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Are You Consistently Buying USA-Made Products for Yourself?

November 13th, 2013 No comments

Yes–Buy USA Means You too!

bu usa-made productsI was at a trade show a few weeks back and stopped at various booths from American manufacturers and one branch of the military– and they noticed they were all handing out promotional items that were Made in China.

That’s right.

These organizations were spending thousands of dollars exhibiting at this particular trade show to promote a “Buy American” theme– and they didn’t even have the forethought to buy American-made promotional items.

Where is that logic?

Where is the consistency of messaging?

How can you expect others to Buy American when you don’t even believe in the cause?

Vet your suppliers to make sure that they are using American factories — for everything!

Buy and drive American-made cars.

Give away American-made promotional items. There are tens of thousands of unique promotional items that are made in the USA–as you can see from our link.

Be sure your clothing and/or uniforms are made int he USA.

Be a representative of all that is good about American-made products.

Be a “Made in the USA” ambassador.

Do not take the easy way out and just talk the talk.

After all, do you want your customers doing the same to you?

Consistently buy Made in America.

Promote America.

Keep jobs in America!

Remember, the American job you save may be your own.

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Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing marketing campaigns and is a leader in promoting and distributing American-made promotional products, which includes one of the largest selections of reusable and tote bags, sports and water bottles, pens and pencils, awards, desk accessories and trade show giveaways – all made in the USA. His company’s website, BuyUSPromos.com features over 25,000 American-made promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in keeping Americans working and supporting American factories and American jobs. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. You can also reach him by email (robert (at) buyuspromos.com) or comment on his blog postings at blog.buyuspromos.com or below at his Twitter link.

Are You Interviewing Veterans for Job Positions.. or Just Paying Lip Service to Your Support?

November 11th, 2013 No comments

What are you doing to hire more US veterans?

hire more veteransTalk is cheap.

And it is easy to say that you Support Our Troops (blah blah blah).

But do you really support the troops with more than words?

A new report shows that “for Post-9/11 era veterans, the October jobless rate is 10 percent. For men of the Iraq and Afghanistan generation, the employment rate was 9.6 percent in October. For women, the jobless rate was 11.6 percent.

As an American manufacturer or business- are you satisfied with 10 per cent unemployment for young veterans?

If not, what are you doing about it?

When was the last time you interviewed a veteran for a job position?

Are you actively searching out skilled veterans to fill jobs – or just waiting for one to show up on your doorstep?

Promote America is a 2-way street.

You want people to buy your American-made goods and services because it keeps jobs in America.  That is great.

But are you helping to hire those who have fought to protect our country and keep it great?

You owe it to veterans to give them a fair chance to succeed in the private sector.

Say Happy Veteran’s Day with a job offer.  Not just a Facebook post.

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Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing marketing campaigns and is a leader in promoting and distributing American-made promotional products, which includes one of the largest selections of reusable and tote bags, sports and water bottles, pens and pencils, awards, desk accessories and trade show giveaways – all made in the USA. His company’s website, BuyUSPromos.com features over 25,000 American-made promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in keeping Americans working and supporting American factories and American jobs. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. You can also reach him by email (robert (at) buyuspromos.com) or comment on his blog postings at blog.buyuspromos.com or below at his Twitter link.

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American Apparel CEO Rips the Retail Industry for Not Supporting American Jobs

May 7th, 2013 No comments

Do you Support more American jobs?Do You Support American Jobs?

Kudos to American Apparel CEO Dov Charney for taking on the American retail  industry’s ‘Blind Pursuit’ of Low Wages in the aftermath of the horrific accident in a Bangladesh factory last week.

Charney writes, “The apparel industry’s relentless and blind pursuit of the lowest possible wages cannot be sustained over time, ethically or fiscally. As labor and transportation costs increase worldwide, exploitation will not only be morally offensive and dated, it will not even be financially viable.”

He goes on to say why he chooses to keep jobs in the United States at $12/hour rather than to outsource.

Yes, prices might be higher from American factories – but Americans with jobs are able to afford more products and services from other companies.

