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August 16, 2018
Supplier Chameleon like, Inc. (PPAI 209189), in Gilroy, California, has acquired Houston, Texas-based The Platform Group Gallery (PPAI 216134), a supplier specializing in gift boxes, portfolios and binders. As part of the transaction, The Platform Group Gallery is relocating into larger manufacturing space in Houston with the Chameleon like team taking over customer service and production in the near future. The transaction closed on July 18 and is part of Chameleon like, Inc.’s plan to expand i...
August 16, 2018
Supplier Delta Apparel, Inc. (PPAI 188431), headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, has announced financial results for its fiscal year 2018 third quarter and for the nine months ended June 30. Net sales were up for both time periods, with third quarter sales of $112 million up eight percent from $104 million in the prior-year third quarter, and net sales increasing to $303 million in the first nine months of 2018 from $294 million last year, a three percent improvement. Sales for the first...
August 16, 2018
Gildan Activewear, Inc. (PPAI 250187) has released its latest corporate responsibility report (CSR), Genuine Responsibility 2017. The report highlights the Montreal, Quebec-headquartered supplier’s 2017 results, key priorities and future commitments. Gildan was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the fifth consecutive year in 2017. It is the only North American company in the Textiles, Apparel and Luxury Goods industry group listed in the World Index. The company has 50,000 ...
August 16, 2018
Small business leaders increasingly view U.S. participation in global trade as the way to improve the overall economy and create U.S. jobs, reports FedEx in its fourth FedEx Trade Index report. The survey of more than 1,000 small business leaders found 82 percent of respondents see increasing U.S. trade as beneficial to the overall economy, up from 76 percent earlier in 2018. Two out of three say that the U.S. risks falling behind if not included in trade agreements. The survey also polled respo...
August 16, 2018
For the past two days, more than 100 industry IT professionals, decision makers and executives responsible for their organization’s technology environment have been convening in Washington, D.C., for the PPAI Tech Summit. The annual educational event offered a variety of expert-led sessions exploring the most pertinent technology issues affecting the profession in general and the promotional products industry specifically, as well as opportunities to network and learn from each other. “In our fi...
August 16, 2018
Members of Generation Z, those born between 1997 and 2003, seem to be bucking several trends made popular by the Millennials who came before them. A survey by Foursquare and Carat found them more likely than the average consumer to shop in brick-and-mortar stores, spend quality time offline and prefer fast food restaurants, among other findings. Millennials’ preferences for healthier dining options are one of several trends Generation Z appear to be bucking, as they are 20 percent more likely th...
August 14, 2018
Like much of the U.S. business world, promotional products companies are wrestling with how to respond to and position themselves during the escalating rounds of tariffs on Chinese imports. These tariffs are a growing concern, as successive rounds will levy increasing rates and encompass more product categories relevant to industry companies. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) third round of goods targeted for tariffs under the Section 301 investigation could be assigned a rate...
August 14, 2018
Geiger (PPAI 105182) has named Jo-an Lantz, MAS, company president, effective January 2, 2019. Lantz will be the first non-family president of the Lewiston, Maine-headquartered distributor. The news was first announced on Monday in a PPB Newslink Breaking News alert. As president, Lantz will oversee Geiger and all of its companies, and will report to Gene Geiger, MAS+, who will remain CEO. “Jo-an has met every challenge we have given her over the years and has the Geiger culture in her veins,”...
August 14, 2018
Gardena, California-headquartered supplier Next Level Apparel, Inc. (PPAI 272027), a designer and supplier of premium quality casual apparel within the fashion basics industry, has recapitalized with Blue Point Capital Partners, in partnership with management. “Blue Point knows the apparel sector extremely well and we are excited for what is to come in our partnership,” says Joe Simsoly, founder and CEO of Next Level. “Blue Point’s strategic approach and resources will help further develop and d...
August 14, 2018
Sacramento, California-based distributor A4 Promotions and Incentives (PPAI 571035) has acquired distributor Square One Promotional Products, also located in Sacramento. The parties were introduced by The Distributor Exchange, which guided both parties to a successful sale. Financial details of the deal were not released. A4 Promotions and Incentives, an independent distributor Affiliate of iPROMOTEu, has been in business since 2011. Owner Brittany Smith says, “A4 Promotion and Incentives was ex...
