Fersten Worldwide (FW) is excited to announce the promotion of Jonathan Epstein to Director of Sales. Jonathan will be responsible for all internal and external sales staff for FW/ FILA across North America.
“His vast experience and knowledge within the company as well as his years of building outside relationships and success stories with our valued distributors made this a natural fit for our growing team. We are excited to have Jonathan lead our strong and dynamic sales force in the marketplace.” says Mitchell Fersten, President of FW/FILA.
Jonathan Epstein has been with Fersten Worldwide since 2005 where he started as a Senior Account Executive building sales through solutions and relationships with dedicated customers. In 2009, he was promoted to Customer Service Manager and soon after took on the role of Sales Manager.
“I am very excited to take on this new challenge and will work hard with our sales and service teams to continue our goal of providing the Ultimate Customer Experience. We have such a young, creative, knowledgeable and enthusiastic team and believe that we are now built to bring our ideas and vision to the forefront of the industry. FW is a team and culture that is a pleasure to work with and an honor to be part of,” says Jonathan Epstein.
Gildan Activewear Announces Record Results for Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year Results
Gildan Activewear Inc. (GIL; TSX and NYSE) announced results for its fourth fiscal quarter and full fiscal year ended September 29, 2013.
Fourth Quarter Results
Net earnings were $96.8 million for the fourth fiscal quarter ended September 29, 2013, compared with net earnings of $89.0 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012.
Net earnings for the fourth quarter of 2013 included a $4.7 million after-tax charge for the cost of unwinding interest rate swaps, which was discussed in previous quarterly press releases, and $0.5 million after-tax restructuring and acquisition-related costs.
Before reflecting these items in both years, adjusted net earnings for the fourth quarter of 2013 were $102.0 million, up 7.5 per cent compared to adjusted net earnings of $94.9 million in the fourth quarter of the previous year.
The growth in earnings and EPS in the fourth quarter compared to last year was due to strong growth in sales revenues in both the Company’s operating segments and lower cotton costs, partially offset by higher selling, general and administrative expenses and higher income taxes. Adjusted net earnings before income taxes in the quarter increased by 12.2 per cent compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.
Net sales in the fourth quarter amounted to $626.2 million, up 11.5 per cent from $561.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Net sales for the Printwear segment amounted to $423.9 million, up 12.5 per cent the fourth quarter of 2012.
Net sales for Branded Apparel were $202.2 million, up 9.4 per cent from the fourth quarter of last year.
Full Year Results
Net sales revenues for 2013 amounted to $2,184.3 million, up 12.1 per cent from fiscal 2012. The increase in net sales was due to the acquisition of Anvil, organic growth in Printwear unit sales volumes, and growth in sales of Gildan® branded activewear and underwear to retail customers. These factors were partially offset by lower net selling prices for Printwear.
Net earnings for 2013 were $320.2million compared to U.S. $148.5 from 2012.
Ash City Appoints Bobby Ramjist as Dedicated Sales Representative for Ottawa and Eastern Ontario
Ash City is pleased to announce that Bobby Ramjist has accepted the position of Dedicated Sales Representative, covering the Ottawa and Eastern Ontario Territory.
Effective today, Bobby is moving from his current position as Ash City’s Inside Sales Supervisor to Dedicated Sales Representative, and will be responsible for building solid relationships with distributors, supporting and growing sales, and acting as the point of contact for customers in these areas.
With over 12 years in the promotional and apparel industry, Bobby has held numerous roles including Sales & Marketing Associate, Accounts Manager and Team Leader. Joining Ash City in 2010, Bobby quickly advanced in the organization from Inside Sales Representative to Inside Sales Supervisor, responsible for leading and providing guidance to the Inside Sales Team, designing specific customer call campaigns and achieving sales targets for the team’s list of accounts.
“Given Bobby’s wealth of experience in the industry and solid relationships with our valued customers, we are thrilled to have him take on this role,” said Craig Ryan, Vice President of Canadian Sales, Ash City. “Bobby not only brings strong expertise with regards to Ash City product and systems, but we have no doubt that he can provide an outstanding level of service and support needed to excel in this position.”
“I am delighted to be provided with this sales opportunity and look forward to delivering the exceptional service our distributor partners have come to expect at Ash City,” said Bobby Ramjist. “This customer-facing role is undeniably a great step up in my career, and serves as a challenge I am prepared to tackle with refinement and excellence.”
WESTERN IMPRINT CANADA SHOW CELEBRATES MILESTONE
The Western Imprint Canada Show returned to Calgary for its 15th annual event, October 18 & 19 in Calgary, and 1,136 buyers were on hand to mark the occasion and see the great new products from nearly 100 leading exhibitors.
On display were the newest introductions in imprintable apparel, ad specialty products, equipment and accessories for embroidery, digital printing, screen printing, engraving and more.
Congratulations to Olga De La Vega of Visual Communications Professionals (VCPROS), based in Edmonton, Alberta, grand prize winner of the Show's Spirit of Alberta Design Competition, for her entry titled Calgary United.
