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Promotional Products Sales Hit $20 Billion In 2014 But Growth Slows

U.S. promotional products sales reached a record $20,042,228,931 in 2014 and marked the fifth consecutive year of growth, according to findings in PPAI’s 2014 Annual Estimate of Distributor Sales, completed late last month for PPAI by Relevant Insights, LLC. However, at a 1.09-percent increase over 2013, it was the slowest growth since the 2008 recession, and small distributors in particular felt the pinch. Read More »

Advertising Spending Growth At Its Slowest Since 2010

In its annual ranking of the country’s 200 largest advertising spenders, Ad Age reports that advertising in the U.S. rose a modest two percent in 2014. While the companies profiled in the magazine’s ranking accounted for a record $137.8 billion last year, U.S. ad spending grew at its slowest pace since the ad industry’s recovery began in 2010. Read More »

Employment Trend Index Growth Picks Up The Pace In June

The Conference Board’s Employment Trends Index (ETI) increased to 129.11 in June, up from 128.47 in May. The change represents a 4.8 percent gain in the ETI compared to a year ago. Read More »

Safeguard Business Systems Acquires Distributor USFI

Safeguard Business Systems (UPIC: SAFE0003) has completed the acquisition of distributor USFI. The Dallas, Texas-based company, a division of distributor Deluxe (UPIC: NEB00001), has not released terms of the acquisition, which was completed July 1. Read More »

Proforma Introduces 100 Percent Guarantee For New Members

Proforma (UPIC: PROFORMA) has introduced a satisfaction guarantee for new owners to join its member network. The guarantee says that new member owners will find complete satisfaction in their business, through the success, profits, cash flow and fun they are seeking, within their first six months of joining Proforma or 100 percent of the service fees they have paid will be refunded. Read More »

PPAI’s Webinar Schedule Explores Testing, Product Category Specifics

Learn about transportation, ink testing and more in this summer’s online webinar series. PPAI’s education schedule features a wide range of best practices, updates and other topics important to promotional products industry practitioners. Read More »

SAAC Joins Logomark For Factory Tour And Product Safety Discussion

The Specialty Advertising Association of California (SAAC) hosted a factory tour and product safety discussion for its members at Logomark, Inc. (UPIC: logomark) headquarters in Tustin, California. Read More »

Know Your Numbers

Over the past 10 years an abundant number of tools for small businesses have been introduced that put running a business at the fingertips of anyone with an idea and ambition. Read More »

Help Is On The Way

Help Is On The Way

Though nonprofit employment numbers may be small, the amount of work they do and the volunteers they rely on are quite large in comparison. To garner funds and support for their causes, while also encouraging volunteers to make ongoing commitments to service, nonprofits often turn to promotional products to help spread the word. Read More »

Industry-Wide Pride

Industry-Wide Pride

In May, PPAI and the industry came together for Promotional Products Work! Week (PPW!W), five days dedicated to raising awareness of the benefits of promotional products in advertising and marketing. Read More »

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