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February 21, 2019
PPAI® has entered into an agreement with Specialty Advertising Association of California (SAAC) to provide the regional association with management services, as announced earlier today in a Breaking News alert. SAAC will continue to work under the stewardship of its board of directors and will maint…
February 21, 2019
Delta Apparel, Inc. (PPAI 188431) has announced financial results for its fiscal year 2019 first quarter, which ended December 29, 2018. The Greenville, South Carolina, supplier had released preliminary results for the quarter last month, and now reports that it achieved sales growth of 12.5 percent…
February 21, 2019
Superior Group of Companies, Inc., which operates in the promotional products market through its subsidiaries, distributors BAMKO, LLC (PPAI 242148), Tangerine Promotions, Ltd. (PPAI 439779) and Public Identity, Inc. (PPAI 230372), has announced fourth quarter and year-end operating results for 2018…
February 21, 2019
Gildan Activewear has released its fourth quarter and full-year 2018 financial results, noting that the Montreal, Quebec-based supplier reported net sales of approximately $2.9 billion in 2018—up 5.7 percent over 2017—and a 13.7 percent of net sales in fourth quarter, year-over-year, of $742.7 milli…
February 21, 2019
PPAI’s® ongoing webinar series provides tools, practices and valuable philosophies for industry professionals looking to build up their businesses and expand their skillset. Upcoming webinars revisit highlights of The PPAI Expo 2019, social media best practices, and more. The webinar roster also fea…
February 21, 2019
U.S. workers’ evolving office environments present new needs and opportunities for relevant products, particularly as the 2019 Staples Workplace Survey found that employees continue to resist the one-size-fits-all mentality when it comes to the workplace. Staples’ survey found notable backlash to th…
February 21, 2019
Philadelphia Area Promotional Products Association (PAPPA) announced its 2018 PAPPA Award winners on February 5 at an event held during the PAPPA Winter Showcase in Springfield, Pennsylvania. All of the evening’s award recipients were nominated by their peers.
February 21, 2019
Specialty Advertising Association of California (SAAC) has selected PPAI® to provide the regional association with management services. SAAC will continue to work under the stewardship of its board of directors and will maintain autonomy and a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit status as a professional trade …
February 19, 2019
Ed Johnson, MAS, who served as PPAI® board chair in 1995 and was previously a regional vice president at Geiger, passed away on February 15 after a long illness. He was 77.
February 19, 2019
The environmental initiatives of Winston-Salem-based HanesBrands have earned it recognition as an apparel industry leader in carbon emissions transparency by the CDP—formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project. The company has also won a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star P…
February 19, 2019
iPROMOTEu (PPAI 218870) honored affiliates and suppliers at events the Wayland, Massachusetts-headquartered distributor held last month in Las Vegas, Nevada, in conjunction with The PPAI® Expo. The company also reported a 2018 increase in order volume of 17 percent over the prior year and a record a…
February 19, 2019
Karen Kravitz, an account executive for HALO Branded Solutions, passed away February 11 after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 60.
February 19, 2019
Last week, PPAI® hosted a visit from Don Freeman, CEO of event marketing and management firm Freeman, along with members of his senior leadership team. PPAI has partnered with the Dallas, Texas-based company for more than 50 years on The PPAI Expo and other Association initiatives.
February 19, 2019
PPAI’s® ongoing webinar series provides tools, practices and valuable philosophies for industry professionals looking to build up their businesses and expand their skillset. On Wednesday, a webinar looks at the Supreme Court’s South Dakota v. Wayfair decision and what the ruling means for business a…
February 19, 2019
U.S. small-business owners’ optimism about business conditions remains strong, but it’s down from record highs observed in 2018. The Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, which measures small-business owners' attitudes about a wide variety of factors affecting their businesses, is down to +106 in…
February 18, 2019
Ed Johnson, MAS, who served as PPAI Board Chair in 1995 and was formerly regional vice president at Geiger, passed away on February 15 after a long illness.
