PPAI and industry technology provider SAGE have announced an extension of their Power of Two strategic alliance to deliver one comprehensive association and business management solution to promotional products distributors. The renewal agreement extends the $495 SAGE credit for PPAI distributor members. PPAI and SAGE will also be introducing a new streamlined process for membership renewals and credit redemption to be announced in March 2016 and rolled out in April.

“The Power of Two alliance has been a significant benefit to our members,” says Paul Bellantone, CAE, president and CEO of PPAI. “SAGE has provided them with direct access to full product and supplier research and much more, and we are pleased to continue this relationship as our exclusive technology partner.”

Through this alliance, all new and renewing PPAI distributor members receive a $495 credit toward a SAGE Total Access subscription, which completely covers the cost of the first user for the year. Additional user licenses are $95 per year. SAGE Total Access provides distributors with access to SAGE Online, SAGE Web and SAGE Mobile, SAGE’s premier suite of product research, presentation, CRM, order management and virtual sampling tools.

“PPAI has long been the leading authority, advocate and voice in this industry,” says David Natinsky, president of SAGE. “By providing our subscribers with direct access to PPAI member benefits like legislative action tools, product safety initiatives, professional development and thousands of dollars in business savings, we are giving them the opportunity to develop as industry leaders.”

As part of the new agreement, SAGE Mobile will serve as the official show planner app for The PPAI Expo 2016, as well as for Expo East 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. With SAGE Mobile, attendees can view complete event schedules, create walk lists, navigate the show floor using an interactive floor plan, add notes, pictures, videos and voice memos as they visit booths, and more. For more information on using SAGE Mobile at these shows, visit go.sageworld.com/planexpo.

“I’m a huge supporter of both SAGE and PPAI and I am glad to hear that the Power of Two relationship is continuing,” says PPAI member Suzan Bolski, president/CEO of distributor Anything Goes Promotions, Inc. “SAGE’s technology has made my business more efficient and PPAI’s resources and professional development have helped me bring my company to the next level. We know we can always count on both SAGE and PPAI for help and support. For the distributor community, this is great news because access to SAGE Online, plus the unequaled value we receive from PPAI membership, means we will more than cover our cost in dues, making it a profitable opportunity for us.”

For more information on PPAI’s member benefits and savings opportunities, call PPAI at 888-I-AM-PPAI (426-7724) or visit www.ppai.org/join. For questions regarding SAGE services or the $495 SAGE credit, please call 800-925-7243 (SAGE) or visit www.sageworld.com.