Golden State Warriors, 2017 NBA Finals Champs?

If you’ve engaged in “hot market” printing, specifically for MLB or NBA in which championships are determined by the winner of a best of seven series, you understand the anxiety and significant effort which goes into preparing your print shop for each potential series clinching game; adjusting your regular production schedule, setting up multiple presses, motivating your staff to work an overnight shift, etc.  If
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Reflections at the End of the Trade Show Season (at the end of the retail era as we knew it…)

I woke up to a Business Insider article about the decline of retail stores.    They report that a third of malls are in danger of closing, and that visits to malls decreased 50% from 2010 to 2013. Noted at our industry shows, American Apparel will be closing their 110 retail locations and Abercrombie closing 60 outlets. Some are calling it the “retail apocalypse.” Add
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American Apparel Back in Business, Sort of…

Gildan purchased American Apparel and for a time during integration you could not buy wholesale. They are now back in the wholesale business, most customers can order again and distributors will get product again. I know some employees are back in action, but not sure how many. For the time being 10 key styles including the classic 2001 will be available as Made in the
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Gildan Announces Stock Buyback

The Gildan announcement goes as follows from their press release this morning: “Gildan Activewear Announces Plan to Buy Back Shares Through Private Agreements Montreal, February 28, 2017 – Gildan Activewear Inc. (GIL: TSX and NYSE) announced today that it intends to purchase for cancellation up to 877,000 of its common shares pursuant to one or more private agreements between Gildan and an arm’s‐length third‐party seller.
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Gildan Announces 4th Qtr and 2016 Earnings

Gildan released 4th Qtr and full 2016 earnings and their forecasts for 2017. In their own words: Net sales growth of 8.1% in the fourth quarter GAAP diluted EPS and Adjusted diluted EPS of $0.32, both up 14% compared to Q4 2015 2017 Adjusted diluted EPS guidance of $1.60-$1.70, representing 9% growth over 2016 at midpoint of range Record free cash flow of $398 million
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Let’s Chat. A Unique Interface with Customers

Spin Ink Screen Printing has a unique approach to sales. If you get on their website, a chat window opens up. The four of them on the sales team take turns answering customer inquiries this way. Owner Jon Weizman said he was on a utility site with a chat function and got the idea to try it for his business Spin Ink in the Toronto,
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Sanmar and Alphabroder Working Together?

I have to say this is unprecedented. Alphabroder and Sanmar issued a joint statement today, I have never seen them cooperate on anything. Also unprecedented is their call for congressional action, I have not ever seen that from shirt distributors in the past 25 years. What they are calling for is for folks to fight a 20% import tax suggested by Republican in Congress. I’m
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Misprint Monday- Prints that Should Not Happen

I got interviewed by the Providence, RI TV station WPRI this week about counterfeiting Super Bowl merch. It does take the money out of the pockets of legitimate businesses involved, as well as the players and owners (not sure they need more money but…) http://wpri.com/2017/01/27/how-to-spot-counterfeit-sports-gear/ What I did not get into during the interview is the fact that the NFL only gives a few licenses
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