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July 19, 2018
As first reported Wednesday in a PPB Newslink Breaking News alert, Ira Neaman, founder and president of Avenel, New Jersey, supplier Vantage Apparel (PPAI 113235), has joined the PPAI Board of Directors, effective immediately. Neaman will fill the seat vacated by Lori Kates, who has stepped down. He was appointed by PPAI Board Chair Dale Denham, MAS+, and approved by the board to fill the remainder of Kates’s term, which ends at The PPAI Expo 2022. “I am pleased to welcome Ira to the PPAI board....
July 19, 2018
Chocolate Inn / Taylor & Grant (PPAI 111662) and Lanco (PPAI 111662) has acquired Screen Printers Design, Inc. (SPD), a Farmingdale, New York-based company that has been in the local souvenir, specialty screen and embroidery printing businesses for more than 40 years. Lance Stier, a principal of NC Chocolate, the parent company of Chocolate Inn / Taylor & Grant and Lanco says, “This marks our first add-on to our Lanco acquisition and the continued expansion of our screen printing and emb...
July 19, 2018
Midlothian, Texas-based supplier Ennis, Inc. has acquired Wright Business Graphics, a printing company headquartered in Portland, Oregon. The stock-merger transaction is expected to close on or before September 30. Wright Business Graphics was founded by majority stockholder Jim Wright in 1970. Today it has seven locations in Oregon, Washington and California. The business produces forms, pressure seal, packaging, direct mail, checks, statement processing and commercial printing. Wright had appr...
July 19, 2018
On August 30, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) will begin enforcing new warning requirements for California Prop 65. These changes apply to all products that are made after that date and contain any of the 900-plus chemicals that are on the OEHHA list as being known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. The State of California requires businesses to provide a “clear and reasonable warning” before knowingly or intentionally exposing Cali...
July 19, 2018
Michele Jennrich, MAS, supplier representative of Michigan-based Howard Miller Co., has been selected as recipient of the 2019 PPAI Distinguished Service Award. Jennrich will be honored during the Chairman’s Leadership Dinner at The PPAI Expo in Las Vegas, January 13-17, 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. “Michele is a change-maker whose dedication and leadership set an example for all of us,” says Paul Bellantone, CAE, PPAI president and CEO. “For her commitment and service to this gre...
July 19, 2018
The consumption of online video continues to grow. In its Online Video Forecasts 2018 report, Zenith reports that globally, consumers will spend an average of 67 minutes a day watching online video this year, up from 56 minutes in 2017, and the average person is expected to spend 84 minutes a day watching online videos by 2020. The study’s findings make it clear that marketers who want to reach their audiences where they live need to augment any other kind of media they are using with video. The...
July 19, 2018
Members of the Gold Coast Promotional Products Association (GCPPA) gave back to their community last weekend by volunteering their time at Feeding South Florida. The GCPPA team helped sort and relocate 5,325 pounds of food at Feeding South Florida, creating 4,438 meals for families in need. Feeding South Florida is the sole Feeding America food bank serving Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, and it is the largest and most efficient food bank in each of the counties it serves, w...
July 17, 2018
Committees in both chambers of Congress are holding hearings this week related to the ongoing tariff actions. In the Senate, the Finance Committee is holding a hearing, Trade and Commerce at U.S. Ports of Entry, at 2:30 pm EDT Wednesday, and in the House of Representatives, the Ways and Means Committee is holding its hearing, The Effects of Tariffs on U.S. Agriculture and Rural Communities, at 2 pm Wednesday. Last week, the Senate passed a nonbinding resolution that would mandate congressional a...
July 17, 2018
Supplier Boxercraft (PPAI 159420) has partnered with athletic apparel brand Russell Athletic to serve as the exclusive decoration, marketing and sales partner for its collegiate licensed business. “Over the past year Russell Athletic has been reorienting our strategy to provide additional focus on our branded retail business,” says Matt Murphy, Russell Athletic vice president. “This more consumer-focused strategy will cross multiple retail segments, engaging a new, younger generation of Russell ...
