What are You Suggesting?

Donn James

I have a suggestion for you. Stop making suggestions. And while you’re at it, please stop anticipating what I’m going to say or write. Before I hear my voice say it or see it written on the screen, even I don’t know what I’m thinking, much less saying so I don’t need to get into a guessing game with my app. I feel like having coleslaw, not having a colonoscopy. It seems I can’t do anything anymore without a suggestion and I’m getting more than a little tired of it. As a husband and a father I’m already used to being told what to do so the last thing I need are more apps ‘suggesting’ what I should do. As usual I’m probably overreacting so I think I’ll examine it a little more closely. I now have a voice telling me when to get on the freeway, when to get off the freeway and when to make a U-turn without regard to the 18-wheeler bearing down on me and while I’m used to hearing that from my wife, this is some disembodied voice coming out of my car speakers when all I really want is a good country song. When the Russians hack into this app I’ll probably be in the middle of the Golden Gate Bridge and the voice will tell me to, “Make a left turn.”
The profligacy of suggestive apps has really robbed us of independent thinking as we blindly follow instructions. As it is apps are suggesting what shoes I should buy, what car I should drive when what I really need to know is which neighbor is most likely to go off the deep end. I’m sitting at home with ‘Alexa’ and she’s bugging me to turn on some lights and will play any music I like but I’ve found you just can’t listen to jazz with a hockey game on. And now I can’t even start a text to my friend Anthony without my phone asking me, “Did you mean Bob?” I can’t open Facebook without seeing suggestions about what I should be eating and where I should go to get it and my problem is that most of the meals I see on Facebook look like they’ve already been eaten. Right now on Facebook I’m looking at some concoction of strawberries, some white gunk that I can only hope is yogurt, but is probably mayonnaise, with something like oats or barley (the stuff you use to make beer) mixed in and all I can think is I hope the person who just ate that survived. And Google, please stop suggesting that I go eat raw fish as if it’s a real food instead of just something I feed my pet eagle.
I’m starting to think all these suggestions are just an extension of life as we age since we all grew up with parental suggestions…some more strongly worded than others as if they were more than suggestions. Before cell phone apps it was your mother saying, “Don’t touch that” “Put that down” “Get out of the house” “Stay away from that girl” “Don’t talk to strangers” “Wipe that off, you can still eat it” because we didn’t have Siri to say, “I’ve found 8 windowless vans in your neighborhood. Would you like directions?”
I’m sure that’s why all the voice apps default to a female voice to get the job done. Men are so predisposed to listen to their wives and mothers, the app makers believe the voice is more trustworthy or something but my Mother fed me tuna casserole and brussel sprouts so I was pretty skeptical of anything she suggested after that. Now, when I get a new voice app I just change it to the voice of an old man who sounds like a coach I had in 1967 because…well, I never listened to him.

IMC has in excess of 2200 promotional products that will help you serve your client and we are adding new brand partners and products from our collections and our established retail brand partners. We believe IMC products speak for themselves and we can also show you ways to use and market them to your clients. Our products with decoration will have your customer coming back time and time again. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 50 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. We invite you to browse any of our 2,200+ products on the BRAND NEW IMC website to see items suitable for any occasion or event and pieces you can use to personalize your relationship with your clients. You can register as a distributor, track orders, upload art for virtual samples and even create your own flyers and catalogs of our products. The 2017 IMC catalog is available by request from the IMC website and is posted on the online services. We’ll continue to treat our clients professionally and get your orders to you…on time and on budget. You can also request our 2017 catalog using the catalog page of our website or download the PDF. We have products for every event and if your client has invented a holiday or celebration, we can also custom-make almost anything you can dream to make your client’s event all it can be. Take a look at our YouTube channel to see some videos showcasing popular products for some ideas on how to use them. We take our business relationship seriously and we want you to enjoy, give and receive our products and be able to use them every day. We look forward to working with you and we always have ideas to make our products work for your clients. The 2017 IMC catalog is also live and available virtually at Zoomcatalog.com and on our website if you’re tired of fighting paper catalogs and it can be viewed nicely with your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone. IMC is the recognized leader in the introduction of new retail brands to the promotional product industry and has multiple design awards from both ASI and PPAI. We have promotional products for every event, show, convention, corporate store and company program that will keep your client looking to you for new ideas. What do you say…do you have a suggestion?