As Mrs. De La Vega explained, "This design represents the union of the community during this summer's floods that affected so many people in Calgary and surrounding areas. The people -- represented by figures with different shades of colours and shapes represent the different cultures and backgrounds Calgary is made of, all of them united by one cause. Inside of them, the river and the rocky mountains: one representing the floods and the other representing the beautiful icon of Calgary.
"And last but not least, the rising of the sun... meaning hope of a newer and stronger Calgary."
The design was printed on T-shirts sold at the Show, and all proceeds and unsold shirts were donated to the Canadian Red Cross (Alberta Floods Fund).
This competition was presented by RB Digital, Fruit of the Loom Canada, North American Logistics Services and Imprint Canada.
The next Imprint Canada Show takes place in Toronto January 10 & 11, 2014.
For more information, call (905) 856-2600 or e-mail email@example.com.
Technosport Canada Bringing Oakley to Canadian Market
Techosport Canada is excited to announce the arrival of Oakley to the 2014 Canadian Market.
Technosport is focused on offering and distributing top branded products. Oakley will continue to add brand value options for polos, headwear, accessories and lifestyle apparel options to its exciting lineup.
Ash City Partners with Longmargin.com to Deliver Easy Access of Clearance Inventory
Ash City is excited to announce its partnership with Longmargin.com, Canada's industry changing site that allows promotional product and apparel distributors to instantly order clearance inventory from major suppliers in the Canadian market. As of today, Ash City's close-out sales and clearance styles are easily available to customers from the online product hub.
"We are thrilled to engage in this opportunity, as it is a great online sales vehicle to facilitate close-out sales", said Craig Ryan, Vice President of Canadian Sales, Ash City. "This is yet another solution we are adding to our distinct customer service platform that allows our customers to instantly access Ash City specials and deals, at just a click away."
To view the Ash City product line on Longmargin.com, please visit this direct link here.
Fall PICS Tour Sees Over 200 Buyers
The fall 2013 Toronto Promotional Idea & Concept Show (PICS) welcomed 218 enthusiastic attendees during its three-day, three Ontario city tour, October 8, 9 & 10 in Mississauga, Concord and Toronto East, respectively.
Hosted by Modern Flare Sales, PICS' exhibitors saw a great mix of returning and new buyers, with nearly 36 per cent attending the Concord event.
Plans are already underway for the 2014 tour. For information, contact Modern Flare Sales at (905) 760-9333.
Gildan Activewear Included in Dow Jones Sustainability World Index; Announces Plans for Major Investment in New U.S. Vertical Yarn-Spinning Facilities
Gildan Activewear (TSX:GIL)(NYSE:GIL) announced that it is one of only two North American companies to be included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) in the Textiles, Apparel and Luxury Goods sector.
The DJSI tracks the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide. These indices serve as benchmarks for investors who integrate sustainability considerations into their investment philosophy. The annual DJSI review is based on a thorough analysis of corporate economic, environmental and social performance carried out by RobecoSAM, an investment specialist focused exclusively on sustainability investing. The analysis covers issues such as supply chain standards and labour practices, environmental policy/management systems, corporate governance and risk management.
"We are proud to be recognized for our commitment to sustainability by our inclusion in this prestigious global index," commented Glenn Chamandy, President and Chief Executive Officer. "All of our stakeholders can continue to have confidence that our vertical manufacturing and supply chain business model allow us to ensure that the Gildan family of branded products are manufactured in safe and responsible working conditions, which is now further reinforced by our inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index."
Planned Major Investment
The company also announced that it is evaluating potential sites in the Southern U.S. for the construction of two additional yarn-spinning facilities, to support its projected sales growth and further reinforce its position as a global low-cost manufacturer.
The facilities will be built with the most modern product technology, which will continue to differentiate the product quality of Gildan® branded products.
Gildan currently expects to invest in excess of U.S. $200 million during fiscal 2014 and 2015 for the construction and ramp up of these new facilities. This investment will be made in addition to the investments announced on November 29, 2012 for a new ring-spun yarn manufacturing facility in Salisbury, N.C., and the refurbishment and modernization of the Company’s open-end facilities in Clarkton, N.C. and Cedartown, GA.
The Company’s total investment in U.S. yarn-spinning facilities, including the two new facilities, is expected to create over 700 jobs and further solidify the important domestic U.S. component of its vertically-integrated manufacturing.
Canada Sportswear Launches CSW Rewards Program
Canada Sportswear announces the launch of their CSW Rewards program, commencing September 1st, 2013.
This program was designed to celebrate the start of our 60th anniversary. Canada Sportswear has been a proud supplier of quality wearables since 1954.
This program is to thank our valued customers for their support over the years. Visit www.canadasportswear.com for regular updates and other exciting initiatives.
Please ask your sales rep. or call Canada Sportswear's customer service department for further details.
Redwood Classics Goes Hollywood North at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival
Redwood Classics Apparel was hosted by DPA and AMC in the ultra-elite Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Gifting Lounge slinging its Made In Canada AMC/TIFF branded tee shirts to some of TIFF’s
headlining stars and their entourages, including media, agents and publicists.
