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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 re...
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 so...
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 Comp...
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 T...
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 an...
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 Yea...
October 16, 2018
Now in its 19th year, the annual Leadership Development Workshop (LDW) is under way this week at the DFW Hilton in Grapevine, Texas. Hosted by PPAI and the Regional Association Council (RAC), the multi-day event kicked off on Sunday evening with a reception and dinner for regional association executive directors. Monday’s schedule featured an executive director’s symposium with training designed for their specific needs and the workshop continues today and tomorrow with an extensive curriculum d...
October 16, 2018
First announced on Friday in a PPB Newslink Breaking News alert, IMAGEN Brands, parent company of suppliers Crown Products (PPAI 113430) and Vitronic (PPAI 114197), has entered into a new partnership with Portland, Oregon, supplier ShedRain (PPAI 112963) as part of its continued expansion strategy. IMAGEN Brands is now the exclusive supplier of all ShedRain products in the promotional products industry; it will no longer supply any other brands of rainwear. "Shedrain is an umbrella brand with a...
October 16, 2018
Jess Ekstrom, founder and CEO of Headbands of Hope, opened this week’s Leadership Development Workshop, in Grapevine, Texas, with a moving message of hope and inspiration. Speaking before nearly 150 regional association leaders at LDW, a collaborative event hosted by PPAI and the Regional Association Council, Ekstrom drew on the early experiences that shaped her life, taught her not to give into fear and that anything is possible. While a teenager, she saw her parents lose all their savings in t...
October 16, 2018
Incentive travel budgets are going up, and most companies are opening the programs to a wider group of qualifiers. These insights come from the Incentive Travel Industry Index, produced by the Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) in collaboration with the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) and Financial and Insurance Conference Professionals (FICP), and provides a look into the current state of incentive travel and where it is headed. The index found that more than half (54 percent) o...
October 16, 2018
Craig Spencer, an industry veteran, partner at multi-line rep firm Henrickson & Associates and past president of the Specialty Advertising Association of California (SAAC), passed away on October 1 from complications due to a late-stage cancer diagnosis. He was 50. In a statement on his passing, SAAC says, “It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the passing of our beloved colleague and friend Craig Spencer. Craig loved fishing, adventuring, close friendship, but most of all his ...
October 16, 2018
A Nielsen study of consumer goods found that it’s not broad categories that are drawing shoppers to products, but specific needs. The results highlight an opportunity for industry companies to help end buyers connect with their audiences through products that have targeted attributes and characteristics. Nielsen notes that its findings on shoppers’ habits in regard to fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) align with data it collected. Forty-four percent of consumers say that food allergies, intolera...
October 11, 2018
Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday at almost Category Five strength, with winds gusting to 155 mph and storm surges of up to 14 feet, making it one of the strongest landfalls the U.S. has ever seen. Although it has weakened since coming ashore, the storm is expected to remain at tropical storm strength as it moves through Georgia and the Carolinas. Millions of Americans and hundreds of promotional products businesses in its path have been affected by wind damage, flooding a...
October 11, 2018
DTG2Go, LLC, a subsidiary of industry supplier Delta Apparel (PPAI 188431) has acquired substantially all assets of Silk Screen Ink, Ltd., which does business as SSI Digital Print Services and is a provider of digital print services. The deal is reportedly worth $12 million. “We look forward to the opportunities the acquisition of SSI Digital Print Services provides our company, including increasing our digital print capacity and enhancing our strategic footprint so that we now service over 90 p...
October 11, 2018
November 27 is a Giving Tuesday, a national holiday celebrated each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, on which people come together to give back. This year, the Promotional Products Education Foundation (PPEF) is participating in Giving Tuesday to raise money for college scholarships for those with parents in the promotional products industry. Since 1989, PPEF has awarded more than $1.9 million in college scholarships to 1,013 students. This year it awarded $200,000 to 132 recipients. PPEF...
