April '17

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10 || P R I N T W E A R A P R I L 2 0 1 7 Kornit Signs Equipment Agreement with Amazon ROSH-HA'AYIN, Israel—Kornit signs an agreement to provide Amazon with a set of direct-to-garment systems. Amazon plans to use the machines for the company's Merch by Amazon program, a platform that allows users to sell custom-designed, branded T-shirts through the Amazon portal. Through the agreement, Kornit supplies Amazon with Ava- lanche 1000 printers, and Kornit grants Amazon warrants to acquire as many as 2.93 million shares of the company over a five-year period. "We are excited to have been selected as a garment printing solution provider for Amazon, and look forward to the business potential this relationship represents," says Gabi Seligsohn, CEO of Kornit. The agreement comes roughly a year after both Amazon and Kornit released details of an initial collaboration. In Jan. 2016, Kornit announced plans to provide Amazon with direct- to-garment printing equipment and onsite support and maintenance. Augusta Announces Brand Consolidation AUGUSTA, Ga.—Augusta Sportswear Group announces a consolidation of its Augusta Sportswear, Holloway, and High Five divisions. The company says the consolidation pro- vides customers with easier access to all three brands in one transaction. The consolidation also offers more than 22 sports categories and 1,600 styles. The new company structure consists of three market divisions: outdoor, team uniform, and off-field. "This shift will reorient our business around a deep understanding of the end user, which will invariably result in better and more innovative solutions for our customers," remarks Derek Ernst, senior vice president of marketing and merchandising at Augusta. With the consolidation, the Augusta Sportswear brand continues its focus on youth rec- reational leagues, travel clubs, and middle schools, while Holloway centers around varsity jackets and outerwear for high schools and universities. High Five maintains a focus on soccer and volleyball. The consolidation comes as the latest development in the company's transition. In late 2016, Augusta created a single sales force to accommodate the change. A single invoice and catalog are expected by the end of 2017. Royal Apparel Ramps Up Domestic Production HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.—Royal Apparel announces continued growth, increased domestic production, and an expansion of its apparel offerings. "Originally, we had one style of shirt being made in our union factory," says Glen Brumer, sales director for Royal Apparel. "We're now up to six styles." Royal Apparel's union factory, based in Tennessee, is part of the company's multi-state domestic operation. The company also operates facilities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, both of which cite production increases. Brumer estimates that the company's domestic volume has doubled over the course of the past 18 months. THE YES FOUNDA- TION Offers Mul- tiple 2017 Education Grants CLEVELAND—THE YES FOUNDATION announces plans to award multiple cash grants in 2017 to individuals seeking con- tinuing education. The Ohio-based foundation is an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit, "give back group," focused on advancing busi- ness, professional, and employment skills in the graphics, apparel deco- rating, awards and recognition, and signage industries. Established in 2012, THE YES FOUNDATION says it seeks both applicants who are active in these industries, as well as new- comers seeking opportunities. The group also encourages industry veterans to nominate deserving individuals. "We have cash to give away," says Steve Capper, YES FOUN- DATION board member. "If a person is motivated to learn and grow in the graphics field or the awards business, we may be able to help." Users can apply for a grant, nominate individuals, or make tax- deductible donations by visiting the foundation's website. Recipi- ents can use the grant for business- related education including college classes and industry-specific train- ing or seminars. To apply, nominate a candidate, or donate, visit www.the-yes-foun- Business Watch

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