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November 15, 2018
Distributors PromoShop, Inc. (PPAI 204997) and Icon Blue, Inc. (PPAI 217321), both located in Los Angeles, California, have announced a strategic partnership alliance beginning in December. The partnership was first announced Wednesday in PPB Newslink Breaking News. PromoShop entered into a similar partnership with Seattle, Washington-based distributor Compleat eight years ago. The companies’ sales will merge, with Icon Blue sales and staff members moving to join PromoShop’s Los Angeles location...
November 15, 2018
September’s promotional products industry sales were up 6.8 percent compared to the same month in 2017, according to the PPAI/ITR Economics third-quarter 2018 Market Outlook Report. Annual rate-of-change has plateaued over the past two quarters, marking April 2018 as a tentative business-cycle peak for the industry, although some indicators tracked in the Market Outlook Report suggest it could reach a new peak during the next two quarters. However, robust growth in late 2017 will mute year-over-...
November 15, 2018
The Promotional Products Education Foundation’s (PPEF) Board of Trustees has elected five incoming trustees: Debbie Abergel, chief strategy officer at distributor Jack Nadel International; Christopher Duffy, MAS, director of marketing at Ariel Premium Supply; Chuck Fandos, CEO of Facilisgroup; Eileen Lynch, Northeast regional sales manager for BIC Graphic USA; and Margie Price, PPAI Hall of Fame member and founder of Premium Plus. Price will be joining the board immediately to fill a vacated pos...
November 15, 2018
Supplier Orbus Exhibit & Display Group (PPAI 428128) in Woodridge, Illinois, announced that it has surpassed its yearly environmental goals and increased its recycling to almost 90 percent for 2018. As of mid-year, Orbus recycled 460,000 pounds of cardboard, cores and paper, and 135,000 pounds of plastic. Orbus reduced its total waste being sent to landfills to only 10 percent after finding a company to recycle its wood waste. Orbus recycles fabrics, paper, aluminum, plastics, batteries, ele...
November 15, 2018
Vantage Apparel (PPAI 113235) brought associates from its sales, marketing, project management, merchandising, quality assurance and IT teams together at its Avenel, New Jersey, headquarters on November 7-9 for its national sales meeting. Built around the theme “Accelerate – Collaborate – Transform,” the meeting focused on the strategic foresight and business skills necessary for navigating today’s high volume of information and fast-paced changes. PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE, al...
November 15, 2018
Industry professionals looking for tools, practices and valuable philosophies to build up their businesses can find them in PPAI’s webinars. In the coming months, the Association’s webinar lineup includes guidance on conducting a gap analysis of product responsibility policies and procedures, a look at tariffs’ effects on promo businesses and more. The webinar roster features a wide range of ideas, updates and other topics important to promotional products industry practitioners. All sessions, e...
November 15, 2018
Diversity in advertising imagery is on the rise as marketers seek to connect with a multifaceted audience. Stock footage provider Shutterstock surveyed more than 2,500 marketers in Australia, Brazil, Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. about their opinions on using diverse imagery in campaigns. The results indicated varying degrees of movement toward more diverse imagery in all geographies surveyed. Shutterstock’s survey found that 91 percent of Generation X respondents and 92 percent of Millennials ...
November 13, 2018
California is battling deadly wildfires in the northern and southern parts of the state that have killed 44 people, burned more than 200,000 acres of land and destroyed thousands of structures. On Monday, President Trump approved federal funding for the areas affected. The Camp Fire in Northern California, in Butte County approximately 80 miles north of Sacramento, is now the deadliest on record in the state. It has killed 42 people, burned 117,000 acres and destroyed 6,400 homes and 260 commerc...
November 13, 2018
Geiger (PPAI 105182) has acquired web-based distributor Bank Express (PPAI 743772) and Promo Warehouse (PPAI 739104), effective immediately. The firm, based in Sandwich, Massachusetts, will operate as a division of Lewiston, Maine-headquartered distributor Geiger. Charlie Billard, president of Bank Express and Promo Warehouse, will remain as director of business development. “Bank Express/Promo Warehouse has a unique go-to market strategy that couples consultative relationship selling with digit...
