News
July 27, 2017
Cimpress Issues Results For Its Fourth Quarter, Fiscal Year 2017
Cimpress, the Dutch parent company of Waltham, Massachusetts, distributor Vistaprint (PPAI 565755), has released financial results for the fourth quarter and the 2017 fiscal year that ended June 30. The company’s revenues grew 18 percent, year-over-year, in fourth quarter to $564.3 million, while annual revenues of $2.135 billion were up 19 percent over the previous year. Read More »
July 27, 2017
3M Announces Second Quarter Financial Results
3M, headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, and operating in the promotional products industry as 3M Promotional Markets (PPAI 113638), reports second-quarter sales of $7.8 billion in its fiscal second quarter, up 1.9 percent from the second quarter of 2016. Read More »
July 27, 2017
PPAI Announces Board Candidates For Upcoming Election
PPAI has announced four candidates for the PPAI Board of Directors Class of 2022 election. Distributor candidates are Steve Levschuk, president of Talbot Marketing (UPIC: TALB0001), and Todd Pottebaum, MAS+, president of Quality Resource Group (UPIC: PBPLINC); and suppliers are Dan Frailey, president of RuMe, Inc. (UPIC: RuMe), and Lori Kates, president of Imagen Brands, parent company of suppliers Crown Products (PPAI 113430) and Vitronic (PPAI 114197). Read More »
July 27, 2017
Aura Badge Co. Acquires Montco Advertising Specialties Manufacturing Assets
Supplier Aura Badge Co. (PPAI 113888) has acquired the manufacturing assets of supplier Montco Advertising Specialties (PPAI 162102). Aura Badge, headquartered in Monroeville, New Jersey, will assume all of Norristown, Pennsylvania-based Montco’s manufacturing assets and services. The acquisition, effective July 24, provides a wider range of products and services to customers of both companies. Read More »
July 27, 2017
Consumer Confidence Improves Slightly In July
Consumer confidence, which had slipped marginally in June, ticked upward in July, reports The Conference Board. Its Consumer Confidence Index now stands at 121.1, up from 117.3 in June. Breaking its findings down a bit, the Present Situation Index increased from 143.9 to 147.8, while the Expectations Index rose from 99.6 last month to 103.3. The monthly Consumer Confidence Survey, based on a probability-design random sample, is conducted for The Conference Board by Nielsen. Read More »
July 27, 2017
In Memoriam: Patrick Hughes
Patrick Hughes, co-owner of distributor Custom Specialties in Overland Park, Kansas, passed away on July 24. He was 47. Read More »
July 27, 2017
HALO’s Dave Gephart, MAS, Meets With North Carolina Rep. David Price
Dave Gephart, MAS, a national account manager with HALO Branded Solutions, met with Rep. David Price of North Carolina recently to discuss the Affordable Care Act and the promotional products industry’s legislative priorities. Read More »
July 27, 2017
President Trump Nominates Anne Marie Buerkle To Chair CPSC
Anne Marie Buerkle has been nominated by President Trump to serve as chair of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. A current commissioner of the CPSC, Buerkle has been serving as acting chair of the commission since February. Read More »
July 27, 2017
IMA Recognizes Members At Its Annual Summit
At its annual summit this week in Orlando, Florida, the Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) honored two members for their accomplishments. Brian Dunne, CPIM, managing director at Giftcard Consulting, was presented with the Karen Renk Fellowship Award, while Pete Mitchell received the 2017 IMA President’s Award. Read More »
July 26, 2017
PPB Newslink July 25: Cintas’ 2017 Fiscal Year Closes With 11-Percent Increase
Cintas Corporation (PPAI 303547) has released the results for its fourth quarter and 2017 fiscal year, which ended May 31. The Mason, Ohio-based distributor's fourth quarter revenue of $1.53 billion was up 23.1 percent from the same period last year, while the fiscal year's $5.32 billion in revenue represents an 11-percent year-over-year increase. Read More »
July 25, 2017
Cintas’ 2017 Fiscal Year Closes With 11-Percent Increase
Cintas Corporation (PPAI 303547) has released the results for its fourth quarter and 2017 fiscal year, which ended May 31. The Mason, Ohio-based distributor’s fourth quarter revenue of $1.53 billion was up 23.1 percent from the same period last year, while the fiscal year’s $5.32 billion in revenue represents an 11-percent year-over-year increase. Read More »
