Mindfulness and the Workplace

Mar 06

“Mindfulness” has become an increasingly popular buzzword over the past year, with workers suffering from pandemic-related burnout and record high stress levels. But what does it really...

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Super Fans Love Promotional Merch

Feb 12

Nothing says fan like merch (which of course is the popular term for top promotional products associated with a brand). Whether you wait in line for hours or spend way more than you intended, b...

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8 Home Office Essentials

Jan 22

Your employees work hard - and often longer hours when they're working from home. Surprise them with a little treat like one of these 8 Home Office Essentials! Temblor Speaker + Wireless Charg...

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6 Products to Grow Your Business!

Dec 09, 2023

People love plants! They live in our offices and our homes and whether you have a large flourishing garden or fake plants because you can't even keep a cactus alive, there's a plant-themed promo fo...

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Fashion Fit For Food

Jul 10, 2023

Wearing our favorite food brands has never been easier. Brands are getting more creative, designing products to mimic or represent our favorite snacks. Find out how these buzzworthy products in...

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Spread the Love

May 01, 2023

For one week each year, the promotional marketing industry gathers to learn about all the new products. The 2023 event amounted to a reunion of sorts, after the long stay-at-home period and a r...

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These Are the Tech-Savvy Promotional Products You Are Looking For

Nov 30, 2022

Technology advances exponentially. By the time you finish reading this article, you might be actually be reading it in some virtual reality café where Elvis is serving you a strawberry daiqu...

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Trending Now: Sustainable Apparel Options

Nov 23, 2022

If you’ve spent any time in fashion circles this year, you know that sustainability is the hot topic of the moment. With discussions swirling about fast fashion, ethical production, and every...

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4 Retail Trends Coming To Business Apparel

Nov 13, 2022

It seems like every article on menswear these days includes the phrase “Canadian tuxedo” – a cheeky term for head-to-toe denim. This is just one of the trends – neckties...

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6 Calming Products for Skincare Lovers

Jun 27, 2022

The hottest beauty trend of the late 2010s among millennials and Gen Zers was the dewy, bare-faced, minimal makeup look. This “Glossier girl” revolution led to a resurgence in skincare ...

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Win Big With These Promotional Products for Sports Lovers

Mar 30, 2022

If you’re looking for some awesome gear to support your team—or for some killer merch for your team’s fans—we’ve got you covered with these awesome promotional product...

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The Fidget Phenomenon

Mar 08, 2022

You might remember the fidget spinner craze of 2017: seemingly overnight, the world became obsessed with those little plastic spinners. The spinning toys flew off the shelves across the country and...

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3 Apparel Trends for 2022

Jan 09, 2022

The lines have blurred between home and work and corporate and casual – a societal shift reflected in apparel this year, with many smaller trends consolidating under the umbrella of lifes...

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6 Hot Sauces Sure to Blow Your Socks Off

Jan 08, 2022

Finding a new, good hot sauce nowadays is almost like when Indiana Jones triumphantly grabs the idol at the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark. It may have taken you traversing through the aisles...

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Helping The World Embrace Wellness

Nov 08, 2021

If there’s one big lesson we’ve learned in the past year and a half, it’s that wellness matters more than ever. It isn’t only about washing your hands or masking up&mdas...

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The Eco-Friendly Evolution in Marketing

Oct 11, 2021

Around the world, the ecofriendly movement is galvanizing consumers and companies to reduce, reuse and recycle. These initiatives are nothing new—Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 an...

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Know Your Shades: 4 Types of Iconic Sunglasses

Sep 29, 2021

“The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades.” - Timbuk 3 Sunglasses have been and always will be one of the most popular promotional products. Why? Because practically everyone ...

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5 Easy Ways to Achieve a Positive Outlook

Aug 17, 2021

One of the most powerful things you can do to set yourself up for success is practice the art of positive thinking. It's easy to let the struggles of everyday life control your attitude. But by pra...

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Charitable Giving Has Actually Increased During Pandemic

Dec 07, 2020

The pandemic has changed the way many people spend their money, but it hasn’t made them any less generous. In the United States, 77 percent of people say they now spend less on going out ...

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More Than Just Embroidery

Nov 10, 2020

No doubt you’re familiar with embroidery as a popular means of decorating garments with logos, names, and messages. It’s been around for a long time, and we do a lot of it at APTCO....

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How to Put Together an Onboarding Kit

Oct 03, 2020

Employee engagement starts the second a new employee walks in the door, so it’s important for companies to make a good impression on their first day! The onboarding process shouldn’t ju...

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Comfort Apparel is Here to Stay

Aug 11, 2020

Before the coronavirus, casual apparel had become more and more the norm in the business world. Of course, the nebulous standard of “business casual” kept things from getting too sl...

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10 Promotional Products for Healthy Living

Jul 15, 2020

We all strive to be our best selves, but sometimes it’s easier said than done. We can all make excuses to make unhealthy choices. Your niece has a birthday and it would seem rude to turn down...

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Eco Apparel Trends in 2020

Jun 09, 2020

Every January, Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) draws thousands of attendees to EXPO, where new products of every description make their debut. Apparel is one of the larges...

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30 Quotes That Will Motivate You to Succeed

May 26, 2020

We all want to succeed in business and in life, but sometimes we could use an extra boost of motivation. Some of the most successful people we have ever known have failed many times before succeedi...