"We’re thrilled that DPA and AMC have selected us to represent Canada’s garment manufacturing industry in such an exclusive, high-profile forum,” said Kathy Cheng, President of Redwood Classics. “It’s important to us to show the world the difference between mass offshore production and custom, handmade quality. We’re excited to send Gift Lounge attendees home with
something that’s 100% made in Canada.”
"“Our reputation in the market is for our select offerings. ‘Made in Canada’ was very important to DPA, and this is why Redwood Classics was chosen to create an AMC/TIFF branded tee shirts for the guests.”
Trotec Canada Acquires Engraver's Express
Trotec Canada a division of Trodat Marking Canada is pleased to announce that it has acquired the business of Engraver’s Express Inc, Grav-Tech Canada Inc. and Stenlagraph Inc.
"Engravers Express has built up an excellent reputation over the last 26 years and have positioned themselves as a leading supplier of engraving laminates, engraving supplies, rotary and laser machines. The acquisition of the Engraver’s Express group of companies is a tremendous acquisition for Trotec Canada, enabling us to further strengthen our position in the Canadian market. Building on the success of Engraver’s Express and combining their business with the brand leading Trotec lasers will enable us to offer a comprehensive and extended range of products for the benefit of all our customers,” said Deborah Smith, President of Trodat Marking Canada and Trotec Canada.
Smith added, ”We are also very pleased to bring to Trotec Canada, the experience of all the Engraver’s Express employees. Coupled with Trotec Canada’s existing sales, marketing and technical expertise, we will have an extremely talented, capable, professional and committed team”.
Ash City Unveils Dynamic 2014 Collection
Ash City is pleased to announce the release of its 2014 collection. With over 100 new styles, the new collection encompasses the latest design elements with innovative performance and technology.
"The new 2014 collection by Ash City effectively covers multiple price points to meet specific industry markets, while accommodating different industry needs," said Elson Yeung, Product Line Manager, Ash City. "The executive and on-trend looks are achieved by our retail-inspired North End® Sport and North End Sport® Blue lines, while North End® and Extreme® focus on elevating the day-to-day look with functional elements and practicality. The new catalog is dedicated in featuring solutions for all the industry uses and the layering concept, from the base to outerwear, to provide customers with a variety of options that are both design-driven and comfortable."
The 2014 Ash City styles are also accompanied by the latest developments in technology: UTK warm.logik™ with Heat Reflect Technology, Quick Dry performance and Snag Protection Plus+. Through research using unique lab testing methods, UTK warm.logik™ with Heat Reflect Technology provides a higher level of thermal comfort and warmth without the bulk, for increased ease of movement. Quick Dry performance takes moisture wicking to the next level, by pulling moisture at an accelerated rate away from the body up to the surface, making it easier and faster to dry, while Snag Protection Plus + offers greater protection against snags, by utilizing heavier fabrics that are sturdier and provide a more structured drape.
To download the latest Ash City catalog, please visit: http://www.ashcity.com/marketing-tools/interactive-e-catalog. The launch video, featuring various stop motions of the new collection, can also be found here: http://media.ashcity.com/download/fall2014assembly/Fall2014Assembly.mp4.
To download the latest Ash City catalog, please visit Ash City's website. The launch video, featuring various stop motions of the new collection, can also be found here.
Redwood Classics Apparel is happy to welcome Simpson Agencies |BrandShakers to its growing team of sales representatives throughout Ontario. Thanks to the agreement, all of the province’s geographical areas will now have Redwood Classics' representation.
A multi-line agency in the promotional and Incentive marketplace, Simpson Agencies | BrandShakers has represented premium and established brands in the business. For more than a decade, this savvy team has worked with suppliers like Adidas group, Gemline, Faro, Victorinox Swiss Army, Sundog Eyewear and Chocolate Chocolate.
"We are so excited about this partnership,” says Kathy Cheng, Directory of Sales and Marketing at Redwood Classics. “Simpson Agencies | BrandShakers is the best of the best; we’re confident in their ability to grow our brand and develop lasting relationships in this region.”
The showroom, located at 5205 Harvester Road, Unit 3B, Burlington ON L7L 6B5, will include samples and a lending library.
Gildan Activewear Announces Record Results for a Fiscal Quarter
Gildan Activewear Inc. (GIL; TSX and NYSE) announced its results for its third fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2013. Earnings were a record for a fiscal quarter, and were at the top end of the guidance range which the Company had most recently updated on May 2, 2013. The Company also further narrowed its earnings guidance for the full fiscal year, and reconfirmed its full year guidance for net sales revenues.
Third Quarter Results
Net earnings were $115.8 million (all figures U.S.) or $0.94 per share on a diluted basis for the quarter , compared with net earnings of $78.6 million or $0.64 per share for the third quarter last year.
The growth in the company’s net earnings compared to the third quarter of last year was due to lower cotton costs, higher unit sales volumes in both operating segments, more favourable branded product-mix in Branded Apparel, increased supply chain and manufacturing efficiencies and lower financial expenses, partially offset by lower net selling prices for Printwear, increased selling, general and administrative expenses and higher income taxes.
