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August 10, 2022
Jill Begun brings an extensive background in recruiting and staffing to PPAI as the Association’s new professional development manager.
August 10, 2022
A veteran dealmaker points out misconceptions about what it means to sell a company and explains why founders in the promotional products industry should consider this outcome ahead of time.
August 10, 2022
The promotional products sector isn’t immune to unprecedented turnover. Industry companies are reassessing what they offer employees and how they can attract new talent.
August 09, 2022
Name Badges International introduces borderless badges. Plus, branded products revenue up in BAMKO parent Superior Group Of Companies’ Second Quarter Earnings Report, PromoStandards grows its board and Spector & Co. and Raining Rose announce staff and leadership updates.
August 09, 2022
The sports market has always been key for promo pros, but it goes far deeper than the competitions most popular with spectators.
August 08, 2022
With companies reacting to an uncertain economy, PPAI’s Promotional Products Work campaign and client-facing event come at an important time. The initiative was designed to demonstrate the value and possibilities of the medium.
August 08, 2022
The Senate has passed Reese’s Law, legislation that directs the CPSC to establish consumer safety standards surrounding button cell batteries. The law passed the House and now goes to President Biden for his signature.
August 08, 2022
Klondike announced the end of ice cream truck icon, the Choco Taco. While fans mourn this concoction of vanilla ice cream, fudge and peanuts, snack experts share the next best treats.
August 05, 2022
PPW Expo is around the corner. Distributors can now register and invite clients to the virtual event, designed to showcase the effectiveness and value of promotional products.
August 05, 2022
Join PPAI’s Promotional Products Work manager and distributor engagement manager for a discussion on keeping promo products top of mind for clients.
August 04, 2022
ASC Affiliate Services Announces New Affiliate Partners. Plus, Facilisgroup announces Delegate CX partnership and new distributor members, and Pop! Promos gears up for upcoming holiday season with new fulfillment kit offerings.
August 03, 2022
Top companies like Google and Meta are reportedly tightening their budgets as CEOs take a harder line amid economic doubt, leading one CEO to suggest a “swag detox.” Industry leaders react.
August 03, 2022
New data from the Incentive Federation shows a significant uptick in U.S. businesses spending on incentive programs since the last time the organization conducted its study, in 2016.
August 03, 2022
An industry CFO explains the KPIs he uses to understand the financial strength of his distributorship. Is your business in good shape according to these metrics?
August 03, 2022
As buyers become strained by rising prices, will sustainability remain a growing priority? A new report shows the ways sustainability efforts are affected by consumer spending cuts.
August 02, 2022
St Regis Group announces Revo sunglasses partnership, ASB leadership team members earn DEI certification and ShopWorks expands services through its SAGE integration.
August 02, 2022
With a branded hoodie serving as a key plot point in the Hulu mystery series, we polled industry apparel experts on the sweatshirts end users would kill to receive.
August 01, 2022
People everywhere are feeling the heat. Industry road warriors share their favorite products for staying cool in record-breaking temperatures.
August 01, 2022
Multi-line rep Vince White passed away on July 23 after a long career in the promotional products industry.
August 01, 2022
PCNA has announced a partnership bringing stainless-steel drinkware manufacturer Hydro Flask to the promotional products market. The deal further expands the extensive list of retail brands the supplier offers distributors.
August 01, 2022
The additions are intended to strengthen the technological and digital initiatives at the Illinois-headquartered distributorship, which is currently the largest in the promotional products industry.
August 01, 2022
PPAI has promoted Alan Peterson to senior vice president. Previously the Association’s vice president of business development, Peterson will be responsible for a range of the organization’s initiatives and operations in his new role.
July 28, 2022
OrderMyGear hires new CRO, California Tattoos adds to their marketing team and Gildan releases its latest ESG report.
July 28, 2022
PPAI Executive Vice President Bob McLean is stepping away from his role at the Association to pursue the next chapter in his career as a consultant. While he will continue to work with PPAI, his departure caps off a distinguished tenure with the Association.
