Christmas in May

Promotional Products Supply Chain Issues

Sounds crazy, but it is not. The supply chain issues disruptions, it is hard to navigate.  Promotional products have to be shipped to the US or transported within the US. So with all of this going on it is hard to keep transportation costs down. Our industry still has demands but it is getting harder and harder to fulfill customers’ demands. So it may sound crazy but if you are planning to hand out Christmas gifts or ornaments, buying in May maybe a great option.  The potential supply chain disruptions helps those that plan way in advance for opportunities. https://www.garrettspecialties.com/

Price Increases

Supplier prices are rising. Yes part of it was caused the lost of profits during the pandemic. The pandemic can’t be blamed for everything that has happened, but in reality, it’s a culmination of increased costs all the way down the supply chain.  

Due to these industry shortages, we need to get creative with fulfilling orders to in order to meet our clients needs. The supply chain issues is not going away anytime soon so it is best to be prepared. The best thing you can do is make sure to confirm your orders well in advance. Like months in advance to when you actually need the items.

It is a catch 22 that even if the products you are ordering are on a cargo ship, unfortunately, it’s likely that they will experience delays in shipping. Because of COVID protocols and labor shortages, ships are taking longer than ever to port and unload, causing backups in ports and delays all around the world. According to the Advertising Specialty Institute, products that would normally take 60-90 days to ship are now taking closer to 120. This is important to note, especially as we get into the holiday season. To receive an order by December, be sure to place it as far in advance as possible! So think of Christmas during May and June is not that far fetched.

Pay It Forward


Have you ever been a part of a “Pay It Forward” chain? 55 drive-thru customers consecutively paid for the customer behind them at Heav’nly Donuts in Amesbury, MA. The only reason the chain ended was because there were no more customers in line. The employees of the donut shop were surprised that each patron was so eager to participate.

A sales clerk said to a customer “we’re 17 cars in, you can either keep it going or you can take your coffee and go.” Acts of kindness such as these deserve attention.
The story was reported on CBS Boston, watch this video via GeoBeats News
55 Drive-Thru Customers Part Of ‘Pay It Forward’ Chain At Amesbury Donut Shop
As another clerk said, “it put everybody in a good mood.” It was a really nice gesture that could have brightened someone’s day. The best part is that it was heart warming and unexpected. That is the whole idea around the concept of  Pay It Forward. When you pay it forward it means you reciprocate an act of kindness to another person rather than back to the person who had done something for you. Then that person pays if forward to another and on and on… It is a great way to keep a good thing going.
The Movie: Pay It Forward

PPAI creates Pay It Forward Day
In 2010 the PPAI (Promotional Products Association International) created the official Promotional Professionals Pay It Forward Day. It is also know as #PromoProsPIFDay and is every year on November 6.
The idea came up to create a Promotional Professionals Pay It Forward Day during an industry event. A few of the attendees decided it would be a good idea to give back to their own communities. Why not? Promotional product professionals are very familiar with how to organize and promote charity events. There are loads of awareness giveaways and custom items for fundraising events that we use to help organizations build awareness for their charities.

Garrett Specialties Pays It Forward

A leader within the promotional product industry and a proud member of PPAI, Garrett Specialties, has also been a part of a pay it forward good deed. We too believe in paying it forward. For example, we have donated custom tote bags full of promotional goodies such as water bottles and lip balm to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of New York City. Our donation helped raise awareness for MS. It was our way of showing appreciation and paying it forward.

How can your organization pay it forward? Do you have a good pay it forward story? Please share.

Celebrate Earth April 22,2022

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Earth April 22,2022

It is immensely important to celebrate Earth day each year because it recognizes the harm humans are capable of causing while showing the massive amounts of support across the globe for protecting the Earth and the environment.

In the years leading up to the first Earth Day, Americans were consuming vast amounts of leaded gas through massive and inefficient automobiles. The auto industry then started to work on emissions. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of the consequences from either the law or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. Until this point, mainstream America remained largely oblivious to environmental concerns and how a polluted environment threatens human health.

However, the stage was set for change with the publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962. Our water shed moment was raising public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and the inextricable links between pollution and public health.