August 14, 2018
In a city rich with history and tradition yet churning with powerful new ideas and visions, Washington, D.C., is the backdrop for this year’s PPAI North American Leadership Conference. The annual event opened Sunday night at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel hosting more than 140 top movers and shakers from across the industry. “The Washington, D.C., location allowed us to take advantage of some of the talent in the area and to bring some discussion about the impact of government policies,” explains L...
August 14, 2018
Nineteen PPB 2018 Rising Stars were recognized at Sunday night’s opening dinner of the PPAI North American Leadership Conference at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C. The presentation followed dinner and an enlightening session on ethics by CPSC Commissioner Robert Adler. “There’s no better indication of our industry’s bright future than the bold attitudes and ambition of these inspiring individuals,” said PPB Editor Tina Berres Filipski, in her opening remarks about this year’s hon...
August 14, 2018
Over the coming months, PPAI’s webinars will deliver to audiences the tools, practices and philosophies industry professionals can use to build their business. The Association’s upcoming webinars look at highpoints of SPARK 2018, product safety issues and more. The webinar roster features a wide range of ideas, updates and other topics important to promotional products industry practitioners. All sessions, unless otherwise indicated, are free to PPAI members and include MAS/CAS credits. Upcoming...
August 14, 2018
Emerging technology is proving to be a driver of mid-market and private companies’ hiring, rather than shrinking the workforce. A new report from Deloitte found that 46 percent of surveyed executives plan to hire more people than before emerging technologies came on the scene, versus 26 percent who believe digital disruption will cut their staff count. “Mid-market and private companies understand they don’t have to compromise between investments in technology and talent,” says Chris Jackson, sen...
August 09, 2018
The Magnet Group has announced the opening of the new Fran Ford Center, 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 Fran Ford Center, in Greenwood, South Carolina, will serve as the new home of Castelli Magnet. Castelli Magnet’s new facility, which was moved from its previous location in Sparks, Nevada, will be able to house larger inventory levels and allow for fas...
August 09, 2018
Vistaprint (PPAI 565755) has announced plans to open a 332,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Dallas, Texas, to support its growth in North America and further improve customer experience. The Waltham, Massachusetts-headquartered distributor expects to invest $50 million over the next few years in the south Dallas site near the International Inland Port of Dallas. It aims to have initial sections of the facility up and running by the end of 2019, reaching full production by 2023. This wil...
August 09, 2018
As part of the USTR’s Section 301 investigation, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released the final list of the second round of tariffs on products imported from China on August 7. This round takes effect August 23 and levies a 25 percent tariff on approximately $16 billion in imports. China’s Ministry of Commerce has responded, announcing tariffs on approximately $16 billion worth of imported goods from the U.S., which will also go into effect August 23. A further Chinese lis...
August 09, 2018
The Conference Board’s Employment Trends Index continued its upward climb in July, building on an increase registered in June. It now stands at 109.89, up from 108.72 in June, and represents a 5.4 percent increase from the same month in 2017. The Conference Board’s July figures coincide with the federal government’s announcement that the U.S. labor market added 157,000 jobs in the month. “The growth in the Employment Trends Index remains strong, supported by positive contributions from all of it...
August 09, 2018
The Michigan Promotional Professionals Association (MiPPA) held its inaugural Michigan Leadership Conference on August 6-7 at the Waldenwoods Conference Center in Hartland, Michigan. PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE, and Public Affairs Director Anne Stone joined the conference to speak on strategic foresight in the promotional products industry—looking to the future and spotting emerging trends to be in the best possible position to take advantage of them or prepare for the disruption...
August 09, 2018
While in Washington, D.C., for a professional development event, PPB Associate Editor Jen Alexander visited member supplier National Geographic Books (PPAI 362233) and spoke with Bill O’Donnell, sales director, about ongoing work at the organization and its approach to building business through trade shows like The PPAI Expo. “National Geographic Books are part of larger National Geographic Partners LLC, which includes the National Geographic Society—the global nonprofit scientific and educati...
August 09, 2018
For most U.S. workers, retirement will be put off by two years, on average, as they work to meet their goals. These findings come from a report published by the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council (IALC), “The State Of America’s Workforce.” The IALC found that for most U.S. workers, the most common reasons given for the two-year extension are not saving earlier (40 percent), making bad financial decisions (19 percent), not saving enough (17 percent) and personal issues—divorce, marital choice, ca...