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I Think It’s in Aisle 4.

Donn James

A few odd things happened in the last couple of days that chipped away at my normal cheery demeanor and made me question the meaning of all life.
In the interest of full disclosure I did something the other day that many of you have done but I had avoided this faux pas to this point in my life so I’m not sure if it was a senior moment or just my turn. I was in Target, God help me, and I asked this guy where the shampoos were and when she turned around I realized I had erred on many fronts. Out of two possible genders I had opted for the wrong one, although the red vest and sideburns probably threw me off, and as if that wasn’t enough, when she turned and I noticed the casual business attire, it was clear she didn’t work there since most Target employees I’ve encountered dress like they just came from a yard sale in Reseda, and most have rings or posts protruding from parts of the body not typically known for being piercing-friendly. To my credit I tried to extricate myself from this situation with some grace so I apologized and said, “If this was your Target store, where would you put them?” Maybe it’s just a guy thing since I was so happy when Google Maps came out because I hate to ask for directions and I think it’s little enough to expect signs in stores to direct me to specific merchandise areas. I’m a guy and I know what I need to buy so make it easy for me to find it. It’s October 13th and I’m already hacking my way through Christmas and Valentine’s Day decorations just to get to the dog food. I’ll go somewhere else if you make it a damned scavenger hunt. You act like you’re the only place that sells engagement rings for $8.99.
It’s Friday and that is bagel day here at the office but apparently what we’ve spent on bagels we’ve more than made up for by going with a cheaper brand of plastic flatware as I’m trying to spread cream cheese on a bagel with a knife that has the tension quality of cooked spaghetti. It’s like trying to spread wet concrete with a dead leaf. If their spoons are like this they won’t even hold soup. The serrated edge on the knife is really just a tease because if you try and cut the bagel, the knife flops over like a clock in a Dali painting.
It’s also Friday the 13th so I’ve stopped looking for good news but I just saw on msn.com that members of congress are officially ranked below car salespeople in terms of honesty and ethics and I always thought the step below car salespeople was…prison. Then I read another article that said prisoners were rioting because they feel it’s cruel and unusual punishment to be associated with members of congress. 99% of me is embarrassed for America but there’s that 1% that’s actually proud of them. They set a goal and, by golly, they reached it. It’s hard for most Americans to understand the level of disgust most of us feel toward our elected representatives and I don’t care if you believe they are NRA puppets on one side or Climate-change puppets on the other, we have more than had our fill of their idiocy and lies. We should all be embarrassed because we feel the same distrust toward our body of government as we do when we see a windowless van cruise by our schools. Our dismay, disgust and distrust of them has reached the point where if they just came out and stood behind the microphone and picked their nose or scratched their butt…their ratings would probably improve.

IMC has in excess of 2200 promotional products that will help you serve your client and we are adding new brand partners and products from our collections and our established retail brand partners. We believe IMC products speak for themselves and we can also show you ways to use and market them to your clients. Our products with decoration will have your customer coming back time and time again. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 50 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. We invite you to browse any of our products on the BRAND NEW IMC website to see items suitable for any occasion or event and pieces you can use to personalize your relationship with your clients. You can register as a distributor, track orders, upload art for virtual samples and even create your own flyers and catalogs of our products. The 2017 IMC catalog is available by request from the IMC website and is posted on the online services. We’ll continue to treat our clients professionally and get your orders to you…on time and on budget. You can also request our 2017 catalog using the catalog page of our website or download the PDF. We have products for every event and if your client has invented a holiday or celebration, we can also custom-make almost anything you can dream to make your client’s event all it can be. Take a look at our YouTube channel to see some videos showcasing popular products for some ideas on how to use them. We take our business relationship seriously and we want you to enjoy, give and receive our products and be able to use them every day. We look forward to working with you and we always have ideas to make our products work for your clients. The 2017 IMC catalog is also live and available virtually at Zoomcatalog.com and on our website if you’re tired of fighting paper catalogs and it can be viewed nicely with your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone. IMC is the recognized leader in the introduction of new retail brands to the promotional product industry and has multiple design awards from both ASI and PPAI. We have promotional products for every event, show, convention, corporate store and company program that will keep your client looking to you for new ideas. What do you say…where do they keep the cat litter?

