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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…

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…

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…

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