August 09, 2018
The Virginia Promotional Products Association (VAPPA) held its annual Summer Social on July 25 at Bowl America in Glen Allen, Virginia. The enthusiastic crowd of regional association members competed for the title of most spirited, best dressed and bragging rights as the night’s top scoring team. Friendly competition energized the evening, with attendees competing in teams with names like “This Is How We Roll,” “Brandito Bowl So Hard,” “Bad Ass Bowlers” and “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Gutter,” amo...
August 09, 2018
Over the coming months, PPAI’s webinars will deliver to audiences the tools, practices and philosophies industry professionals can use to build their business. The Association’s upcoming webinars look at highpoints of SPARK 2018, product safety issues and more. The webinar roster features a wide range of ideas, updates and other topics important to promotional products industry practitioners. All sessions, unless otherwise indicated, are free to PPAI members and include MAS/CAS credits. Upcoming...
August 07, 2018
Promotional products industry sales were up 5.9 percent in June 2018 compared to the year-ago level, according to the PPAI/ITR Economics second-quarter 2018 Market Outlook Report. However, as 2018 winds down, growth for suppliers and distributors is expected to slow into at least early 2019. ITR Economics found the supplier member index annual growth rate climbed 4.9 percent in first quarter 2018, measured year over year. The economic research and consulting firm forecasts suppliers turning in 3...
August 07, 2018
China has responded to the recently announced list of products targeted for tariffs by The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) with its own retaliatory tariff list targeting $60 billion in U.S. exports. The USTR’s list, part of its Section 301 investigation, is under consideration for an increased rate of 25 percent, which is more than double the initially proposed 10 percent and which includes several products popular in the promotional products industry. Industry companies are rea...
August 07, 2018
All distributor-facing and end buyer-facing SAGE services now support the new requirements for California’s Prop 65, which requires businesses to provide warnings about exposures to harmful chemicals that may cause cancer, birth defects or reproductive harm. The new Prop 65 requirements go into effect August 30. Suppliers can now update their products with safe-harbor language for warning labels and provide documentation that proves their products were made with safe materials. Any products that...
August 07, 2018
The U.S. advertising market gained five percent in the 2018 second quarter, reports advertising intelligence firm Standard Media Index (SMI). The quarterly growth comes despite a modest decline in national TV when factoring out the World Cup. SMI reports that digital showed the strongest performance, growing 12 percent, followed by out-of-home, up nine percent; one percent declines in national TV and radio, and a 22 percent drop in print. National television revenues declined in the second quart...
August 07, 2018
Ennis, Inc. has completed the merger of Wright Business Graphics, Inc. with a wholly owned entity of Ennis in a stock merger transaction that closed on July 31. Wright Business Graphics is a printing company headquartered in Portland, Oregon. It has seven locations in Oregon, Washington and California. The business produces forms, pressure seal, packaging, direct mail, checks, statement processing and commercial printing. Wright had approximately $58 million in sales for its fiscal year ended Ma...
August 07, 2018
Tell us who is providing top-shelf customer service to help you better serve your customers. If you’re lucky, you’ve found someone who goes above and beyond what’s expected—and makes you look like a star. Nominations are now open for PPB’s annual Service Superhero recognition program. Help the editors identify those who deliver top customer service—in your company or a vendor company—even if the person is not working in a typical “customer service” role. Salespeople, owners, managers—they too ca...
August 07, 2018
Over the coming months, PPAI’s webinars will deliver to audiences the tools, practices and philosophies industry professionals can use to build their business. The Association’s webinars look at the benefits of building and fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce, highpoints of SPARK 2018 and more. The webinar roster features a wide range of ideas, updates and other topics important to promotional products industry practitioners. All sessions, unless otherwise indicated, are free to PPAI mem...
August 07, 2018
The Great Recession has had a lingering impact on U.S. consumers, businesses and the economy, and Pew Research reports that Generation X is the only generation to have recovered the wealth lost during the crash. Pew notes that Generation X was hit particularly hard by the recession—which began in December 2007 and ended in June 2009. Generally newer to the housing market and having bought at peak prices and taken on more mortgage debt, they lost more wealth than the other generations. Gen X hous...
