Charles River Apparel Among Local Organizations Rushing Aid In Record Time

Company answers request to provide clothing donation in wake of bridge closing

SHARON, MA; October 21, 2014 – Charles River Apparel, a leading manufacturer of outerwear and performance apparel, was recently called upon by non-profit organization, Friends of Boston’s Homeless, with a critical request to provide clothing as quickly as possible. Safety concerns about the access bridge to the Long Island Homeless Shelter in Boston, MA gave the City of Boston little choice but to abruptly close the island. This decision affected more than 400 homeless guests and transitional program residents, many of whom were forced to leave with just the clothes on their backs.

Friends of Boston’s Homeless quickly rallied efforts from the community for clothing, food and toiletries for the hundreds of relocated homeless guests. Charles River apparel was among many perennial advocates of the homeless that provided support, including Friends’ Board of Directors, Boston Red Sox, Stacy’s Pita Chips, Costa Fruit & Produce, TD Garden and others.

“As a family-owned business, we make it a priority to give back to the community through volunteerism and charitable efforts” said Deb Lipsett, Manager of Strategic Partnerships for Charles River Apparel. “We are here to assist our neighbors in need. Everyone deserves a warm place to live, food and clothing, so this was an easy decision for us to provide help.” In just one week, more than 100 community partners made donations in support of the community’s most vulnerable, raising over $100,000 thus far.

Founded in 1987, Friends of Boston’s Homeless works to support the Boston Public Health Commission’s Homeless Services and to create Beyond Shelter recovery, job training, work experience, employment and transitional and permanent housing programs. “The Friends of Boston’s Homeless is a vehicle for businesses and individuals in the Community to help in the solutions to homelessness”, stated John Rosenthal, Friends Founder and Chairman. “The City of Boston is a national model for respectfully addressing homelessness, and our community partners are generously stepping up once again to help solve the current extremely challenging situation created by the Long Island Bridge closure,” continued Rosenthal.

All of those displaced by this month’s bridge closing were thankfully relocated to new temporary shelters. However, the demand for everyday essentials including clothing, laundry service and food service continue to present special challenges. This is our community and together we can make a difference. Want to help? Simply visit to make a donation or to find out other ways you can assist.

For more information about Friends of Boston’s Homeless and the thousands of formerly homeless helped move Beyond Shelter, visit For more information about Charles River Apparel’s support to those in urgent-need situations through the Charles River Cares™ Program, visit


Charles River Apparel is a leading manufacturer of innovative active wear for a variety of markets. Since its inception more than a quarter of a century ago, New England-based Charles River Apparel has been recognized for the quality, style, performance and value of its apparel, and the high level of its customer service. The company’s award-winning in-house design team incorporates the latest materials and technology into its designs to deliver a line that is notable for its appeal, versatility, and long-lasting wearability. Charles River Apparel sells through more than 13,000 distributors and stores nationwide. For more information visit

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Innovation Line Adds Multi-Line Representative

Innovation Line just retained the services of a New Sales Representative, Dan Pigott
to represent them in the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and
Washington DC.   Dan has been in the Industry for 25 years and serves currently
as incoming President of the Philadelphia Area Promotional Products Association. Please click the link below for a profile on Dan Pigott.



Innovation Line Hires The Doyle Group

We are pleased to announce our new association with Mike Doyle, Kerry Schmock and Lorel Gardner of The Doyle Group, now being represented exclusively in the Great State of Michigan.

Innovation line is an award winning 5 Star, Platinum, and A Rated leading supplier in the promotional products industry. We have recently received Counselor Magazine’s “Top Ten Fastest Growing Suppliers” for 2013 award. Since 1978, Innovation Line has built a stellar reputation and successful business model utilizing its philosophy of lower prices and higher standards.

We specialize in supplying budget friendly and economical promotional products and USA manufactured acrylic awards. The ALL NEW enclosed 2015 Awards catalog features over 150 unique and creative plaques and awards, most of which are manufactured in our plant in the USA.  Unlike other awards suppliers, Innovation Line offers 4 color process digital printing, screen printing and laser engraving, in any combination, on the products in its award line. Additionally, our full line catalog is packed with exclusive products and very competitively priced tote bags, cinch packs, tech products, office products, sunscreens and sanitizers, lanyards, badge holders, table covers, sunglasses and so much more. Innovation Line offers 2 Day Rush Service on most items and will always ship 3 Day Air at the price of ground freight, as requested.

