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August 22, 2019
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has announced the next steps in imposing an additional 10 percent tariff on approximately $300 billion of Chinese imports. Tariffs on certain products have been delayed to December 15 but the bulk of products on the list are subject to tariffs starting S…
August 22, 2019
The promotional products industry’s second-quarter sales were up 5.4 percent from the year-ago level, according to the PPAI/ITR Economics second-quarter 2019 Market Outlook Report. However, indicators tracked by ITR suggest a slowing growth trend that, due to tougher economic conditions during the s…
August 22, 2019
The PSI Show, Europe’s largest promotional products industry trade show, is celebrating its 60thanniversary in 2020. Running January 7-9 in Düsseldorf, Germany, the PSI Show will be held concurrently with viscom, the international trade show for visual communication, and PromoTex Expo, the internati…
August 22, 2019
commonsku (PPAI 552077, A1), a promotional products business and sales software provider, has opened registration for its seventh annual skucon conference. The one-day conference will be held on Sunday, January 12, at Las Vegas’ Keep Memory Alive Event Center in conjunction with The PPAI Expo 2020.
August 22, 2019
PPAI’s webinar series provides tools, practices and valuable philosophies for industry professionals looking to build up their businesses and expand their skillset. Upcoming webinars take a look at the findings from PPAI’s 2018 Sales Volume Study, explore best practices in business transitions and s…
August 22, 2019
As social media and its associated data becomes more ubiquitous, marketers are finding new ways to use it in various channels to reach audiences and consumers. Social media and web monitoring tool provider Awario has compiled a list of five data-driven trends showing how social media is being used t…
August 22, 2019
The Specialty Advertising Association of California’s (SAAC) annual SAAC Expo brought the promotional products industry to San Diego, California, earlier this month. Held August 6-8 at the San Diego Convention Center, the SAAC Expo drew more than 700 attendees to experience its 200-exhibitor trade s…
August 20, 2019
Inc. magazine’s annual Inc. 5000 ranking of the country’s fastest-growing private companies has long showcased the accomplishments of promotional products companies, and 2019 is no exception.
August 20, 2019
Supplier alphabroder (PPAI 156993, S16) in Trevose, Pennsylvania, has added Puma Sport and Puma Golf to its U.S. and Canadian lines. Puma Golf features products seen on the PGA and LPGA tour, including 23 styles for both men and women that range from polos to quarter-zips as well as hats and other a…
August 20, 2019
Supplier Polyconcept North America (PCNA) in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, has refreshed its EcoSmart program to meet consumers’ needs for eco-friendly products and opportunities to help the planet. Originally established more than 10 years ago, the EcoSmart program has led to a diverse collection o…
August 20, 2019
The Legacy Group, an industry buying group, recognized several of its supplier partners in a ceremony during the group’s Legacy Exclusive Sales Event in Park City, Utah, this month. The Legacy Legend Awards were presented during the closing dinner at the Utah Olympic Park with 150 Legacy Group sales…
August 20, 2019
PPAI’s webinar series provides tools, practices and valuable philosophies for industry professionals looking to build up their businesses and expand their skillset. Upcoming webinars introduce the 2020 board election nominees, look at data from PPAI’s 2018 Sales Volume Study and more. The webinar ro…
August 20, 2019
Mascots have given a face and personality to brands for decades and continue to connect with consumers today. Crestline, a division of Lewiston, Maine, distributor Geiger, surveyed more than 1,600 U.S. residents to find out what mascots have proven the most memorable and why. It’s maybe no surprise …
August 15, 2019
PPAI’s Tech Summit kicked off Wednesday, with a full day of the most relevant, top-of-mind technology issues, challenges and ideas affecting the promotional products industry. The annual conference, running through this afternoon in Irving, Texas, focuses on the needs and opportunities of industry I…
August 15, 2019
Distributor Bensussen Deutsch and Associates, LLC (PPAI 109381, D14) has entered into an agreement with BrandVia (PPAI 105536, D11) to acquire the San Jose, California-based distributor. The news was first reported in a Breaking News alert on Wednesday. With this acquisition, Woodinville, Washington…
August 15, 2019
Grossman Marketing Group, parent company of distributor Premier Marketing Group (PPAI 109511, D1), has launched SwagCycle, a startup focused on responsibly managing the lifecycle of branded merchandise.
