Vendor Spotlight: Maple Ridge Farms

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Believe it or not, it’s almost the end of the year! Maple Ridge Farms has some great tips on how you can increase your 4th quarter sales so you can reach your end-of-year goals! Take a look:

The Easiest Way to Increase Your 4th Quarter Sales – Food Gifts

It’s easy to sell holiday food gifts if you know a few basic points. The best place to start is with your existing customers. According to American Express, half of all business gifts purchased for the holidays are food gifts. Business food gift sales are estimated to be about $5 billion dollars. If your customers aren’t asking to buy food gifts from you, chances are it’s because they don’t know you sell food gifts.

Here are 7 Key Facts to help you secure their business:

  1. Convenience! Rather than sending an employee to the store or spending hours on the internet trying to find the right gifts, clients can easily purchase their food gifts from you.
  2. Gifts to promote your client’s company and help build their brand. When recipients open their gift, the first thing they’ll see is your client’s logo.
  3. Value driven pricing. Our volume purchasing and the absence of certain middle-men allows clients to purchase gifts from you for less than they would have to pay elsewhere for stuffy, overpriced brand names.
  4. Fresher gifts taste better! Our gifts are packed-to-order just before the order is shipped, not made up many months in advance like so many gifts from the mail-order and retail giants.
  5. We can arrange for shipment to the client or directly to each recipient. We will even enclose their greeting or business card.
  6. No catalogs or promotional literature in your client’s gifts. Maple Ridge Farms never puts its catalog or promotional literature in your client’s gifts which is a very common practice for the giant food gift companies.
  7. 7. No risk . . . because all gifts come with a 100% Money-Back Guarantee.

Be proactive!  Make sure you clients know it is easy to purchase their holiday food gifts from you!

Maple Ridge Farms has been named the top food gift company in the promotional products industry for 14 years in a row. Business gift programs are our only business, so we understand your needs.  For 35 years we have been helping businesses strengthen their relationships with their customers and employees – and we’re eager to put the experience to work for you!

For more information about Maple Ridge Farms, Click here!

 

Do You Know The Truth About Indoff?

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Do you know the truth about Indoff?

 

Here are some frequently asked questions about Indoff and our Partner Program:

Does Indoff make their Partners sign a non-compete agreement?

No, your customer base belongs to you. If a situation arises that would cause you to leave Indoff, your customers can go with you.

Does Indoff require a franchise fee to become a Partner?

Indoff is not a franchise organization. You will be an employee of Indoff.

Does Indoff assign me a sales territory?

Indoff does not have territory restrictions because this limits your selling potential. We do have account protection, if you develop an account, then you should profit from the relationship.

When are commissions paid?

Commissions are paid at the end of the month following when the sale is invoiced. For example, if your sale is invoiced in January, then you are paid commission on that sale at the end of February. Commissions are paid based on invoicing, not when the customer pays.

Will I be an independent contractor?

You will be a W2 employee of Indoff and are therefore eligible to participate in our benefits program. You will also be covered by our liability and workman’s compensation insurance.

Does Indoff cover marketing or office expenses?

Indoff provides a cell phone/internet monthly stipend, office expenses and an annual marketing budget.

Do I have to pay out of pocket for my deliveries and installs?

No, Indoff pays the vendors direct and it becomes a job cost that we split 50/50.

Does Indoff have preferred vendors?

Indoff has access to almost every vendor nationwide with competitive pricing.  We allow you to work with the vendors you are comfortable with or have experience working with in the past.  You receive the true cost from the manufacture and you set your own pricing.

 

We hope you learned something new! Do you have questions about the Program? Contact our National Marketing Manager, Angela Suntrup at angela.suntrup@indoff.com

Vendor Product Spotlight: Vantage Apparel

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This week we are re-focusing on one of Indoff’s promotional products Vendors, Vantage Apparel. For more than 35 years, Vantage Apparel has been the top-ranked brand of identity apparel chosen to promote the names and logos of the country’s leading corporations, resorts, golf courses, colleges and casinos.

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The product they are highlighting this week is their Vansport™ Performance Pullover. The Pullover is made of 100% polyester and 6¾ oz. twill knit with Vansport™ moisture management. It also has the following features:

•Stand-up self-goods collar

• ¼-zip neck with contrast grey zipper

•Grey triple-needle top-stitching at raglan sleeves

•Front and back vertical seams

•Even-hemmed bottom

•Vansport™ tagless label

 

To learn more about Vantage and their products, click here!

 

Product Safety Solutions From BIC Graphic

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Take a look at these product safety tips provided by our friends at BIC Graphic!

US Product Safety laws can be very technical and complex. Several product categories have specific regulations due to the nature of the product’s usage or the materials. Knowing that your supplier has complied with all product safety laws gives you and your customer peace of mind. Here are some examples of major product safety regulations:

Most Promotional Products, such as Writing Instruments, Bags, Outdoor, Meeting, Awards, Fashion Accessories, Apparel, etc., need to be tested for lead (toxic), phthalates (hormone disruptor) and Physical Hazards (cut, pinch, tip over, collapse, choke, etc.)

