Trend Alert – Name Brands

brand-namesOver the last decade, the promotional product industry has gone through many changes and evolved into a flourishing network of not only functional products, but recognizable ones. What some may have dubbed as a “trinkets and trash” business is now an essential resource for companies and organizations to access the hottest name-brand items on the market. Whether you’re looking for high-end gifts, giveaways or incentives, American Solutions for Business can provide thousands of high value retail products from hundreds of name brands.

Fitbit – tech wearables have been growing in popularity over the last few years, and Fitbit is perhaps one of the most recognizable names. With bright colors, cutting edge technology and features, Fitbit is an easy fit for an active recipient.
Check out: Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watchbeacon_fitbit_fb502s

Stanley
– Founded in 1913, this brand is recognizable in almost every age group. Often associated with adventure, hard work and sustainability, these coolers and vacuum drinkware can speak to several audiences.
Check out: Stanley Heritage Lunchbox Cooler & Bottle Combo beacon_stanley_1001026

Weber – A popular name brand in grills, Weber is a quality company that has grown into an extensive line of creative products ranging from original standing grills to portable cookers. This versitile brand can be used in the home, tailgating, camping and more.
Check out: Weber Q1200 Portable LP Grill beacon_weber_51210001

EOS – This is a newer emerging brand, most popular among women. After releasing the wildly popular sphere-shaped lip balm, the brand has expanded to offer nourishing hand lotion, shave cream and limited edition items.
Check out: EOS Gift Setadmints_eos

Bose – As one of the leaders in speakers and headphones, Bose is often considered the industry standard for quality. With some of the sleekest designs on the market, this is a great go-to brand for incentive programs and employee gifts.
Check out: Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphonesbeacon_bose_759944

Carhartt – Founded in 1889, the Carhartt brand is known for it’s quality work and outerwear. Since it’s inception, it has expanded into men’s, women’s and children’s tops, pants, workwear, accessories, bags, pet gear, food storage and more.
Check out: Carhartt Signature 14″ Tool Bagleeds_carhartt_1889-01

Guess – This brand is seen as a high-fashion option and is recognized for their bags, purses, shoes and jeans. Whether you’re on the fashion runway or the airport runway, Guess is a great brand for a stylish, high-perceived value.
Check out: Guess Signature Travel Computer Toteleeds_guess_3009-03

Columbia – Often seen as an outdoor sporting brand, Columbia Sportswear offers a wide variety of jackets, boots, accessories and more. As a company that’s been around for decades, they’ve dedicated their mission to creating innovative products while protecting the environment.
Check out: Columbia Women’s Trail Summit 1/2-Zip Pullover & Columbia Men’s PFG Terminal Tackle Long-Sleeve Shirt riversend_columbia_162397

Adidas – known as a popular brand for teams sports like basketball, baseball and football, Adidas, is the perfect fit for almost any program. With a wide range of trendy products, there’s something for everyone.
Check out: Adidas Golf Collegiate Heather Cap, Adidas Duffel, Adidas Golf Women’s Zipss_adidas_61953

Coleman – when you think Coleman, you think of the great outdoors. Help your brand embody the wilderness with their line of quality coolers, tents, lanterns and more!
Check out: Coleman 16 Can Cooler with Removable Liner 

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Totes – As one of the most recognizable brands in rain gear, Totes is a trusted name for umbrellas. Choose the right umbrella for your organization based on price, color size and more to make it fit your program.
Check out: Mini Totevitronic_totes_ft812
These are just a few out of the hundreds of brands we provide our customers every day. Is there a certain brand you’re looking for? Contact your ASB Sales Associate today or find one near you to get started!

17 Last Minute Classic & Creative Valentine’s Day Gifts!

valentines_dayValentine’s Day is right around the corner, and we have some great ideas for the fast-approaching holiday. Whether you’re looking for a classic Valentine’s Day gift or one a little outside-the-box, we’ve compiled the hottest items to get you the perfect gift for your co-workers, friends, customers and more!

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The Ovation Box with Candy – a simple, yet beautifully packaged box of goodies is a wonderful way to remind them you care.
Give to: co-workers, potential/existing customers
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Large Heart Shaped Tin – this bright tin is super cute and affordable enough to send to all the people on your list.
Give to: co-workers, potential/existing customers, children 

tin14_redHeart Foiled Wrapped Milk Chocolate – Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without chocolate – get your branded candy heart so your customers feel the love this season!
Give to: co-workers, potential/existing customers

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Bristol Picnic Basket – Inspire a romantic getaway with this complete picnic set.
Give to: co-workers, potential/existing customers, employee recognition, thank you gift

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Cotton Basket Weave Throw – this cozy blanket will give the recipient warm fuzzy feelings all year round.
Give to: co-workers, potential/existing customers, employee recognitiondp2501Vera Wang Wedgwood Photo Frame – both name brand and beautiful, this frame makes a great keepsake gift. Include a photo with the recipient to remind them of your memories together.
Give to: co-workers, potential/existing customers, employee recognition

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EOS Lip Balm and Lotion Set – Soft hands and lips are a must for Valentine’s Day!
Give to: co-workers, potential/existing customers

eos-fresh-flowers-lotion-sweet-mint-sphereBoxercraft Pajamas – so soft and comfortable, these pajamas are a great gift they’re sure to keep.
Give to: potential/existing customers, family, significant other

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Slant Heart Paperweight – This beautiful crystal paperweight makes a great desk item to remind the recipient you appreciate them.
Give to: co-workers, potential/existing customers, employee recognition

