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November 23, 2022
Doug LaViolette, president of The LaViolette Group, is combining his promo marketing expertise with his passion for philanthropy, collecting famous watches from around the globe to help fund college scholarships.
November 21, 2022
A tentative agreement between railway worker unions and the railroads is in jeopardy, as a fourth union rejects the deal. All 12 of the affected unions have to ratify the contract or a strike in early December becomes a very real possibility.
November 21, 2022
Deepen the impact of a promo campaign with items that do double duty to promote a brand as well as an important cause, such as environmental conservation, cancer research or other charitable donations.
November 21, 2022
The most wonderful time of the year is also the most stressful time of the year. Cooking a delicious holiday meal that everyone will enjoy is not for the faint at heart. Here’s how promo helps set the table.
November 21, 2022
In a day full of educational opportunities, sessions on DEI and CSR will take a front seat as the industry faces a crucial moment to change practices and make a difference.
November 17, 2022
Plus: Starline expands its sales and marketing teams; Zing hires a new ecommerce business development manager; and Executive Apparel is acquired by Fabian Couture Group.
November 16, 2022
Davis, a veteran of the industry, will continue to manage and oversee PPAI’s Promotional Products Work Expo.
November 16, 2022
With Democrats hanging onto the Senate and Republicans taking a narrow lead in the House following the 2022 mid-term elections, observers suggest this could open the door to meaningful new trade deals in the years ahead.
November 16, 2022
Distributor Cintas has brought all of its ESG goals and programs under a central brand to grow awareness and cohesion.
November 16, 2022
PPAI continues its mission of putting digital transformation at the forefront of the promo industry. Learn more about the innovation-focused educational sessions at The PPAI Expo Conference.
November 16, 2022
Go beyond tees and hoodies with brandable accessories that can add a finishing touch – and your client’s logo – to any outfit.
November 15, 2022
Plus: Reciprocity Roads donates to an important cause, and Delta Apparel hires a new VP of finance in its Delta Group division.
November 14, 2022
OrderMyGear has announced that it has acquired BrightStores, joining together two companies that work in team sporting goods online stores and promotional products.
November 14, 2022
Brikl employees teamed up with Lisa Hubbard of The Vernon Company to design an effective demo at PromoStandards’ Technology Summit.
November 14, 2022
Some reports say inflation will continue through this year but soften in 2023. What would that mean for promo, and what other economic factors need to be considered?
November 14, 2022
McDonald’s has collaborated with exclusive streetwear brand Cactus Plant Flea Market to promote its new “adult Happy Meals.” Much like Balenciaga’s Lay’s-inspired handbags, food and fashion is creating coveted promo.
November 10, 2022
Plus: Exclusive Meeting Events hires a new director of sales, and AIA hosts regional meetings to drive collaboration.
November 10, 2022
PPAI joined a roundtable discussion on the federal government’s proposed changes to independent contractor rules. The Association highlighted its damaging effects on tens of thousands of the industry’s self-employed entrepreneurs.
November 10, 2022
A business management platform for suppliers and distributors, Essent suffered an encryption-based ransomware attack that has effectively taken it offline. What must companies do to avoid increasing attacks?
November 09, 2022
The PPAI Expo 2023 opens January 9 in Las Vegas. Promo pros can expect everything they’ve loved about the industry’s largest and longest-running trade show, plus more.
November 09, 2022
Christina Sanders and Kathlene Brethowr have been promoted to new roles serving PPAI members.
November 08, 2022
(Editor’s Note: PromoWire by PPAI Media is a running digest of news releases and updates submitted from organizations around the promotional products industry. PPAI Media edits these only slightly, including for length, and will consider newsworthy entries from any member organization.) November 9, …
November 08, 2022
Salute those who served with by doing business with veteran-owned companies and choosing purposeful products that support veterans’ organizations.
November 08, 2022
Along with PPAI suppliers featured on the year’s most anticipated wish list, industry companies can offer great alternatives we think the queen of talk would also love.
November 07, 2022
A final agreement in the labor discussions between West Coast dockworkers and port operators appears farther off than earlier thought, as local disputes cloud the situation and distract focus.