November 13, 2018
Supplier Incentive Concepts (PPAI 212912), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, has entered into an agreement with Elite Creations (PPAI 229246) to acquire the Cortland, Illinois-based firm, which is a division of Power Equipment Company, effective January 1, 2019. “This is a rare opportunity for two companies who share similar values, and a mutual respect for one another to combine their operations to better serve the premium, incentive and corporate gifting markets,” says Joe Reinberg, presid...
November 13, 2018
In September, U.S. businesses paid $4.4 billion in tariffs, up more than 50 percent from the same month last year according to industry group Tariffs Hurt The Heartland. Exports of U.S. products hit by retaliatory tariffs dropped by 26 percent, or $2.5 billion, compared to September 2017. Tariffs Hurt The Heartland, working with consulting firm Trade Partnership to calculate the costs using government data, says that U.S. companies paid approximately $545 million in steel and aluminum tariffs in...
November 13, 2018
UPS Freight and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) headed off a potential strike on Sunday, as they reached a five-year labor contract for 11,600 UPS Freight workers. The previous contract was due to expire on Monday. The two groups had been at the negotiating table since the summer and a tentative agreement in October was widely rejected by union membership. “UPS is pleased that the UPS Freight agreement with the International Brotherhood of Teamster has been ratified,” UPS said i...
November 13, 2018
PPAI Business Development Manager Ellen Tucker and her staff have been on the road in recent weeks. She and Business Development Account Manager Brandon Dunaway traveled to Minnesota to meet with suppliers Anagram (PPAI 310564) in Eden Prairie, Best Way Promotions in Houston (PPAI 177839) and Apogree Commeratives in Crystal. Tucker also visited Logo Mats (PPAI 243322) in Lagrange, Georgia, and PromoMatting (PPAI 161332) in Cartersville along with Business Development Account Manager Connie Brazi...
November 13, 2018
Data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in June showed that despite the “gig economy’s” high profile, there has been no growth in the share of gig workers in the U.S. since the mid-90s. Now, The Conference Board has released a report seeking to explain that growth in the sector has been stagnant, highlighting factors like a tighter labor market, slower rate of outsourcing, operational challenges at companies and U.S. public policies encouraging “traditional” work. The Conference Board de...
November 13, 2018
Folders produced by Macomb, Michigan-based supplier Admore, Inc. (PPAI 111144) a division of Ennis, Inc., have brought home the gold from several competitions recently, sponsored by Printing Impressions magazine, the Foil and Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) and the Gallery of Superb Printing. Admore’s vampire-themed “Bloody Good!” Halloween promotion won the Gold Award for the Folder category in the 2018 Gold Ink Awards competition sponsored by Printing Impressions magazine. This year’s G...
November 13, 2018
The Utah Manufacturers Association (UMA) named West Jordan-based supplier SnugZ USA a 2018 Manufacturer of the Year. SnugZ USA was recognized along with nine other manufacturing companies at the association’s 113th annual awards banquet on November 3. The Manufacturer of the Year is awarded to companies that show outstanding execution in operational performance and best practices, economic achievement, workplace safety, community and state involvement, public outreach and fidelity to the princip...
November 08, 2018
As first reported Wednesday in a PPB Newslink Breaking News alert, Mike Brugger has been named president of distributor Fully Promoted (PPAI 240143). He replaces the former president, Joe Loch. Brugger joined Fully Promoted's parent company United Franchise Group in 1994, where he held supervisory roles in several departments, and opened and managed the first EmbroidMe store in West Palm Beach, Florida. EmbroidMe rebranded as Fully Promoted in 2017 to reflect growing product lines and services. ...
November 08, 2018
Cimpress, the Dutch parent company of Waltham, Massachusetts-based distributor Vistaprint (PPAI 565755) and San Diego, California-based distributor National Pen Co. LLC (PPAI 107176), has released financial results for its fiscal 2019 first quarter, ending September 30, reporting that its revenue growth for the quarter was down five percent due to currency changes and the net result of acquisitions and divestitures. “In the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, we delivered disappointing revenue gr...
