It’s Left Over for a Reason!

Donn James

Donn James

Friday is garbage day in our neighborhood so the last of Thanksgiving either went into the disposal, out to the trash or down my gullet last night so hopefully by the time I get home the house won’t smell like a dead bird. Every year we spend 24 hours or more building a feast that gets eaten in 20 minutes, which is the length of halftime of a football game and I’m starting to think…that’s not a coincidence. The days after Thanksgiving are the best because your family and friends are gone…and you still have food so, like you, I have spent the last week feasting on turkey day leftovers as creatively as possible but I’m out of ideas…and I’ve learned that turkey chunks are not a good replacement for chocolate chips in cookies. In an effort to de-turkey the house, this week we’ve made sandwiches, omelets, casseroles, salads and soups to empty the refrigerator. We even tried to make stuffing muffins but they just ended up looking like something that dropped out of a giraffe. Chicken and waffles is considered a delicacy in certain parts of the country so why does turkey and waffles taste like feet? And you really can’t put an ethnic spin on Thanksgiving Day leftovers because I put a layer of mashed potatoes on a tortilla and wrapped it around a turkey leg…but that didn’t make it a taco. I also tried mixing the leftover yams, potatoes and stuffing and forming them into a kind of fritter and frying them up. I think they might have tasted OK but, once again, I couldn’t get past the visual because they looked like something that had already been eaten. I also saw a recipe where you lay mashed potatoes on top of rice, sprinkle turkey and cranberry sauce on top and roll it up for some turkey sushi and I was going to try it until I realized I’d be eating the carb equivalent of Moscow. Anyway, I’ve now tried to do so many things this week with the leftovers I can no longer remember how Thanksgiving dinner tasted. torkey-carcass-on-cutting-board-e1431959532864Clearly, most of America either makes too much of some things or we’re making things nobody likes. If you’re slipping in things like turnips and rutabagas…this means you. These are the only conclusions that can be drawn looking at the multitude of leftovers. There’s rarely much leftover pumpkin pie or ambrosia because those are both sugar-based foods…and everyone likes whipped cream. It’s always the damn starches and the fact that you cooked a turkey the size of a jeep for 5 people. I felt like I was peeling potatoes for most of the night on Wednesday and I remember thinking, “Are we shipping some of these to Cambodia?” because we can’t eat this many mashed potatoes before Easter rolls around. As it is on Thanksgiving we eat until we’re in pain, pass out on the couch and then wake up and eat some more. Most of us are still full on Saturday when we’re out hanging up Christmas lights because the law says that Christmas lights have to be hung the weekend after Thanksgiving…I think that’s the Third Amendment. I know it’s real close to the gun one.

It’s not really that different in business. IMC has a feast of characters in excess of 2000 promotional products that will help you serve your client and we are adding more for 2017 with 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, not just for leftovers. The 2016 IMC catalog is available by request from the IMC website and is posted on the online services while we work on the 2017 catalog. We’ll continue to treat our clients professionally and get your orders to you…on time and on budget. You can also get on the distribution list for our 2017 catalog using the catalog page of our website. In addition, IMC just introduced 97 new items at the SAAC show in California and they are live in the  What's New?section of our website. You may also go to our Tools section of the website and download the 2016.5 flyer. 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 2016 IMC catalog is also live and available virtually at Zoomcatalog.com if you’re tired of fighting paper catalogs. 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. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 48 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. We invite you to browse any of our 2,300+ products on the IMC website to see items suitable for any occasion or event and pieces you can use to personalize your relationship with your clients. 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 think? Let us know with a comment here or on Facebook or TwitterIMC wants to know…is there any more of that?

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Turkey for Daze…

Donn James

Donn James

In the spirit of holiday leftovers and time constraints I haveThanksgiving-Charlie-Brown-Snoopy reworked and updated my post from 2011. This would be plagiarism except I wrote it and gave myself permission to do this.

In the spirit of the season I take this opportunity to pass on some timely tips to improve the experience before you drift off into that tryptophan coma.

