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December 12, 2019
Polyconcept, the parent company of Polyconcept North America (PCNA), home of industry supplier brands Leed’s (PPAI 112361, S13), Bullet (PPAI 113079, S12), Journalbooks (PPAI 110769, S10) and Trimark (PPAI 198982, S10), announced on Wednesday that it has completed the acquisition of ETS Express (PPA…
December 12, 2019
Bolingbrook, Illinois-based supplier S&S Activewear (PPAI 256121, S12) has acquired Technosport Canada (PPAI 440365). The acquisition, first reported Wednesday in a PPB Newslink Breaking News alert, is S&S Activewear’s third acquisition since 2010.
December 12, 2019
Next month at The PPAI Expo, Dr. Rick Rigsby, a USA Today, Amazon and Wall Street Journal best-selling author and motivational speaker, will deliver a power keynote presentation about making an impact in an era of astounding technology, instant information and rampant social networking. Dr. Rigsby’s…
December 12, 2019
For many online shoppers, free shipping is seen as the norm, rather than a perk. A survey by business-to-business review and ratings firm Clutch found that even small shipping costs can strongly impact online shoppers’ interest in a product compared to free shipping.
December 12, 2019
The Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) announced the winners of its annual awards during its holiday party, held this week at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle, New York. The regional association presented the Supplier, Distributor, John J. Pagano Multiline Rep…
December 12, 2019
Barbie Winterbottom, chief people officer at Clearwater, Florida-based supplier BIC Graphic North America, has been selected as an honoree for the 2019 People First Awards by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Winterbottom is one of 17 individuals and two teams being recognized for their outstanding co…
December 11, 2019
Bolingbrook, Illinois-based supplier S&S Activewear (PPAI 256121, S12) has announced the acquisition of Technosport Canada (PPAI 440365)—its third acquisition since 2010.
December 11, 2019
Polyconcept, the parent company of Polyconcept North America (PCNA), home of industry supplier brands Leed's (PPAI 112361, S13), Bullet (PPAI 113079, S12), Journalbooks (PPAI 110769, S10) and Trimark (PPAI 198982, S10), has announced it has completed the acquisition of ETS Express (PPAI 135148, S11)…
December 10, 2019
The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is moving toward ratification, having today received the support of Democrats in the House of Representatives. The House is expected to vote on the USMCA, which will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), next week. NAFTA has been in place s…
December 10, 2019
A new round of tariffs on Chinese imports is set to go into effect on December 15, but negotiators on both sides of the dispute are working to push back that deadline. This news comes as a new report from Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, which highlights that, through October 2019, U.S. consumers and bus…
December 10, 2019
Third-quarter sales in the promotional products industry were up 4.8 percent from the year-ago level, according to the PPAI/ITR Economics third-quarter 2019 Market Outlook Report. However, indicators tracked by ITR consistently point toward a business cycle decline—slowing growth or recession—in com…
December 10, 2019
The PPAI Expo gives attendees a wealth of engaging options to develop and round out their professional education. Expo 2020 will be no exception, with 110 education sessions available on a range of tracks, including courses delivered right on the show floor to make it easier for attendees to incorpo…
December 10, 2019
Brands may abandon their marketing personalization efforts in the coming years in the face of rising complexities, risks and the lack of a defined return on their investment. Research and advisory firm Gartner shares research that shows that by 2025, 80 percent of marketers who have invested in mark…
December 05, 2019
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) today announced at its annual IAEE Expo! Expo! event in Las Vegas, Nevada, that PPAI Executive Vice President Robert “Bob” McLean, Jr., CPA, CAE, CEM, has assumed the role of board chair for a one-year term. McLean is also featured on th…
December 05, 2019
Pantone has named PANTONE 19-4052, Classic Blue, as the Pantone Color of the Year for 2020, which the company describes as “a timeless and enduring hue elegant in its simplicity” and “suggestive of the sky at dusk.”
December 05, 2019
Highlighting the universal appeal of the basic t-shirt, Italian fashion brand Diesel is selling a line of t-shirts with prices ranging from $370,000 to $5.5 million. Each shirt also comes with a free condo in Miami, Florida, and is decorated with the unit’s floorplan.
December 05, 2019
Anne Stone, PPAI’s director of advocacy and member engagement, was in Washington, D.C. earlier this week to meet with legislators’ staffs to continue discussions on legislation in the Senate that could curb government agencies’ use of promotional products.
