PPAI Suppliers Achievement Award



The PPAI Suppliers Achievement Award brings annual recognition to industry suppliers for outstanding craftsmanship, creativity and service to distributors.

Eligibility, Deadlines And Entry Fee
*Please note eligibility requirements have changed.
1.  Competition is open to all PPAI member suppliers.
2.  All entries must be regular catalog items provided for sale between August 1, 2013 and July 31, 2014
3.  Up to TWO (2) entries per supplier in a category.
4.  Items used only as random, or speculative samples are ineligible.
5.  All entries must be postmarked no later than August 29, 2014.
6.  Entry fee and return shipping charges must be paid in full at time of submission.

Deadline For Program Entries: 
Opens July 1, 2014
Closes August 15, 2014

Entry Fee:  $50 per entry—PPAI supplier members

Submission Requirements And Instructions  

  1. Determine the category:  Consider the entry you are submitting with the criteria required in the category. Judges will screen all entries to be sure they are in the correct category and will move them as necessary. No more than TWO entries per supplier company will be allowed in any category. Extra submissions will be disqualified
  2. Complete the online entry form.
  3. Program Write-up:  A written explanation of the manufacturing, printing, or specific special processes, the creativity involved and how it was used must be provided at time of submission.
        a.  Description MUST NOT exceed one (1) typed page in size 10 font.
        b.  Description must be detailed and concise.
        c.  Include special processes, designs, equipment, creativity, etc. important to the development and/or production of the entry.
  4. Two samples of each imprinted promotional product must be submitted. Samples must be imprinted and properly identified. All samples provided MUST contain the same imprint with the exceptions being in categories #1 and #2. Each sample should be in perfect condition and not mounted, framed, or in any way modified for entry presentation. 
  5. Catalog, dates sales/price sheets, mailing piece, or catalog page MUST be submitted with each entry. Entries submitted without the required material may be disqualified.
  6. Samples become the property of PPAI and will not be returned unless the return request is indicated during the entry submission, a shipping account number MUST be provided and $10 handling fee is included at the time of submission. Entrants are responsible for all shipment, postage, customs clearance and insuring valuable entries against loss, or damage.

        Ship to: 
        PPAI - Suppliers Achievement Competition
        3125 Skyway Circle North
        Irving, TX   75038-3526

Click here to submit a Suppliers Achievement entry.


Categories
*Please note all Supplier Categories have been updated.  Supplier Catalog submissions should be made into the Image Award Competition.


1.  Client Sales & Marketing Aids:  This category applies to packaged tools and examples that help a distributor sell to their end buyer with a focus on case studies and solution-based selling. Self-promo offers, direct mail literature and other collateral are an integral part of this competition. Must be end-buyer focused.

 

2.  Distributor Sales & Marketing Aids:  This category applies to kits that help distributors sell with samples and catalogs. These types of kits are suitable for showrooms and sales calls.

 

*NEW* 3.  Most Creative Product Entry:  Development of a new product that has sales applications suitable for promotional or business use and can be custimized to carry a logo or message.  Must provide application and decoration.

 

     Scoring for Categories 1–3:  Maximum of 40 points

     1–20 points — Functional aspects

     1–10 points — Attractiveness and quality of items

     1–10 points — General adaptability to specified use

 

 

*NEW* 4.  Multi-color Print on Textiles:  Multi-color print on soft woven, knit, or non-woven textiles utilizing screen print or digital print methods.  MUST specify equipment utilized and processes in submission.

 

5.  Special Effects, or Multi-media Decoration on Textiles:  A combination of screen print, embroidery, embellishments, doming, or other combinations that create a distinctive, dimensional appearance.

 

6.  Embroidery I:  Under 10,000 stitches in a single design as determined by total stitch count.

 

7.  Embroidery II:  More than 10,000 stitches in a single design as determined by total stitch count.

 

8.  Sublimation:  Multi-color or spot-color decorating achieved through the use of paper transfer process applied with heat.

 

9.  Large Format Printing:  Decoration on large substrates such as banners, table runners, booth graphics and signage.

 

*NEW* 10.  Multi-color Print in Hard Surfaces:  Multi-color print on hard surfaces such as plastic, metal, PVC, or other hard substrates utilizing screen print or digital print methods. MUST specify equipment utilized in the process.