November 03, 2022
(Editor’s Note: PromoWire by PPAI Media is a running digest of news releases and updates from around the promotional products industry. PPAI Media will consider newsworthy entries from any member organization.) November 7, 2022 commonsku Opens Registration For skucon Virtual Promising an event expe…
November 03, 2022
A Chicago-based distributor has begun an initiative to pick up any unused promo from clients to avoid “brandfill.” Could it emerge as a new industry-wide policy? If so, how?
November 03, 2022
Making Oprah Winfrey’s coveted annual holiday gift guide is not only something to brag about, it’s also a surefire way to boost sales. One supplier has already seen what’s known as “the Oprah Effect.”
November 02, 2022
A former NASA engineer who studies imposter syndrome, Maureen Zappala gives a taste of her upcoming presentation at The PPAI Expo Conference and explains how the condition might seep into promo.
November 02, 2022
The PPAI Expo Conference keynote speaker shares a preview of his Las Vegas presentation on how addressing diversity, inclusion and bias within an organization can spur business success.
November 01, 2022
ASB donates goods and funds to victim support charity. Plus: Proforma holds annual Halloween event and NC Custom expands gourmet cookie gift line.
November 01, 2022
In observance of World Vegan Month, we take a look at vegan wearables with the help of two distributors who specialize in eco-friendly promo products.
October 31, 2022
The veteran journalist will work with the Association’s team of writers and editors to produce and strategize content that adds value to PPAI members.
October 31, 2022
PPAI has lent its voice to a call for the White House to continue efforts to bring the railroads and railroad workers unions together on a labor agreement.
October 31, 2022
Find out which supplier and decorator companies received the highest ratings within SAGE as rated by industry distributors.
October 31, 2022
Redwood Classics Apparel recognized for technological innovations. Plus, Edwards names VP of Sales, Crestline names new director of marketing and The Magnet Group hires regional sales manager.
October 26, 2022
The PPEF Executive Committee visited PPAI headquarters this week for its annual planning meeting. Committee members and PPAI staff discussed plans for the Foundation in the year ahead.
October 26, 2022
After two years of uncertainty, excitement is high for The PPAI Expo 2023. The industry’s biggest trade show is returning with strength in numbers.
October 26, 2022
Check out the latest styles and learn what industry pros see trending in promo outerwear now and for the coming year.
October 26, 2022
Multi-line reps offer product expertise that can help distributors deliver superior client results. Here are three ways to make them work for you.
October 25, 2022
Geiger acquires UK-based Brandam, Proforma renews family cooking show for second season and AIA expands its business development team.
October 24, 2022
From Get Out to Hereditary, new subgenres are transforming how we watch horror movies and recruiting new, unlikely fans. Can you escape a crazed slasher? With promo, possibly.
October 24, 2022
Come gather around the campfire and hear all-too-real horror tales from human resource departments across the country (so you can avoid the same mistakes).
October 24, 2022
Houston-based supplier Hirsch Gift, citing its growth and corporate vision, has rebranded as Hirsch. The name change comes with a new logo and website as well.
October 21, 2022
The supplier has promoted Frank Myers, the company’s president, to CEO, effective November 1. Myers first joined the company in 2009 and has held several roles as part of its leadership team.
October 21, 2022
Promotional Source brings on a new vice president of marketing and sales, and SAAGNY recognizes one of Orbus Exhibit & Display Group’s own.
October 20, 2022
The state will require manufacturers to find alternatives to PFAS substances in food packaging, beginning January 1.
October 20, 2022
Our industry's small firms face many of the challenges as small companies in other industries. Read how to avoid them and consider workarounds that can lead to positive returns.
October 19, 2022
After a successful PPW Expo in September, the virtual event will return in time for the holidays to serve anyone who missed it and distributors who want to invite more clients.
October 19, 2022
Fitting of the company’s growth and evolution, the “refresh” includes a redesigned logo, relaunched website and new brand collateral.
October 19, 2022
The Department of Labor has proposed changes that would make it more difficult for promotional products professionals operating as independent contractors to maintain their status.
