News About Global Products

SGIA 2016 Safety Recognition Award

SGIA.org
March 15,2017

Safety Recognition Award
Global Products Inc. has received the SGIA 2016 Safety Recognition Award.
SGIA annually presents awards to all participating companies who, through their own self-inspection and verification, achieved excellence in safety. This program consists of a variety of components to help achieve a safer workplace. It is based on a points system where participants must complete certain action items to earn points. Participants who earn 80 points or more will receive the award as recognition of their efforts throughout the year.
The primary objective of this program is to make employers and employees alike aware of the necessity of maintaining a safe working environment. It also strives to help create, on the part of member companies' staffs, an awareness of the need to comply with all applicable/state/provincial, and national safety laws and standards.
SGIA Safety Recognition


Top Women Business Owners

Small Business Monthly, St. Louis
February 15,2017

Rebecca was named one of the Top Women Business Owners by the Small Business Monthly at their annual recognition luncheon in February.


St. Louis Green Business Challenge Awards

RCGA, St. Louis
December 12,2016

Global Products has achieved the “Star Circle of Excellence” Champion Level Award of Achievement.
This recognition comes from the RCGA 2016 St. Louis Green Business Challenge.


WBENC & WBE Certification

Global Products Inc. is certified with the Women's Business Enterprise National Council and state re-certified as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise.

WBENC Certificate

WBE Certificate


CHIS Community Partner

Center for Head Injury Services, St. Louis
May 2,2016

Global Products, a premier provider of logoed items and apparel and other promotional merchandise for businesses of all sizes, has a keen understanding of the importance of an integrated workforce and has hired people through the Center’s Employment program for many years.

After a dear friend sustained a head injury in an accident, Global Products President Rebecca Herwick began to recognize how important it is for a person with disabilities to be able to work again and that having a job is important to a person’s confidence, self-worth and independence. She also understands it makes good business sense to hire people who will do the job right and are likely to stay with the company for many years. Over 250 of the Center’s consumers have had their skills, interests and abilities assessed for jobs in the distribution industry because of Global Products’ open door to help.

Global Products has also been a very generous sponsor of the Center in many ways including sponsoring “Gray Matters” trivia nights and golf tournaments. Plus, t-shirts and other promotional items Global Products provides for us are top-notch and are always of great quality and delivered on time!

It is our honor to recognize Global Products as a great business with amazing service and a strong sense of community.


Global Products, Inc. Achieves SGP Certification

OFFICIAL SGP MEDIA RELEASE
AUGUST 4, 2015

Sayville, NY - The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), the leading certification organization for the print industry, is pleased to announce that Global Products, Inc of St. Peters, MO has achieved SGP certification. Incorporated in 1995, the award winning printer designs, manufactures and distributes a full line of high-quality and affordable products that are made and/or embellished in the USA using methods such as screen printing, digital printing, embroidery, sublimation, cylindrical printing, and pad printing.

Jan Weyrich, Director of Operations for Global Products, Inc., believes SGP certification has provided many benefits throughout their facility and will be a great marketing tool. "Global Products, Inc. began the sustainability journey several years ago to ensure compliance with regulations that affect the print industry worldwide. Since implementing SGP certification, we have seen many benefits such as a decrease in utilities and waste, as well as a positive impact to our community and employees both personally and professionally," states Weyrich.

Global Products, Inc.'s commitment to promoting sustainable work environments and business practices has led them receiving several awards for their sustainability efforts. As a member of the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), they were a recipient of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 SGIA Sustainability Recognition Award. The facility has also received various awards as a participant in the St. Louis Regional Chamber Green Business Challenge in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

"We at SGIA are excited that Global Products has taken the step to join the SGP certified print community. Their sustainability program exemplifies their commitment to environmental, social and economic sustainability-driven best practices. We look forward to working with them as they continue their journey," states Marci Kinter, Vice President - Government & Business Information for SGIA.

About SGP
The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) is a non-profit organization that certifies printing facilities' sustainability best practices, including and beyond regulatory compliance. SGP strives to assure a sustainability-driven supply chain to the print buying community through strategic partnerships with SGP Certified Printers and SGP Patrons. To learn more about SGP visit www.sgppartnership.org or email info@sgppartnership.org.