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District Fleece Lounger – this funny gift is actually incredibly cozy and functional. Try it with the millenial crowd or young-at-heart!
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Music Wireless Headband – a great gift for the runner/walker in your life! This Bluetooth headband plays music and keeps your ears nice and toasty!
Give to: co-workers, potential/existing customers, family, significant other
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U-Wallace Roots73 Knit Scarf – a fashionable scarf is an item they’re sure to keep throughout the chilly winter months.
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Viking 20 Oz. Tumbler and 10 Oz. Lowball Tumbler – these trendy tumblers keep liquids hot or cold for hours! Get them in a festive color to match the holiday.
Give to: co-workers, potential/existing customers, family, significant other20viktmb_maroon

RuMe Polly Pouch – Follow the retail trend with this stylish pouch – great for busy travelers or anyone who needs some extra organization.
Give to: co-workers, potential/existing customers, employee recognitionrume_600d_pouch_dh

Anatomical Heart Stress Reliever – Take Valentine’s Day hearts literally with this anatomical heart stress reliever. It makes the perfect gift for the jokster in your life and is quite the attention-grabber!
Give to: co-workers, potential/existing customers, employee recognition12163Chalkboard Wine Charm Set – whether you’re enjoying a glass of wine with a significant other or a group of friends, keep track of your wine glass with adorable charms! Buy them a bottle of wine, and your gift set is complete.
Give to: co-workers, potential/existing customers, family, significant other, employee recognition 140-cbwcs

Convertible Silicone Bottle Carrier – we love this clever wine carrier. It collapses flat for easy storage or travel and expands into an easy wine carrier. It also makes a great item for mailing!
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For more great ideas or to place your last-minute order, contact your ASB sales associate today! Click here to find an associate near you!

Introducing Loft8: Exclusive Golf Apparel Only from American!

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American Solutions for Business is excited to announce our exclusive partnership with Loft8, an up-and-coming luxury golf and corporate apparel brand that is already established in over 700 golf courses throughout North America and has worked with the CGSAA, Toyota, Chevrolet, Mopar, Ralph Lauren & Footjoy.

Beginning in January 2017, an exclusive line of Loft8 will be available to order on demand, using American’s proprietary eCommerce technology. The products are special in that they have been hand-chosen and modified after input from American’s select corporate and sales associate focus groups. In a way, this collection for our “Just-In-Time” program is a custom line that adds a unique personal touch our current apparel selection.

The Toronto-based Loft8 has been in business for over 17 years and was founded by Charles Choe and a golf professional. Having been in the garment industry for over 20 years, Charles brought key knowledge from the production & design side while his business partner contributed his knowledge of golf industry demands and trends. The goal of Loft8 was to bring to market a product that was affordable and followed the highest standards in quality & performance. Fashion-forward thinking is what drives the design concepts of Loft8 apparel along with considerations for fit, comfort and practicality.
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The Loft8 Difference
After a quick look at their catalog, it’s clear that Loft8 is not your typical apparel provider. Charles and his team take pride in standing out as a unique, fashion-focused line that doesn’t rely on basic pieces. Attention to small details allow them to push boundaries in golf fashion while appealing to a wide range of ages and sizes.

Commitment to Quality
Products are designed with comfort and performance in mind so that that people who wear Loft8 garments can benefit from the comfort and feel without breaking the bank. Using the best fabrics and maintaining the highest quality control allows the customer to simply wash and wear the product without having to worry about colors fading, collars curling or materials degrading. Loft8 explains that their line is worth a little extra because there is quality, care and thought put into every aspect of the garments.

Exclusive to American
“We at Loft8 believe in working with good people and organizations with impeccable reputations and excellent products and services. The values and culture that American Solutions for Business embodies is consistent with the type of brand that Loft8 strives for. With that in mind, Loft8 is excited to work with American Solutions in an exclusive partnership.” –Charles Choe
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For more information or to set up your program, contact your American Sales Representative today or click here to find one near you! Visit the Loft8 Website to check out additional styles!

American’s Culture of Giving

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The basis of the benevolent culture at American Solutions for Business, lies deep in the heart of the founder and CEO, Larry Zavadil. He and his wife, Diane, have been examples of kindness and generosity from day one. Even when this company was young and struggling, the Zavadils reached out to help others.

This basic belief comes from a statement that is rooted in the ‘Good Book’ and says: “Give and it shall be given onto you…”  There are other versions of this basic philosophy which have been used at ASB when discussing the responsibility and opportunity to give back.

  1. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
  2. “What goes around, comes around.”

To help our employees become active in the culture of giving, a volunteer team (Community Stewardship) was set up in the early 1990s at the Home Office. Since that time, this team of approximately 10 employees meets regularly to select causes that will be supported during the year.

In 2004, a group of American leaders began building a foundation through which donations could be funneled, and thus, the DreamWeaver Foundation was born. Although it hasn’t yet reached the 501c3 status, it has been active in disbursing funding to charitable causes. The mission of the foundation is to help people overcome adversities so that they can move forward, achieve their dreams and get to a point where they, too can pay it forward.

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The largest fundraiser occurs each fall when individuals donate funds in honor of Larry and Diane Zavadil in lieu of purchasing and sending a Christmas gift. Both Home Office Employees and Sales Associates use this means to support individuals and families anonymously during the holidays.

We see examples of this culture of benevolence throughout the company. The act of giving back, paying it forward or whatever you call it, has become part of ASB’s identity. Team members share their expertise, their good fortune and their time in ways that make a difference in our world.  That certainly makes one proud to be an American. For more information, visit our website! 

Hospital Signage – Success Story

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CLIENT: Multi-location Hospital

MARKET: Healthcare

SITUATION: The hospital was in need of a full installation of interior signage for their new facility on the East Coast. With a quickly approaching deadline, the hospital sent out requests for formal bid proposals along with general specifications and timeline requirements. The hospital administrators were under pressure to align a new source after their initial sign supplier failed to deliver.

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