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May 27, 2022
Statistics show the power of social media marketing may be waning. A data-based marketing expert explains the causes and how the promotional products industry stands to benefit.
May 26, 2022
OrderMyGear announces partnership with American Solutions for Business and more
May 26, 2022
The organization recognized Cheng as a “woman who has helped advance the careers of other Pan-Asian women.”
May 26, 2022
To show support for Pride Month in June and encourage consumers to do the same, The Walt Disney Company launched its Disney Pride Collection, complete with branded apparel and hard goods products, with a pledge to donate all proceeds through June 30 to organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community…
May 26, 2022
A 42-year industry veteran, Bakalyar has bonded with and mentored peers throughout her career, from her role as an office manager when she began, to a leading position at the Los Angeles-based distributor today.
May 25, 2022
The window has lapsed for California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) had to implement changes to Prop 65’s short-form warning label regulations. The agency has closed the process and plans to try again in a few weeks.
May 25, 2022
The supplier, which uses beeswax in some of its products, is donating 1% of annual profits to beekeeping operations through the Honeybees and Humans program. Learn why that goes far beyond lip balm.
May 25, 2022
Debuting with a beta last week, the virtual show is PPAI’s foremost investment into the strength of the industry, aimed at bringing great products and ideas to end buyers invited by their distributor partners. Here PPAI President and CEO Dale Denham, MAS+, explains its value to the "ultimate custome…
May 25, 2022
Arch Promo Group, which among its brands includes Gemini Industries, TK Cups-Sorg’s, ProRose and F&H Ribbon, has acquired Stuttgart, Arkansas, supplier Drum-Line.
May 24, 2022
The distributorship reports a 72% growth in Canadian franchisees in less than a year. Plus: DistributorCentral links with SAAGNY as a premium partner for the regional's Promotions East show.
May 24, 2022
Supplier Moderne Glass has issued a recall, in cooperation with the CPSC, of some of its ceramic coffee cups which can crack or break when hot water is poured into them, posing a burn hazard.
May 24, 2022
California-based supplier Therabody recently launched a new all-in-one face and skincare device. PPAI Media’s Kristina Valdez took it for a test drive and reports that it has revolutionized her skincare routine.
May 23, 2022
Geiger UK, the British subsidiary of Maine-based distributor Geiger, held its first Geiger Green Live trade show this month in London, to showcase environmentally friendly merchandise and marketing practices in the promo industry.
May 23, 2022
Following last week’s preview of the end-buyer trade show, a full launch of the Promotional Products Work Expo virtual event will take place this fall, giving the entire promo marketplace a showcase for clients to discover the possibilities available within the industry.
May 20, 2022
High-fashion runways are festooned in pops of neon and vibrant color this season, calling on early 2000s vibes and playing on the palette of citrus fruits. Here are a few options to incorporate these popular seasonal shades in upcoming campaigns.
May 20, 2022
PPAI has joined a coalition of associations, businesses and organizations calling on the Department of Labor to postpone or abandon changes to overtime regulations, noting the changes would be too disruptive to businesses at this time.
May 20, 2022
In his 26-year tenure at PPAI, Ebel implemented and advanced programs that Association members still benefit from today.
May 19, 2022
The organization funds research into less toxic forms of pediatric cancer treatment. Plus: PPAI President & CEO Dale Denham speaks to a Premier Group gathering in Orlando about the Association's plans.
May 19, 2022
The eighth annual trade show hosted by Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York returned to Manhattan this year, with product trends highlighting sustainability and comfort.
May 19, 2022
China’s economy has been battered by the country’s strict COVID control measures, and export volumes have declined. With the pressure of recent months easing, rates to move goods across the Pacific have softened.
May 18, 2022
The Incentive Research Federation has released results of its recent survey of corporate incentive program decision-makers on incentive travel. They’ve had to be nimble this year, but interest and opportunities are returning, which insiders say means more branded product opportunities.
May 18, 2022
Plus: Koozie Group announces a promotion and iPROMOTEu hosts its San Diego Supplier Showcase
May 18, 2022
Distributors and suppliers alike would benefit from a different approach to the age old dance between seller and client. Here’s why the conventional approach needs updating.
May 18, 2022
CEOs Tameka Peoples (Seed2Shirt) and Cher’Don Reynolds (ShePrintsIt) are working together to realize a vision of supporting people of color people from “cotton seed to cotton shirt.”