  1. The carving knife is only to be used on the turkey, not your crazy uncle you put in the corner of the room because he’s alternately gassy, blatantly racist, or just can’t keep his hands to himself. Everyone knows he belongs in jail but you have to invite him because he’s family. If you don’t know which uncle I mean, it’s probably you.
  2. If you’re unlucky enough to draw the wobbly chair or the spot where two tables are poorly joined together, get over it. Just put more weight on one cheek and know that the gravy is going to drift to the low side of your plate and you’re going to spill at least one glass of wine by setting the glass on the high edge. Remember, you could be dodging fruit salad at the kids’ table.
  3. Have plenty of gauze bandages and the emergency room number handy for when your nephew “accidentally” pushes his sister through the plate glass window.
  4. Carefully scout the room beforehand so you have an exit strategy planned in case you are cornered by your 75-year old aunt who insists on telling you why her planned breast reduction surgery will be a godsend or your brother-in-law wants to tell you the alt-right is just a bunch of good old boys.
  5. Try and keep the cooks away from the wine, at least until the marshmallows have melted on the top of the sweet potatoes. Then they can get hammered like the rest of you. Also be thankful that one of the first things Native Americans taught us was how to grow marshmallows.
  6. Remember, pie without whipped cream is an assault on the senses and good taste so don’t let it happen in your house.
  7. Do not take credit for the green bean casserole. While it is perhaps the greatest side dish in the history of holidays, the damned recipe is on the mushroom soup can and the French-fried onion ring container and if they could stencil it on the side of a green bean, they would since it’s the only good thing you can do with a green bean.
  8. When the fight breaks out…and it will, be sure to have your phone recording it so it can later be used as evidence in court.
  9. Plan on making two trips to the rest home when you pick up the old people because at least one of them will forget their teeth. And make sure you have a designated driver when they are ready to go back at 4:00.
  10. You don’t need to eat that much turkey tomorrow because one of the football games will put you to sleep anyway.
  11. Let’s show a little etiquette tomorrow and after you gorge yourselves, remember that unless it’s your house, you’re not allowed to unbutton your pants.

It’s not really that different in business. IMC has a feast of products in excess of 2200 promotional products that will help you serve your client and we are adding more for 2017 with 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. The 2016 IMC catalog is available by request from the IMC website and is posted on the online services while we work on the 2017 catalog. We’ll continue to treat our clients professionally and get your orders to you…on time and on budget. You can also get on the distribution list for our 2017 catalog using the catalog page of our website. In addition, IMC just introduced 97 new items at the SAAC show in California and they are live in the  What's New?section of our website. You may also go to our Tools section of the website and download the 2016.5 flyer. 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 2016 IMC catalog is also live and available virtually at Zoomcatalog.com if you’re tired of fighting paper catalogs. 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. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 48 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. We invite you to browse any of our 2,300+ products on the IMC website to see items suitable for any occasion or event and pieces you can use to personalize your relationship with your clients. 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 think? Let us know with a comment here or on Facebook or TwitterIMC wants to know…what time is dinner?

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Is It Safe?