Food & Drink Contact Items, such as Drinkware, Tableware and utensils, are tested for lead (toxic), cadmium (toxic), BPA (hormone disruptor), n-hexane (toxic), heptane (toxic) and other extractives (toxic).

Child Products (intended primarily for use by children 12 and under) must be tested for lead and other heavy metals (toxic), phthalates (hormone disruptors), physical hazards (choke, cut, pinch, eye irritation, noise, asphyxiation, etc.)

Electronics need to be tested for Fire and Shock Hazards, Mercury Content (toxic) and Emission of Frequencies (interference with other electronics).

There are many more standards that apply to specific products, but the above gives you a quick overview of the primary concerns of our industry today.

BIC Graphic has an extensive product testing process as well as a structured auditing approach their suppliers must comply with. This ensures that both the products BIC Graphic manufactures, as well as sources, are safe for your customers.

Product safety testing documentation is available on the Norwood by BIC Graphic website – (http://www.norwood.com/special/safetyreports/Safety+Search%99/) as well as testing specifically related to CPSIA regulations (http://www.norwood.com/special/cpsia/CPSIA/).

 

Indoff Introduces Energy Solutions Sales Division

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Indoff is proud to announce that they are officially expanding into the energy solutions market.

“The lighting and energy industry is undergoing a major transition that allows consumers to use energy much more efficiently. By opening the door to this industry, Indoff Sales Partners will have the opportunity to offer their customers many cost-saving solutions,” says Division Vice President, John Vasquez.

Indoff’s Energy Solutions division is focused on lighting initially, but its Partners will have access to a wide range of products from LED solutions to solar panels to spot coolers. This wide variety of offerings is consistent with Indoff’s tradition of providing total solutions to its customers.

“We have been in the lighting and energy solutions business for a while,” explains Indoff President, Jim Malkus. “But we think the time is right to make a concentrated effort to grow this portion of our business. Providing our customers with help in reducing their energy consumption, costs and carbon footprint is an exciting opportunity for us.”

Indoff is headquartered in St. Louis, Mo and has Sales Partners located throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. Indoff has been serving the needs of both the industry and office for over 40 years.

Vendor Product Spotlight: Akro-Mils

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This week, we are taking a look at Akro-Mils. Akro-Mils is on of Indoff’s many Material Handling Vendors. They are all about storage, organization and transport solutions that increase material handling efficiency and reduce costs in any industry.

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Akro-Mils has announced the expansion of its ShelfMax® line with the introduction of 23 sizes of ShelfMax8 8″ high plastic storage bins. These new 8” bins include sizes designed for shelving systems and many Vertical Carousel Automated Storage Retrieval Systems.

Extra-large ShelfMax8 bins feature even greater storage options for end users — including up to 95 percent more holding capacity than traditional 4″ shelf bins, and 65 percent more capacity than 6″ bins.

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Bins feature a wide hopper front for easy access and a built-in rear hanglock to allow complete access to contents when tilted out on shelving. The oversized label area easily accommodates a 2″ high adhesive label, or multiple labels for divided bins holding multiple SKUs. An innovative new divider design allows for more secure bin partitions, and easier installation and removal of optional width and length dividers.

ShelfMax8 colors include red, blue, yellow and clear.

For more information on this product and to learn more about Akro-Mils, Click Here!

Vendor Product Spotlight: BAG MAKERS

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Our second spotlight piece this week is highlighting one of Indoff’s Promotional Products Vendors, BAG MAKERS.

BAG MAKERS is a long-time Indoff vendor that specializes in imprinted non-woven polypropylene, paper, plastic and polyester bags. BAG MAKERS partners with distributors to sell more than 97 million bags each year, including paper and plastic, shoppers, gift bags, carry-out bags, trade show bags, insulated lunch bags, hot and cold grocery bags, backpacks and more. The company offers four imprint processes—flexographic ink, hot stamp, screen print and ColorVista (a high-resolution, four-color process).

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In January, BAG MAKERS introduced a new bag to its popular all-purpose tote collection—the Cubby. This premium, non-woven polypropylene bag offers six interior floating sleeves that are just the right size for carrying bottles of water, olive oil or a favorite beverage. The sleeves conveniently fold neatly to the side to accommodate larger items.

The Cubby Tote’s reinforced handles lend strength and durability, and its sewn-in foam bottom insert helps cushion breakable items. It also offers a 3-inch hang loop to attach to a bag stand. The Cubby Tote is a great bag for a wide variety of marketing programs—ideal for grocery stores and gourmet shops, wineries, farmer’s markets, company picnics, open-air festivals, concert venues and much more.

Learn more about the Cubby Tote at www.bagmakersinc.com, or in this brief Cubby Tote video.

For your free Cubby Tote sample, email our sample team at SampleDept@bagmakersinc.com.