Three decades for TradeNet


Tom Mertz isn’t one to dwell on the past, but the founder, President and CEO of TradeNet Publishing, Inc., can recall a time when he was calling on businesses to sell magnetic dry erase memo boards and then cranking them out on the kitchen table of an Iowa farmhouse. The year was 1986.

See what’s happened in 30 years.

From that rather innocuous beginning, TradeNet Publishing rapidly became a major national supplier of erasable boards and refrigerator magnets. We are new based in Gardner, Kansas, on the outskirts of Kansas City. We have 130 employees, each who plays a critical role in TradeNet’s ongoing success in offering an extensive line of Your Message Your Way® printed promotional products.

TradeNet has revised its logo for 2016 to recognize 30 years of helping bring success to the distributors of the promotional products industry. We’re looking forward to more decades of helping deliver “Your Message Your Way.”

PPB Magazine puts Scott Perry in limelight

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Scott featured in magazine’s “Day-in-the-life” article

PPB Magazine — one of the top publications serving the promotional products industry — has offered up a day in the life of one of TradeNet’s finest in its May 2015 issue. Scott Perry, Director of Pre-Production Services, was the focus in one of the magazine’s ongoing series about key people in the industry.

Thanks to PPB for bringing to everyone’s attention a TradeNet manager who fully ascribes to the value customer service brings to all TradeNet products. The article is a fun read and we at TradeNet even learned a few things about Scott.

Click here to check out Page 84 of this month’s PPG Magazine.

TradeNet will miss Rick Rankin

Rick Rankin 032514But will the retiring Press Operator miss TradeNet? Of course he will!

Congratulations to Rick Rankin,  who heads off into retirement after years of valued service as a press operator. TradeNet sent Rick off in fine fashion by providing lunch for everyone in his honor.

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RICK ROUNDTABLE — Lunch was on TradeNet for Rick Rank’s last day. This fine group includes, from left: Scott Perry, Rick, Joe Torrago, Ursisio Tllames, Jay Elliott and Rich Byle.

The object as shown above in the going-away card as signed by co-workers  is, appropriately enough, one of TradeNet’s popular Slinky® Adhesive Notepads. Rick ran the Slinky® press and, as a not-so-well-known fact, ran the very first Slinky® Notepad to ever come off the press. History in the making!

Good luck, Rick. Your good work and high spirits were highly valued and greatly appreciated at TradeNet.


Thanks, Debbie Evans, for 15 years of service

Recently we brought attention to Debbie Evans for her promotion at TradeNet to the position of Customer Service Lead. The accolades continue!

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Debbie Evans has earned the gratitude of TradeNet President Tom Mertz

Debbie has been recognized for having been with TradeNet for 15 years. TradeNet President and CEO Tom Mertz expressed thanks to Debbie at March  all-employee meeting, so just about everyone was able to “give Debbie a hand!”

Customers and TradeNet employees alike are aware of Debbie’s extensive knowledge about all things TradeNet. In addition to her current duties quoting custom and volume projects, Debbie is the primary contact in Customer Service for anything relating to customer service questions and order entry processing.

Thanks, Debbie, for the good work you do for TradeNet and your customers!


Vickie's pie was the apple of TN's eye

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LET THE JUDGING BEGIN — TradeNet’s Applefest judging team, from left: Jay Elliott, Debbie Evans, Gardner Hart, Colby Miller, Wes Cromer, Scott Perry and Vickie Greener.

First Annual Applefest was a tasty success!

When Scott Perry, Director of Pre-Production Services, brought in a box of freshly picked apples for the Customer Service gang, the competition was on. Seems our CS department likes competition as much as tasty treats. Who can turn Scott’s apples into the best pie or dessert dish?

When the entries came in, the easy part proved to be recruiting judges. The hard part then proved to be picking a winner. Our CS chefs have mastered the art of making excellent apple dishes.

The winner was none other than Vickie Greener. Vickie admittedly benefitted from a bit of beginner’s luck. The winning pie was the first she’d ever made!

Since Scott apparently has ready access to an apple orchard, the “Applefest” competition will be annual. Sweet!

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Debbie and Vickie prepare the entries for battle.