and The Philadelphia Union team up to Rid the Red in Philadelphia Rid the Red

On June 18, is teaming up with the Philadelphia Union for the team’s biggest match of the year to present Rid the Red. Rid the Red will be our cooperative effort to rid Philadelphia of any red article of clothing, all in the spirit of crushing the Union’s biggest rival, the New York Red Bulls. The Rid the Red effort will allow fans to bring their red clothing to our booth on the fan plaza and receive an exclusive Demolition Derby shirt in exchange.

Union vs. Red Bulls Demolition Derby

The Philadelphia Union has officially proclaimed the rivalry game the “Demolition Derby,” and will be hosting a variety of activities along with Rid the Red that involve symbolically destroying the New York team.

The Union and their fanbase has made it their mission to demonstrate Philadelphia’s mutual distaste for the New York team in any way possible, and has set up various destructive, albeit exhilarating activities to unite Philadelphia fans.

The most literal depiction of “demolition” will be the Red Bull-themed car smash, where fans can donate $5 to take a sledgehammer to a Red Bull vehicle (yes, one with a can on the top). The Union has also planned several other activities for the fan plaza, such as Red Bull-themed piñatas for the kids, a Sons of Ben pregame bonfire, and other fun surprises.

Philadelphia Union RushOrderTees ticket giveaway

Enter here for your chance to win a set of tickets and autograph sessions for the game!

The Philadelphia Union Foundation & The American Red Cross

Although the destruction of the New York team is the theme, the Demolition Derby won’t all be done in animosity. At each activity throughout the fan plaza, the Union will ask fans to make philanthropic donations to the Philadelphia Union Foundation. For each item of clothing donated in the Rid the Red campaign, the Philadelphia Union will also donate $1 to the American Red Cross.

Join us in Ridding the Stadium of Red on June 18! Come and donate your red clothing at our tent on the fan plaza at the game and make sure we get all of the New York Red out of Philadelphia!

RushOrderTees proud to announce partnership with Redbull Global Rallycross

RushOrderTees Redbull GRC

RushOrderTees is proud to announce participation in yet another partnership. This time, we teamed up with Red Bull Global Rallycross to provide t-shirts and hats for their 2017 Volunteer Program.

Redbull GRC brings together a niche group of racers and racing fans from all over the country surrounding a very unique sport. The organization’s first event was a two-day race that took place in Memphis, TN on April 28 and 29, where fans got to see a close final race and get up close to the best racers and cars in the game. 

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Auto Racing: Rallycross action during Red Bull Global Rallycross event.

Racers and fans can look forward to 9 more events all over the country throughout the season, including races in Louisville, KY, Thompson, CT, Ottawa, CAN, Indianapolis, IN, Atlantic City, NJ, Seattle, WA, and Los Angeles, CA.

RushOrderTees’ role in providing apparel for the 2017 Volunteer Program allowed us to play a part in connecting die-hard fans with a sport that they love. The volunteer program gives fans the opportunity to get involved and work closely with the drivers and cars. Our partnership with Redbull also allows us to offer exciting giveaways for fans, including passes to events throughout the season. Stay tuned for chances to win!

Tickets are available for each event on the Redbull GRC site.  All event tickets include up-close access to drivers and GRC cars, along with open paddocks and driver autograph sessions.

Follow Redbull GRC on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on events!

RushOrderTees kicks off official partnership with the Philadelphia Union

Union RushOrderTees T-shirt

The Sixers’ season may be coming to a close, but we’re not ready to put away our t-shirt guns just yet. As of this month, we’re proud to announce the official signing of our three-year partnership agreement with the Philadelphia Union.

The partnership began at the team’s home opener on Saturday, March 11th at Talen Energy Stadium, and the fun will continue at each home game throughout the next three seasons. As the team’s official t-shirt partners, we will be bringing out our t-shirt guns at the beginning of each home game for our renowned t-shirt toss.

Talen Energy Stadium

To accompany the t-shirt launch at the beginning of each home game, RushOrderTees will also be present at ten of the season’s home games with our very own booth, where fans can receive special offers, design studio tutorials, and giveaways–all TBA.

Game day t-shirts and giveaways are just a small part of the pie for Union fans. Similar to the design contest we just wrapped up with the Sixers, we will also have several opportunities throughout each season for fans to enter their Philly Union designs in a game day t-shirt design contest. More to come on that later!