December 05, 2019
The U.S. advertising market is expected to grow 6.2 percent in 2019 to $244 billion. This growth forecast, from advertising media firm GroupM, will mark a fourth consecutive year of solid mid-single-digit growth for the industry. The firm also forecasts four percent growth for 2020.
December 03, 2019
PPAI has named the winners of its 2020 PPAI Pyramid Awards. The annual awards honor creative excellence in the promotional products industry and recognize dependable suppliers, outstanding promotions, creative campaigns and exceptional craftsmanship by Association members.
December 03, 2019
U.S. trade disputes are expanding into new fronts, and tariffs on Chinese imports may be around until at least the 2020 election. On Monday, President Trump announced that the U.S. would be levying tariffs on imports of Brazilian and Argentinean steel and aluminum, effective immediately, and the U.S…
December 03, 2019
SAGE, provider of information, marketing and business management solutions for the promotional products industry, has released a new version of SAGE Mobile, an app, available for iOS and Android devices, that allows industry distributors access to all their critical research and business management …
December 03, 2019
PPAI’s business development staff have been on the road, connecting with PPAI member companies across the country to learn more about them, their needs and how the Association can be a better partner in their success. Melissa Massey, PPAI’s major account manager-West, recently connected with several…
December 03, 2019
In November, 13 industry professionals earned their Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) and Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) certifications. They join an elite group of individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to the promotional products industry and to continuing their education.
December 03, 2019
Small businesses need to be more proactive in managing their online reputations. A survey by business-to-business ratings and review firm Clutch found that while 88 percent of small businesses monitor their online reputations at least quarterly, monitoring is only part of an effective online reputat…
December 03, 2019
Rob Whitman, vice president of sales at American Solutions for Business (PPAI 101656, D12), was recently inducted into the Ben Franklin Honor Society by Printing Industries of America. The organization’s award recognizes and honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the advanceme…
November 26, 2019
While progress on a “phase one agreement” between the U.S. and China remains forthcoming, there have been developments on another trade front. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said that a deal on the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) is in range, as she is waiting on the U.S. Trade Representativ…
November 26, 2019
Delta Apparel, Inc. (PPAI 188431, S9) has reported that sales and profits are up in the Greenville, South Carolina, company’s financial results for fiscal 2019 fourth quarter and its full year, which ended September 28. Overall sales in the quarter increased 16.2 percent to $108 million in the fourt…
November 26, 2019
Orbus Exhibit & Display Group (PPAI 428128, S7), headquartered in Woodridge, Illinois, has expanded its Las Vegas, Nevada, operation with an additional 37,000 square feet of space within the building it resides in, increasing its footprint to a 93,000-square-foot operating space. The additional spac…
November 26, 2019
Earlier this month, the team at multi-line rep firm Incentives West (PPAI 224617) gathered in Sonoma, California, to meet for its annual strategic planning meeting. Together, they developed plans to integrate their suppliers with key customers and markets for 2020.
November 26, 2019
Allen Bates, MAS, founder of distributer Second Step Advertising in Wyandotte, Michigan, and Michigan Promotional Professionals Association (MiPPA) Hall of Fame inductee, passed away on November 23. He was 67.
November 26, 2019
Hanes has launched its 10th annual sock drive to help the homeless and is donating more than 250,000 pairs of socks to agencies fighting homelessness in all 50 states. It will also donate a pair of socks for every order placed in December on the brand’s ecommerce site. The Hanes National Sock Drive …
November 26, 2019
The traditional linear sales process—awareness, consideration, evaluation and purchase—no longer exists, and sales executives must adjust their management and forecasting to accommodate the non-linear journey that business-to-business buyers now follow. Analysis from research and advisory firm Gartn…
November 26, 2019
The Georgia Association Of Promotional Products Professionals (GAPPP) has announced its 2020 board of directors. The regional association’s incoming board members begin their terms on January 1, 2020.
November 26, 2019
The Virginia Promotional Products Association (VAPPA) has named its 2020 board of directors. The new board members will begin their terms on January 1, 2020. Elected directors’ terms are three years, with an option to run for reelection to serve an additional three years.
November 21, 2019
PPAI has been named one of the Best Places to Work in 2019 by Outside magazine. PPAI checked in at No. 35 on the magazine’s annual list of the nation’s 50 top employers.
