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Sarah Merrill named Industry ‘Rising Star’ by PPB Magazine

 

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Twelve up-and-coming industry pros were selected from more than 40 nominees as this year’s PPB Rising Stars. The annual recognition program seeks out and spotlights the industry’s budding leaders based on their accomplishments, leadership potential and involvement in their industry and community.

PPB started the program in 2010 and since that time it has become one of the most sought-after recognitions in the industry.

Sarah Merrill, Mercury Promotions and Fulfillment and MiPPA Board Secretary was chosen to receive the 2016 honor. Sarah will be recognized at the PPAI North American Leadership Conference in San Francisco on August 14 and in the September issue of PPB Magazine.

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Introducing The New Now

“THE ISSUE” CONTINUED is part of my “Special Trend Report” series. This series is a collection of my favorite new promotional products & trends from the recent PPAI Expo in Las Vegas.

BONUS This report features products from two of my favorite trends. Trend “OUT OF THE BLUE & Trend “MARBLE MOMENT“. Be inspired & define your brand style with these must-haves.


 

EOS SMOOTH STICK LIP BALM
MADE IN THE USA 
EVERYTHING IN YOUR CAMPAIGN GOES “SMOOTHLY” WITH THE EOS™ SMOOTH STICK LIP BALM! FALL IN LOVE WITH A LIP BALM THAT COMBINES PURE, REFRESHING MOISTURE WITH THE SWEET FLAVOR OF FRESH VANILLA.

DUO BOTTLE W/ SPF 30 SUNSCREEN & SPF 15 LIP BALM
 MADE IN THE USA 
THIS DUO BOTTLE IS THE PERFECT TRADESHOW & CONFERENCE GIVEAWAY & IT’S GREAT FOR CO-BRANDING.

PILOT FRIXION(R) LIGHT HIGHLIGHTER
ERASING THAT WORKS! HIGHLIGHTS BRIGHT, ERASES CLEAN!

PILOT  ECO BOTTLE TO PEN
WORLD’S FIRST PENS MADE FROM RECYCLED BOTTLES. LOVE THE BRIGHT BARRELS WITH MATCHING INKS.

PHONESOAP
 DID YOU KNOW YOUR PHONE HAS 18 TIMES MORE BACTERIA THAN A PUBLIC RESTROOM? WITH THE PHONESOAP CHARGER & SANITIZER YOUR LIFE IS GOING TO BECOME A LOT MORE GERM FREE. PHONESOAP IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND AS IT SANITIZIES YOUR PHONE WHILE IT CHARGES. IT CAN ALSO CLEAN YOUR KEYS, CREDIT CARDS, JEWELRY & MUCH MORE. DESIGNED TO FIT & CHARGE ANY PHONE. BUILT-IN ACOUSTIC AUDIO AMPLIFIER SO YOU CAN STILL HEAR YOUR PHONE RING WHILE IT’S INSIDE. PROVEN ON DISCOVERY CHANNEL’S SHOW “MYTHBUSTERS” & FUNDED ON ABC’S SHOW “SHARK TANK”

 

CLEARLY COOL WATER FLASK
UNIQUE & TRENDY RECTANGLE DESIGN LOOKS JUST LIKE A FLASK. EFFICIENTLY FITS INTO LAPTOP BAGS, PURSES & MORE. PLUS, IT’S DISHWASHER SAFE!

TREND OUT OF THE BLUE

DENIM 20″ BARREL DUFFEL
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, THE DENIM DUFFEL BRINGS A LEVEL OF COMFORT IN BOTH TEXTURE & STYLE. NATURAL COTTON HANDLES & PERMANENT ADJUSTABLE SHOULDER STRAP HELP YOU CARRY THIS DUFFEL THROUGH THE STREETS OR COUNTRYSIDE.


NEXT LEVEL UNISEX DENIM FLEECE FULL-ZIP HOODY

THICK STITCH ACCENT CAP

TREND MARBLE MOMENT

TWO-TONE MARBLE LOOK MUGS
EXTERIOR HAS A MATTE FINISH WITH A MARBLE EFFECT TO HELP SHOW OFF YOUR LOGO. PLUS, THEY ARE DISHWASHER SAFE!

