Saturday, November 4, 2017

Governor Cooper Signs Executive Order 25 for NC HUB Business

On Thursday November 2, I was on hand to represent Promotional Partners as a witness to Governor Cooper signing executive order 25. The order is in support of NC HUB status businesses like our company; woman owned.
Governor Cooper hosted a large group of professionals that represent the diversity of the face of business in North Carolina. Represented were businesses of all sizes that are either minority owned or woman owned who have taken the steps to partner with the state and become HUB; historically underutilized business certified.

What is HUB status and what does that mean for you as the consumer? A previous blog post explores this topic.

At the core, what's in this order? See the general overview below:

Promotional Partners has been a HUB status company since it's start back in 2007! Check your corporate relationship guidelines, you might be surprised to your business values relationships with HUB status companies. In fact, we can even partner with other HUB status companies to fulfill your orders!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

mAh- Standby- Output- Input Current- Are You Confused By These Terms?

 Milliamp Hour, Standby Time, Output Current, Input Current- I don't know about you, but these terms don't mean much to me. My concern is will the power bank in my purse charge my phone when it's running low on power and how long will it take to get "powered up". A few years back I started purchasing the more expensive power banks for my kids with as "Tim Taylor- Tool Time" would grunt, "more power". They commented that these devices charged faster and stayed ready to charge longer than what they had previously been using.

Looking for a way to explain the terms, I found our buddies and Leed's created this document to explain the terminology. 

 The best I can come up with to explain how fast the charger works is to think about light bulbs. The wattage ranges from around 15 watts to 150 watts. The lower watt bulbs do not produce a very bright light compared to the higher wattage bulbs; that' because they don't pull as much "juice" from the outlet to light up the filament. Your power bank is similar, the output and input control how quickly the charger will work.

Ask your consultant to send you a copy of this information. 

Looking for a power bank? Compare your choices

Saturday, October 28, 2017

How Safe Is Your Battery Powered Device?

You've seen the headlines - electronic battery powered items catching on fire, in turn creating concern among consumers. Safety is important to our company so we take great care to partner with suppliers that we can trust. 

At the top of the promotional request list for many of our clients is a power bank. Power banks keep busy professionals up and running during the day, while easily crossing over all demographics with for a functional branded item.

To insure rechargeable batteries are safe, they need to be properly tested and adhere to quality control. We select partners like Leed's that adhere to rigorous safety tests on electronic devices!   

According to our experts at Leed's- product safety begins at the factory with an evaluation process that includes verification of proper internal quality protocols.

They reinforce quality control procedures by:
  • Providing detailed product specs to factories.
  • Working with a quality-assurance team on site in China.
  • Rejecting substandard purchase orders.
What about product testing?

Leed's product testing includes both internal testing and testing by independent third parties. There are no mandatory standards, but our internal testing exceeds accepted industry standards. Their products have been tested by independent organizations like UL and Intertek, which offer certifications that more and more customers are requesting. 

The testing conducted by Leed's experts accounts for three areas:
  1. Functional testing to make sure products perform safely and as expected.
  2. Situational testing to make sure product will not malfunction if overused or dropped.
  3. Cosmetic and packaging evaluation for overall appearance, workmanship and logo
 Would you like to know more about power bank product safety? 

There are so many styles of power banks, which one is right for your needs or distribution? What determines the speed a power bank charges? Look for answers in our next blog post.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Everything's Bigger In Texas!

My son's both flew independent flights to Dallas this week to meet up for a long weekend. Avid sports fans and long time Cowboys fans, the trip holds the promise of fun memories. It's cool to live out dreams- for the boys, seeing Dallas play at home. While their thoughts were on all places they wanted to visit, my thoughts were on protecting my boys and making the most of their experiences. 

Gifting is about the relationship between you and the recipient. A carefully selected gift shows that you understand the needs, habits and preferences of the recipient. One of the things I love the most about my industry is the abundance of choice! There is really no reason for anyone to lack for a signature gift that fits their budget and conveys the message they want to share. 

While the boys planned for places to go on their trip, I purchased products selected to enhance their trip.  

What did I select?

Of course they needed a roomy, yet compact  
 duffel carry on- 

Solar lighting quick power bank to make sure they did not miss any action.

Visiting so many places with crowds- they would be at risk without  RFID-blocking wallets to protect their sensitive personal information- even round town- 

What is RFID? Items made from a material that interferes with radio waves, making a credit card’s RFID chip difficult to read by someone trying to “skim” sensitive information from the card or passport.

Finally, what's a game without a close up view of your favorite players? 

Had my purchases been for business relationships instead of my boys, who could care less about the wrapping, attractive packaging would have been a factor. Adding print rich images, logos, messages not only add color, but character to the package.

Looking for some ideas when the showroom isn't open? Browse these digital catalogs- then check with your brand consultant to develop a plan that fits your budget. 


 There's a saying, "Everything's Bigger In Texas"! 

This holiday season connect in a BIG way with a quality gift for employees, customers and key business relationships. There are 5280 feet in a mile and our team is here to help you go the extra mile with this year's signature gift!