November 08, 2018
Strong growth in activewear helped drive Gildan’s (PPAI 250187) net sales up 5.3 percent in the third quarter. The Montreal, Quebec-headquartered apparel supplier says in its Q3 financial results report that it also gained ground in faster-growing areas, including fashion basics, international markets, global lifestyle brands and e-commerce. Year-to-date, Gildan posted net sales of $2.166 billion, up 3.3 percent over the same period in 2017. Hurricane Florence’s impact constrained sales growth i...
November 08, 2018
On a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest, PPAI Director of Business Development Ellen Tucker and Major Account Manager-West Melissa Massey, met with several industry supplier companies in the Greater Seattle, Washington area, including Cutter & Buck, Greater China, iClick and SanMar. Their conversations were opportunities to learn more about these companies, their outlooks on the industry and how the Association can better serve their needs. At Cutter & Buck, Tucker and Massey met with ...
November 08, 2018
Industry professionals looking for tools, practices and valuable philosophies to build up their businesses can find them in PPAI’s webinars. In the coming months, the Association’s webinar lineup includes the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant products, conducting a gap analysis of product responsibility policies and procedures, and more. The webinar roster features a wide range of ideas, updates and other topics important to promotional products industry practitioners. All sessions...
November 08, 2018
Developing strategy and strategic plans, for a business or an organization, can be intimidating with their connotations of big ideas, perfect foresight and complete understanding of the complexities underlying an operation. A column from Roger L. Martin at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management simplifies the process, breaking it down into five specific choices. Strategy is a set of five choices that must be made—What is our winning aspiration? Where will we play? How will we wi...
November 06, 2018
A Fast Company article published last week derided promotional products, criticizing their environmental footprint and mischaracterizing the industry as one that sells its products solely in a race to the bottom with pricing. In a letter to the magazine and in a post on his blog, PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE, pushed back against the article’s message and its excess of misconceptions and criticism about the industry. “The influence of promotional products cannot be underestimated,...
November 06, 2018
Distributor Something Inked (PPAI 492323) in Nashville, Tennessee, has joined AIA Corporation’s (PPAI 101364) distributor community. Something Inked is an independently-owned branding, marketing, design, e-commerce and merchandise company serving the retail, sports and concert merchandise markets for more than eight years. “We are thrilled to welcome Something Inked to the AIA Community,” says Matt Gresge, chief executive officer of AIA Corporation. “Since its inception, Something Inked has been...
November 06, 2018
Mercury Promotions & Fulfillment, Inc. (PPAI 261357), based in Sterling Heights, Michigan, has become the Legacy Group’s newest distributor partner. Headquartered in a 75,000-square-foot facility, Mercury Promotions & Fulfillment’s marketing services includes branded merchandise, fulfillment services, digital storefront solutions, sweepstakes, contests and game promotions, co-op management, and loyalty and recognition programs. “The Mercury team is very excited to join the Legacy Group,”...
November 06, 2018
Supplier Vapor Apparel (PPAI 398237) is moving into a new corporate facility in Hanahan, South Carolina. “We are excited to be moving into our own headquarters here in the Low Country” says Jackson Burnett, president of Vapor Apparel. “It is a big step for the company and will create new value for our customers.” The new 26,000-square-foot facility is set on 4.1 acres, allowing for the company’s planned growth. The freshly renovated space will include corporate offices, production facilities, se...
November 06, 2018
Will Francois, vice president of creative services at Iowa City, Iowa, supplier Tru Art Advertising Calendars (PPAI 113720) passed away on October 25 after a battle with cancer. He was 67. Francois began his career in the promotional products industry in 1989. In a statement, Tru Art said, “Will remained relentlessly positive, hard-working, and dedicated to his work. His passion for calendar advertising was almost unequaled. We were fortunate to enjoy nearly three decades of Will’s talent, frien...
November 06, 2018
While in Charlotte, North Carolina, PPAI Professional Development Manager Jody Mello (above left) and Professional Development Coordinator Emery Colbert (above right) visited the offices of JournalBooks/Timeplanner Calendars (PPAI 110769), where they met with Carolyn Keene (center), who handles marketing and communications at the supplier. Mello and Colbert’s visit to JournalBooks was a chance to connect with the supplier and its staff, and learn more about its operations, facility and outlook o...