Lastly, as a special incentive to distributors located in the Great State of Michigan, we have reprinted our popular Super Saver Catalog and extended the special pricing until March 31, 2015!

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New Shopping Experience Expands Options for Distributors,

Debuts with Partnership with Chocolate Inn/Taylor & Grant 

PITTSBURGH — October 17, 2014 — Polyconcept North America (PCNA), a leading supplier within the promotional products industry, announces today that it has launched the PCNA Market Place within its new web platform  The PCNA Market Place is a revolutionary new way for distributors to find an even wider range of unique promotional products for their clients.   Its initial launch features Chocolate Inn / Taylor & Grant (UPIC: CHOCINN; ASI: 44900; PPAI: 111662; SAGE: 50684; PPPC: 920802) exclusively with seven of their key items.  Additional affiliates and products will be added consistently over time.

For the Market Place, PCNA partners with select, high quality suppliers that offer promotional products that complement those offered by the PCNA companies.  The Market Place benefits distributors by providing easy access to a wider range of suppliers without the need to manage a large number of vendors in their systems.  The Market Place benefits suppliers by providing them expanded reach to more distributors with a streamlined order management process.

Products in the PCNA Market Place can be easily accessed through the robust search functionality and filtering of the new web platform.  In addition, Market Place products can be added to lists, compared or shared just like other PCNA products.

What makes the PCNA Market Place especially unique is that the affiliate offerings are seamlessly integrated into  Each affiliate has their own “store front” in the PCNA Market Place section, but the products are also included, as appropriate, in searches done within Leed’s, Bullet and Trimark Powered by Leed’s.  Further, consolidated order tracking is available within the site as well.

The Market Place experience is made possible by the powerful new systems and customer service capabilities at Bullet.  Distributors can order products from PCNA’s affiliate partners by simply placing orders through Bullet – a trusted member of the PCNA family.  Bullet processes the orders and handles all communication with customers.  The affiliate partner fulfills the order and provides all tracking information back to Bullet.  Bullet then invoices the customer and collects payment.

“Chocolate Inn / Taylor & Grant is very excited to be the charter member of the PCNA Market Place,” said Lance Stier, principal of Chocolate Inn / Taylor & Grant. “We believe that PCNA is a premier industry player and it is our strategic mission to associate with premier partners across all aspects of our business, whether with our distributor partners, brand partners – like Godiva® Lindt ® or Jelly Belly ® – or our vendors.  We believe that the PCNA Market Place is a great leap forward in industry technology and, by joining with PCNA, will extend the reach of CITG’s best-in-class food, packaging and printing capabilities to a new universe of customers and opportunities. We are excited and ready to do our part in making this exciting initiative a success.”

Jim Epstein, chief development officer of Polyconcept, shares, “We’re delighted to have Chocolate Inn be our first affiliate to launch the PCNA Market Place. Chocolate Inn is looking forward to partnering with Polyconcept to expand their distributor reach and leverage the new web site and tools, while maintaining their own go-to-market. We expect Chocolate Inn to be the first of many supplier affiliates to partner on the Market Place.”

PCNA Market Place is currently only available in the US, but plans are to expand it to Canada in the near future.

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About Polyconcept North America

Polyconcept North America, a wholly owned subsidiary of the world’s leading promotional products supplier Polyconcept, operates Leed’s, Bullet, JournalBooks and Trimark, four of the most successful brands in North America.  The Polyconcept North America companies provide recognized best-in-class services to the industry, ensuring the highest standards of reliability and quality. Highly complementary product ranges enable Polyconcept North America companies to provide the market with a very comprehensive assortment of products across all major product categories.  Further information is available at

About Chocolate Inn / Taylor & Grant

With over 50 years of award-winning experience, Chocolate Inn a/ Taylor & Grant is the leading manufacturer of custom chocolate, mints & candy, exclusively servicing distributors in the promotional products industry. The company also offers the widest selection of packaging, products & imprinting options while maintaining the highest food safety standard in the industry. Further information is available at

About PCNA Market Place

PCNA Market Place is a revolutionary new way to find unique promotional products.  PCNA has partnered with select, high quality suppliers to offer products that complement those offered by the PCNA companies.  Through the Market Place, distributors have easy access to a wider range of suppliers with the ease of working through a single supplier – Bullet – a trusted member of the PCNA family.  Suppliers interested in becoming an affiliate member of PCNA Market Place should contact for more information.



