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DULUTH PACK CAREER POSITIONS

February 25, 2016

We as a company and individuals are so excited to announce that Duluth Pack continues to grow each and every day. With this, we have new career positions available within the company that involve, buying, retail, customer service, and production. Apply HERE .

Also, we are ecstatic to officially announce that because of our demand of handcrafted American products, Duluth Pack will be employing an entire second shift with production. Thank you to all of our amazing followers, subscribers, and ultimately customers who allow us to do what we love every single day. Without you, we wouldn’t be the “Oldest canvas and leather bag maker in the USA”. For 134 continuous years and counting, we have stuck our feet to American soil and dug through the hard times. We are proud to say we are an American company employing Americans and that will never change. Not only are all Duluth Pack items handcrafted carefully and durably in America, but we also source American products to employ as many hard working and dedicated Americans as possible around this amazing country. That has always been our mission and it always will be.

So, here’s to you all and to another wonderful and successful 134 years!

– From your very appreciative friends at Duluth Pack

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DESK SIDE WITH OUR MARKETING MANAGER

February 18, 2016
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The Duluth Pack employee we are chatting about today is Marketing Manger, Abe. He’s the “get the job done / let’s have fun” guy. With his witty humor, never ending drive to succeed, and push the boundaries attitude, it’s almost hard to keep up with his daily schedule. Not only is he the Marketing Manager for the company, but he runs the entire Duluth Pack website, manages sales within the outlet, approves photoshoots, fixes IT complications within our business, oh and on top of all of that, he oversees all graphic design and social media coverages through the marketing team. In a nutshell, he has a lot on his plate.

Today is a desk side chat with Abe and we are getting down to the nitty gritty on how he keeps sane, enthused, and pretty darn funny. Without a further ado, here’s Abe, everyone!

How do you…

Start your morning:

“After waking up, I check my phone to see web sales from the previous day. Then I check my email to make sure there isn’t anything that needs my immediate attention. I spend the next 15-30 minutes trying to wake up while watching The Today Show. Then I take a shower, let the dog out, and I’m on my way to the office.”

Stay motivated:

“I give myself reachable goals. Building on smaller successes leads to larger success. It’s a constant struggle to take a step back and be happy with what you’ve accomplished while still making sure not to get comfortable with yesterdays success.”

Get inspired:

“I try not to look like a dummy. The last thing I want to do is be embarrassed at work (or in life for that matter.)

Challenge yourself:

I like to push boundaries. In Marketing, it’s a lot of educated guesses. Not everything we do is going to pan out like we hoped. But by trying to think outside the box and not being afraid of failure, you realize you could be one small idea from something really big.

Motivate others:

As a manager, this is always going to be the hardest part. I do my best to show appreciation for all the hard work that the staff puts in. As we continue getting stronger and stronger at Duluth Pack, it should be motivation for everyone to continue pushing as hard as possible so tomorrow is better than today.

Find personal balance:

I love my wife! As fun as my job is, and as much as I love coming to work, it sure is nice coming home to a special someone. And sometimes, at the end of the day, it’s just best to put the phone away and keep the laptop closed.

Stay organized:

I flag important emails and try not to get behind. A clean inbox and clean calendar is key.

End your day:

Check the daily sales and make sure there aren’t any emergencies. Come home, make dinner with my wife, and hang out with the miniature dachshund.

So, next time you click on our website (HERE) you know who is ultimately running it day in and day out. Now how about you purchase something to give Abe some kudos for working so hard huh?

– From your friends at Duluth Pack!

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OFFICIALLY VERIFIED!

February 15, 2016
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Hello our friends! We wanted to write a quick post on how excited and humbled we are to announce that the Duluth Pack Instagram and Facebook accounts have been officially verified! If you are unaware of what that means, in simple terms, it’s the blue and white check mark you find right behind our name on each account. It means that both Instagram and Facebook note our accounts as authentic and useful to follow.

We are thrilled about this next chapter and step for Duluth Pack in the social media world and want to thank you all for your constant loyalty for the Duluth Pack brand, products, and heritage. We would not be able to conquer these amazing feats and steps without all of you.