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What’s In A Name?

Donn James

I know I’m getting older because every day I wake up it’s another day and that’s just how it works. Time travel hasn’t been perfected yet so our only options are to age…or check out. All the while this is happening I find myself seeing signs of the passage of time in odd ways. I’ve mentioned that I see more doctors these days and they are all younger than I and every cop who wants to arrest me is younger than I and Playboy playmates who, it seems like just yesterday, could have been my babysitters could now be my granddaughters.
The most recent sign of aging surfaced, in what I call a brain, as I realized I know longer had any friends named Fred. They have all died. And I don’t have any friends left named Wally although I still have one Arnie, Stan and Ron but when I see them I can’t help but wonder how much longer they’re going to hang on because they’re not looking too good. I also have one friend left named Jed but I think that was biblical in nature and some of those tend to have a longer shelf life, which suits Jed well since he is seriously Old Testament old. The thing about biblical names is that they can make comebacks every so often but, even then, it can be gender-based. Right now, you can’t go into an elementary school these days and swing a dead cat without hitting a little boy named Noah but if you’re looking for a girl named Bathsheba or Esther, you need to look in an assisted-living senior center in Reseda.
On a lark I just ran through the entire student body of my high school and there are no Arnies, Stans, Bathshebas or Esthers anywhere on the pages so it appears we’ve reached the end of an era…namewise. There’s still a David here and there because apparently he was big in the Bible. Even more disconcerting was that, on the school roster there were no Donns or even the misspelled Don so I reckon I’m the last of my breed and that’s a lot of pressure to put on an old guy. I suspect I’ll eventually be applauded for not saddling any of my children with my name but I’d like not to be forgotten like Eugene Hammerschlag. Who’s that you say? Exactly. I mean I’ve become immune to being annually overlooked by the Nobel Committee for the peace prize I so richly deserve but I would like to be remembered for something more than burning an ant with a magnifying glass when I was 8 years old.
The mindset of naming babies has certainly changed in the last couple of generations. In the “old” days you might have been named George after the king, the president or the soldier. Now you’re named Levi after the jeans. Girls used to be named after a grandmother or favorite aunt and now they’re Ariel or Dory, so named after a fish. It’s only a matter of time before someone introduces me to their son Boxer and their daughter Flounder.
The other thing that has muddied the waters these days is that we have more gender-neutral names than in the past. Back when I was aging but not growing up we had Robert and if you liked that but had a girl you just slapped an a on the end and you had Roberta and you called both of them Bobby. Now, just like underwear, we’ve gone unisex with more names than in the past. Just off the top of my head (where I keep most things) I know youth of both genders named Morgan, Tanner, Taylor, Jordan, Kelly, Mason, Alex, Riley and Regan. What I don’t know is if parents are just getting lazy or they’re picking a name from the wrong list. What I do know is that 10 years from now a teacher will be having a parent/teacher conference and she’ll be talking to a husband and wife, both named Morgan…and that would never happen if your name was Earl.