May 18, 2022
In the wake of the pandemic, more businesses now support paid family leave. Promotional products companies may risk falling behind large competitors and counterparts in other industries without reacting to the shift.
May 17, 2022
Losing valuables is not only frustrating, but it’s also expensive, which is why AirTags and other tracking devices are appealing to more consumers.
May 16, 2022
Last week, HALO leadership took advantage of a perk available to PPAI members and held a two-day sales meeting at the Association’s headquarters in Irving, Texas.
May 16, 2022
: A patent-pending technology developed by Brand O’ Guitar Company of Sanford, Florida, offers non-fungible token (NFT) creation, minting and Ethereum wallet transfers exclusively to promotional products distributors, allowing them to offer NFTs to clients as promo products.
May 16, 2022
HanesBrands, which operates in promo market through Hanes/Champion/ComfortWash and Alternative Apparel, has released its first quarter financial results. Sales are up, year-over-year, while inflation and other challenges hold down profits.
May 16, 2022
On May 6, in support of the Bipartisan Innovation act, President Biden visited Hamilton, Ohio. Among those he met with there was Mitch Rhodus, president of distributor WIT Promo, a HALO affiliate, and mayor of neighboring Fairfield.
May 13, 2022
American Solutions for Business and iPROMOTEu each report well-received get togethers in this edition of our industry news round-up, more signs that collaboration is returning to normal.
May 13, 2022
Both Zagwear and Arrow have offices in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Talks of an acquisition began in 2021
May 13, 2022
The Canadian distributor requalified for the award in 2022 after having received the distinction in past years.
May 12, 2022
On May 1, Arthur Richter, a former vice president at Providence, Rhode Island-based Alcraft, passed away at the age of 83.
May 12, 2022
To mark the permanent return of a popular soft drink flavor, the PepsiCo-owned brand launched a curated clothing collection ahead of an all-out rager, complete with celebrity guests, to celebrate what MTN DEW is marketing as the “official” drink of Hell.
May 12, 2022
Reserving booth space before the early space deadline locks in lower rates and optimal booth locations for exhibitors, as well as additional advantages. Contact your PPAI account manager now.
May 11, 2022
Take advantage of discounted registration for the industry’s most talked-about women’s event.
May 11, 2022
The acquisition of the Minnesota-based company specializing in knit hats will increase the capacity of Cap America, already the industry leader in knit headwear.
May 11, 2022
Quinn brings multiline representatives to HQ
May 11, 2022
Billed as a global sustainable marketing execution partner, adm Group brings on the Connecticut-based distributor as well as its sister company Effectus, an advisory and transformation execution consultancy.
May 11, 2022
Long the enemy of promotional drinkware, single-use plastics are increasingly finding their way into apparel products as clothing made from recycled bottles is becoming more common. Meet a supplier specializing in this sustainable practice.
May 11, 2022
Submissions for the 2023 PPAI Pyramid Awards close this week. What advice does a 2022 winner have?
May 11, 2022
Businesses seeking to build brand affinity, strengthen brand identity and more are increasingly looking to merchandise to do the job. But distributors often overestimate the technical hurdles to facilitating these online shopping destinations.
May 10, 2022
Promotional Products Association of Wisconsin will host its spring end user show on May 24 and May 25, split between two cities, with PPAI’s President and CEO delivering remarks.
May 09, 2022
A recent town hall featuring top promo business and technology service providers starts to define what the integrated future of the promotional products marketplace should look like.
May 09, 2022
The deadline for submitting to the PPAI Pyramid Awards ends this week. Read about how commonsku brought home gold in 2022.
May 09, 2022
New Jersey is leading the way with a single-use bag reduction law which just went into effect, and more states and communities are sure to follow. Soon, most consumers could be using reusable bags for shopping, marking a big opportunity for these items as promotional products.
May 09, 2022
China’s zero-COVID lockdown policy has slowed the shipment of goods out of the country. But the eventual lifting of restrictions will impose its own pressures on promotional products supply lines, experts expect.
May 09, 2022
4imprint has announced that its current growth trajectory is set to take it over $1 billion in revenue in 2022, potentially making it the industry’s largest distributor.