There is definitely a multiplier effect with American jobs.

Are you supporting American jobs with your wallet ?

If not now, when?

Talk is cheap.

It is one thing to say you support American jobs.  It is another thing to pay for goods and services made by American companies.

Remember, the American job you save may be your own.

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Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing marketing campaigns and is a leader in promoting and distributing American-made promotional products, which includes one of the largest selections of reusable and tote bags, sports and water bottles, pens and pencils, awards, desk accessories and trade show giveaways – all made in the USA. His company’s website, BuyUSPromos.com features over 25,000 American-made promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in keeping Americans working and supporting American factories and American jobs. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. You can also reach him by email (robert (at) buyuspromos.com) or comment on his blog postings at blog.buyuspromos.com or below at his Twitter link.

Increasing Support for Union Jobs Might Take a PR Effort

January 7th, 2013 No comments

Increase Union Jobs Through Awareness, Not Legislation Battles

A new PR campaign might be needed for greater support for Union jobs.

Austin, Texas: There has been a great deal of press over the past few months about Union jobs and the increase in right to work legislation in some states.

Although our company, BuyUSPromos.com tries to promote American jobs whether they are unionized or not, we have been paying special attention lately to adding more Union-shop factories to our list of vendors.

After meeting and dealing with these hard working factories, our New Year’s resolution was to increase by 20% the number of Union shops that we work with in 2013 — in making our tote bags, imprinted bandannas, water bottles and mugs and other promotional products.

I have been turned off by the way the media has been portraying the Unions and its members and feel that it is time to support these Unions — before they do not exist any longer.

I also think that it is time for the Unions to fight back in the media —  in public relations — on the air, in social media – wherever — to explain the value that Unions offer the country.

Perhaps if Americans hear from Union workers (not necessarily strident Union leaders), then a softer and more honest image can be created and the role and value of Union workers can be re-established.

Fighting for higher pay regardless of the profitability of factories is a losing argument.

Fighting for greater respect, better working conditions and a fair wage is certainly something that most Americans can stand for.

Support Union jobs

Remember, the American job you save may be your own.

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Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing marketing campaigns and is a leader in promoting and distributing American-made promotional products, which includes one of the largest selections of reusable and tote bags, sports and water bottles, pens and pencils, awards, desk accessories and trade show giveaways – all made in the USA. His company’s website, BuyUSPromos.com features over 25,000 American-made promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in keeping Americans working and supporting American factories and American jobs. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. You can also reach him by email (robert (at) buyuspromos.com) or comment on his blog postings at blog.buyuspromos.com or below at his Twitter link.

How Many More Factory Fires and Deaths Will It Take Before People Insist on Buying American Made Products?

November 29th, 2012 No comments
Buy American Made Products This Holiday Season

Buy American Made Products This Holiday Season

Buying American Made Products Saves Lives..To Say Nothing of American Jobs

Austin, Texas: Factory workers are dying around the world at an alarming rate ..in a rush to eke out every inch of profit.

The other day there was a fire in a Bangladesh factory that killed 117 workers.  This factory was alleged to be making products for Sears, Disney and Wal-Mart, according to USA Today.

Whether it was arson or not, an article from CNN says that “The state-run news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha recently reported that some 6,000 people die every year in fires in Bangladesh.”

Workers at Foxconn making Apple products have a high incidence of suicide among its workforce due to long hours, tedious work and poor work/lifestyle ratios.

How many more deaths of innocent factory workers will it take before American consumers are willing to pay a little bit more for products that are actually made in America?

We should look to these deaths and finally decide that we are better than this.

Are you willing to pay a little bit more for your Christmas gifts knowing that your items were Made in America?

By Americans?

For Americans?

I hope so.

American-made goods are produced to a higher standard.

Most of the issues about lead turning up in glassware and other products have all been made overseas.

Most of the reports about toxic chemicals added to consumable products are also made overseas–where regulations are not very stringent at all.

Politics aside, it is regulations and fair work hours and pay that have built the American middle class.

We need to support those workers — to ensure a higher standard of living for all Americans.

