Misprint Monday: There is No Joy in Mudville…

The photo of pallets loaded with boxes is of World Series championship shirts headed to retailers. No such luck for the Indians this year. Future Hall of Fame lock GM Theo Epstein’s Cubbies triumphed over the overachieving Terry Francona led Indians. It took not just 7 full games but an extra inning of high drama as well but in the end they were vanquished. One
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Whoever Reads This…Fun with Ink, Beer, Trump and Shirts

Donald Trump famously said he wants to build a big wall between Mexico and the USA and that they don’t know it but the Mexicans will pay for it. A Mexican brewery decided to turn the tables on Trump and has been selling shirts that look like shirts that support Trump, but when exposed to heat change messages. With heat the ink is exposed that
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Farm Aid 2016 Lesson #2: Where to Buy Your Concert Merch?

In retail we hear about the fact that on-line selling is replacing brick & mortar stores. Now that dynamic is even hitting rock concerts only lon-line sales are replacing canvas & folding table merch operations. Ten percent of the sales at the 2016 Farm Aid concert were done on-line. Wait in lines of up to 30 people and then carry your merch around all day VS
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Misprint Monday: “Beg for forgiveness, say you’ll never do it again, pay a reasonable settlement and move on with your life.”

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball are about to make a massive crackdown on copyright violations (whether real or perceived) in the coming weeks. The Major League Baseball Playoffs are upon us and big bucks are at stake. Where big bucks are at stake, you always will find lawyers and big business. Even a letter of the alphabet,
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Chelsea Grayson Named New CEO of American Apparel

Paula Schneider resigned as CEO of American Apparel. She served that post only since early 2015. Lawyer Chelsea Grayson has been named by the Board at new CEO. Ms. Grayson had been serving as the American Apparel General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer. We received a copy of the letter distributed to employees. The one page letter states somewhat cryptically that the reason for Ms. Schneider’s departure was,
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Gildan to Acquire Peds

Gildan just announced purchase of socks company Peds for $55 million (American not Canadian dollars…) This comes on the heels of their acquisitions in the past few years of Anvil, Comfort Colors, New Buffalo Shirt Company, and most recently Alstyle Apparel. Peds was in the news recently for “reshoring” some of their knitting. They brought some manufacturing back from overseas to North Carolina by keeping
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Hanes with an Innovative Approach

Hanes and Champion have a new site at hanesink.com for ordering a shirt, focused on all high schools and colleges. I guess it might cut into the businesses of a few people, but mostly it seems like it might lead to less aggravation and more business for most of us. If somebody wants a single shirt for the local high school? Hanes has 13K schools set up
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Misprint Monday – Does it look like the mockup?

Occasionally we make bad calls on the production floor. Recently we had an order and the pantones were all specified. When we printed the blue that the design called for, it looked nothing like the mockup. Someone made the call to print the job anyway… Of course when the customer received the shirts, they didn’t like them… because they looked different from the mockup. Never
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Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! April 22nd has been the annual day since some folks started it in 1970. After witnessing the terrible Santa Barbara oil spill Senator Gaylord Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media. He persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes from Harvard as national coordinator. Hayes built a
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