October 11, 2018
Last week, Melissa Massey, PPAI’s major accounts manager-West, traveled to Springfield, Utah, to visit the offices of supplier Natural Trends, LLC (PPAI 235352). There she met with Paul Christensen, company president (right), and Doug Larsen, general manager, to learn more about the company and their outlook on the promotional products industry. Speaking to Massey on what excites him about the industry today, Christensen said, “We’re enthused to see an increased demand for products that deliver ...
October 11, 2018
PPAI’s webinars deliver the tools, practices and philosophies industry professionals can use to build up their business. The Association’s upcoming webinars look at cultural diversity, country risk assessment in responsible sourcing 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 webinars ...
October 11, 2018
The construction industry is one of the top buyers of promotional products; PPAI’s Sales Volume Study, released earlier this year, found that it accounted for 6.1 percent of 2017’s $23.3 billion in promotional product sales. Analysis from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), however, suggests some segments of the industry may be squeezed by rising fuel, materials and labor costs. Drawing from Labor Department data, AGC reports that the cost of many products used in construction c...
October 11, 2018
Supplier Beacon Promotions, Inc. of New Ulm, Minnesota, and its employees are supporters of the Brown County United Way, which offers programs providing education, health, self-sufficiency and basic needs. A recent fund-raising initiative at the company brought in $2,600 for the organization. The week started with a presentation from several United Way representatives, who spoke about two of the more than 30 nonprofit agencies that are supported by United Way. The two nonprofits featured were NU...
October 09, 2018
PPAI has updated its Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) program to better engage and support industry professionals pursuing career improvement and industry education. The changes to the MAS program, which follows revisions to the Trained Advertising Specialist (TAS) and Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) programs announced earlier this year, are designed with a focus on learning and testing on specific content, and on the pursuit of electives that best suit professionals’ specific learning...
October 09, 2018
The Promotional Products Education Foundation (PPEF), the industry’s nonprofit founded to recognize and encourage scholastic excellence and academic performance among promotional products industry employees and their college-aged children, has selected its 2019 officers. They will serve a one-year term, taking office immediately following the PPEF board meeting at The PPAI Expo 2019. The incoming officers are: Chair: Brian Porter, Chair, Starline USAImmediate Past Chair: Wayne Greenberg, MAS, JB...
October 09, 2018
iPROMOTEu (PPAI 218870) has obtained new financing that will provide the Wayland, Massachusetts-headquartered distributor with growth capital that will allow it to accelerate investment in initiatives that will benefit its affiliate network. The company says that the additional capital will be used to enhance systems and technology, strengthen recruiting efforts, streamline internal operations and potentially fund acquisitions, and that nothing will change from an operational standpoint as a res...
October 09, 2018
Terry Town (PPAI 230911) has announced that it will open its doors to a new, larger, state-of-the-art facility in Southern California on October 12. The San Diego, California, supplier says that the larger facility will increase its decorating capabilities and distribution capacity. “This new facility will allow us to support and manage our rapid growth by adding increased inventory and additional decorating equipment and technology,” says Jeff Erdogmus, operations director. “We are confident th...
October 09, 2018
Distributor Consolidus, LLC (PPAI 435161) in Akron, Ohio, has been named to The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City’s (ICIC) 2018 Inner City 100 list of the fastest-growing inner city businesses in America, based on revenue growth. ICIC, a 25-year-old national nonprofit founded by Harvard Business School professor Michael E. Porter, promotes economic prosperity in America's inner cities through private sector investment that leads to jobs, income and wealth creation for local residents. Cons...
October 09, 2018
This holiday season, shifting shopping demographics and motivations are opening opportunities for businesses to connect with customers in new and meaningful ways. Drawing from the results of its 12th Annual Holiday Shopping Survey, Accenture reports that during the holidays, Millennials are expected to lead an uptick in spending, and retailers’ inclusion and diversity practices will play an important role in their purchasing decisions. Survey results reveal that Americans will spend $658 on holi...