February 14, 2019
Disney has taken the top spot in research studying consumers’ emotional connection with brands. In MBLM’s Brand Intimacy 2019 study—which measures the emotional science behind the bonds people develop with the brands they use and love—Disney overtook Apple for the first time to reach the No.1 positi…
February 14, 2019
Merchandise World, a trade show serving the promotional products industry in the UK, drew industry professionals from across the country and abroad to the NAEC Stoneleigh in Warwickshire on January 30-31. The show is a collaboration between business services provider Sourcing City and the British Pr…
February 14, 2019
The Promotional Product Professionals of Canada's (PPPC) four-city TOPS+ 2019 tour has brought the promotional products industry to cities across Canada in recent weeks, beginning its journey in Montréal, Quebec, on January 30 before moving to Toronto, Ontario, on February 7 and Vancouver, British C…
February 14, 2019
PPAI’s® public affairs team has been on the road in recent weeks, attending the inaugural Washington International Trade Conference (WITC) and joining Philadelphia Area Promotional Products Association (PAPPA) and Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) at their shows to prese…
February 14, 2019
PPAI’s® ongoing webinar series provides tools, practices and valuable philosophies for industry professionals looking to build up their businesses and expand their skillset. The Association’s webinar lineup in the coming months include highlights from Expo 2019, social media and other stories. The w…
February 14, 2019
Today is Valentine’s Day and love—and Valentine’s Day-associated advertising campaigns—is in the air. With so many promotional opportunities surrounding this holiday, measuring its popularity among consumers provides valuable insights into its utility as a marketing angle, and according to a survey …
February 12, 2019
The latest round of trade talks begin on Monday in Beijing, China, as negotiators on both sides seek a resolution to the dispute between the U.S. and China. Should talks fail to make headway before the March 1 deadline, tariffs of 10 percent on approximately $250 billion in Chinese imports will jump…
February 12, 2019
S&S Activewear (PPAI 256121) has opened an 800,000-square-foot distribution center in Reno, Nevada. The new center is the Bolingbrook, Illinois-based supplier’s largest fulfillment facility—nearly three times larger than the company’s Santa Fe Springs building in California—as well as the largest le…
February 12, 2019
Staples, Inc., which participates in the promotional products industry as distributor Staples Promotional Products (PPAI 108945), has signed an agreement to acquire DEX Imaging, a document imaging technology dealer in the U.S. The business will continue to be led by DEX’s existing executive team, un…
February 12, 2019
The Conference Board’s Employment Trends Index ticked down in January, retreating from an increase registered in December. The index now stands at 109.56, down from 110.96 one month earlier but it still represents a 3.4 percent gain over the past 12 months. However, with the government shutdown affe…
February 12, 2019
At its 2019 annual meeting on February 5, the Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC) elected new board members and a slate of officers. The mission of the SBLC, of which PPAI is a member, is twofold: to make improvements in public policy for small business and to help member associations in their…
February 12, 2019
Mike Bowen, CEO of distributor Champion Awards, Inc. (PPAI 103877) in Memphis, Tennessee, was involved in a car accident on February 7 while on vacation with his wife in Costa Rica. He passed away on February 9 at age 61.
February 12, 2019
PPAI’s® ongoing webinar series provides tools, practices and valuable philosophies for industry professionals looking to build up their businesses and expand their skillset. The Association’s webinar lineup in the coming months includes new technologies in the promo industry, highlights from Expo 20…
February 12, 2019
Counterfeit products continue to be a concern for many Americans, and research shows that, on average, they believe 29 percent of products manufactured in the U.S. are fake. A survey by Morning Consult sponsored by Bayer found that 66 percent of Americans are very or somewhat concerned about the man…
February 12, 2019
At its annual Peake Awards Ceremony on February 5, the Chesapeake Promotional Products Association (CPPA) honored professionals' and companies’ accomplishments in the region and inducted Kendra McDougal into the CPPA Hall of Fame. The awards ceremony, sponsored by J Charles Crystalworks, was held at…
February 12, 2019
The Specialty Advertising Association of California (SAAC) has elected five new board members and a slate of officers to the regional association’s 2019 board of directors.
February 12, 2019
The new board members serving on the Virginia Promotional Products Association (VAPPA) 2019 Board of Directors began their terms on January 1.
February 07, 2019
Jana Schmidt has been named CEO of San Antonio, Texas-based distributor Harland Clarke (PPAI 651507). She has served as president of the company since 2017.