October 19, 2022
Not just for workouts anymore, the casual comfort and versatility of modern activewear can take your clients’ brands from the gym to the office and more.
October 19, 2022
Over 1,000 industry pros experienced the biggest, baddest promo party of all time in 2022. Here’s what to expect for an encore you want to miss during The PPAI Expo 2023.
October 18, 2022
Hit Promotional Products, Outdoor Cap and Magnet Group announce leadership additions.
October 17, 2022
PPAI’s business development team is growing. Jackie Berg has come onboard as a major account manager to assist members with advertising, sponsorships and other aspects of their business relationships with the Association.
October 17, 2022
St. Louis-based distributor Advertising Premium Sales was founded in 1962. Today, the third generation of family leadership is at the wheel.
October 17, 2022
Merchant fees when processing credit card payments are a cost of doing business. We asked suppliers their standard fees to present a picture of what industry companies pay.
October 17, 2022
A new IMF forecast predicts ‘the worst is yet to come’ for the global economy. Leaders from HALO, iPROMOTEu and Geiger share what they believe the future holds and how all distributors should adjust.
October 14, 2022
Chuck Dahlgren purchased and renamed the awards and gifts supplier in 1993, focusing the company’s mission on “turning emotions into memories.”
October 13, 2022
Gemline installs solar power system at its HQ and OrderMyGear joins the Legacy Buying Group as a preferred service supplier.
October 12, 2022
The tentative agreement announced in September sought to bring railroads and several different unions representing its workers together on a labor agreement. The third largest labor group participating voted to reject the deal.
October 12, 2022
For more than two decades, PPAI has hosted executive directors and board members of the promo industry’s regional associations for education and camaraderie.
October 12, 2022
The industry’s largest supplier is working to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, officially setting a company-wide target for 2030.
October 12, 2022
Whether it’s cooler weather or ’90s nostalgia, plaid and flannel promo apparel can bring brands that warm, fuzzy feeling.
October 12, 2022
The annual awards celebrate the pinnacle of achievement by PPAI member companies.
October 11, 2022
Pop! Promos announces new sustainability milestones.
October 11, 2022
PPAI’s Leadership Development Workshop, meant to bring together regional association leadership through networking and education, is back after two years of being held virtually.
October 10, 2022
Consumers are burning more candles than ever before. Since the pandemic, people want to make their homes cozier, and candles are the perfect way to create feelings of warmth and comfort. Promo pros explain why candles should be a part of your next campaign.
October 10, 2022
California-based Apollo USA is planning to open a new facility in North Richland Hills, Texas, in summer 2023. The new location will join existing operations in California, Illinois and New Jersey.
October 06, 2022
PromoStandards reschedules its Tech Summit, BEL Promo names new managing director, IMAGEN Brands announces new sales team members and more.
October 05, 2022
The cost to ship products across the Pacific is down significantly over the past year. Easing global trade and shifting shipping industry fundamentals suggest lower rates may stick around for a while.
October 04, 2022
The promo industry needs to keep sustainability top of mind going forward, and PPAI plans to hold itself to a standard that the industry can follow.
October 04, 2022
commonsku share's skucon 2023's speaker schedule and topics and Koozie Group announces a new supplier partnership.
October 04, 2022
Even as current events complicate the textile market, 100% cotton promo apparel continues to meet customer demands for sustainability, transparency, comfort and more.
October 03, 2022
For the past 20 years, Bruce has been actively engaged with the Northwest Promotional Marketing Association (NWPMA) at every level – as a volunteer, as a board member and as executive director.
October 03, 2022
While thousands are still without electricity, promo companies in Florida and the greater Southeast update the status of their staffs and businesses. Read on for opportunities to help.
October 03, 2022
The Promotional Products Work Expo debuted Thursday, welcoming distributors and their clients to the inaugural virtual event. Along with insightful education, eye-catching products proved why promo’s a must-have marketing tool.
October 03, 2022
A key project in the Association’s mission to be the voice and force to advance the promo marketplace, Promotional Products Work Expo debuted last week to hundreds of distributors and their guests.
September 30, 2022
The Association’s new agreement with NetSuite grants PPAI members a discount on the cloud-based ERP system.