Global Products, Inc. Earns SGP Certification

SGIA
July 29,2015

SGIA member company proves commitment to sustainable business practices

Fairfax, Virginia — Global Products, Inc. (SGIA member since 2002) has been granted the sought-after Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) Certification. The prestigious certification is the standard for sustainable business practices throughout the industry.

The SGP is a nonprofit, independent organization that has provided parameters and qualifications for sustainable printing operations that were desperately needed in the specialty imaging community. To be SGP Certified means that a company has created and implemented a formal sustainability program — and that they have seen significant results because of it. Global Products, Inc. is the most recent SGIA member company to receive the certification.

“Global Products, Inc. is committed to promoting sustainable work environments and business practices based on sound economics, environmental protection and social responsibility,” said Jan Weyrich, Operations Manager for Global Products.
With their sustainability program, Global Products has seen a carbon footprint reduction of 10 percent and reduced waste of raw materials by 65 percent within their direct embroidery department. Additionally, Global has purchased a Warehouse Management System in tandem with consolidation software to utilize barcode scanning and eliminate paper printing of pick tickets.

Want to learn more about SGP Certification? Contact Marci Kinter for more information.

SGP – Sustainable Green Printing Partnership
The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) is the leading certifier of printing facilities. SGP provides a sustainable foundation by promoting best practices, networking, and innovation among raw material manufacturers, converters, printers, finishing facilities, trade associations, and print buyers. SGP brings the business community together in the pursuit of a more sustainable supply chain. SGP certified facilities outperform those that do not validate their sustainable performance.

SGIA — Supporting the Leaders of the Digital & Screen Printing Community “Specialty imaging” comprises digital imaging, screen printing and the many other imaging technologies SGIA members use, including those they’ll tap in the future. These are the imaging processes and technologies employed to create new products and to enhance existing products including point-of-purchase displays, printed electronics, membrane switches, signs, advertisements, garments, containers and vehicles. Make the most of your specialty imaging business.


Hope Fest 2012

Haven House, St. Louis
February 22,2012

Global Products Inc. is proud to be a 2012 Hope Fest Gold Sponsor.

Hope Fest 2012


Best Customer Service

St. Louis Small Business Monthly
2011-2012

"The Best in the Business" – The List

The List
Best Customer Service


2nd Annual St. Louis Green Business Challenge Awards

St. Louis Commerce Magazine
January/February 2012

Global Products was awarded the St. Louis Green Business Challenge Special Recognition Award – Owner Category.
Global Products began the challenge with a comprehensive energy audit and a search for the “low-hanging fruit,” those projects that were the easiest to implement that could create an immediate impact. It elected to begin with lighting.

St. Louis Commerce Magazine, 2012, Issue 1
(See the full article on pages 23 & 25)


78 Companies Join the Green Business Challenge

St. Louis Commerce Magazine
July/August 2011

Global Products is lowering our environmental impact and helping to improve our profitability by participating in the RCGA's St. Louis Green Business Challenge.

Green Business Challenge teams focus on earning points through a scorecard of accomplishments in six areas:
          » Forming company green teams
          » Increasing energy efficiency
          » Improving indoor environmental quality
          » Reducing waste
          » Conserving water
          » Providing clean transportation options

St. Louis Commerce Magazine, 2011, Issue 4
(See the full article on pages 44-45, and the picture of Global employees wearing green on Earth Day on page 46)


100 St. Louisans You Should Know

St. Louis Small Business Monthly
June 2011

Rebecca Herwick is a business leader with a passion for educating and assisting other entrepreneurs in their quest for success. Herwick’s experience to help other entrepreneurs comes from building her own multi-million dollar international business, Global Products Inc. (GPI). GPI manufactures and distributes Harley-Davidson novelties, giftware, head wear and custom products worldwide. GPI is the only official dealer exclusive licensee for these products that are sold to over 750 domestic dealers and 600 international dealers. Herwick is actively involved with National Women’s Business council, Women Impacting Public Policy, Women Presidents Organization, The CEO Clubs and WBENC. She was also an advisory board member at Missouri Head Injury Advisory Council.

