Pennsylvania Congressman Jason Altmire Visits Leed’s
On April 13, New Kensington, Pennsylvania-based supplier Leed’s (UPIC: LEEDS) hosted a visit from Representative Jason Altmire. During the Pennsylvania Congressman’s visit, Altmire toured the company’s offices and production facility and visited with some of the 900 employees that work there. Read more Altmire
End Users, Distributors And Exhibitors Come Together At The Netherlands’ PromZ Show
On April 3-5, an international roster of end users, distributors and exhibitors gathered at the Royal Dutch Jaarbeurs exhibition and convention center in Utretch, The Netherlands, for the Dutch promotional products tradeshow, PromZ. Read more PromZ
Distributors Straub Corporation And PAW Marketing Merge
The Straub Corporation (UPIC: T486081), a distributor headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, has merged with Brooklyn, Iowa’s PAW Marketing (UPIC: PAW). The transaction closed on March 1. Read more Straub
SAGE Releases An Android Version Of Its SAGE Showlink Mobile Application
SAGE has released a native Android version of its lead retrieval mobile application, SAGE Showlink. Previously, the system had only been available to those using a Windows laptop or an Apple iOS device, such as an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Read more Showlink
iPROMOTEu Adds 32 Distributor Affiliates In 2012’s First Quarter
During the first three months of 2012, 32 distributors affiliated with iPROMOTEu, the distributor company announced. On aggregate, these new distributors have an estimated sales volume of $10 million. Read more iPROMOTEu
R.S. Owens Supplies Trophies To The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Awards
At the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Awards, winners took home trophies made by Chicago, Illinois, supplier R.S. Owens & Co., Inc. (UPIC: RSOWENS). Read more R.S. Owens
CleggPromo’s Big Sound Button Appears On Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report”
On April 3, “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central featured “Trevor May I Buttons”—five different Big Sound Buttons, a product from CleggPromo’s (UPIC: CLEGG) product line developed for this application in conjunction with iPROMOTEu (UPIC: IPRO9320) affiliate Jenny Begg. Read more CleggPromo
The Vernon Company’s ‘Commit To Be Fit’ Program Seeks To Improve Employee Wellness
The Vernon Company (UPIC: Vernon) has launched its “Commit To Be Fit” initiative to educate and encourage the Newton, Iowa-based distributor’s employees to adopt healthier lifestyles. Read more Vernon
Nominations Now Open For 2012 PPB Rising Stars
When PPB first launched its search for the industry’s Rising Stars in 2010, it created quite a buzz. Now in its third year, the competition is heating up even more. PPB wants your help to identify the industry’s dynamic up-and-comers who have the demonstrated drive and talent to lead us into the next decade. PPB is looking for budding young leaders who are stretching the limits, charting new courses and putting a twist on the traditional approach to business. Tell us who you think are our industry’s Rising Stars and he or she may be selected for inclusion in a special presentation at the PPAI North American Leadership Conference and a profile in PPB’s August issue. All nominees must be affiliated with PPAI member companies and previous winners are not eligible (see 2010 and 2011 winners here). The deadline for nominations is midnight CT on Friday, May 11. Access the nomination form here.
How Did Your Company Fare In The First Quarter Of 2012?
In order to give you a market snapshot for the quarter, PPAI is once again tracking quarterly performance in the promotional products industry. So, please take a minute or two to support PPAI in gathering the 2012 first-quarter sales performance information. The metrics you provide are confidential and will be presented only in aggregate form in an upcoming issue of PPAI’s Supplier Update or PPB Newslink and by e-mail to you. Please respond by April 30, 2012. Distributors, please click here, while supplier companies, please follow this link.
PPAI Offers A Diverse Line-Up Of Educational Webinars
This spring, PPAI is offering a variety of webinars to support industry members’ professional development, expand their skills and broaden their business knowledge. Read more Webinars
The U.S. Senate To Vote On Amendments To USPS Bill
The U.S. Senate is set to vote on legislation that would help the U.S. Postal Service control costs and improve its shaky financial outlook. The proposals are not without controversy, however, as they would add new restriction on mail delivery. Read more USPS
Sign Up For The 2012 PPAI Product Safety Summit, August 14-15, In New Orleans, Louisiana
PPAI’s Product Safety Summit explores the issues impacting the promotional products industry, as well as the business implications and challenges associated with compliance. The 2012 Summit, held on August 14-15 in conjunction with the North American Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, offers a day and a half of education on pressing product safety issues, their business implications, challenges and opportunities. For more information on the Product Safety Summit and to view a short video about the event, click here.