February 07, 2019
Delta Apparel, Inc. (PPAI 188431) has announced financial results for its fiscal year 2019 first quarter, which ended December 29, 2018. The Greenville, South Carolina-based supplier reported net sales up $101.7 million, up 12.5 percent from the same quarter last year, and a 13 percent year-over-yea…
February 07, 2019
On January 13, promotional products business and sales software provider commonsku (PPAI 522077) hosted its sixth annual skucon conference in conjunction with The PPAI® Expo at Las Vegas’ Keep Memory Alive Center. Targeting “innovators, explorers and dreamers” in the promotional products field, skuc…
February 07, 2019
PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE, has been selected as the chair-elect of the Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC). Bellantone’s term as chair will begin in 2020.
February 07, 2019
PPAI’s® ongoing webinar series provides tools, practices and valuable philosophies for industry professionals looking to build up their businesses and expand their skillset. The Association’s webinar lineup in the coming months include highlights from Expo 2019, new technologies in the promo industr…
February 07, 2019
India’s apparel market is expected to grow along with its rapidly expanding economy, creating opportunities in both new markets and product sourcing. McKinsey & Company’s latest State of Fashion report highlights India’s ascent, listing it as one of the 10 trends to watch in the fashion industry.
February 07, 2019
Every business day, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, distributor 4imprint (PPAI 107200) awards three nonprofits $500 grants to help accomplish their goals through its one by one® grant program. In 2018, the company awarded grants to more than 1,000 nonprofit organizations, including 205 in the fourth quarter alo…
February 05, 2019
As first reported Monday in a PPB Newslink Breaking News alert, Polyconcept, parent of suppliers Polyconcept North America (PCNA) and PF Concept, has appointed Neil Ringel as its new chief executive officer effective February 4.
February 05, 2019
Cimpress, the Dutch parent company of Waltham, Massachusetts-based distributor Vistaprint (PPAI 565755), and San Diego, California-based distributor National Pen Co. LLC (PPAI 107176), has released its financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 and announced a leadership change at …
February 05, 2019
HALO Branded Solutions (PPAI 106462) has hired Heather Bridges as the company’s new chief financial officer. Bridges will succeed Linda Janczkowski who announced her intention in July to reduce her role with the Sterling, Illinois, distributor. Bridges will report to Marc Simon, CEO of HALO.
February 05, 2019
On January 30, the Promotional Product Professionals of Canada's (PPPC) four-city TOPS+ 2019 tour made its first stop in Montréal, Quebec. The show drew attendees from across the region—attendance was up 30 percent from 2018—to meet with an extensive line-up of exhibitors.
February 05, 2019
The 53rd Super Bowl is behind us and the New England Patriots have notched another victory. And while this year’s Super Bowl was the lowest-scoring in history, promotional products companies moved full-speed ahead producing branded items for fans eager to celebrate the big win.
February 05, 2019
HALO Branded Solutions’ (PPAI 106462) HALO Recognition division is relocating its headquarters to the sixth floor of The Factory, a 1.1-million-square-foot creative loft office building in Long Island City, Queens. The modern facility will support employee engagement and allow HALO Recognition to im…
February 05, 2019
The Sourcing Group (PPAI 286984), headquartered in New York, New York, has acquired distributor Carpe Diem Sales & Marketing (PPAI 334360) in Orlando, Florida. With the acquisition, sales revenues at The Sourcing Group are projected to surpass $100 million this year.
February 05, 2019
Since 2011, PPB magazine has recognized a selection of the industry’s most outstanding multi-line reps annually based on nominations from suppliers and distributors.
February 05, 2019
PPAI® is deploying new initiatives in 2019 that enhance its governance model and tap into the strengths of the Association’s membership by expanding the pool of leadership candidates to improve member experiences. PPAI counts on its volunteer leaders, their diverse experiences and expertise to help …
February 05, 2019
The relationship between sales and marketing is important in any organization. The aptly named Sales and Marketing Valentine’s Day Report from conversational artificial intelligence (AI) providers Conversica draws results from a survey of more than 1,000 sales and marketing professionals and finds t…
February 04, 2019
Polyconcept, parent of suppliers Polyconcept North America (PCNA) and PF Concept, has appointed Neil Ringel as its new chief executive officer, effective today.