November 21, 2019
Job growth is expected to continue, but it may slow in the coming months. The Conference Board’s Employment Trends Index (ETI) decreased in October, reversing an increase registered in September, and the ETI now stands at 110.11, down from 110.87 a month earlier. The decrease marks a 0.4-percent dec…
November 21, 2019
Grossman Marketing Group (GMG), a distributor headquartered in Somerville, Massachusetts, has acquired Advantages in Marketing (AIM) of West Springfield. AIM marks Grossman’s sixth acquisition in the past six years. Since 2013, Grossman has acquired Logos In Print of New York; Fleet Business Product…
November 21, 2019
As part of its “A Canvas for Good” initiative, supplier SanMar, based in Issaquah, Washington, held a fundraiser in September for Virginia Mason Hospital’s Bailey-Boushay House in Seattle. Through its initiative, which underscores SanMar’s belief that “business is personal,” the supplier raised $130…
November 21, 2019
Consumers are wary of how companies use their personal data, and businesses’ data privacy strategies are impacting their customer relationships. While new legislation is holding businesses more accountable for how they are using and protecting consumer data, and brands are focused on compliance in t…
November 19, 2019
The Pebble Group, the UK-based parent company of U.S. business services and technology firm Facilisgroup (PPAI 493664) and British distributor Brand Addition, has announced that it is looking to be listed on the London Stock Exchange and its Alternative Investment Market (AIM) sub-market, with admis…
November 19, 2019
Supplier The Magnet Group (PPAI 338534, S12) is relocating its Camarillo, California, factory operations to Washington, Missouri, where it has bought a new facility and where its headquarters is located. Customer service, purchasing and product development will remain in California to ensure continu…
November 19, 2019
Members of The Partnering Group, LLC, an industry distributor organization, have been on the move in recent months, including a tour of supplier SanMar’s distribution center in Preston, Washington, and speaking at skucamp 2019.
November 19, 2019
HUB Promotional Group has announced that beginning January 1, 2020, all HPG companies will be carbon offsetting all outbound UPS shipments at no additional cost to the customer. This 100-percent carbon offsetting initiative applies to all shipments utilizing HPG’s contract with UPS. HUB Promotional …
November 19, 2019
Supplier Charles River Apparel (PPAI 111644, S10), based in Sharon, Massachusetts, will launch its first-ever pop-up store, starting on Giving Tuesday, December 3, in support of Christmas in the City, a Boston-area nonprofit working to relieve the impact of homelessness and poverty on children and t…
November 19, 2019
Global parcel volume, as tracked in Pitney Bowes’ latest Parcel Shipping Index, reached 87 billion packages in 2018, up from 74 billion in 2017. Despite global trade uncertainty, the commerce solutions provider forecasts the volume to more than double over the next six years and reach 200 billion pa…
November 19, 2019
Promotional Product Professionals of Canada’s TOPS+ 2020 registration is now open. PPPC’s TOPS+ tour travels across the country to bring distributors and their clients a trade show experience like no other. Check this off your to-do list by registering now before your busy holiday season takes off.