Introducing 16 For 2016

WELCOME TO “THE ISSUE” 
This year’s PPAI Expo in Las Vegas made a statement with 1,500 exhibiting companies, more than 3,300 booths & thousands of promotional products on display. 2016 is the year branded merchandise caught up with fashion!

Here’s your first look at everything newsworthy for 2016.


 

FULL COLOR IMPRINT TODDY CABLES LIGHTNING TO USB

 PRETTY SURE EVERY PERSON ON THIS PLANET USES THEIR CHARGING CABLE DAILY…SO BRANDING THIS ITEM IS A NO BRAINER! FULL-COLOR IMPRINTED APPLE® MFI CERTIFIED TODDY LIGHTNING™ CHARGE & SYNC CABLE. INCLUDES FULL-COLOR, DOUBLE-SIDED IMPRINT. PHOTO-QUALITY IMPRINT WITH A LIFELIKE QUALITY FOCUSED ON PRECISION, COLOR, & HIGH-DEFINITION DETAIL.


 

46″ UMBRELLA WITH COLLAPSIBLE COVER

 THE COLLAPSIBLE COVER MAKES CLOSING AN UMBRELLA SUPER EASY!


 

 

APPEEL JOURNAL

THIS JOURNAL IS MADE FROM APPLE RESIDUALS & OTHER VEGETABLE FIBERS THAT ARE GROUND & EMULSIFIED INTO AN ORGANIC PAPER, WITH AN ECO-PEEL COVER. PLUS, IT SMELLS LIKE REAL APPLES!  

SHARPIE CLEARVIEW HIGHLIGHTER

KNOW WHEN TO STOP! NOW WITH A SEE-THROUGH TIP, FOR PRECISE HIGHLIGHTING.

CUSTOM WINEO WINE STOPPERS

MADE IN MICHIGAN! ENGRAVE OR FULL-COLOR UV PRINT ANY LOGO. THE PATENTED DESIGN LEAVES NO CORK CRUMBS & ALLOWS NO OXYGEN PERMEATION. YOU CAN STORE THE BOTTLE VERTICALLY OR HORIZONTALLY WITH THIS STOPPER.

COTTON 22″ WEEKENDER DUFFEL

 LOVE THE CLASSIC LOOK OF THIS ICONIC COTTON WEEKENDER STYLE DUFFEL.

STRETCH-FIT MESH BACK CAP

LOVE THE MESH STRETCH-FIT!

GOLDEN GATE STRETCH BAND

INEXPENSIVE, VERSATILE & PORTABLE. HAVE A GREAT WORKOUT ANYWHERE!

VISION ELITE PEN

FULL COLOR WRAP IMPRINT!

ALTITUDE PEN
2 IMPRINT LOCATIONS!

GROTTO CERAMIC MUG 16OZ


GEOMETRIC GLASS BOTTLE 20OZ

TUMBLING TORCH

THIS EGG-SHAPED 5 LED LIGHT IS HANDY FOR PORTABLE LIGHTING. IT TURNS OFF & ON BY TAPPING ON A HARD SURFACE FOR EASY ACTIVATION.

RADIAVATURE 21 LED SILICONE FLEX LIGHT

BEND, FOLD, WRAP, HOOK OR MAGNETICALLY ATTACH IN ALL DIFFERENT POSITIONS! 21 LED LIGHTS WITH 3 FUNCTIONS, SILICONE & ABS & WATERPROOF!

FINE SOCIETY 3-IN-1 WORK-GYM TOTE

 BE THE STYLISH, INNOVATIVE PROFESSIONAL WITH THIS FINE SOCIETY 3-IN-1 GYM TO HOME MODULAR TOTE. THIS TOTE INCLUDES 3 BAGS IN ONE WITH A  PROFESSIONAL TOTE (INCLUDES LARGE MAIN COMPARTMENT WITH A PADDED COMPUTER POCKET, SIDE PANE ORGANIZER, FRONT & BACK D-RINGS, & FRONT SLASH POCKET), A GYM TOTE  (INCLUDES A LARGE MAIN COMPARTMENT WITH BOTTOM ZIPPERED DROP POCKET FOR SHOES, ADJUSTABLE STRAPS ON THE BOTTOM FOR A YOGA MAT, SIDE MESH WATER BOTTLE POCKET, & A LARGE FRONT SLASH POCKET.) & A LUNCH COOLER.

