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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.
September 19, 2022
Brands are connecting with consumers through their favorite dessert – ice cream. This classic treat is a perfect vehicle for sending messages. Ice cream lovers are even willing to try uncommon and odd flavors, like mac n’ cheese, at least once.
September 15, 2022
Koozie Group Promotes New CXO. Plus, commonsku opens skucon registration, iPROMOTEu names a new director of business development, Ennis releases its quarterly financial results and more.
September 15, 2022
Promo companies using Exchange Online need to move away from Basic Auth before the deadline or face greater inconveniences.
September 15, 2022
On Wednesday, negotiators representing railway workers and freight lines reached an agreement that headed off potentially disastrous strikes that could have crippled large parts of the U.S. economy. Union members will now vote on the agreement.
September 15, 2022
After two years of virtual and smaller events during the height of the pandemic, PPPC’s National Convention returned to Toronto for a line-up of education, networking and a valuable trade show experience. PPAI’s leadership also attended to connect with PPPC and the Canadian promo industry.
September 14, 2022
A new Gallup study reveals that half of American workers are no longer willing to go above and beyond in their jobs. PPAI Media connected with a variety of professionals to find out how this may be affecting the promotional products business, and what can be done about it.
September 14, 2022
The Kalamazoo, Michigan-based garment company is handing the title to Jose Gomez, with leadership transitioning from the retiring Gary Schultz – now Edwards’ chairman.
September 13, 2022
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.
September 13, 2022
Down, set, hut-hut! Football season has fully kicked off at the youth, collegiate and pro levels. To catch fans’ attention, clients will need to get into the game.
September 13, 2022
Dan Pantano of alphabroder|Prime Line and Joshua White of BAMKO have been approved to PPAI’s board of directors’ class of 2027 after a week-long election.
September 13, 2022
Sourcing and merchandising execs at some of the promotional products industry’s largest suppliers explain how COVID-19 continues to shape their offerings, including some effects that may be permanent.
September 13, 2022
This cousin to ‘coastal grandmother’ pairs comfy chic with whimsical prints and produce-inspired colors. Here’s how brandable apparel can join the fun.
September 12, 2022
Weisman joined the Association’s business development department with experience doing similar work in several different industries.
September 08, 2022
‘Dioz Group’ DBA Oasis APPAREL named one of “Fastest Growing Private Company” list. Plus, Fully Promoted named a top franchise.
September 08, 2022
A recent Fast Company takedown of “conference swag” suggests that longstanding notions about our industry remain. PPAI President and CEO Dale Denham writes that we owe it to one another and our end-buyer partners to prove that promotional products work.
September 07, 2022
With ports in the East Coast reporting congestion challenges similar to what their West Coast counterparts have dealt with, and freight rail workers on the brink of a work stoppage, the coming months could contain previously unseen transportation challenges and uncertainty for promo industry busines…
September 07, 2022
The Biden-Harris Administration supports a proposal that would increase transparency on two common chemicals used in some promotional products. Here’s what we know now.
September 07, 2022
Robert Fitzpatrick has joined PPAI as the Association’s new research manager. Part of the PPAI Media team, Fitzpatrick will be responsible for research that assists industry members’ business decisions.
September 06, 2022
Employees, especially women, want subtle branding on fashion-forward styles. Here’s what two industry experts say you should look for.
September 06, 2022
Proforma affiliates recognized on the Inc. 5000 list, AIA holds its 2022 national sales meeting, registration opens for commonsku’s upcoming product summit and more.
September 05, 2022
It’s a new school year, but for teachers, many problems are the same. To build morale and school spirit, offer thoughtful, practical promotional products to clients.
September 02, 2022
B.T.C. Activewear, a $61 million revenue supplier in 2021, has been acquired by publicly-traded company New Wave Group, which owns dozens of promo and retail brands, including Cutter & Buck.
September 02, 2022
Earlier this year, distributor Jack Nadel International adopted a new name and brand. Adapting to stay ahead of the world and industry, the company also remained faithful to the culture and mission that has maintained it for almost 70 years.
September 02, 2022
The “Promise Keeper” at Social Good Promotions, Keister replaces Lindsey Davis as RRC Delegate. Here’s what she hopes to bring to the promotional products industry’s largest nonprofit trade association.
September 01, 2022
Zing Manufacturing names a new vice president, 4imprint is recognized for its company culture and more.
August 31, 2022
Stran completes acquisition of Trend Brand Solutions. Plus, PPAI's Denham Discusses Promotional Products Work Expo, and IMAGEN Brands Adds Two New Sales Reps.
