Cheap USB Flashdrives, Memory Sticks

I often have customers contact me wondering if they can buy logo'd flashdrive memory sticks at the same cheap pricing you can see in a retail store.  For instance one customer recently saw a 1GB Flashdrive advertised at Best Buy for $4.95each.  I wanted to share some education on the challenge of comparing cheap retail USB flashdrives with the units …

The Final Buying Tip, Number Four!

Smart Buying Tip #4: Sell-offs and Discounts.  Many promotional product manufacturers have been carrying too much inventory recently so you can find excellent value by searching for Sell-offs and Discounts.  Manufactures will offer deep discounts to sellout a discontinued item.  To capitalize on this you may have to accept an unusual color choice or mixing up colors but the price …

Functional Medicine — Read up…

I just finished reading two interesting books and wow, did I see how I can improve my lifestyle!  UltraMind and the UltraSimple Diet both by Dr. Mark Hyman.  I have had two major complaints over the past five years: increasingly foggy mind and persistant weight gain.  Dr. Hyman's point is that many factors effect issues like weight gain besides the …

Smart Schwag Buying Tips #2 and #3

On Jan. 22 I teased you with Smart Buying Tip #1.  Here's the next two and don't forget to watch this blog for the fourth and final tip shortly.    Smart Buying Tip #2: The Smaller Big Guys.  Are you currently using one of the “big guys” to source your premiums and incentives?  Every city has a few of these …

How Starbucks Saved His Life

I just finished reading How Starbucks Saved My Life.  It's a hilarious book, poignant and touching.   By reading the memoires of this 60-something Manhattan-ite author I got a brief insight into why my OWN father is still working having retired twice in the past 5 years. I highly recommend this one: http://www.amazon.com/How-Starbucks-Saved-Life-Privilege/dp/1592402860

Buying Schwag in Tough Times

Corporate Premiums & Incentives – the golf shirts, mugs, pens and other premiums you use to reward staff and encourage customer loyalty – are often thought to be “expendable” during tough times.  Over the next year organizations may reduce or eliminate promotional product budgets.   Smart companies don’t stop buying premiums and incentives – they realize that keeping customers and …

Inauguration Day – A day NOT for Corporate Schwag

I really enjoyed watching today’s Inauguration ceremony in Washington D.C.  I get too used to seeing pomp and circumstance in the British/Canadian tradition and its quite different to see the American Way.  I really liked the voiceover introductions, I kept waiting for his deep baritone to exclaim “Leeeetttttts get ready to Ruuummmmble!” It certainly was a well dressed crowd save …

Fat, Forty and Fired

I just finished this excellent book by Nigel Marsh.  I highly recommend it.  A great read about work, life, family and balance (and the myths surrounding balance). Read more about the book and its author: http://www.fatfortyandfired.com/index.html

Why Blog now?

So I became a new father on Dec. 9, 2007 and my wife didn't go back to work until mid Feb 2008 so we've had almost a year of sharing childcare.  So, why am I writing about being a working father now? The short answer is I didn't know if I could do the whole — workign father routine.  Now …