July 17, 2018
Mary Anne Kennedy, owner and president of Urbandale, Iowa, distributor Primary Source (PPAI 108436) was one of six small-business owners to meet with state and federal officials and legislators on how federal tax cuts have affected their businesses. The roundtable discussion was led by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and included U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, and Linda McMahon, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Speaking to Cedar Valley Business Monthly, which report...
July 17, 2018
William S. Epstein, former executive vice president at Pilgrim Plastic Products Company and past president of the PPAI Board of Directors, passed away Friday. He was 87. Epstein joined the promotional products industry as an intern at supplier Pilgrim Plastic Products through Northeastern University’s co-op program. After graduation, he went to work for Pilgrim full time and spent 45 years with the company before retiring in 1998. He was a founder of WRAPP-V (Worldwide, Roburn, Artmold, Pilgrim,...
July 17, 2018
PPAI Board Chair Dale Denham, MAS+, has been on the road for the past several days. Last week he attended a Specialty Advertising Association of California (SAAC) listening session in Los Angeles, joining several SAAC members who shared their insights on how the regional association can provide more value to members. Subjects explored at the session ranged from the SAAC show to local events. In alignment with the PPAI strategic plan, the group (pictured above) also spent considerable time talkin...
July 17, 2018
The ubiquity of mobile devices and communication has upended global media consumption—24 percent of all media consumption across the world will be mobile this year, up from just five percent in 2011, according to Zenith Media. Zenith Media, part of advertising and public relations firm Publicis Groupe, projects that the rise of mobile will force brands to transform the way they plan their communications across media, focusing less on channels and more on consumer mindset as the distinctions betw...
July 12, 2018
PPAI has selected Gene Geiger, MAS+, co-owner and CEO of Lewiston, Maine, distributor Geiger, and Charles “Chuck” Pecher, president of St. Louis, Missouri-based supplier Skinner & Kennedy, as its 2019 Hall of Fame inductees. The induction ceremony will take place during the Chairman’s Leadership Dinner at The PPAI Expo in Las Vegas, January 13-17, 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. The promotional products industry has grown and prospered because of the creative spark and dedication...
July 12, 2018
On Tuesday, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced an additional $200 billion in Chinese products will be subject to 10 percent tariffs pursuant to the Section 301 investigation of China’s trade practices. This latest escalation came after China implemented its retaliation for the $34 billion in U.S. tariffs that went into effect July 6. The latest list of tariffs affects a wider range of products than the previous lists. The new list names items such as luggage, handbags, shamp...
July 12, 2018
The Branding Agency Powered by Proforma (PPAI 631128), a distributor based in Richmond, Virginia, has acquired Spyglass Promotions (PPAI 602731) in Raleigh, North Carolina. Phillip Simson, senior sales director and owner of Spyglass Promotions, says he joined The Branding Agency Powered by Proforma to gain access to expanded product and service resources including ecommerce capabilities, print management programs, digital marketing solutions, in-house fulfillment, embroidery and more. “My custom...
July 12, 2018
Marketers have increased their expenditures on sponsorships significantly over the past several years, but progress on understanding its business impact hasn’t kept up. A report from the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and the Marketing Accountability Standards Board (MASB) finds that while total North American sponsorship spending has risen 41 percent since 2010 to $24.2 billion, only 37 percent of marketers have a standardized process for measuring the returns on their investments. “...
July 12, 2018
Earlier this week, PPAI Director of Marketing Keith Vincent and PPAI Videographer Joel Zoch traveled to Denver, Colorado, to present a workshop on video production and why it is important to industry professionals’ businesses. The workshop was hosted by the Rocky Mountain Region Promotional Products Association (RMRPPA) and held at the West Metro Fire Rescue Training and Event Center in Lakewood. The presentation highlighted why companies should consider video as a key part of their marketing mi...
July 12, 2018
In this digital age, analog continues to hold a place in consumers’ and marketers’ hearts. Rather than being entirely supplanted by digital alternatives, more traditional media like film photography, board games, print magazines and vinyl records have held on to consumers’ tastes, and marketers are responding in innovative ways. Retailer Best Buy pulled CDs from its stores on July 1—sales of compact discs fell 20 percent last year—but will continue to stock vinyl records, which have experienced ...