Dana Zezzo, CAS, Joins Jetline
Dana Zezzo, CAS, has joined Jetline (UPIC: jetline) as chief marketing officer. Read more Zezzo
||Starline USA (UPIC: STAR0009), a supplier headquartered in Grand Island, New York, has partnered with DJM Sales to represent the company. DJM’s Dave Mattson and Lisa Collins will be responsible for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Jeff Swartz, owner of Virginia Beach, Virginia’s Powerhouse Advertising (UPIC: PWRHSE) and some of the company’s sales people are joining Mac Mannes, Inc. (UPIC: macmann), a distributor based in Bethesda, Maryland.
||Visions/Awardcraft/AITG (UPIC: AWRDCRFT), a Celina, Ohio-based supplier, has appointed Michael DelBucchai as the factory sales manager for the 13 Western states with the exception of Southern California. Darren Cooke of West Coast Branded Solutions will continue to represent the company in that region.
RAC’s 2012 Leadership Development Workshop Schedule Is Now Available
On June 20-22, the PPAI’s Executive Director Leadership Forum (EDLF) and the Regional Association Council’s Leadership Development Workshop (LDW) are coming to Grapevine, Texas. Read more LDW
RAC’s Business Recovery Fund Ready To Help Industry Businesses In Need
Last June, the Regional Association Council’s (RAC) Promotional Products Disaster Recovery Foundation’s (PPDRF) Business Recovery Fund was re-launched at RAC Leadership Development Workshop (LDW). The Business Recovery Fund’s (BRF) purpose is to help members and nonmembers get their businesses back on their feet in the wake of a natural disaster. Read more BRF
Leaderpromos President Stephanie Leader Profiled In Columbus C.E.O. Magazine
Stephanie Leader, president and CEO of Columbus, Ohio-based distributor Leaderpromos (UPIC: OHIO0002), was profiled in the Executive Women issue of Columbus C.E.O. magazine, and appeared on its cover. Read more Leaderpromos
ALPI International Supports The East Bay Creative Depot For Reuse With Product Donations
ALPI International (UPIC: ALPI0002), a supplier in Oakland, California, donated three pallets of the company’s Squeezies stress relievers and other assorted promotional products to the East Bay Creative Depot for Reuse. Read more ALPI
National Gift Card Corporation Celebrates Arbor Day With Donations To Conservation Charity
National Gift Card Corporation (UPIC: ngcgroup), a supplier headquartered in Elgin, Illinois, is celebrating Earth Day and Arbor Day with local activities and a special promotion for customers. Read more National Gift Card
May is National Bike Month. It’s an opportunity to enjoy the late spring weather and get some exercise on your favorite cruiser, racer or mountain bike. Read more SAGE
Rethinking The Possibilities
Extraordinary times call for uncommon solutions. After almost 30 years in sales and sales management for some of the industry’s top distributors, including Idea Man, Creative Concepts In Advertising, HALO, Beanstalk Promotions, and Promoshop, Bob Levitt, MAS, set out on his own about a year ago with an unconventional idea—and plenty of gumption. By July, he had formed Brandsavvy (UPIC: Brandsav), a hybrid model featuring a traditional, full-service distributor company on one side and consulting services for distributors, including sales training and operational audits, on the other. Read more Possibilities
The new social media site Pinterest may seem more like human interest than business interest, but marketing professionals are advising companies to take another look at this photography-driven site. Read more Pinterest
Capture a piece of the leisure and entertainment market by providing items that appeal to fun-seekers. Read more Leisure
The weather may be hot now, but it will be cold and blustery again in no time. The July issue of PPB will feature cold-weather apparel to help distributors get ready for winter-time promotions, so send product descriptions and high-resolution images to Tama Underwood by April 27 for a chance to be featured.
Calendars abound in the July issue of PPB—from wall and desk varieties to magnets and appointment journals. To submit your new calendar styles for consideration, send product descriptions and high-resolution images to Audrey Sellers by April 27.
Honing In On The Hispanic Market
It’s a gargantuan market that only continues to grow. PPB wants to know your strategies and tips for reaching this market, along with your case studies of successful promotions geared toward Hispanic audiences. Please contact Audrey Sellers by April 27 to be included in an upcoming article.
||What Would You Do?
The purchasing department of a client with whom I do a lot of business approached me about giving them a rebate. I’ve never worked with the purchasing department of this company, only marketing and a few others. They said our sales will increase with their blessing but drop to zero if we don’t play ball. Should I do it? And if so, how should it be structured?
What’s Your Answer? E-mail answers along with your name, title and company name to Question@ppai.org by April 30 for possible inclusion in an upcoming issue of PPB magazine.
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