OK everybody, don’t get excited. I know you’re used to seeing this on Friday but it’s only Thursday so don’t get hammered at lunch today thinking you can sleep it off tomorrow because tomorrow will only be Friday and, unlike me, you have things to do. I will be away for a long weekend vacation visiting the restaurants and tourist traps I think are the least likely to steal my credit card information so the waiter can gas up his car and get a 6-pack of Bud and a bag of Cheetos at their local 7-11. And it’s always something like that isn’t it? You never find your identity stolen and see that somebody used your credit card to make a tuition payment at Harvard. That would almost be refreshing but it’s always somebody buying a Slurpee and maybe some beef jerky or using my card to buy diapers and Jack Daniels on their way to parenting class. I guess I’d just like to see a classier brand of thief. This is America, dammit! Just once it might be nice to see the bad guy charge something from Barnes and Noble like The Art of the Deal so I know they’re trying to better themselves. And if you need beef I would rather see a charge from Ruth’s Chris Steak House than see you bought a dozen Slim Jim’s from your local Quickstop. After living through several generations of thieves, quite frankly, I’m a little disappointed.
On another subject, while I’m away tomorrow I will be missing quite an event here at the office as they have a baby shower scheduled and this is the biggest news since they upgraded the toilet paper in the bathrooms. I’m probably a little more excited about the toilet paper but I’m sure the shower will be almost as much fun. I didn’t even know people were still having babies. Now, at my age, I attend more funerals than showers so it would be a welcome event but I’ll gladly miss it so I don’t have to attend it. I know what you’re thinking…this young lady chose our busiest, deadline-driven time to leave and give birth. And while I have remained mum on the subject, there are many who believe she planned it this way. The rest of us will be pregnant belly-deep in next year’s catalog and website and she’ll be hovering over something that’s trying to learn how to hold its head up. We’ll be looking at new spreadsheets and she’ll be cooing at the baby and trying to say, “You can grow up and be president” without laughing. Now, being the man I am, I have taken the high ground and wish her well and I’m happy to announce that she is having a little girl because…well, we certainly don’t have enough of those.
So, I hope everyone in the office has a wonderful time at the shower and all I know is…if I see a charge on my credit card for diaper wipes and Pampers…I’ll know where to look.
It’s not really that different in business. IMC has in excess of 2000 promotional products that will help you serve your client and, for 2016.5, we have new products from our collections and our 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. 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 thesection 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 Twitter. IMC wants to know…are you going to buy snacks with it?