The Union currently sells group ticket packages for youth soccer clubs, birthday parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties, corporate events, and high school or college groups. As a part of our partnership, we wanted to enable these groups to design matching custom apparel to make their experience at the game even more special and memorable.

Philadelphia Union fans

This led us to create a custom design studio for Group Ticket holders that includes exclusive Philadelphia Union design assets that group ticket holders can add their own images, logos, or designs to.

We are excited to participate in several of the Union’s exciting theme nights throughout the season, including Youth Soccer Night, Throwback Night, and Military Appreciation Night, among several others. Stay tuned for more on those events to come!

We couldn’t be more thrilled to be in the start of our second partnership with a Philadelphia professional sports organization. We are honored to have the opportunity to partner with our teams right here in Philly, and get involved in community and fan-driven events.

Follow RushOrderTees and the Philadelphia Union for chances to win game tickets and other fun giveaways!

RushOrderTees wraps up #MySixersTee Design Contest with the Philadelphia 76ers

MySixersTee Contest winner

This past week, we were honored to announce the winner of our very first fan t-shirt design contest, an exciting part of our partnership with the Philadelphia 76ers. When first creating the contest, our goal was to find the most creative expression of Sixers spirit in Philadelphia. In the end, the entries we received were above and beyond our expectations. 

In search of Philly’s #MySixersTee

World B. Free holding up MadeinPhila shirt

The #MySixersTee design contest followed our #MadeinPhila event at the Sixers vs. Warriors game, where all game attendees received an exclusive MadeinPhila t-shirt.

The popularity of the #MadeinPhila tee inspired us to create a contest calling for Philadelphia fans to design the next Sixers game day t-shirt. The winning design entry would be printed on 2,500 shirts and distributed at the Sixers vs. Bucks game on April 8th.

To get the ball spinning, we teamed up with some of the people at the 76ers to build a customized version of our design studio, which included 76ers logos and clipart that was available exclusively to fans entering the contest. Fans could also upload their designs straight to Facebook or Twitter, tagging RushOrderTees, the Sixers, and the #MySixersTee contest.

A close call

MySixersTee contest entries

At midnight on Tuesday, March 21, the contest was closed and it was decision time. Our judging panel, a team comprised of both 76ers and Rush Order Tees staff, was blown away when we took a final look at the hundreds of impressive designs we received. After mulling it over for a few days, we were finally able to narrow it down to just three entries.

When it came time to make the final call, our judges went with the one entry that stood out to them from the very beginning–the design depicting Sixers forward Dario Saric as “The Homie Dario.” It just so happened that April 8th is Dario’s birthday.

The Homie Dario 

76er The Homie Dario t-shirt

The designer of our winning “The Homie Dario” t-shirt is Joe Pekula, a New Jersey-based graphic designer who could not have been any more excited to win. Joe happens to design apparel for a Philadelphia sports-themed apparel company called Veterans Shirtium. Needless to say, he’s a HUGE Philly sports fan.

When Joe found out we were going to print his design on 2,500 of the official game day t-shirts, he was stoked. Joe, along with our two runners up Brain and Brad, will receive two club box suite tickets to the Sixers vs. Bucks game on April 8th, where they’ll get to watch fans jump over each other to catch their own #MySixersTee.

The Homie Dario shirts will also be worn by Wells Fargo Center staff, media, and–as a special bonus in recognition of Dario’s birthday–each of the 76ers players.

Congratulations to Joe, Brain, Brad, and all of the other talented artists who entered our #MySixersTee design contest! Look out for more opportunities to win game tickets and more in the future!

Best Onboarding Practices to Turn New Hires into Long-lasting Employees

onboarding best practices

Despite being a time-consuming and sometimes exhaustive process, onboarding new employees is undoubtedly an exciting process. With all of the time that both you and your new employees invest in it, you want to make sure that you do it the best you can. There are certain onboarding practices that can make or break the way an employee will feel about working for your company from the start.

Since you’ve already hired them, you want to reinforce the idea that they made the right decision in choosing your company. They will be looking out for things like whether or not your company is organized and prepared in the onboarding process to validate their decision.

Before the start date

New hire desk preparation

Reach out beforehand to welcome your new employee and give them some essential info for their first day. This should include where to park, what the dress code is, what to do for lunch, where to meet you when they get in on their first day, and any other specific information you think would be valuable to them.