If you have not done so, we would so appreciate if you follow our social accounts including, Facebook , Instagram , Twitter , and Pinterest . I mean, we really like you, so like us, too!

Again, thank you and have a wonderful day.

Amazing featured photo by our photographer pal, Alyssa Hei .

– From your friends at Duluth Pack!

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DESK SIDE WITH OUR GRAPHIC DESIGNER

February 11, 2016
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It’s fun to hear all the stories of people with their packs and adventures from today through the rest of their lives. However, it’s important that everyone knows all the elements behind how a Duluth Pack is handcrafted including the people behind the packs – AKA: the Duluth Pack team. Today, we are introducing our creative spirit and in-house Graphic Designer, Jade. She may be small in height size, but she has a large personality that is shown in her colorful style and work. So, without a further ado, here is Jade, everyone!

How do you…

Start your morning:

“Every morning I make a healthy shake to drink on my drive in to work. The first thing I do when I arrive is turn on my computer, grab my awesome peacock mug, and caffeinate. I always stop to chat with the production team before I head to my desk.”

Stay motivated:

“I’m a list writer and a post-it note extraordinaire. A lot of the time, my monitor is lined in post-it notes. Let me tell you, ripping one of those bad boys off after a task is complete is oddly satisfying and motivating in and of itself. Don’t forget about the coffee and the occasional blast of “Eye of The Tiger” from Ryan’s speakers.”

Get inspired:

“I am inspired by quality time with friends and family. Being with people and sharing a good laugh is all we need sometimes.”

Challenge yourself:

“I like to try new things! As a designer, it’s easy to get sucked into one particular style. Sometimes it’s important to take a step back and try something new with fresh eyes. If it works, great! If not, I tried.”

Motivate others:

“I like to think I’m pretty funny sometimes. In fact, people think it’s funny that I think I’m funny… it works. What’s better than making someone laugh?”

Find personal balance:

“I always go into my day with a plan, and that plan must include time for myself. It’s good to be busy, but I feel most balanced when I set aside some time at the end of each day to do what I enjoy, even if it’s just watching some Netflix.”

Stay organized:

“Lists, lists, and more lists, and of course, post-it notes.”

End your day:

The day isn’t over until I wash my coffee cup.

“We hope you enjoyed another snippet into the lives and outlooks of our employees. At Duluth Pack, it’s all a team effort from the production side to the creative.”

Have a wonderful day!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT GUIDE

January 28, 2016
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The day full of hearts, cupid, and love is just around the corner. Are you prepared? Whether you are buying for your better half, your gal pals, or even yourself, it’s always influential and easy to get a round up of what items are the best for a valentine’s gift guide. We’re breaking it down to make your shopping trip easier and quicker, so you an enjoy that bottle of wine longer. Plus, it’s time to get a gift that lasts longer than 7 days or 2 bites.

Here’s the low down in a nice and simple fashion for you:

Now, enjoy your Valentine’s and don’t fret. You will now have a gift for someone that will showcase your love for a lifetime.

Happy Valentine’s Day from your friends at Duluth Pack!

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9 THINGS EVERY PROFESSIONAL NEEDS AT THEIR DESK

January 25, 2016
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Today we are rounding 9 things every professional needs at their desk. Please note, the products listed below are of our own personal opinions tallied around the Duluth Pack office.

A Good Journal / Notebook / Notepad

Having a journal, post its, or some kind of a accessible paper is necessary at a desk. Whether the boss is asking us to jot information down, a phone call happens and crucial pointers are needed to be remembered, or you make easy to follow to-do’s. At anytime, you will most likely be using a notepad or notebook during the day, regardless if you use a laptop computer. The ones our team uses are the Jotter To Do Refill pads along with the Bison Leather Notepad Holder which keeps all notes organized and accounted for.

Business Cards

This may be one of the most important tools in any career choice you do. Business Cards not only assist in your process of networking, but share you information to the most important people you come across in your line of business. Always make sure you have enough on hand as a spur of the moment lunch meeting may happen.