July 10, 2018
Reflecting a growing trend in municipalities and businesses, Starbucks announced on Monday that it would phase out single-use plastic straws at its stores globally by 2020. The company distributes more than one billion plastic straws each year. The push to phase out plastic straws is growing and reached mainstream attention a few years back when a video went viral of a sea turtle with a straw lodged in its nose—plastic straws never fully decompose and can be harmful or even fatal to wildlife if ...
July 10, 2018
The Conference Board’s Employment Trends Index improved in June after declining in May. It now stands at 108.94, up from 107.72 in May, and represents a 5.2 percent increase from the same month in 2017. The Conference Board’s June figures coincide with the federal government’s announcement that the U.S. labor market added 213,000 jobs in the month. “As expected, after decreasing in May, the Employment Trends Index continued its solid path upwards in June, with positive contributions from all of ...
July 10, 2018
Randa Accessories, which specializes in men’s accessories, has appealed to Perry Ellis International’s (PPAI 255232) shareholders in its bid to acquire the Doral, Florida-headquartered supplier. Randa announced on July 2 that it had made a non-binding proposal to acquire 100 percent of the outstanding common shares of supplier Perry Ellis International, and highlighted to shareholders its offer’s benefits following pushback from the Perry Ellis board. Randa’s offer followed the announcement of a...
July 10, 2018
Premier Catalog Group, an alliance of suppliers and distributors, has added Fort Wayne, Indiana, distributor JH Specialty (PPAI 358272) to its network, effective July 1. Founded in 1998, JH Specialty offers both digital and traditional marketing services including website design and development, communications, e-commerce, print, promotional products, decorated apparel and more. Founded by John Henry III, the company now employs 27 people at JH Specialty and its online site, yourpromopeople.com,...
July 10, 2018
Midnite Snax (PPAI 113793), headquartered in Bethpage, New York, has opened a new facility. The 35,000-square foot state-of-the-art manufacturing plant gives the supplier a combined 120,000 square feet of manufacturing, warehousing and office space. “This is a very exciting time for us at Midnite Snax,” says David Katz, executive vice president and partner. “The new facility gives us tremendous opportunities to increase fulfillment and manufacturing as well as to efficiently launch Casabella Cho...
July 10, 2018
The Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), the promotional product industry’s only independent, non-profit accrediting organization dedicated to validating industry manufacturing and sourcing processes, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month. QCA began in 2008 as a group of 14 companies in search of a comprehensive industry standard for compliance. “QCA has added immeasurable value to our industry over the last ten years and remains a shining example of what’s possible through collaborati...
July 10, 2018
Cause marketing is becoming an important part of many brand’s public identities and toolkits for reaching consumers, and research points to it becoming especially important for companies seeking to reach the teen market. A study by brand engagement firm Fuse finds that 67 percent of teens say that they are more likely to purchase from a company that supports a cause versus one that does not. In Fuse’s survey of 2,000 U.S. teens between the ages of 14 and 17, 68 percent said companies have an obl...
July 05, 2018
Supplier Illini/Altco (PPAI 111235) has moved its headquarters to a newly built facility in Vernon Hills, Illinois. At 120,000 square feet, the building houses all office, production and warehouse employees. The company’s relocation to its new home at 1000 Woodlands Parkway allows it to increase its pad-printing output, expand its digital printing technologies, add additional laser engraving decoration methods and increase office space to accommodate growth throughout the organization. “We’re ex...
July 05, 2018
DTG2Go, LLC, the digital print subsidiary and provider of on-demand, direct-to-garment printed apparel of Duluth, Georgia-headquartered supplier Delta Apparel (PPAI 188431), has opened its fourth manufacturing and fulfillment location. The new facility is located on the Fayetteville, North Carolina, campus of Delta Apparel subsidiary Soffe and extends DTG2Go’s reach and service levels in the northeastern United States. “We continue to be excited about the digital print and fulfillment model, and...
July 05, 2018
HALO Branded Solutions (PPAI 106462) has announced its inaugural Trade Show Booth Makeover contest. The Sterling, Illinois-headquartered distributor will award a trade show makeover to three businesses and organizations looking to increase their ROI at trade shows and industry events. The competition is open to businesses and organizations that feel their branding and promotion could be improved by a trade show booth makeover. Any organization that wants to enter the competition must submit no m...