IMC has in excess of 2200 promotional products that will help you serve your client and we are adding new brand partners and products from our collections and our established retail brand partners. We believe IMC products speak for themselves and we can also show you ways to use and market them to your clients. Our products with decoration will have your customer coming back time and time again. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 50 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. We invite you to browse any of our 2,200+ products on the BRAND NEW IMC website to see items suitable for any occasion or event and pieces you can use to personalize your relationship with your clients. You can register as a distributor, track orders, upload art for virtual samples and even create your own flyers and catalogs of our products. The 2017 IMC catalog is available by request from the IMC website and is posted on the online services. We’ll continue to treat our clients professionally and get your orders to you…on time and on budget. You can also request our 2017 catalog using the catalog page of our website or download the PDF. We have products for every event and if your client has invented a holiday or celebration, we can also custom-make almost anything you can dream to make your client’s event all it can be. Take a look at our YouTube channel to see some videos showcasing popular products for some ideas on how to use them. We take our business relationship seriously and we want you to enjoy, give and receive our products and be able to use them every day. We look forward to working with you and we always have ideas to make our products work for your clients. The 2017 IMC catalog is also live and available virtually at Zoomcatalog.com and on our website if you’re tired of fighting paper catalogs and it can be viewed nicely with your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone. IMC is the recognized leader in the introduction of new retail brands to the promotional product industry and has multiple design awards from both ASI and PPAI. We have promotional products for every event, show, convention, corporate store and company program that will keep your client looking to you for new ideas. What do you say…did you name it after something?

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What Was the Question?

Donn James

I suppose it could be considered a blessing and a curse but because I’m so damned pleasant and approachable, people think I might be interested in what they have to say. Sadly, for me, nothing could be further from the truth so I’m thinking of having some work done so I’ll appear less attractive and accessible because my advancing march into old age just isn’t working fast enough. I really don’t want to hear your story and I certainly don’t want to hear things you wouldn’t tell your priest and I really don’t want to hear about your kids, pets, in-laws or job. I have kids and pets of my own and, to my credit I think, I’ve not shared their trials, tribulations, accomplishments and defeats with you. I think a big part of my problem is that I look like someone who is a good listener but, in reality, half the time I’m just congratulating myself on what a good listener I’m pretending to be and the other half of the time I can’t hear you at all because I’m nearly deaf.
While we’re on the subject and since you didn’t ask I’ll tell you what else can bother me…questions. Most of my co-workers, friends and students know I categorize questions on two fronts…things you need to know and things you want to know. Anything you need to know I am happy to share that information with you; things you want to know you can look up for yourself. That’s why we have Google. No matter how many times you misspell a word Google will eventually realize your level of intelligence and come up with the word you’re seeking. Remember, there are no K’s in cat. And if, God forbid, you have a question, please just ask the question without spinning a short novella about why you need the answer. I don’t care and I need shorter, tighter stories or, better yet, no story at all. I have one acquaintance who talks to me like she’s a book on tape about why she needs to know the answer to her question, what it will mean to her, her family and all mankind and I’m thinking we may be solving the disappearance of Amelia Earhart when all she wants to know is how to divide 100 by 2. And for God’s sake stop asking me if you can ask me a question before you ask me the question because I really hate that. Just ask the damned question. I think people  started doing that to me because they’re afraid I’m going to say no…which I do but they ignore me and ask me anyway. I don’t care why you want to know the answer to your question. I don’t care if it will change your life, solve your problems and stop climate change or people who still believe the world is flat. I would almost relish a question that had some worth but it’s usually something pointless like how much to tip after a lap dance or how many times did the Dr. drop Steve Bannon on his head.
Since I don’t like questions you might think I don’t enjoy small talk but I do until it turns into questions. These days I rarely volunteer my opinion on subjects unless specifically asked and that is something I would like to see turn into a national trend. Hearing people’s opinions is what got us where we are today and since people are usually wrong, we can still turn this country around. In fact, the reason I don’t usually offer mine is that I don’t often care what others think so I don’t know why they would care what I think…even though I’m right.