100 St. Louisans You Should Know


Hope Fest 2011 Benefitting Haven House St. Louis

Hope Fest
February 19, 2011

"I am committed to helping others in need and closing the gap on the disparity of individuals who are unable to afford and or travel for the medical attention they need and deserve. I believe this event will further showcase to the St. Louis area and the rest of the world how great a cause supporting HavenHouse is" - Rebecca Herwick, President/CEO, Global Products Inc

Hope Fest 2011


Small Missouri Firms Get Aid with Exports

St. Louis Today
February 18,2011

“…For Global Products Inc., which makes licensed apparel and gifts for companies including Harley-Davidson, ExporTech offers an opportunity to learn more about tariffs and currency fluctuations. The St. Peters-based company, with 90 employees, suffered sales declines during the economic downturn and had layoffs in 2007. Sales to overseas customers make up less than 20 percent of Global Products' business, but exports are a critical part of the company's growth plans, said company President and Chief Executive Rebecca Herwick. Last year, Global Products had $13.5 million in revenue, and Herwick projects sales will reach $15 million this year. "We're working our way back," she said.”

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Article


Governor’s Council on Disability Announces 19th Annual Inclusion Award Winners

The Governor’s Council on Disability
December 17, 2010

The 2010 Inclusion Award Winner is Aimee Wehmeier.

Ms. Wehmeier is employed with Services for Independent Living in Columbia. Under Ms. Wehmeier’s direction, Services for Independent Living (SIL) has become a leader in advocacy and inclusive best practices. This year, the United Way commended SIL for building new partnerships, improving services, and strengthening its financial position. SIL is also engaging in rigorous self-evaluation and strategic planning to enhance its focus on inclusiveness, selfdetermination, and elimination of barriers to independence. Emphasizing outreach to K-12 schools and area colleges, Ms. Wehmeier developed a “Community Network” program at SIL to help ensure disability issues are in the educational forefront.

Ms. Wehmeier serves on Columbia’s Disabilities Commission and ADA Transition Committee, advising the City Council, and educating the business community and the public. She also serves on the Columbia Values Diversity Celebration Committee, Chamber of Commerce Leadership Columbia Planning Committee, and Community Housing Options. She also advocates for equal participation and justice statewide through the Missouri Task Force on Aging with Disabilities, State Rehabilitation Council, Missouri Association of CILs, and the Missouri Youth Leadership Forum (MYLF), helping lead the annual MYLF event. In addition, SIL is working with the Missouri Association of Social Welfare to host a Universal Design summit, and SIL hosts one of seven demonstration centers for assistive technology in the state.

In summary, Ms. Wehmeier’s activities demonstrate excellence in advocacy and leadership, both within the disability community and in the community at large. She is a visible and highly credible spokesperson for the cross-disability community, and is committed to inclusion through universal design.

The recipient of the Honorable Mention is Rebecca Herwick of Global Products, Inc. in St. Peters.

As the President/CEO of Global Products, Inc, Ms. Herwick embodies the principles of inclusion and has expanded her enthusiasm for equal participation within her companies. Rebecca is committed to establishing equal participation for people with disabilities, especially in the area of employment. This passion led to Global Product’s collaboration with the Center for Head Injury Services (CHIS). Beyond the scope of her job description, Ms. Herwick implemented “job carving”, a program that provides employment opportunities for survivors of traumatic brain injuries. Over 250 CHIS clients have participated in job carving through Global Products to help assessment their new skills and abilities. This evaluation and documentation allows each client to create a new resume for employment opportunities. Ms. Herwick believes that employment is a successful component to rehabilitation after a closed head injury. Global Products, Inc. sponsors the Annual CHIS “Gray Matters” Charity Golf Tournament and the CHIS Annual “Gray Matters” Charity Trivia Nights. Ms. Herwick formerly served as CHIS Board Member and on the board of Citizens for a Better St. Peters, working to ensure that people with head injuries and their families have the necessary available resources. She has sought to educate and inform her community by participating in panel discussions at the Annual Missouri Head Injury Advisory Council Conference in Jefferson City. Ms. Herwick received the Employer of the Year Award from the Center of Head Injury and a Certificate of Appreciation for her panel discussions. Ms. Herwick has made outstanding contributions to the community through her advocacy work, servicing as an inspiration to many by implementing equal participation not only in her personal life, but in all business aspects.

The awards will be presented at the 2011 Power Up Assistive Technology conference in Columbia on April 12, 2011.