July 05, 2018
While modern life is increasingly digital, consumers are still interested in more traditional, physical interactions with businesses. Amazon, which has already moved into the retail space with its brick-and-mortar stores and purchase of Whole Foods, will reportedly take another non-digital step and publish a printed toy catalog for the holiday season. Amazon’s catalog joins annual toy catalogs published by Walmart and Target, and fills a gap left by the recently defunct Toys “R” Us. Since 2007, ...
July 03, 2018
PPAI has updated its professional certification program to better engage and support industry professionals in the pursuit of continuous improvement and education. The changes to the program are designed with a focus on learning and testing on specific content, and on the pursuit of electives that best suit professionals’ specific learning needs. PPAI’s updated Trained Advertising Specialist (TAS) and Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) programs are available now, and the updated Master Adver...
July 03, 2018
Audax Private Equity, in partnership with management, has completed the sale of distributor HALO Branded Solutions (PPAI 106462) to HALO Management and TPG Growth, LLC, the middle market and growth equity platform of global alternative asset firm TPG. “The HALO team transformed the business from a leader in promotional products distribution into a provider of comprehensive branded solutions across promotional products and employee recognition by adding new products and solutions, expanding the g...
July 03, 2018
Delta Apparel, Inc. (PPAI 188431) has launched Salt Life Lager in Florida stores. Republic National Distributing Company is now marketing and selling Salt Life Lager in the Jacksonville, Tampa and Miami markets, with plans to distribute statewide in the coming months. “Salt Life Lager is the perfect accompaniment to the Salt Life lifestyle,” says Jeff Stillwell, president of Delta Apparel subsidiary Salt Life. “We are not just an apparel brand. Salt Life embodies the lifestyle of people who love...
July 03, 2018
Supplier Transfer Express (PPAI 690341), a subsidiary of Stahls’ (PPAI 189660) headquartered in Mentor, Ohio, has opened a second production facility in Chandler, Arizona. The new location will enable the company to provide faster service and reduced shipping costs to customers in western states and allow one-day shipping to Los Angeles, California. Customers in the East and Midwest will continue to be served by the Ohio location. Screen-printed transfers and Express names and numbers will ship ...
July 03, 2018
PPAI webinars in the coming months will deliver the tools, practices and philosophies industry professionals can use to build their businesses. The Association’s webinars deliver guidance on handling recalls, industry internships and more. The webinar roster features a wide range of ideas, updates and other topics important to promotional products industry practitioners. All sessions, except for certain event recordings, are free to PPAI members and include MAS/CAS credits. Upcoming webinars inc...
July 03, 2018
Millennials, despite their youth, can be motivated by nostalgia as much as older generations. It’s a trait the theme park industry is benefiting from, as research from Morning Consult has found. Millennial parents (78 percent) and non-parents (75 percent) are more likely than all parents (59 percent) to be interested in visiting a theme park in the next year. Morning Consult noted in its study that Millennial tastes are behind much of the growth in the theme park industry. It points to recent hi...
June 28, 2018
The 14th annual PPAI Women’s Leadership Conference wrapped up Wednesday evening at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Hollywood, California. The industry’s leading women’s conference brought together a cross-section of the promotional products industry with professionals at every level from suppliers, distributors and business services companies. This year’s WLC drew 155 attendees and, for 63 of them, it was a first-time experience. For Brienne McAndrews, brand strategy manager at Madison Heights, Mic...
June 28, 2018
Consumer confidence slipped in June, following an uptick in the previous month. The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index for June stands at 126.4, down from 128.8 in May. Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at The Conference Board says, “Consumers’ assessment of present-day conditions was relatively unchanged, suggesting that the level of economic growth remains strong. While expectations remain high by historical standards, the modest curtailment in optimism suggests that consu...
June 28, 2018
Staples, Inc. has acquired HiTouch Business Services, one of the largest independent office products dealers in the U.S. Staples, Inc. participates in the promotional products industry as distributor Staples Promotional Products (PPAI 108945). Terms of the deal were not disclosed. HiTouch will now be part of the Staples Business Advantage delivery organization. Its marketplace website will continue to serve as an independent platform run by the HiTouch management team, and it will help Staples’ ...