October 09, 2018
The Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) elected four new members to its board of directors and the board elected three directors to serve as 2019 officers during the regional association’s recent annual meeting. All terms begin on January 1, 2019. Christian Brandt of The Magnet Group, Trish Glazer of Glazer Promos and Michael Reisbaum of Blue Generation were elected to the board, and Irwin Kotcher of Merri Moments was elected to a second term. Cindy Rosen of Zagwear co...
October 09, 2018
HanesBrands is donating nearly 350,000 pairs of underwear, socks and t-shirts to assist victims of flooding from Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas and the Southeast. It is doing so in partnership with nonprofit charity Delivering Good to distribute essential basic apparel valued at more than $2 million to storm and flood victims who have endured relocation, lost homes, power outages and other hardships. HanesBrands participates in the promotional products industry as supplier Hanes/Champion (P...
October 04, 2018
The latest list of tariffs, the third imposed as part of the federal government's Section 301 investigation of China’s trade practices, currently does not have a process for companies to request exclusions. This is inconsistent with the U.S. Trade Representative’s previous two tariff lists under the investigation. If applied to this third tariff list, the previously established exclusion process would provide U.S. companies opportunities to request relief if the tariffs would harm their ability ...
October 04, 2018
commonsku (PPAI 552077), a promotional products business and sales software provider headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, hosted its second-annual skucamp this week in New Orleans, Louisiana. skucamp is a business-by-design boot camp for entrepreneurs and sales professionals. The event brought more than 130 business owners and salespeople together for two days; they essentially stepped away from working in their business to spend time with industry experts to work on their business. Held at the Ac...
October 04, 2018
Dallas-based distributor Bob Lilly Promotions hosted its first Brand Camp customer show today at Gilley’s Dallas. The DFW version of the Houston-based world-class entertainment venue was the perfect backdrop for the four-hour show that featured 32 supplier exhibitors and attracted an estimated 125 buyers from across the region. “We’ve done end user shows in the past, but it’s been a couple of years,” says Bob Lilly, Jr., CEO of the company. “We knew we wanted to come back and do something with a...
October 04, 2018
Supplier AAA Innovations (PPAI 110972) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have issued a recall on a promotional cooler/grill due to a fire hazard. The recall affects about 275 units distributed between June and September 2018. The product in question has a wooden cabinet and comes with separate cooler and grill compartments. They are used as display enhancers in retail, liquor, convenience and other stores, and may have been received by consumers as promotional giveaways and at ch...
October 04, 2018
“The $23 Billion Ad Medium All Brands Should Leverage” is the headline Ad Age’s President and Publisher Josh Golden wrote for his video interview with PPAI’s President and CEO Paul Bellantone. For Golden, the interview provided an aha moment about the value of promotional products. The pair spoke on camera on Tuesday at Advertising Week, following PPAI’s education session featuring marketer Seth Godin. The interview focused on the power of promotional products and what advertisers and marketers ...
October 04, 2018
The PPAI Expo 2019, the industry’s largest and longest-running trade show, kicks off in January at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. As previously reported, David Goggins, former U.S. Navy SEAL, ultramarathoner and triathlete, opens the show with a general session presentation on Tuesday, January 15. Joining him on the Expo’s keynote education schedule are several more sessions featuring top-flight speakers. On January 14 at 11:45 am, join speaker, author, comedian and gui...
October 04, 2018
In September, nine industry professionals earned their Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) certifications. They join an elite group of individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to the promotional products industry and to continuing their education. PPAI certifications are awarded to professionals in the promotional products industry who have met rigorous educational requirements and demonstrate exemplary commitment to their profession. Professionals who have earned their certificatio...
October 04, 2018
PPAI’s webinars deliver the tools, practices and philosophies industry professionals can use to build up their business. The Association’s upcoming webinars look at optimizing shipping practices, cultural diversity 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 webinars include: Ship Like...