We need to plant more trees and clean up our forests of dead leaves so environmental impact automatically doubles! Help companies & organizations reforest our planet with custom promotional  products that  are reusable, recyclable, made from recycled biodegradable, organic or renewable…..Garrett Specialties has the perfect promotional solution for them. Check out our biodegradable products, corn plastic, earth conserving products, eco-friendly candles, eco friendly giveaways. Saving the planet by selecting earth promotion items, we all can do our part. We offer a variety of green products that are great go green promotional items for your customers. By Promoting cleaner and healthier world we are sending a message about conservation. We can make our footprint smaller.

The cleanup is a global problem, not just the US. World Wide campaigns are necessary to cleanup our trash, rivers, beaches, parks to prevent wildlife and humans. We are worried about the environment and we should also look toward the pollution of our oceans.

What are Promotional Caps

In a country like United States, staying sun safe is important, and our custom caps and hats are a great choice for outdoor events such as sporting, school and corporate functions. So look at what we’ve got!

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Hats, Caps and Beanies

Our Caps & Hats

We have a range of caps, hats, and visors at Garrett Specialties that will suit every occasion, such as for outdoor sports, schools, corporate events, great for game day, fishing, road trip, or other outdoor event. I whether you like beanies, visors, trucker caps or baseball caps staying out of the sun is essential which is why our promotional caps & hats works because you will keep your cool and your customers feeling happy. Our selection includes the panel cap style and the bucket hat style, available in a range of colors. Our hats can be customized with your brand for even better exposure and promotion.

Structured Caps

Why are Caps Used for Promotions

Promotional hats & caps are versatile pieces of advertisement that can be used for different occasions. While they can be given away at promotional events, they can also be given out at school events, sports events or company conferences. Don’t forget your employees, for corporate events or team building activities. Having custom promotional hats, caps, and beanies can bond your staff, while also showing off your brand to a new audience. People throw away or giveaway clothes. Not the baseball caps

Beanies

Promote Your Business

Being in business is all about getting noticed, no matter what you do or where you are. You could be looking to boost your profile at trade events, online, and elsewhere. Either way, it’s important that you find ways to stand out and make your mark. This has never been more true than in the last 2 years. With companies having deal with new workplaces dealing with unprecedented obstacles mounted by the coronavirus crisis, the landscape became far more competitive as businesses went into survival mode. Constant accessibility and personalization became the name of the game for businesses attempting to offer more with less during the pandemic.

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Choose the Right Coffee Mug

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Choosing the Perfect Coffee Mug

We offer custom mugs where businesses can put their brand names out to the world in a fun, creative way — and coffee mugs are an effective way to get started. In the United States 62% drink coffee every day and 159 Million Americans drink tea. When you have a daily intake of coffee or tea, most people get emotional attachment to their favorite mug, making it even more pleasant to enjoy a cup at home each morning. With that said, it’s easy to see why using coffee mugs for advertisement purposes is such a great giveaway idea. So what mug should you choose which will be the perfect promotional mug for your business

Picking the Perfect Mug

Not all coffee mugs are created equal. One mug may be microwave-safe, another may be strictly handwash-only. The material you choose affects a mug’s overall functionality and durability. Also, some styles may only be available in certain materials


Ceramic Mugs

Ceramic mugs are the traditional type that is perfect for coffee or tea, and can come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. From the classic to unique styles, adding your logo to a ceramic coffee mugs have endless possibilities. Additionally, they’re cost-effective, can retain heat and are easy to clean. An advantage to a ceramic mug they present a suitable surface for many logo designs. However, even though they’re heavier, they do break more easily than mugs made of plastic or stainless steel. Because of their somewhat fragile nature, ceramic mugs must be cared for.

Ceramic mug


Glass Mugs

Glass mugs are popular for a latte or Irish coffee, glass mugs add a little class to every coffee and tea setting. These are some of our favorite glass. Glass mugs re perfect for ice coffee and many other cold beverages.  You logo looks great because they are clear so your logo when imprinted on a glass mug, pops

Glass Mug

Stainless Steel Mugs

Stainless steel mugs make great promotional travel mugs or automotive mugs. These mugs are reusability, are also eco-friendly Plus, stainless steel mugs retain beverage temperatures better than any other material and come in many styles. Most stainless steel mugs come with leak-proof lids, making them ideal for people on the go.