IMC has in excess of 2200 promotional products that will help you serve your client and we are adding new brand partners and products from our collections and our established retail brand partners. We believe IMC products speak for themselves and we can also show you ways to use and market them to your clients. Our products with decoration will have your customer coming back time and time again. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 50 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. We invite you to browse any of our 2,200+ products on the BRAND NEW IMC website to see items suitable for any occasion or event and pieces you can use to personalize your relationship with your clients. You can register as a distributor, track orders, upload art for virtual samples and even create your own flyers and catalogs of our products. The 2017 IMC catalog is available by request from the IMC website and is posted on the online services. We’ll continue to treat our clients professionally and get your orders to you…on time and on budget. You can also request our 2017 catalog using the catalog page of our website or download the PDF. We have products for every event and if your client has invented a holiday or celebration, we can also custom-make almost anything you can dream to make your client’s event all it can be. Take a look at our YouTube channel to see some videos showcasing popular products for some ideas on how to use them. We take our business relationship seriously and we want you to enjoy, give and receive our products and be able to use them every day. We look forward to working with you and we always have ideas to make our products work for your clients. The 2017 IMC catalog is also live and available virtually at Zoomcatalog.com and on our website if you’re tired of fighting paper catalogs and it can be viewed nicely with your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone. IMC is the recognized leader in the introduction of new retail brands to the promotional product industry and has multiple design awards from both ASI and PPAI. We have promotional products for every event, show, convention, corporate store and company program that will keep your client looking to you for new ideas. What do you say…what’s your take on it?

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It’s Judgment Day!

Donn James

While I remain a card-carrying liberal there are several arenas in that cause where my stance weakens considerably but I maintain it is only because I refuse to take anything, especially myself, too seriously. The problem I have with all this new-age wisdom is that it doesn’t translate well into real life as if the sides of every argument are trying to one-up the other side of the argument. I was reading Psychology Today the other day because I needed to clear my head and if you need to as well, I heartily recommend the mindless mumbo-jumbo in that magazine because nobody takes themselves more seriously than psychologists. I’m sure they have their place in the same way that the spray paint people use to cover that bald spot has its place. In fact, if you know any psychologists I’m sure they’re not the sanctimonious, insincere slugs I’ve met. I’m sure yours are very nice but all the ones I know think they are experts in everything because they took a few classes and if I’m running from nuclear fallout, I’m probably too busy to be politically correct and get in touch with my feelings.
If you read this magazine regularly you probably think Dr. Seuss is this century’s Shakespeare and that makes me weep for this generation but I was reading it because it was the only thing in this particular bathroom and I do applaud Psychology Today being in American bathrooms because you never know when you’ll run out of toilet paper. This month’s issue was warning all readers not to judge people, which is stupid because that’s all we do from the moment we are born. Usually that judgment is based on their actions, words, demeanor etc. but that’s what we do because that’s how we get to know each other and some situations require a snap judgment and some actually allow time for a conversation so you can judge whether or not you ever want to talk to them again. If someone carelessly cuts me off in traffic I make the snap judgment that they are selfish, they can’t drive and I hope they haven’t procreated so their line dies with them but if I am talking to someone, I take a much more casual approach with well, my feet poised for flight while I fervently pray for someone to interrupt us so I can flee. The article should have focused on the issue of pre-judging people because although we all do that as well, it is a breakable habit and it is clearly the bigger problem since we are hard-wired to judge everything…our judgment is the reason we have friends, enemies and cute or ugly clothes and presidents.
I have been working hard not to pre-judge people and I’d like to give you an update on my progress. For instance, when I see a guy with black trousers and brown shoes, I no longer automatically think he’s an idiot, although once he has spoken a sentence or two, it is pretty much confirmed. And if I see a person with no social skills, I don’t immediately think they have Asperger’s syndrome anymore, I just assume they were raised in Mississippi…and that’s a big step for me. Then when I see them put ketchup on a hot dog, I know I was right. Albert Einstein once said, “Everybody is a genius but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, you will live your whole life believing the fish is stupid” and that’s the problem I face every day…most of the people I meet are fish.