October 2010 WBE of the Month – Rebecca Herwick

Women's Business Development Center
October 2010

Global Products International, Inc., headquartered in St. Peters, MO, is one of six companies where Rebecca Herwick operates as President/CEO. This multi-faceted entrepreneur also runs Global Products, Inc.; GPI Canada Company; Global Products Euro; Herwick Properties, LLC and GPIA, Inc. In 1983, Rebecca became a partner of a motorcycle accessory distribution company. She sought to expand the company’s capabilities through including a manufacturing facility. Rebecca’s diligence and dedication made her instrumental in securing the Harley-Davidson license agreement. This move led to her Vice Presidency in 1995 and in 1999 Herwick became President and CEO Global Products, Inc.

Global Products, Inc. is a dealer and exclusive designer, manufacturer and distributor of Harley-Davidson official licensed headwear, giftware and collectible items. Rebecca’s other company, Global Products International, Inc., is a supplier of promotional and fundraiser items as well as logoed apparel and merchandise to organizations large and small within varying industries including state projects, churches and academic facilities worldwide. GPI Canada, GP Euro and GPIA in Asia work as distribution centers for each global region.

Any business can overcome obstacles Rebecca says, "One of my biggest challenges to the success of Global Products has been to build a company with a diverse customer base, to secure the longevity through growth. With this diversity and growth, it is important to maintain focus on the future." She notes that through high integrity standards she has been able to set a plan for the coming years. "We have continued to manufacture the majority of our goods domestically, and we will continue to invest in technology for competitive domestic production emphasizing green technologies and business processes."

Rebecca is passionate about organizations that promote women in business, and she is an active member of WBENC, Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP). Additionally, her Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification has been integral to her federal appointment to the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC).

Rebecca offers these words of advice to her fellow WBEs, "Commit to strategic planning and building a great business culture. Try to look at all the potential variables both positive and negative, before stepping into something new. You have to imagine the perfect storm in your contingency plans. The future remains unknown, but a good strategy, clear vision and a great team are the ways to overcome and succeed."

Women's Business Development Article


Good News 4 a Change: Global exports

KMOV - Larry Conners
September 27, 2010

In this economy, some small business owners are struggling to stay afloat and preserve jobs.

A determined St. Peters woman is winning the battle, despite facing another crisis.

It’s “Good News 4 a Change,” and Larry Conners has more.

KMOV video


World-wide supplier of Harley products recovering from fire in St. Peters

KMOV - Mark Schnyder
August 23, 2010

The fire turned out not to be that serious. It happened Sunday night and most of the damage was contained to one small room thanks to a sprinkler system in the building. There's lots of soot and smoke damage and production won't be up to full capacity again for another day or two.

The owner of the business, Rebecca Herwick has a lot going on at the moment. She was nice enough to do a brief interview with me and show me around the Global Products production facility.

What an impressive business. Global Products makes Harley-Davidson hats and all sorts of gifts like shot glasses, mugs, mousepads, koozies, etc with logos for specific Harley-Davidson retailers all over the world.

If it weren't for the relatively minor fire, I'd have had no idea this business existed in St. Peters. Since they don't sell the stuff directly to the public, Global Products (globalproductsinc.com) flies under the radar. The neat thing is, if you collect Harley stuff and find yourself buying a Harley souvenir in some other part of the world, check the tag... You'll see "St. Peters, Missouri" on it. Cool.

KMOV video


Manage Your Sales Reps Better

Bloomberg Businessweek - Amy Barrett
June 20, 2008

Rebecca Herwick is tough enough to look at home on her Harley. But even she was thrown when seven of her nine sales reps walked out on Aug. 8, 2006, in the midst of a sales reorganization. "I knew it was coming, but the day it came I felt sucker-punched," says Herwick. "If I was a girl, I would have cried."

Herwick, the owner and CEO of Global Products, a Harley Davidson licensee that makes everything from bandanas to coffee mugs, knew her sales strategy wasn't working. Herwick had been using independent sales reps rather than an in-house sales force to sell her wares to 800-odd Harley dealers nationwide. That kept fixed costs low—independent reps are paid commission-only—but it also meant Herwick's reps all sold products from other companies as well. While those products didn't compete directly with her $18 million, 115-employee company, Herwick didn't think Global was getting the attention it deserved. There were other headaches: Not all the reps entered orders directly into Global's computer system, creating more work for the company's customer service team. And some reps didn't do a good job explaining custom orders, so when those jobs couldn't be turned around fast enough, customers got frustrated and Herwick looked like the bad guy.