Net sales in the third quarter amounted to $614.3 million, up 2.3% from $600.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2012.
Net sales for the Printwear segment amounted to $433.0 million, down 3.6% from the same period last year. In spite of capacity constraints, unit sales volumes increased by 4.1%.
Net sales for Branded Apparel were $181.4 million, up 20.1% from the third quarter of last year. The growth in sales for the Branded Apparel segment was due to the impact of new Gildan® branded underwear and activewear programs for retail customers, increased sales to global athletic and lifestyle brands, and slightly higher sock sales compared to the third quarter of last year.
Year-To-Date Sales and Earnings
Net sales revenues for the first nine months of fiscal 2013 amounted to $1,558.1million, up 12.4% from fiscal 2012. The increase in net sales versus fiscal 2012 was due to the acquisition of Anvil, organic growth in Printwear unit sales volumes, and growth in sales of Gildan® branded activewear and underwear to retail customers. These factors were partially offset by lower net selling prices for Printwear and lower sales of socks.
Net earnings in the first nine months of fiscal 2013 were $223.4 million or U.S. $1.82 per share on a diluted basis, compared to $59.4 million or U.S. $0.49 per share in the first nine months of fiscal 2012.
American Apparel Acquires New York Boutique Retailer
American Apparel Inc. will acquire prestigious New York boutique retailer Oak, according to media reports.
Terms of American Apparel’s deal with Oak were not disclosed, but Dov Charney said that the sum paid was not big enough to warrant reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Oak’s co-founders Louis Terline and Jeff Madalena will reportedly continue to helm Oak and consult American Apparel. American Apparel could help Oak with retail technology, such as RFID, of which the basics company has been one of the most enthusiastic adopters.
Ash City Appoints New Dedicated Sales Representative
Ash City is proud to announce the appointment of Brent Neal as Dedicated Sales Representative for the Southern Alberta and South Eastern BC territory. Brent's role will be responsible for building solid relationships with distributors, supporting and growing sales, and acting as the point of contact for customers in these areas.
Brent comes to Ash City with solid apparel industry experience in Sales, where he most recently worked as a Sales Executive at Fashion Biz in Alberta. He has also excelled in other sales roles at both Accolade Reaction Promotion Group and Grand & Toy.
"Brent definitely compliments our Dedicated Sales Team at Ash City, and we are delighted to have him on board," said Craig Ryan, VP of Canadian Sales, Ash City. "His unique experience within the industry, from both a sales and distributor perspective, adds great value to our company and customers."
"I am absolutely thrilled to take the next step in my career with an industry leader," said Brent Neal. "Ash City truly understands the meaning of delivering exceptional customer service, and by partnering with their key customers, I am looking forward to generating more growth and success for an already outstanding company."
Fashon Biz Hosts Open House
Fashion Biz held an Open House July 3rd & 4th, welcoming distributors to see their new GTA Showroom and Samples Loaner Library in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
The event also allowed distributors to learn more about the Fashion Biz "Unique Partnership Propositions" program.
“With our excellent growth within the last year in Ontario, we at Fashion Biz felt the natural next step was to invest in this Biz Collection Samples and Loaner Library for our valued Distributors," said George Cooper, national sales manager.
This facility is the eighth of its kind, with other locations in British Columbia, Australia and New Zealand. Fashion Biz welcomes all distributors to visit during their weekday hours.
The Showroom is located at Unit 2 - 15 Sims Crescent, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4B 1A3. For more information, call: (905) 597-0480.
(Pictured from left to right: Chad Maybury, Gabriela Montenegro, George Cooper)
MAGNUS BBQ RAISES ALMOST $3,000 FOR CAMP OOCH
Magnus Pens held its second annual Extreme BBQ June 26th, welcoming more than 150 promotional products buyers who attended to visit 28 leading suppliers while raising money and awareness for a tremendous cause at the same time.
Nearly $3,000 was raised for Camp Oochigeas, which provides an active, outdoor experience for children with cancer, through their year-round programs for children at their site in Muskoka, at SickKids Hospital, at the Ooch Downtown facility in Toronto, as well as in the local community.
From delicious breakfast and lunch to even an ice cream truck, Cheryl Daurie and the entire Magnus team -- along with others who helped coordinate the event -- put on a great, fun-filled day for all.
Congratulations to Beverly Way of the Promotional Way won $500 in the event's passport contest.
Redwood Classics Announces RW x YYC in Support of Alberta
Redwood Classics Apparel has pledged its commitment to supporting all those affected by the recent flooding in Southern Alberta.
The program, dubbed RW x YYC, is reaching out to current and potential clients to join its Apparel Army by placing an order in the month of July. "Our mandate has always been to give back to the country that has given us so much,"
says Kathy Cheng, Director of Sales & Marketing for Redwood Classics. "That's why we're standing by our friends in Southern Alberta in hopes that we can make even the slightest difference in what has become a tragedy of epic proportions."
From July 1 to July 31, 2013, the company will be donating a portion of proceeds from sales of its notable fleece collection to the Red Cross Alberta Flood Relief Effort.
