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September 18, 2018
On Monday, the White House announced that the President had directed the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to move forward with additional tariffs on roughly $200 billion in Chinese imports. The tariffs will go into effect on September 24 and are set at 10 percent through the end of the year and will rise to 25 percent on January 1. The tariffs are a result of the Section 301 process the USTR is pursuing in response to its conclusion that China is engaged in numerous unfair policies and ...
September 18, 2018
Hurricane Florence made landfall on the North Carolina coast late last week causing an estimated $17 to $22 billion in lost economic output and property damage, and those costs could rise in the coming weeks making the storm one of the top 10 costliest in U.S. history. Industry companies across the Carolinas temporarily interrupted operations last week in preparation for the storm. Among them was Bridgeport, Connecticut-based Prime Line, which has a facility in South Carolina. The company had ha...
September 18, 2018
HUB Promotional Group, which overseas industry suppliers HUB Pen Company (PPAI 110772), Beacon (PPAI 113702), Best Promotions, Cooler Graphics (PPAI 226076) and Debco Bag Distributors (PPAI 317075), has acquired Montreal, Quebec-based supplier BCG Creations (PPAI 207888). The news was first reported Monday in a PPB Newslink Breaking News alert. BCG Creations, which has a distribution center in Champlain, New York, was founded in 1981 and has developed an expertise in emblematics and custom wood ...
September 18, 2018
This year’s PPAI Product Responsibility Summit drew nearly 170 industry professionals to Alexandria, Virginia, for two and a half days of expert-led education sessions focused on ensuring safe and compliant promotional products. Leeton Lee, who has been involved since the inaugural event in 2011 and now chairs the PPAI Product Responsibility Action Group, says Summit is a unique event because of the concentration of valuable resources and the information provided. This year Summit attracted almo...
September 18, 2018
“Today’s buyer is more aware than ever of the link between good business and responsible business behaviors,” said Ann Marie Buerkle, acting chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, as she opened her keynote presentation at the PPAI Product Responsibility Summit in Alexandria, Virginia, on Monday. “The age of technology enables buyers and communities to share that information on a faster and larger, more visible scale. That makes your advocacy for safety and responsible practices...
September 18, 2018
Robert Stoltz is joining PPAI as the Association’s distributor major account manager, effective October 15. Stoltz, formerly vice president of business development for supplier Gemline, will be responsible for establishing and enhancing strategic relationships with the larger PPAI member distributors and their attendance at The Expo and Expo East. PPAI has placed an emphasis on moving The Expo from great to extraordinary and Stoltz will work closely with PPAI distributors to ensure their Expo an...
September 18, 2018
While in the Chicago, Illinois-area recently, PPAI Director of Business Development Ellen Tucker and Business Development Account Manager Lameshia Haynes-Gilbert visited suppliers Hinda Incentives and Illinois Glove Company to learn more about their businesses and philosophies. At Hinda Incentives’ Chicago office, Tucker and Haynes-Gilbert met with Mike Donnelly, the company’s president, and Alisa Shafer, its director of marketing, and discussed what they are working toward with its Hinda Partne...
September 18, 2018
Consumers have long demanded innovation from brands, but research shows that in response to technology-based fears, they increasingly require brands use technology ethically and responsibly. WE Communications Brands In Motion 2018 global study examined the rational and emotional drivers that motivate customer choice and found three key themes: consumers hold brands accountable to use technology ethically, they want brands to deliver proof over promises and they want greater rationality and respo...
September 18, 2018
SanMar Corporation recently worked with the Why Not You Foundation to donate $126,100 to Friends of the Children. The supplier’s Issaquah, Washington, home office and eight distribution centers held a variety of events to raise money for Friends of the Children, a national organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty. SanMar joined with Why Not You Foundation because their core values and both organizations are committed to meeting the needs of children in their communities to help t...
September 13, 2018
Roger Burnett, vice president of sales and marketing at Fort Collins, Colorado, supplier Branded Logistics, LLC, and Steven Meyer, MAS, vice president of sales at Dallas, Texas-based supplier RiteLine, have been named recipients of the 2018 PPAI RAC Volunteer of the Year award. The award is presented annually to regional association members who have demonstrated an outstanding level of volunteerism and leadership, and who have made significant and measurable contributions to a regional associati...
