April '20

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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6 P R I N T W E A R A P R I L 2 0 2 0 BUSINESSWATCH 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 A P R I L 2 0 2 0 6 P R I N T W E A R A P R I L 2 0 2 0 National Business Media Unveils BROOMFIELD, Colo.—National Business Media (NBM) announces the launch of a new publication, entitled GRAPHICS PRO. The forthcoming publication merges A&E, Printwear, and Sign & Digital Graphics into a single, comprehensive brand. "GRAPHICS PRO will be a significant, professional, substantive magazine and brand that stands alone as the credible source in the industry. GRAPHICS PRO accurately reflects and represents the multi-faceted graphics business of the 2020s," comments Dave Pomeroy, president of NBM. "The deep roots we have with over 30 years invested in each of our publications positions GRAPHICS PRO to go both deep and wide—covering specific products and processes but also the larger, wider opportunities that exist for all professional graphics businesses." Pomeroy adds that the company has successfully accomplished the "cross - over" approach for several years with THE NBM SHOW. "Most industry busi- nesses, 71% according to subscriber data from our readers, already reach into at least one of the other two segments of the traditionally-aligned awards/ personalization, signage, and apparel decorating markets," says Pomeroy. Along with a print magazine and website, GRAPHICS PRO will feature a daily e-newsletter where readers can get the latest industry updates, informa - tive videos, and tips and Q&As. Additionally, the publication will offer weekly Products & Deals, other digital 'deep dives' into industry segments, special publications like WRAPS, START HERE, and more. "This is a bold move and an important milestone," comments Bob Wieber, CEO of NBM. "I applaud this forward-thinking plan." All three publications will release a final print issue in May 2020, followed by the release of GRAPHICS PRO in June 2020. The new website, graphics-, launches in May 2020. Vantage Apparel Upgrades to Recycled Packaging AVENEL, N.J.—Vantage Apparel reduces its environmental footprint by replacing vir- gin plastic poly bags with recycled packag- ing. According to the company, the 100% recycled poly bags are made from post-industrial scrap and provide a durable, biodegradable solution to protect garments from dust, dirt, and moisture during transit. "Vantage is excited to take this important step toward sustainability," comments Marc Loeb, COO of Vantage Apparel. "We will continue to seek efficiencies internally and with production partners, such as EcoEnclose, a leader in eco-friendly packaging supplies, as we work towards our goal to manufacture and ship with the least amount of environmental impact as possible." The packaging initiative falls in line with Vantage's sustainability strategy which also addresses the use of recycled materials in gar- ment manufacturing. Earlier this year, the company released an eco- conscious set of polos, hoodies, and button-down knit shirts for men and women. Marketed under the name Earthwise, the styles all use REPREVE recycled polyester made from post-consumer plastic bottles. Gildan Earns Bronze Distinction in 2020 SAM Sustainability Yearbook MONTREAL—Gildan announces its inclusion in the 2020 SAM Sustainability Yearbook. This marks the eighth consecu- tive year the company has been featured in the book. The Yearbook is a compre- hensive publication on corporate social responsibility that showcases sustainability performance among large companies across the globe. Gildan received a Bronze status, which signifies a mark between 5–10% of the top scores in the textiles, apparel, and luxury goods industry. The company con- tends that it's also the only North American company to be included amongst the 2020 Sustainability Leaders in this sector. "We are proud to be part of the SAM Sustainability Yearbook once again and be recognized for our dedication to operating ethically and our emphasis on sustainability across all levels of our operations," says Claudia Sandoval, vice president of corporate citizenship at Gildan. The 2019 SAM lineup featured the assessment of more than 4,700 companies across 61 industries to identify businesses that "exemplify leading corporate sustainability practices and a focus on long-term growth drivers," according to the organization.

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