Imprint Canada Spearheads Industry Donations for Alberta Flood Relief
As floodwater swamps Calgary and other parts of Alberta, Imprint Canada invites our fellow industry members to join us in supporting the Canadian Red Cross by donating to help the tens of thousands of people affected by this tragedy.
An estimated 75,000 residents in 25 neighbourhoods along the rivers had been ordered out of their homes and, early Friday afternoon, that order was extended to the entire downtown. With evacuations from surrounding communities added in, the total number reached 100,000.
Gildan Activewear Acquires New Buffalo Shirt Factory
Gildan Activewear Inc. (GIL; TSX, NYSE) has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of New Buffalo Shirt Factory Inc. (New Buffalo) and its operating affiliate in Honduras, for approximately U.S. $7 million. The closing of the transaction is expected to take place imminently.
The rationale for the acquisition of New Buffalo is to complement the further development of Anvil’s business with the major consumer brands which it supplies, and this customer base is expected to fully utilize the capacity of the New Buffalo facilities.
New Buffalo is a leader in screenprinting and apparel decoration, which, in conjunction with Anvil and certain other apparel manufacturers, provides high-quality screenprinting and decoration of apparel for global lifestyle and athletic brands. The key management of New Buffalo, including founding entrepreneur Jon Weiss, will continue to operate the business under Gildan ownership.
Ash City Launches Free User-Friendly Mobile Application
Ash City is excited to announce the latest addition to its distinctive customer service platform: the new Ash City mobile application.
Grand Prize Winner of Ash City’s CORE365™ Contest Announced
Ash City is delighted to announce the grand prize winner of the WIN MORE WITH CORE365™ contest! Congratulations to Trudy McAuley of British Columbia-based Lightning Sportswear Inc. (pictured above with Ash City's Brian Bliss) who is the proud winner of a customizable dream vacation worth $7500.
The WIN MORE WITH CORE365™ contest ran during the month of April with daily giveaways of the CORE365™ CLIMATE jacket (88185/78185) and one grand prize winner of the $7500 vacation. In order to enter the contest, customers either placed an order from the CORE365™ collection during the month of April or registered online.
"Thank you, Ash City, for this wonderful prize! Since I heard this amazing announcement, I cannot stop smiling and have already started looking into some trips that I have on my bucket list,” said McAuley.
Ash City Appoints New Vice President of Canadian Sales and New Communications Manager
Ash City Worldwide is proud to announce two recent additions to their team, with the appointment of Craig Ryan as Vice President of Canadian Sales, and Nadia Santoli as the company's new Communication's Manager.
Ryan's role will be responsible for Canadian Sales and Sales Support, and will oversee both Ash City's Canadian Sales Representatives and Key Account Managers.
Craig joins Ash City with a wealth of experience in Sales, most recently at Easton Sports, where he was the Vice President, Product Marketing and Global Hockey Sales. His experience also includes senior roles at Reebok/CCM and The Hockey Company, within the Apparel and Ad Specialty Apparel sales functions.
"Craig's apparel industry experience and his deeply established Canadian market relationships are a significant asset to our Senior Management team," said Doug Hayes, President and CEO, Ash City. "We are pleased to have him on board, and look forward to achieving the next level of excellence and growth at Ash City."
"I'm thrilled to be a part of the Ash City team – this company has made huge strides in the apparel industry, and I look forward to generating even more success for this already outstanding corporation," said Craig Ryan. "Solidifying expansion and reaching additional key target markets will be my priority in the next coming months."
New Communications Manager
Nadia Santoli's role as the company's new Communications Manager will be responsible for public relations, media management, copywriting and internal communications.
With over nine years of PR and communications experience, Nadia most recently held the District Public Relations Manager role at Robert Half International, and successfully elevated its brand presence in the Canadian market. She has also held roles within the technology and education industries, as a PR representative at AMD and a Communications Coordinator at FrontRow, respectively. As a marketing graduate from the Schulich School of Business, Nadia brings solid education, PR expertise and creativity to this position.
“Nadia’s unique experience and enthusiasm will complement our Marketing Team tremendously, and we’re looking forward to leveraging her skills, as we continue to tell the Ash City story,” said Laura Turner, VP of Marketing, Ash City.
BrandAlliance Welcomes Marc Roy as CEO
BrandAlliance™ is pleased to announce the appointment of Marc Roy as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors, effective May 27th, 2013.
Marc Roy brings 20+ years of industry experience to BrandAlliance, having previously served as CEO of Accolade Reaction from January 1999 to February 2010.
“We are thrilled to have Marc play a significant role in our long-term strategic plan of accelerating growth in North
America, as well as globally” explains Nick Thompson, Chairman of the Board. "Marc’s extensive experience in the
promotional products industry and track record in delivering results, while leading transitioning companies, made him the
ideal addition to our executive team. He is also a motivational leader who will continue to inspire and support our award
winning culture” says Nick Thompson.