A Coffee Mug

Early mornings, especially early Monday mornings (like today) can be a little tougher than most. Almost all desktops have a coffee mug on them at all times here at Duluth Pack. Of course we all represent the company with our favorite Duluth Pack mugs. Our top sellers for not only our customers, but our employees include: The Campfire Mug – a favorite especially for men. Large sized hands actually fit in the handle. The Duluth Pack Logo Redwing Mug – It’s our iconic Duluth Pack logo mug that screams Americana. This coffee cup is seen with many bloggers and influencers nowadays. The Latte Mug – is such a versatile mug that it not only carries your favorite caffeine sidekick, but can switch into your soup bowl for lunch, too. The best cup voted specifically for tea is the Duluth Pack Frosted Barrel Mug . It holds the exact amount of water to make your tea extra delicious.

A Water Bottle

After starting our day with caffeine, we focus on hydrating the rest of the day. Whether you drink juice, good ole H2O, or even treating yourself to a soda or as well call it pop, we have the bottle for you. Scattered on many of our employee’s desks is the Duluth Pack 32 ox Hydro Flask Insulated Water Bottle. If you’re looking for something that comes with a spill proof tom, the CamelBak .75L Waterbottle with Duluth Pack Logo is the one for you. It’s great for the lunch time workout session as well.

Ballpoint Pens

Just as important as paper, pens are right in line with them. Pens are more important than pencils at the office, because we are constantly signing important documents or dating paperwork that has to be permanent. If you’re someone who writes hard as well, pens are a better options as they are less likely to break.

Your Wallet

Having your identification is necessary in this day in age. However, many lunch meetings can pop up where we have to make a run for some food quickly. We have a huge selection of Duluth Pack wallets that almost all of our employees (mostly men) are fans of. We have styles that are available in leather and canvas here .

A Comfortable Chair

Keeping a good posture is so important for your health. Having an office job can make that difficult, especially if you’re starting at a screen all day. We recommend investing in a comfortable chair that keeps your back up right at all positions. If you’re wanting to focus on another element of your health, we suggest looking into substituting a chair with an exercise ball.

A Blanket or Jacket

Back up to the point about having your wallet for a quick lunch run, living in Minnesota, especially Duluth you need to have clothing options ready at all times of the year. Mother Nature in the Northland can be a bit unpredictable, so having a quick rain check or zip up is always smart. We highly recommend the Duluth Pack embroidered Matrix Jacket. For only $5 more than our regular sweatshirts, it’s a great soft-shell jacket to whip on.

Snacks

Eat to live or live to eat. Which are you? We support a healthy lifestyle here at Duluth Pack and healthy means maintaining a good diet – AKA: snacking on good treats. In the morning, you will find that a lot of Duluth Pack employees chow down on yogurt, oatmeal, or a breakfast bar. Usually two of three are topped with Granola from the brand, Crapola . If the marketing alone on it doesn’t get you, we don’t know what will!

We hope these desk side tricks and essentials help you prep your desk for the week! What are you favorite deskside items? We’d love to hear!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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DESK SIDE WITH OUR ASSISTANT STORE MANAGER

January 18, 2016
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Monday’s may not be your favorite day, but we’re making them a bit more fun this morning with a look inside the lives of some of our managers and how their departments succeed here at Duluth Pack. A look from the inside of a company seems interesting, almost mysterious, and actually really fun. Today, we are sitting down with our Assistant Retail Store Manager, Elizabeth, or also known as our energizer bunny. Elizabeth is the type of person that no matter what the situation, she continuously looks to the light and positive side of everything. She is the person our team relies on to keep the energy flowing and our customers expecting the best of the best customer service they deserve. You know the type of person that just attracts happiness and people to want to be around them? That’s her. Without a further ado, here is Elizabeth!

Start your morning:

With a run, walk, or hike! Gotta get the blood flowing!

Stay motivated:

I’m very competitive so I set goals. Be they long or short term, I need those benchmarks to reach for. I always have to stay in motion or my energy dies.

Get inspired:

Go horseback riding! Time at the barn is always time well spent and good for the body and mind. Time to exercise, de-stress, and reflect.

Challenge yourself:

By trying new things. Routine is great, but for me it isn’t enough. I always find attainable ways of doing more, being faster, learning new skills, etc. If you have the energy to do something well you can always do it better.