May 06, 2022
Gemline's Isaacson recognized for his charitable work and ASB completes integration with ecommerce partner OrderMyGear.
May 05, 2022
HALO has acquired BrandVia, a large distributor company located in San Jose, California. The move supports HALO’s move into the tech sector.
May 05, 2022
Representatives from leading business services firms came together Wednesday at PPAI headquarters in Texas to discuss how to collaborate on “frictionless” dealings for industry distributors, suppliers and end buyers.
May 05, 2022
For its first major refresh in almost eight decades, the ice cream chain is tweaking its logo and opening an ecommerce store selling branded apparel and accessories.
May 05, 2022
PPAI’s professional development program and its CAS, MAS and MAS+ certifications equip industry professionals to further their careers and grow their businesses in the promotional products industry. Learn more about how certification can support your career.
May 05, 2022
Indiana Metal Craft took home the 2022 Gold Pyramid Award in the Supplier Decorating: Print On Hard Surfaces category. Its win recognized the technical expertise and creativity necessary to support the distributor and their client.
May 04, 2022
PPAI has long opposed unfair tariffs leveraged against U.S. businesses. This month, it joined Americans for Free Trade, a coalition of like minded business groups, in voicing its support to Sen. Pat Toomey’s move to reinstate expired exclusions on certain tariffs, and open the door to the granting o…
May 04, 2022
This year, 47 companies have been identified in PPB magazine’s annual tracking of the sector’s top workplaces according to employees. Distributors, suppliers and business services firms large and small are represented. Did your company make the list?
May 04, 2022
In the wake of key acquisitions, the distributor posts a major non-PPE net sales jump in Q1. Plus: Proforma introduces its proprietary ecommerce certification platform.
May 03, 2022
The meeting between PPAI Board Chair Dawn Olds, MAS, President and CEO Dale Denham, MAS+, and PPPC President and CEO Jonathan Strauss was the first in-person connection between the associations since the onset of the pandemic.
May 03, 2022
Biodegradable materials are good for the environment and your clients’ brand. Today, 50% of consumers rank sustainability as a top five value driver, a number that is only anticipated to grow.
May 03, 2022
Promotional Source has acquired fellow a Ontario distributor, keeping the acquired company’s leadership, sales and support team in place in the combined organization.
May 02, 2022
Showdown Displays won the 2022 Silver Pyramid in the Technology: eCommerce category. The project highlighted in its award submission, and the award itself, continue to pay off for the company.
May 02, 2022
BAMKO has acquired Guardian Products, a distributor with a large client roster in the automotive dealer community nationwide. The acquisition expands BAMKO’s footprint and builds on the capabilities of its previous acquisitions.
April 29, 2022
Hanes Brands, which operates in the promo market through suppliers Hanes/Champion/ComfortWash and Alternative Apparel, has released a report detailing the company’s progress toward its 2030 sustainability goals.
April 28, 2022
Plus: Promo Distributor Lands A Segment On Fox Business News, A New SVP of business development at Pop! Promos and more.
April 28, 2022
Survey data from research firm Gartner finds a growing concern among some business leaders about the economic outlook. Promo industry perceptions are much rosier, however, as 2022 starts strong.
April 28, 2022
HPG introduced a cloud-based order tool that earned it the 2022 Gold Pyramid Award in the Technology: Web Content/Functionality category.
April 28, 2022
Pinnacle Designs won the 2022 Gold Pyramid in the Supplier Decorating: Casting/Molding category with an entry that still pays dividends for the supplier.
April 27, 2022
By teaming with an innovative digital supply chain platform, the supplier can accommodate spontaneous demand and optimize production strategy.
April 27, 2022
With the wardrobes of many famous entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and Evan Spiegel teetering in the direction of easy, simple and super casual, consumers are embracing similar styles for work and play.
April 27, 2022
Plus: commonsku opens registration for its creativity summit, financial results from Ennis and more.
April 27, 2022
Did the MLB champions show the promotional product industry how NFTs can live alongside physical products?
April 27, 2022
The Federal Maritime Commission has published a video offering guidelines for the public on how to bring complaints to the organization, what information is necessary and other details.