July 25, 2017
IRF White Paper Explores Mitigating Meeting, Incentive Program Disruptions
The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) has released the white paper “Mitigating Risk in Modern Meetings and Incentives,” drawing on findings from its 2016 Event Disruption Study. The report highlights that meeting planners now spend up to 25 percent of their time planning for potential disruptions and that nearly 40 percent expect the time and effort they put into planning for disruptions to increase in the next two years Read More »
July 25, 2017
Logomark Announces Winners Of Its 12 Weeks of Summer Sweepstakes
Supplier Logomark (PPAI 110898) has announced the winners of its second annual 12 Weeks of Summer campaign sweepstakes. The campaign ran May 2 to July 10 and received 2,341 submissions. Read More »
July 25, 2017
In Memoriam: John H. West
John H. West, past president and owner of Von Senden Company and a partner at distributor HDS Marketing (PPAI 103825), passed away on July 9 after a brief illness. He was 90. Read More »
July 25, 2017
PPAI Annual Report Looks Back At Accomplishments, Successes In 2016
PPAI’s accomplishments and successes are spotlighted in its just-released 2016 Annual Report, which describes the Association’s organizational strategy and provides performance updates on its goals and initiatives for the year ending December 31, 2016. Read More »
July 25, 2017
PPAI’s Summer Webinars Explore The Fair Labor Standards Act And More
PPAI’s webinar series in August and September looks at fair labor practices, economic indicators and more. The Association’s education schedule features a wide range of ideas, updates and other topics important to promotional products industry practitioners. Read More »
July 25, 2017
North Carolina Recognizes HanesBrands’ Safety Achievements
HanesBrands’ (PPAI 191138) Canterbury Distribution Center, in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, has been recognized by the North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL) for reaching two million employee hours without injury. Read More »
July 24, 2017
PPB Newslink July 20: BDA Expands East Coast Operations With SwervePoint Acquisition
Woodinville, Washington-based distributor Bensussen Deutsch & Associates, LLC (PPAI 109381), has acquired SwervePoint (PPAI 336283), a Boston-based promotional merchandise firm. With the acquisition, BDA significantly expands its Boston operations and extends service offerings for both company clients. Read More »
July 24, 2017
PPB Newslink July 18: Recognition Programs Work To Drive Employee Engagement
Key findings in the CultureNext® Employee Engagement and Benchmark Study, released by Maritz Motivation Solutions, a company within St. Louis-based Maritz, report that 80 percent of companies believe their recognition programs are at least moderately effective in driving employee engagement, and 22 percent say their programs are very effective. Read More »
July 20, 2017
How To Build A Strong Second Half – July 14, 2017
In this issue of Promotional Consultant Today, we share these tips from sales expert Bob Apollo on how to begin and end with a strong second half of the year in sales. Read More »
July 20, 2017
How To Prepare For Stress – July 13, 2017
In this issue of Promotional Consultant Today, we share Levitin's pre-mortem tips for reducing stress. Read More »
July 20, 2017
Mistakes To Avoid When Communicating Change – July 12, 2017
In this issue of Promotional Consultant Today, we're sharing six mistakes to avoid when communicating change from Henry DeVries, CEO of Indie Books International. Read More »
July 20, 2017
Six Steps To Build A Superstar Team – July 11, 2017
In this issue of Promotional Consultant Today, we share these six building blocks for creating a strong team from JP Moery, president and founder of The Moery Company—and it begins with a strong culture. Read More »
July 20, 2017
Fresh Tactics For Effective Follow-Up – July 10, 2017
In this issue of Promotional Consultant Today, we share five tips for effective follow-up strategies from Avery Blank, contributor to Forbes.com. Read More »
July 20, 2017
Four Ways To Honor Cultures In The Workplace – July 7, 2017
In today's issue of Promotional Consultant Today, we share four ways to incorporate cultural traditions into the workplace, as suggested by editor and writer Ramon Ray. Read More »