June 28, 2018
Ennis, Inc. has reported financial results for the first quarter ending May 31. The Midlothian, Texas, supplier of business forms, labels, tags and more indicates quarterly revenues of $93.4 million. This is down 1.3 percent from first quarter 2017, but up 7.3 percent or $6.3 million from the preceding quarter. Also, the gross profit margin for first quarter 2018 of $30.2 million, or 32.3 percent, is up from the $30 million or 31.7 percent in the comparative quarter. “We are pleased with our fir...
June 28, 2018
Last week, representatives from suppliers Imagen Brands and S&S Activewear visited distributor American Solutions for Business’s headquarters in Glenwood, Minnesota, to host a fundraiser benefitting the Pope County Humane Society. Over 150 employees attended the event, raising hundreds of dollars and donating items for the organization, which will go toward caring for and finding homes for local shelter animals. Rory Campbell, national account manager at Imagen Brands, and Megan Zezzo, natio...
June 28, 2018
On Monday in Los Angeles, prior to the opening of the PPAI Women’s Leadership Conference, PPAI Diversity and Learning Engagement Manager Julie Kwan conducted a roundtable discussion on diversity and inclusion in the industry with members of the Specialty Advertising Association of California and WLC attendees. Participants included Debbie Abergel, chief strategy officer, Jack Nadel International; Brittany David, CAS, VP of sales, SnugZ USA; Lori Bolton, VP of sales and marketing, Clegg Promo; Do...
June 28, 2018
The biggest challenge facing business leaders today is their ability to navigate their organizations through a complex and quickly changing landscape, says an article by futurists Rohit Talwar, Steve Wells, Alexandra Whittington and Helena Calle in the latest issue of The Futurist Leader. Leaders in this age must learn to develop a “futurist mindset.” This means being able to continually scan the horizon, spot and react to the opportunities and risks, and adjust your company’s current activity i...
June 28, 2018
Distributor 4imprint, Inc. (PPAI 107200), has been named one of the 2018 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials in the U.S. by Great Place to Work® Institute and Fortune. This is the Oshkosh, Wisconsin-based company’s second time to be named to the list. “This is a true honor, shared by our whole team,” says Kevin Lyons-Tarr, CEO, 4imprint. “It’s incredible how much fun a team can have, surrounded by others willing to lend a hand and do what’s needed to take care of our customers.” The list is comp...
June 26, 2018
PPAI has selected its 2019 Board of Directors officers. They are: Brittany David, CAS, chair; Sharon Willochell, CAS, chair-elect; and Todd Pottebaum, MAS+, vice chair, financial services. Current PPAI chair Dale Denham, MAS+, will take on the role of immediate past chair when the new board officers begin their one-year terms immediately following The PPAI Expo 2019. PPAI board officers are selected by the PPAI Board Officer Nominating Committee and voted on by the PPAI board. Mary Jo Tomasini, ...
June 26, 2018
The Promotional Products Education Foundation (PPEF), the industry’s nonprofit founded to recognize and encourage scholastic excellence and academic performance among promotional products industry employees and their college-aged children, has named its scholarship recipients for the 2018-2019 academic year. “The PPEF Board is grateful to the generous donors who have made it possible to increase the scholarship awards to $200,000 this year,” says Wayne Greenberg, MAS, chairman of the PPEF Board ...
June 26, 2018
Supplier Beacon Promotions (PPAI 113702) has been recognized by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), a trade association that supports the digital and screen printing community, for its sustainable business practices in 2017. The SGIA bestows its recognition on businesses that have completed several projects that improve safety and health, reduce environmental impact or improve business efficiency in their workplaces. New Ulm, Minnesota-headquartered Beacon Promotions’ projects refl...
June 26, 2018
Set amidst the glamour of Tinseltown, this year’s PPAI Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC) is taking place this week in Hollywood, California. The annual event, now in its 14th year, drew 155 attendees, including 63 first-timers, to the Loews Hollywood Hotel for the promotional products industry’s leading women’s conference. WLC has historically drawn a cross section of the industry with professionals at every level from suppliers, distributors and business services companies, and this year’s co...
