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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…

Print Hustlers 2021

Print Hustlers 2021, produced by Printavo and MADE Lab, was held last weekend (October 22-23) at the Ace Hotel in Chicago.  Speakers from music, sports, and food and beverage backgrounds, as well as some exceptional folks from our own industry, spoke about creativity, design, sales, manufacturing and business, sharing knowledge about the mindsets and approaches that have been the foundation…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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