October 04, 2018
Growth in digital technologies—the internet, social media and mobile devices—has slowed among U.S. consumers over the past two years. In a survey conducted this year by Pew Research Center, shares of U.S. adults who use the internet, social media and own a smartphone or tablet closely match results the firm measured in 2016—internet usage ticked up only one percentage point from 88 percent to 89 percent in 2018, while social media use and smartphone ownership are flat at 69 percent and 77 percen...
October 02, 2018
HALO Branded Solutions (PPAI 106462) has acquired Taylor, Michigan-based distributor Chamberlain Marketing Group. The news was first announced Friday in a PPB Newslink Breaking News alert. HALO will continue to maintain the Chamberlain Marketing office in Taylor, and Chamberlain will go to market as "Chamberlain Marketing Powered by HALO." Chamberlain Marketing Group Founder and CEO Jerry Chamberlain, adds, "I am retiring from the business and searched for a partner that had the people and resou...
October 02, 2018
On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. Its 155 mph winds and heavy rains killed an estimated 2,975 people on the island and left more than one million without power. The storm’s damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure made it the costliest in Puerto Rico’s history. Over the past year, Puerto Rico and the industry companies and employees located there have worked to recover, rebuild and move forward. “Being in Puerto Rico during the hurricane was an impactful ...
October 02, 2018
Sign-Zone, LLC, parent company of supplier Showdown Displays (PPAI 254687) has acquired Jansen Display Group, a designer and manufacturer of promotional display hardware and signage systems. Headquartered in Prestanov, Czech Republic, with additional offices in Germany, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Spain, Jansen provides customized poster systems, snap frames, poster boards, notice boards, sidewalk signage and digital displays. The transaction closed on October 1. Terms of t...
October 02, 2018
Consumer confidence grew in September, building on an increase in August. The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index reached 138.4 in September, up from 134.7 in August. "After a considerable improvement in August, Consumer Confidence increased further in September and hovers at an 18-year high," says Lynn Franco, Director of Economic Indicators at The Conference Board. "The September reading is not far from the all-time high of 144.7 reached in 2000. Consumers' assessment of current condi...
October 02, 2018
Supplier Leed’s (PPAI 112361), part of Polyconcept North America (PCNA) and CamelBak have announced an exclusive partnership to bring a complete assortment of the brand’s drinkware and bags to the promotional channel in 2019. The offering will begin with a limited release of drinkware items this month. “We are excited to work with Leed’s and look forward to delivering our unique products to their expansive customer base,” says Andy Welling, vice president of sales with CamelBak. “The market-lead...
October 02, 2018
Celebrating Customer Service Week, Quinn Flags & Banners (PPAI 360359) gave all employees at the Hanover, Pennsylvania, supplier an American flag umbrella with the supplier’s new logo. Customer Service Week, established by the International Customer Service Association in 1984 and proclaimed a national event by Congress in 1992, began on Monday and runs through Friday. Its mission is to celebrate the importance of customer service for organizations. In participation with the event, Quinn is ...
October 02, 2018
Superior customer service is alive and thriving in the promotional products industry, as demonstrated by the 14 dedicated industry professionals who have been selected as the 2018 PPB Service Superheroes. In this year’s competition, 45 exceptional individuals were nominated by their clients, coworkers, vendors and bosses for their ability to routinely go above and beyond expectations. PPB has been recognizing Service Superheroes since 2011. “A common theme in many of this year’s nominations was ...
October 02, 2018
This morning, PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE, welcomed author, entrepreneur and marketer Seth Godin to the Realtor.com stage at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square in New York, New York, for a master class seminar focused on the fundamentals of marketing as part of Advertising Week, going on in the city now. Afterwards, Bellantone joined Godin on stage for a Q&A, with audience members joining in to ask questions as well. Marketing is going through a defining change, it used to be the s...