September 29, 2022
MiPPA names its 2022 Hall of Fame inductee and other honorees. Plus: Gemline to host webinar on post-Pandemic selling, PCNA announces SONY partnership, iPROMOTEu hosts successful networking and educational sessions at NATCON22, and more.
September 29, 2022
As the effected region tries to evaluate the extent of the damage, promo industry companies and their employees in Florida had to make personal decisions regarding their homes and safety.
September 28, 2022
Promotional Products Work Expo finally arrives on Thursday and industry distributors are looking forward to seeing “new and innovative products” Alongside their invited buyers.
September 28, 2022
Gemline obtains FCS chain-of-custody certification. Plus, Pop! Promos announces new leather goods line and iPromo adds to their senior team.
September 28, 2022
PPAI leadership recently attended the Premium Sourcing show in Paris. While there, they visited industry organizations in France to learn more about how the Association can collaborate with its peers and the promo industry across the Atlantic.
September 27, 2022
Bennie Giles III, MAS, a long-time promotional products veteran and active volunteer both within and outside the industry has died. As PPAI’s first Black board member, he was an advocate for greater African American involvement in the industry and Association.
September 27, 2022
Customer demands dictate what’s popular in branded clothing, but today’s retail trends are likely to inform future requests.
September 27, 2022
Hurricane Ian is expected reach Florida overnight, bringing with it potentially destructive winds and storm surges. Promotional products industry companies in its path are making preparations for landfall, and PPAI stands buy to help communicate any updates to their operations.
September 27, 2022
The board has appointed Goos, a former board member and chair, for one year to fill the unexpired term of Dawn Olds, MAS, as she moves into the Immediate Past Board Chair role in January. And the term of RRC delegate Kara Keister, MAS, has been extended.
September 26, 2022
Prequels to the iconic fantasy worlds of 'Game of Thrones' and 'The Lord of the Rings' are battling it out. The highly anticipated new shows from HBO and Amazon Studios premiered just days apart. As fans wait for each new episode, promo is keeping the excitement alive.
September 22, 2022
Brand Fuel achieves B Corp certification. Plus: Accompany recalls ceramic mugs, Koozie Group promotes Brian Lynch to VP of supply chain., Facilisgroup hosts a women's leadership event, TravelChair announces women-owned business accreditation and Admore, Inc. parent company Ennis names new COO and CR…
September 22, 2022
The promo business service provider brought together industry leaders to speak on tech solutions in the industry during this “jam session” in New York.
September 22, 2022
PPAI’s 2022 Product Responsibility Summit wrapped with a full a day’s agenda on sustainability and how it related to the promotional merchandise field, bringing in experts and perspectives from both inside and outside the industry.
September 22, 2022
The owner of Hirsch Gift details two incidents of distributor partners falling victim to fake orders posing as existing customers and evading typical red flags.
September 22, 2022
This January’s event will be the 20th Expo held in Las Vegas. Registration is officially open for the industry’s biggest event of the year.
September 21, 2022
As the world became more conscientious about impact, commonsku says, the “trinkets and trash” industry grew up, evolving into something much more highly coveted: the branded merch industry.
September 21, 2022
How can you use bright colors and fun textures in promo apparel to inspire good vibes and happy customers?
September 21, 2022
Association leadership visited the distributor-focused services firm to find common ground on the industry-wide target of facilitating digital transformation.
September 21, 2022
The Association has named the recipients of its 2023 Icon Awards, the PPAI Hall of Fame, the PPAI Distinguished Service Award and the PPAI H. Ted Olson Humanitarian Award. Honorees will be recognized at The PPAI Expo 2023.
September 20, 2022
PPAI’s Product Responsibility Summit brings the industry’s sustainability and compliance leaders together in Newport Beach this week to discuss product safety and regulatory issues facing the industry, including the future role of China in the industry’s product sourcing.
September 19, 2022
Mark Jenkins, MAS+, has joined Lewiston, Maine-based distributor Geiger as the company’s new vice president of the Midwest. A former PPAI board chair, Jenkins spent more than 20 years at supplier Pioneer Balloon.