Character Traits: Variations in Natural Leather

NO TWO HIDES ARE ALIKE

With every order, the Traverse craftsman starts with the raw ingredients – a piece of leather and a brand logo.

But instead of working with detailed blueprints, the master crafts his work one stitch and cut at a time. Just enough

structure to provide a template while still leaving room for improvisation and creativity. The result is not only

the longest lasting promotion you’ve ever seen, but one which elicits a visceral response above and beyond mere function.

Traverse has emerged as more than a great promotional product – it’s an emotional charge to the senses.

 

CHARACTER TRAITS

Variations that are found in natural leather make for a truly unique promotional product. Traverse leather goods elicit a

response each time they are shared and used. It’s a piece that will be kept and integrated into your life for years to come.

Learn more about each leather characteristic below.

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WRINKLES

When an extra thick piece of leather is bent back on itself naturally, it adds character that creates dimension. It’s true what they say, a wrinkle merely indicates where a smile has been.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SCARS

These are heralded events in the lives of our cows and bulls – a tussle with the tough mesquite bushes, a battle, a run through the barbed wire fence. Typically these will surface as long thin black lines. The appropriate response is a nod of respect for a fight well fought.

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STRETCH MARKS

These serve as an indication of life. Stretch marks occur with extremely fast growth or living large and in charge. Either way it means this animal was at the top of the metaphorical food chain. Share the glory and the gluttony.

 

 

 

 

 

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CALLOUSES

And you thought the raised teats on a Longhorn were just for good looks? Callouses provide a great guard that limits scrapes and cuts as the cow walks through fields of prickly cacti. Callouses are the result of these life patterns, rubbing that itchy spot with your horn or sleeping on your side. See? Habits do make a difference. They will appear as small, circular, smooth markings.

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INSECT BITES

These are visible signs that we’re not the only ones who battle tiny jaws, stingers and suckers. They may appear as tiny black or off-colored spots. Stand in stoic appreciation of the creature who was unable to slap a mosquito with its hoof.

 

 

 

 

 

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VEINS

One of the key marking of a well marbled leather hide are veins. Note to be confused with a blood pumping body builder caught in a Vesuvius moment. Hmmm…Vesuvius Veins. It sounds like an iconic rock band or a really nice piece of leather.

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We invite you to explore our new Traverse line which includes journals, notebooks, wallets, accessories and more.

Traverse: Fueld Films Story

Embark on a Fueld Films Journey

Recently, a distributor customer of ours called seeking unique promotional items for a client that truly embodied our craftsman mantra and literally does no other type of advertising except for promotional items. We wanted to tell their story. See first hand the power of promo products on set with Fueld Films.

“It’s kind of odd, but we don’t do any advertising. The only kind of marketing we do is promotional products. That’s it.”

Brady, Fueld Films

#TraverseLife

Healthy Practices to Keep You Cold & Flu Free

History of the Flu

Have you heard about the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918? According to History.com, it was the deadliest in history, infecting an estimated 500 million people worldwide. At the time, that accumulated for about one-third of the planet’s population. It killed an estimated 20 million to 50 million victims, including 675,000 Americans. The never-before-seen 1918 flu strain was detected first in Europe, United Starts and parts of Asia before making its way around the world. Transport yourself to that time period and try to imagine having no effective drugs, vaccines or treatments for today’s flu let alone, back then.

What is the flu and how do you get it?

WebMD defines it as: Influenza, commonly known as the “flu”, is an extremely contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza A or B viruses (Bad Nasties). The virus is spread through the air when a person coughs, sneezes, talks etc. You can also become infected by touching something with the virus already on it and then making contact with your eyes, nose or mouth. “Flu season” tends to run from late fall into early spring here in the United States.