Set up their desk with the necessary computers so that they can begin getting comfortable when they arrive, and arrange for a few onboarding gifts to be ready for them when they arrive. A great onboarding gift package would include a company branded t-shirt, notebook, and pen, so that they can get right to work with their new company swag. This not only promotes brand loyalty, but it helps to make them feel like a part of the team!

On their first day

onboarding gifts for new employees

When new employees arrive on their first day, it is important to make the feel welcome and introduce them to everyone in the office. Welcome new hires on their first day with an itinerary for training, along with their onboarding gifts.

Rather than sitting and going through the employee handbook with them, give them some of the most important info about the company that they may not have received in their interview or in their pre-start email. This should include any general information about the workplace or specific company policies that are important for them to know.

Make it a point to answer any of their questions off the bat. Some offices such as Amazon even find it useful to assign each new hire a mentor for their first couple of months, that way they know just who to turn to if any questions come up.

The first 90 days

Onboarding one on one meeting

For the first 90 days, your new employee should participate in a training program specific to their job duties This should not only help them learn all of the essential information about your company, but should also provide them with the skills they will need for their position.

Throughout this process, they will be able to reference their mentor when any questions come up, and you as their hiring manager should also make yourself available for any questions they might have.

Set up a check-in meeting once a month with your new employee to answer any questions they have. This is your opportunity to identify and fill in any gaps in their training, as well as ask them questions and get their views on the position and the company. This also gives you the opportunity to make improvements on your end for the employee experience.

After a good time investment on both ends to get your new employees, you will be off to a great start. The key is to make sure that you and your staff connect with your new employee, integrate them into the company culture, and vice-versa. Properly onboarding your employees will ultimately lead the to becoming long-lasting employees who will invest their time back into your company and your team.

How to Throw a Company Holiday Party Your Employees Will Love

Employee holiday party

Company holiday parties are becoming more and more popular in the U.S. In fact, over 90 percent of companies—small and large—typically throw company holiday parties.

But holiday parties are about more than just celebrating. They promote company pride, they foster a sense of unity between employees, and they also improve employee-employer relationships. Getting all the employees together under the same roof every once in a while is an absolute necessity, and there’s generally no better time than the holidays.

But you already know that. In fact, if you’re reading this, it’s probably because it’s your turn to plan the company holiday party, and you need help.

Well, we have your back! If you’re trying to host the rockin’est holiday party your company has ever seen, here are 5 surefire ways to make it happen:

Drive attendance with raffles, prizes, and games

Employee holiday party photo booth

Traditionally, one of the things office holiday party organizers struggle with most is getting the whole company to attend. In fact, it’s the whole reason we’re writing this article.

If the prospect of good food, good drink, and good company still aren’t enough to motivate your employees to show up in force, nothing works better than a good old-fashioned holiday raffle.

If you’re going to have a raffle, try to give away gifts that your employees will actually want. Gift certificates to local restaurants, electronics, TV’s, gift cards—take this time to reward your employees for their time and dedication throughout the year. Plus, if you wait until the end of the night to start drawing the prizes, it serves as an incentive for people into staying until the end!

Schedule it for the right time

One of the trickiest parts of planning a company holiday party is figuring out scheduling. For people with children or larger families, getting a day off in the couple weeks leading up to the holidays can be more stressful than it’s worth. Selecting a date the week of the holidays also might pose a problem for people who have family in other regions of the world and need to travel to see them. And if you have your holiday party too early before the holidays, the point becomes convoluted and inauthentic.

Ideally, the perfect time to plan a company Christmas party is the first or second week of January. The hustle and stressful bustle of the holidays have subsided, a new year has begun, and everybody is ready to settle back into work mode. Now’s the perfect time to get everyone together in the same room to express thanks and gratitude for a job well done and a year well spent, and allow employees a little time to unwind and decompress.

It doesn’t have to be done the first week back, but just make sure you’re not planning it so far after the holidays that the holiday theme becomes dated or irrelevant. 

Keep the food and drinks simple

Eat drink and be merry holiday christmas party

You’ve heard the phrase “Eat, Drink, and be Merry” your entire life. It’s so old, believe it or not, that its origins are biblical. That’s what the holiday season is all about.

So, when it comes to throwing a holiday party, making good food and drink available is integral to creating merriment among your attendees! Depending on the size of your group, try to avoid complicated menus and tables, and instead opt for a more communal setting—platters, tables, etc. 

