESE ESSENTIAL ITEMS INTO THE HANDS OF PEOPLE THAT NEED THEM.

Face Protection: We carry a range of masks depending on your needs. From disposable masks to the NIOSH-approved N95 masks, all are examples of personal protective equipment that can be used to protect the wearer from airborne particles and liquid.

Clean Hands: Hand hygiene and protection plays a vital role in preventing the transmission of COVID-19 and other viruses. Our sanitizer gel and sanitizer wipes kill 99.9% of germs and contains 75% alcohol.

 

Social Distancing Educational Signage: A new “normal” is coming, and the health and safety of employees and customers will be a necessity for your business.

 

 

 

 

You can find our full range of COVID-19 recovery products here. Please contact us for current product availability. Keep in mind that inventory is changing constantly. If we don’t have what you need right now, we may be getting it in a few days or weeks!

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2021 Retail Trend Report

Posted by on May 4, 2021 in Blog | Comments Off on 2021 Retail Trend Report

2021 Retail Trend Report

The pandemic drastically disrupted retail trends in 2020, accelerating growth for some categories while slowing down others. As more people spent time at home, outdoors with nature, and focused on personal protective equipment, retailers had to quickly pivot based on these trends and improve their digital infrastructure for a seamless customer experience. Retailers have remained resilient and determined, and we’re excited to see how they adapt to some of 2021’s biggest retail trends. 2021 Retail Trend Report Dressing for Success Unsurprisingly, apparel sales were down in 2020 as more people stayed at home. Clothing sales fell by 25% in the UK, while the US saw many retailers such as Neiman Marcus, J.C. Penney, and J. Crew filing for bankruptcy. However, as populations become vaccinated, we will likely see a gradual shift of workers going back to the office and rising clothing sales. Hybrid Work Attire Transitioning back to the office doesn’t have to mean sacrificing comfort! Super soft and wrinkle-resistant, these shirts from Untuckit combine professional wear with casual comfort.               Pictured: Untuckit women’s shirt | Untuckit men’s shirt Revival of Heritage Brands Moving away from fast fashion to focus on well-made pieces, fashion heritage brands such as Carhartt, Converse, and New Balance have seen a resurgence in interest from various market segments. Celebrities such as Rihanna and Kaia Gerber have been spotted wearing these brands, boosting the “cool” factor for these tried-and-true companies.       Pictured: Carhartt Duck Insulated Vest | Carhartt Lightweight Twill Shirt | Champion Ringspun Cotton T-Shirt Cultivating a Cozy Home Sales for at-home lifestyle products, home furniture, and decor significantly increased in 2020 as people prioritized making their homes more comfortable during the pandemic. We’ve rounded up some of the trends to watch for this season. Scents for Every Mood Can’t make it to the beach this year? Get a feel for the tropics with Yankee Candle’s customer-favourite scents such as Coconut Beach and Pink Sands. Other summer scents to create a cozy, welcoming home include Lilac Blooms and Midsummers Night. Yankee Candle uses premium-grade paraffin wax and has a long burn time, making them one of the best candles of 2021.             Pictured: Yankee Candle Coconut Beach | Pink Sands Bringing Greenery In Gardening has been popular in the past few years, but being at home during the pandemic has fueled the interest for greenery indoors. Modern Sprout has made it easier than ever to experiment with hydroponics or terracotta pots to grow your perfect plant.           Pictured: Modern Sprout Tiny Terracotta Grow Kit | Modern Sprout Indoor Herb Garden Kit Retro Design meets Modern Technology Nostalgic for designs of the past? Retro design meets modern technology with Crosley’s and Marshall’s turntables and speakers, adding a retro touch to your home. Many of Marshall’s speakers also come with Bluetooth connectivity, making it easy to wirelessly connect to devices.             Pictured: Crosley Cruiser Deluxe | Acton BT II – Bluetooth Speaker Exploring the Outdoors Outdoor activities such as walking, running and hiking saw increases in 2020, and this trend shows no sign of slowing down in 2021. As people headed outdoors during lockdown, sales for apparel such as hiking boots, new bikes, and...

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A Guide to Sustainable Fabrics and Materials

Posted by on Apr 23, 2021 in Blog | Comments Off on A Guide to Sustainable Fabrics and Materials

