Hub Pen Spotlights 3 new pens for Spring 2016

3 new products available for Spring 2016 from Hub Pen are #372 Spartano, #405 Crescendo Hybrid Ink Pen & #406 Mantaray Stylus Pen.

Hub Pen 405 Mantaray Stylus

Give your next promotion ultramodern appeal with the sleek and stylish Mantaray Stylus pen.  In 5 shimmering metallics with matte black and shining silver accents it makes a giant impression, much like the graceful sea creature for which it is named.   Featuring a jumbo hourglass shape and rubber grippers you’ll also appreciate its exceptional writing comfort.    Hub Pen #372

  • Ultramodern stylus pen is sleek and stylish
  • Rich shimmering metallics contrast with matte black and shining silver trim
  • Jumbo hourglass shape and rubber grippers provide exceptional writing comfort
  • Smooth writing black ink

Hub Pen 372 Spartano

Let the classically style Spartano represent you in your next campaign.  Rich shimmering metallics contrast with matte black and shining silver trim.  Ergonomic shape and jumbo grip provide exceptional writing comfort.  Hub Pen #372

  • Rich shimmering metallics contrast with matte black and shining silver trim
  • Ergonomic shape and jumbo grip provide exceptional writing comfort
  • Executive pen looks at a budget friendly price

Hub Pen 406 Crescendo

Take your promotion to the next level with the sleek, contemporary styled Crescendo.  Ergonomic wide barrel and dimpled rubber grip for extreme ergonomic comfort.  Intensely black hybrid ink finish off a superior writing experience.  Hub Pen item 406

  • Sleek wide barrel in shimmering metallics with contemporary accents
  • Wide barrel and dimpled writing grip for ergonomic comfort
  • Supersmooth writing bold black hybrid ink

 

 

IDProductsource – Cowsert promoted to Senior Customer Service Representative

IDProductsource is pleased to announce the promotion of Nolan Cowsert to Senior Customer Service Representative.

Quinn Flags Welcomes Walt Greene to the Team

Hanover, PA: Quinn Flags is excited to announce the addition of Walt Greene to the Marketing Department as the New Product Development Specialist. It is through the constant demand for new and innovative products within the industry that Quinn Flags saw the need to have a dedicated team member to provide distributors with the latest in soft signage and displays.

With over 15 years’ experience in communications and video production coupled with his knowledge of system mechanics we are delighted to have him enhance the development and implementation of new products.

Keep an eye out on our New Products page of http://quinnflags.com/ for new product ideas and let Quinn Flags do the work for you! We are your one stop supplier to stay on top of what’s new.

 

IDProductsource launches Distributor Tools!

IDProductsource is pleased to announce the launch of Distributor Tools! Now distributors can upload a PO, create an online PO or Download a blank PO for submission to the Orders Department. This new installment on the website also provides other useful devices for the distributor, like Product Info Sheets, Marketing Flyers, Selling Kits, Current Specials and many more. Check out this new section today at www.idproductsource.
com/tools.

Starline Donates to Fort McMurry Fire Victims

GRAND ISLAND – May 13, 2016 – Starline has donated 1000 flashlights to help the victims affected by the devastating wild fires in Fort McMurray and surrounding towns. The Stitchin’ Man in Lac La Biche, AB is collecting donations to help in the relief efforts, especially for the evacuees that are being housed in the Lac La Biche area.

The community of Fort McMurray, AB still have a long way to go on the road to recovery but with the support of the people around them they will continue to stay strong.

Remember you can still help by calling the Canadian Red Cross and making a donation. 1800-418-1111 Alberta Fires Appeal

DistributorCentral Launches Service to Host Inventory Web Service on Behalf of Industry Suppliers

The industry recently took a giant technological (and collaborative) step forward in 2014 when a number of forward-thinking technologists launched the first iteration of the inventory web service standard currently detailed at promostandards.org. DistributorCentral (DC) was the first service provider to adopt the standard, launching a solution to consume and re-broadcast inventory data to our 20,000 distributor users within weeks of the 2014 Tech Summit where the initiative was announced.

While the inventory standard has proven to be a fantastic tool by which suppliers can easily share inventory data electronically with industry distributors, it has also somewhat difficult to encourage adoption among suppliers who might not have the technical expertise on staff to build the service or the resources to outsource such a project.

Several of DC’s supplier customers fell into this category, and it was that barrier to entry that encouraged DC’s IT director, Chris Schlemmer, to come up with a solution to address the needs of these suppliers. Under Chris’ direction DC built and launched a service whereby a supplier can easily upload inventory data to DC in a simple, text-based format or by using a pre-built app, downloadable from DC, which can be installed locally on a computer located at the supplier’s facility. From there, DC is able to “re-broadcast” the inventory data in the standards specified at promstandards.org. Any distributor or service provider in the industry can access that supplier’s inventory data by hitting DC’s web service, just as they would when retrieving inventory data directly from a supplier who hosts their own inventory web service.

Since DC provides technology tools free to every distributor in the industry, this means that every industry distributor now has access to real-time inventory data rather than just those distributors who have the technical expertise to build a tool to retrieve and consume data from a web service. Inventory data is automatically pushed to the more than 8000 distributor websites hosted by DC as well as being an integral part of DC’s internal product research and presentation tools.

As an additional benefit to larger distributor users who are interested in integrating directly with DC’s web service, any distributor with a DC login and API key can retrieve inventory data from every DC supplier using the same credentials, eliminating the need to hit multiple supplier web services and track multiple sets of credentials.