There is a huge multiplier effect that comes from one American worker spending their money on other goods and services, which lead to greater production, higher sales taxes paid to states, more income tax paid to state and federal coffers – and the cycle keeps continuing … as long as we continue to buy American.

Buy American made products this Holiday season.

Remember, the job you save may be your own.

————————————————— Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing marketing campaigns and is a leader in promoting and distributing American-made promotional products, which includes one of the largest selections of reusable and tote bags, sports and water bottles, pens and pencils, awards, desk accessories and trade show giveaways – all made in the USA. His company’s website, BuyUSPromos.com features over 25,000 American-made promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in keeping Americans working and supporting American factories and American jobs. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. You can also reach him by email (robert (at) buyuspromos.com) or comment on his blog postings at blog.buyuspromos.com or below at his Twitter link.

Is the Buy US Movement reaching a Tipping Point After The US Olympic Team Uniform Fiasco?

July 13th, 2012 No comments
Should Americans be angry that the US Olympic uniforms were made in China?

American Proud? US Olympic Uniforms Not American Made. Hypocritical or Good Business Decision?

Austin, Texas: There has been a lot of press recently on the fact that the US Olympic team’s uniforms were Made in China and not domestically. The debate centers around whether that is an affront to the American people or a shining example of American capitalism.

Doesn’t patriotism mean anything any longer?

Is it legal to outsource American flags, US Olympic team uniforms and US Military equipment and uniforms? Sure.

Does it seem right that many of these goods are made overseas?  Probably not.

As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, I am not advocating government mandates to force companies to Buy USA.  That is short-sighted and leads to protectionism, trade wars and tariffs.

I am suggesting that people do what is right–even if it costs them a little bit more.

Ralph Lauren, designer of the Olympic uniforms, is surely not going to be selling their product line at WalMart, so the pennies they saved by outsourcing were not crucial. I am sure they will be adding a significant markup regardless of the savings.

How about positive goodwill they might have earned for going with American factories instead of the negative backlash they are getting on TV?

Why has this news resonated so much with the American people?

Have we reached a Tipping Point, as Malcolm Gladwell alluded to?

Can this be the final straw, where Americans say, “Enough is Enough”?

Can this be our Alamo–our rallying cry?

I hope so!

Americans, take a few moments to look at teh country of origin befor ebuying your next product. Then see if there is a comparable US-made product that can be substituted.

You will be surprised that American products are very comparable in many areas.  Maybe not in electronics, but in most other areas, there are American-made products that cost about the same.

That’s right.  “About the same”.

And isn’t the fact that we are supporting American jobs on workers who will now have money to buy products and services that your company makes worth something?

Isn’t there value to buying American products so that these workers now can pay more in taxes-which will hep improve the nation’s infrastructure, pay for roads and schools, pay down our national debt and support our military?

Let’s speak with our wallets and our purses  and spend money supporting American workers.

Let’s keep Americans working so we can all strive for the American dream.

Buy American — because it really does matter.

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Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing marketing campaigns and is a leader in promoting and distributing American-made promotional products, which includes one of the largest selections of reusable and tote bags, sports and water bottles, pens and pencils, awards, desk accessories and trade show giveaways – all made in the USA. His company’s website, BuyUSPromos.com features over 25,000 American-made promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in keeping Americans working and supporting American factories and American jobs. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. You can also reach him by email (robert (at) buyuspromos.com) or comment on his blog postings at blog.buyuspromos.com or below at his Twitter link.

Occupy Christmas: Buy American

December 21st, 2011 No comments

Buy American movement-Occupy Christmas

New Organization Tries To Encourage Consumers to Buy US-Made Gifts

CNN did a recent report on an organization called Occupy Christmas, with its stated goal to encourage more people to buy American-made gifts this Holiday season.

According to the article, this group is trying to “help boost the domestic economy and reverse the tide of rising unemployment, for some, it means buying American. Others patronize mom-and-pop shops or crafts fairs or buy gift cards for local restaurants or services.”

According to CNN, the “Buy American” movement has been gaining momentum in recent years amid the economic downturn, steady unemployment and pledges from the Obama administration to reinvigorate the manufacturing sector.