September 13, 2018
Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall in the Carolinas later today, bringing with it storm surges as high as 13 feet, coastal flooding and prolonged rains forecast to dump 10 trillion gallons of water further inland. The nearly 1,000 PPAI member companies who are in the three states expected to be most affected by the storm are preparing themselves and their customers for any delays the rough weather may bring. Distributor All Kinds of Stuff, LLC, in Wilmington, North Carolina, is read...
September 13, 2018
Toledo, Ohio-based supplier Sabina (PPAI 113610) released a letter today to its customers saying that after 40 years the company is ceasing operations. Sabina will accept orders for on-hand stock products in the U.S. through September 21, 2018 for shipment on or before October 5, 2018. It will continue to honor returns through October 26, 2018. The letter also assured customers that the company would do its best to make the transition as smooth as possible and promised the same level of service ...
September 13, 2018
The Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), an independent, nonprofit accreditation organization dedicated to helping promotional products companies provide safe products, has been named an official compliance solutions partner by Compliance & Risks, an end-to-end regulatory solutions provider for companies in the technology, consumer and industrial goods, retail and life-sciences sectors. Compliance & Risks is part of a recent round of new QCA partnerships intended to increase access to r...
September 13, 2018
Voting is under way for the PPAI Board of Directors Class of 2023, and runs through September 17. Supplier candidates are Dan Edge, director of sales for Peerless Umbrella Company, and Bill Mahre, president of ADG Promotional Products. Distributor candidates are R. Renée Jones, MAS+, CEO of A Creative Touch, Inc., and Craig Reese, senior vice president of Jack Nadel International. One candidate from each category will be elected by the membership and will begin a four-year board term immediately...
September 13, 2018
PPAI’s webinars deliver the tools, practices and philosophies industry professionals can use to build up their business. The Association’s upcoming webinars look at retail brands’ use as promotional products, simplifying the shipping process 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 ...
September 13, 2018
Consumers are proving open to companies’ efforts to reduce plastic waste. The recent move by Starbucks, Walt Disney Co. and others to move away from plastic straws has been well received by consumers, with a Morning Consult poll finding 67 percent having a favorable view of the decision. The survey also found that consumers are generally positive about businesses’ recycling efforts, with 66 percent saying that a recycling policy to reduce plastic waste would give them a more favorable impression...
September 11, 2018
SAGE Show 2018, hosted by industry technology provider SAGE, drew more than 1,000 industry professionals and more than 300 invited clients to the Irving Convention Center in Irving, Texas, on August 30 to explore over 250 supplier lines. SAGE and PPAI also joined forces to provide professional education sessions throughout the day dedicated to exploring cutting-edge technology, improving sales and marketing skills, and promoting growth for promotional products businesses. “It’s extremely rewardi...
September 11, 2018
More than one million people in the path of Hurricane Florence have been ordered to evacuate as the storm advances toward the East Coast. Florence, currently a Category Four storm, is expected to bring 130 mile-per-hour winds to a stretch of coast including North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, and communities and business along its projected path are preparing for landfall late Thursday or early Friday. Nearly 1,000 PPAI member companies are located in the three states expected to be mos...
September 11, 2018
Last month, the Conference Board’s Employment Trends Index climbed to 110.88 building on growth registered in July, when the index rose to 109.58. The August result represents a 6.9 percent gain on the year-ago level and coincides with the federal government’s announcement that the U.S. labor market added 201,000 jobs in that month. “The Employment Trends Index continues to accelerate, with this month’s year-over-year increase being the strongest since May 2012,” says Gad Levanon, chief economis...
September 11, 2018
The National Promotional Products Credit Group held its semi-annual meeting in Huntington Beach, California, on August 23-24. The meeting brought together industry credit professionals from promotional products suppliers to discuss industry-specific information on mutual customers, best practice exchanges along with education and networking opportunities. Presentations included a session delivered by Scott Blakely of Blakely LLP with insights into supplier pacts, anti-trust laws and tips to assi...
September 11, 2018
PPAI has joined with 21 associations representing diverse industries in a letter to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. The letter voices strong opposition to any tariff increases on U.S. imports of consumer products, such as textiles, clothing, shoes, carpets and rugs, home goods, fashion accessories, sporting goods and travel goods from China. The most recent proposed list of tariffs, covering $200 billion in imported products, include baseball caps and gloves, backpacks, handbags and...
September 11, 2018
On September 7, the Promotional Product Service Institute (PSI) presented the fourth annual PSI Sustainability Awards at the Wiesbaden Kurhaus in Wiesbaden, Germany. The awards presentation was held in conjunction with the PSI Sustainability Summit, which brought together industry and business leaders to discuss future-proofing supply chains. The PSI Sustainability Awards recognized industry companies in eight categories as well as a special award for sustainable distributor of the year. The cat...
