Gold Bond Announces Free Setup on Writing Instruments Through 2014

Hixson, TN – September 15, 2014 – Gold Bond Inc. recently announced that the company will waive setup charges on pens and pencils through December 31st, 2014. Orders for any plastic pen, metal pen, or pencil will receive free setup on the first color or laser engraving.

For a complete list of writing instruments offered, visit www.goldbondinc.com .

About Gold Bond:
Gold Bond, Inc. is a recognized top 40 supplier in the $18 billion promotional products industry. The company holds numerous awards including a Supplier Star Award from PPAI in both 2014 and in 2010 as well as the 2010 Counselor Supplier of the Year. In 2014, for the twelfth consecutive year, Gold Bond was recognized as Distributor Choice Supplier of the Year for Golf Accessories. In July of 2014, Gold Bond acquired award winning and recognized industry leader in full color imprinting, World Wide Line.

Southern Plus raises the bar (again) with a brand new website design!

Southern Plus has recreated and re-launched its (already) award-winning website.  It now has a much cleaner and simpler homepage for navigating even quicker to where you want to go, and is fully responsive, allowing it to function and fit perfectly on all size screens (including phones and tablets).  If you have not experienced their web technology, you simply must try it for yourself.  Their CataLogo© feature (formerly One-Click Catalog) allows the user to upload any graphic formatted logo in seconds and have it appear perfectly on EVERY ITEM in their digital catalog, and then you can email it to your client or prospect.  It is the ultimate way to WOW your customers, and fill your funnel with new opportunities.  Their new VirtuALL©feature allows you to upload any graphic formatted logo in seconds to their website, and that logo will appear instantly on ALL items on their website.  Combining this with their comprehensive Search feature or Idea Me tool can enable you to prepare professional virtual product presentations in seconds vs. hours or days!  Or you can add YOUR logo to one of the Flyours© in their library of promotions and send to your clients to stimulate interest.

“We have focused on the needs of our distributor partners”, says Brannon Craig, Vice President of Southern Plus.  “In an industry that is so detail intensive, it is easy to get sucked into the black hole, and squander precious selling time.  When a distributor’s customer requests a quote, or some project ideas, it can take hours…even days to effectively respond back to them.  Most of us can’t work any harder, but we can work smarter!  We have developed tools on our site that enable a distributor to empty their inbox in minutes, freeing them up to sell…not do administrative minutia.”

“Providing the greatest Return On Time, an easy-to-use website, award winning customer service, and an overall ease of doing business is what our customers appreciate most about Southern Plus!”  Since its inception in 1961, Southern Plus has expanded from its original line of umbrellas to other recreational and outdoor-type products for the promotional products industry. The current product line includes: umbrellas, chairs, coolers, bags, blankets, towels, aprons, and robes. With a focus on product development, Southern Plus has become a trendsetter in these categories, bringing a retail designer look; fun, vibrant colors; and universal appeal to the promotional products industry.

ALPI International has earned a spot on the Inc. 500|5000 list

Oakland, CA, Sept. 4, 2014 — Promotional products supplier ALPI International is pleased to announce that it has earned a spot on the respected Inc. 500|5000 list of fastest growing privately held companies in the nation for 2014. This is their second year in a row being on the list.

ALPI earned this prestigious title by providing a line of fun, creative novelty products including exclusive, original stress reliever designs known as Squeezies®. Award winning customer service and consistent quality are the two main reasons ALPI continues to attract new customers while maintaining their current customer base.

Tim Gibson, Director of National Sales at ALPI, says: “Although we are all ‘spoiled’ with the technology available to us, I believe our customers still appreciate being able to call and speak to a real person and get an answer to their questions promptly. As we continue to expand our market presence and product offering I expect to see explosive growth over the next 3-5 years.”

ALPI’s dedication to being reliable at all levels, for small and large orders, is one of the many reasons they have continued their strong growth. The award is a reflection of commitment to continuous improvement and validates the trust that their customers have in them.