July 27, 2022
Licensed sportswear and merchandise provider Fanatics and The University of Alabama have entered into a long-term partnership that would include a wide range of goods and services, including products featuring players’ names and likenesses and a retail store at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
July 27, 2022
Inspired by the highly anticipated 2023 Barbie movie starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, pink is the new dream color. We asked fashionable industry pros how they would style this trend for branded apparel.
July 27, 2022
The supplier, which has also partnered with World Vision Honduras for 10 years, has a manufacturing hub in Bangladesh.
July 27, 2022
The Product Responsibility Summit offers education focused on the most pressing business implications, challenges and opportunities associated with compliance. Don’t miss your chance to register with early bird pricing.
July 27, 2022
Competitive Edge and BEL Promo announce promotions and new team members.
July 26, 2022
Pickleball is easier than most games, and one promo pro says it’s more fun, too.
July 26, 2022
PPPC has announced the participants in NATCON 2022’s opening session panel discussion. The industry professionals, including a PPAI board member, will discuss how companies are working for the people, the planet and profits.
July 25, 2022
The Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) has brought on industry veteran John R. B. Cudahy, MAS, to serve as the regional association’s executive director.
July 25, 2022
SAGE announces upgrades to its mobile platform.
July 25, 2022
HanesBrands has entered into a 10-year primary apparel partnership with the University of Tennessee. Goods from promo industry suppliers Hanes and Alternative Apparel will be part of the partnership.
July 25, 2022
The PPAI Media staff has grown with the addition of Rachel Zoch as associate SEO editor. Along with contributing to the Association’s publications and PromotionalProductsWork.com, she will also focus on PPAI Media’s search engine optimization needs.
July 21, 2022
Tucker, who has been with the Association since 2014, takes a step into a “more comprehensive leadership role.”
July 20, 2022
While the engaged parties are not speaking publicly, reports coming out of the labor contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union suggest that the two sides may not be far off from an agreement.
July 20, 2022
Racial diversity in the advertising industry has always fallen short. The promotional products industry is no different. For these Black promo pros, creating a space for themselves comes naturally, but to be successful, it takes an entire industry.
July 20, 2022
The acquisition is yet another example of Arch Promo Group’s recent expansion through mid-size supplier additions in the promo industry.
July 20, 2022
The former president of Five Star Promotions spent over two decades in the promotional products industry.
July 19, 2022
Cap America announces promotions and changes to its leadership team, Proforma’s CEO takes part in University of Florida’s student entrepreneurship competition and more.
July 19, 2022
Women-owned, minority-owned and LGBTQ+-owned certifications can be powerful networking tools according to these industry veterans.
July 19, 2022
The International Trade Commission is holding hearings this week as part of its investigation into Section 232 and 301 tariffs and what impact they have on U.S. businesses and the economy. The hearings will be livestreamed for public audiences.
July 18, 2022
Vail Dunlap has acquired fellow California distributor Promoco. The two companies have a history of collaboration through their shared membership in The Peernet Group.
July 18, 2022
Klotter is joining the Austin-based distributor after having served as CEO of supplier TSC Apparel.
July 15, 2022
Plus: Fully Promoted expands its training resources, Quinn brings on new team members and The Book Company introduces a fragrance line.
July 14, 2022
Industry veteran Lindsey Davis, MAS, has joined PPAI in the newly created position of Promotional Products Work manager. In her new role, she will oversee the growth and development of the Association’s program to grow the promotional products market.
July 14, 2022
As the value of the yuan and other foreign currencies continue to drop at faster rates than the U.S. dollar, what does this mean for the promo industry’s ability ship goods from overseas?
July 14, 2022
Stran & Company has entered into an agreement to acquire Houston-area distributor Trend Brand Solutions. Along with Trend’s proprietary customer site technology, its business extends Stran’s footprint.
July 13, 2022
Congress’ August Recess is an opportunity for promotional products professionals to connect with their representatives to educate them on the industry and reinforce the importance that legislation passed in Washington, D.C. benefits it and its employees.
July 13, 2022
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that in June, inflation in the U.S. was 9.1%, the highest rate since 1981. Rising prices are putting pressure on consumers and businesses everywhere, including in the promotional products marketplace.