September 11, 2018
Voting is under way for the PPAI Board of Directors Class of 2023, and the election will run through September 17. Supplier candidates are Dan Edge, director of sales for Peerless Umbrella Company, and Bill Mahre, president of ADG Promotional Products. Distributor candidates are R. Renée Jones, MAS+, CEO of A Creative Touch, Inc., and Craig Reese, senior vice president of Jack Nadel International. One candidate from each category will be elected by the membership and will begin a four-year board...
September 06, 2018
Supplier Hospitality Mints (PPAI 113524), headquartered in Boone, North Carolina, has been acquired by El Paso, Texas-based Mount Franklin Foods, LLC, the parent company of Sunrise Confections, Azar Nut Company and Mount Franklin Nutritionals. Mount Franklin Foods manufactures a variety of candy and nut products including gummies, jellies, brittles, organic chocolates, nuts and fruit snacks for the retail and food service industries. The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, is effective immediat...
September 06, 2018
Proforma (PPAI 196835) drew more than 800 industry professionals to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, August 26-29 for the Cleveland, Ohio-headquartered distributor’s 2018 Convention and Family Reunion. Held this year under “The Steps” theme, the four-day event’s programming challenged the print, promotional products and marketing professionals in attendance to “step up” their success. Greg Muzzillo, founder of Proforma, opened the event at the general session. “There is no better event than o...
September 06, 2018
Geiger set an industry record for the largest number of people participating in a single yoga session during the Lewiston, Maine-based distributor’s recent event. To kick off its 2019 business planning season, every employee participated in motivational workshops and nearly 100 employees participated in a single yoga session. Geiger’s motivational workshop was led by Dan Nevins, military veteran, speaker and yoga teacher. Nevins challenged employees to make a positive change in their lives and i...
September 06, 2018
Voting is under way for the PPAI Board of Directors Class of 2023, and the election will run through September 17. Supplier candidates are Dan Edge, director of sales for Peerless Umbrella Company, and Bill Mahre, president of ADG Promotional Products. Distributor candidates are R. Renée Jones, MAS+, CEO of A Creative Touch, Inc., and Craig Reese, senior vice president of Jack Nadel International. One candidate from each category will be elected by the membership and will begin a four-year board...
September 06, 2018
Americans’ trust in institutions—the government, media, businesses and NGOs—is down. The 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer, produced by global communications marketing firm Edelman, found that trust among the general population fell nine points to 43, placing it in the lower quarter of the 28 markets included in the survey. Trust among the informed public in the U.S. declined even more sharply, plunging 23 points to 45, making it the lowest of the 28 markets surveyed, below Russia and South Africa. E...
September 04, 2018
The United States Postal Service (USPS) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding new mailing limitations for marketing mail. The proposed change would limit USPS Marketing Mail to content that is paper-based or printed matter. Under the new rule, no products of any type would be allowed regardless of the item’s value. If approved, this new rule would eliminate magnets, buttons and a variety of other items that are often included in marketing mailers. Any object that is not eligible t...
September 04, 2018
Voting is under way for the PPAI Board of Directors Class of 2023, and the election will run through September 17. Supplier candidates are Dan Edge, director of sales for Peerless Umbrella Company, and Bill Mahre, president of ADG Promotional Products. Distributor candidates are R. Renée Jones, MAS+, CEO of A Creative Touch, Inc., and Craig Reese, senior vice president of Jack Nadel International. One candidate from each category will be elected by the membership and will begin a four-year board...
September 04, 2018
The Arizona Promotional Products Association (AzPPA) held its 2018 AzPPA Expo August 27-28 at the Mesa Convention Center in Mesa, Arizona. PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE, and Public Affairs Director Anne Stone joined the trade show to deliver a keynote luncheon presentation on strategic foresight in the promotional products industry Nearly 200 Arizona-based distributors and approximately 75 of their clients attended the AzPPA Expo this year. The trade show featured 66 exhibiting com...
September 04, 2018
In August, 10 industry professionals earned their Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) designations. They join an elite group of individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to the promotional products industry and to continuing their education. PPAI certifications are awarded to professionals in the promotional products industry who have met rigorous educational requirements and demonstrate exemplary commitment to their profession. Professionals who have earned their certification provi...
