44 episodes

This is SanMar Radio, the podcast where we dig into the promotional products industry to help you find the answers and inspiration you need to grow your business.

SanMar Radio Lisa Terry and Tara Wingo

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

This is SanMar Radio, the podcast where we dig into the promotional products industry to help you find the answers and inspiration you need to grow your business.

    Unraveling Today's Supply Chain Challenges with John Janson

    Unraveling Today's Supply Chain Challenges with John Janson

    John Janson is the senior director of global logistics for SanMar. The last year and a half has definitely challenged and tested his team, along with the rest of us, to say the least.
    In this episode, John delves into how the COVID-19 pandemic has shaken up supply chains all over the world, how SanMar is faring, and what we need to accomplish before we can be “back to normal.”

    THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS EPISODE
    John breaks down how SanMar’s global supply chain worked prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. What causes product shortages, and how has the pandemic played into that? Looking into how the Suez Canal blockage affected SanMar and the global supply chain at large. Why it’s important for customers to get their orders into us early. What milestone does the industry need to hit to know it’s turning a corner?  
    QUOTES

    “We’re not doing anywhere near as well as we’d like to be doing, but we’re doing significantly better than lots of other people are doing.”  “If you grade us on a curve we’re not doing bad!” “We’re trying to make ourselves as attractive to a customer as we can be.” “We are professional whack-a-mole players right now.”  
    LINKS
    SanMar U: http://www.education.sanmar.com/ SanMar’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sanmarcorp/ SanMar’s Twitter: @sanmar_corp SanMar’s Instagram: @sanmar_corp

    • 35 min
    Trends that are Moving us Forward with Vicki Ostrom

    Trends that are Moving us Forward with Vicki Ostrom

    Vicki Ostrom is SanMar’s futurist and trend editor - she reads the cultural and apparel tea leaves to help us stay in the know. 
    In this episode, Vicki discusses some unexpected trends that have sprung out of the pandemic, muses over why retro styles make such a splash, and looks at how sustainability is factoring into the average customer’s purchasing decisions.
    THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS EPISODE
    How the pandemic has shaken up personal fashion. The reason Vicki believes retro trends are so popular. Vicki reveals her favorite trend at the moment. The trends Vicki sees coming out over the next few months.


    QUOTES

    “We’re just ready to have some fun! Everybody’s tired of being tired and sad.” “We’re dressing for ourselves now more than we’re dressing for others.” “We can actually make [a] serious difference in the world quickly.” “I want to live on this planet, and I need to have a planet to live on if I want to do that.” “It just takes some creativity to just bring that little spark of joy to your customer.”


    LINKS
    SanMar U: http://www.education.sanmar.com/ SanMar’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sanmarcorp/ SanMar’s Twitter: @sanmar_corp SanMar’s Instagram: @sanmar_corp

    • 24 min
    How WonderWink is Working Wonders with James Shimizu

    How WonderWink is Working Wonders with James Shimizu

    James Shimizu is the Chief Marketing Officer of the Superior Group of Companies (SGC), whose WonderWink brand of scrubs is the latest to join the SanMar family.   
    In this episode, James discusses how WonderWink’s fabric selection makes their products more appealing to consumers, looks at how the pandemic has affected the company, and looks into the non-medical professions that use scrubs.

    THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS EPISODE
    James gives Lisa, Tara and the listeners a crash course in what makes WonderWink products unique. What is WonderWink’s relationship with SanMar and how did this latest partnership come to be? How WonderWinks scrubs are made to be more comfortable than their competitors’. What goes into making scrubs that won’t fall down when you least expect it (like in the middle of a surgery). Which WonderWink products are SanMar exclusives.  
    QUOTES

    “It’s hard to look at the Wonderwink logo and not smile.” “Of course we want everything to look good and feel good but at the end of the day it really needs to perform. “Fit...is the foundation to what WonderWink is.” “We’re frankly just so honored to be able to support the health care industry.” “We think Scrubs Day should be every day!”

    LINKS
    WonderWink: https://wonderwinkscrubs.com/  Superior Group of Companies: https://superiorgroupofcompanies.com/  SanMar U: http://www.education.sanmar.com/ SanMar’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sanmarcorp/ SanMar’s Twitter: @sanmar_corp SanMar’s Instagram: @sanmar_corp

    • 24 min
    Making a Climate Commitment with Emily Gigot

    Making a Climate Commitment with Emily Gigot

    Emily Gigot is SanMar’s sustainability manager and is spearheading our company’s initiative in helping to reduce climate change.
    In this episode, Emily explains what it means to make a climate commitment, delves into SanMar’s own sustainability strategies, and discusses how small changes in our everyday lives can make a positive impact on our planet.
     
    THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS EPISODE
    What is SanMar’s climate commitment? Breaks down what the Paris Agreement hopes to accomplish. How SanMar sets its internal climate goals. The big and small ways that companies big and small can reduce their carbon usage. What individuals can do to battle climate change in their own lives.  
    QUOTES

    “We really don’t have time to waste. We need to take steps now to make sure that the future is bright and future generations are able to thrive.” “I’m of a mind that putting more heads together is better than one.” “Consumers need to be able to make an informed choice.” “Every car off the road makes a difference.” 


    LINKS
    SanMar U: http://www.education.sanmar.com/ SanMar’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sanmarcorp/ SanMar’s Twitter: @sanmar_corp SanMar’s Instagram: @sanmar_corp

    • 30 min
    The Evolution of TravisMathew with Ryan Ellis

    The Evolution of TravisMathew with Ryan Ellis

    Ryan Ellis is the CEO of TravisMathew, a well-known lifestyle and golf brand that has recently joined SanMar’s family of brands.
    In this episode, Ryan delves into TravisMathew’s meticulous fabric-making process, discusses the positive changes that the past year of quarantine has brought about, and gives us a sneak peek of what’s next.
     
    THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS EPISODE
    Ryan gives listeners a crash course in TravisMathew’s history. How TravisMathew tries to push golfwear beyond the golf course and clubhouse. Breaking down how TravisMathew researches and selects fabrics for its products. How TravisMathew has cultivated a healthier work-life balance for its employees. The philosophy behind TravisMathew’s designs. A day in the life at TravisMathew.  
    QUOTES

    “We have a lane, we know what it is, and so it’s very easy for us to just drive right down that lane.” “It’s really a space that we’re dominating right now.” “One fabric can make all the difference.” “It’s not about working hard; it’s about working smarter.”  
    LINKS
    TravisMathew homepage: https://www.travismathew.com/  SanMar U: http://www.education.sanmar.com/ SanMar’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sanmarcorp/ SanMar’s Twitter: @sanmar_corp SanMar’s Instagram: @sanmar_corp

    • 30 min
    The Impact and Importance of Diversity and Inclusion

    The Impact and Importance of Diversity and Inclusion

    Natalie Tenner and Rob Crowley are the chairs for SanMar’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, which works to foster an open-minded and equitable environment in the company’s workplaces.
    In this episode, Natalie and Rob discuss their role models, lay out their strategies for workplace education and conflict resolution, and suggest methods for making SanMar an even more welcoming place than it already is.
     
    THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS EPISODE
    Natalie explains what got the ball rolling with creating SanMar’s council, and Rob specifies why this group is a council, not a committee. Rob and Natalie discuss the personal reasons and values that lead them to join the Diversity and Inclusion Council.  What is psychological safety, why is it important, and how can it be fostered in the workplace? How the Diversity and Inclusion Council has faced resistance since launching, and how Natalie strives to listen to people and meet them where they are. The reason Rob thinks it’s difficult for people to understand the concept of privilege. Who have been major inspirations for championing diversity and inclusion in Natalie and Rob’s lives? Which companies they feel are leaders in promoting and fostering diversity and inclusion.  
    QUOTES

    “He viewed a council as something that was constant and never going away; it would never expire and would last the life of SanMar.” “I want to make sure that future generations, and even people who are here now, have a place where they feel that they’re included.” “There’s a lot of great things about SanMar but I think we have some work to do in this area.” “How much better can people be at their jobs if they feel truly empowered and emboldened to be who they are?” “The people who are hiring and firing and promoting need to understand what a bias is.”  
    LINKS
    SanMar U: http://www.education.sanmar.com/ SanMar’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sanmarcorp/ SanMar’s Twitter: @sanmar_corp SanMar’s Instagram: @sanmar_corp

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

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21 Ratings

21 Ratings

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Ears are happy!

Your portal into learning about all the amazing different people that make SanMar what it is!

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Spreading the great SanMar Story

I am blessed beyond words to work for such a wonderful organization who cares deeply for not only their customers but their employees as well. Love hearing from all the departments! Keep up the great work marketing team!

61419 Cletus ,

Thanks for the podcast

Very surprised to see you have started a podcast. I’m a big advocate of Podcasts great way to get your message out. SanMar has become Significant vendor.
sincerely,
61419 Cowing Robards Cletus.

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