January 31, 2019
This week, delegations from the U.S. and China are meeting in Washington, D.C. to continue negotiations on the trade dispute between the two countries. The talks come only one month out from the deadline when U.S. tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese products are set to increase from 10 percent …
January 31, 2019
A record-breaking deep freeze has gripped the upper Midwest for the past two days shutting down schools, halting UPS, FedEx and USPS deliveries, closing some businesses and keeping most people indoors.
January 31, 2019
As first reported in a PPB Newslink Breaking News alert on Tuesday, distributor Brown & Bigelow (PPAI 102272), headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, has acquired Washington, D.C.-based distributor Specialties, Inc. (PPAI 108701).
January 31, 2019
Distributor Talbot Marketing, Inc. (PPAI 100789), based in London, Ontario, has acquired Gagnon Levesque (PPAI 100399) of Laval, Québec.
January 31, 2019
3M has released its fourth-quarter and full-year 2018 financial results, reporting sales of $7.9 billion in the quarter and $32.8 billion for the full year. The company’s fourth-quarter result represents a 0.6 percent decline year-over-year, but its annual sales were up 3.5 percent. The company, loc…
January 31, 2019
PPAI is deploying new initiatives in 2019 that enhance its governance model and tap into the strengths of the Association’s membership by expanding the pool of leadership candidates to improve member experiences. PPAI counts on its volunteer leaders, their diverse experiences and expertise to help i…
January 31, 2019
The advertising industry and audiences differ on how well marketers are doing in portraying women. Kantar’s AdReaction: Getting Gender Right study of advertising creativity and media effectiveness found that 91 percent of marketers think they are doing a good job of portraying women as positive role…
January 29, 2019
Distributor Brown & Bigelow (PPAI 102272), headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, has acquired Washington, D.C.-based distributor Specialties, Inc. (PPAI 108701).
January 29, 2019
U.S. economic growth may have reached a peak, as The Conference Board predicts it could slow to two percent by the end of 2019. The Conference Board reports that its Leading Economic Index (LEI) for the U.S. declined 0.1 percent in December to 111.7. December’s result follows a 0.2 percent increase …
January 29, 2019
HALO Branded Solutions (PPAI 106462) has hired Rick Goddard as the Sterling, Illinois-based distributor’s chief information officer. Goddard will succeed Dale Moir who last year announced his intention to reduce his role at HALO. He will report to Adam Weisman, HALO chief operating officer.
January 29, 2019
The Dollars4Disasters Step Challenge raised awareness and funds for PPAI’s Promotional Products Disaster Relief Fund (PPDRF) at The PPAI Expo. This was a first-time event organized by Jeff Solomon, MAS, publisher of FreePromoTips.com; Dana Zezzo, vice president of marketing and vendor relations at A…
January 29, 2019
Industry professionals looking for tools, practices and valuable philosophies to build up their businesses can find them in PPAI’s® webinars. In the coming months, the webinar lineup includes best practices for managing finances in the cloud, workplace culture and other stories. The webinar roster f…
January 29, 2019
People’s trust in society’s institutions has shifted dramatically in the past year as entities they formerly trusted to help them navigate the world have let them down; the 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer shows that, in turn, they’re giving that trust to a much more local source: their employer. The st…
January 29, 2019
Catherine Cronkrite, lead customer service representative at distributor Competitive Edge (PPAI 103776) was named Customer Service Representative of the Year by Facilisgroup at an event held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 15 in conjunction with The PPAI Expo.
January 24, 2019
The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) has released its 2019 IRF Trends Study, which highlights 10 key trends that will affect organizations, their products and services and the workforce in 2019.
January 24, 2019
4imprint Group PLC, parent of Oshkosh, Wisconsin-based distributor 4imprint (PPAI 107200), reports that its revenue for the year ending December 29, 2018 was $738.4 million, up 18 percent over the previous year. Final results will be announced on March 5.
January 24, 2019
Proforma (PPAI 196835) has announced that the Cleveland, Ohio-headquartered distributor’s Million Dollar Club has had a record-breaking year with a total of 126 franchises achieving million or multi-million dollar sales in 2018.