STORMTECH DONEGAL REVERSIBLE HOODY
CONSTRUCTED WITH A POLYESTER KNIT MELANGE OUTER SHELL & A REVERSIBLE SHOWERPROOF D/W/R COATED FABRIC, BRUSHED TRICOT HAND WARMER POCKETS, & A QUILTED LINING FOR INCREDIBLE COMFORT, WARMTH & STYLE.

 

Detroit Free Press Top Workplaces 2015

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Detroit Free Press has recognized 135 Companies and Organizations in Michigan as Top Workplaces 2015. These companies have been recognized as Top Workplaces based solely on surveys about the workplace completed by their employees.

Mercury Promotions and Fulfillment was honored as one of the Top Workplaces in the small business category. Feedback from Mercury employees included:

 “I feel as though I am a part of the decision-making process.”

“It makes me want to do my best!”

“It’s a great company that stands by their word.”

Mercury is a unique Marketing Services Company dedicated to enhancing & extending the brand experience. We work as a brand partner to help our large & small clients create brand experiences through Branded Merchandise & Premiums, Fulfillment & Warehouse Services, Digital Storefront Solutions, Sweepstakes, Contests & Game Promotions, Loyalty, Incentive & Recognition Management and Trade Promotion Management.

Tech These Out

FOR HER. FOR HIM. AND FOR TECHNICALLY EVERYONE.
I’m a huge fan of these 6 tech items that deliver the highest quality with creative modern design. The perks I noted below make these items ideal for Holiday!

 NO MINIMUM QTY (YES, you can order 1!)
 NO SETUP FEES
 NO ART FEES
 FULL DIGITAL IMPRINT
 RETAIL PACKAGING


ENJOY THE SOUNDS OF THE SEASON


THE INDUSTRY’S FIRST FULL CUSTOMIZABLE HEADPHONES
Designears offer stereo quality sound, outside noise reduction technology, built-in microphone for calls, volume control on cord & full-color digital imprint on the ears & headband.  Includes hard travel case (imprint available for small fee).

THE MOST DELICIOUS LISTENING EXPERIENCE
This bluetooth speaker delivers undeniably bold sound up to 33 feet without a cord. Double-sided, full digital imprint area on both sides. Built-in microphone for conference calls. 10+ hours of play.

CUSTOM BLUETOOTH SPEAKER THAT BUMPS!
The Bumpster has some serious bumpin’ sound that will change the way you listen to your favorite jams. With both NFC & Bluetooth pairing capabilities, the Bumpster can rock out with just about any device. Not to mention the 33 ft. Bluetooth range, which means you can switch songs from the next room. 360 degree omni stereo sound quality. Built-in microphone for conference calls. 10+ hours of play. Full color digital printing on the top of the unit.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED IN ONE BOX
Want a product that can do it all? The Evrybox was designed to project amazing sound, WHILE it charges your favorite devices. This inventive device can play music wirelessly for 60+ hours & will also charge your mobile devices over 2.5 times off a single charge. Classy & sleek, the Evrybox is right up anyone’s alley.4400 mAh capacity premium lithium ion battery. Stereo sound quality. 60+ hours of play time – highest in the industry. Built in power bank allows a phone to be charged up to 2.5 times off the Evrybox. Full digital imprint area on the front. 30-foot range of Bluetooth connectivity. Built in microphone for conference calls.

TIS THE SEASON TO CHARGE UP

THE HIGHEST CAPACITY POWER BANK IN THE MARKET WITH TRIPLE OUTPUT
With its three USB output ports & maximum power capacity, the Tenfour allows you to charge up to three devices at once – to completion – & still have room for more. Equipped with 10,400 mAh lithium ion battery. 3.1 amp output, allowing the product to charge quicker than a wall outlet. Will charge an iPhone 5 to 6 times, will also fully charge a tablet. Sleek design for maximized portability. Massive imprint space for ultimate branding opportunity. 3 USB output slots so you can charge three devices at once. Comes with high-grade retail packaging with window for brand exposure.