August 31, 2022
Not only can you get domestically produced goods faster, those purchases support American businesses and workers, and the added transparency provides more insight into issues like sustainability and corporate social responsibility. TAGS: September 2022, Made in the USA, supply chain, apparel news…
August 31, 2022
As of August 31, many Pantone Color Books will be phased out of Adobe applications. All 15,000-plus colors and color design tools will be available through Pantone Connect.
August 30, 2022
A summer of droughts across the United States may lead to millions of acres of abandoned cotton and rising prices.
August 30, 2022
BAMKO Head of Strategy Joshua White has been nominated to join the PPAI Board of Directors. He shares his views on the industry and why he’s excited to serve the Association and industry.
August 29, 2022
The alphabroder|Prime Line president and CEO has been nominated to serve on the PPAI Board of Directors – voting is open now. Here’s why he wants to serve and what he’ll bring to the table.
August 29, 2022
Between May and July, 40 industry professionals invested in their careers, earning CAS and MAS certifications.
August 29, 2022
After nostalgia for a promotional cereal bowl took center stage in one recent Washington Post article, we check out some of the best options today’s suppliers have to offer for a balanced breakfast – or marketing campaign.
August 26, 2022
The Promotional Products Work Expo, for distributors and the clients they invite and host, is only one month away. Now is the time to preview the virtual platform ask any questions you may have in advance of the show.
August 25, 2022
PowerStick adds national account manager and IMAGEN Brands brings staff together at employee event.
August 24, 2022
If passed, food safety oversight would be conducted under a separate administration from drugs and other FDA-regulated areas and products.
August 24, 2022
After three decades, California-based supplier Tri-Mountain is closing. Its garments regularly turned up in our editors’ curation of stylish industry apparel; here we take a look back at a few standouts and why they were chosen.
August 23, 2022
Included in the slate of candidates are alphabroder|Prime Line CEO Dan Pantano and BAMKO head of strategy Joshua White. The election to approve the slate begins August 29 and closes September 6.
August 23, 2022
ASB hosts its annual summit in Chicago and Ennis acquires Gulf Business Forms.
August 23, 2022
Dolly Parton fans couldn’t believe it – the icon is selling iconic branded merch. One of her promotional products even went viral on Twitter.
August 23, 2022
The 730-page climate, health care and tax bill is a significant legislative achievement that promo companies should be aware of, although PPAI’s public affairs manager says the bill is unlikely to reshape industry business.
August 22, 2022
Armstrong, who has worked with a number of top companies in the promotional products industry, previously served in the role of vice president of sales at Proforma.
August 19, 2022
More than $900 million in tech promo was sold last year, according to PPAI research. Yet many distributors skip the category because they don’t understand it. Here are two product types that are simple to sell for any experience level.
August 19, 2022
Tekweld hires new vice business development.
August 18, 2022
In PPAI Media’s ongoing coverage of the Great Resignation and the steps promotional products companies are taking to withstand it, we reveal how some companies are focusing on helping their employees through tumultuous times.
August 17, 2022
As the industry faces down concepts like sustainability, digital transformation, labor shortages and DEI, top leaders from promotional products companies gathered in Colorado for the PPAI event to take in expert analysis, sparking new conversations among their ranks.
August 17, 2022
The passage of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act should bring needed changes to the maritime shipping industry. The Federal Maritime Commission, the agency tasked with enforcing the legislation, has launched a website outlining its planned activities.
August 16, 2022
Southern California-based supplier Tri-Mountain has announced that it is closing later this week. Final orders will be accepted through August 18.
August 16, 2022
Proforma hosts its annual convention, Logomark announces Snowfox partnership and Ad Bands celebrates 36 years in business
August 16, 2022
Increasingly extreme temperatures are not merely uncomfortable; they can also shape market forces.
August 16, 2022
PPAI has gathered top promo professionals this week, including C-level personnel from some of the market’s largest firms, in Colorado Springs, Colorado for networking and professional development.
August 16, 2022
Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of Dale Denham stepping into his role as the leader of PPAI. During remarks at the North American Leadership Conference, he marked the occasion with an update on the results thus far and the outlook moving forward.
August 16, 2022
Celebrities get the best free high-end gifts. The 74th Emmy Awards will be broadcast on September 12. But first, presenters and nominees will get to choose extravagant gifts from the official Giving Suite. Here’s how luxury products have changed.
August 16, 2022
PPAI Media asked a sampling of industry companies about their evolving approach to benefits at a time when finding and retaining workers is increasingly difficult.
August 15, 2022
The departure of CEO Sharon Eyal is part of a planned transition following the supplier’s acquisition by PCNA in 2019. Twelve-year ETS veteran Brandon Bell is the company’s new chief executive.
August 15, 2022
Confidence is waning and inventories are building up in warehouses. That’s good news for shipping delays and port congestion, but the shifts are putting pressure on freight companies.