Francesco Indrio, the founder and CEO of ALPI added, “I want to thank our customers for their confidence in us. ALPI is still growing and we hope to be on this list again in the future.”

ALPI has been in the importing business for more then 30 years. ALPI knows what to look for and how to test products to make sure they are safe and of good quality. As part of their commitment to excellence ALPI makes yearly visits to manufacturer’s facilities to ensure they are providing a safe environment for their workers. They have also earned the PPAI product safety awareness certification.

Big or small, ALPI consistently delivers – and the numbers show it. Because of their growth, ALPI is able to maintain high levels of inventory and offer larger quantities and better prices than ever before, while maintaining the same level of quality & customer service they are known for.

About ALPI: Founded in 1983, ALPI International is a privately held promotional products supplier dedicated to outstanding customer service as well as unique & original novelty designs. ALPI’s website, www.ALPI.net, features hundreds of imprintable items and showcases their custom capability.

ZORREL International Inc. Becomes OMNi APPAREL Inc.

Effective August 29, 2014, our company name has changed
From: “Zorrel International Inc.” To: “OMNi Apparel Inc.”

Zorrel began in 2005, and over the years has worked to gain clarity as to who we are and what we are in our channels of distribution. Making this name change does a few things for us as a company:

  • Separating the brand name from the company name will allow us to introduce new and innovative apparel and brands while maintaining each label and brand message in clear communication to our dealers and customers.
  •   The new name more properly reflects our clarifying focus and position within the markets we operate.
  • This change will assist in giving clarity to our branded partners and define our opportunities in the vertical manufacturing supply chain of which we are a part.
  • And as the definition of “omni” is “all”, we are omni apparel – from spinning yarns, through knitting, cut and sew, in-stock, decoration and finally distribution – all is OMNi Apparel.


We kindly ask you to update your records accordingly and to address all future business correspondence to our new company name.

Please issue all Purchase Order to OMNi Apparel Inc.

Other than the company name, all other details and structures of the company as well as current contract and other agreements remain unchanged. This is a name change only and is not the result of an acquisition, sale, merger, or any other corporate structural change.  Should you have any questions regarding the change of our name, please feel free to contact us at:

OMNi APPAREL Inc.
13500 15th StreetGrandview, MO 64030
Phone: 816-765-5212
Fax: 816-765-3228
Email: info@zorrel.com

VISSTUN®, DIGISPEC® & COUNTERPOINT® HIRE TWO NEW SALES COUNSELORS

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (September 2, 2014) – The Visstun®, Digispec®, and CounterPoint® family recently hired Bryan Walensky and James Boyd as sales counselors for the Visstun and Digispec brands. In their new role they will be responsible for educating distributors on Visstun & Digispec products, how to sell them, who to sell to, and how they are used.

Prior to joining the team Walensky worked in multiple capacities, ranging from graphic and web designer to wholesale representative at Spinettis Gaming Supplies. He is currently attending the College of Southern Nevada for a Physician Assistant Doctorate. For the past six years Boyd was a Guest Services team leader for the Target Corporation. He earned a B.S. in Communication Studies from the University of Las Vegas.

“We’re happy to have Bryan and James join the Visstun and Digispec family,” said Paula Piano, director of sales. “They both bring unique sets of skills and we look forward to their future successes.”
About Visstun®, Digispec® & CounterPoint®:

Visstun®, Digispec®, and CounterPoint®, are all part of a family of companies founded by Ed Hamilton producing American-manufactured products in the Las Vegas headquarters.