“I am elated to be joining such a dynamic group of talented and creative people. BrandAlliance’s collaborative culture has
always attracted me and was a key factor in my decision to come on board” explains Marc Roy. “I’ve seen firsthand what
can be achieved when you combine a strong team immersed in an extraordinary culture. I look forward to nurturing the
collaborative nature, creativity, energy, as well as excitement, that is the foundation and strength of this organization
while assisting in the development of strategic initiatives to catapult us to new heights in the industry. The executive
team and I share a common vision not only for the company but the entire industry, making this move a perfect fit.”
Gildan’s balancing act in Bangladesh
In light of the recent factory collapse in Bangladesh, the Globe and Mail reports how Gildan Activewear drew the line on cost-cutting when it acquired a factory three years ago in Savar.
American Apparel Announces Comparable Sales for March 2013 up 8%
April 2013 - American Apparel Inc. announced preliminary sales for the month ended March 31, 2013, and reported that comparable sales increased 8%, including a 5% increase in comparable store sales for its retail store channel and a 26% increase in net sales for its online channel.
Wholesale net sales decreased 7% for the month of March primarily due to one less shipping day in March 2013 than in March 2012.
On a preliminary basis, total net sales for March 2013 were $50.3 million, an increase of 2% over the prior year period. For the quarter-ended March 31, 2013, total net sales increased 5% to $138.8 million, with an 8% increase in comparable store sales and a 2% increase in wholesale net sales.
"March represents our 22nd consecutive month of positive comparable store growth," said Dov Charney, Chairman and Chief Executive of American Apparel, Inc. "I'm excited by our sales results as well as our prospects for the second, third and fourth quarters of this year. Customer demand and our product assortment are strong as we continue to enhance the customer experience in our retail and online channels."
ESP Acquires Promobilia
April 2013 - ESP Canada has announced the acquisition of Promobilia.
“The fit and culture between the two companies will make for a very positive experience for our valued customers going forward. I was impressed with the professionalism and product knowledge the Promobilia staff has acquired," said Merrick Falkenstein, president of ESP.
"I was looking to exit the business so I could focus on some other business interests I have," said Paul Kan Lum, owner of Promobilia. "I wanted to ensure there was a proper fit and future going forward. We have built an amazing team and I am so proud of their accomplishments. We approached ESP as I was impressed with their operations. We share the same culture and philosophy of building a solid team, being honourable, with first class professional customer service. ESP fits all I was looking for.”
Promobilia’s offices in British Columbia will remain operational with key employees and all corporate contact information being retained.
Spector & Co. Hires COO/CFO
April 2013 - Spector & Co. has appointed Hillel Frankel as the company's new Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer.
Frankel's aim is to bring an enhanced focus on all operational and financial aspects of the business. Frankel was president of Madacy Entertainment for 10 years, and more recently provided legal counsel as a member Stikeman Elliot national law firm.
Hillel Frankel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ash City Announces New Dedicated Sales Representative Position
Toronto, ON, February 2013 - Ash City is very pleased to announce that Spencer Linwood has taken on the newly created position of Dedicated Sales Representative for the Golden Horseshoe and South Central Ontario territory.
After two effective years leading Ash City's Canadian sales force as National Sales Manager, Spencer has chosen to embrace his passion for selling and “get back on the road” fulltime. He looks forward to providing a focused service approach to the valued customers in his home territory of South Western Ontario – essentially, making a return to his roots.
With 20 plus years of experience, working as a mentor and “Coach” to both his co-workers and customers, Spencer is the ideal candidate to spearhead this new Dedicated Sales Representative position for Ash City.
The combination of Spencer and Mike Bernard completes the dedicated sales approach for the company in South Western Ontario. Together, they will work to ensure that a new standard for sales and customer service will be achieved for Ash City’s customers within their respective territories.
Gildan's Super Bowl Ad Runs During the Big Game
New CORE365™ Line Spearheads Exciting New Spring Collection From Ash City
Toronto, ON, February 2013 - Ash City launched their exciting new CORE365™ line as part of their dynamic Spring 2013 Collection which is made up of 39 new styles. The new CORE365™ line places a strategic focus on functional styling and performance, which makes it well suited for uniforms, team wear, the hospitality industry, golf and fundraising activities.
The CORE365™ line is comprised of five innovative styles: a performance pique polo (ORIGIN); a performance crew neck (PACE); an unlined lightweight jacket (MOTIVATE); a 2-layer fleece bonded soft shell jacket (CRUISE); a seam-sealed lightweight variegated ripstop jacket (CLIMATE).
“This product line has all the quality you expect from Ash City, and is extremely affordable” said Mabel Kwok, Director Design and Merchandising. “CORE365™ has great appeal from its amazing range of matchable colorways, to the uncompromised functions and style details."
Ash City’s 2013 Spring Collection also includes two polos - SYMMETRY and REFRESH - which are an extension of the UTK cool·logik™ Technology™. These polos deliver the same cooling benefits as Ash City’s proprietary cool·logik™ fabric technology, but with the added advantage of odor control. By utilizing yarns with embedded micron particles from recycled coffee grounds in the fabric, Ash City has utilized the natural odor-controlling properties of coffee while finding another great way to reuse natural resources.