ALL OF YOUR CHARGING NEEDS IN A SINGLE KIT
If your client wants great brand exposure, look no further than the PowerKit. This all-in-one product is the ideal gift for new employees, staff kits, & executive giveaways. INCLUDES: Full  digital custom packaging (2 different options to choose from), 2200 mah portable power charger, Car Charging USB Port, AC to USB Wall outlet charging port, Multi Device Cord Connector. UL / FCC / ROHS Certified.

I PINK I Can, I PINK I Can

I PINK I CAN, I PINK I CAN
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month.Brand one of these PINK items to help spread the word and raise awareness for this important cause!


RuMe has become one of my all time favorite retail brands. Their items are machine washable, water-resistant, hold up to 50 pounds, light weight, collapsible & more.PLUS, RuMe will donate 15% of sales on all PINK products sold during the months of September & October to Breast Cancer Research. RuMe Breast Cancer Awareness exclusive color is only available September & October.

RuMe CUSTOM LUX TOTE
MIN. QTY. 25 | $31.65
RuMe CLASSIC MEDIUM TOTE
MIN. QTY. 50 | $7.50
RuMe CROSS BODY BACKPACK
MIN. QTY. 25 | $18.98

ZIPPERED NEOPRENE LUNCH BAG
MIN. QTY. 100 | $6.99

RIBBON SMART WALLET
MIN. QTY. 250 | $1.05

RIBBON SHAPED CREDIT CARD MINTS
MIN. QTY. 150 | $0.80

AWARENESS ANTIBACTERIAL HAND SANITIZER POCKET SPRAYER
MIN. QTY. 150 | $0.99

AREAWARE CUBEBOT MICRO PINK
MIN. QTY. 50 | $8.55

BLING KAN-TASTIC
MIN. QTY. 500 | $1.55

PINK PINK SPLIT-RING KEYCHAIN
MIN. QTY. 50 | $3.45

LIP GLOSS BALL
MIN. QTY. 250 | $0.89

COLOR CHANGING SUNGLASSES
MIN. QTY. 150 | $1.75

CHARLOTTE JOURNAL NOTEBOOK
MIN. QTY. 50 | $5.99

AWARENESS GRIP PEN
MIN. QTY. 250 | $0.76

SPIRAL BPA FREE BOTTLE 24OZ
MIN. QTY. 48 | $6.98

WORKMATE COMPACT TOOL KIT
MIN. QTY. 36 | $9.98

Knock on Wood

KNOCK ON WOOD
Branding stylish pieces with natural elements like wood and bamboo make timeless promotional items that won’t go out of style. I started loving the wood trend when I discovered the woodtone sunglasses at the PPAI show in Las Vegas last year. This trend is everywhere now and it’s here to stay!

CHECK OUT THESE NATURAL BEAUTIES!


NATIVE WOODEN BLUETOOTH SPEAKER


WOODGRAIN TUMBLER


WOODTONE SUNGLASSES


ROSEWOOD BALLPOINT PEN


BAMBOO CUTTING BOARD WITH SILICONE GRIP


ST TROPEZ WOOD TUMBLER


REAL WOOD FRONT COVER NOTEPAD


NATURAL WOOD KEYRING


BAMBOO FLASH DRIVE


4 PC. BAMBOO COASTER SET


New and Noteworthy

NEW & NOTEWORTHY
If you keep up with my trend reports (we all know good things come to those who do), you know that every summer I visit the windy city (aka Chicago) where I attend the annual ASI Show. This report is a collection of my favorite new arrivals from the show!

HERE’S YOUR FIRST LOOK AT WHAT YOU NEED TO BRAND NOW!


CUSTOM KNITTED SOCKS


17 OZ H2GO® FORCE


VAULT RFID SECURITY COMPU-BACKPACK


THE STINGER SUCTION CHARGER


RuMe COMPACTIBLE TRAVEL TOTE


4-IN-1 CHARGING BUDDY


ELEVATED HEATHER POLO


PUMA GOLF TECH 1/4 ZIP TOP CRESTING


THE SUN RAY SUNGLASSES – CRYSTAL LENS


FRAYED CHINO LOW PROFILE UNSTRUCTURED CAP


BEER CAN GLASS


RESCUE WHISTLE KEYRING