April 26, 2022
A framework for digital innovation requires promotional products companies to focus on a myriad of areas, from budget and customer experience to internal support and ease of use.But according to a recent survey, nearly half (49%) of executives across industries aren’t doing their part. PPAI’s direct…
April 26, 2022
PPAI’s Pyramid Awards, which celebrate creative excellence in promotional campaigns and craftmanship, are accepting entries for the 2023 Pyramid Award competition through May 14.
April 26, 2022
The Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 has passed both houses of Congress and now goes before a conference committee to reconcile differences between the House and Senate’s versions of the legislation. PPAI has joined with 90 other companies and trade groups to push for needed changes to the bill.
April 26, 2022
Social Good Promotions Knew What Their Purpose Was. Would A Peer-Reviewed Committee Agree They Were Showcasing It?
April 26, 2022
Eagan, Minnesota, supplier Mixie invited staff, executives from its parent company and customers to celebrate its facility’s grand reopening.
April 26, 2022
In the 2000 film Miss Congeniality, a contestant was asked to describe her idea of a perfect date. She said April 25. That line is now an iconic pop culture moment.
April 25, 2022
Plus: Two inducted into Carolina association’s Hall of Fame, impressive recycling results from Orbus, a charitable donation by ASB and more people on the move.
April 23, 2022
Augusta Sportswear’s Champoton, Mexico, facility experienced a fire earlier this week. While no one was injured, production has been disrupted, and the company is moving to accommodate orders and deliveries of affected products.
April 23, 2022
Searches for PPE are way down and searches for luggage are up. What else are distributors searching for in SAGE?
April 21, 2022
Alternative Apparel pledged to use 100% recycled polyester in 2020. The supplier said it was choosing eco-friendly over “fast fashion”
April 21, 2022
Shanghai has locked down as the city wrestles with a COVID outbreak have snarled up the world’s largest container port, leading to supply chain disruptions that could extend well beyond China.
April 20, 2022
Plus: Delta Apparel names a new Delta Group president, Proforma makes a donation to the next generation of business leaders, Raining Rose Promos has some staffing news and more
April 20, 2022
We’re spotlighting five trendy denim jackets that end users can dress up, dress down and don every day.
April 20, 2022
Pat Patton, CAS, has joined PPAI as distributor engagement manager. In his new role, the industry veteran will work with the Association’s largest distributor members and oversee PPAI’s distributor engagement programs.
April 19, 2022
In the promotional products industry, business has primarily been done over the phone for decades. While automation is streamlining processes, there’s still room to improve our systems for necessary calls.
April 19, 2022
Wednesday could become the largest sales day in legal cannabis history. As more companies and consumers interact with this fast-growing industry, promo will become a best bud.
April 19, 2022
The supplier’s new online tool serves as a guidebook and catalog to help distributors navigate ethical sourcing and more when searching for product solutions.
April 19, 2022
Gildan has joined nonprofit Fashion Revolution in its campaign to bring greater transparency to the apparel industry.
April 16, 2022
Vantage president and CEO Ira Neaman, MAS, says the additions line up with increasingly comfortable and relaxed standards of workplace attire.
April 15, 2022
Plus: A new VP of Marketing at AIA, iPROMOTEu announces its Dunkfest winners and more.
April 15, 2022
Illinois-headquartered HALO has announced realignments and a new addition to its executive management team to lead the company’s focus on certain key areas.
April 15, 2022
Terry Town took home a silver award in the 2022 PPAI Pyramid Awards for its “Rainforest Kisses - Elegance Through Advocation” entry, highlighting its high-definition embroidery. Nominations for the 2023 Pyramid Awards are now open.
April 15, 2022
There was the Great Resignation and the Great Retirement, but now there’s the Great Return. As promotional products companies increasingly bring workers back on site, they’ll need more support than ever before.
April 15, 2022
OMG’s “Community Tee Project” did a lot of good in the industry. Highlighting those results to the award committee was a month-long task.
April 14, 2022
On Friday, at the order of Gov. Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety began inspecting cargo trucks crossing the border from Mexico. These inspections duplicated work already performed by U.S. customs and have led to extensive delays that are affecting promo imports and other goods.
April 14, 2022
Pastels are flooding fashion runways and catching wearers’ attention as the perfect pick-me-up shades coming out of winter.
April 14, 2022
California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has proposed changes to Prop 65 short-form labels that would add new requirements on what information they include. The agency is seeking public comment on the changes through April 20.