(Editor’s Note: PromoWire by PPAI Media is a running digest of news releases and updates submitted from organizations around the promotional products industry. PPAI Media edits these only slightly, including for length, and will consider newsworthy entries from any member organization.)

October 5, 2022

commonsku Releases Schedule and Topics for skucon 2023

commonsku, a promotional products business and sales software, releases the schedule and topics for their popular skucon conference, now held both in-person and virtually.

skucon is an event experience that sits at the cutting-edge of merch life, featuring talks by tomorrow’s leaders, stories from pros in the trenches, and radical thinkers who will push you and your team to dream and grow. The in-person event will be held on Sunday, January 8th, at the beautiful Frank Gehry-designed Keep Memory Alive Center in Las Vegas, and a virtual event will be held on Thursday, January 19th.

skucon in-person features keynote speaker Michael Bungay Stanier (whose book The Coaching Habit has sold over a million copies), on the topic of “The 5 Question Leader”; Nick Casares, Head of Product at PolyientX will be speaking on “Web3 and NFTs - Fad, Friend, or Foe”; Travis Veit & Caleb Gilbertson, founders of Imprint Engine will be share “The End-to-End Story of Fast-Growth Imprint Engine”; Trina Bicknell, CRO of HPG, Samatha Kates, Chief Sales Officer at Spector & Co., and Holly Brown, CRO at Polyconcept will talk about “CRO Secrets to Driving Sales Success”; Nathan Bailey, President and Founder of Ideation, will join Jeff Becker CEO of Kotis Design and Stephanie Taylor co-founder of Hello Promo in a panel discussion on “The Tipping Point: Behind 3 Epic Success Stories”; Tiana Gamble CEO of Creative Design Hawaii, Regina Renda, founder of Kick Ass Swag, Quinn Bui, Sales Exec at Raining Rose, and Jarid Taylor founder of Brandigenous, will each share a “skucon story,” a popular segment that features behind-the-scenes stories of pros in the trenches, and finally, the day’s event will end with Ally Delgado, CEO of Merchology on the topic, “Float Like a Butterfly, Merch Like a Bee: the Surprising Lessons the Branded Merch Industry can Learn from Honeybees.”

skucon in-person will be held on Sunday, January 8th, and skucon Virtual will be held on Thursday, January 19th, to register you and your team, visit skucon.com.

October 4, 2022

Koozie Group Enters Supplier Partnership With GCI Outdoor 

As the outdoor category continues to gain popularity, Koozie Group is pleased to announce a new partnership with GCI Outdoor. For over 25 years, GCI Outdoor has combined innovation with a passion for the outdoors and created gear that is built for adventures big and small. Koozie Group will be the only promotional product supplier offering their products.

GCI Outdoor was founded while trying to answer one simple question: “Why isn’t there a chair for that?” With inventive yet practical features, GCI seats are a go-to favorite for campers, tailgaters, sports parents, and beachgoers alike.

Pierre Montaubin, SVP Product Management & Sourcing at Koozie Group, said, “GCI Outdoor’s first-of-their-kind products are widely sought after by retail consumers for their comfort, quality, and durability. We’re thrilled to be working with the leading brand in the category. We’ve gone the extra mile to ensure the chairs we’re selling are Prop 65 compliant and that there’s a large area for customer imprints.”

“Our sister companies ORCA® and PrideSports have worked with Koozie Group very successfully,” explained Jeff Polke, President at GCI Outdoor. “When we were exploring entering the promotional products sphere, they were the obvious choice.”

Every GCI Outdoor™ chair is carefully designed with its end use in mind. For example, patented spring-loaded shocks in the rocking chairs allow for smooth motion on soft, hard, and uneven terrain. One hallmark of all GCI Outdoor™ chairs is their bagless design that relies on an integrated carrying strap for portability.

In September, Koozie Group launched four GCI Outdoor™ chairs, including a stool, a stadium seat, and two rockers.
• GCI Outdoor™ Quik-E-Seat® Item #26280
• GCI Outdoor™ BleacherBack™ Stadium Seat Item #26277
• GCI Outdoor™ Kickback Rocker™ Item #26278
• GCI Outdoor™ Freestyle Rocker™ Item # 26279

Product information and details are available at kooziegroup.com.