A 2010 Adweek Media/Harris Poll found that 61% of Americans said they were more likely to purchase a product advertised as “Made in America.” In an ABC News special devoted to the topic, Diane Sawyer challenged Americans to spend $64 on American-made goods during holiday shopping, claiming that it would create 200,000 new jobs.

“A lot of consumers believe it’s a way to assist in all the issues we’re dealing with,” said University of Wisconsin consumer science professor Cynthia Jasper. “They believe that the money spent is reinvested in the local community in terms of taxes and jobs. Many consumers, because of the economic climate, want to to support their local communities.”

As Americans, we can control our destinies.  Let’s all make a concerted effort to switch 20% of our purchases to US-made products.

It will have a tremendous positive effect on this country in terms of increased employment opportunities, more tax revenue for our counties, cities, states and federal government, and an opportunity to reduce the growing deficit problem.

20% is a small goal that should be easily attainable if we take the time to shop around – and it can have far-reaching benefits.

Remember, the job you save may be your own!

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Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing marketing campaigns and is a leader in promoting and distributing American-made promotional products, which includes one of the largest selections of reusable and tote bags, sports and water bottles, pens and pencils, awards, desk accessories and trade show giveaways – all made in the USA. His company’s website, BuyUSPromos.com features over 25,000  American-made promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in keeping Americans working and supporting American factories and American jobs. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. You can also reach him by email (robert (at) buyuspromos.com) or comment on his blog postings at blog.buyuspromos.com or below at his Twitter link.

Are You Buying American Products This Christmas Holiday Season?

December 7th, 2011 No comments

Look for American Made Products this Holiday Shopping SeasonAustin, Texas: Are you buying Made in the USA this Holiday season?

According to ABC News, American families plan to spend about $700 per year on Christmas/Hanukkah gifts this year.  And if only $64 was spent on American-made goods, one new job would be created.

Can you spend 9% of your Christmas budget on US-made products this year?

Imagine if that was doubled– or even tripled!

It’s one thing to read about the loss of American jobs in the paper or on the nightly news. It’s another thing when job losses ht home– your home, one of your relatives, your neighbor, etc.

Let’s all do something about it.

Let’s be pro-active.

Look for Made in the USA on your products.

Support local businesses.

Encourage others to Buy American.

Remember, the job you save may be your own.

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Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing marketing campaigns and is a leader in promoting and distributing American-made promotional products, which includes one of the largest selections of reusable and tote bags, sports and water bottles, pens and pencils, awards, desk accessories and trade show giveaways – all made in the USA. His company’s website, BuyUSPromos.com features over 25,000  American-made promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in keeping Americans working and supporting American factories and American jobs. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame.

You can also reach him by email (robert (at) buyuspromos.com) or comment on his blog postings at blog.buyuspromos.com or below at his Twitter link.

Buying American: Should It Be Mandated by Law?

December 5th, 2011 No comments

Many people feel the government should mandate that companies but Made in the ASA products.Austin, Texas: I was on a discussion board in one of the industries we serve and it centered on whether or not Congress should make a law enforcing government institutions to Buy American or not.

The discussions for both sides were quite heated, and after some thought, I felt that it was time to weigh in.

Nobody is a fan of government regulation.  As a business owner, it affects too much of my time and energy, as it is.

However, if the job of government is to protect American jobs and to defend our national security, I would argue that it is in the interest of the government to reduce our dependence on imports–which would include both raw materials and finished goods.

A more self-sufficient country is a stronger country.

Should the government mandate that private companies buy products Made in the USA?  Definitely not.

Private companies should be encouraged to Buy American, possibly even with a tax incentive, but not punished for not supporting American jobs.  People have the right to buy where they want to, just as consumers have the right to boycott companies that do not support American jobs.

However, when it comes to government spending, this is a completely different story.

That being said, our government should give priority to American-made products on bid proposals, as it does for other criteria, such as Women and Minority Owned Businesses.

In addition, government agencies should also give Made in the USA-products priority on smaller orders, as a way of jump-starting the economy.

