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

Give the gift of…Inspiration

In life there are Givers and there are Takers. Both can and do achieve success but through vastly different paths. A Giver’s success spreads and cascades. You see, the Giver’s success creates value, rather than simply claiming it.

This year we will be rooting for your success. We will celebrate every hard fought victory. Here’s to living a Given Life where success ripples and builds. 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.

We invite you to explore our complete 2017 Gift Collection Catalog which includes gift ideas for all occasions and fit any budget. Pre-order our new sets now that will be available to ship on September 1st, 2017 in time for the upcoming holiday season.

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston S. Churchill

#GIFTSOME

The new 2017-2018 Gift Giving Catalog

from SnugZ USA is Now Available.

SnugZ USA Gift Giving Catalog

Watch our new video featuring the “THINK TANK” Gift Set

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HIGH STEPPER Gift Set
HIGH STEPPER – Pair of custom full color printed SoulKix® slip-on style shoes with a pair of mid-calf dye sublimated socks wrapped in kraft tissue paper in a kraft shoe box.

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 SABBATICAL Gift Set
SABBATICAL – 7″ X 5.25″ grey felt journal with 96 lined pages, 8 oz. candle with wood wick wrapped in debossed leather sleeve, 1.5″ X 6″ debossed leather cuff bracelet and 6.5″ X 3.375″ X 1.75″ debossed leather eyeglass case in a 14″ X 9″ X 4.5″ wooden box with brown crinkle paper.

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Don’t just live life, Traverse it.

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 is able to craft 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 will elicit a visceral response above and beyond the mere function of the leather good itself. A smart brand wants its reputation to be associated with multiple fibers of a quality experience. Traverse has emerged as more than a great promotional product – it’s an emotional charge to the senses.

A few months ago, a distributor customer of ours called seeking a unique promotional item for a client that truly embodied our craftsman mantra we not only made her a beautiful leather purse and notebook which instantly became incorporated into her brand’s daily workflow, but we also made a film to tell the story.

What we found has implications for the entire promotional industry. If you think about it, every brand has a story. And for those whose story is dedication to being the innovators, the disruptors and the leaders in their category – this is what being a craftsman is all about. This is the essence of what it means to TRAVERSE life. By taking the path that leads to the unknown is risky but it’s the only way to truly break new ground. Brands who understand this inherently surround themselves with products that stand for the same thing. 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.

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

Don’t just live life, Traverse it.
#TRAVERSElife

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Accessorize with Traverse
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We've got your promo in the bag!
We’ve got your promo in the Bag!

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Step to Your Own Beat with SoulKix

SoulKix Collage

They’re Yours. Make them that way. 

With SoulKix by SnugZ USA, you become the designer. Promo has just taken another huge step forward with the ability to create your own custom kix. In fact, it’s an industry first. Because you are the designer, the shoes you ultimately design are yours and yours only. Pretty cool right?

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3 Ways to Customize 

Before anything else you will choose the color of your SoulKix.  The material options are Black, White, and Black/White. Next up, how will you print your logo or artwork?  See below for inspiration on how to customize:

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SoulKix Single Images
1) Single Images: If your choose this option your artwork is printed identically onto each shoe.

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SoulKix Split-Screen
2) Split-Screen: On the second option your artwork will be printed across both shoes.

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SoulKix Separate Images
3) Separate Images: Last, but not least, you can choose to have different pieces of artwork printed on each shoe.

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Shoe Size Conversion Chart
Find your perfect fit for your Kix!

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Zip-It: Next Day Shipping

Zip-It

WHAT IS ZIP-IT?

“Zip-It” is SnugZ’s new 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” symbol next to the item number in the SnugZ Catalog or online at snugzusa.com to indicate which items are offered on the Zip-It Next-Day service program.

#ZIPITGOOD

 

More than 50 new products and counting…

We've Been Busy

 

WITH MORE THAN 50 NEW ARRIVALS IN 2016…WE’VE BEEN BUSY.

Do you remember the first order you ever made from SnugZ USA?  We bet you do!  Just like it was yesterday.