November 14, 2019
Through its webinar series, PPAI provides industry professionals tools, best practices and actionable ideals that they can use to build up their businesses and expand their skillset. Upcoming webinars take a look at what California’s new privacy law means to you and offer tools and ideas for first-t…
November 14, 2019
Recent developments at The Superior Group of Companies (SGC) include a significant expansion and upgrades to its flagship warehouse and distribution facility in Eudora, Arkansas, and the formation of a strategic partnership between its subsidiary distributor BAMKO (PPAI 242148, D11) and Dallas-based…
November 14, 2019
Trade talks between the U.S. and China have reportedly hit another obstacle, delaying the “phase one” accord President Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He announced on October 11. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Chinese are resistant to committing to specific agricultural purchases and li…
November 14, 2019
The Promotional Products Education Foundation’s (PPEF) Board of Trustees has elected five incoming trustees. Janet McMaster, MAS, regional vice president at distributor Geiger; Sydra Newell, CAS, business development manager at supplier SnugZ USA; Rhonda Reilly, MAS, director of sales at supplier Pi…
November 14, 2019
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, 1,067 suppliers received the top A+ rating, while another 282 suppliers received an A rating. A total of 32 percent of all active suppli…
November 14, 2019
Proforma (PPAI 196835, D13) has rolled out its new ProGlobal Network, a program that pairs owners with overseas supplier partners that have the qualifications to facilitate global account opportunities and international company store programs. The program, which will service the global fulfillment o…
November 14, 2019
Despite potential headwinds, including economic uncertainty and a shorter shopping timeframe—this year there are six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas—U.S. shoppers’ holiday spending is expected to grow 3.8 percent this year to $1.008 trillion. Not only is this the first-ever trillion-do…
November 12, 2019
Supplier Edwards Garment (PPAI 198530, S11), headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, has acquired Vancouver, British Columbia-based Bishop Custom Clothing (PPAI 196214, S5), as first reported earlier today in a PPB Newslink Breaking News alert. Edwards Garment points to the acquisition of the 20-plus-…
November 12, 2019
Supplier Gemini Industries (PPAI 112011, S6), based in Roxana, Illinois, has acquired TKCups-Sorg’s (PPAI 114089, S6), a Fitchburg, Massachusetts, supplier of custom-printed napkins, cups, plates, coffee sleeves, coasters and more. The news was first reported Thursday in a PPB Newslink Breaking News…
November 12, 2019
Presenting a snapshot of U.S. consumers’ attitudes toward their personal financial situations, The Conference Board reports that shoppers intend to spend approximately $675 on gifts this holiday season. Its survey results indicate an increase over last year’s spending estimate of $627. The study als…
November 12, 2019
Geiger (PPAI 105182, D12), headquartered in Lewiston, Maine, will celebrate GivingTuesday by donating unused socks and underwear to local nonprofits on December 3. GivingTuesday, celebrated in the U.S. on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power o…
November 12, 2019
Supplier Edwards Garment (PPAI 198530, S11), headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, has acquired Vancouver, British Columbia-based Bishop Custom Clothing (PPAI 196214, S5). Edwards Garment points to the acquisition of the 20-plus-year-old company as strengthening its position to provide a better asso…
November 07, 2019
Supplier Gemini Industries (PPAI 112011, S6), based in Roxana, Illinois, has acquired TKCups-Sorg’s (PPAI 114089, S6), a Fitchburg, Massachusetts, supplier of custom printed napkins, cups, plates, coffee sleeves, coasters and more. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.
November 07, 2019
In what appears to be a sign of progress in the ongoing trade negotiations between the U.S. and China, both sides have agreed to putting together a deal that would remove some of the tariffs the countries have imposed on each other’s products. The deal, referred to as a “phase one agreement,” has no…
November 07, 2019
In its financial results for the fiscal third quarter that ended September 28, Fossil Group, Inc. (PPAI 196495, S8) reports worldwide net sales of $539.5 million, down $69.3 million or 11 percent—down $58.9 million in constant currency for a 10 percent decline—compared to the third quarter of fiscal…
November 07, 2019
The Incentive Research Foundation, which funds and promotes research to raise awareness and advance the science and application of motivation and incentives in business and industry, reports in its recently released “Industry Outlook for 2020: Merchandise, Gift Card, and Event Gifting” high levels o…
November 07, 2019
U.S. local advertising revenue is set to reach $161.3 billion in 2020, up from $152.5 billion in 2019. Local media analysis firm BIA Advisory Services’ forecast attributes this 5.8 percent year-over-year growth to political and over-the-top (OTT) advertising, as well as growth in mobile and social a…
November 05, 2019
Distributor American Solutions for Business (PPAI 101656, D12) has introduced its new Cyber Safe Pledge designed to help the Glenwood, Minnesota-headquartered company and its partners conduct business safely and securely with each other.
November 05, 2019
Last Friday, PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE; Stephanie Critchfield, vice president and national sales manager at distributor The Vernon Company, based in Newton, Iowa, and Cliff Andrews, PPAI’s D.C.-based lobbyist, were on Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers about a new bill that direct…
November 05, 2019
As first reported on Monday in a PPB Newslink Breaking News alert, distributor ePromos Promotional Products (PPAI 212648, D11) has promoted Steve Paradiso to CEO; he will also continue as the company’s president. Jason Robbins, who founded the company in 1998, will play a less active role day-to-day…
November 05, 2019
Trevose, Pennsylvania-headquartered supplier alphabroder (PPAI 156993, S16) announces a partnership with the Berne Apparel Company to bring the 100-plus-year-old manufacturer of rugged outdoor workwear and safety apparel to the promotional products market. alphabroder’s selection, available today, i…
November 05, 2019
Supplier Stouse, LLC (PPAI 113066, S11), a portfolio company of Goldner Hawn, based in New Century, Kansas, has acquired Magna-Plus, Inc. (PPAI 13367, S2), a wholesale provider of custom printed labels, magnets and other promotional products, effective October 25.