 

11.  Pad Printing:  Multi-color decorating applied to curved, concave, or uneven surface utilizing pad print technology; does not include traditional flat screen print applications.

 

     Scoring for Categories 4–11:  Maximum of 40 points

     1–10 points — Sharpness of general imprint, line drawings, halftones, etc.

     1–15 points — The material imprinted and the difficulty involved

     1–10 points — Quality of register, and/or clarity, and/or neatness of impression

     1–5 points — Overall visual impact

 

 

12.  Etching-Engraving-Laser:  Decoration via one of these three technologies applied to metal, crystal, glass, wood, or other surfaces. Method MUST be specified on entry.

 

13.  Castings:  Traditional decoration utilizing carved cavity, or die to achieve fine detail and copy in metal.

 

14.  Metal Striking:  Traditional decorating method using dies and pressure to achieve fine detail and copy in metal.

 

15.  PVC Patch, or Product:  Multi-dimensional decoration achieved through the use of PVC in poured, multi-color application applied to create a product, or as a decoration on a product.

 

     Scoring for Categories 12–15:  Maximum of 40 points

     1–10 points — Intricacy of design and the degree of difficulty involved in executing it

     1–10 points — Degree of difficulty in casting, finishing and assembly material

     1–10 points — Free of nicks, pits, scratches and other surface imperfections

     1–10 points — Overall visual impact


 

16.  Special Applications:  To include duplication or decoration using technology for bar codes, QR codes, watermarks or variable data and other uncategorized decoration methods. Method MUST be specified on entry.

 

17.  Dome:  A decorating process utilizing epoxy applied via pre-fab, hand, or mechanized pour, or application of material over image to create a product, or as a decoration on a product.

 

18.  Combination of Processes:  A combination of decorating methods combined that deliver a different decoration method not achieved with a single process. Processes used MUST be specified in submission.

19.  Special Processes:  Decoration methods not otherwise categorized; including embossing, de-bossing, foil stamping, offset print, weaving, flexography, letterpress, or holograms.  Process MUST be specified in submission.

 

     Scoring for Categories 16–19:  Maximum of 40 points

     1–10 points — Sharpness of detail

     1–10 points — The material used and the difficulty involved

     1–10 points — Quality, clarity and neatness of design/impression

     1–10 points — Overall visual impact

 

 

20.  Customized Non-catalog Product Under $25:  Development of a completely custom product generated as a result of end-client need with a client sale price of under $25 per unit.

 

21.  Customized Non-catalog Product $25 & Up: Development of a completely custom product generated as a result of end-client need with a client sale price of $25, or more per unit.

 

22.  Mascot/Character or Persona Product:  Custom development of three-dimensional product.

 

23.  Most Creative Promotional Product Developed as a Result of a Supplier/Distributor Collaboration:  The product must be designed from an idea, or concept developed as a result of distributor opportunity. Letter from distributor must confirm the creative information provided, the client need and results. Detailed explanation MUST BE provided. Both supplier and distributor must be PPAI members in good standing. Both the supplier and distributor will receive recognition during the PPAI Awards Presentation.

 

24.  Customized Retail-branded Product/Packaging:  Creative decoration of retail product not traditionally designed to be decorated, or to carry a message; may also include custom designed or decorated packaging to hold a retail brand product. This category is for retail-branded products only.

 

     Scoring for Categories 20–24:  Maximum of 40 points

     1–15 points — Originality/creativity

     1–10 points — Intricacy of design and degree of difficulty involved

     1–10 points — Quality of register, and/or clarity, and/or neatness of impression

     1–5 points — Overall visual impact


Judging
A judging panel made up of outside experts and the Awards & Recognition Action Group will judge each category based on the criteria and points values listed above. All submitted entries are judged individually based on how well they deliver the required elements; member companies do not compete against each other, but earn points solely on the merit of their own entry.

When appropriate awards will be given for Gold and Silver levels. Ties in a category will be awarded.

Click here to submit a Suppliers Achievement entry.


Questions?
Contact PPAI Awards & Recognition at Awards@ppai.org, or 972-258-3070.

  

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