November 06, 2018
Last week, PPAI Associate Editor Danielle Renda (above center) and News Editor James Khattak (above left) visited supplier BEST Promotions USA (PPAI 461489) in Balch Springs, Texas, to speak to the company’s staff, tour its facility and learn more about its operations. Industry veteran Michael Hicks (above right), Best Promotions’ president, founded the company in 2007 and has grown it into a successful industry supplier that manufacturers about 70 percent of its products in the USA. The company...
November 06, 2018
Predicting when the economy will tip over into a recession is difficult, but 10 years into this recovery, it may be overdue. While forecasting a recession is tricky, management consulting firm Bain & Company suggests businesses can ride out or even prosper in a recession with the right preparation. Company research shows that “the eventual winners in any downturn are companies that aggressively captured the opportunities unique to recessions.” Its data also highlights that those companies al...
November 01, 2018
First announced on Wednesday in a PPB Newslink Breaking News announcement, Proforma (PPAI 196835) has promoted Doug Kordel to president, effective immediately. He previously served as the chief operating officer and general counsel for the Cleveland, Ohio-headquartered distributor. When Brian Smith, the former president and CEO left Proforma in 2016, Kordel took over Smith’s role and the day-to-day operations as chief operating officer. As president, Kordel will form and lead the company’s lead...
November 01, 2018
Consumer confidence grew in October, continuing the upward trend of recent months. The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index reached 137.9 in October, up from 135.3 in September. The monthly Consumer Confidence Survey, based on a probability-design random sample, is conducted for The Conference Board by Nielsen. Looking closer at the Conference Board’s results, the Present Situation Index—based on consumers’ assessment of current business and labor market conditions—improved from 169.4 t...
November 01, 2018
News outlets are reporting that the U.S. is preparing a fourth round of tariffs on Chinese imports if talks fail between President Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping, which is scheduled for late November at the G-20 Summit in Buenos Aires. The fourth round of tariffs would include all remaining Chinese imports and is expected to be announced in early December and go into effect around the beginning of February following a 60-day public comment period. The current tariffs on about $250 billi...
November 01, 2018
Special Markets Dialogues, a small group of thought leaders in the corporate gift and recognition marketplace, held its 2018 meeting in mid-October in Las Vegas for two days of networking and discussing the state of the corporate gift, recognition, rewards, incentive and motivation marketplace. The 31 invited attendees represented brand merchandise manufacturers, national marketing companies, performance improvement companies, association professionals, gift card providers, promotional products...
November 01, 2018
Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC) announced a strategic management restructuring in August and that effective November 1, it would be closing its office in Québec and transferring all data and operations to Winnipeg, Manitoba. PPPC has released updated contact information and a staff roster for the new location, headed up by the association’s president and CEO, Jonathan N. Strauss. PPPC’s updated contact information is: Suite 503 - 386 BroadwayWinnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3R6 The a...
November 01, 2018
Panama City Beach and Bay County, Florida, have been working hard to recover from Hurricane Michael, which hit the area in early October. The Bay District Schools are planning to reopen some schools and programs by November 5 and all schools by November 13. The Sunbelt Promotional Products Association (SPPA) has put the call out to the industry to help students affected by the storm get ready to go back to school. As many residents lost everything in the hurricane, they are in desperate need of...
November 01, 2018
On October 25, PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE, and Director of Professional Development Jennifer Crowfoot visited supplier Bella + Canvas (PPAI 304892) in Los Angeles, California. Their visit was an opportunity to learn more about the company and its outlook on the industry, and how the Association can work to better meet their needs. Bellantone and Crowfoot met with Bella + Canvas Executive Vice President Chris Blakeslee (right), and Wholesale Director Sabrina Villa Del Toro (left...
November 01, 2018
Industry professionals looking for tools, practices and valuable philosophies to build up their businesses can find them in PPAI’s webinars. In the coming months, the Association’s webinar lineup includes collections best practices, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant products and more. The webinar roster features a wide range of ideas, updates and other topics important to promotional products industry practitioners. All sessions, except for certain event recordings, are free to PPA...
November 01, 2018
Employee training is climbing up the company priority ladder as businesses seek to respond to talent shortages and fill vacant positions in the face of near-record lows in unemployment—September’s unemployment rate of 3.7 percent was the lowest since 1969. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that in 2008, only 11 percent of workers received employer-sponsored training—in comparison, the bureau found 19 percent of workers received such training in 1996. While the Census Bureau hasn’t updated its fig...