Founded in 2006, Visstun® launched the world’s first Hi-Definition convolute cups. This unique, state-of-the-art technology eclipses traditional cup imprinting methods by first printing high-quality corporate images on flat polypropylene sheets and then forming them into cups on custom engineered machinery. Digispec® is the industry’s largest mouse pad supplier and manufactures both hard and fabric surface mouse pads in a variety of styles, size, shapes, and thicknesses, as well as specialty mouse pads. Launched in May 2001, CounterPoint® is the leading manufacturer of point-of-purchase counter mats, which are produced using a unique manufacturing process that utilizes high-quality polymers, plastics, and base materials not normally available from local printers and generic POP suppliers.

COUNTERPOINT® WELCOMES NEW PRODUCT SPECIALIST

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (September 2, 2014) – The Visstun, Digispec, & CounterPoint® family is excited to announce the promotion of Leslye Espinoza as the newest Product Specialist for CounterPoint.

Espinoza first began with the company in 2007 and returned in 2010. Her previous role as a Customer Service Representative included responsibilities of working with customers through the ordering process and was a liaison with internal departments. As part of her new position, Espinoza will educate distributors on CounterPoint products, how to sell them, who to sell to, and how they are used.

“We are excited to promote Leslye,” said Paula Piano, Director of Sales. “Her dedication to quality customer service will prove to be a great asset to the CounterPoint team.”

About Visstun®, Digispec® & CounterPoint®:

Visstun®, Digispec®, and CounterPoint®, are all part of a family of companies founded by Ed Hamilton producing American-manufactured products in the Las Vegas headquarters.

Founded in 2006 by Ed Hamilton, Visstun® launched the world’s first Hi-Definition convolute cups. This unique, state-of-the-art technology eclipses traditional cup imprinting methods by first printing high-quality corporate images on flat polypropylene sheets and then forming them into cups on custom engineered machinery. Digispec® is the industry’s largest mouse pad supplier and manufactures both hard and fabric surface mouse pads in a variety of styles, size, shapes, and thicknesses, as well as specialty mouse pads. Launched in May 2001, CounterPoint® is the leading manufacturer of point-of-purchase counter mats, which are produced using a unique manufacturing process that utilizes high-quality polymers, plastics, and base materials not normally available from local printers and generic POP suppliers.

For more information please visit us at www.visstun.com, www.digispec.com, or www.doyoupop.com.

It’s a virtual sensation! DistributorCentral users take to Technologo

Only two weeks into having the opportunity to test drive virtual sample functionality, DistributorCentral users have put the pedal to the metal. Already more than 5,500 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 have been enabled to use Technologo virtual sample tools at no charge through September 8. Those who opt to subscribe to Technologo services during the promotion will receive 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 www.DistributorCentral.com.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Internet and Phones Down at Crystal D

August 25th, 2014 -

Due to an outage that Comcast is currently experiencing, Crystal D’s internet and phone lines are down for a minimum of 4 hrs for the remainder of today.

Customers can contact the Customer Service department at CrystalDFan@gmail.com until the issue is resolved. Responses will be sent as soon as possible! 

Starline Catalog Now Available on ZOOMcatalog

GRAND ISLAND, NY August 21st, 2014 -

Starline is pleased to announce that our 2014 Full line Catalog is now available on ZOOMcatalog.com!

ZOOMcatalog is a website designed to allow suppliers, distributors, and end-users to access online catalogs. It provides users with the necessary tools to easily search, browse, and share content. Catalogs can be accessed from many devices, such as computers,  tablets, phones, etc.

Please visit ZOOMcatalog.com and search “Starline” to get started today!

For more information please contact:

Jim Bull
Vice President of Sales
716-773-0100 ext.3313
jbull@starline.com

Zorrel Outage

August 21, 2014 - AT&T fiber lines for our T1′s severed last evening and at this time. 

Zorrel Customer Care and office phones are currently down.  We are expecting this service will be repaired by the close of business today (Thursday.)

Zorrel has email (ORDERS@ZORREL.COM) and internet access for order processing; therefore, orders, inquires, and quote requests will be processed.  

All orders will ship as planned and production remains uninterrupted.

We thank you for your business and support, and we apologize for the inconvenience caused by this outage.