August 15, 2019
Neenah, Wisconsin-headquartered distributor AIA (PPAI 101364, D12) held its annual National Sales Meeting this month, bringing more than 200 attendees, including AIA owners, suppliers and employees to Park City, Utah, at the Grand Summit Hotel. The four-day event featured four days of learning and n…
August 15, 2019
The PPAI North American Leadership Conference held this week in Irving, Texas, packed a lot of value into two-and-a-half days. Included were 10 education sessions led by top speakers, the opening dinner on Sunday night with an improv show and presentation of the PPB Rising Stars, several networking …
August 15, 2019
Don Rheem, CEO of E3 solutions, led a particularly thought-provoking speaker session, Maintaining a High Performance Culture: Thrive by Design, on Tuesday, the final day of PPAI’s North American Leadership Conference. Rheem’s company, based in Arlington, Virginia, is a science-based management consu…
August 15, 2019
In a sign that the smart speaker and digital assistant category of products is likely here to stay and to become more ubiquitous in day-to-day life, a survey by payment solutions provider Paysafe has found that 57 percent of consumers would use voice-activated technology, such as Amazon’s Alexa, to …
August 14, 2019
Distributor Bensussen Deutsch & Associates, LLC (PPAI 109381, D14) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with BrandVia (PPAI 105536, D11) to acquire the San Jose, California-based distributor. With this acquisition, Woodinville, Washington-headquartered BDA significantly expands its …
August 13, 2019
This year marks the launch of a new approach to the PPAI Board election. As announced in January at The PPAI Expo, the Association is transitioning the ballot vote from an election process to a selection process for the board class of 2024 by presenting one distributor and one supplier to the member…
August 13, 2019
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced today that certain products have been removed from the list of approximately $300 billion in Chinese imports slated to receive an additional tariff of 10 percent on September 1.
August 13, 2019
Geiger held its annual Geiger Galleria education, networking and sales conference and trade show in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 25-28. The Lewiston, Maine-headquartered distributor’s event drew 400 salespeople, suppliers and associates from around the country and the UK to learn new sales tac…
August 13, 2019
Rich Mitchell, owner of ProMediaAspire (PPAI 284338, D1), a member of Proforma’s Million & Multi-Million Dollar Club and recipient of the network’s Innovator of the Year Award, has secured a $6 million contract with a nuclear power company across 13 of their nuclear generation stations. The contract…
August 13, 2019
The PPAI 2019 North American Leadership Conference opened Sunday evening at the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Irving, Texas, with an outdoor reception/dinner followed by presentation of the PPB Rising Stars (see story below). This year’s conference has drawn more than 150 industry leaders at all levels fro…
August 13, 2019
On Sunday evening, during the opening event for the PPAI 2019 North American Leadership Conference, 14 of the industry’s most watchable young leaders were recognized. This year’s PPB Rising Stars were selected from more than 80 nominations based on their achievements and contributions to their compa…
August 13, 2019
What do business leaders in the promotional products industry share in common with scaling Mount Everest, Mount Kilimanjaro and Antarctica’s Mount Vincent? Though promo professionals don’t necessarily face life-threatening situations in their jobs, a single decision could make or break their busines…
August 13, 2019
The opening day of PPAI’s 2019 NALC included the session, Making (Some) Sense of the Economy, presented by Michael L. Davis, Ph.D., of the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. In his profession, Davis specializes in the juncture of government and business, and is…
August 13, 2019
Carl Gerlach, MAS, who is retired from Lenexa, Kansas, supplier Gill Studios, Inc. and Roni Wright, MAS, vice president of Delray Beach, Florida, supplier, The Book Company, have been selected for induction into the PPAI Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place during the Chairman’s Lead…
August 13, 2019
PPAI will recognize Rod Brown, CAS, founder of Pleasanton, California-based distributor MadeToOrder, as its 2020 H. Ted Olson Humanitarian Award recipient. Brown will be presented with the honor at the award ceremony during the Chairman’s Leadership Dinner at The PPAI Expo in Las Vegas, Monday, Janu…
August 13, 2019
Rick Brenner, MAS+, president of Mamaroneck, New York-based RFBrenner, LLC, and Kippie Helzel, MAS, senior vice president at Erie, Pennsylvania supplier CPS/Keystone Line were named the recipients of the 2020 PPAI Distinguished Service Award. Brenner and Helzel will be honored during the Chairman’s …
August 13, 2019
Millennials and Gen X place a lot of value on the concept of “unity,” Fuse Media reports, dubbing the group the “We Generation” in its 2019 Fuse Multicultural Insider report. Drawing on a survey of 1,500 adults ages 18-35 and 500 ages 36-49, Fuse notes that Millennials have a stronger connection to …
August 13, 2019
Last fall the PPAI Board of Directors approved a change to the Association’s governance that transitions the ballot vote from an election to a selection process with one distributor and one supplier presented to PPAI members for an approval vote.
