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USPS Changes Reflect … Reality?

Ready for a repeat of the 2020 holiday season shipping logistics madness? Ready or not, it’s coming. Yesterday the USPS put its holiday surge pricing into effect. The increases most likely to effect your t-shirt fulfillment business are the $0.30 to $0.75 increases for first-class packages, Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express. If the past…

AC Highlights and Impressions Forth Worth Coming Right Up!

Seems like just last week that we were at Impressions Atlantic City! (It was two weeks ago.) And now it’s time for Impressions Fort Worth, running from Friday, Sept. 10 to Sunday, Sept 12. Make sure to register for the launch party of MADE Laboratory, a new venture by our own Tom Davenport and Brett…

Count Your Shirts

Sometimes you have too much work to do and in order to move fast, you cut corners.  You get a couple thousand shirts at the dock, you don’t feel like you have time to count it and then the customer picks it up before you get your final counts. Now the customer gets back to you…

Inventory Issues, World Shipping Woes, and Kindness

If you are in the world of garment decoration you are well aware of inventory issues. The pandemic has shut down factories and wreaked havoc on supply chains. Many people are angry and maybe rightfully so, but their anger is misplaced if it is directed at shirt distributors or even mills. This has hit every…

New Technologies Improve Textile Recycling

Apparel is said to make up 6-7% of household waste in the US. That’s a lot. There are many steps to the recycling process. The post-consumer apparel needs to be collected, sorted according to its fiber content, stripped of non-fabric elements like buttons or zippers, and then treated chemically or mechanically to separate the fibers.…

Happy Earth Day!

It’s almost Earth Day, which means it’s a great time to talk about sustainability in our industry. Almost any apparel brand you can think of likes to highlight their sustainability efforts or their CSR (corporate social responsibility), but the truth is there aren’t many ways to measure or compare these efforts, and more importantly, the…

Prices Will Be Rising, SanMar Leads the Way on Transparency as to Why

As more people get vaccinated and begin to get back to more interactive daily routines, the effects of Covid-19 continue to rest a heavy hand on our industry. The global pandemic has disrupted global supply chains in a way no one has experienced before and we can’t realistically expect everything to bounce back to what it…

Former Alphabroder CEO Hullinger Joins Bella + Canvas as COO

Norm Hullinger, the former CEO of garment distributor Alphabroder, has joined BELLA+CANVAS as their Chief Operating Officer. Prior to his 9 years serving as CEO of Alphabroder, Hullinger was the company’s COO. Dan Pantano, the former president of Alphabroder, will step into the CEO role there. A BELLA+CANVAS press release notes that recent global expansion…

More Sustainable Packaging, More Sales

We have a guest post today about the benefits of using more sustainable packaging for your online retail orders written by friend of the Ink Kitchen, Brandon Lennart of Inferno Screen Printing in New Orleans. Hello fellow decorators. I spent a few months thinking on how to approach this article and in the meantime I have learned…

Baseball, Parliament’s “Mothership Connection” and a T-Shirt

Alright, where’s this going? A little baseball history courtesy of MLB.com, by way of Craig Calcaterra’s column “Cup of Coffee.” George Clinton the fearless leader of Parliament, Funkadelic, the P-Funk All-Stars and other variations has said, “Put a glide in your stride and a dip in your hip, and come on up to the Mothership”-…

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