Man infected with the influenza or flu virus

So if you’re asking yourself (trust us, you aren’t alone), “How do I protect myself and loved ones from germs and Bad Nasties?”, then here’s some healthy practices to keep you cold and flu free this year:

1. Hygiene

  • Wash your hands often using warm water and anti-bacterial soap for 15-20 seconds.
  • Avoid favorite destinations of germs and Bad Nasties like public restrooms, restaurants, airplanes, and hotels just to name a few.
  • Make it a habit to put on hand sanitizer. When used properly it can eliminate up to 99.9% of germs on skin – Get EQP minus 15% on these best selling sanitizers! Hurry offer ends 2/28/2018
ZS10, ZS20, ZSCP, ZSCC
ZS10, ZS20, ZSCP, ZSCC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Diet

  • Eat fresh vegetables, meats and other unprocessed foods.
  • Cut out sugar. Did you know sugar can stifle your immune system for several hours after you eat it?
  • Support a healthy immune system by taking nutrition supplements.
  • Drink a proper amount of water.

3. Change Your Lifestyle

  • Exercise: choose a physical activity that’s fun and works for you.
  • Eliminate stress through meditation or yoga (this promotes good health).
  • Rest up. Never take for granted a good night’s sleep, 6-8 hours depending on you.
  • Go outside to enjoy fresh air and sunshine.

 

5 Ideas to Make Your Corporate Wellness Program Thrive

no. 2 Corporate Wellness

Did you know 80% of employees at companies with booming wellness programs feel more bought in and cared for by employers?

Health and wellness programs have become popular in many companies to bring in and keep top talent, create a fun and productive work environment, and promote overall well being. A successful wellness program strikes a balance between educating employees on self-care while still having fun. If your team isn’t engaged or having fun, they’ll lose interest very quickly. So, make it fun!

Below are 5 ideas (many we’ve used here at SnugZ and experienced the benefit first hand) that you can easily work into your wellness program to make it thrive!

1. Offer Creative Workspaces

Like John Cleese once said, “If you want creative workers give them time to play.” Nobody wants to feel like they are working in a prison cell a.k.a. a cubicle with nothing to stare at but 3 blank walls. Put a ping pong table in the break room, offer colorful and comfy chairs, and surprise them with a desk toy like our RATTLER wood snake cube puzzle.

RATTLER Wood Snake Cube Puzzle (TRATTLER)
RATTLER Wood Snake Cube Puzzle (TRATTLER)

2. Remind People to Get Flu Shots

Flu season is back and is already the most widespread on record. Now is a good time to send out a list of locations offering flu shots (especially those covered by the company’s health insurance). To make it easy, you can also arrange for a company to give flu shots on-site. Give each employee a branded hand sanitizer to promote general health around the office.

EQP minus 15% on our best selling SANITIZER through 2/28/2018!
EQP minus 15% on our best selling SANITIZER through 2/28/2018!

3. Host a Monthly Healthy Potluck

Everyone loves to eat right? Well, even if they don’t, they should! This one’s easy and tasty. First, decide on a day and then put together a sign up sheet with 2 columns (name and what you’re bringing). Announce that it’s been posted in the break room or send it out to individual teams so people can join in.

4. Practice Zen

Take a deep breath. Stress remains an ever-growing problem throughout the world and especially here in the United States. All of us can reduce stress by becoming more mindful through meditation and yoga. Every couple weeks have a yoga instructor come teach a class in the office or hold regular meditation sessions. Uplift the mood of employees, while promoting happiness and well-being by diffusing ZEN essential oils in your work space.

Zen Essential Oil 15 mL Dropper Bottle (NEODB15)
Zen Essential Oil 15 mL Dropper Bottle (NEODB15)

5. Start Walking (Meetings)

Walk and talk. It’s a concept older than time itself. A few reasons to turn your normal everyday meeting into a walking meeting:

  1. Introduce physical activity into your workday
  2. Get a boost of energy by moving
  3. Be inspired by what you see on your journey
  4. Increase collaboration by moving from one conversation to another
  5. Research suggests walking makes people more creative

 

Have more wellness program ideas? We’d love to hear them. Comment below!

 

 

Avoiding Last-Minute Order Panic Before Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year, commonly referred to as Spring Festival since the 20th century, remains the most important social and economic holiday in China. The holiday was originally tied to the lunar-solar Chinese calendar. Time was spent honoring your household, deities and ancestors. Families also gathered together to enjoy great feasts and connect with one another. After the adoption of the Western calendar in 1912, people of China joined in celebrating January 1 as New Year’s Day. Today China continues to celebrate the traditional Chinese New Year, but as Spring Festival, a shorter version of the original holiday. However, traditions have evolved over time and younger generations of Chinese use it as a chance to take a break from work as opposed to renewing family ties.