November 05, 2019
Established consumer brands, like KFC and Taco Bell, are taking a “lifestyle brand” approach to reshape the narratives around them in the market and to better connect with consumers. The latest company to take a lifestyle approach is PepsiCo, which is turning to apparel, accessories and other produc…
November 05, 2019
With the PPAI staff’s aim of connecting and engaging more frequently with members in their offices and factories, PPAI directors Ellen Tucker, director of business development, and Tina Berres Filipski, director of publications/editor, visited the offices of PPAI supplier members Compass Industries,…
November 05, 2019
In October, 26 industry professionals earned their Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) and Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) certifications. They join an elite group of individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to the promotional products industry and to continuing their education.
November 05, 2019
Generation Z isn’t connecting with consumer brands’ public support of social cause platforms. A study by social impact consulting firm DoSomething Strategic found that 66 percent of young consumers say that a brand's association with a social cause or platform positively impacts their overall impres…
November 04, 2019
Distributor ePromos Promotional Products (PPAI 212648, D11) has promoted Steve Paradiso to CEO; he will also continue as the company’s president. Jason Robbins, who founded the company in 1998, will play a less active role day-to-day but will continue to have an interest in the company.
November 01, 2019
This morning, PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE, and Stephanie Critchfield, vice president and national sales manager at distributor The Vernon Company, based in Newton, Iowa, visited the offices of Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa to discuss legislation introduced by Sen. Ernst that takes direct a…
October 31, 2019
First announced in a PPB Newslink Breaking News alert on Wednesday, Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa has proposed a bill to cut government spending that takes direct aim at the promotional products industry as it would prohibit federal agencies from spending on promotional products to promote themselves and …
October 31, 2019
Hit Promotional Products (PPAI 113910, S13), in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has issued a recall on ceramic mugs due to burn and laceration hazards. The mugs can crack or break when used with or exposed to hot liquid. St. Petersburg, Florida-based Hit Promotional P…
October 31, 2019
3M has released its third-quarter 2019 financial results, reporting sales of $8 billion, down two percent year-on-year, and a decline in organic local-currency sales of 1.3 percent, year-on-year, while acquisitions, net of divestitures, increased sales by 0.6 percent. Foreign currency translation de…
October 31, 2019
Everyone with a parent on Facebook or a nephew on TikTok knows that the generations use social media differently. The market research firm GlobalWebIndex, in its report on social media behavior in 2019, highlights some of those differences, including data that shows that Generation Z and Millennials…
October 30, 2019
Late Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa proposed a bill to cut government spending that takes direct aim at the promotional products industry as it would prohibit federal agencies from spending on promotional products to promote themselves and their programs. The limits on promotional spendi…
October 29, 2019
PPAI has announced its Promotional Products Pioneers for 2020. Visionaries and innovators who made their mark on the foundation of the promotional products industry, the Promotional Products Pioneers for 2020 are manufacturer and premium incentive industry architect Benjamin T. Babbitt; lithographer…
October 29, 2019
The U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) office and China’s Commerce Ministry have announced that the two countries are close to finalizing some parts of a trade agreement. Talks between the two sides continue, and the USTR has provided no information on where progress has been made.
October 29, 2019
Distributor Stran & Company, Inc. (PPAI 161542, D10) in Quincy, Massachusetts, has announced, along with Long Blockchain Corp (LBCC), that they have entered into a non-binding letter of intent to merge their businesses. Long Blockchain Corp. is the holding company for the wholly-owned subsidiaries S…
October 29, 2019
PPAI hosted the Promotional Products Education Foundation’s (PPEF) 2019 Executive Committee and members of the newly elected 2020 Executive Committee last week at the Association’s Irving, Texas, headquarters. PPEF’s Executive Committee meeting focused on the foundation’s plans for 2020, including t…
October 29, 2019
Last week, Mike Fey, MAS, president and CEO of Edgerton, Minnesota, supplier Fey Promo (PPAI 113944, S8) and Aida Simmons, the company’s Southeast territory sales manager, visited PPAI headquarters to attend the awards ceremony honoring Tom Carpenter, MAS, national accounts manager at the company an…
October 29, 2019
Floyd Schulmeier, with Tulsa, Oklahoma-based supplier Selco (PPAI 113845, S6), passed away on October 8 at Saint Francis Hospital. He was 80.
