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26 Nov Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

FedEx Announces Price Increases

FedEx Announces Price Increases

FedEx plans to increase shipping rates of ground, freight and express services by an average of 4.9%, effective Jan. 5. The announcement comes on the heels of a May decision to charge for box size as well as weight, which will effectively increase prices on some ground shipments. The dimensional weight pricing will also take […]

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20 Nov Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

Economists Predict Steady Growth

Economists Predict Steady Growth

The American economy expanded in the third quarter, and growth will continue through the end of 2014, a recent survey says. The National Association for Business Economists (NABE) predicts a 3% rise in real gross domestic product in the third quarter followed by 3.1% expansion in the final three months of the year “Respondents to […]

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14 Nov Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

Sunglasses Recalled Because of Excessive Lead

Sunglasses Recalled Because of Excessive Lead

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently recalled approximately 215,000 pairs of children’s sunglasses. Manufactured in China and imported to the U.S. by FGX International, the glasses feature surface paint that contains excessive levels of lead, which is prohibited under federal law. “Consumers should immediately take these sunglasses away from children and return them to FGX […]

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12 Nov Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

Holiday Retail Sales Seen Rising by 4%

Holiday Retail Sales Seen Rising by 4%

Analysts are optimistic about the upcoming holiday shopping season with many predicting a modest, but positive boost in retail sales compared to last year. That fourth-quarter optimism is echoed by ad specialty distributors, with many bullish on logoed corporate gift-giving programs and end-of-year sales in general. In September, Deloitte forecast a 4% to 4.5% increase […]

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15 Oct Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

Q2 Distributor Sales Increase

Q2 Distributor Sales Increase

Data released recently by ASI shows that distributor sales grew by 6.1% in the second quarter of 2014, continuing a stretch of 18 consecutive quarterly gains. Meanwhile, the Counselor Confidence Index, a measure of distributor health, hit 113 in Q2 – just of last quarter’s record number – and well above the baseline that indicates […]

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13 Oct Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

U.S. Services Sector Heats Up

U.S. Services Sector Heats Up

Now may be a good time for distributors to start prospecting with clients in the services industry. A recently released index showed that activity in the U.S. services sector continued at a 4 1/2-year high in July. “Service sector companies continue to perform strongly against post-recession trends,” said Chris Williamson, chief economist at financial data […]

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10 Oct Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

Mobile Ad Spending to Rise 83%

Mobile Ad Spending to Rise 83%

Marketers will spend more on mobile advertising this year than they will on newspaper and radio ads, continuing a dramatic marketplace shift, according to a new study from research firm eMarketer. Data shows spending on mobile ads will leap 83% in 2014 to nearly $18 billion. Newspapers will generate $17 billion, while radio will bring […]

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08 Oct Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

American Apparel Names New Board

American Apparel Names New Board

American Apparel has announced plans to appoint four new members to its board of directors, following a recent agreement with investment firm Standard General. As part of that deal, which provided American Apparel with $25 million in financing and gave Standard General a 44% stake in the California manufacturer, embattled CEO Dov Charney agreed to […]

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03 Oct Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

Cargo Spikes Amid Shutdown Worries

Cargo Spikes Amid Shutdown Worries

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach reported a significant surge in cargo flow last month, mostly fueled by retailers’ fears of a potential work stoppage. In Los Angeles, cargo volumes were up 13.9% in June, year-over-year, to 736,438 container units, while Long Beach saw an 8% rise, with 610,516 units. Overall, about 40% […]

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01 Oct Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

Jetline Recalls Power Adapters

Jetline Recalls Power Adapters

Supplier firm Jetline announced in July through the Consumer Product Safety Commission (www.cpsc.gov) that it voluntarily recalled approximately 31,000 mobile power adapters that the company says were given away as trade show promotions nationwide between October 2013 and April 2014. The company said it recalled the items, which have become increasingly popular thanks to the […]

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