October 02, 2018
The gig economy—the freelance, often-times short-term labor market most commonly identified with ride-hailing services and contract work—has become a way of life for approximately 150 million people in North America and Western Europe. While lacking the benefits of an established organization, like company-sponsored health insurance and retirement savings, a survey by Morning Consult has found that gig economy workers are as satisfied with their jobs, financial situations and lifestyles as adult...
October 02, 2018
The Regional Association Council (RAC) has named Lisa Bibb, MAS, executive director for the Virginia Promotional Products Association (VAPPA) and the Georgia Association of Promotional Products Professionals (GAPPP), as recipient of the 2018 Donna Hall Memorial Grant. Bibb, an industry veteran with 30 years of experience, will receive up to $1,500 in tuition and travel expense reimbursement to attend education and professional development workshops and events. The award presentation will be held...
September 27, 2018
Cimpress, the Dutch parent company of Waltham, Massachusetts, distributor Vistaprint (PPAI 565755), and San Diego, California-based distributor National Pen Co. LLC (PPAI 107176), has entered into an agreement to acquire BuildASign, an internet-based provider of canvas-print wall décor, business signage and other large-format printed products. Under the terms of the agreement, Cimpress will acquire approximately 99 percent of BuildASign with a total valuation of roughly $280 million. Subject to ...
September 27, 2018
Mason, Ohio-based distributor Cintas Corporation (PPAI 303547) has released the results of its fiscal 2019 first quarter, which ended August 31. Revenue for the quarter was $1.7 billion, an increase of 5.4 percent over last year’s first quarter. The organic growth rate, which adjusts for the impacts of acquisitions and foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations, was 5.2 percent. “We are pleased with our start to fiscal 2019 and look forward to another successful year,” says Scott D. Farmer, Cin...
September 27, 2018
Supplier Marine Layer (PPAI 690355), headquartered in San Francisco, California, has received a significant minority investment from Los Angeles-based growth equity firm Provenance. Provenance also joins the Marine Layer Board of Directors. "Mike Natenshon and the Marine Layer team have created an outstanding lifestyle brand that has transcended its foundation built on the ‘absurdly soft’ tee shirt," says Anthony Choe, founder of Provenance. "We're proud to partner with the company to replicate ...
September 27, 2018
Proforma has launched a new program, “Proforma Under 40” to educate young professionals on print and promotional products. The Cleveland, Ohio-headquartered distributor’s program, introduced at its recent Convention and Family Reunion, provides education, resources and programs to help maximize their success in the industry. “We are very excited to help lead the way in our industry by expanding awareness of the exciting opportunities for young professionals in printing, promotional products an...
September 27, 2018
PPAI Diversity and Learning Engagement Manager Julie Kwan joined the Rocky Mountain Region Promotional Products Association’s (RMRPPA) Mile High Expo in Denver, Colorado, on Wednesday to speak on diversity in the industry. Kwan’s presentation, held before the show opened at Denver’s Mile High Stadium, focused on the importance of diversity and inclusion in both the strategy and growth of a business. Her session showed attendees how a salesperson who can relate to people with diverse background...
September 27, 2018
African Americans are leveraging digital platforms and technology to move from consumers to creators of platforms, products, content and financial ecosystems, reports Nielsen in its report From Consumers to Creators: The Digital Lives of Black Consumers. Nielsen’s study has found that their influence on the economy and pop culture has been intensified by participation in the digital universe and adoption of social media and technology platforms. “African Americans are leveraging innovations in t...
September 27, 2018
The Akran Foundation, the charitable and philanthropic extension of Ottawa, Ontario-based distributor Akran Marketing (PPAI 228797), has donated $25,000 to support relief efforts following a pair of tornados that struck Ottawa and Gatineau in Western Quebec last Friday. The foundation has also launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise additional donations. "Our thoughts are with all our neighbors who are dealing with the unprecedented impact of this disaster," says Raman Agarwal, Akran Marketing pre...