Donn James

Donn James

So it’s the week before Thanksgiving and Black Friday so while I’m not buying you anything, I am still inundated with advertisements offering the best deals in history for things I have no interest in purchasing…at any price. Not only is this the season of sale prices, which are coincidentally the prices the products should be all year long, which would eliminate the need for a “sale” but it is also the season of the warning label.
Warning labels are an arena where the liberal path, one I often trod, goes down a road I just can’t walk. It seems they want a warning label on my glass of water that says, “Possible risk of drowning” and I believe if you need that warning, you might be too stupid to live. Now, I grew up in a time without seat belts and helmets but I seem to have survived the era of asbestos and lead and I’m happy with the advances of science that have identified, corrected and cured many of the world’s ills but if we had had these warnings in the last century, we’d have all been too scared to try anything new.
What caught my eye today is the watchdog safety group just came out with a list of 10 toys they deem unsafe because of inadequate safety warnings. As I perused the list I wondered if they were trying to warn the kids…who can’t read or the parents…who don’t read. I know if any of my younger friends have a toddler who knows what suffocation means, I’m guessing the kid was adopted. While I consider all 10 of these to be stupidity run amok I have to mention #6 because it is a dog leash and because it’s a long leash, they are upset that there is no strangulation warning on it. I have some pretty smart dogs but even they struggle with 4-syllable words. The other 9 products are all similarly idiotic in that you would think the toy’s name would notify you of a possible issue. If the name doesn’t give you pause, you need a refund on all that money you spent on your GED. If you buy a toy called the “Doomhammer” do you really need to be warned about the risk of blunt impact injuries? If you’re buying your baby an “elephant pillow” couldn’t you just save money by dropping your child into a plastic bag? If you don’t know that any toy that includes the word “launcher” in the title may have a risk or you don’t know enough to take your child out of the stroller before you fold it, I think you should consider a vasectomy. And I think we’ve evolved enough to know that things with small parts are a choking hazard so stop “warning” us. I’m a happy guy any day one of my dogs doesn’t crap out a Lego.
Darwin gave us the wonderful Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection and the strongest have survived but all these warnings are just keeping the weak around to mess things up for the rest of us. If I have to be warned against eating a bag of marbles, maybe my species shouldn’t survive. And if a bag of peanuts has to include a warning that it, “May contain peanuts” we probably don’t deserve to survive. Just like if I can’t figure out which end of a chainsaw to hold, I’ve probably earned the nickname “Stumpy.”

It’s not really that different in business. IMC has a cast of characters in excess of 2000 promotional products that will help you serve your client and we are adding more for 2017 with 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. The 2016 IMC catalog is available by request from the IMC website and is posted on the online services while we work on the 2017 catalog. We’ll continue to treat our clients professionally and get your orders to you…on time and on budget. You can also get on the distribution list for our 2017 catalog using the catalog page of our website. In addition, IMC just introduced 97 new items at the SAAC show in California and they are live in the  What's New?section of our website. You may also go to our Tools section of the website and download the 2016.5 flyer. 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 2016 IMC catalog is also live and available virtually at Zoomcatalog.com if you’re tired of fighting paper catalogs. 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. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 48 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. We invite you to browse any of our 2,300+ products on the IMC website to see items suitable for any occasion or event and pieces you can use to personalize your relationship with your clients. 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 think? Let us know with a comment here or on Facebook or TwitterIMC wants to know…is that a blunt impact injury?

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Elect to Chip Away…

Donn James

Donn James

We had a huge election this week and while the results may affect us for the next 4 or 400 years, I think it’s time to put our differences aside and come together as a nation as we have for the past 240 years. The result of every election of this type always seems to offend more than half the country so the whole “majority rules” thing may have slipped through the cracks.
With regard to this election I am this close to asking for a recount because I can’t believe Lay’s is being honest when they tell me that Korean Barbecue flavor beat out Honey Barbecue in the electoral college of potato chip elections this week. First of all, as a reasonably liberal kind of guy, I’m not sure calling something Korean Barbecue isn’t a little racist but, then again, I whisper when I order Polish sausage…or Canadian Club. I also had to choose between Smoked Gouda & Chive vs. Cheddar & Sour Cream and that is like asking me which child I like best…there’s rarely a good answer to that one. They’re two sides of the same potato chip.
We can agree that this year’s potato chip election was the most contentious ever as we had to choose between Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper vs. Olive Oil & Herbs. Those of us on the correct side of the aisle couldn’t imagine how anyone would opt for olive oil & herbs over salt and pepper, our preferred condiments for the last 240 years. The correct side (my side) held rallies in support of salt and pepper because the last thing this nation needs is a healthy potato chip. One of our mottos was, “I’d rather have a heart attack than have it taste like pasta” and that certainly galvanized our base. When we debated the opposition our speaker would just repeat over and over, “Eat kale and die.” Not very mature I’m told but it was better than his original choice of, “Pasta is un-American.”
The last choice we had to make was flamin’ hot vs. fiery roasted habanero and this did more to expose our national prejudices than the others as we had to choose between national spices from Louisiana vs. possibly illegally imported peppers from another land. Oddly, we put racism aside and fiery roasted habanero won the popular vote although we might have a harder time getting them after the wall is built.
Like all self-respecting Americans, when my side doesn’t win I look for someone to blame and because I take my potato chips seriously, I believe the recent voting was the most important in my lifetime and when in doubt…I blame the media. There was rarely any coverage and certainly no in depth looks at Sour Cream & Cheddar that might have exposed flaws of which we were unaware and the media certainly never reported who was the big money behind fiery roasted habanero. They treated some flavors like jokes, not giving them a serious chance and you can’t do that when you’re dealing with potatoes. All facets of the media from print to air have completely transitioned into profit centers who decide what I need to know…as if Brad and Angelina’s custody battle is over anything important like potato chip flavors. And since I’m sure most of his friends already know, I don’t need to know that today is the day I should pick up the phone to call Leonardo DiCaprio and wish him a Happy Birthday, so let’s get the media back on track and tell them…less on celebrity dips and more on potato chips.