September 04, 2018
In today’s fast-paced world, convenience plays a huge role in how consumers select one product and service over another. Making it easy and convenient for consumers to buy is the mantra that smart marketers follow. Nielsen’s Quest For Convenience report examines the six factors that drive consumers’ desire for convenience and help companies satisfy their demand for ease, utility and simplicity. First is the fact that consumers’ lifestyles are changing because of urbanization, longer commutes, mo...
September 04, 2018
Sock Club (PPAI 692671), a supplier based in Austin, Texas, has partnered with New York City’s Delivering Good, a nonprofit specializing in distributing new product donations from companies in the fashion, home and children’s industries. This partnership is intended to be an ongoing relationship, and Sock Club has pledged to donate at least 3,000 pairs of socks each quarter to Delivering Good. Sock Club product donations will be helping Delivering Good to achieve their annual goal of collecting ...
August 30, 2018
Jon Levine, Jim Nathanson and Jay Nathanson, owners of The Image Group (PPAI 103424) / Target Marketing (PPAI 109001) have reached an agreement to acquire distributor Thomas Marketing of Richmond, Virginia, effective September 1. The news was first reported on Wednesday in a PPB Newslink Breaking News alert. “This acquisition is a great opportunity for our Mid-Atlantic region,” says Jon Levine, CEO of The Image Group. “By combining our unique strengths, buying power and client diversity, we’ll b...
August 30, 2018
Cimpress, the Dutch parent company of Waltham, Massachusetts, distributor Vistaprint (PPAI 565755), and San Diego, California-based distributor National Pen Co. LLC (PPAI 107176), has acquired a majority stake in San Francisco-based VIDA & Co, a producer of apparel, accessories and home decor, in a $29 million deal. “We are investing in VIDA because of its innovative and fast‐moving approach to disrupting the large market for retail‐grade consumer products via mass customization,” says Rober...
August 30, 2018
S&S Activewear (PPAI 256121) has announced that it is opening a new 750,000 square foot distribution center in Lockport, Illinois. The facility is slated to open in third quarter 2019. The Bolingbrook-headquartered supplier has been expanding its footprint, having announced a Reno, Nevada, distribution center earlier this month. The new facility is bigger, brighter and better equipped to handle the company’s increasing inventory. The new warehouse will include more space for a deeper invento...
August 30, 2018
Distributor American Solutions for Business (PPAI 101656) held its annual top earners sales summit August 23-26 in Washington, D.C. The event drew more than 75 of the Glenwood, Minnesota, company’s top sales people and guests. The summit featured individual suite-style meetings with 28 participating vendors to allow attendees to learn about and connect with the product line and offerings. Each night, American hosted a social event at a new location around the city, providing an opportunity for s...
August 30, 2018
Distributor InnerWorkings, Inc. and audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP have announced an alliance that brings together technology and services to help clients increase efficiencies, improve consistency and drive savings in their marketing expenditures. “By combining KPMG’s experience and deep understanding of its clients’ business challenges with InnerWorkings’ global marketing execution capabilities, the two companies offer corporations a compelling value proposition,” says Oliver Kimberley,...
August 30, 2018
Most Americans—51 percent of them—feel overall satisfaction with their jobs. The Conference Board’s survey of 1,500 employed individuals found that job satisfaction increased for the seventh year in a row and has increased each year since the Great Recession. During this period wages and job security saw the largest improvements. However, workers admit disappointment with their job’s professional development aspects, which the research organization highlighted as a warning signal for employers l...
August 28, 2018
The board of directors of Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC) has unveiled plans for a strategic management restructuring to help the association better serve and promote the promotional products industry in Canada. Effective November 1, PPPC will close its office and outsource full management of the association to Strauss, an association management company. Through this partnership, Jonathan N. Strauss, president and CEO of Strauss, has been appointed as PPPC’s president and CEO...
August 28, 2018
HALO Branded Solutions (PPAI 106462) has acquired Sunrise Identity (PPAI 229351), a distributor headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. Sterling, Illinois-based HALO will continue to maintain the Sunrise office in Bellevue, and Sunrise will go to market as Sunrise Identity Powered by HALO. The news was first reported on Friday in a PPB Newslink Breaking News alert. “HALO will provide the resources necessary to expand our reach with our clients and key prospects and support the expansion of our cr...