October 29, 2019
The PPAI Expo was recognized as the 56th top-ranking U.S. trade show on Trade Show Executive magazine’s list of the 2018 Gold 100 at the annual awards and summit held last month. The PPAI Expo has been ranked in the top tier of the Gold 100 since the ranker’s inception in 2007.
October 29, 2019
U.S. digital advertising revenues reached $57.9 billion during the first six months of 2019—a spending record for the first half of the year—according to the latest IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report released by the Interactive Advertising Bureau and prepared by PwC US. The total marks a 17 per…
October 29, 2019
In September 2019, the California Legislature passed legislation affecting worker status for employees and independent contractors. California Assembly Bill Number 5 (“AB 5”) codifies a three-part test to determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor under California law. Th…
October 29, 2019
Distributor 4imprint, Inc. (PPAI 107200, D16) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, has been named one of the 2019 Best Small & Medium Workplaces in the United States. This marks the 12th straight year the company has earned the honor. Consideration for this 2019 Great Place to Work award is based on anonymous fee…
October 24, 2019
The Leadership Development Workshop (LDW), hosted this week by PPAI and the Regional Association Council (RAC) reached an auspicious milestone by celebrating the 20th iteration of this annual event. Wrapping up yesterday at the DFW Hilton in Grapevine, Texas, LDW drew approximately 150 attendees rep…
October 24, 2019
The board of directors of Under Armour, Inc. has named President and COO Patrik Frisk as the Baltimore, Maryland-based company’s CEO, effective January 1, 2020. Frisk will report to Kevin Plank, the company’s chairman and founder, and will join the board of directors. Under Armour’s products are off…
October 24, 2019
Supplier Sanford Business-to-Business (PPAI 114177, S10) has a new name, logo and website. The Atlanta, Georgia-headquartered company is now Newell Custom Writing Instruments.
October 24, 2019
On September 24, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule that would make 1.3 million U.S. workers eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The new regulations will go into effect January 1, 2020. Affinity HR Group, PPAI’s national HR consulting partner and res…
October 24, 2019
Proforma affiliate owners Kristen Scotto and Rick Royall of Proforma Scotto Promotions have won a three-year, $12 million contract with one of the nation’s largest automotive tire marketers. After assessing the client’s needs for an online platform that could process promotional product and apparel …
October 24, 2019
Supplier Penn Emblem (PPAI 537470, S1) in Trevose, Pennsylvania, has achieved certification as a women’s business enterprise for 2019-2020 by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. Penn was first certified in 2010.
October 24, 2019
The final day of PPAI’s 20th annual Leadership Development Workshop (LDW) in Grapevine, Texas, began with the general session, How Did We Get Here: An Evolving World, Tariffs and the Industry, presented by Jonathan Isaacson, chairman and CEO of supplier Gemline. The presentation, which was punctuate…
October 24, 2019
A company’s brand is vital to its performance in the market, and marketers generally know this. Research from Gartner, Inc., its “Gartner Brand Strategy and Innovation Survey 2019,” found that 58 percent of marketing leaders believe brand is a critical driver of buyer behavior for prospects, and 65 …
October 22, 2019
The annual Leadership Development Workshop (LDW), hosted by PPAI and the Regional Association Council (RAC), is under way this week in Grapevine, Texas. Now in its 20th year, the four-day event supports regional leaders and fosters relationships between the regional associations in the promotional p…
October 22, 2019
GeigerBTC, the UK subsidiary of Lewiston, Maine-headquartered distributor Geiger (PPAI 105182, D12), has acquired London-based distributor Shout Promotional Merchandise. The acquisition is part of the company’s overall strategic plan to support global customers, which has included further acquisitio…
October 22, 2019
Supplier Gildan Activewear (PPAI 250187, S13) is expecting 2019 third- quarter sales of $740 million, down two percent over the same quarter last year, according to its preliminary third-quarter financials. The Montreal, Quebec-based company attributes the drop to weaker than expected imprintable de…
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