IMC has in excess of 2200 promotional products that will help you serve your client and we are adding new brand partners and products from our collections and our established retail brand partners. We believe IMC products speak for themselves and we can also show you ways to use and market them to your clients. Our products with decoration will have your customer coming back time and time again. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 50 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. We invite you to browse any of our 2,200+ products on the BRAND NEW IMC website to see items suitable for any occasion or event and pieces you can use to personalize your relationship with your clients. You can register as a distributor, track orders, upload art for virtual samples and even create your own flyers and catalogs of our products. The 2017 IMC catalog is available by request from the IMC website and is posted on the online services. We’ll continue to treat our clients professionally and get your orders to you…on time and on budget. You can also request our 2017 catalog using the catalog page of our website or download the PDF. We have products for every event and if your client has invented a holiday or celebration, we can also custom-make almost anything you can dream to make your client’s event all it can be. Take a look at our YouTube channel to see some videos showcasing popular products for some ideas on how to use them. We take our business relationship seriously and we want you to enjoy, give and receive our products and be able to use them every day. We look forward to working with you and we always have ideas to make our products work for your clients. The 2017 IMC catalog is also live and available virtually at Zoomcatalog.com and on our website if you’re tired of fighting paper catalogs and it can be viewed nicely with your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone. IMC is the recognized leader in the introduction of new retail brands to the promotional product industry and has multiple design awards from both ASI and PPAI. We have promotional products for every event, show, convention, corporate store and company program that will keep your client looking to you for new ideas. What do you say…have you been a judge?

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Can You Spell Me?

Donn James

What seems to be a short week for most of us feels like the longest week of the year for me. It began with the Labor Day holiday when I feel like I work harder than any other day of the year and I can never understand how a holiday devoted to celebrating by not laboring always ends up being labor intensive and all I seem to get out of it are muscle cramps. Coupled with this laborious yet supposedly labor-free holiday are the birthdays of both our children so I have been busy shopping for things they don’t want so they have gift exchange leverage to buy something they do want. As a parent I have made more mistakes than a Cray supercomputer can count but buying them something they want has never been one of them.
We also planned to have them about four years apart and, so far, that is the only plan that worked, although celebrating both birthdays in two days has proved trying over the years. Our reasoning that they would not fight proved faulty, at least when they were younger as they periodically performed unsuspecting elbow drops on each other but they have mellowed as they age…like wine and old dogs. Sometimes I think the only thing we got right is their names; which were familial…and spelled correctly. After all, we made them, we housed them, we fed them…at least occasionally, and we were responsible for raising them. We knew they were going to be unique so we had no driving urge to put our time stamp on their lives with a made-up name that looks like it was written in another language. We knew life was going to be enough of a challenge without them having to go through it explaining their names, which would always end with an uncomfortable laugh and the statement that, “My parents were idiots.”
Over the past generation or so I’ve come to understand the euphoria of parenthood robs the new parents of all logical thought, and they fail to realize the burden with which they are saddling the child. I also think the government agency who records the name on the birth certificate should be allowed to say…”NO, you can’t have that name because it’s stupid.” Because, like it or not, perception is reality and when I meet someone whose name is spelled like somebody just put together a bunch of letters on top of the broth in their alphabet soup, I no longer hear a word they are saying because I’m too busy trying to figure out what their moron parents were thinking. I met a young lady yesterday and as soon as I learned her name was Rakel, I was done because I was too busy trying to figure out if her parents were crazy or if the letter Q was just too hard for them to write so I didn’t hear a word she said. And News Flash! people, initials aren’t names so drop a vowel in there somewhere. Don’t name your kid KC…because if you can’t spell Casey, you should probably go with…Bob. Your child is also not a contraction so you should rule out any punctuation there Ma-Kayla. If you think your child will be more unique if you name him Geoffrey, I hope you have a fund set up for psychiatric therapy and emergency room visits because that’s the dumbest of all spellings and those kids tend to get beat up.
Parents have and take every opportunity to screw-up their kids’ lives for a minimum of 18 years or until the kid runs away and changes his/her name, so we don’t have to start the process in the delivery room. So, if you’re considering Mykel, J’son, Tiphanie or Cydnee, please spell them correctly so they have a chance to turn into the person you want them to be. It’s already bad enough that you named your cat…Whiskers.