August 28, 2018
The U.S. and Mexico announced a preliminary agreement in principle on Monday that may replace or update the nearly 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It must still be approved by Congress, and Canada is expected to join the talks once the bilateral issues between Mexico and the U.S. are resolved. The agreement primarily focuses on manufacturing, agriculture and 21st-century issues like intellectual property, digital trade and financial services, among other areas. The new r...
August 28, 2018
Supplier Expert Brand Apparel (PPAI 267226) is celebrating its 25th anniversary on October 1. The company has grown from four employees, two apparel styles and less than 100,000 garments made annually to more than 100 employees and 200 apparel styles, with millions made each year. “We decided we wanted to make a better shirt, an EXtra PERformance t-shirt. Thus EXPERT,” says Sion Shaman, president. “We also wanted to contribute to the active lifestyle market where people could get engaged in phys...
August 28, 2018
The election for the PPAI Board of Directors Class of 2023 is now open and runs through September 17. Distributor candidates are R. Renée Jones, MAS+, CEO of A Creative Touch, Inc., and Craig Reese, senior vice president of Jack Nadel International. Supplier candidates are Dan Edge, director of sales for Peerless Umbrella Company, and Bill Mahre, president of ADG Promotional Products. One candidate from each category will be elected by the membership and will begin a four-year board term immedia...
August 28, 2018
PPAI has released its 2017 Annual Report, which describes the Association’s organizational strategy and provides performance updates on its goals and initiatives for the year ending December 31, 2017. 2017 was a strong year for the Association and the promotional products industry. PPAI’s 2017 Distributor Sales Volume Study found that distributor sales reached $23.3 billion, representing record-breaking growth of just over nine percent. And in 2017, PPAI launched several programs to grow and pro...
August 28, 2018
PPAI Business Development Director Ellen Tucker (left) and Member Engagement and Regional Relations Director Carol Gauger, MAS (center), met last week with Viktorya Kooistra, director of marketing and communications at Chicago, Illinois-based supplier Toddy Gear (PPAI 516677). In their conversation with Kooistra, Tucker and Gauger learned about Toddy Gear’s perspectives on some of PPAI’s programs, including the awards program featured at The PPAI Expo. Toddy Gear has won multiple awards in this ...
August 28, 2018
PPAI’s webinars deliver the tools, practices and philosophies industry professionals can use to build their businesses. The Association’s upcoming webinars explore how Instagram can be used in marketing campaigns and more. The webinar roster features a wide range of ideas, updates and other topics important to promotional products industry practitioners. All sessions, unless otherwise noted, are free to PPAI members and include MAS/CAS credits. Upcoming webinars include: Try Instagram For Your N...
August 28, 2018
U.S. and Canadian companies are investing less in internal communications compared to their counterparts in Europe and elsewhere. The 2018 State of the Sector report, from global insurance brokerage, risk management and consulting services firm Gallagher, found that 43 percent of respondents in the U.S. and Canada in its survey of internal communicators are tasked solely with internal communication, compared to 57 percent globally. "Companies risk being shortsighted if they view employee communi...
August 24, 2018
HALO Branded Solutions (PPAI 106462) has acquired Sunrise Identity (PPAI 229351), a distributor headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. Sterling, Illinois-based HALO will continue to maintain the Sunrise office in Bellevue, and Sunrise will go to market as Sunrise Identity Powered by HALO. "HALO will provide the resources necessary to expand our reach with our clients and key prospects and support the expansion of our creative and sourcing capabilities," says Sunrise Identity CEO Mitch Mounger. "...
August 23, 2018
PPAI has named Daryll Harris Griffin, MAS, president of Atlanta-based distributor Accolades, Inc. (PPAI 103067) as the 2019 H. Ted Olson Humanitarian of the Year. Griffin will be honored during the Chairman’s Leadership Dinner on January 14, 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center during The PPAI Expo in Las Vegas. An Atlanta native, Griffin founded Accolades, Inc. in 1990. Prior to starting the marketing firm, she had a distinguished career with Xerox Corporation, earning both Xerox’s Distin...
August 23, 2018
The Conference Board’s Leading Economic Index (LEI) for the U.S. rose 0.6 percent in July to 110.7, following increases of 0.4 percent in June and 0.1 percent in May. “The U.S. LEI increased in July, suggesting the U.S. economy will continue expanding at a solid pace for the remainder of this year,” says Ataman Ozyildirim, director of business cycles and growth research at The Conference Board. “The strengths among the components of the leading index were very widespread, with unemployment claim...
