March '19

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8 P R I N T W E A R M A R C H 2 0 1 9 BUSINESS WATCH 8 P R I N T W E A R M A R C H 2 0 1 9 8 P R I N T W E A R M A R C H 2 0 1 9 Sweda Launches Apparel Category CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif.—Sweda announces a new apparel initiative for 2019 that features made in USA garments under the Basecamp Brand label. The company says it plans to donate a por- tion of the proceeds to the Warrior Spirit Retreat, a recovery retreat for military veterans. The product lineup features domestically-made apparel as well as American-made fabrics/sewn in Mexico with options for custom color, silhouette, and private label capability through a vertical factory in the U.S. With imprint locations in California, Ohio, and Kentucky, Kellie Claudio, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Sweda, says the company sees the opportunity as "a one purchase order, one freight charge, and one contact convenience for our custom- ers." Alongside the Basecamp lineup, the company announces a part- nership with Mill42, a brand commonly associated with the skate and surf industries. Sweda says it will also offer apparel from a mix of retail and basic brands such as Gildan, Hanes, Jerzees, Anvil, Bella + Canvas, and Next Level Apparel. Badger Sport Cuts Ties with Chinese Manufacturer Implicated in Forced Labor STATESVILLE, N.C.—Badger Sport terminates sourcing from Hetian Taida, a Chinese apparel manufacturer. The move follows reports that allege He- tian Taida uses forced labor in its facilities. An in-depth article ( APHetianTaida) by the Associated Press in Dec. 2018 reported on internment camps in China where detainees were forced to work for various manufacturers. One of those facilities, according to the report, showed an interior that "matches that of Hetian Taida's main Hotan branch." The company has since investigated the claims, includ- ing conducting an audit with the Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) organization. With their investigation complete, Badger says it will no longer source any product from the Asian company, nor will it ship any existing product sourced from the facility. The company says it chose to end the sourcing agreement "out of an abundance of caution and to eliminate any concerns about our supply chain given the controversy around doing business in Northwestern China." In addition to terminating business with Hetian Taida, the company says it will no longer source product from this region of the country. "We take extremely seriously any allegations of a supplier not complying with our Global Sourcing Policy," the company adds. "We strive to adhere to the highest manufacturing standards, as we have done for the past 47 years without issue." Corel Acquires Virtual Specialist Parallels OTTAWA, Ontario—Corel announces the acquisition of Parallels, a virtual specialist, to expand its footprint in the world of business. The company says a shifting business landscape, including the rise of cloud- based services, employees who bring their own device to work, and a variety of untraditional work environments has created a demand for better software manage- ment practices that cover an array of things like security and usability. Corel states it expects to make "significant investment into the Parallels business" because it believes it has "exceptional opportunities for growth." This will likely include integration between its existing products and those of Parallels. Products such as CorelDRAW and apps like WordPerfect will now sit alongside Par- allels Desktop for Mac, Parallels Toolbox for Windows and Mac, Parallels Access, Parallels Mac Management for Microsoft SCCM, and Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS). "We're excited to welcome our new Parallels employees to Corel's global organization," says Patrick Nichols, CEO of Corel, in a statement. "From our highly complementary product portfolios to our shared business models and strategies, Corel and Parallels are a great fit. Thanks to the combined power of our technologies and teams, we see tremendous opportunities to drive continued growth and success for our businesses and most impor- tantly, our customers." "Parallels and Corel share a common vision, market leadership, and passion for innovation. We look forward to continuing to serve our custom- ers and partners with best-in-class software as part of Corel," adds Jack Zubarev, CEO of Parallels. Top of the World Forms Licensing Deal with UConn FOWLERVILLE, Mich.—Top of the World (TOW) inks a three- year deal with the University of Connecticut (UConn). The Hartford Business Journal reports the agreement is a three-year trademark licensing partner- ship for merchandise sales at big-box retail chains. According to the report, TOW pays a minimum royalty of $27,000 per year to IMG College, UConn's trademark licensing manager with the deal. The journal says TOW also provides the university with marketing resources to promote UConn's brand. The agreement is slotted to take effect July 2019. News continued on page 78

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