August 12, 2019
Today, at the PPAI North American Leadership Conference, the Association announced those selected for its highest honors, namely, the inductees to the 2020 Hall Of Fame, and recipients of the 2020 H. Ted Olson Humanitarian Award and the PPAI Distinguished Service Award. All will be honored during th…
August 08, 2019
In its annual program to identify and recognize the most effective people managers in the promotional products industry, PPB magazine has selected 23 individuals from 108 nominees as its 2019 Best Bosses.
August 08, 2019
Fossil Group, Inc. (PPAI 196495, S8) has reported its financial results for its second quarter 2019, which ended June 29. The Richardson, Texas-headquartered supplier reported sales down from the same quarter in 2018, although this performance was in line with the company’s expectations.
August 08, 2019
The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) has acquired NAPCO Media, owner of Printing Impressions, Packaging Impressions, PromoMarketing (PPAI 200060, A5), In-Plant Impressions, TotalRetail, Target Marketing and Wide-Format Impressions. Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimo…
August 08, 2019
Premier Group, a networking group of suppliers and distributors, announces the addition of distributor The Corporate Shop (PPAI 276362, D1), based in Duluth, Georgia, to its membership.
August 08, 2019
The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded distributor Geiger (PPAI 105182, D12) LEED Certification at the Gold level for its Lewiston, Maine, headquarters.
August 08, 2019
Pointing toward solid employment growth through the remainder of 2019, The Conference Board’s Employment Trends Index picked up in July, reversing a decline registered in June. The index stands at 110.98, up from 109.30 one month earlier, and up 1.3 percent from the year-ago point. Also in July, the…
August 08, 2019
Beginning August 20, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) will ban the sales of single-use plastic water bottles in an effort to reduce waste. The prohibition, a first for a major U.S. airport, will apply to restaurants, cafes and vending machines. Refillable aluminum and glass bottles will be …
August 08, 2019
PromoCorner (PPAI 110698, A3) and PromoPulse, business service providers for the promotional products industry, have entered into a strategic partnership to share industry news, content and product specials via the PromoPulse mobile app.
August 08, 2019
PPAI’s webinar series provides tools, practices and valuable philosophies for industry professionals looking to build up their businesses and expand their skillset. Upcoming webinars explore best practices in business management transitions and succession planning, hiring and retaining top talent an…
August 08, 2019
The prominence of digital in the advertising industry is undeniable, but its effectiveness may be in question. A survey by global consulting firm AlixPartners has found that of the $79 billion spent globally on online advertising and trade spending—everything from ads on Facebook and YouTube to digi…
August 06, 2019
Augusta Sportswear Brands (PPAI 187246, S5), an Augusta, Georgia-based supplier offering sports apparel, uniforms and accessories, has acquired Pacific Headwear (PPAI 261734, S3), a privately-held supplier in Coburg, Oregon. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
August 06, 2019
HanesBrands has announced its second-quarter 2019 results, reporting that net sales, operating profit and earnings per diluted share achieved the high end of company guidance. For its fiscal second quarter, which ended June 29, net sales increased three percent to $1.76 billion, and in constant curr…
August 06, 2019
Gildan’s second-quarter sales of $801.6 million reflected activewear sales of $665.6 million, up 6.5 percent compared to the second quarter of 2018, although this was partly offset by a 2.2 percent decline in the hosiery and underwear category where the company generated $136 million in overall sale…
August 06, 2019
American Solutions for Business (PPAI 101656, D12) has announced its integration with online company store provider BrightStores (PPAI 256593), offering flexibility for all of the Glenwood, Minnesota, distributor’s stakeholders including sales associates, vendors and customers. The majority of ASB’s…
August 06, 2019
Supplier Starline (PPAI 112719, S10) in Grand Island, New York, has announced a new and exclusive partnership with Black Clover, a lifestyle brand with a premium line of headwear and apparel. The deal makes Starline the exclusive supplier of Black Clover to the promotional products industry.