August 07, 2018
Reciprocity Road, an industry buying group, has announced the second recipient of its BrandGood Give Back Contest. Each quarter, BrandGood Ambassadors from eight Reciprocity Road distributorships review stories and photos submitted by their colleagues. Of the nine submissions received in second quarter 2018, BrandGood selected the Cavett Kids Foundation to receive a donation of $500. An Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-based nonprofit, Cavett Kids Foundation offers camps, ongoing programs and annual even...
August 02, 2018
The global writing and marking instrument market is expected to reach $24 billion by 2022, according to Technavio, a global technology research and advisory firm. The key factors driving the growth of the market are the increase in demand for multi-functional pens—features and functions such as erasers, highlighters, styluses, laser pointers, flashlights, etc.—and eco-friendly products, according to the company’s Global Writing and Marking Instruments Market 2018-2022 report. Technavio attribute...
August 02, 2018
The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) recently announced that the new list of products targeted for tariffs under the Section 301 investigation may receive an increased rate of 25 percent, up from the initial proposal of 10 percent. The latest list of tariffs includes several products that are popular in the promotional products industry including handbags, luggage, headgear and LEDs, as well as components such as machinery parts and a wide variety of fabrics. Imposing tariffs on prod...
August 02, 2018
SAGE’s Supplier Direct Connect, which helps improve business communication between suppliers and more than 15,500 PPAI distributor members, now has more than 70 supplier participants. An application programming interface (API) for industry professionals, Supplier Direct Connect enables suppliers to exchange data in real-time with all PPAI distributor members through the SAGE network with a single integration. It is supported by PPAI through the Power of Two alliance. “It is great to see the indu...
August 02, 2018
For the second quarter of 2018 ended June 30, HanesBrands reports net sales growth of four percent to $1.72 billion, in line with a corporate guidance range of $1.7 to $1.725 billion. Organic sales in constant currency, which exclude acquisition contributions, increased slightly. HanesBrands participates in the promotional products industry as supplier Hanes/Champion (PPAI 191138). The Winston-Salem, North Carolina-headquartered company’s GAAP operating profit of $220 million and adjusted operat...
August 02, 2018
PPB reveals its annual selection of the Best Bosses in the promotional products industry. This year’s lineup spotlights 15 managers who were nominated by those who report to them. The competition ran from June 12 to July 10. More than 100 individuals were nominated this year—a record for the program that began in 2010. The process required nominees to explain why they consider their boss the best, including providing examples showing how they act as mentors, lead by example, create an environmen...
August 02, 2018
Tech Summit, PPAI’s annual conference examining the most relevant, top-of-mind technology issues, challenges and ideas affecting the promotional products industry, is coming to Washington, D.C., on August 14-16. Designed for IT professionals, decision makers and executives responsible for their organization’s technology environment, Tech Summit delivers interactive participation, case studies and best practices, and discussions touching on the most important issues affecting the industry today. ...
August 02, 2018
In June and July, nine industry professionals earned their Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) designations. 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 certificat...
August 02, 2018
Over the coming months, PPAI’s webinars will deliver to audiences the tools, practices and philosophies industry professionals can use to build their business. The Association’s webinars will revisit high points of SPARK 2018, explore diversity in the industry’s workforce and more. The webinar roster features a wide range of ideas, updates and other topics important to promotional products industry practitioners. Unless otherwise indicated, all sessions are free to PPAI members and include MAS/C...
July 31, 2018
The next version of Apple’s Safari browser has drawn the advertising industry’s ire with default privacy settings that will warn users when a website is collecting tracking data and implementing measures that will making digital fingerprinting techniques—how users are recognized via device and browser data as they move across the internet—less effective. Apple’s updated Safari will present simplified system information when users browse the web, preventing them from being tracked based on their ...
July 31, 2018
Houston, Texas-based supplier Hirsch Gift (PPAI 221823), in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, has issued a voluntary recall of wireless charging pads due to a burn hazard they may pose to consumers. No injuries have been reported. “About a month ago, we initiated a voluntary recall by contacting all distributors that ordered the specific version of the CloudCharge Wireless Charging Pad,” says Peter Hirsch, president of Hirsch Gift. “This recall was as a result of seven i...