DC’s first service hosted on behalf of customer and industry supplier, Alpi International, is already being consumed by multiple industry distributors and service providers. Working with Alpi’s team, and the people behind promostandards.org, to implement this service was a true collaboration of efforts which resulted in a tool that will save suppliers time and money and simplify the process of retrieving inventory data for every distributor in the industry. We look forward to working with many more suppliers and distributors to provide easier access to real time inventory data as well as product and order data as collaborate on additional industry data integration initiatives.

What’s in your Bag?


Q & A with Keith Lofton

National Accounts Manager for Pro Towels/Superior Decorating/Kanata Blanket
by: Stephanie Protz, Marketing Director, DistributorCentral

What’s in your work bag?  Whether it’s a backpack, satchel, or messenger bag, most of us in the promotional product industry are heavily geared up, mainly because we acquire a variety of samples and tech gadgets from not only our own companies we work, but from industry events.

As I sat down to interview Keith about how he keeps entertaining clients fun, he started unpacking all of his gear, so I asked him show off what promo items he rolls with on a daily basis.

What items do you always carry in your backpack?
When I am not working from home, my office is on the road. My bag has to have everything I need to work remotely. I have my stash of favorite pens, mint tins (Snugz), a padfolio (Castelli), playing cards (Navigator) for impromptu games of Texas Hold’em, a power bank (Jetline) and a slew of name badges for the many roles I play. I currently serve as the President of GAPPP.

 

What is the newest promo item you received that you can’t live without?
My ProTowels #PTMafia Snap Back…
It’s tight. (translation: stylish or cool)

What is a typical day on the road like for you?
Well, today here in Nashville I have four meetings with distributors, then I set up for the HALO Show and then go to dinner and out on Lower Broadway with clients.

How do you keep your meetings with clients fun?
I always like mixing in some fun. With the product line we have, it’s easy.

What we sell makes people happy.

-Its rally towels for a sporting event.
-Its beach towels for a company retreat.
-Its golf towels for a golf tournament.

What was the most fun event you’ve entertained clients at?
This year we had a blast switching up our trade show look with bolo ties at the Dallas ASI Show. They were a great conversation starter. We also recently hosted a pool-side cabana and gave out our beach towels at the Proforma Million Dollar Club event in West Palm Beach. And of course any sporting event is a blast to attend with clients.

What fun thing do you have planned next?
We are working on a “towel talk” video series, which will be a spinoff of the TED talks but with the opposite approach.

 

 

About Keith
Keith has been in the industry for the past 10 years; with ProTowels for the past 4.5 years.  When Keith is not out on the road, you can find him at home with his wife Ashley, and their two little girls, Lucy and Nora, working on his dad bod, watching movies and enjoying beer. They live in Atlanta, GA where they may or may not have 7 cats.

The Ultimate Promotional Products Rock n’ Roll Field Test

With May’s CentralZone theme revolving around FUN, we took a look at some of the ways we incorporate fun into our daily work and play lives. Our very own Vice President of Operations, David Shultz manages to include an epic number of promotional products through his creative outlet performing in a band. He counted over a dozen valued DistributorCentral supplier customers represented on stage a few weekends ago!

“While I was drinking coffee out of my Starline tumbler that morning, I just started counting the number of promotional items I had with me and was shocked to realize how many suppliers I had along with me,” said Shultz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Simba – Vinnebago wine cooler
2. Starline – coffee tumblers
3. Colorado Timberline – backdrop
4. Visual Textile – drum riser skirt
5. TradeNet – business cards & bumper stickers
6. Shepenco – pens
7. Jetline – backup battery chargers
8. S&S – t-shirts (screen printing – Superior Decorating)
9. Megafast – can coolies
10. Afton Promotions - Silicone wristbands
11. Stadium Cups – next Promotions
12. Hirsch Gift – credit card memory drives
13. Leed’s – backpack (w/ NALC luggage tag by Aakron line)
14. Sarge – wine/bottle opener
15. Ironband logo design by Creative Alchemy’s Tee Hamilton

 

Polyconcept North America Announces New Website Tools – Invoices now available to logged in users at PCNA.com

PITTSBURGH — April 26, 2016 — Polyconcept North America (PCNA), a leading promotional products supplier, announced today that recent invoices will now be available to logged-in users at PCNA.com, allowing distributors to get a copy of their invoice instantly. This release represents the latest round of enhancements that make it easier for distributors to get the information they need quickly and independently.

“The biggest feedback we get from customers is that they want to be able to do as much as they can online to avoid waiting on a customer service line,” said Stacey Stewart, PCNA Director of Customer Support. “This new feature will allow customers to simply log in to find their invoice when they need it.” 

Invoices for orders placed after April 1, 2016 for Leed’s, Bullet and Trimark US are available to view and print in the order history section of a distributor’s PCNA.com account.

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About Polyconcept North America

Polyconcept North America (PCNA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Polyconcept, the world’s leading promotional products supplier. With headquarters in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, PCNA operates Leed’s, Bullet, Trimark and JournalBooks. As the corporate home for this diverse group of suppliers, PCNA serves as a single source for the widest selection of hard goods, apparel, cutting-edge decoration and reliable service. For more information, go to www.pcna.com.

Hub Pen Customer Service Rep Bill Gassett

BRAINTREE, MASSACHUSETTS (May 4, 2016) The Hub Pen family is saddened to announce the passing of William (Bill) Gassett this week.  Bill has been a valued employee since his start with the company on April 21, 2010.  He made an immediate impact with his casual professionalism and ability to put the customer’s need above all else.  Bill knew the meaning of teamwork and practiced the concept daily as those who worked with him will vouch for.  Our prayers are with Bill’s wife Janet and his children Andrew and Alison at this difficult time. Bill will be remembered for his easy smile, warm personality and willingness to help anyone.   Hub’s Customer Service team will provide the same great service to Bill’s customers during this tough transition period.