August 15, 2022
Stran & Company share their second quarter financial results, Toddy Gear promotes from within and NWPMA is set to host its fall showcase.
August 10, 2022
Jill Begun brings an extensive background in recruiting and staffing to PPAI as the Association’s new professional development manager.
August 10, 2022
A veteran dealmaker points out misconceptions about what it means to sell a company and explains why founders in the promotional products industry should consider this outcome ahead of time.
August 10, 2022
The promotional products sector isn’t immune to unprecedented turnover. Industry companies are reassessing what they offer employees and how they can attract new talent.
August 09, 2022
Name Badges International introduces borderless badges. Plus, branded products revenue up in BAMKO parent Superior Group Of Companies’ Second Quarter Earnings Report, PromoStandards grows its board and Spector & Co. and Raining Rose announce staff and leadership updates.
August 09, 2022
The sports market has always been key for promo pros, but it goes far deeper than the competitions most popular with spectators.
August 08, 2022
With companies reacting to an uncertain economy, PPAI’s Promotional Products Work campaign and client-facing event come at an important time. The initiative was designed to demonstrate the value and possibilities of the medium.
August 08, 2022
The Senate has passed Reese’s Law, legislation that directs the CPSC to establish consumer safety standards surrounding button cell batteries. The law passed the House and now goes to President Biden for his signature.
August 08, 2022
Klondike announced the end of ice cream truck icon, the Choco Taco. While fans mourn this concoction of vanilla ice cream, fudge and peanuts, snack experts share the next best treats.
August 05, 2022
PPW Expo is around the corner. Distributors can now register and invite clients to the virtual event, designed to showcase the effectiveness and value of promotional products.
August 05, 2022
Join PPAI’s Promotional Products Work manager and distributor engagement manager for a discussion on keeping promo products top of mind for clients.
August 04, 2022
ASC Affiliate Services Announces New Affiliate Partners. Plus, Facilisgroup announces Delegate CX partnership and new distributor members, and Pop! Promos gears up for upcoming holiday season with new fulfillment kit offerings.
August 03, 2022
Top companies like Google and Meta are reportedly tightening their budgets as CEOs take a harder line amid economic doubt, leading one CEO to suggest a “swag detox.” Industry leaders react.
August 03, 2022
New data from the Incentive Federation shows a significant uptick in U.S. businesses spending on incentive programs since the last time the organization conducted its study, in 2016.
August 03, 2022
An industry CFO explains the KPIs he uses to understand the financial strength of his distributorship. Is your business in good shape according to these metrics?
August 03, 2022
As buyers become strained by rising prices, will sustainability remain a growing priority? A new report shows the ways sustainability efforts are affected by consumer spending cuts.
August 02, 2022
St Regis Group announces Revo sunglasses partnership, ASB leadership team members earn DEI certification and ShopWorks expands services through its SAGE integration.
August 02, 2022
With a branded hoodie serving as a key plot point in the Hulu mystery series, we polled industry apparel experts on the sweatshirts end users would kill to receive.
August 01, 2022
People everywhere are feeling the heat. Industry road warriors share their favorite products for staying cool in record-breaking temperatures.
August 01, 2022
Multi-line rep Vince White passed away on July 23 after a long career in the promotional products industry.
August 01, 2022
PCNA has announced a partnership bringing stainless-steel drinkware manufacturer Hydro Flask to the promotional products market. The deal further expands the extensive list of retail brands the supplier offers distributors.
August 01, 2022
The additions are intended to strengthen the technological and digital initiatives at the Illinois-headquartered distributorship, which is currently the largest in the promotional products industry.
August 01, 2022
PPAI has promoted Alan Peterson to senior vice president. Previously the Association’s vice president of business development, Peterson will be responsible for a range of the organization’s initiatives and operations in his new role.
July 28, 2022
OrderMyGear hires new CRO, California Tattoos adds to their marketing team and Gildan releases its latest ESG report.
July 28, 2022
PPAI Executive Vice President Bob McLean is stepping away from his role at the Association to pursue the next chapter in his career as a consultant. While he will continue to work with PPAI, his departure caps off a distinguished tenure with the Association.
July 27, 2022
Licensed sportswear and merchandise provider Fanatics and The University of Alabama have entered into a long-term partnership that would include a wide range of goods and services, including products featuring players’ names and likenesses and a retail store at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
July 27, 2022
Inspired by the highly anticipated 2023 Barbie movie starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, pink is the new dream color. We asked fashionable industry pros how they would style this trend for branded apparel.
July 27, 2022
The supplier, which has also partnered with World Vision Honduras for 10 years, has a manufacturing hub in Bangladesh.