Make SnugZ your destination and check out all our new products here.  Here’s some great ideas to get you started:

  • Duo-Bottle
  • Zen Essential Oil
  • Sunscreen
  • Wax Warmer
  • New Linen Gift Bag
  • Tingle Lip Balm
  • SweetZ

SnugZUSA.com // #DestinationSZ

#VOTEBRITTANY

That’s correct, #votebrittany.

We’re proud to announce our very own Vice President of Sales, Brittany David, is one of two Supplier candidates up for election in PPAI’s Board of Directors class of 2020. It’s a true honor to be nominated for this position. One has to be involved ranging from, but not limited to: regularly attend the PPAI Expo, obtain strong personality and diverse business experience, employee of a supplier in good standing, active in non-industry business professional and community organizations, and be involved with education services on committees, advisory councils, or task forces. She is adored by both suppliers and distributors alike and understands the importance of relationships, integrity and authenticity.

Brittany is prepared for the additional time commitment that will be required of the position and is no stranger to stepping up to the plate. Here at SnugZ USA, she oversees a team of more than 40 sales members and together they not only meet their quarterly goals but exceed them. She is adored by both suppliers and distributors alike and understands the importance of relationships, integrity and authenticity.

 

 

 

Brittany has been a SnugZian for just under five years now; we’re incredibly proud of her and very advantaged to have her on our team. Prior to shining at SnugZ, she got her introduction to the Promotional Products Industry at SAGE as a Tradeshow Management Services Manager. Along with her Promo expertise, Brittany is someone who constantly radiates positive vibes, possesses a loving heart for community service, is a visionary, and will not take “it can’t be done” as an acceptable answer.

Those who know Brittany can vouch for her vibrant personality, dynamic energy, robust work ethic, absorbing smile, and exceptional consideration and passion for the Promotional Products Industry. She is exceedingly instrumental to the success here at SnugZ USA! We know how remarkable she is but also take a look what influencers in our industry have to say about her.

 

 

 

 

 

Brittany David is one of brightest young lights in the promotional products industry. Smart, energetic and a committed team player, she would make an outstanding PPAI board member.”

– Michael M. Woody, President. International Marketing Advantages, Inc. and former  PPAI Board Chair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I have known Brittany David both on a business and personal level for some time and I have never found anyone to be more capable and caring than she is. Her professionalism shines through at work and it is evident that she cares about every client and every order, big or small.

Personally she is a woman of character and value and I am lucky to be able to know her and to call her my friend. She has abilities that take most people years to learn and skills far beyond her years. 

I have had the privilege to serve on the PPAI Board of Directors as a RAC Delegate and again for a four year term and I believe Brittany has everything it takes to do a good job and to lead us into the future.”

– Margie Price, MAS, Premiums Plus Incorporated | PPAI RAC delegate 2002-‘04 |PPAI Board of Director Class of 2009

 

 

 

 

Brittany’s work ethic is second to none, and she takes commitment, drive, and dedication to a whole other level. She has an incredible way of being extremely business savvy while also being a genuine advocate for her customers. 

I have experienced a high level of integrity and strategic thinking that is echoed by many. She has achieved incredible feats during her time in the industry, and she is as ambitious as they come. More importantly, she has the acumen, thought leadership, creativity, and enthusiasm to back it up.”

-Jessica Hutwelker, MAS

Account Manager at Sunrise Identity

 

 

Voting will begin September first and you can access that page by clicking here. Suppliers and Distributors can vote and stay tuned to our blog for updates. Lastly, you can learn more about Brittany’s Campaign and stay informed with her activity by liking her FaceBook page, VoteBrittany.

 

#votebrittany

#ppaibrittany

#teambrittany

Introducing our new Executive Director of Quality Control—Justin Gukeisen

 

In February, SnugZ USA welcomed a new member to its Executive Team—Mr. Justin Gukeisen, Director of Quality Control (QC). Justin isn’t a successor to a former administrator, but rather he is the first Director of QC in SnugZ USA history.  With his addition, the new 2015 Executive Team is now comprised of 11 members.