August 23, 2018
Distributor InnerWorkings, Inc., headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, has announced financial results for second quarter 2018, ending June 30. The company’s gross revenues for the quarter, at $282 million, were up one percent compared to the same quarter in 2017. “One of the best indicators of a company's strength is its ability to grow within its existing clients. We have been awarded additional work with two existing accounts in just the last two weeks, and our pipeline is full of opportunities...
August 23, 2018
S&S Activewear (PPAI 256121) is expanding into Reno, Nevada, adding an 800,000 square-foot warehouse facility. The new distribution center, which will be the largest of the supplier’s fulfilment centers across the U.S., is expected to open in first quarter 2019. It joins centers in Illinois, Georgia, Kansas, New Jersey, California and Texas. The Bolingbrook, Illinois-based company’s Reno facility will be three times larger than its Santa Fe Springs, California, building and the largest lease...
August 23, 2018
commonsku, a provider of promotional products business and sales software, is holding its sixth annual skucon conference at an all-new venue. The one-day event, to be held January 13 in conjunction with The PPAI Expo 2019, will be held at the Keep Memory Alive Event Center in Las Vegas. The full-day conference features speakers from across the industry: Ryan Moor from Ryonet; Larry Cohen, CAS, from Axis Promotions; Lauren Borelli Fitzgerald from Canary; Kevin Mullaney from Brandito; Gillian Hamm...
August 23, 2018
PPAI’s webinars deliver the tools, practices and philosophies industry professionals can use to build their business. The Association’s upcoming webinars revisit SPARK 2018, look at how Instagram can be used in marketing campaigns and more. The webinar roster features a wide range of ideas, updates and other topics important to promotional products industry practitioners. All sessions, unless otherwise noted, are free to PPAI members and include MAS/CAS credits. Upcoming webinars include: SPARK ...
August 23, 2018
What did people do to fill their days before the internet became a part of our everyday lives? The latest numbers showing time spent on internet-related activities begs the question because the calculations from this year alone are staggering. An article by digital strategist Ayaz Nanji on the site MarketingProfs.com uses research from Domo and other sources to report that during each minute of the day internet users watch 4.3 million YouTube videos, conduct 3.9 million Google searches, stream 9...
August 23, 2018
Every business day, distributor 4imprint (PPAI 107200) awards three $500 in-kind promotional products grants through its one by one charitable program to help a wide variety of organizations raise funds, reward and recruit volunteers, educate the community and raise awareness of the good work they do. During the second quarter of 2018, the Oshkosh, Wisconsin-based company awarded grants to 330 charitable organizations.“These nonprofit organizations impress me with the creativity they demonstrate...
August 21, 2018
Distributor Axis Promotions (PPAI 159158), headquartered in New York, New York, has acquired Campus Stop, an online provider of branded merchandise to colleges and universities. “As an industry leader in ecommerce technology and online stores, we look forward to bringing our resources and creativity to the education industry as the corporate parent to Campus Stop,” says Axis Promotions President Larry Cohen, CAS. “By pairing with Campus Stop’s color match technology, we will provide colleges and...
August 21, 2018
Promotional products companies have become an established presence on Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 ranking of the country’s fastest-growing private companies, and that trend continues into 2018. Twelve of Cleveland, Ohio-based Proforma’s affiliated distributors made the magazine’s list: Proforma IdeaPress, No.448; Proforma Springboard Promotions, No.626; The Branding Agency Powered by Proforma, No.696; MCS Marketing powered by Proforma, No.1237; Proforma Durkee, No.1551; Proforma Irvine Group, No.1...
August 21, 2018
Prime Line (PPAI 112744), the hard goods division of alphabroder (PPAI 156993), has launched a deep inventory program called primeplus that features 30 of the Bridgeport, Connecticut, supplier’s top-selling items. The products come with the company’s deepest inventory commitment, which means they are always guaranteed to be in stock. The primeplus program, modeled after alphabroder’s program of the same name, can fill large orders of 5,000 to 25,000 units from on-hand inventory. “Distributors ar...
August 21, 2018
PromoMAX (PPAI 702691), a distributor based in New Berlin, Wisconsin, has acquired Republic, Michigan-based distributor Northern Specialty Co. PromoMAX, an independent distributor affiliate of iPROMOTEu, has been in business since 2016. “Northern Specialty has a loyal customer base and great staff in place,” says Sheri Steinle, owner of PromoMAX. “PromoMAX is excited about the opportunity to utilize the technology and resources available to offer a more expansive product selection and to add a l...
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