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Rick Roth

The “Visions of Sugarplums” Effect

I’m not sure it is mentioned in Business School, but the “visions of sugarplums” effect is a real thing during the holiday season. Expect from many employees: – Increased absences – More mistakes – Not listening to you – Just not getting as much work done With visions of sugarplums dancing in your head, it…

Aaron Feuerstein R.I.P.

Aaron Feuerstein passed away at age 95 on November 4th. December 11, 1995 the factory Malden Mills in Lawrence, Massachusetts burned to the ground in one of the biggest fires in New England’s history. The owner Aaron Feuerstein instead of taking the $300,000,000 and closing down, paid his 3,000 workers for months and paid their…

S and S…and T and S and C…. S &S Activewear Purchases TSCApparel

S and S Activewear signed an agreement to purchase TSC Apparel. This comes on the heels of the acquisition of S & S by investment group CD&R (Clayton, Dubilier & Rice) earlier this year. No word yet on the fate of the six TSC Apparel warehouses. This is further concentration of the garment distribution business…

Thinking Outside the Box, a Design Solution

We often struggle working with clients that want a generic human figure on their shirts without depicting one particular gender, race, or age.  Often these attempts are well-intentioned but miss the mark or just plain look terrible. We just finished working with Farm Aid on the 2021 merch and designer Matthew Fleming had a great…

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…

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”-…

Expect Garment Prices to Rise

Expect shirt prices to rise, as raw cotton prices are going up and shipping  (NY Times article here.) is off the charts. Expect it all to go up more than warranted by cotton or shipping prices as two other forces kick in: 1. Don’t expect companies not to take advantage of a commonly understood issue…

A Thousand Dollar T-Shirt

This clip below is a pretty cool interview given by Bowie about art and how the “art world” keeps us from seeing the creativity in each of us. One of the things I have always loved about t-shirts is that creative words and images can be shared at a price that most people can afford.…

R.I.P. Mohamed Dadabhoy

Our good friend Howard Levine of Alliance Graphics in Berkeley, California has written an obituary for our friend Mohamed Dadabhoy who died recently. Our hearts go out to our friends, Mohamed’s brothers of USA Bayside, and to his many friends in the business, and to his family and friends at home. Mohamed was always an…

US Bans Cotton and Cotton Products from Xinjiang Province of China

Due to credible reports of forced labor involving the Uyghur and Kazakah ethnic groups in China’s Xinjiang Province there is a current ban on import of both raw cotton and goods containing cotton from the Xinjiang Province. The ban, known as a “withhold release order,” also applies to products processed or manufactured in third countries.…

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