Another part of Ash City’s Spring Collection is the unique introduction of NORTH END SPORT® BLUE, a line where outdoor performance meets urban sophistication. Ash City has fused downtown style with uncompromising functionality, creating a new line that is perfect for the modern lifestyle, corporate office or style-conscious customer. “NORTH END SPORT® BLUE is an edgy, retail inspired collection”, said Elson Yeung, Product Line Manager, Design. “It was an exciting line to design because we were able to incorporate some unique fabrics as well as introduce a sophisticated on-trend look and feel to the industry”. From UPTOWN’s suiting inspired soft shell fabric to BOARDWALK’S wrinkle free multi-color stripe; you won’t miss a step with this city inspired collection.
Fersten Worldwide Hires Industry Leading Sales Team
January 2013 - Fersten Worldwide (FW) an industry leading supplier for decorated corporate promotional apparel, outerwear and headwear, as well as the exclusive licensee for FILA Golf in North America, proudly announces the addition of TC Sports Marketing to our elite sales force.
Chuck Loreto, Mark Cavallin, Todd King, Nicole Coulton and Josee Quann make up this extraordinary team of industry veterans with over 10 years of sales experience in the field of promotional products. TC Sports Marketing will represent the complete line of FW and FILA Golf products in Eastern Ontario, Barrie and Northern Ontario regions.
TC Sports Marketing has represented major suppliers in both hard and soft goods. They have significant experience in sales and marketing within the promotional industry and are committed to offering exceptional service and customer relations.
“FW continues to grow aggressively and we are excited to have the team at TC Sports Marketing join the FW/FILA team as the new representatives in Eastern & Northern Ontario, as well as Barrie” says Jonathan Epstein, Sales Manager at FW. “I am confident that their sales expertise, industry knowledge and customer relationships will significantly strengthen the FW and FILA presence in the territory.”
TC Sports Marketing Inc. can be reached at (613) 728-2495, or Toll-Free at (888) 808-0985
Redwood Classics Apparel Announces Patrice Dulac as New Sales Representative for Quebec
January 2013 - Redwood Classics Apparel is proud to announce the appointment of Patrice Dulac as its new Quebec sales rep.
Dulac is a bilingual sales representative with extensive knowledge of the Quebec region. His career as a proactive and outside-the-box salesperson has spanned upwards of two decades. He brings to Redwood Classics a wide range of experience from his past & current work with companies like CCM, Fashion Biz (CAN) Ltd. and Kanata Blanket Co.
"Our salespeople are on the frontlines of the promotional industry every day and their knowledge of their respective territories is key,” says Kathy Cheng, Directory of Sales & Marketing. “I am confident that Patrice’s experience, as well as his commitment to relationship building and increasing sales, will add significant value to our company.”
Adds Dulac: "I look forward to developing strong relationships with the distributors of the promotional industry, ultimately maximizing Redwood Classics’ market visibility and, ultimately, its sales performance."
Delta Apparel Set To Launch Canadian Distribution Centre in Early February
January 2013 - Delta Apparel is proud to announce its first global apparel expansion outside of the U.S. with the opening of its new Canadian distribution centre in the first week of February.
"We are very excited about being in Canada," said Todd Scarborough, President of Sales, Marketing, Merchandising for Delta Apparel.
Delta Apparel is a well-established apparel manufacturing and distribution company that has been in business since 1903. The company produces and distributes all of its own product, which includes of wide array of T-shirts in a variety of styles and fabric compositions.
"We've been working over the past 12 months to get our distribution centre ready and our inventory positions aligned, and we are very excited to have Terry Nojd - who is a long time veteran of the Canadian industry - head up our national sales in Canada," said Scarborough.
The new distribution centre is located at: 105 Iron Street, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9W 5L9
All customer service operations will be hosted in Delta Apparel's main service centre in Atlanta, Georgia.
"When Canadian customers need assistance, they can call our toll-free number and speak with our experienced customer service agents who are expertly trained on our entire product offering," added Scarborough.
King Athletics Announces New Director of Business Development
January 2013 - King Athletics is pleased to announce that Dennis Brockman (pictured above, left) has joined the King Athletics Team as the new Director of Business Development, effective January 1,2013.
Dennis brings over 35 years of experience in the corporate and private label sportswear industry to King Athletics. He brings his long lasting and loyal relationships with his many customers and previous organizations which he was affiliated.
Dennis will be responsible for eastern Canada, while John Coupar (pictured above, right) continues to cover British Columbia.
"I look forward to this new challenge and working with the King Athletics Team to grow our brand. I will also introduce the KA brand into the United States through our newly opened office in Niagara Falls, N.Y." said Dennis.
OVERWHELMING ENTHUSIASM AT TORONTO IMPRINT CANADA SHOW AS NEARLY 3,000 BUYERS GET A JUMP ON THE NEWEST PROMOTIONAL MARKETING PRODUCTS FOR 2013
January 2013 -The 2013 Toronto Imprint Canada Show, held January 11 & 12, was buzzing with a positive energy from attendees and exhibitors alike, which suggests that 2013 is shaping up to be a great year for our industry.