November 01, 2018
The Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) has selected Eileen Lynch, northeast regional sales manager at BIC Graphic, for induction into the SAAGNY Hall of Fame, the highest honor the association bestows upon any individual. Lynch has been a long-time member of and volunteer for SAAGNY, including serving on the board of directors from 1992-2015, and has served as treasurer, vice president and president. She also chaired the Promotions East Committee and served on numero...
November 01, 2018
Distributor 4imprint (PPAI 107200), headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, has been recognized by Great Place to Work, an analytics and consulting firm focused on workplace culture, and Fortune magazine as one of the 2018 Best Workplaces for Women. This is the fourth consecutive year that 4imprint has received the honor. Fortune published the complete list of 100 companies that earned the honor based on 540,000 employee surveys, which asked women about their trust in company leaders, the way asso...
November 01, 2018
Reciprocity Road, an industry buying group, has announced the third-quarter recipient of its BrandGood Give Back Contest. A philanthropic initiative from Reciprocity Road companies, BrandGood empowers employees to support their favorite causes through quarterly donations, and each quarter, BrandGood Ambassadors from eight group distributors review stories and photos submitted by their colleagues. Of the eight submissions received in this year’s third quarter, BrandGood selected the Achilles Inte...
October 30, 2018
The United States Postal Service (USPS) has filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of price changes to take effect January 27, 2019. The Governors of the Postal Service, which approved the prices, believe these new rates will keep the agency competitive while providing it with needed revenue. The PRC will review the prices before they are scheduled to take effect. The proposed prices would raise Mailing Services product prices approximately 2.5 percent. Shipping Services price...
October 30, 2018
Superior Group of Companies, Inc., formerly Superior Uniform Group, has announced that in third quarter 2018, ending September 30, net sales increased 41.4 percent to $95.9 million compared with 2017 third quarter net sales of $67.8 million, and that net income for 2018’s third quarter was $6.1 million, up from $5 million in the same period last year. The company, located in Seminole, Florida, operates in the promotional products market through its subsidiaries, distributors BAMKO, LLC (PPAI 242...
October 30, 2018
Stahls’ (PPAI 189660) and World Emblem International (PPAI 287527) have formed a strategic partnership in which Sterling Heights, Michigan-headquartered Stahls’ will serve several large sportswear markets, including the promotional products industry, on behalf of World Emblem. "We're very pleased with this collaboration," says Randy Carr, CEO of Hollywood, Florida-based World Emblem. "Now our clients have access to two world-class organizations under one roof." Stahls’ will supply one World Em...
October 30, 2018
Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey has begun circulating a sign-on letter in the Senate addressed to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer calling for an exclusion process for the Section 301 list three tariffs. Sen. Toomey’s letter reads, in part: “There is no doubt that China deploys aggressive economic and industrial policies, in part by breaking international norms and violating the rule of the law. As your agency’s section 301 investigation found, Beijing’s actions have significantly impai...
October 30, 2018
PPAI Executive Vice President Bob McLean was on the road last week, visiting several industry suppliers in South Carolina, including Pro Towels’ (PPAI 112755) Abbeville location, Loom Craft (PPAI 199097) in Belton and Aprons, Etc. (PPAI 110868) in Maudlin. These visits were opportunities to tour the companies’ facilities, meet with staff and leadership, and learn more about how the Association can serve and support them. “I really enjoy visiting our members,” says McLean. “It allows me to learn...
October 30, 2018
Just over one-third of U.S. consumers—35 percent—base their loyalty and purchasing decisions on companies’ reputations rather than solely product features and price, calling companies to task over their role in society and influence others to support or abandon brands accordingly. Public relations firm MWWPR’s second annual study found that this group, which it terms “corpsumers,” has grown two percent over the past year, and that eight in 10 are willing to pay more for brands that take a stand ...
October 25, 2018
In recent months, the U.S. government has imposed tariffs on approximately $250 billion in Chinese imports and the issue is raising questions among industry companies as they prepare their 2019 catalogs. The tariffs remain a fluid situation—currently at 10 percent, tariffs will rise to 25 percent as of January 1, 2019. Manufacturers have won exemptions for some products, but not for others and uncertainty in some cases surrounds whether the tariffs apply to a product. As a fourth round of tariff...
