May '19

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6 P R I N T W E A R M A Y 2 0 1 9 BUSINESS WATCH Stay up to date with what's happening in the world of apparel decorating and news relevant to your business. 6 P R I N T W E A R M A Y 2 0 1 9 World Emblem Earns Facility and Merchandise Authorization Certification HOLLYWOOD, Fla.—World Emblem earns Facility and Mer- chandise Authorization (FAMA). The company says it received the certification at its Mexico facility after a recent audit by the Fair Labor Association. FAMA certification features a multi-step process which includes an extensive application and submission period. Fol- lowing these steps, a FAMA representa- tive conducts an in-person factory audit to ensure the company meets licensing requirements as well as adheres to strict standards. The representative assesses various company factors including compliance with health and safety laws; documenta- tion of factory receipts on payroll, records, and employee files; and personnel interviews where employees are asked about working conditions. With the certification, World Emblem says it is now authorized to manufacture licensed products including merchandise for Disney. "World Emblem truly believes its employees and clients are their most important assets," the company states in a press release. "They are committed to maintaining top facilities and remaining at the forefront of ingenuity by continually looking for opportunities for improvement." Easiway Systems Announces REACH Compliance Program DELANO, Minn.—Easiway Systems announces its REACH compliance program. REACH stands for Registra- tion, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals. Designed by the European Union, REACH aims to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemi- cals while enhancing the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry. It also promotes alternative methods for the hazard assessment of substances to reduce animal testing. "The values of REACH line up with the values of our company; improving the protection of human health and the environment," says Sara Broghamer, the company's chief op- erations officer. "We have developed a roadmap with our inside compliance team and European-based only representative to assure we are compliant with REACH now and in the future, this is a regulation we are not taking lightly. It is by embracing regulations such as REACH, that sets Easiway apart from the competition, and will only continue to strengthen our delivery of the best screen chemicals to the global industry." REACHLaw, Easiway's only European-based representative, is headquartered in Vänrikinkuja, Finland. TSC Apparel Moves Cincinnati Distribution Center CINCINNATI—TSC Apparel moves to a new Cincinnati-area distribution center. The new facility has twice the capacity of the previous Cincinnati warehouse, which TSC says better positions the company for its next phase of growth. With the new location, the company offers an expanded SKU selection including more brands, styles, and colors and more in- depth inventory. The new location also boasts a showroom and an enhanced will-call experience with easy order loading for customers. "From the showroom to the pick-up counter, our goal is for our customers to have a great experience from the time they arrive at the building until the moment they leave," says Dan Kessler, vice president of operations for TSC Apparel. "Our number-one priority at TSC is fulfilling our customers' needs, and the new Cincinnati facility will allow us to support their growing demand for more brands and products avail- able, stocked deep, as well as the convenience of the easy highway access and the amazing experience they will have when coming to shop our showroom or pick up an order," says Marianne Gross, vice president of marketing. The warehouse is located at 8586 Trade Center Dr. Suite 100, West Chester Township, Ohio 45011. University of Cincinnati Announces Exclusive Hanes Partnership ATLANTA—The University of Cincinnati and its exclusive trademark licensing agent IMG College Licensing announce an agreement with Hanes to serve as the university's primary licensee for apparel products. The deal covers all Cincinnati-branded apparel across retail channels. The company states the partnership will give the university "greater control over the supply chain along with stability in licensing income over the next six years." While Hanes' Champion label has been a Cincinnati licensee since 1992, the new deal represents a continued effort by the Cincinnati licensing program to provide quality products to Bearcats fans while securing brand value over the long-term, according to the company. "As the retail landscape continues to evolve, especially with the growth in online sales, it's important that we partner with best-in-class licensees, like HanesBrands, that are committed to growing the Cincinnati brand and delivering additional resources back to the university," states Martin Ludwig, Cincinnati's director of trademarks and licensing. Additionally, the deal provides the university with: • A minimum guarantee that ensures more than a 20 percent growth in apparel royalties following the 8 percent growth the university experienced during the past three years • Access to academic resources through internships • Participation by HanesBrands executives in university programs and projects • Additional resources to develop, grow, and merchandise the presence of Cincinnati product in the marketplace HanesBrands will also fund annual corporate social responsibility (CSR) trips for Cincinnati staff to visit facilities producing licensed merchandise, review production, and ensure compliance with university workplace codes of conduct.

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