A Guide to Sustainable Fabrics and Materials

What does a sustainable manufacturing process look like? To be considered sustainable, a company or product should: use less water and energy during production, use materials made from renewable resources or waste products, have reduced chemical waste and emissions, and products should be biodegradable. With the intersection of sustainability and technology, more and more sustainable fabrics and materials are being made available, making your next pair jeans more environmentally friendly. We’ve created this guide to explore some of the more popular materials on the market and help you become a more environmentally conscious consumer! Recycled Materials Recycled Cotton Recycled cotton reduces the amount of new cotton being produced and used, and reduces the impact of cotton farming. Cotton farming not only requires 250 billion tons of water annually, but also heavily relies on pesticides. Some of our recycled cotton products include: Products pictured: drawstring bag | apron | notebook Recycled Polyester (rPET) Made from recycled plastic bottles, this process diverts plastic from landfills. Plastic is melted to make fibres, which can be turned into fabrics. These fabrics can then be turned into products such as t-shirts, reusable grocery bags, and backpacks! Products pictured: cap | umbrella | pen  Plant-Based Materials Hemp  Hemp is an eco-friendly crop, requiring little water, pesticide, or fertilizers to grow quickly. Fabrics are also biodegradable.  Products pictured: hemp tote | hemp beanie | hemp cap Bamboo Strong and durable, bamboo is another plant that grows quickly and easily, and doesn’t need pesticide or fertilizers. Bamboo can not only be used as a fabric, but for other eco-friendly goods, such as cutlery, toothbrushes, cutting boards, etc. Looking for bamboo products? Here are some of the bamboo products we carry. Products pictured: bamboo utensils | bamboo speakers | tumbler Cork Did you know cork comes from trees? Harvested from the bark of cork oak trees that grow in Mediterranean Europe and North Africa, cork is sustainable and renewable. Cork is naturally elastic, fire resistant, cushioning, anti-microbial, biodegradable, and buoyant, making it a fantastic material for items such as shoes, and leather and wood alternatives. Products pictured: cork cooler bag | cork ceramic mug | recycled cotton and cork bound notebook Linen Produced from the flax plant, linen uses less resources than cotton. Whereas 2,700 litres of water are required to make a cotton shirt, a linen shirt will only require 6.4 litres of water. Linen is not only a great choice for clothing, but also for bedding, aprons, bags, napkins, etc. Products pictured: linen cap | linen notebook | linen bag Other Sustainable Materials Biodegradable Ingredients Biodegradable refers to products that can be broken down quickly by microorganisms, fungi, or bacteria, and safely leave nothing behind. For an item to be considered biodegradable, at least 70% of organic ingredients need to break down within 28 days. This no-waste shampoo bar and dish soap bar are plastic free, and made with 100% biodegradable ingredients such as coconut oil, olive oil, and lemon essential oil. Biodegradable Resins To reduce dependence on traditional plastics, biodegradable resins are derived from plants such as corn and soybeans, making them biodegradable and compostable. They are widely used as plastic substitutes for items such as single-use plastics (e.g. cutlery, disposable food packaging), cosmetics, and medical products.  Products pictured: lip balm packaing made from potato|...

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5 Tips to Shop Sustainably

Posted by on Apr 22, 2021 in Blog | Comments Off on 5 Tips to Shop Sustainably

5 Tips to Shop Sustainably

How many items from fast fashion brands are you wearing at the moment? Fast fashion has become prolific, and unsurprisingly, the fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters, creating about 10% of global carbon emissions, and nearly 20% of all wastewater. Many brands are now looking towards more sustainable practices in their supply chains, from sourcing to manufacturing to transportation. We as consumers can choose to support these companies, and further the conversation with brands on sustainability. In this post, we’ve rounded up tips and product ideas to help you become a more conscious consumer. SUSTAINABLE FASHION AND SHOPPING 1. Before purchasing, consider whether you already own a similar item. We can suggest similar pairings based on past purchases. Have you done a hoody in the past? How about a vest to wear over it? Let us help you enhance what you’ve already purchased for your team. 2. Invest in quality clothes that last longer–quality over quantity! Bonus if fabrics are made ethically with sustainable materials. Recover is a brand that creates clothing made from recycled plastic and upcycled cotton, and donates a percentage of its annual sales to environmental nonprofits. Shop their hoodie and crewneck. 3. Hole in your sweater? Try sewing or repairing it before buying a new one.             Did you know one of our best vendors offers repair services? If there is a tear, broken zipper or lost button, Stormtech Canada will repair or replace depending on the situation. 4. Be mindful about material your products are made from. Boss Promotions commits to quoting sustainable options wherever possible! We have shirts made from fabrics such as recycled cotton and recycled polyester (rPET), hemp, and bamboo. 5. Let us guide you toward our many locally made options – made in Canada, Ontario – even many here in Toronto – that also make their clothing from ethically sourced materials.   In honour of Earth Day, we’re focusing on sustainability tips this week. If you missed it, here are 4 ways to reduce waste in the kitchen, and some tips on how to be sustainable anywhere. You can find all the products listed above, and more, in our Boss Promotions Earth Day...

