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Ideaman, Inc. Celebrates 20th Anniversary

A Cheerful Giver has made significant additions to its candle accessory line.
This fall, Ideaman, Inc. celebrates their 20-year anniversary of making souvenir Classic Magnets. Since their introduction to the souvenir industry 20 years ago, Ideaman’s Classic Magnets have been extremely popular with tourists and traveling consumers and have become a staple souvenir item for retailers all across America. Creativity in design, high quality, low minimums, quick turn-around, and the fact that they are American-made, are the signatures of Ideaman’s Classic Magnets and the primary reasons for their continued success.




LaserGifts Announces Patent Pending Status for Name Facts QR Coding

NameFacts.info is a comprehensive database for thousands of popular American names that includes information on name origin, meaning and statistics.
A leader in personalized name programs, LaserGifts, has announced the patent pending status of the latest breakthrough in QR code technology.  Beginning with the new 4D Bookmark Name Program, LaserGifts will add QR codes to each of their new product releases that link instantly to NameFacts.info from your smart phone device. This feature adds even more value to your quality programs from LaserGifts as customers can instantly access a wealth of facts on their very own name at the store level.





DuneCraft’s Cleveland’s Paintings Can Now Be Found at The Dick Kleinman Fine Art Gallery

The paintings of Grant Cleveland, CEO of DuneCraft, have been accepted into the well-known Dick Kleinman Fine Art Gallery in Woodmere, Ohio. The paintings are colorful and symbolic, and each painting has its own story.

Cleveland’s work is bold and instantly recognizable from the color, broad strokes, compelling subjects and unique style. “His art is very different in how he explains what it represents, past the abstractness of it,” Dick Kleinman said.

Cleveland started DuneCraft 10 years ago. The company creates themed terrariums, sprouting kits and science novelties.



Educational Replica Company Goes Green

Safari Ltd®, manufacturer and worldwide distributor of award-winning replica collections, has announced that the company now offers electronic invoices, helping to eliminate paper while saving trees.

Customers still have the option to receive a paper version, but Safari Ltd® hopes that eventually all of its customers will opt for the electronic form. The company also prints credit card and receipt information on the same sheet of paper as the invoice, saving about 1,000 pieces of paper per year.




Wheeler Mfg. Expands Its Product Selection in 2013

In 2012, Wheeler added 600 new items, and for 2013, the company will add just under 600 items.

The company has also broadened and strengthened the presentation of its lines, which include, Wheeler Gemstone, Nature’s 1, Moda Ornamenti Stainless Steel, Bria Kate, Silver Fetish, both Ring lines, stainless steel and sterling silver, and lastly, Petite Silver and regular sterling silver lines.

Additionally, substantial additions have been added to beef up the Bria Kate Fashion line, and the company can put together a great-looking floor stand display. Additions have also been made to the Stainless Steel Ring line, including a great men’s addition of 20 new styles. For Wheeler Gemstone, the company has added white opal stones set in white colored settings, and for Silver Fetish, very nice looking new stone types have been added in pendants and earrings.



Bico Offers New Line of Lifestyle Jewelry

A charm from Bico Australia Jewelry. The company’s slogan is “Believe, Belong, Become.”
The iconic Chinese yin-yang represents the dynamic forces of nature in balance, opposites working together in harmony.

Energetic and vibrant, the yin-yang dazzles in Bico Australia’s alluring new pave-set pendant collection, celebrating individuality, personal identity and style. With fresh colors, playful designs and authentic sparkle, it’s no wonder this eye-catching, Swarovski crystal-set line has brought in stellar sales and has customers raving.

Join Bico’s success with this new line of high-quality lifestyle jewelry and benefit from generous profit margins, strong ROI, broad demographic appeal, built-in brand recognition, sales support and POS marketing materials.



Winning Moves Games’ Rubik’s Void Puzzle Wins Two Awards

Winning Moves Games recently announced that its Rubik’s® Void Puzzle won two prestigious awards: the ASTRA Award for Best Toys For Kids in the Brain Teasers category and the Toy Insider Award for the Spring and Summer Hot Toys List. These are the first ever ASTRA and Toy Insider awards for the company.

This is the third laurel for the company this year, as the Tower Challenge™ game won a Parents’ Choice Award. “We are honored to have won the ASTRA Award and the Toy Insider Award in addition to a Parents› Choice Award for our Tower Challenge Game. Winning Moves Games is on a roll in 2012!” said Winning Moves President Phil E. Orbanes Sr.



Presco International to Premier Sea Inspired Collection at IGES/SSS

This seahorse design from Presco International is part of the company’s Sea Inspired Collection, a unique and high-quality jewelry line that will debut at the IGES/SSS trade show in November.
Presco International will premier its Sea Inspired Collection at the International Gift Exposition in the Smokies/Souvenir Super Show Nov. 6-10, 2012 in Booth 906. The company’s inspiration for this fashion-forward jewelry collection came from living in a coastal region where it is easy to fully appreciate the beauty of sea creatures and flora.

Presco International travels the world searching for the finest products that fit consumers’ tastes with a focus on quality and price points. This wholesale company sells exclusively to retailers, with a unique line of sea life jewelry that has been showcased in stores and aquariums across the country. New products are designed and created annually and imported from some of the industry's top manufacturers in Asia and Europe.





Kerusso Founder and CEO Publishes First Book

Kerusso Founder and CEO Vic Kennett has written his first book “Change Your Shirt. Change The World!” Contributors to the volume include Max Lucado, Tim LaHaye, Michelle Duggar, Stephen Baldwin and others.
Kerusso Founder and CEO Vic Kennett has published a book that is part biography, part how-to, part testimony and part devotional.

Net proceeds from the volume, “Change Your Shirt. Change The World! How Ordinary People Use Christian T-shirts to Share Their Faith – and How You Can Too!” will be donated to Compassion®, an international organization dedicated to helping needy children around the world. The company’s “Live For Him” Campaign has thus far been able to donate over $375,000 to the organization.




Tipsy Inc.: Made in the United States Since 1996

Tipsy Inc. has been manufacturing “Made in U.S.A.” resort wear since 1996 from the greater Los Angeles area. The company is committed to quality and manufactures clothing for toddlers, youth, juniors, ladies and adults at competitive pricing. From a 55,000-square-foot facility, the company produces garments from cutting and sewing to screen printing and embroidery. There is also an in-house art department to ensure each customer gets custom art with a unique feel. From mom and pops to mega resorts, theme parks, national parks and boutiques, Tipsy Inc. is a one-stop shop that can provide something for everyone.



New Arch Crown Tag and Label Fall Catalog Features Innovative Bar Code Technology Products, Tags and Labels

Arch Crown makes your marketing efforts more attractive before, during and after the sale with custom tags and labels.
The fall 2012 Arch Crown catalog includes new bar code technology products and a quality line of stock, pre-printed and custom printed tags and labels for jewelers, manufacturers and retail giftware stores.

Arch Crown bar code packages feature the new Datamax-O’Neil E-Class Mark III, a desktop printer, and a wide choice of thermal transfer tags and labels for your jewelry and giftware pricing needs. The Complete Package (used with your existing software) and Pro Plus Package also include the popular Honeywell Voyager MS9540 bar code scanner.

Create and print personalized QR (Quick Response) bar codes with Labelview software or Arch Crown can print them for you.

Additionally, new Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Solutions for marketing and inventory control allow jewelers to easily track sales and reconcile inventory with the use of Smart Tags without removing jewelry from display showcases.












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