August 06, 2019
Supplier Chocolate Inn/Lanco (PPAI 111662, S7), headquartered in Hicksville, New York, has added contract printing services to its roster of customization capabilities and products for the promotional products industry. These new services, offered under the name Lanco Contract Printing Services, wil…
August 06, 2019
PPAI has updated and refreshed its Master Advertising Specialist Plus (MAS+) certification. The revised program better provides seasoned promotional products professionals an avenue for earning an advanced industry certification that demonstrates their proficiency of promotional products industry co…
August 06, 2019
In July, 16 industry professionals earned their Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) and Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) certifications. They join an elite group of individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to the promotional products industry and to continuing their education.
August 06, 2019
McDonald’s and other entities have already used food delivery services to piggyback the distribution of branded merchandise, and in a sign that this relatively new industry isn’t going anywhere soon, eMarketer reports that U.S. food delivery app usage will approach 40 million users in 2019.
August 06, 2019
Five employees of Sharon, Massachusetts, supplier Charles River Apparel (PPAI 111644, S10)—Barry Lipsett, president and CEO; Tracy Lehnen, vice president of marketing; Ross Dohrmann, vice president of sales; Mark Watts, inside sales manager, and Kaitlyn Montagna, decorations operations supervisor—co…
August 01, 2019
SanMar Corporation (PPAI 110788, S16) has launched a new vision statement, “A Canvas for Good,” coupled with a new mission statement: “We serve with care and integrity, positivity impacting lives, to inspire pride and belonging.” In its release of the news, the Issaquah, Washington-headquartered sup…
August 01, 2019
Today on Twitter, President Trump announced that the U.S. would impose a 10-percent tariff on the remaining $300 billion in goods imported from China, beginning September 1. The U.S. currently applies a tariff of 25 percent on $250 billion of imported Chinese goods. This news would mean virtually al…
August 01, 2019
BIC Graphic NA (PPAI 114187, S13) has announced a new partnership with Cap America (PPAI 111597, S8), in which it will offer an assortment of 11 Cap America styles beginning today. This mutually beneficial collaboration between the two suppliers provides BIC Graphic NA customers the opportunity to p…
August 01, 2019
The Federal Reserve announced on Wednesday that it cut interest rates for the first time since 2008. The 0.25 percentage-point cut to its baseline interest rate brings the range to two to 2.25 percent.
August 01, 2019
Last week, PPAI hosted the leaders of its international peer organizations at its headquarters in Irving, Texas. On July 25-26, Jon Birrell, CEO of the British Promotional Merchandise Association (BPMA); Jonathan Strauss, president and CEO of the Promotional Product Professionals of Canada; and Stev…
August 01, 2019
PPAI’s webinar series provides tools, practices and valuable philosophies for industry professionals looking to build up their businesses and expand their skillset. Upcoming webinars share a new Prop 65 database tool, learn best practices in business management transitions and succession planning, a…
August 01, 2019
More than 85 percent of the 2,000 global consumers surveyed by the CMO Council report that a blend of both digital and physical channel experiences is their preferred way of interfacing with brands. However, the study, “Critical Channels of Choice: Meeting the Customer Expectation for Omnichannel Re…
July 30, 2019
Goldstar (PPAI 114031) has initiated globalization efforts to unite its teams in North America and Europe to better offer promotional products, decoration capabilities and business solutions to its base of distributor customers. Howard Cubberly, previously general manager of the San Diego, Californi…
July 30, 2019
The Superior Group of Companies, Inc. has released its second-quarter operating results for 2019, showing net sales are up 12 percent, signifying the company’s 27th consecutive quarter of sales increases. The company, located in Seminole, Florida, operates in the promotional products market through …
July 30, 2019
Incentive program designs are changing rapidly due to program owners' understanding of U.S. regulatory and tax requirements and their perceived need to make accommodations to comply with regulations. This finding comes from the Incentive Research Foundation’s 2019 U.S. Federal Regulations and Non-Ca…
July 30, 2019
Proforma (PPAI 196835), headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, held its first annual technology user conference at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, July 21-24. The Envision User Conference brought together thought leaders, technology innovators, executives, supplier partn…
July 30, 2019
HanesBrands has joined with the nonprofit group Free The Girls to help women rescued from human trafficking re-establish their lives. Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based Hanesbrands participates in the promotional products industry as suppliers Hanes/Champion/ComfortWash (PPAI 191138) and Alternativ…