While they can be customized with various colors for company branding, stainless steel mugs which makes they a popular gift.

Stainless Steel Mug

The Importance of Gifts

The importance of finding the perfect giveaway for your clients or employees is important so it makes sense not to forget them. Here are some ideas and reasons why you should give giveaways.

  1. Get your name out
  2. Customer Retention
  3. Don’t forget your employees and make them feel that they are valued.
  4. To stand out from the competition

                            Get Your Name out

Keeping your customers is one of the most important aspects of any business. So, what is a way to keep your clients is by showing your appreciation. This can be done in many ways: a simple thank you email, call on the phone, give them special exclusive offers, or handing them a gift with your logo so they remember you.

                           Customer Retention


The easiest ways to keep your clients happy and retain their business is by showing your appreciation. Customer retention is one of the most important aspects of any business. Harder to get new customers so old customers should be treated like gold. Thank you goes a long way

                          Make Your Employees Feel Important

                   It is most that budget may go to your clients or customers, but don’t the  workers that help you reach your goal in the first place. Employees produce the product, take care of the jobs that you do not. If your employees are unhappy, your product quality would suffer. You cannot grow a company on the backs of unhappy employees. Hand out awards, or gifts.

                         Stand Out from the Competition

Stand out from the Competition

Guess what you are not the only business in town. If you are selling something, running for office, or trying to promote your business, chances are you are searching up and down the internet or asking people you know for referrals. When you make the companies, you deal with feel special by remembering them with a gift it will pay off in spades. Inexpensive promotional products do have lasting effects

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Promotional Giveaways Promote Business after Quarantine

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Gardening Ideas

Just to offer a few specific suggestions to get you started, Garrett Specialties has a number of different categories from which to choose. Here are just some of them:

  • Stress Balls
  • Portfolios
  • Eco-friendly Products
  • Gardening
  • Bags & Totes
  • Health & Wellness
  • Spa Goodies
  • Ducks

Covid brought many issues including trying to take care of work and children at a time when school doors close suddenly, and managing the 24/7 nature of working from home. These burdens also imply a new set of pressures for CEOs and other leaders as they attempt to support overburdened workforces.

Across industries, product-development functions are encountering a perfect storm of supply chain issues arising from the pandemic, the current Labor force, and green themes of managing cost, quality, and time. Rather than becoming part of the much-bemoaned war for talent, companies can develop capabilities of their existing workforce to fill skills gap.

Given that economies are expected to shift away from stimulus spending and other policy supports, forecasters and economists generally project a slower pace for global growth in 2022—but one that is still faster than pre-pandemic levels. Advertising becomes a key factor in keeping business and attracting new customers.

What we did learn from the pandemic, we have seen the rising importance of product sourcing, with increasing demand for diverse supplier products, sustainable products, and products that give back. In  2022, we can expect these trends to continue in a significant way.

But life can and will go on as we are beginning to see now. And with this return to life, as different as it may be at first, the time to begin rebuilding is now. Hand out promotional products from Garrett Specialties to put your name in front of your clients and also hand out items to show your employees you appreciate them hanging in there. Enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and enjoy bird watching. Great new past time.

Promotional bird houses

Webcam Covers a Must

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A webcam cover is essentially a plastic or metal tab which you place over the lens of your PC, laptop, tablet, or phone.

Traditional webcam Cover

What does a webcam do? Webcam covers block your device’s camera to provide protection against webcam hacks. Covering up your webcam is a perfect solution for digital privacy problem. You can use Webcam covers
for your laptop, they can be used on smartphones and tablets also! Leaving a camera uncovered on your digital devices could leave you exposed to unwanted surveillance by cybercriminals. Therefore, using a webcam cover is a good idea in order to keep your privacy protected. They are also cost effective making them wonderful items to hand to customers and employees

What is the best webcam cover to use?

Each of these options has its advantages and disadvantages. Sticky notes and stickers could be good short-term solutions while you shop for a more durable product. For long-lasting privacy protection, investing in a webcam cover which might be the best solution for privacy-aware individuals. Here is what to look for.