January 24, 2019
The Magnet Group (PPAI 338534) has named Curtis Grotting, the Washington, Missouri-based suppliers’ vice president of logistics and an 11-year veteran of the company, as the winner of its inaugural Fran Ford Award. The award is named after Francis “Fran” Ford, Jr., CAS, president of supplier Castell…
January 24, 2019
Industry professionals looking for tools, practices and valuable philosophies to build up their businesses can find them in PPAI’s® webinars. In the coming months, the webinar lineup includes a look at the Association’s governance updates, followed by best practices for managing finances in the clou…
January 24, 2019
Millennials? Old news. Generation Z? Getting stale. Savvy marketers are now paying attention to the wants and needs of kids under 10, also known as Generation Alpha, who are influencing their parents’ buying decisions.
January 24, 2019
IMAGEN Brands, parent company of suppliers Crown Products (PPAI 113430) and Vitronic (PPAI 114197), announced the 2018 winners of its annual Salespeople of the Year awards during its recent national sales meeting in Destin, Florida.
January 24, 2019
Sweda Company, LLC (PPAI 113914) donated $100,000 to the Warrior Spirit Retreat this month at The PPAI® Expo. The retreat is a place where warriors learn to heal the physical and mental wounds of military service. Since 2017, a portion of the proceeds of all sales of the City of Industry, California…
January 22, 2019
Last week, promotional products industry professionals from around the world converged in Las Vegas to experience the industry’s largest, longest-running and best-attended trade show. Although verified numbers are not yet available, the PPAI Expo 2019 attendance is expected to be among the top five …
January 22, 2019
Chocolate Inn/Taylor & Grant/Lanco (PPAI 111662), headquartered in Hicksville, New York, has announced that its screen print and embroidery decorating subsidiary Screen Printers Design has combined with Shoreline Monogramming, Inc. to form SPD / Shoreline.
January 22, 2019
A new global survey reveals that CEOs view a recession as their biggest external concern for 2019. They cited attracting and retaining talent as their top internal concern.
January 22, 2019
For decades The PPAI Expo has honed its reputation as the show for networking, education and new ideas and solutions, but the top reason many distributors come to this show is to see what’s new in promotional products. Every year thousands of new products make their debut at the PPAI Expo and this y…
January 22, 2019
Mark Twain is quoted as saying to a reporter who inquired about his health, “The report of my death was an exaggeration,” but if printed paper products could talk, they might say the same thing.
January 22, 2019
Reciprocity Road, a buying group with a philanthropic focus, has announced the fourth recipient of its BrandGood Give Back Contest. A new philanthropic initiative from Reciprocity Road, BrandGood empowers employees to support their favorite causes through quarterly donations.
January 17, 2019
After months of preparation by exhibitors, PPAI staff and the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, the PPAI Expo 2019 officially got under way on Tuesday morning and wraps up its third full day of exhibits today.
January 17, 2019
David Henderson Shaw, co-founder of distributor Shaw Print & Promotion powered by HALO Branded Solutions in Columbus, Ohio, passed away on January 13 after a long battle with cancer. He was 61.
January 17, 2019
Expo attendees gathered for a luncheon on Wednesday where PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE, provided updates and plans for the Association, afterwards opening the floor for a Q&A. The dialogue was an extension of topics discussed earlier in the week, including changes to the governance st…
January 17, 2019
Even after two full days of working the busy trade show floor at the PPAI Expo, attendees and exhibitors alike were ready to party, and Wednesday night’s Power Of Two Party sponsored by PPAI and SAGE at House of Blues was just the place. Again this year, the ticketed event drew hundreds of show goer…
January 17, 2019
All industries are ever-changing and health care is no different. Health care providers, as of late, are being faced with the challenge of marketing efficiently to Millennials. A key component of the traditional revenue structure for providers is the sustenance of patient loyalty, which is maintaine…
January 16, 2019
David Goggins, retired U.S. Navy SEAL, former U.S. Air Force Tactical Air Control Party member and author of the newly published Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind And Defy The Odds, delivered an awe-inspiring keynote presentation on Tuesday at the PPAI Expo 2019’s opening general session on resilience…
January 16, 2019
AIA Corporation announced the distributor’s second consecutive year of exceeding sales goals this week at a red-carpet celebration at Celebrity Cars of Las Vegas held in conjunction with The PPAI Expo. The Neenah, Wisconsin, company’s 2018 revenue reached $194.9 million, up 11.1 percent from 2017. A…
January 16, 2019
On Monday, more than 120 golfers from 60 industry companies hit the green at the Bali Hai Golf Club for the Glen Holt & Fran Ford Memorial Golf Tournament supporting the Promotional Products Education Fund (PPEF). The tournament raised close to $50,000 for PPEF’s college scholarship program.