Nearly 3,000 buyers became the first to get a jump on the newest promotional product offerings for 2013, as more than 120 leading industry suppliers featured the hottest new imprintable apparel styles, ad specialty products, equipment and accessories for embroidery, digital printing, screen printing, embossing, engraving and more.
The Imprint Canada Show returns to Toronto January 10 & 11, 2014, but first stops in Calgary on October 18 & 19, 2013.
BREAKING NEWS - CANADIAN EXCLUSIVE TO IMPRINT CANADA
Ash City Worldwide Press Release
Ash City Appoints Doug Hayes President & CEO
Richmond Hill, ON - December 3, 2012 - Ash City Worldwide, North America’s leading promotional apparel supplier, is pleased to announce the appointment of Doug Hayes as the company’s new President & CEO. This role is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s progressive go to market strategy for North America. Founder Garry Hurvitz will continue to lead the innovative product development and supply chain initiatives for which Ash City is renowned.
“Doug Hayes brings a wealth of management experience to Ash City, said Hurvitz. “He has an impeccable track record of performance and excellence, and fostering long lasting relationships with both customers and employees with every organization he has led.” Doug Hayes has served as President of the Americas for Crocs, Inc. since January 2009. In this role, Doug was responsible for all operations for North and South America including Crocs’ wholesale and direct to consumer channels. He joined Crocs in September 2008, successfully rebuilding Crocs’ Canadian wholesale and retail businesses as Vice President/Managing Director for Crocs Canada.
Prior to joining Crocs, Doug spent more than 25 years in the sports industry. He held a position as President of National Sports and Senior Vice President of Forzani Group Ltd, the largest national sporting goods retailer in Canada. He also served as President of Callaway Golf Canada and President of adidas-Salomon Canada Limited, where he successfully integrated adidas/Salomon and Taylor Made Golf in Canada.
“As a Canadian, having worked in the USA for the past four years, I have long admired Ash City and the great business that Garry has built on both sides of the border. I am excited and honored to be given the challenge of taking this organization to the next level”, said Doug Hayes.” In the next few months, there will be exciting developments at Ash City and it is my intention to not only grow and nurture an already tremendous business, but also to bring innovative perspectives and business approaches to Ash City in 2013 and beyond.”
Mr. Hayes’ position as President & CEO begins January 3, 2013. “We are looking forward to having Doug at the helm”, said Garry Hurvitz, “he is the right person to drive our business forward and take advantage of the tremendous growth opportunities heading into 2013. The future looks very bright”.
December 2012 - Kaumagraph International Ltd a Canadian based company, announced today the acquisition of British Kaumagraph Transfers (BKT) of Manchester, UK.
The strategic acquisition strengthens the position of Kaumagraph in Europe and the Middle East while increasing overall capacity to service current and future business.
"Purchasing BKT has provided us with much of the infrastructure and manpower to sustain our growth,” says Ken Dunlop, President & CEO, Kaumagraph International Ltd. “We can now turn our attention toward expansion in developing markets.”
A leader in specialty heat transfer technology for textiles, Kaumagraph has experienced significant growth over the past 18 months servicing large brands particularly in the denim sector. The company is forecasting another strong growth period over the next 12-18 months with expansion plans for facilities in both Asia and Central America.
Vantage Apparel to distribute Greg Norman Corporate Collection in Canada
December 2012 - Vantage Apparel has announced that it will distribute Greg Norman Collection to the corporate promotional market in Canada, effective immediately.
Built upon a unique combination of performance, luxury and style, Greg Norman Collection is a leading worldwide label of golf-inspired sportswear for men and women. Established in 1992, the brand is inspired by one of the world's leading golf professionals, the man known as “The Shark.”
The exclusive distributor of the Greg Norman Collection to the corporate market in the United States, Vantage will stock a complete product line, consisting of nearly 30 styles, including more than a dozen performance polos available in both basic and fashion colors.
“We are excited to bring such a well-known and highly-valued brand to the Canadian market,” said Ira Neaman, President of Vantage Apparel. “Greg Norman Collection is one of the premier names in fashion and performance. We believe this move will make it easier for our distributor partners in Canada to not only source Vantage’s quality product but also offer a global brand of such high stature.”
Gildan Activewear Announces Record Quarterly Results
December 2012 - Gildan Activewear TSX:GIL)(NYSE:GIL) announced record financial results for the fourth quarter of its 2012 fiscal year and announced a 20 per cent increase in the amount of its quarterly dividend.
Gildan reported net earnings of $89.0 million or $0.73 per share (all figures U.S.) on a diluted basis for its fourth fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2012, compared with net earnings of $48.5 million or $0.40 per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.
Results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 include restructuring and acquisition-related costs amounting to U.S. $5.9 million after-tax, primarily related to the write-down of real estate assets held for divestiture since the closure of U.S. sock manufacturing operations, as well as severance costs resulting from the integration of acquisitions.
Net sales in the fourth quarter were up 16.6% from the same period last year to to $561.7 million, with sales for the Printwear segment up 7.5% to to $376.8 million, and sales for the Branded Apparel segment up 41% to $184.8 million.