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10 Tweetable Quotes for Motivation

May 11, 2020

People love quotes. That’s probably why 30% of retweets on Twitter are quote-related. You can tap into that trend by posting engaging and entertaining quotes on your company’s account. ...

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Your Guide to Promotional Shirts

Jan 10, 2020

If you've ever run a 5k or attended a basketball game, chances are you've got a promotional shirt in your drawers somewhere. According to PPAI's 2019 Consumer Study, wearables are the #1 most popul...

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8 Promotional Products to Win Game Day

Dec 04, 2019

From Friday night lights, Saturday morning tailgating, to Sunday watch parties, show support for your team with some promotional products for the win! Touchscreen Gloves Add your logo to these ...

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3 Simple Ways to Boost Your Mood Right Now

Oct 22, 2019

Do you ever get a case of the Mondays…on a Thursday? We all get down sometimes, but that doesn’t mean we need to stay there. Whether someone said something that upset you, you’re...

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2019 Apparel Trends - part 2

Feb 12, 2019

Last month we reviewed some of the expected trends in corporate apparel. But we couldn't cover if all. The largest trade show in the promotional products business just concluded, with booth aft...

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Your Customers Won't Want to Remove These Promotional Products From Their Desks

Jan 15, 2019

At the end of the day, promotional products are really all about getting brands out in front of people to grow awareness and ultimately, increase sales! If you want to get strategic, there are a co...

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4 Ways to Improve Communication

Jan 08, 2019

Have you ever had this conversation before? Them: "How are you?" You: "Yes." Or have you ever been in a meeting and realized you zoned out halfway through? Or how about when you’re at the...

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Apparel Trends and Looks for 2019

Jan 08, 2019

With 2018 wrapped up and a new year here, we start taking stock of what’s in store for 2019. In the decorated apparel world, there’s a trend of new styles emerging as well as classi...

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5 Ways to Be Healthier in 2 Minutes or Less

Nov 05, 2018

Most people would agree that improving their health is important to them. But when it comes to making big life changes to accommodate a healthier lifestyle, who has the time? While we may not alway...

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6 Things You Need on Your Desk

Sep 16, 2018

Most of us spend as much time at our desks as we do in our homes. If that’s the case, we should all put some time and effort into making sure our workspace is as happy and motivating as possi...

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How to Gain Inspiration in 5 Minutes

Aug 26, 2018

People demand a lot of creativity from professionals these days. We live in the era of media overload, where viral video marketing and colorful infographics have become accepted means of engaging a...

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7 Sources to Boost Your Creativity

Aug 12, 2018

Feeling stumped? Uninspired? Fresh out of ideas? Thanks to the wonderful gift that is the World Wide Web, creative inspiration is just a few clicks away. These are some of our favorite sources to g...

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What’s New in T-shirts

Jun 10, 2017

These walking billboards are everywhere. And they have been for a long time, about 80 years. That is, the promotional variety. Plain T-shirts are older than that, starting as underwear around 1...

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17 Apparel Trends for ’17

Dec 10, 2016

Everything Old Is New Again. More than a song title, it’s an apt description of the fashion cycle we’re about to see in the coming year, according to a recent feature in Advantages ...

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A Safety Program Primer

Aug 09, 2016

How much do injuries or illness cost your company? It’s a question worth asking. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s estimate, employers collectively pay ...

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A Wellness Program Primer

Jul 12, 2016

Sleeping is all in a days’ work at Aetna. The U.S. health insurance giant recently announced it would pay employees to get at least seven hours of sleep each night. Workers use their own ...

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Fashion Forecast - Apparel Trends for 2015

Dec 15, 2014

Branded apparel remains one of the most effective and popular categories in the promotional products world. Far from the days when it was limited to the simple imprinted T-shirt, today's offeri...

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What's the Best Fabric For Your Shirt

May 10, 2014

Apparel is available these days in the widest range of choices ever. So the right one for your needs may be wildly different from someone else's. Before we even get into the style and color are...

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A Brief History of the Polo Shirt

Oct 10, 2013

1896 The “original polo shirt” wasn’t actually a polo at all. Rather, it was a white button-down shirt, created by John E. Brooks of Brooks Brothers. Taking in a polo match ...

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The T-shirt Turns 100

Jul 27, 2013

by Larry Triplett In 1913, the T-shirt as we now know it made its appearance as standard-issue gear for the US Navy. Lightweight and cool, they were easy to care for and popular with sailors. It d...

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All About Reusable Tote Bags

May 12, 2013

Year after year, tote bags are in the top 10 list of promotional product categories. There are many reasons. Disposable shopping bags, whether paper or plastic, do not always end up being recyc...

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How to boost participation in your wellness program

May 29, 2012

Smart businesses are introducing wellness programs for their employees. The benefits go both directions! Healthier employees result in reduced health insurance premiums, due to fewer clai...

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Go Green

May 31, 2010

With 70 percent of the Earth covered in water, it's a wonder we don't say "go blue." But "go green" is how the environmental movement was branded. So take a cue from earth lovers and tie ...

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Calendars in the Age of Blackberrys

Mar 13, 2007

In these times when so many people rely on PDA’s, Blackberrys, and even cell phones to keep track of appointments, you'd think printed calendars would be disappearing. But that's kind of ...

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Help for Holiday gift giving

Sep 13, 2005

Choosing that perfect holiday gift for an employee or client is a difficult task. Here are several points to remember when going through your holiday list. Build a relationship! The holidays...

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