July 13, 2022
Dallas-based business service provider OrderMyGear has elevated CFO Leonid Rozkin to CEO, while existing CEO Dave Dutch is transitioning to executive chairman of the board. The company has also secured new financing to fuel its future growth opportunities.
July 12, 2022
Supplier NC Custom has acquired the assets of Fresh Beginnings, a supplier that had been expected to shutter this summer. The acquisition brings new product and service offering to NC Custom, including an expanded baked goods roster and fulfillment capabilities.
July 12, 2022
For Beyoncé fans, the wait is over. The megastar’s seventh studio album, act i RENAISSANCE, is coming out on July 29. Along with the surprise album, fans purchased "invisible" merch before it sold out.
July 12, 2022
(Editor’s Note: PromoWire by PPAI Media is a running digest of news releases and updates submitted from organizations around the industry. PPAI Media edits these only slightly, including for length, and will consider newsworthy entries from any member organization.) July 13, 2022 Roger Burnet, CAS, …
July 12, 2022
Labor shortages have reached the promotional products industry. PPAI Media talked to operations leaders at major suppliers about what they’re doing to attract and keep skilled workers in their factories.
July 11, 2022
PPAI’s North American Leadership Conference (NALC) returns, in-person, on August 14-16. Industry pros who register by July 15 can take advantage of special early-bird pricing on conference registration and hotel rates.
July 08, 2022
Held in Salt Lake City in June, the Breakthrough Summit 2022 event brought together HALO-affiliated distributors and industry suppliers for an “Olympic-themed trade show.”
July 08, 2022
New officers Andrew Spellman, CAS, and Denise Taschereau join Kevin Walsh, CAS, and Dawn Olds, MAS, who will take on new roles on the executive committee.
July 07, 2022
CSR programs are positive for communities and the planet while offering companies a competitive edge. Starting one for your promotional products business can be simple and straightforward.
July 07, 2022
Plus: People news from Outdoor Cap, Cap America, iPROMOTEu, AIA, and more in this roundup of industry happenings.)
July 07, 2022
On Wednesday, Brian Jolin, MAS, president of Fort Worth-based distributor Jolin Promo and long-time PPAI volunteer, passed away after a long battle with an illness.
July 07, 2022
The ambitious SB 54 passed the state senate by a measure of 29-0 and has been signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Its standards could have national implications for the promo industry.
July 06, 2022
The labor contract between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, governing more than 22,000 U.S. dock workers at 29 West Coast ports, expired Friday. While negotiations continue, the threat of port disruptions has business groups calling on the White H…
July 06, 2022
Outsourcing services provider Delegate CX has brought on Reisbaum, a veteran of several major suppliers, to serve as the company’s vice president of business development.
July 05, 2022
Pop! Promos Announces New Pop! Pronto Line. Plus, Starline Names A New Southeast Regional Manager
July 05, 2022
The latest installment of the Despicable Me series set records, mischievously, of course. Advertisers spent nearly $285 million to promote The Rise of Gru. They also teamed up with HelloFresh, the world’s leading meal kit company, to bring a little delicious mayhem to families’ kitchens.
July 01, 2022
Color Graphics is working with the police concerning separate May incidents in which its accounts with two suppliers were infiltrated.
July 01, 2022
Here are things you can do right now to not only prepare for a recession, but strengthen your outlook, accelerate profitability, and grow, come rain or shine.
July 01, 2022
Ohio-based promo pro Jennie Eberz is on the waiting list for a new liver. With doctors visits and hospital stays preventing her from working, her family and colleagues have chipped in to support her.
July 01, 2022
In 1978 Don Edwards became PPAI Board Chair. Along with the rest of the Association’s leadership, he navigated a move from Chicago to North Texas.
June 30, 2022
Plus: Proforma celebrates 6,000 ecommerce store milestone.
June 30, 2022
The Magazine’s October 2021 issue has been recognized by the AIVA 2022 Communicator Awards for its art and design.
June 30, 2022
Some 120 leading women from the promotional products industry participated in the 2022 PPAI Women’s Leadership Conference this year, reviewing it as an overwhelming success.