It’s not really that different in business. IMC has a choice of flavors in excess of 2200 promotional products that will help you serve your client and we are adding more for 2017 with 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. The 2016 IMC catalog is available by request from the IMC website and is posted on the online services while we work on the 2017 catalog. We’ll continue to treat our clients professionally and get your orders to you…on time and on budget. You can also get on the distribution list for our 2017 catalog using the catalog page of our website. In addition, IMC just introduced 97 new items at the SAAC show in California and they are live in the  What's New?section of our website. You may also go to our Tools section of the website and download the 2016.5 flyer. 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 2016 IMC catalog is also live and available virtually at Zoomcatalog.com if you’re tired of fighting paper catalogs. 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. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 48 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. We invite you to browse any of our 2,300+ products on the IMC website to see items suitable for any occasion or event and pieces you can use to personalize your relationship with your clients. 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 think? Let us know with a comment here or on Facebook or TwitterIMC wants to know…what’s your flavor this year?

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Are You Propositioning Me?

Donn James

Donn James

I may have mentioned over the course of the past few weeks that we have an election coming up and I’ve done all I can to avoid talking about it with any ring of sincerity in my words. All that ends today as we argue the really important things…the propositions, and I am at a loss to know whether to be proud or embarrassed that I know so much about them.
The biggest problem with the propositions is that we have them…and that anyone with $8 and a Macintosh computer can get one on the ballot. All you have to do is file some paperwork and stand out in front of Safeway and annoy people until you get enough signatures. People complain about frivolous lawsuits but if I get enough signatures I can irritate you with a proposition that will send all tree frogs to a ranch in Yucca Valley so I can build some condos in Ojai. Another issue with propositions is that they’re written in a language unrecognizable as English where yes often means no and no often means banana.
A prime example of frivolous is that during a time of war, civil strife, climate change and Game of Thrones being off the air, we have not one, but two propositions on plastic bags. That is roughly two too many. Nobody wants to see a turtle wearing a 6-pack holder for a necklace so I’m all for banning them since I’ve been carrying grocery bags in my cars for some time now…but I can never remember to take them into the store so a plastic bag can come in handy. They’re also handy for cleaning up after the dogs and nobody seems to want them back after that.
California also has two propositions related to the death penalty and, once again, they have done their best to confuse the constituency…as if most of us aren’t confused enough already. Another issue with multiple propositions is that it’s hard enough for us to keep one straight only to have another tossed at us like parmesan cheese on a salad. That’s like saying we know lettuce is crap so now we’re going to cover it with something slightly more appealing…something we squeezed out of a cow. If you vote yes on one of them you’re voting to abolish the death penalty…something we never use anyway and if you vote yes on the other, you’re voting to keep it and even speed it up so you’d better pick the right one. It’s like going into a store and finding out they closed all the registers but they’re putting in an express lane. I have friends on both sides of this issue as some think it’s costly and not a deterrent while some people I know are still mad that they banned crucifixions. The best part of the process is that if both propositions pass, the one that gets the most votes wins…it’s like the American Idol of propositions.
We also have one prop that literally means nothing…they’re just asking us to vote on whether we’d like to vote. There is another proposition that allows the whole state to vote on something in your community so a bunch of Raider cheerleaders in Oakland can decide I don’t need another road to the beach.
The last two I’ll mention concern firearms and ammunition sales and marijuana which are generally found on opposite sides of the spectrum so I’m guessing that whichever one you’re for will find you against the other one. Just know one thing…if you need to carry around a gun or pot, you won’t be carrying it around in a plastic bag.