January 16, 2019
Robert McLean, CPA, CAE, PPAI executive vice president, has been named 2019 chair of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research’s (CEIR) board of directors. CEIR provides research on the North American exhibitions and events industry globally which optimizes performance, increases engagement and ad…
January 16, 2019
Charles Sheppard, vice president of global sourcing and distribution at Superior Group of Companies, has been named to serve on the Cotton Board by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. The company, located in Seminole, Florida, operates in the promotional products market through its subsidiar…
January 16, 2019
PPAI presented 163 Pyramid Awards on Tuesday night to celebrate creative excellence in client programs, marketing, supplier decorating and technology. The ceremonies also spotlighted the top echelon of supplier service with 17 companies earning the coveted PPAI Supplier Star or an Award of Merit.
January 16, 2019
On Tuesday, the PPAI 2019 Expo show floor was buzzing with activity as more than 1,220 exhibiting companies showcased their latest in promotional products to attendees. With new trends and fan favorites available at every turn, PPB’s editorial team took to the show floor to interview exhibitors abou…
January 16, 2019
Exhibitors at the PPAI Expo this week can lighten their loads home and help low-income schools by donating leftover products and samples after the show closes on Thursday. The products will be collected by staff and volunteers from the Kids In Need Foundation and will be used by teachers in underpri…
January 15, 2019
Two industry legends, Gene Geiger, MAS+, of Geiger and Chuck Pecher of Skinner and Kennedy Co., were inducted into the PPAI Hall of Fame on Monday evening during the PPAI Chairman’s Leadership Dinner at the PPAI Expo in Las Vegas. The elegantly designed affair, held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Ce…
January 15, 2019
The Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) has launched a restructured participation model and fee plan designed to be more engaging and inclusive with distributors, suppliers and end-buyers. QCA is an independent, non-governmental accreditation organization in the promotional products industry dedica…
January 15, 2019
Supplier Delta Apparel, Inc. (PPAI 188431) has announced preliminary results for its 2019 fiscal first quarter that ended December 29, 2018. The Greenville, South Carolina-headquartered supplier anticipates overall net sales for the first quarter of its 2019 fiscal year to come in ahead of expectati…
January 15, 2019
Distributor HALO Branded Solutions presented its 2018 Supplier of the Year and 2018 Supplier Representative of the Year Awards during its annual Awards Gala held this week at the Las Vegas Four Seasons Hotel in conjunction with The PPAI Expo.
January 15, 2019
The PPAI Expo pre-show activities got under way this past weekend marking the unofficial start of the promotional products industry’s largest, longest-running and best-attended show. Designated as one of the top-60 largest trade shows in the U.S. by Trade Show News Network, the PPAI Expo returned to…
January 15, 2019
Expo attendees at Monday’s keynote luncheon were highly entertained by author, comedian and world-class guitarist Mike Rayburn. But the true takeaway from the event was Rayburn’s talent as an inspirational thought leader.
January 15, 2019
On Monday afternoon, education attendees were treated to two back-to-back funny, high-energy speakers at The PPAI Expo’s Power Keynotes. Connie Podesta, author and expert on the psychology of sales, leadership, change, life balance and getting your act together, and Scott Stratten, president of UnMa…
January 14, 2019
HUB Promotional Group has acquired Salt Lake City, Utah-based supplier HandStands PROMO in a deal finalized December 21. This marks HUB’s seventh acquisition over the past two years, bringing the group to eight supplier brands—HUB Pen, Beacon, Best USA, Cooler Graphics, Debco, BCG Creations, Origaud…