IMC has in excess of 2200 promotional products that will help you serve your client and we are adding new brand partners and products from our collections and our established retail brand partners. We believe IMC products speak for themselves and we can also show you ways to use and market them to your clients. Our products with decoration will have your customer coming back time and time again. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 50 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. We invite you to browse any of our 2,200+ products on the BRAND NEW IMC website to see items suitable for any occasion or event and pieces you can use to personalize your relationship with your clients. You can register as a distributor, track orders, upload art for virtual samples and even create your own flyers and catalogs of our products. The 2017 IMC catalog is available by request from the IMC website and is posted on the online services. We’ll continue to treat our clients professionally and get your orders to you…on time and on budget. You can also request our 2017 catalog using the catalog page of our website or download the PDF. We have products for every event and if your client has invented a holiday or celebration, we can also custom-make almost anything you can dream to make your client’s event all it can be. Take a look at our YouTube channel to see some videos showcasing popular products for some ideas on how to use them. We take our business relationship seriously and we want you to enjoy, give and receive our products and be able to use them every day. We look forward to working with you and we always have ideas to make our products work for your clients. The 2017 IMC catalog is also live and available virtually at Zoomcatalog.com and on our website if you’re tired of fighting paper catalogs and it can be viewed nicely with your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone. IMC is the recognized leader in the introduction of new retail brands to the promotional product industry and has multiple design awards from both ASI and PPAI. We have promotional products for every event, show, convention, corporate store and company program that will keep your client looking to you for new ideas. What do you say…can you spell that for me?

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Is Summer Over?

Donn James

Starbuck’s just started selling their damned pumpkin spice latte again so that must mean it is fall. Now while I think their business model is second to none and you can’t argue with success, I do take issue with some of their calendar-driven offerings. Maybe somewhere in the Starbuck’s world fall has arrived but here in southern California it still feels like we’re walking on the surface of the sun so the idea of a hot beverage doesn’t even occupy a remote corner of our minds. On the other hand, it’s been so hot here that a 140° drink might cool us down and I’m out of baby powder so I’ll do almost anything to keep my thighs from chafing…and it might be comforting if my inside was the same temperature as my outside; so when I finish the last of that 470 calorie drink, I’ll be diabetic but I’ll be at one with the weather.
Even though I will hear people complain about the heat, nobody wants to be anywhere else and there is certainly no rhyme or reason to most of the weather patterns so we all have to go with the flow even as we dream up sarcastic things to say about other parts of the country. New England may have leaves that change colors in the fall but here ours just spontaneously combust right on the tree. And don’t think in southern California that we don’t have changing colors. In the spring our hills are green and then they turn brown during the summer and now they are black because of the brush fires. A veritable rainbow of colors. We are aware that the rest of the nation makes fun of our propensity for earthquakes and we are probably more bothered by the comments than the actual earthquakes…hey, you get used to them. And we’re no better because on January 1st, 2018 when it’s 82° here I’ll be the first to say, “Aren’t you glad you’re not in Buffalo crawling through a snow tunnel trying to get to the bowling alley in time for league play?” And when it is as hot as it is now we just say, “At least we’re not in Phoenix.” I really don’t know who Phoenix makes fun of since that’s about as bad as it gets. It’s the only place you don’t need a microwave to heat up your Tontino Pizza Rolls. Phoenix is widely considered the portal to hell and most of the residents have taken to just excusing the heat with comments like, “It’s a dry heat” as if that justifies why a lizard can’t cross the road without melting and you have to keep Snickers bars in your freezer.
Since I also coach during these less temperate times, I am bound by a largely convoluted “Heat Index” chart from the school which dictates the amount of exercise allowed given the current temperature. During most months I’m allowed to run them until they throw up but as I look at the chart to plan today’s practice, I realize it’s going to be so hot, it’s not even going to be safe to take a nap. I’ll have golfers taking 12 swings on the driving range and then panting like basset hounds after a hike.
In an effort to bring this full circle I noticed another seasonal offering from Starbuck’s and that is an almond croissant and I don’t understand why that is seasonal. Is there an almond holiday? Are we running out of almonds? Is there an almond season? Restaurants seem to be sneaking them into everything in an effort to get rid of them so I don’t understand why it’s seasonal at Starbuck’s. We seem to have plenty of them. People are making butter and milk from them in an effort to use them up and they’re like the second-cheapest nut in granola. Maybe it’s the croissant. Maybe they can only get someone to come from France for a couple of months a year to explain what the hell a croissant is.

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