It’s not really that different in business. IMC has a cast of characters in excess of 2000 promotional products that will help you serve your client and we are adding more for 2017 with 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. The 2016 IMC catalog is available by request from the IMC website and is posted on the online services while we work on the 2017 catalog. We’ll continue to treat our clients professionally and get your orders to you…on time and on budget. You can also get on the distribution list for our 2017 catalog using the catalog page of our website. In addition, IMC just introduced 97 new items at the SAAC show in California and they are live in the  What's New?section of our website. You may also go to our Tools section of the website and download the 2016.5 flyer. 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 2016 IMC catalog is also live and available virtually at Zoomcatalog.com if you’re tired of fighting paper catalogs. 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. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 48 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. We invite you to browse any of our 2,300+ products on the IMC website to see items suitable for any occasion or event and pieces you can use to personalize your relationship with your clients. 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 think? Let us know with a comment here or on Facebook or TwitterIMC wants to know…do you have a proposition for me?

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Is It Really You?

Donn James

Donn James

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago how disappointed I am with the brand of thief America is raising and how I was tired of people stealing my credit card numbers and using them to stock up on beef jerky and Coors Light at the 7/11. Take some pride in your thievery…maybe instead of dashing into the Quickstop for Cheetos and a carton of cigarettes you could sit down and have lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. Try their mud pie, I hear it’s delicious. It’s not like it’s your money!
Anyway, I realized I neglected to take to task the credit card companies and their fraud protection sleuths that call me to inquire about questionable charges. I’m all for tightening the reins on credit card fraud but the phrase “fraud protection” is basically a misnomer and the people who man the phones are the people who have failed to sell me an extended auto warranty by phone for a car I sold three years ago. So now they’re manning the phones in the “fraud” department for one of the megalithic banking institutions that gave us the chip technology that seems about as useful as locking your bike with a twist tie.
My first issue with the “fraud” department is that they spend more time trying to get me to prove I’m me than they do with the fraudulent charges. I’m giving my last four of social, my billing zip code, the maiden name of my grandmother’s aunt in Wales and I’m waiting for them to make me run down to the police station to have my cheek swabbed for DNA. Only after I’ve proven I’m the good guy in this equation will they discuss the charges. Secondly, they really need to examine their policies because they’re calling me to verify a $4 charge for milk a block from my house, while a $1300 charge at a reindeer ranch in Finland sails right through without raising a red flag? I can’t even find my passport and somehow Citi thinks I’m off buying new livestock. What…for my sleigh? They’ll call me if my wife uses her card at her office in Utah because apparently they know we’re not Morman so why would we be in Utah but somebody in Florida can spend $300 at a marijuana clinic in Tampa and they don’t bat an eye.
What I really want is a credit card with a credit limit of about $3. I would leave that out everywhere in the hopes it would be stolen. Then when the thief tried to use it to buy a root beer and a bag of chips, it would be declined and he’d look like a fool.
Over the years things have improved though with ATMs wanting your blood type, chip technology, which is at least impervious to anyone without a cell phone, fraud protection that forces you to remember the name of your first pet and thumbprints that look like a Rorschach drawing so maybe we’re moving forward. About 35 years ago before ATMs we had a checkbook stolen and someone walked into our bank, whose name I won’t mention but their initials are B of A and they cashed a check written in crayon and signed by someone who couldn’t even spell my name but apparently the bank teller had been sick on “fraud prevention training day.”
By the way, if anyone is considering identity theft I’d encourage you to take mine because being me is getting old.