Leanne Finney

Vice President of Marketing

Polyconcept North America

400 Hunt Valley Road

New Kensington, PA  15068

PH:  866-533-3724, ext. 2269

Technologo Usage Continues to Skyrocket

DistributorCentral users have made over 24,000 virtual product samples have been created since distributors were given the capability to do so. It’s the result of a promotional offering of the Technologo virtual sampling service being integrated into DC-hosted websites.

“We looked at this as an opportunity for DC users to use virtual sampling technology when presenting their products to buyers,” said Jason Nokes, President of DistributorCentral. “They’re obviously making good use of one of the premier 3D virtual sampling technology services in the industry.”

Technologo pioneered the development of sophisticated user-friendly virtual sample tools and now serves many of the promotional product industry’s leading suppliers and distributors. DC-hosted URL addresses were enabled to use Technologo virtual sample tools at no charge for a limited trial. Those who opt to subscribe to Technologo services during the promotion received a month of virtual samples capabilities at no charge.

“DC-hosted website users will be able to experience the capabilities of realistic virtual samples in real time,” said Mike Betts, President of Technologo. “We make it easier to set up personalized presentation materials for their clients, who in turn are in a better position to make purchase decisions.”

For more information about Technologo’s virtual sample technology being available on DistributorCentral, visit

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Natural Trends Announces Move to New Facility

Springville, UT – Promotional products supplier Natural Trends has moved to a newly completed facility in Springville, Utah. The company, previously located in Provo, Utah, is completely up and running at the new facility.
“We’re enthused with our new location which will streamline some processes and help us better serve our customers,” said Paul Christensen, President.
Natural Trends’ new address is:
1096 N 450 W, #101
Springville, UT 84663

Natural Trends’ phone and fax numbers remain the same.
About Natural Trends:
Natural Trends is a Utah-based supplier of innovative and useful everyday products serving the promotional products industry since 1999. Natural Trends is a values driven company with a strong commitment to social responsibility. Our mission is to help other firms succeed through the promotion of their products and services.

For Additional Information Contact:
Melanie Livingston
Marketing Assistant
ASI: 73497 PPAI: 235352 UPIC: NTrends

Vantage Announces Additions to its Sales Team

Avenel, NJ (October 16, 2014): Vantage Apparel, leading manufacturer and decorator of logo apparel, has hired Jennifer Strauss as Sales Representative for Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Puerto Rico and has added Mike Newman as Sales Representative for New England including parts of New York and Connecticut .

Strauss comes to Vantage with an extensive background in promotional sales and marketing having worked for several top industry distributors including most recently, eCompanyStore and Maxx Marketing.  Strauss has won numerous awards and recognition for her excellence in sales, strategic development and customer relations. She can be reached at 732-850-8954 or via email at

Newman brings a vast knowledge of Vantage’s capabilities to the position having previously held the role of Inside Sales and Merchandising Specialist for the company. He can be reached at 732-850-8996 or via email at



Philadelphia PA – Pop! Promos announces the hiring of Ian Kalna to the position of Vice President of West Coast Sales. Kalna comes with a wealth of experience within the promotional products industry. Most recently, he worked as Import Sales Manager at Prime Resources Group. Prior to the acquisition of ROI-Line by Source Abroad Inc., Kalna was Head of West Coast Sales at Source Abroad.

Kalna said he is looking forward to becoming a part of the Pop! Promos team. In his role at Pop!, he will be responsible for maintaining and growing West Coast client relations and managing several strategic accounts.

“Pop! truly is a hybrid supplier,” he said.  “They merge core product offerings with import pricing and customization; and they top it off with delivery in less than four weeks. Pop! is next generation, and with my background I could not be more excited to partner up with this group and watch it grow.”

Ian will be relocating from California to Pennsylvania.  When asked about the cross country move Ian said: “Leaving LA is obviously bittersweet for me; I have had success there both personally and professionally; but I would be lying if I did not say how elated I am to be relocating with my family to a city like Philly to represent this organization.”

Sterling Wilson, president of Pop! Promos said: “We are excited to bring on Ian Kalna as Vice President of West Coast Sales. Ian brings great perspective and years of rapid import experience from ROI Line/Source Abroad.  We think Ian furthers our goal of delivering our line of made-to-order, pantone-matched products to top distributors nationwide.”

Ian Kalna
VP of West Coast Sales












Pop! Promos is a promotional products supplier located in Philadelphia. It offers several unique lines of made-to-order, PMS matched products, delivered within 30 working days.

For more information about Pop! Promos please contact Julie Touchstone at

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