July 30, 2019
Supplier Orbus Exhibit & Display Group in Woodridge, Illinois, hosted a factory tour for its promotional products industry partners and a private headquarters tour for its American Solutions for Business (ASB) partners on July 9. The tours were in conjunction with the 2019 ASI Show Chicago, and host…
July 30, 2019
Retraining opportunities are generally popular among employees, with 73 percent of people saying that it is very or somewhat important for employers to help them build the skills needed to find another job or transition to another role. The data, which comes from business-to-business research, ratin…
July 30, 2019
Earlier this month, PPAI Director of Membership Services Natalie Clark was named to the board of the Dallas Fort Worth Association Executives (DFWAE), an organization serving association executives in North Texas. Clark was sworn in on July 17 at a luncheon recognizing the DFWAE 2019-2020 board of d…
July 30, 2019
The SAAGNY Foundation, the charitable organization of the Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY), was named one of the inaugural inductees for the Happiness Is Camping Wall of Fame earlier this summer. Happiness Is Camping is a nonprofit American Camp Association (ACA)-credit…
July 30, 2019
The newly formed Graphic Communications Workforce Coalition has elected a board of directors and executive officers, and among them is PPAI Public Affairs Manager Maurice Norris. The coalition consists of concerned associations, educators and industry representatives and was created to coordinate th…
July 30, 2019
Supplier Orbus Exhibit & Display Group (PPAI 428128), based in Woodridge, Illinois, has spent the past six months fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and recently presented the organization with a donation of $9,270. Fundraising efforts included company-wide casual dress buy-in, shamro…
July 25, 2019
Negotiators from the U.S. and China are scheduled to meet face-to-face next week in Shanghai, the first such meeting since discussions between President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping at the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, at the end of June. The meeting comes as the Chinese government has appro…
July 25, 2019
In the financial results for its fiscal 2019 fourth quarter and the full year ending May 31, Cintas Corporation (PPAI 303547) reported record revenue and net income. The Cincinnati, Ohio-based distributor’s revenue for fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 was $1.79 billion, an increase of 7.4 percent over …
July 25, 2019
3M has released its second-quarter 2019 financial results, reporting sales of $8.2 billion, down 2.6 percent year-on-year, and a decline in organic local-currency sales of 0.9 percent, year-on-year, while acquisitions, net of divestitures, increased sales by 0.1 percent. Foreign currency translation…
July 25, 2019
The U.S. economy softened in June, with The Conference Board’s Leading Economic Index for the U.S. slipping 0.3 percent to 111.5. This follows a flat performance in May and a 0.1 percent increase in April.
July 25, 2019
The Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) has introduced a certification program for distributors and apparel decorators. The program builds on QCA’s Advocacy Council and allows distributors and decorators to further their commitment to brand safety and responsible sourcing.
July 25, 2019
Proforma (PPAI 196835) held its ‘Inspire U’ collegiate-themed 2019 Convention & Family Reunion this week at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The convention brought together a record number of the Independence, Ohio-headquartered distributor’s member owners, sales r…
July 25, 2019
Staples, Inc. has launched Staples Worklife, a quarterly magazine designed to serve as a resource for working professionals, as an extension of the company’s brand transformation introduced earlier this year and will be delivered digitally and in print. Staples operates in the promotional products i…
July 25, 2019
The meaning of consumer loyalty is undergoing transition. Traditionally, the concept has implied consumer loyalty to brands, but “Flipping the Switch on Brand Loyalty,” a new research study from global media agency Wavemaker, in partnership with BuzzFeed, ,” highlights that today, consumers expect, …
July 23, 2019
On Tuesday, the Chinese ecommerce platform Alibaba.com opened to U.S. sellers, giving them a conduit to a global marketplace of buyers. Previously, U.S. businesses were only able to buy on the platform, which caters to business-to-business transactions. The U.S. International Trade Commission values…
July 23, 2019
HanesBrands has earned the CSR Footprint social impact award for supporting at-risk youth in El Salvador. The CSR Footprint award is sponsored by the Grupo Cerca Publishing, and FUNDEMAS, a nonprofit promoting corporate social responsibility to advance the economic and social development of El Salva…
July 23, 2019
Jack Scarborough, founder of Lubbock, Texas-based distributor Scarborough Specialties (PPAI 103129), passed away on July 19 after a battle with cancer. He was 65.