September 25, 2018
R. Renée Jones, MAS+, CEO of A Creative Touch, Inc. and Bill Mahre, president of ADG Promotional Products have been elected to the PPAI Board of Directors. They will begin their four-year terms immediately following The PPAI Expo 2019 in January. "We had four outstanding candidates who were willing to give their time to serve the Association," says Mary Jo Tomasini, MAS, PPAI immediate past board chair. "We are so appreciative of their energy and enthusiasm in campaigning for the board. Our indu...
September 25, 2018
Amy Rabideau, MAS, director of purchasing at distributor Summit Group, has been appointed as the Regional Association Council (RAC) delegate to the PPAI Board of Directors. Rabideau will serve a two-year term that begins immediately following The PPAI Expo 2019. The RAC delegate is a member of the RAC board and serves as liaison between the two boards. Rabideau succeeds the current RAC delegate, D'Anna Zimmer, CAS, who has served since January 2017. "The RAC delegate is a very important position...
September 25, 2018
On Monday, the latest round of tariffs on Chinese products went into effect, involving approximately $200 billion in imports. The tariffs are set at 10 percent through the end of the year and will rise to 25 percent on January 1, 2019. The tariffs on Chinese imports are in conjunction with the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) Section 301 investigation into Chinese trade practices. The USTR has found that China has engaged in unfair policies and practices relating to U.S. technology and intelle...
September 25, 2018
Precision Products, LLC, which does business as Freeheart Drinkware and supplier COVO Thermal Insulated Drinkware (PPAI 651939) has acquired Hopkins, Minnesota-based Signature Tumblers. Signature Tumblers has operated in the double-walled drinkware category for more than 20 years, and is a strong and established player in the collegiate licensed product market and has hundreds of universities in its portfolio. "We have a proven track record of accelerating the growth of businesses that we acquir...
September 25, 2018
Teamwork Athletic Apparel (PPAI 228450), a supplier based in San Marcos, California, has been acquired by Statesville, North Carolina’s Founder Sport Group, parent company of supplier Badger Sports (PPAI 255286), Alleson Athletic and Garb Athletics. Teamwork serves team uniform dealers and decorators with stock, sublimated and licensed apparel. John Anton, chief executive officer of Founder Sport Group, says, “Teamwork is a perfect strategic fit for us. With Teamwork, we're adding the industry l...
September 25, 2018
Promotional products industry business and sales software provider commonsku, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, has introduced a new integration with PromoStandards that allows for order status updates and ship-notifications within the company’s application. “We are excited to launch this next evolution of connecting suppliers and distributors,” says Catherine Graham, commonsku’s CEO. “Managing the production process has historically been very manual, requiring multiple phone calls and emails p...
September 25, 2018
PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE, and author, entrepreneur and marketer Seth Godin are joining together to host a master class seminar focused on the fundamentals of marketing on Tuesday, October 2 at Advertising Week. The seminar will open attendees’ eyes to how the industry has profoundly changed as brands now have the opportunity to market with people, rather than at them. The session will explore a variety of topics, including the building blocks of effective marketing to create w...
September 25, 2018
Social media, notably Facebook, is an integral part of most businesses’ marketing and engagement with their customers. However, new data from Pew Research shows that most Americans’ relationship with the platform is evolving, with 74 percent of those surveyed taking some step to either limit Facebook’s access to their personal data or curtail their time on the site. In a survey of approximately 4,600 Americans, 18 years of age or older, conducted May 29-June 11, Pew Research found that 54 percen...
September 25, 2018
American Solutions for Business (PPAI 101656) recently donated over $600 and three boxes of school supplies to the Minnewaska Little Lakers Pre-School. The money was raised by the Glenwood, Minnesota-based distributor’s local employees, who participated and donated during a recent Alley Party event, with a lunch and raffle. Supplies were collected in each office over the last month. “We’re pleased to have the opportunity to get involved in our community,” says Larry Zavadil, American Solutions f...
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