Granted, not everything is available domestically right now.

But if local, state and federal governments were allowed to pay up to 10-15% more for American-made products, it would encourage greater domestic production- which will lead to more jobs – and more tax revenue.

Even mandating a certain percentage of products that must be Made in the USA would add jobs– say 15% to 20%.  That would force government agencies to seek out American solutions.

Supporting American jobs means a higher standard of living for this country, more people employed means more local goods get purchased, which leads to more taxes paid — which encourages more production….. and the cycle continues.

Imports lead to plant closings, greater unemployment and less taxes– which leads to cuts in government services, which includes defense spending.

Our government should Buy American because it is the smart thing to do.

People should Buy American because it is the right thing to do.

The job you save may be your own.

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Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing marketing campaigns and is a leader in promoting and distributing American-made promotional products, which includes one of the largest selections of reusable and tote bags, sports and water bottles, pens and pencils, awards, desk accessories and trade show giveaways – all made in the USA. His company’s website, BuyUSPromos.com features over 25,000  American-made promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in keeping Americans working and supporting American factories and American jobs. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame. You can also reach him by email (robert (at) buyuspromos.com) or comment on his blog postings at blog.buyuspromos.com or below at his Twitter link.

Do Unemployed Americans Need To Go Back to School to Learn New Skill Sets?

November 29th, 2011 No comments

WSJ claims there is a lack of skilled workers for new jobs marketAustin, Texas: A recent article in the Wall Street Journal shows that many American companies are willing to hire, but the lack of qualified job skills is lacking.

The article states that though companies may be able to get their unskilled work done by shifting around existing staff or using temps, a shortage of skilled workers is harder to finesse. A Deloitte study found that 74% of manufacturers said a shortage of skilled production workers had a “significant negative impact” on either their productivity or expansion plans.

“There’s a tremendous shortage of skilled workers,” said Craig Giffi, a vice chairman of the consulting firm Deloitte. A recent survey it did found that 83% of manufacturers reported a moderate or severe shortage of skilled production workers to hire.

Another example cited in the article was AAR Corp., a Chicago-based aviation-parts manufacturer, which has 600 job openings, mostly for skilled trade jobs like welders and maintenance mechanics. Chief Executive David Storch said the shortage of workers has forced the company to pass up business and delay some manufacturing work. He said the company would like to start a third shift at its Indianapolis aircraft maintenance facility but has been unable to do so because of worker shortages.

“It’s a little bit frustrating to sit around and talk about the ability to grow your business if you could only hire skilled people,” Mr. Storch said.

“At a 9% unemployment rate, it would seem that people would go back to trade or technical skills to learn the skills that are needed in getting hired”, says Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com.  “Talk to the human resource directors of major employers in your area to see what type of skill sets they are looking for, and go back to school, if need be. Community colleges are an excellent place to start, as are technical schools and even online. Going back to school may seem overwhelming, at first to some people, but the new skills can help open doors that might previously have been closed.”

“In every recovery you hear about the mismatch of skills to available jobs, but this time around it seems particularly pernicious,” said Dana Saporta, an economist with Credit Suisse, She estimates the skills mismatch and similar so-called structural issues add 1.5 percentage points to the unemployment rate.

Let’s sharpen our job skills and go after the jobs are are being created.  As many jobs, previously considered “blue collar” open up due to retirement and attrition, the laws of supply and demand should mean more jobs for those willing to go outside their comfort zones a little bit.

Here’s to a growing  US economy and jobs market.

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Robert Piller, President of BuyUSPromos.com, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing marketing campaigns and is a leader in promoting and distributing American-made promotional products, which includes one of the largest selections of reusable and tote bags, sports and water bottles, pens and pencils, awards, desk accessories and trade show giveaways – all made in the USA. His company’s website, BuyUSPromos.com features over 25,000  American-made promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in keeping Americans working and supporting American factories and American jobs. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame.

You can also reach him by email (robert (at) buyuspromos.com) or comment on his blog postings at blog.buyuspromos.com or below at his Twitter link.