June 26, 2018
On Monday night, PPAI presented its Woman of Achievement Award to Marsha Londe, owner and CEO of Tango Partners, and Mary Ellen Sokalski, MAS, CEO of creative marketing agency The Scarlett Marketer. The presentations were the highlight of the PPAI Women’s Leadership Conference welcome dinner in Hollywood, California. First presented in 2009, the prestigious award recognizes those who lead the way in the advancement of women in the industry, exhibit outstanding leadership and make significant con...
June 26, 2018
Community service has always been an integral part of PPAI’s Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC), and this year’s service project continued that effort. On Monday morning, attendees volunteered at Alexandria House in Los Angeles and the Downtown LA Women’s Shelter. Founded in 1996, Alexandria House serves more than 200 current residents and past residents living in permanent supportive housing at the 16-unit Alexandria House Apartments. It provides a warm and loving environment for families to r...
June 26, 2018
Over the coming months, PPAI’s webinars will deliver to audiences the tools, practices and philosophies industry professionals can use to build their businesses. The Association’s webinars deliver guidance on handling recalls, implementing an internship program and more. The webinar roster features a wide range of ideas, updates and other topics important to promotional products industry practitioners. All sessions, except otherwise indicated, are free to PPAI members and include MAS/CAS credits...
June 26, 2018
Marketers have a growing appreciation for location data—data indicating the geographical location of the user. A survey by 451 Research, an information technology research and advisory company, found that 82 percent of marketers plan to increase their use of location data over the next two years. The research, conducted in April among 150 North American marketers in large companies primarily within four vertical markets—automotive, retail, quick-service restaurants and banking—found that 73 perc...
June 26, 2018
The Gold Coast Promotional Products Association (GCPPA) has selected Farrar Management to oversee the day-to-day operations and events for the regional association. Owned by Mark Farrar and Rocky Moreno, Farrar Management has 19 years of industry experience with the Promotional Products Association of the Mid-South (PPAMS) and six years with the Sunbelt Promotional Products Association (SPPA). “The GCPPA board is excited to work with Farrar Management and is confident that their industry experie...
June 21, 2018
In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that states could choose to collect sales tax from out-of-state online retailers. The ruling overturns a 1992 court ruling that prohibited states from collecting taxes from businesses without a physical presence in the state. In 2017, ecommerce was responsible for 13 percent of total retail sales and 49 percent of retail sales growth. The case upheld a law in South Dakota that requires certain online retailers, even those outside the state, t...
June 21, 2018
An Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) survey of incentive program end users found they are strong believers in the merits of non-cash rewards, and that the sentiment is broadly shared among their executive teams. Voice of the Market, Part 1: The Use of Non-Cash Rewards & Recognition surveyed 50 end users who spent anywhere from $25,000 to millions of dollars annually on programs that included one or more of the following types of rewards: travel, award points, merchandise, gift cards and br...
June 21, 2018
The global advertising market is expected to add $24 billion in new spending this year, reports media investment firm GroupM, the largest annual increase since the bounce back from the global recession in 2010, when advertising investment grew by $26 billion. GroupM estimates total advertising spending will grow by 4.5 percent this year and by 3.9 percent in 2019. GroupM also reported that 2017 investment grew by 3.5 percent, higher than the 3.1 percent it had predicted. GroupM’s study highlight...
June 21, 2018
As part of the Association’s PPAI Gives Back community service program, staff members dedicated time and effort this month to Irving Cares, a food pantry serving residents of PPAI’s home base, Irving, Texas. 18 PPAI staff members spent their afternoons at Irving Cares assisting the organization, stocking shelves and unloading donations from vans and trucks; helping with office tasks; picking up donations; assisting food pantry clients, and more. Volunteers received a match of three volunteer hou...
June 21, 2018
A survey by BizBuySell of small business owners and buyers paints a snapshot of their demographics and motivations. BizBuySell, an online business-for-sale marketplace, surveyed 2,300 small-business owners and buyers for its study. The survey found that most small-business owners (54 percent) have previous business ownership experience, and most (68 percent) do not plan on selling their businesses in the next two years. Just under half (45 percent) of business buyers have previously owned a busi...
