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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.…

Low Bleed #0002 – Dawaud Muhammad of Big Printing: Ambition As The Great Equalizer

Low Bleed #0002: Dawaud Muhammad talks about building a brand and a business.  Starting with a few hundred dollars, loads of ambition, and tireless drive, hustling t-shirts on the streets of Oakland, CA turned into the thriving operation and social media juggernaut that is Big Printing. Listen now on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify.

Sanmar Partners with Allmade

Allmade, a formerly self distributed brand started by screenprinters, has officially partnered with Sanmar.  The partnership will allow for better distribution and inventory for the brand. Four years ago a group of ten screen printers and Ryonet’s Ryan Moor set out on a mission to make a better t-shirt. It all started with job creation…

Gildan 1st Quarter

You can see the state of Gildan in their most recent press release here.  You also can listen a recording of their most recent investor’s call and see the powerpoint of the presentation here.  It gives a picture, not so pretty,  of their empire at the moment. Like most of us, they have taken extreme…

What’s New in Shopify Now

Shopify held its first-ever livestream, Reunite, to announce new and upcoming features on the ecommerce platform. They had a lot to offer to retailers looking to get online quickly and competently. With half of retail stores in the US shut down in late April, the economic repercussions of Covid-19 have been severe and many businesses…

PolyOne Rumored to be Closing Pineville, NC Facility

We have not seen the official statement yet from PolyOne, but the Rutland ink facility in Pineville, NC is apparently closing. This may have been accelerated by the current pandemic and economic recession, but has been rumored since PolyOne acquired Rutland in June 2017, three years ago. There is considerable overlap between the PolyOne previously…

Executive Dialogue: Rachel Newman of Hanes

In this edition of Executive Dialogues, we caught up with Hanes VP, Rachel Newman to talk about the Hanes response to the COVID-19 crisis… Rick: When did you and Hanes know this COVID 19 would be such a game-changer? I know that you were one of the first companies I heard to take serious measures.…

Executive Dialogue: Danny Sweem of M&R

In this edition of Executive Dialogue we talked about COVID-19 and the industry with Danny Sweem, CEO of M&R… Rick: I remember being shocked when you announced at the end of February that M & R had decided to pull out of the FESPA trade show. I thought you were being overly cautious, and I…

Reece University: State of the Industry Report with Ink Kitchen

Our friends at Reece Supply have put together an impressive webinar series for the whole week.  This morning, our own Rick Roth was joined by Marcia Derryberry of Impressions and Jason Murphy of Sanmar to discuss the state of the industry.  You can watch the webinar replay by clicking here.

A Leader Doing What You Hope They Might Do: Lead! A Conversation with Jeremy Lott of SanMar

The Ink Kitchen caught up with Jeremy Lott the President of SanMar: With the industry and SanMar no doubt in a crisis mode during this health and economic catastrophe, I’m sure you are more than a busy guy. Thanks for taking a few minutes for Ink Kitchen readers. Rick:  At what point did you realize…

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