July 31, 2018
Superior Group of Companies, Inc., formerly Superior Uniform Group, has announced that second quarter net sales, which ended June 30, increased 25.6 percent to $82.4 million compared to 2017 second quarter net sales of $65.6 million. This is Superior Group’s 23rd consecutive quarter of sales increases. The company, located in Seminole, Florida, operates in the promotional products market through its subsidiaries, distributors BAMKO, LLC (PPAI 242148), Tangerine Promotions, Ltd. (PPAI 439779) and...
July 31, 2018
Supplier Royal Industries (PPAI 113838) in Brooklyn, New York, has acquired the promotional products division of Neptune, New Jersey’s Marlo Plastic Products (PPAI 433709). “Royal and Marlo have been friendly competitors for years, and the decision to sell the promotional products division was an organic conversation,” says Art Livingston, CEO of Marlo Plastic Products. “It kind of just came up, and we both thought it would be a great idea to allow each of us to focus on what we are best at.” Ma...
July 31, 2018
Supplier Storm Creek (PPAI 438091) held its inaugural national sales meeting July 17-19 at the Hastings, Minnesota, company’s corporate headquarters. The two-day meeting was attended by 19 of the company’s 20 sales reps, representing all regions of the U.S., and included new product introductions, a product line review, departmental presentations and think-tank discussions focused on the future of the industry and the buyer journey. “We were thrilled to have nearly every one of our national sale...
July 31, 2018
Carrie Riney, owner of distributor IPROMOTEu/On Point Promotional Team (PPAI 670706) in Plano, Texas, passed away on July 25. She was 52. Born in Texas, Riney attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas and earned a bachelor’s degree in hotel hospitality from the University of North Texas. During her time in the hospitality industry, she served as president of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International. She started her own business in the promotional products industry in 201...
July 31, 2018
Ellen Tucker, PPAI’s director of business development, recently visited supplier Vault Promotions (PPAI 547406) in Henderson, Tennessee, where she met the company’s leadership and staff and learned more about its facility and operations. While at Vault Promotions, Tucker (above right) spoke with the company’s owner, Josh Robbins (above left, with co-owner Andy Logan), about the business and how it has established itself in the promotional products market. Ellen Tucker: What separates Vault Pro...
July 26, 2018
New data privacy regulations went into effect May 25, but one month after that, only 20 percent of U.S., UK and EU companies surveyed indicated they believed they were GDPR compliant. Though companies had two years from the date of enactment to fully comply, early adopters rolled out changes prior to the May 25 deadline; sending privacy policy notifications to online customers, subscribers and members. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) standardizes transparency laws governing how co...
July 26, 2018
PPAI has joined with the National Retail Federation and 64 other organizations representing U.S. retailers, manufacturers, farmers, agribusinesses, technology companies and other industries to submit comments to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on the administration’s proposed tariffs on $16 billion of Chinese imports. The tariffs were announced in response to issues raised in the USTR Section 301 Report on China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellec...
July 26, 2018
The tactics scammers use to take advantage of industry businesses continues to evolve. Adam Yager, partner at Gaithersburg, Maryland, distributor Blue Thunder Promotions, LLC shared a recent experience on Promo Connect that highlighted some of the new methods scammers are using in placing fraudulent orders. The order for 1,000 pieces came in addressed directly to Yager, rather than the “Attn: Sales” typical of scam orders. The email also referenced the distributor’s specific SAGE product number...
July 26, 2018
On-the-go industry professionals are wise to be aware of the varying degrees of risk associated with airport wi-fi services. Cloud security firm Coronet has released a data report highlighting the most and least cyber secure airports in the U.S. The study ranks San Diego International Airport at the bottom, while Chicago-Midway International Airport comes out on top. Coronet produced the report, “Attention All Passengers: Airport Networks Are Putting Your Devices & Cloud Apps at Severe Risk...
July 26, 2018
Former U.S. Navy SEAL, ultramarathoner and triathlete David Goggins will open The PPAI Expo 2019 by delivering the General Session presentation on Tuesday, January 15. He will give his audience a crash course in personal accountability and how to go beyond motivation to achieve their personal best. Goggins is the only member of the U.S. military to complete SEALs training, the U.S. Army Ranger School and the U.S. Air Force’s Tactical Air Controller training. However, early in life, all the odds...