June 19, 2018
President Trump announced on Friday that the U.S. would apply tariffs of 25 percent on $50 billion worth of products imported from China. The tariffs announced consist of two lists: the first, worth about $34 billion, goes into effect on July 6. The second list is going through a regulatory process, including a public comment period and hearing, and does not yet have an implementation date. The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) notes that the tariffs generally focus on products from industrial se...
June 19, 2018
Global advertising spending is forecast to grow 6.4 percent in 2018 to $551 billion, according to MAGNA Global. It is the strongest growth rate the media forecast and strategy agency has registered since 2010. MAGNA primarily attributes the 2018 increase over last year’s growth rate (4.5 percent) to cyclical events like the U.S. mid-term elections, the FIFA World Cup and the Winter Olympics. “Global advertising spending is going to expand by the strongest growth rate since 2010 this year, as sev...
June 19, 2018
Bankers Advertising Company (PPAI 101972) has established the Willis M. Bywater Creativity Award and presented the inaugural honor to the award’s namesake, Bill Bywater (above right). President David Bywater, MAS, announced the news at the Iowa City, Iowa-based distributor’s national sales meeting in Galena, Illinois. Long an advocate for the industry’s creativity, Bill Bywater has served the company and the industry for nearly 60 years. He is a former PPAI board member and a PPAI Lifetime Membe...
June 19, 2018
Supplier World Emblem’s (PPAI 287527) manufacturing facility in Mexico has passed the Sumerra social compliance audit with a perfect score. Sumerra is an international audit company that ensures safe working conditions, workers’ rights and environmental stewardship by focusing on the needs of brands, factories and licensees striving to improve working conditions around the globe. The audit consists of a detailed tour of the facility, an in-depth review of working hours for 15 sampled workers and...
June 19, 2018
Over the coming months, PPAI’s webinars will deliver to audiences the tools, practices and philosophies industry professionals can use to build up their business. The Association’s webinars deliver in-depth guidance on handing recalls, internships and more. The webinar roster features a wide range of ideas, updates and other topics important to promotional products industry practitioners. All sessions, except for certain event recordings, are free to PPAI members and include MAS/CAS credits. Upc...
June 19, 2018
Facebook may be the first platform to come to mind when social media is brought up, but among U.S. teens ages 13 to 17, it trails YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat by a wide margin. A Pew Research Center survey found that 51 percent of teens say they use Facebook, while 85 percent say they use YouTube, 72 percent say they use Instagram and 69 percent say they use Snapchat. The 2018 survey, conducted March 7 to April 10, highlights a sizable shift in teens’ social media habits. In the last survey t...
June 19, 2018
Proforma (PPAI 196835) has received three 2018 American Inhouse Design Awards from Graphic Design USA for the concepts and designs behind the Cleveland, Ohio-headquartered distributor’s marketing campaigns. Recognition includes two Inhouse Design Awards and one Inhouse Web Design Award. Proforma helps its owners market their businesses through a wide variety of marketing resources, from multidimensional direct mail campaigns to digital publications and emails. “I’m proud of our marketing team an...
June 14, 2018
In a deal that was finalized Wednesday, supplier HUB Promotional Group has added Concord, Ontario-based supplier Debco Bag Distributors, Ltd. (PPAI 317015) to its portfolio of companies. The announcement was first made earlier today in a PPB Newslink Breaking News.  Debco adds a Canadian decorating and distribution arm, a new product line in tote bags, and an expanded line of highly competitive drinkware offerings to HUB’s growing portfolio of products and services.  Joe Fleming, CEO of HUB Prom...
June 14, 2018
PPAI leaders contributed their industry expertise on why blank t-shirts are big business to a Business Of Fashion (BoF) article released this week. BoF is a London-based global resource for fashion creatives, executives and entrepreneurs in over 200 countries. The article by Lauren Sherman, exclusively for BoF professionals, explores the thriving opportunity of purchasing and imprinting blank apparel for fashion brands, bands and concert organizers. The article cited the annual revenue of the pr...
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