It’s not really that different in business. IMC has a lineup in excess of 2000 promotional products that will help you serve your client and we are adding more for 2017 with 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. The 2016 IMC catalog is available by request from the IMC website and is posted on the online services while we work on the 2017 catalog. We’ll continue to treat our clients professionally and get your orders to you…on time and on budget. You can also get on the distribution list for our 2017 catalog using the catalog page of our website. In addition, IMC just introduced 97 new items at the SAAC show in California and they are live in the  What's New?section of our website. You may also go to our Tools section of the website and download the 2016.5 flyer. 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 2016 IMC catalog is also live and available virtually at Zoomcatalog.com if you’re tired of fighting paper catalogs. 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. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 48 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. We invite you to browse any of our 2,300+ products on the IMC website to see items suitable for any occasion or event and pieces you can use to personalize your relationship with your clients. 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 think? Let us know with a comment here or on Facebook or TwitterIMC wants to know…are you you?

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Relax, It’s Not the Apocalypse.

Donn James

Donn James

While I’m doing my best to not talk politics, this particular jaunt down constitution lane is increasingly onerous so I am doing the same thing everyone else is doing and that is unfriending everyone on Facebook who disagrees with me…and that seems fair. While I won’t talk politics, I can talk about the process now that the debates are over. I just realized I watched every minute of all four debates but I can’t figure out if that makes me the world’s greatest American…or a damned idiot. What I do know is that, at 90 minutes a crack, it’s 360 minutes of my life I’ll never get back.
It’s not important on which side of the fence I rest my cheeks or that I did hear some rhetoric I liked more from one side or the other, I’m still waiting to hear a coherent, cogent plan that doesn’t make me want to burn my wallet in protest. Both sides are talking about numbers in the trillions that no sane person can comprehend and the only thing that is abundantly clear is that they can’t comprehend them either. I am just so tired of one guy who used education and medical deferments to not join the military tell me what they’re doing wrong while some lady who hasn’t walked into a grocery store in 30 years tells me I have to have a budget as if an increase in the price of Lunchables affects her. In fact, the only thing I have in common with the government is that every month I use the money I’ve saved to pay a bill to pay a bill from someone else.
I think we’ve all learned our two candidates for the Lotto prize don’t care for each other very much but their bickering and sniping is, at best unseemly and at worst, embarrassing. It’s like watching an episode of Bewitched when Agnes Morehead would badmouth either of the two Darrens. I kept waiting for Hillary to throw a martini at the Donald. Wait, I just thought of a better example. There was an episode of the Andy Griffith Show where Aunt Bea and Andy were arguing because Opie wanted to know how babies were made and Aunt Bea thought it was time and Andy wasn’t ready to give the ‘birds and bees’ talk. Opie had seen a couple of dogs and Opie thought one of them was just giving the other one a piggyback ride, so Aunt Bea thought it was about time to set Opie straight while Andy was willing to let the piggyback story run for a while. Aunt Bea finally talked Andy into it and then she went inside to bake a pie. If you just changed a word here and there, you’d have our two candidates arguing about Roe v Wade. Of course, that would make the rest of America….Opie. What makes it an even better example is that if you think either of our two vice presidential candidates are not Barney Fife, you probably still think evolution is a government conspiracy. And to show that I support the 2nd Amendment, I would let those two buy as many guns as they wanted…I just wouldn’t let them buy any bullets. If any of you are too young to understand the dated TV references, think Mike & Molly but without the beautiful people.
So, we’re at 19 days and counting and I encourage you to exercise your right and vote for one of these two…Andy or Aunt Bea. And you need to vote for one of the two although you may see other names on your ballet. But the others like Gary Johnson or Jill Stein are like the supporting cast on The Simpsons…amusing but not to be taken seriously.

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