 

How does this impact you as a promotional products distributor?

China factories will be shutdown from 2/7-2/25 to celebrate Chinese New Year, causing production and order delays for your business. 

Domestic Manufacturing

Thinking about ordering from an overseas promotional products supplier? Think again.

Save yourself some time and the irritation of not knowing where your order is.

At SnugZ USA we’re open all year long. Let us handle all your needs with your local inventory and products assembled right here in the USA.

Zip-It

Remember to take advantage of Zip-It! Zip-It is SnugZ USA’s next-day service program. If you place your order before 2:00 pm EST, it ships the very next business day at no additional cost. Zip-It is available for our most popular items.

What Products Qualify for Zip-It Service?

Look for the “Z” icon next to the item number in the SnugZ Catalog or on our website to indicate which items are offered on the Zip-It Next-Day service program. Get more details about the program here.

NEW Selling Opportunities with Zen


Zen Collection from SnugZ USA is a natural aromatherapy line of essential oils, soaps, candles, bath bombs and bath salts to help balance, harmonize and promote the health of the body. Price points range from $1.00 for an essential oil infused natural lip balm all the way to $150.00 for the most luxurious gift set.

What is aromatherapy?

According to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, it is referred to Essential Oil therapy, which can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of the body, mind and spirit. It seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process.
So, why are we telling you this?

Corporate & Retail Trends

Demand is growing extremely fast for natural products. From 2015 to 2016 it grew by 11% into a $67.5 billion dollar industry. Major consumer good and food companies are launching their own venture capital projects and investing in natural products. Right now it is all about natural, organic, biodynamic and sustainably grown goods.
How can you take advantage of this trend?

Infographic - Zen Corporate Gift Trends
Infographic – Zen Corporate Gift Trends
Infographic - Zen Resale Opportunities
Infographic – Zen Resale Opportunities

Case Studies

Case 1: Gift w Purchase & Relieving Physical Stress

One major running retailer gives out Bath bombs as a gift with every purchase. This has turned into a successful program that has repeated at 5,000 pieces per order, multiple times. Runners are known to put their bodies through a lot of stress. The essential oil infused salts help with muscle relaxation via soaking in a hot bath.
Item: NBM23 (Bath Bombs)
Quantity: 5,000
End User: Major Running Retailer

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Case 2: Solutions for Weary Tech Pros

The Zen Essentials Gift Set provides the perfect get away for stressed out workers. This well-known tech company wanted to provide a way for their hard working tech professionals to relax and recharge.
Item: ZGS10 (Zen Essentials Gift Set)
Quantity: 450
End User: Well-Known Tech Company

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Case 3: Calming New Parents

This innovative idea was developed for the maternity ward of a premiere Florida hospital and was designed to help promote mental and physical relaxation for parents and newborns.
Item: NCTL-4PACK (4 Pk. Tea Lights)
Scents: 2 Focus, 2 Karma
Quantity: 1,200
End User: Maternity Ward in Premiere Florida Hospital

NCTL_4PACK

 

 

 


The SnugZ USA Last Minute Gift Giving Guide

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2 oz. Essential Oil Infused Candle - NCTS2

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Add some warmth to your Holiday promotion with a fragrant and essential oil infused, soy wax candle inside a 2 oz. screw-top metal tin. Available in silver or bronze finish. Featuring a selection of scent options from our signature Zen collection.

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4 natural beeswax based Lip Moisturizer in clear tube (ZLBXCT) packed nicely into a kraft window box, making it ready to gift. Pulling this out of  a stocking is sure to put a smile on their face.

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Lip Moisturizer 4-Pack in Kraft Window Box - HGS25

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Saddler Loop Keychain - TSADDLER

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What’s more memorable than new car smell on Christmas morning? Attach keys to their dream car for the ultimate Holiday surprise. Make sure they hear the comforting creak and lingering scent of handcrafted leather as you twirl your keys to test drive your new ride.

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8 oz. candle with a wood wick wrapped in a debossed leather sleeve. Featuring a selection of scent options from our White Scented Candles. Whoever’s lucky enough to unwrap the Harper will be burning it non-stop.