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Sustainability at Work and On the Go

Posted by on Apr 21, 2021 in Blog | Comments Off on Sustainability at Work and On the Go

Sustainability at Work and On the Go

Sustainability doesn’t have to just happen at home! With endless eco-friendly options for work and on-the-go products, it’s now easier than ever to be environmentally conscious anytime, anywhere. Here are some tips and products to get you started. WORK SUSTAINABLY ANYWHERE 1. Conserve energy in the office by turning off lights, devices, and machines when not in use instead of using standby/sleep mode. 2. Promote a paperless office by switching to cloud-based systems. If you need to print, save paper by using double-sided printing. The Rocketbook Executive Flip Notebook is your new magic weapon against paper waste! Using the provided pen, fill the page, use the Rocketbook app to save your big ideas to your favorite cloud service for proper organization. Then, erase and reuse your Flip for your next adventure. 3. Use eco-friendly alternatives, such as recycled paper and biodegradable pens. These pens by Prodir are biodegradable, reducing plastic waste in the office! 4. Eliminate or reduce the use of products that can’t be recycled, such as styrofoam cups, coffee cups, greasy pizza boxes, etc. ON THE GO SUSTAINABILITY 5. Travel sustainably and walk, cycle, and take public transit when possible. By taking public transit instead of driving, not only can you save nearly $10,000 annually, but you will also reduce traffic congestion, and reduce greenhouse emissions by half. Looking for bike promo ideas? See some ideas here. 6. Instead of plastic bags, use reusable tote bags for groceries and other shopping. We have endless offerings in eco-friendly material. 7. Save money and skip out on takeout waste by packing lunch with reusable containers. There are many brands that offer these stylish containers that make lunch packing a snap! Pictured: Osaka Bento Lunch Box | Ceramic W&P Porter Bowl 8. Use reusable bottles. Nearly 1 million plastic bottles are bought every minute, which accumulates a lot of waste! With endless options from retail brands such as Yeti, S’well, Contigo, Thermos, Corkcicle, Miir and CamelBak, this should be an easy swap. Pictured: CamelBak Pivot | Miir Vacuum Insulated Wide Mouth Bottle 9. Instead of using plastic utensils, carry reusable sets made from materials such as metal and bamboo. This set from PLA is made from a bio plastic derived from plant starches.    Missed yesterday’s post? Find 4 ways to reduce waste in the kitchen. You can find all the products listed above, and more, in our Boss Promotions Earth Day...

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4 Ways to Reduce Waste in the Kitchen

Posted by on Apr 20, 2021 in Blog | Comments Off on 4 Ways to Reduce Waste in the Kitchen

4 Ways to Reduce Waste in the Kitchen

At Boss Promotions, we understand the increasing significance of sustainability produced products not just for our organization, but also for our clients and their consumers. Every little change can count towards making the world a more sustainable place.  This week we will be looking at small decisions we can all make to be more responsible for the world we all share, starting in the kitchen! SUSTAINABLE KITCHEN 1. Switch to non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning products when possible. An easy start is with our Eco Clean Gift Kit. This package includes bamboo pot scrub, bamboo dish brush, bamboo soap holder, reusable cleaning towel, Canadian-made zero waste hand soap and Canadian-made zero waste dish soap. 2. Make sure you’re composting all your kitchen scraps. 3. Make the switch to reusable items in your kitchen wherever possible. The promotional world is exploding with options you can brand that are useful and sustainable, therefore guaranteeing products are kept and used – with your logo front and centre in people’s lives. Here are some ideas: Instead of paper towels, try using:   Reusable and Compostable Towel     Full Colour Tea Towel Instead of plastic wrap, try using:   Branded Beeswax Wrap Stretch Pods Food Storage   Instead of plastic bags, try using:   Reusable Shopping Bags    Mesh Reusable Produce Bags   Instead of pre-packaged food, try buying bulk with these: Glass Jars Reusable Pouches 4. Reduce food waste and save money through meal planning.  This will help you avoid purchasing unnecessary items, reduce stress, and save you time. You can find many of these ideas and much more in our Boss Promotions Earth Day...

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PPE Supply

Posted by on Apr 14, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on PPE Supply

PPE Supply

We have over 15 years of experience with overseas importing and have built a vast database of trusted supplier partners. We believe in the quality of our products, and will provide transparent and certified compliant production all the way to delivery. All of our products are FDA approved for your safety. IT IS OUR MISSION TO GET THESE ESSENTIAL ITEMS INTO THE HANDS OF PEOPLE THAT NEED THEM. Face Protection: We carry a range of masks depending on your needs. From disposable masks to the NIOSH-approved N95 masks, all are examples of personal protective equipment that can be used to protect the wearer from airborne particles and liquid. Clean Hands: Hand hygiene and protection plays a vital role in preventing the transmission of COVID-19 and other viruses. Our sanitizer gel and sanitizer wipes kill 99.9% of germs and contains 75% alcohol.   Social Distancing Educational Signage: A new “normal” is coming, and the health and safety of employees and customers will be a necessity for your business.         You can find our full range of COVID-19 recovery products here. Please contact us for current product availability. Keep in mind that inventory is changing constantly. If we don’t have what you need right now, we may be getting it in a few days or weeks! Stay Safe Everyone!    ...

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Letter from our President

Posted by on Mar 18, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on Letter from our President

Letter from our President

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

Posted by on Feb 8, 2020 in Blog | Comments Off on Insights On The Coronavirus

Insights On The Coronavirus

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 continue to monitor health updates and take any necessary precautions in this...

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The Last Straw

Posted by on Jul 31, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on The Last Straw

The Last Straw

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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Golf Wear in the Office

Posted by on Apr 5, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Golf Wear in the Office

Golf Wear in the Office

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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