Hosanna House Field Trip

Some of the kids from Hosanna House came to see what Pro Knitwear was all about on a field trip today. Touring our plant is a great learning experience since so many people don’t know how apparel decoration and manufacturing works. Here’s a picture from the end of the tour:

If you want to set up a field trip to Pro Knitwear, let us know. It’s a great learning opportunity! People see printed t-shirts, embroidered hats, and a lot more everyday, but they often have no idea how it’s made.

Pro Knitwear at the SportsPITTSBURGH Corporate Challenge

A few of us from Pro Knitwear went down to the SportsPITTSBURGH Corporate Challenge yesterday, and it was super fun. We had our own uniforms and everything. We won 2 out of the 6 games we played, despite most of us not knowing much (in my case virtually nothing) about volleyball. If you need any volleyball apparel, definitely give us a call, and we’ll be sure to get you sorted out. Check out some of our team pictures!

From Left to Right: Vincent (Runs the website & sales), Alexis (Receiving Dept.), Andrea (Head of Heat Seal and Tackle Twill), Shawn (Production), Scott (Receiving Dept.)
We all had nicknames on the back.
In lieu of holding up the number 1, we were trying to figure out what place we were in. 4 seemed like a reasonable guess since no one kept track.

Night of Assists

Pro Knitwear is proud to have made the replica Pittsburgh Hornets jerseys for the Pittsburgh Penguins (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pittsburgh_Hornets for information on the Pittsburgh Hornets).The Pittsburgh Hornets were the AHL predecessor to the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins. Their last game was in 1967, and the Pittsburgh Penguins were formed shortly afterwards. These replica jerseys show an important piece of Pittsburgh sports history.

Here is our lead salesperson John Young with Sidney Crosby.

Here are a few more picture that John took during the event.

On Choice Paralysis

When we set up team stores for a group or organization. They often want to have many different types of items and logos and such. The more items and logos create a difficulty for us. We don’t charge customers to create a team store, but the more logos and items require more setup and processing time. It’s usually worth it to make the customer happy, but I’ve been thinking about how this works psychologically lately from the perspective of those who are buying from the team stores.

When asked, I’m sure almost anyone would say that they would prefer to have lots of options for what to buy. Of course you’d want a ton of options to make sure you get exactly what you’d like to get. However, I think this is a trick of the mind. I’ve noticed that webstores with fewer options do just as well and often better than webstores with a lot of options. Mainly in regard to number of items on the store.

There’s this concept called choice paralysis. Basically, it’s harder to make a choice the more options there are, which can be discouraging. It seems counterintuitive, but I’ve read that people are usually happier when offered fewer options.

This concept applies to our regular sales as well. The sales team here at Pro Knitwear can find an incredibly large amount of different items that you might like, but it’s our job to sort through the mayhem to send you a small selection that may suit your needs. We try to prevent that choice paralysis. We don’t consciously think of that as being our job, but it definitely plays an important role. I think we should work towards trying to do that for our team stores as well. Not just to simplify how we do things, but because it would give people a better experience, and I’m willing to bet that the team stores would do better than ever if we tried to push fewer options.

We could even have premade templates where groups could simply select a loadout of items for their team store, and we simply pop their logo on the items and get the store going. It would simplify and speed up the process for everyone, and I think it would work exceptionally well. Of course, we’d still have the other option of the old way of building the team stores. We want to make our customers happy first and foremost, and if they want a complex team store, we won’t say no as long as it’s reasonable. They are a free service we offer, so things can’t get too crazy, but complexity is certainly an option when desired.

Sales/Webstore Administrator

Websites: Do they help us?

Web presence and the “NEED” for an online brand has become all the rage. According to the masses, your company just CAN’T live without it. We get 1-5 calls per day from SEO solicitations and the ultimate google wizards, who have figured out the algorithm and can save our business listing. Our company has been in business for over 65 years, somehow without google. I am sitting here wondering if all this hub bub is worth the effort. I just wasted 2 hours of my work day, trying to convince YELP that our company name is Pro Knitwear not Proknitware and that we are currently located at 1250 Brookline Blvd.  

Anyone else feel me on this? What is most important, your pictures, your traffic, your social media, cause it appears the work you actually do and the positive impact you have on your community doesn’t play a role at all. We have a great story and history, we love our employees and want to provide the best in service and products that we can. But we left our Kardashian flash on the dance floor last night and got up this morning to COME TO WORK.

If you want our story GIVE US A CALL, we actually still answer the phone and our owner LUVS a good chat session. 

See you in the stands.