Motivate others:

Lots and lots of energy, and by keeping the humor alive. No matter how crumby my day is, I always try to be positive, witty, and energetic. I also lay on the sarcasm… hard.

Find personal balance:

By managing my “me time” schedule to be just as important as my work schedule. I would never put off a work appointment, so why would I put off my time doing the things I love? They are the reason that I am even ABLE to be energetic and happy at work.

Stay organized:

Ha! I don’t. I let it pile up until there’s a break in the action, then I tackle it.

End your day:

Eating good food with my husband and snuggling with the dogs!

Thank you to Elizabeth for sharing a snippet of her day and what keeps her motivated to make each day count. We’re curious. What gets you going and seizing the day?

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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WINTER ACTIVITIES

January 14, 2016
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This winter season has been a bit different than what we usually expect up here in Northern Minnesota. Has it been where you are located as well? Even though the snow fall has been limited, our winter activities list hasn’t dwindled. Listed below, we have put together a few of our favorite outdoor interests and how to outfit yourself to with the best products for any adventure.

DOG SLEDDING

As many of you know, Duluth Pack is an animal friendly business. We allow our customers to bring their pets in our location, which usually happen to be dogs. We have free treats available behind our tills, but the best part is that we can outfit your pooch as well. If you’re going out in the cold, you’re wanting a jacket or coat that keeps you warm. We recommend the Duluth Pack Anorak . This canvas wind shell is made following native design after many winters of field-testing in the cold Northwoods of Northern Minnesota. It’s handcrafted with durable 10-ounce tightly woven cotton duck canvas.The canvas is highly wind resistant, breathable, preshrunk, and untreated and has a full-cut with ample room in the arms for layering and freedom of movement. Last but not least, the Duluth Pack Anorak comes with an adjustable storm hood for many types of weather ahead. To outfit your pup for the long trek ahead, get these fleece booties.

WALKING / HIKING / SNOWSHOEING

Depending on where you are, the snow fall may or may not be what you anticipate each winter season. Up here in Duluth, the snow isn’t nearly what we had last year, but is still present and currently coming down. If you’re doing a winter hike in the near future or strapping on the snowshoes, we recommend these products. 1) The snowshoes available both in our retail store and our website are a top pick. We also have a pair for women as well. If snowshoeing is not your gig, we have a fantastic selection of footwear lines in store like – Keen, Merrell, Sorel, Columbia, and The North Face.

SNOWMOBILING

Even though we are not your typical snowmobile go-to outlet, Duluth Pack still has the accessories to help you out. With gaiters, balaclavas, scarves, mittens, and gloves from your favorite brands like, The North Face, Smartwool, Patagonia, Icebreaker, and more! Plus, once you take your helmet off, keep your ears and head warm with our Duluth Pack Logo Beanie !

WINTER BIKING

If you’re the type of person who takes on the weather while riding a bike, kudos. We want you to be safe and using the right products for you. One of our top selling items both in store and online for bikers of all types are the Waterproof Handle Bar Mittens. They are created exactly for the winter activity and make the trek that much easier. .

SNUGGLING

We had to save one of the best for last. After you have gone out into the frigid temps, nothing is much better than snuggling up with your better half. For your top half, we absolutely recommend our top selling Cross Paddles Sweatshirt . It’s our legendary apparel item that stays in style for years, plus the comfort of it is one to not pass up. To cover up your bottom half (or the woman in your life) is the Purnell Winter Legging . They are the perfect accessory on a chilly evening and are comfortable enough to lay on the couch and relax. Plus, they are only $39.00.

AFTERMATH

Don’t worry. We didn’t forget about the impact salt brings beyond just melting snow. It can stain and make shoes and your packs dirty. No need to fret, friends. The Minnetonka Moccasin Shoe Care Kit is available both in our retail store and online. It’s easy to use and will last you a very long time! To condition and clean your beloved Duluth Pack handcrafted item, we always recommend the Lexol brand. Again, it can be located both in our flagship location or on our site.