July 23, 2019
PPAI’s SPARK conference, the annual event targeting young professionals in the promotional products industry, finished strong with high-energy involvement and unmatched enthusiasm from its 67 attendees, 39 who were there for the first time. The conference, which took place July 17-19 in Charlotte, N…
July 23, 2019
The power of promotional products is again in the spotlight after more than 140,000 recyclable, reusable, BPA-free, Trump-labeled plastic straws were sold at $15 for a pack of 10, raising more than $200,000 for the Trump-Pence 2020 campaign.
July 18, 2019
On July 20, the U.S. and the world will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Eagle lunar module landing. No one who witnessed this history in the making will ever forget astronaut Neil Armstrong stepping onto the Moon’s surface followed by astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s first steps 19 minutes la…
July 18, 2019
Michael La Plante, lead front end developer at distributor Proforma (PPAI 196835), was recently featured on a livestream YouTube session sponsored by LinkedIn at Full Sail University’s 10th Annual Hall of Fame week. LinkedIn invited La Plante to participate in the “How I Work” session discussing the…
July 18, 2019
PPAI’s SPARK conference is designed to encourage young professionals in the promotional products industry to get involved through making connections, becoming educated and positioning themselves for unlimited growth. The event, which is being held through Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina, brought…
July 18, 2019
PPAI’s webinar series provides tools, practices and valuable philosophies for industry professionals looking to build up their businesses and expand their skillset. Upcoming webinars examine the safety of battery-powered and laser-embedded products, share a new Prop 65 database tool and more. The we…
July 18, 2019
Robocalls, an annoying part of the background of modern life, are doing a legitimate disservice to businesses trying to reach customers via the phone. Data from business-to-business research, ratings and review firm Clutch shows that robocalls can impede phone-based communication between genuine bus…
July 18, 2019
Roger Burnett, CAS, president of the Michigan Promotional Professionals Association’s (MiPPA) board of directors, has appointed Goldstar Pen’s Parker Melvin to fulfill the open seat on the MiPPA board of directors.
July 16, 2019
Lewiston, Maine-headquartered distributor Geiger (PPAI 105182) continues its European expansion with a new location in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The new logistics office was recently opened by Geiger's UK-based company, GeigerBTC, as part of the company’s overall strategic plan for supporting its glob…
July 16, 2019
Supplier Leed’s (PPAI 112361) and Welly, a Pittsburgh-based drinkware company, have announced an exclusive partnership to bring environmentally-friendly, insulated bamboo drinkware to the promotional products industry. New Kensington, Pennsylvania-based Leed’s will begin carrying a selection of Well…
July 16, 2019
Distributor AIA Corporation (PPAI 101364), headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin, has recently welcomed Already Gear (PPAI 268541), Coolperx (PPAI 642434) and What’s Up Promotions!, to its community of nearly 300 independent owners and more than 3,000 supplier partners. All three companies will have ac…
July 16, 2019
PPAI’s webinar series provides tools, practices and valuable philosophies for industry professionals looking to build up their businesses and expand their skillset. Upcoming webinars explore cultivating a unique company culture and products, examine the safety of battery-powered and laser-embedded p…
July 16, 2019
Elections are always a boon for advertisers and the 2019-2020 election cycle is expected to be no exception. It’s projected to generate at least $6 billion in political advertising, according to a study from data, insights and consulting company Kantar. Kantar’s estimates include spending only on ad…
July 16, 2019
Earlier this month, staff at Addison, Texas-based SAGE (PPAI 100001) donated school supplies including pens, notebooks, backpacks and more to Metrocrest Service’s back to school drive. A team of SAGE employees also volunteered at Metrocrest’s warehouse for an afternoon, where they stuffed boxes with…
July 11, 2019
Midlothian, Texas-based Ennis, Inc. has signed a share purchase agreement to acquire all the outstanding stock of The Flesh Company and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Impressions Direct, Inc., effective July 15. The Flesh Company is a printing company with its corporate office and direct mail operatio…
July 11, 2019
Health Canada is seeking public comment on a draft revision of its regulations regarding the differences between promotional and non-promotional messages about drugs, medical devices and other health products. The proposed revisions would update its guidelines on defining promotional and non-promoti…