July 26, 2018
PPAI Executive Vice President Bob McLean, CPA, CAE, joined in a panel discussion at distributor iPROMOTEu’s (PPAI 218870) recent Affiliate Forum in Boston, Massachusetts. Ross Silverstein, president and CEO of iPROMOTEu led the discussion that included McLean and Tim Andrews, president and CEO of ASI, who talked about key trends facing the promotional products industry and how PPAI and ASI see them developing. “It was an honor to be invited,” says McLean. “It was great to witness not only how i...
July 26, 2018
Over the coming months, PPAI’s webinars will deliver to audiences the tools, practices and philosophies industry professionals can use to build their businesses. The Association’s webinars deliver guidance on industry internships and diversity, revisit SPARK 2018 and more. The webinar roster features a wide range of ideas, updates and other topics important to promotional products industry practitioners. Unless otherwise indicated, all sessions are free to PPAI members and include MAS/CAS credit...
July 26, 2018
Internal culture is becoming an increasingly large part of brands’ external image. Earlier this month, WeWork, the $20 billion coworking company with 200,000 members, 6,000 employees and 200 locations around the world, announced that on environmental grounds, its staff could no longer expense meals containing meat or serve it at company events. And it’s not the only brand to make an external stand public, as consumers signal that they want to know the ethics of the companies they do business wit...
July 24, 2018
PPAI has announced four candidates for the PPAI Board of Directors Class of 2023 election. Distributor candidates are R. Renée Jones, MAS+, CEO of A Creative Touch, Inc., and Craig Reese, senior vice president of Jack Nadel International. Supplier candidates are Dan Edge, director of sales for Peerless Umbrella Company, and Bill Mahre, president of ADG Promotional Products. One candidate from each category will be elected by the membership and will begin a four-year board term immediately follo...
July 24, 2018
Supplier National Gift Card Corporation (NGC) (PPAI 433817), headquartered in Crystal Lake, Illinois, has been acquired by Chicago-based private equity firm LaSalle Capital. LaSalle acquired the entire NGC business, including the businesses of NGC US, NGC Canada, and NGC Europe. “We’re excited about the growth and strategic opportunities ahead of us with our new LaSalle partners,” says Adam Van Witzenburg, CEO of National Gift Card. “We have established the highest levels in quality, security a...
July 24, 2018
The U.S. economy expanded in June with The Conference Board’s Leading Economic Index (LEI) for the U.S. climbing 0.5 percent, the highest in recent months. Growth in the LEI was flat in May and increased 0.4 percent in April. “The U.S. LEI increased in June, pointing to continuing solid growth in the U.S. economy,” says Ataman Ozyildirim, director of business cycles and growth research at The Conference Board. “The widespread growth in leading indicators, with the exception of housing permits w...
July 24, 2018
Geiger (PPAI 105182) hosted its annual Geiger Galleria education conference and trade show in Phoenix, Arizona, at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel on July 12-15. The Lewiston, Maine-headquartered distributor’s event drew approximately 350 sales representatives, suppliers and employees. The event began with a motivational and educational presentation from Gene Geiger, CEO, and Dale Denham, CIO. Attendees chose classes from the morning and afternoon educational groups offered. Anne Stone, PPA...
July 24, 2018
SPARK, PPAI’s conference for young professionals in the promotional products industry, improved on its inaugural success this year. Held on July 19-20 at several venues in Nashville, Tennessee, SPARK delivered education and networking opportunities for 80 practitioners who are at the beginning stages of their careers in the promotional products industry. “This year is different,” says Kalie Herron, Augusta Sportswear Brands/Boxercraft multi-line rep, and SPARK work group chair. “With 33 attende...
July 24, 2018
Technology—specifically artificial intelligence (AI), drones and digital currency—is forever changing how most industries operate, and in some cases it’s creating new jobs for humans, according to a new article by futurist Rohit Talwar in Fast Future Publishing. In the real estate sector, digital platforms for home sales, home tours via VR and smart locks on doors are currently offering dramatic, new conveniences for buyers and sellers, and future trends will focus on the digital currency block...
July 24, 2018
The board of directors of the Virginia Promotional Products Association (VAPPA) has announced that the regional association will donate $2,000 to the Promotional Products Disaster Recovery Foundation (PPDRF). In addition, the association will match member donations over the next three months up to an additional $1,000. VAPPA’s announcement follows a call to action from PPAI and the Regional Association Council (RAC) to help rebuild the PPDRF. The PPDRF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization c...
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