  • Fits over camera lens to provide privacy on laptops, tablets and phones.
  • Compact, Portable, Privacy, Rectangle, Clip, Protection
  • Privacy Cover w/ Screen Cleaner made of plastic
  • The perfect design that can be easily placed of the camera lens that’s built into most laptop computers, tablets, and phones

Why is everyone covering up their laptop cameras? For years, security researchers have shown that hackers can hijack the cameras to spy on whomever is on the other end. This is one giveaway that we all can use.

Why use a webcam Cover?

Webcam covers are more important now than ever, especially with many of us working from home due to COVID-19. Leaving your camera uncovered could leave you vulnerable to surveillance and webcam attacks. If you don’t want to risk a Peeping Tom peering at you through your camera, a webcam cover is an easy-to-implement solution to protect you. When a cybercriminal is able to gain control of your webcam so that they can spy on you through it. Essentially these criminals are online Peeping Toms. Using a webcam cover protects against these webcam hacks because the lens is covered, effectively blocking the view of a wannabe hacker. So protect your privacy.

Giving someone a webcam cover shows them that you care about their privacy. It will be something that they see every day when they use their device, and will think of you! It’s a gift with a message: “I want you to be safe” or “I value your privacy”. Why not give yourself the gift of privacy protection?

Webcam covers can make great gifts.

Giving someone a webcam cover shows them that you care about their privacy. It will be something that they see every day when they use their device, and will think of you! It’s a gift with a message: “I want you to be safe” or “I value your privacy”. Why not give yourself the gift of privacy protection? They came in fun shapes.

Fun Webcam Cover

Trending Product 2022

New Promotional Products for 2022

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So what is going to be the most popular giveaways for 2022?  

 Promotional products are a workable marketing tool that may be utilized at any time. They provide businesses with a cost-effective way to stay at the top of the list and in front of their customers’ minds for as long as possible before they forget who you are or what you do.

To thrive in this industry, you’ll need a collection of in-demand commodities to sell, excellent marketing skills, and the will to succeed. There are several things and products that have been popular in recent months and are anticipated to remain prevalent as top trending products in 2022.

We all thought face masks would be a thing of the past. Wrong. PPE items are still trending.

STRESS BALLS

Customized Stress balls still has a big impact on your business. When so many shapes and sizes, there is bound to be a stress ball that fits your business, stress balls for whatever the mood custom printed with your logo or message Each year we offer new shapes that offer a substantial marketing opportunity. Stress balls emphasize the concept of reliability. Stress balls never get old.

DRINKWARE

Purchasing drinkware such as bottles, cups, mugs, tumblers, or personalized koozies in bulk are constantly at the top of the priority list. Hydration is always needed, no matter what you are doing and places that you are going. Customizing them will make excellent gifts for a variety of conferences and other events. The mind will recall the brand or business name every time someone uses or examines your personalized drinkware product. Furthermore, many of our drinkware is environmentally friendly and provide several personal benefits.

 

HEALTH & WELLNESS

 With the push together to wash hands, sanitizers are at the top of the list. The purpose of health and wellness products is to encourage the body’s natural healing processes while also strengthening its protective mechanisms. There are many personalized healthcare products available, such as custom printed face masks, lip balms, sanitizer, wet wipes, pillboxes, , to make life simpler, keep filth and infections at bay, and help in long-term general health. It will be a win-win situation for everyone if done in a way that benefits both the business and the client.

OUTDOOR & LEISURE ITEMS

So many of us want to forget the last two years and focus at enjoying the outdoors, whether it’s via camping, sports, or hiking. Outdoor products like rain ponchos, custom umbrellas, beach balls, sports novelty items, etc that are properly advertised will help the fun begin. So go ahead purchase the best promotional products for 2022 at great pricing at Garrett Specialties

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Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas

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Don’t let your business efforts fall by the wayside this holiday season! Shop for holiday promotional items at Garrett Specialties and promote your brand while spreading seasonal cheer at the same time! Shop our online collection for Christmas promotional items, holiday marketing giveaways and year-end gifts with your logo or call our at 800.320-1510 for help with a new order, today or place your order online!