October 25, 2018
3M has released its third-quarter 2018 results, reporting sales of $8.2 billion—down 0.2 percent year-on-year—and a 10.7 percent increase in earnings per share. The company, headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, operates in the promotional products industry as supplier 3M Promotional Markets (PPAI 113638). “In the third quarter, 3M delivered a double-digit increase in cash flow and earnings-per-share, along with strong margins despite slower growth,” says Mike Roman, 3M chief executive officer....
October 25, 2018
The Magnet Group opened its new Fran Ford Center in Greenwood, South Carolina, on Tuesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication. The center is named after the late Francis “Fran” Ford, Jr., CAS, president of supplier Castelli, a division of Magnet, LLC, and 2015 PPAI Hall of Fame inductee, who passed away in May. The dedication ceremony brought together members of the Ford family, the supplier’s leadership team and invited industry guests, including PPAI Executive Vice President Bob McL...
October 25, 2018
Last week, PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE, and Board Chair Dale Denham, MAS+, visited BIC Graphic North America (PPAI 114187) in Tampa, Florida. Their visit was an opportunity to tour the facility and meet with the supplier’s staff and and build stronger relationships with its leadership, including CEO David A. Klatt, Jr., who joined the company in February. “Visiting Association members is very much like working with colleagues in any business,” says Denham (above, left), who is a...
October 25, 2018
PPAI’s webinars deliver the tools, practices and philosophies industry professionals can use to build up their businesses. Webinars in the coming months explore responsible sourcing, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant products and more. The webinar roster features a wide range of ideas, updates and other topics important to promotional products industry practitioners. All sessions, except for certain event recordings, are free to PPAI members and include MAS/CAS credits. Upcoming w...
October 25, 2018
As a group, teenage members of Generation Z—defined by Pew Research as those born since 1997—account for approximately $830 billion in U.S. retail sales annually, and their spending habits and brand preferences provide valuable information for businesses trying to reach them. To that end, investment bank and asset management firm Piper Jaffray has released results from this fall’s 36th semi-annual Taking Stock With Teens survey, drawing insights on discretionary spending trends and brand prefere...
October 22, 2018
Last week, the nationwide campaign Tariffs Hurt The Heartland hosted a town hall meeting in Dallas, Texas, to discuss the impact the federal governments’ tariffs on steel, aluminum and Chinese imports are having on businesses in the state. Tariffs Hurt The Heartland is hosting similar town halls across the U.S. The campaign is supported by the coalitions Farmers For Free Trade and Americans For Free Trade, of which PPAI is a member. Anne Stone, the Association’s director of public affairs, atten...
October 22, 2018
The U.S. economy showed strong growth in September, although signs suggest the pace of its upward track may be slowing. The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) increased 0.5 percent in September to 111.8. This follows a 0.4 percent increase in August and a 0.7 percent increase in July. “The US LEI improved further in September, suggesting the U.S. business cycle remains on a strong growth trajectory heading into 2019. However, the LEI’s growth has slowed somewhat in recent months, sug...
October 22, 2018
PPAI recently became aware of a program sponsored by Capital One, #GoSWAGless, that encourages businesses joining the bank to donate some or all of their marketing budget spent on merchandise—promotional products—to support charities and nonprofits. The Association has reached out to Capital One to offer a counterpoint that promotional products are invaluable tools for supporting the mission of charities and nonprofits. In the Association’s letter to Capital One, PPAI President and CEO Paul Bel...
October 22, 2018
This month, Melissa Massey, PPAI’s major account manager – West, visited the headquarters of SnugZ USA (PPAI 112982) in West Jordan, Utah, to speak with the supplier’s leadership and learn more about its needs and how the Association can better serve the company. At SnugZ USA, Massey met with Brandon Brown, vice president of marketing, and their conversation turned to some of the trends he’s spotted in the promotional products industry and how the company is responding to them. “I am seeing a ...