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Harper Leather Wrapped Candle - THARPER

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Small Wood Puzzle - TCOPPERHEAD

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The COPPERHEAD small wood puzzle is perfect to keep yourself entertained in a creative way. Simple gift that is great for employees or stocking stuffers.

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Aren’t the Holidays stressful? Loosen up and unwind with Zen Bath Salts. Dissolve in water and drench yourself in rich essential oils and sea salts for the ultimate in pampering and relaxation. Bath salts are a great gift idea for spas, women’s events, or that someone who needs to de-stress after the Holidays. Give the gift of relaxation.

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Essential Oil Infused Bath Salts in 12 oz. Mason Jar - NBSMJ12

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Mamba Whiskey Stones

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The luxurious MAMBA whiskey stones set contains an engraved wooden box with six whiskey stones that are placed nicely in a velvet bag. A gift that can be used time and time again.

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Tradition holds that the Cooper crafted the water bearing barrels that made early transatlantic travel possible.  Your leather-bound Cooper will quench your branded dreams across every vast page. Gift blank pages to fill with aspirations, to do’s, and memories throughout 2018.

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Cooper Large Journal - TCOOPER

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Plenty more ideas in our 2017-2018 Gift Collection Catalog

SnugZ USA Gift Giving Catalog

Larger Quantities. Faster Delivery. Lickety-Split!

LANYARDS. LIP BALM. SANITIZER…LICKETY SPLIT!

As one of the industry’s largest suppliers of lanyards and lip balm, SnugZ USA has the capability to locally produce and ship up to 25,000 sanitizer, 50,000 screen printed lanyards or 100,000 lip balm in as little as 5 days. Go ahead and read that again. We’ll wait. And with pricing that is as competitive as your fantasy football league, we will make sure it will fit in your budget.

Unless … It doesn’t and you need a REALLY BIG ORDER in a REALLY BIG RUSH…. INTRODUCING OUR NEW RUSH IMPORT LANYARD SERVICE. The SnugZ capacitor-turn-around-a-meter just did a 360 and is now feeling a little light headed. Speed will do that to you. I think we should all sit down… breathe… in…out… that’s good. It’s a happy cry I know. Lickety-Split. Say it with me.

Like videos? Watch Lickety-Split and our MFG team blow your mind! 

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Make Your Voice Heard – 2018 PPAI Supplier Star

“Since 1989, SnugZ has always been committed to providing an exceptional customer experience and producing high quality products for their customers.”

We still proudly stand by that today, 28 years later.

2018 PPAI Supplier Star Ballot is now open and SnugZ USA is honored to have been selected. What does that mean? As our Distributor Member of PPAI, you have the privilege to vote for the top supplier companies (including us) that have given you the best customer service, communication, on-time delivery, and top quality product.

Ballot Opens: Monday, September 18, 2017

Ballot Closes: Friday, October 13, 2017

Make your voice heard and VOTE NOW!

 

25 Reasons a Lanyard Should be Your Next Promo

Let us help you with all of your lanyard and badge needs. We have been slingin’ lanyards since ’89 and manufacture everything here in the good ol’ USA. Polyester, cotton, nylon, glow in the dark, even cork! Yes, I said cork! Screen printed or sublimated, 1/2″ up 1 1/2″ widths, any imprint color and the most attachment options in the industry. Need them next day? ZIP-IT! Why would you go anywhere else? Here’s 25 more reasons:

1. SnugZ USA has a lanyard to fit every budget.
2. Customization is practically limitless!
3. Increase your brand awareness by being worn around every neck.
4. Perfect for trade shows, offices, events, seminars, hospitals, employees…the list goes on and on.
5. Provides an individual gift at any company event.
6. Dual use lanyards convert to provide useful before and after events.
7. 25 years of lanyard-making experience.
8. Worried about losing your essentials? A lanyard will keep the most important things attached to you.
9. All our lanyards are manufactured here in the good ol’ USA!
10. Keep your logo easily visible to all.
11. Several material types to choose from including polyester, cotton, nylon, glow in the dark, and even cork!
12. Most attachment options in the industry. Period.
13. Countless pairings.
14. Billions of lanyards, a #SnugzillionUses…and counting!
15. Strap on a pair of “LanyardHosen” and it will forever change your yodeling game.
16. Lanyards make great goat food, just ask Mocha.
17. You won’t have to worry about a bear getting your food if you have lanyards on hand
18. Laugh so hard and stay on your dinosaur (they make a great harness).
19. Easily transformed into a ghillie suit so you can avoid daily duties.
20. If you need to grow a beard ASAP your lanyard is there to save the day!
21. Procrastinate a little too long? Not to worry, there is NEXT DAY SHIPPING with ZIP-IT!
22. Never lose your keys again. Unless you lose your lanyard with them…some people you just can’t help (only joking).
23. 33.7% keep a promo item (like lanyards) on their person – a coveted location for advertising.
24. High quantities, quick turnaround, diverse and affordable.
25. Above all, those receiving the lanyard will not only thank you, but remember the experience as well.

#SnugZillionUses – “Lanyardhosen”

#SnugZillionUses – “Bear Floss”

“BILLIONS OF LANYARDS, A SNUGZILLION USES…AND COUNTING!”

SnugZ USA knows a thing or two about lanyards – we’ve been making lanyards right here in the USA for more than 25 years. Visit SnugZUSA.com to see how easy it can be to build the perfect lanyard.

 

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Boost company, team, and individual morale with Gift Giving

Boosting company, team, or individual morale isn’t always the easiest task. Employees desire to feel valued and the Holiday Season is a perfect time to recognize every hard fought victory and those who worked diligently all year to ensure your company’s success. The SnugZ USA 2017-2018 Gift Collection provides a variety Gift Giving ideas to fit every budget, company, and individual. So bring us your moments, your times, your expectations when the stakes are high or just plain there and together we will build memories worth having.

STOCKING STUFFERS:
If your company is working with a limited budget, there is no need to fret, you still have amazing gift options in our Gift Collection that any employee would love to receive.

New to our stocking stuffers is the “Copperhead Small Wood Puzzle” (TCOPPERHEAD) – It’s a wooden puzzle cube featuring your company’s logo laser-etched on the front. You will find that it’s not only fun to play with, but stimulates your brain’s creativity, patience, and also helps develop intelligence. A perfect trinket for someone’s desk or office.

TCOPPERHEAD
Copperhead Small Wood Puzzle

“If you want creative workers, give them time to play.” –John Cleese

SweetZ Gift Sets:

Sweet and savory is never a bad route. Give ’em something to snack on with an assortment of SweetZ Gift Sets. “SweetZ Party Pack” (HGS19) comes with two SweetZ filled heat sealed bags in a wooden Gift Box with brown crinkle paper. The best part is the sharing!

HGS19
SweetZ Party Pack

“Give the world a reason to dance.” – Kid President

ZEN Gift Sets:
Have a little more wiggle room in your gift giving budget? We offer a multitude of high-end gift sets. The “Ultimate Spa Set” (HGS2) provides everything one could possibly need to indulge in a relaxing evening after a long day of work. Essential oil infused apothecary jar candle, bath salts and body butter in a square jar, two 15 mL. essential oil dropper bottles, bath bomb in a wooden Gift Box with brown crinkle paper. Available in 9 different Signature Zen Scents!

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Ultimate Spa Set (shown w Immunity Signature Zen scent)

“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well” – Voltaire

TRAVERSE Gift Sets:
Traverse is new to the SnugZ USA Gift Collection and to the promotional industry. Our Traverse line offers eight different Handcrafted Gift Sets made with nothing but top notch materials. Choose from 5 domestic, USA Made, leather colors and 11 Irish waxed linen accent stitching colors to create something truly unique. Customize to match your company logo! Simple leather goods crafted with a long lasting promotion in mind. A high quality gift for high quality workers, making it the ultimate thank you.

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PUDDLE JUMPER

“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.” – Amy Charmichael

Express to your employees that they add something to the company that no one else can, and are valued beyond measure. Not only will they remember the gift by enjoying what’s inside the box, but the feeling they felt for being recognized by you.

Download the 2017-2018 Gift Collection Catalog here, and #GIFTSOME!