Choose an accessible venue

We contemplated whether or not to take an official stance on venues for holiday parties, but every business is different. If you’re a medium-sized or larger business, renting out an off-site venue—like a banquet hall or bar/restaurant—is probably ideal. It ensures that there will be enough space for everyone, and also helps to make organizing and cleaning up easier.

If you’re a smaller crew and just want to keep things a little more casual, an after-hours get together at a local venue, or even on company premises (depending on your insurance policies), may be perfect. 

One thing that should be explored beforehand, however, is transportation. If your party will take place off the premises, especially at a place where alcoholic beverages will be consumed, you should plan on getting everyone there—and back home—as safely as possible.

Rideshare services like Uber offer corporate accounts, where you can purchase a designated number of rides for your employees, and all they have to do is enter in a discount code before scheduling their ride. This will ensure that everyone gets to and from your party safely. 

Keep it all positive

Office holiday party

The holidays are that special time of year where we show how thankful we are for everything that went right. You made it through another wonderful year, and you couldn’t have done it without the help of your incredible team.

Whether you’re a company of five people or 50,000, the point of your holiday party is to put all of those people in the same room, show them your gratitude for a job well done, and wish everyone growth and prosperity in the New Year. That’s what it’s all about.

We hope you take these tips to heart, and if you have any questions (or need some custom Christmas apparel for the occasion!), don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

From our family to yours, Happy Holidays!

Our Favorite Ugly Christmas Sweater Designs 2016

Ugly Christmas Sweater designs

‘Tis the season of searching for the perfect gifts, listening to the same 40 Christmas songs on repeat, and going holiday parties that require your best Ugly Christmas Sweater. You could simply go to the store and pick one up off the racks, but by doing so you risk the embarrassment of showing up to the party in the same ugly sweater as the next guy.

A growing trend that we’ve noticed over the past few holiday seasons is people taking their ugly Christmas sweater designs into their own hands. You guessed it–we’re talking about custom-designed Ugly Christmas sweaters. While we’ve seen many different approaches over the years, each year brings with it a new wave of artwork that blows us away.

Without further ado, here are our top 6 Favorite Ugly Christmas Sweater Designs of 2016.

Classic Ugly Christmas Sweater

Ugly Christmas Sweater designs

One of our graphic designers created this new template for our studio this year, and it’s a classic we’ll always love. The “Happy Holidays” ugly Christmas Sweater is not only perfect for an ugly sweater party, but we actually think it’s a pretty good looking shirt to wear around in general this holiday season. You can customize it and make it your own in our design studio!

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Conservative Christmas

Ugly Christmas Sweater design template

This is another ugly Christmas sweater that one of our designers recently added to our design studio. Like the previous one, we would actually wear this sweater around all holiday season.

This takes a more subtle–might we say conservative–approach, yet still hits the mark on “ugly.” Pair this one with a nice pair of khakis, and you’ve got yourself a holiday party outfit that fits the bill for any Holiday party dress code.

His and Hers

His and Hers Naughty and Nice Christmas sweaters

Here we have another work of design studio art–one of our Project Specialists helped to create this pair. We love the way make such a catchy duo and play on the classic “naughty or nice.”

These would make the absolute perfect His and Hers sweaters for an ugly sweater holiday party. Whether you’re the one expecting coal in your stocking, or gifts, this set of ugly holiday sweaters were created for you.

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Viking style Ugly Christmas Sweater Design

Well Valhalla-la to you too! One of our fantastic customers designed this viking-style sweater, and is one of our all-time favorites. The clever designer of this work of art used mostly elements from our design studio, aside from the antler helmet.

We know that there are 30 people somewhere in the world wearing these this holiday season, and we know of about 190 more who would like to be **cough cough** our entire staff **cough cough**.

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Merry Chrithmith

Mike Tyson Ugly Chrithmith Sweater design

The customer who designed this work-of-art had it printed on a child’s crewneck. While we aren’t sure what child is running around right now in a Mike Tyson ugly Chrithmith sweater, we are sure of one thing—we all want to meet the guy who created it for him. When it comes to comparing ugly Christmas sweaters, this one will win every time, even if it has to bite a guy’s ear off.

Love any of these designs? Our Project Specialists are here to help you create your own custom Ugly Christmas Sweater. You can also visit our design studio to start creating your own!