June 29, 2022
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) welcomes Mary Boyle as its newest commissioner. The agency’s former executive director, Boyle was confirmed to the commissioner’s seat this week by the U.S. Senate.
June 29, 2022
alphabroder | Prime Line has expanded its Sourcing Abroad division to include apparel items, saying their global sourcing model delivers customers several potential advantages
June 29, 2022
This year’s 12 honorees join the select ranks of emerging leaders identified by the magazine since the program began in 2010. Hailing from companies large and small, these young people exemplify the industry’s future.
June 28, 2022
Plus: ASB and partners support a local school and BAMKO announces a strategic development hire.
June 28, 2022
Larson competed in track and field events and represented her home state of Wisconsin as flag bearer at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games.
June 27, 2022
Association President and CEO Dale Denham, MAS+, explains how PPAI’s Promo Data Exchange (PDX) standard has been created to take industry efficiency to the next level.
June 27, 2022
Top women in promotional products are together in Charlotte, North Carolina this week, sharing their best practices for transformational leadership and lifting up the next generation of leaders.
June 27, 2022
Canada is set to ban the use of certain single-use plastic products in the country, from plastic shopping bags to drinking straws. The country’s government has laid out a schedule detailing when each phase of the ban is set to go into effect.
June 27, 2022
During the pandemic, the demand for everything exploded, even houseplants became a hot commodity. While green thumbs worry if they’re ‘plant babies’ are getting enough sunlight and water, your clients can delight end users with promo that will never soil.
June 26, 2022
The industry veteran of more than four decades explained some of the lessons that have allowed her to create such an impact, while also sharing the stage with 2021 honoree Mary Jo Tomasini.
June 24, 2022
The Maryland-based distributor will partner with Post Capital Partners while retaining their internal leadership team.
June 24, 2022
Gen Z are entering the workforce in growing numbers and are expected to account for more than one-third of it by the end of the year. Incentive and recognition programs to recruit, retain and support these employees represent real value for professionals in the promotional products industry.
June 24, 2022
Plus: Fully Promoted adds a marketing manager and Reciprocity Road member C&S Sales cleans Hawthorne, California-area beach
June 23, 2022
HanesBrands has entered into a long-term apparel partnership with the University of Southern California. Its Hanes, Champions and Alternative Apparel brands will be part of its offering to USC fans.
June 22, 2022
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published specific guidance for importers, outlining what’s needed in regards to sufficient due diligence, supply chain tracking and evidence that goods were not the product of forced labor.
June 22, 2022
The supplier’s new distribution center in West Chester Township, Ohio, expands upon the company’s Midwest operations
June 21, 2022
Sarah Weber of Sweber Marketing Group, is the founder of The R.I.S.E. Tours, a series of small, curated industry rep shows held in a variety of unique locations, mixing industry connections, ideas and entertainment.
June 21, 2022
Ed Hamner of Howling Print & Promo, a certified LGBT business, joined the DEI Task Force because he “lives” supplier diversity, equity and inclusion.
June 21, 2022
Plus: Koozie Group announces new giveback program with United Way, Gemline expands its Gourmet Expressions line and more.
June 20, 2022
The Small Business Administration is holding public forums to draw public feedback on the proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standard Act’s classifications of employees and independent contractors.
June 17, 2022
Respondents show appreciation for incentives, including tangible products, as a successful connecting tool for remote workers.
June 17, 2022
Today, more people can afford tech products, but the growing global demand is outpacing recycling capabilities. Sustainable technology is innovation considers natural resources while fostering economic and social development. These promo pros are already paving the way.
June 17, 2022
Plus: PowerStick supports planting of 10,000 trees in North America and Maple Ridge Farms makes a sizable Habitat for Humanity donation.
June 16, 2022
The distributor has announced the completed acquisition of the consumer insight and merchandise innovations agency.
June 16, 2022
President Biden signed the Ocean Shipping Reform Act into law Thursday, following its passage earlier in the House. The legislation implements several reforms to address long-standing issues in the maritime shipping industry.
June 16, 2022
The Promotional Products Education Foundation has awarded $299,000 in college scholarships to 162 recipients for the 2022-2023 academic year.