We are wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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TRADE SHOW SEASON

January 11, 2016
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The holidays may be over, but trade show season is just beginning. With the phenomenal Outdoor Retailer show hosted in Salt Lake City, Utah under our belts, the next we are taking on is SHOT Show in Las Vegas and then Liberty, Project, and Magic. Will you be attending any of these shows?

If you have never attending a retailer show before, it’s essentially a large location (very large) that houses thousands of brands that range from large corporate companies to small mom and pop shops. Meetings begin right away in the morning and go until the late hours in the night. If you have time, there are concession stands you can swing by and pick up some grub. The connections and networking are second to none and the experience is one the Duluth Pack team will never take for granted or forget. Each booth is proportionally and aesthetically built together to tell the story of the brand. Duluth Pack’s is very elegant and classic. We incorporated our American heritage with our timeless appeal. With shelves built together to emulate the old Duluth Pack location that are perfectly decorated with antique books, scrolled gold frame, black and white filtered photos of our past, and candles and small table lamps the bring a homey feel, our booth seems to be one many don’t forget.

Do you know of any other shows Duluth Pack should consider attending in the future?

– From your friends at Duluth Pack

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DESK SIDE WITH OUTSIDE SALES REPRESENTATIVE

January 7, 2016
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Have you ever wondered how Duluth Pack bags aren’t just sold in our 8,500 square foot retail store in Canal Park, Duluth, MN or just our website DuluthPack.com? Just take a moment. Duluth Pack can now be purchased in a retail location in over 30 states in the USA and 11 different countries. This feat does not just happen over night, but rather a team effort with incredible communication and planning skills that many can’t match. This is all done by our Outside Sales Rep team who tell the story of Duluth Pack’s heritage, history,and future. What we possess, what makes us different, and why Duluth Pack is more than just canvas and leather company.

Welcome, Maddy. Our new Outside Sales Representative who has a spitfire of a personality, brings extra spunk to the office, and has a determination like no other. She and other members of our Outside Sales Rep team travel around the country discussing plans, collaborations, private labeling opportunities, and other ways Duluth Pack can impact someone’s life. Without a further ado, here’s Maddy!

How do you…

Start your morning: Go for a run! Then coffee. A lot of coffee.

Stay motivated: I love the feeling of accomplishment, so I do everything I can to end each day feeling like I completed or moved forward with something. It doesn’t have to be something huge, small victories feel just as great. It’s all about perspective and taking the time to enjoy what you have the ability to make or change. That motivates me.

Get inspired: I’m inspired by intelligence, strength, and altruism.

Challenge yourself: I’m very goal-oriented and committed. I like to test my limits and promise to accomplish something that I’ve never done before. Whether that’s setting an insanely high sales goal at work or signing up for a marathon, I won’t stop until I cross that finish line.

Motivate others: Positive energy. Smiling. Cracking jokes. Acting goofy on occasion. When you’re happy, you’re more productive.

Find personal balance: I find balance in nature. I can sit on the shore of Lake Superior and feel incredibly grounded and calm, or I can climb a 14er in Colorado and feel invigorated and unstoppable. My go-to if I’m dragging is a trail run no matter what the weather is doing. There’s just something about that mix of sweat, mud, thrill and fresh air that always put me right.

Stay organized: I make lists for everything! On a scale of 1-10 (10 being organized and 1 being a complete mess) I would say I’m about a 7. Not great, but definitely above average. Also, sticky notes are also a godsend.

End your day: (She had two responses the we like!) 1) If it’s a good day, a good beer. If it’s a bad day, a good whiskey. All in moderation of course. I call my mom. Netflix and chill or read a book until I fall asleep. Clear my head for the next day. 2) I’m typically not a night owl. Evenings typically consist of some sort of sport after work (big into volleyball, cycling and soccer), a call to my mom, and then it’s either Netflix and chill or reading until I fall asleep.

So, next time you see a Duluth Pack in a retail location you recognize (we have teamed up with Barney’s of New York, Urban Outfitters, and Target’s website) just know that there is a team of people behind Duluth Pack being partnered up with another company.

On a side note, Duluth Pack has a strict MAP pricing policy regardless of where you purchase our brand’s product. If you ever have any questions or comments regarding our MAP Policy, please feel free to email our team at: [email protected]

– From your friends at Duluth Pack