October 22, 2018
The mid-term elections are approaching and turnout is expected to be high. The 2014 midterm elections spurred only 24 percent of eligible voters to head to the polls, while an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found 65 percent of registered voters say they have a high interest in voting. Corporate America has noticed and is stepping up to encourage and facilitate voting, and their initiatives open new opportunities for products that boost turn out and celebrate participation. A report from the Socie...
October 18, 2018
The regional community recognized its best on Tuesday evening during the 2018 Leadership Development Workshop. Roger Burnett, vice president of sales and marketing at Fort Collins, Colorado, supplier Branded Logistics, LLC, and Steven Meyer, MAS, vice president of sales at Dallas, Texas-based supplier RiteLine, were presented with the 2018 PPAI RAC Volunteer of the Year award. Lisa Bibb, MAS, executive director for the Virginia Promotional Products Association (VAPPA) and the Georgia Association...
October 18, 2018
Showdown Displays (PPAI 254687), a supplier headquartered in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, has announced the formal integration with its sister company, Creative Banner Displays. Effective January 1, 2019, Creative Banner Displays will become Showdown Displays. Showdown Displays and Creative Banner Displays have been operated by the same management team since 2012 and have been one in the same operationally, including the same products, pricing and service, although servicing slightly different r...
October 18, 2018
Each year, SAGE presents industry suppliers with A+ and A rating awards based on distributor ratings collected in SAGE Online, SAGE Web and SAGE Mobile. This year, 1,049 suppliers received the top A+ rating, while another 325 suppliers received an A rating. A total of 34 percent of all active suppliers in the SAGE database received an award this year. As part of the Power of Two relationship between SAGE and PPAI, suppliers with SAGE ratings are also considered for eligibility in the industry’s ...
October 18, 2018
The Conference Board’s Employment Trends Index slipped in September after posting a gain in August. The index now stands at 110.77, down from 111.18 in August, and represents a 6.7 percent gain compared to a year ago. The Conference Board’s September figures are in contrast with the federal government’s announcement that the U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 3.7 percent, the lowest rate since December 1969. “Despite this month’s decline—the result of just two components—the index remains on a s...
October 18, 2018
Distributor CE Competitive Edge (PPAI 103776), headquartered in Stevensville, Michigan, has announced the opening of its Denver, Colorado, location. Katie Kapp will run the Denver Competitive Edge location as market manager, while Niki Strong, account manager, will also support growth in the Colorado market. “The opening of a second location in Denver strengthens the Competitive Edge brand and presence in a very dynamic and growing market,” says Mary Jo Tomasini, MAS+, CEO and founder of CE Com...
October 18, 2018
The 19th annual Leadership Development Workshop (LDW) wrapped up this week at the DFW Hilton in Grapevine, Texas. Hosted by PPAI and the Regional Association Council, the event drew nearly 150 attendees representing the promotional products industry’s 27 regional associations and the Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC) for three days of education and networking, new ideas and new connections. “LDW is truly the best way for all the regionals to connect,” says Heather O’Neill, CAS...
October 18, 2018
For more than 20 years, FOLIO magazine’s Eddie & Ozzie Awards have been the mark of achievement for magazine editorial and design across all sectors of the publishing industry. On October 10, PPB magazine was spotlighted in the highly competitive annual awards program presented during the 2018 Folio: Show in New York City. PPB’s article, Millennial Spotlight, published in May 2017, won an Ozzie award in the category of association/nonprofit data visualization. The June 2017 feature Tipping ...
October 18, 2018
With disconcerting frequency, news stories reveal new controversies as data breaches at brands and institutions are exposing consumers’ data. While a very real cause for concern, brands may weather the impact of these breaches. A survey by customer identity and access management solutions provider Janrain found that U.S. consumers still generally trust brands but welcome consent-based relationships following the high-profile data privacy lapses. Janrain surveyed more than 1,000 U.S. consumers a...
October 18, 2018
CSE Powered By HALO (PPAI 304543), a distributor in New Berlin, Wisconsin, has been recognized by fast-casual restaurant chain Noodles & Company as its Non-Food Vendor of the Year at the chain’s annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. CSE Powered by HALO provides comprehensive branding support to Noodles & Company, including uniforms, promotional items, banners, tents and name badges. “One of our core values is ‘We Care’ and we awarded CSE Powered by HALO our Non-Food Supplier of the Ye...
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