No matter the industry, it’s vital for every firm to pursue innovation and remain competitive. As a result, the Director of QC position was created to dissect our existing business manufacturing process, identify bottlenecks and constraints, eliminate waste, and consistently improve them to help ensure the company’s long term success.

A little bit about Justin is he’s a local from Utah–born and raised. A family man at heart, Justin is married to his wife, Lana, and together they have three children and one on the way. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints religion, he has a calling in his ward’s bishopric and when he’s not attending to family, church or work responsibilities, Justin enjoys pick-up basketball games. Lastly, he’s hard to miss around the office, just look for Blue, Silver, and Black. This avid Detroit Lions fan proudly wears his team’s colors and must own the biggest Lions wardrobe collection of any fan in Utah.

He brings with him an extensive work history in manufacturing, robust education, and seasoned skill sets as a leader and manager. Justin was with his previous company, Spectra Symbol Corp., for 14 years and his last position was the Chief Operating Officer (COO). At Spectra, Justin held several positions such as:  Janitor, Printer, Supervisor, Sales Territory Manager, Operations Manager, and Director of Specialty Products before COO. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management in 2011 from the University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business and returned two years later to pursue and receive an Executive Masters of Business Administration (MBA). Lastly, he encompasses experience in consulting nearly a dozen firms in the principles of Lean Manufacturing and process improvements.

Justin’s background helped him stand out among potential candidates but what truly helped him outshine others was his profound passion for the manufacturing industry. His gentle personality and commitment to help improve people and processes was a characteristic that struck a chord with decision makers. All of SnugZ’s executives have been hired from within, working years in the organization; however, Justin was recruited externally, an uncommon practice here. The prospective hopefuls were selected by referrals only—once again, attesting to his remarkable qualifications.

 

Naturally, Justin has wasted no time here at SnugZ USA and has hit the ground running from day one. During his training, he logged a keen ear to supervisors’ frustrations and constraints. He manages a team of 10 individuals and together they inspect all processing orders to ensure they are meeting customer specifications and are compliant with regulatory standards. Furthermore, Justin has been asked to facilitate a course in Lean Manufacturing in our SnugZ University program—an in-house training curriculum designed to offer developmental courses for all employees. Some of Justin’s goals are to help introduce and sustain all elements of Lean Manufacturing, empower all those he comes in contact with, and contribute to the executives’ vision for the company.

Justin has been an excellent fit for the SnugZ organization and culture thus far. Several of the manufacturing supervisors have approached leaders to express their excitement to begin working with him and his aspirations. It’s safe to say, we’re all ecstatic to move forward with his visionary leadership and targeted endeavors.

Take a Strike Against Cold and Flu Season

Each year everyone stresses the idea of protecting yourself in cold and flu season. But honestly does the flu affect us all? And the bigger picture is how do we protect ourselves?

The truth is 1 in 5 Americans get the flu each year. The United States Center for Disease Control estimates that between 3,000 and 49,000 people die from influenza each year, 90% of which were under the age of 65.

People at high risk are children 6 months to 5 years old, pregnant women, anyone who lives with or cares for infants, health care workers, and adults over 50.

The combination of pneumonia and influenza is the nation’s eighth leading cause of death.

Now that we know the facts, how do we protect ourselves?

Through endless research we have compiled a list of the best tips to prevent your exposure to the cold and flu this season.

  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables! (for maximum vitamins and minerals)
  • Make sure your hands are clean. Use hand sanitizer or wash hands with warm soapy water.
  • Keep your hands away from your face.
  • Get moving! Exercise boosts immune function.
  • Get plenty of sleep and rest.
  • Decrease stress and meditate
  • Diffuse essential oils into the air (eucalyptus is a great option).
  • Be sure to sneeze properly (into your elbow).
  • If you get sick, stay home.
  • And the single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot.

Be prepared to combat cold and flu germs throughout the day with a bottle of SnugZ hand sanitizer, available in a variety of scents and easy to carry bottles. Check out a few of our favorites like ZSCP or ZS19.

You never know when those germs will strike so keep SnugZ handy this season!

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm