Computer & Electronics

Scam Alert: Don't Fall Victim to Fraudulent Requests
June 28, 2016 at 6:52 pm

Chris Morrissey, president of Fort Collins, Colorado-based Proforma Big Dog Branding has received one to two emails a day from prospective customers asking for information on products for about the last eight months. For any distributor, that doesn't seem out of the ordinary. If anything, that's great news. Business is booming, right? Not necessarily. Morrissey,…

Will Apple's Latest iPhone 7 Redesign Affect Promotional Products?
June 22, 2016 at 2:14 pm

If you're a distributor or supplier of promotional earbuds and headphones, you're going to want to take note of Apple's latest iPhone 7 news. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple plans to remove the headphone plug to make the iPhone 7 thinner and improve…

IDProductsource Launches Distributor Tools, Promotes Customer Service Representative
June 21, 2016 at 6:29 pm

IDProductsource, Port St. Lucie, Fla., announced that it has launched its Distributor Tools program. Now, distributors can upload a purchase order, create an online purchase order or download a blank purchase order for submission to the orders department. This new installment on the website also provides other useful devices to the distributor, such as product…

Setting Up Items for Blank Goods
June 17, 2016 at 5:57 pm

Question: How should I set up items for blank goods in QuickBooks? Answer: “Blank goods,” or orders that are then screen printed or embroidered by other vendors, are one of the most complex of orders in our industry. I recommend setting up a blank wearable by its item number and description only—not including color or…

Are You Smarter than Artificial Intelligence?
June 16, 2016 at 4:03 pm

What will your role be in the buying and selling of promotional products in 2026? How are you preparing yourself now? We've seen some major shifts over the past couple years, and everything points to the fact that change only is going to accelerate. More and more, the buyers of promotional products are digital natives. Those…

Industry Professionals Weigh In on Microsoft's Acquisition of LinkedIn
June 15, 2016 at 6:22 pm

On Monday, we reported that Microsoft acquired LinkedIn in a $26 billion acquisition. Both companies' CEOs raved about the potential for integration and innovation between Microsoft and LinkedIn. But what can you, as promotional products professionals, expect from this merger? We spoke to Dale Denham, chief information officer for Geiger, Lewiston, Maine; Mark Graham, chief…

Microsoft Acquires LinkedIn
June 13, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., announced today that it has acquired Mountain View, California-based LinkedIn for $196 per share (a 49 percent increase since Friday) in an all-cash transaction worth $26.2 billion. According to a statement from Microsoft, LinkedIn will retain its brand, culture and independence. Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, will remain in his position and…

User Experience vs. User Interface
May 31, 2016 at 5:38 pm

"User experience" is a buzzword, and with buzzwords come overuse. Nevertheless, a great user experience is critical in today’s world, both offline and online. Disney has done user experience offline better than anyone well before anyone started paying attention. Apple brought forward the importance of user experience when it introduced the first iPhone. A great…

Fitbit Data Shows Woman Lied About Sexual Assault
April 20, 2016 at 3:40 pm

Last week, we learned that, for the first time in medical history, doctors used a patient's Fitbit to make a crucial decision regarding treatment. It turned out to save the man's life in the end.…