Ground Rules:
Herwick thought she might do better with an internal sales force. "I wanted my power back," she says. But the independent reps helped keep payroll costs down. In the end, Herwick found it was cost-prohibitive to move sales in-house. Daniel McQuiston, director of education for the nonprofit Manufacturers' Representatives Educational Research Foundation, estimates that a 10-person sales force for a $10 million company could cost $2 million annually in training, salaries, and bonus, compared with less than half that for reps earning 7%. The reps also gave Global broad geographic reach, and they covered their own travel expenses. But managing a contract sales force requires clear expectations, effective systems for tracking performance, and penalties for those who don't play by the rules.

That meant Herwick needed more out of her reps. In November, 2005, she laid down some new ground rules. Reps would only get commissions on orders they put into Global's computer system. Instead of the 8% commission they had been receiving, reps would start earning 4%. To get back to 8%, they'd have to get calendars of special events and promotions from each customer, visit dealers and take photos of Global's products, and deliver feedback surveys from each dealer, four times a year. That's when the reps rebelled, with seven of the nine walking. The others quit within a year.

In hiring a new team, Herwick insisted on a passion for motorcycles and a comfort level with her technology. She only considered reps who had three or fewer other lines that they would be selling to her clients. By January, 2007, Herwick had a new group in place.

Certainly there were some bumps in the road. Two of the new hires left after Herwick found they were selling competing products. Herwick decided she needed to cut down on paperwork, so reps now send in customer calendars and showroom photos just twice a year. Global "has a more formal structure" than many other companies, says Bill Scharr, a rep who signed on in November, 2006. "You either bought into the program or you didn't."

The experience was nerve-wracking, but Herwick would do it over again. "I will not let history repeat itself where someone is controlling me," she says.

The disruption, and the changes, have been worthwhile. Sales are only growing at about 3% a year, compared with 9% in 2005. But Herwick says that 9% was unsustainable, especially since the growth in motorcycle sales had already started to slow that year. Given the overall state of the economy, she thinks she's doing well.

More important, customers notice a difference. Brandi Hamel, motorclothes manager for Bruce Rossmeyer's Boston Harley-Davidson in Everett, Mass., says that before the overhaul she didn't know the name of her Global Products rep. But the new rep, Scharr, "helps out at some of our events, consistently updates us on where our orders are, and is in touch with me at least biweekly," says Hamel. "We now have a personal connection to the company, and everything is so much easier." For Herwick, too.


Power Lunch with Susan Solovic Show 1, Part 1: Building your Million Dollar Business

Small Business Television Network
June 2008

Susan is joined by her guests Bonnie Fillindrinos and Rebecca Herwick for a panel discussion on topics from Susan's book The Girl's Guide to Building a Million Dollar Business.

SBTV video


Power Lunch with Susan Solovic Show 1, Part 2: Building your Million Dollar Business

Small Business Television Network
June 2008

Susan is joined by her guests Bonnie Fillindrinos and Rebecca Herwick for a panel discussion on topics from Susan's book The Girl's Guide to Building a Million Dollar Business.

SBTV video


Small U.S. firms make big global sales: Sinking dollar, cultural ties, free trade provide boost

USA Today - Edward Iwata
April 8, 2008

A motorcycle-riding businesswoman. As a teen growing up in Missouri, Rebecca Herwick loved dirt bikes and big motorcycles. Today, the 49-year-old Herwick is owner and CEO of Global Products Inc., a St. Peters, Mo., firm that is the exclusive dealer and licensee for Harley-Davidson decals, caps, T-shirts and other gift items.

Herwick saw the international potential for Harley-Davidson products during a trip to Europe in the mid-1990s with her former husband, who founded Global Products. The demand for goods with Harley-Davidson's famous bar-and-shield logo has grown steadily each year.

Herwick sells her products through dealers and distributors in Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia, South Korea and Dubai. This month, she's helping a Chinese auto dealer open the fourth Harley-Davidson dealership in China, in the large city of Qingdao.

International sales last year accounted for 10% of her company's $18 million in annual revenue, and she expects the figure to grow to 25% in the near future if she expands to potential markets in Latin America and other regions.

"When you ride a Harley, you have a sense of independence and empowerment and luxury," says Herwick. "It doesn't matter where in the world you may be — that feeling is still there."

USA Today Article