PPAI Board Revises Bylaws
As reported in a PPB Newslink Special Report last week, PPAI has announced a board-adopted bylaws revision and board restructure. The new board leadership structure will enable the board to quickly and strategically influence market conditions, cultivate industry growth and deliver on the demand for enhanced Association performance and services. Read more Board
Five Industry Companies Complete QCA Reaccreditation Requirements
The Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) has recertified five industry companies. Once a company achieves accreditation with the QCA, it must complete certain reaccreditation requirements every two years. Read more QCA
Ennis, Inc. Adds $5 Million To Stock-Repurchase Program
The board of directors of Ennis, Inc. (UPIC: ennis), a Midlothian, Texas-based manufacturer of printed business products and apparel, has approved the addition of $5 million to the company’s stock repurchase program. Read more Ennis
New Research Shows How Employee Satisfaction Benefits The Bottom Line
A report, Why Marketers Should Care About The Health Of Their Internal Culture, from The Forum: Business Results Through People looks at how a company’s own employees can provide it with a competitive advantage. Read more Forum
Vapor Apparel Applauds U.S.-Colombian Free Trade Agreement
Supplier Vapor Apparel (UPIC: VAPOR1) expects the U.S.-Colombian Free Trade Agreement, effective May 12, 2012, to have a positive impact on its business. Read more Vapor
||Bag Makers’ Maribeth And Chuck Sandford Enter Their Horse, Take Charge Indy, In The Kentucky Derby
Maribeth and Chuck Sandford, owners of Union, Illinois-headquartered supplier Bag Makers, Inc. (UPIC: BAGMAKRS), have entered their personal racehorse, Take Charge Indy, in this year’s Kentucky Derby held on May 5, 2012, at Churchill Downs. Read more Bag Makers
Finn Graphics Celebrates Milestone Anniversaries
Finn Graphics (UPIC: FINNLINE), a family-owned, Cincinnati, Ohio, company, is celebrating its 72nd anniversary in the promotional products industry. The supplier was founded on April 1, 1940, by John Finn and Joe Jaske. Read more Finn
R.S. Owens Joins The American Made Chic Bus Tour
R.S. Owens & Co., Inc. (UPIC: RSOWENS) is sponsoring the American Made Chic Bus Tour, which kicked off on April 30. The tour, which is traveling across the country in a red, white and blue-painted bus, features three American business women “creating high-impact events and awareness for jobs, manufacturing and products Made in America.” Read more R.S. Owens
CleggPromo And AIA/320 Productions Light Up “American Idol”
The April 19 episode of “American Idol” featured CleggPromo’s (UPIC: CLEGG) clip-on flashlight strobe. The supplier worked with distributor AIA/320 Productions, Inc. (UPIC: 320PRO) to get the product on the air. Read more CleggPromo
Facilis Group Updates Its Facilis University Program
The Facilis Group (UPIC: Facilis), a consulting and software services company based in St. Louis, Missouri, has upgraded its Facilis University online training program. The tool is designed to help sales staff take full advantage of Facilis’ other offerings. Read more Facilis
O2 Marketing And Design Moves To A New Facility
O2 Marketing and Design, Inc. (UPIC: o2mktg), an Oakland, California, distributor, has relocated to 333 Hegenberger Road, Suite 324, Oakland, California 94621. Its telephone and fax numbers remain the same.
Five Professionals Earn Industry’s First MAS+ Certification
Five industry professionals have recently completed the requirements for PPAI’s new Master Advertising Specialist Plus (MAS+) certification and successfully achieved the MAS+ designation. Read more MAS+
PPAI Employees Donate More Than 2,600 Pounds Of Food To Irving Cares
This spring, PPAI employees collected more than a ton of food for local food pantry, Irving Cares. PPAI has supported Irving Cares since 2008 and has donated more than 14,000 pounds of goods to benefit hungry families in the community. PPAI employees contributed $852 in cash and checks, and 2,654 pounds of pork and beans, chili, crackers and other requested food items. Read more Irving Cares
First Quarter 2012 Sales Barometer Results Are In
The results are now available for PPAI’s Quarterly Sales Barometer for 2012’s first quarter. Both suppliers and distributors saw an increase over the same period of 2011: Suppliers reported a 6.14-percent increase while distributors’ sales rose 6.37 percent. To participate in future quarterly barometers, contact Saritha Kuruvilla, PPAI’s research manager, at SarithaK@ppai.org. Click here to learn more about PPAI Research.
Nominations Are Now Open For Three Prestigious PPAI Awards
Three important awards categories—the PPAI Hall of Fame, the PPAI Distinguished Service Award and the PPAI H. Ted Olson Humanitarian Award—in the PPAI Awards and Recognition Program are now open. Read more Awards
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
Nominations Now Open For 2012 PPB Rising Stars
PPB‘s Rising Stars competition 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. Read more Rising Stars
Companies Caught By The CPSC’s Drawstring Safety Rules For Children’s Outerwear
Last year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued regulations governing drawstrings in children’s upper outerwear. It identifies certain neck or hood drawstrings, and certain waist or bottom drawstrings as potential hazards. Read more Drawstrings
PPAI Webinar Looks At Marketing To And Engaging Medical Professionals
Tomorrow, PPAI’s webinar series looks marketing to the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare markets. Read more Medical
|Austin, Texas-based distributor PrintGlobe (UPIC: PrintGlo) has brought five new account managers on staff; they are: (From left) Matt Barry, Steven Garcia, Melissa McLellan, Kaytee Shreve and Dominic Vendegna.
Indoff, Inc. (UPIC: Indoff), a distributor headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, added 24 new sales partners to the organization during 2012’s first quarter. The new sales partners are spread across the company’s divisions, with six in Material Handling, seven in Business Products, five in Commercial Interiors, four in Promotional Products and two in Commercial Printing.
||ProTowels, Etc. (UPIC: PROTOWEL), a supplier headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has brought Mandee Cheek on as the company’s new Southeast ProService regional contact. Based in Abbeville, South Carolina, Cheek will support the company’s sales efforts in Alabama; Washington, D.C.; Florida; Georgia; Kentucky; Mississippi; North Carolina; Puerto Rico; South Carolina and Tennessee.
Carson Brooks and Joshua Brooks of Brooks & Brooks will represent Chicago, Illinois, supplier A La Carte (UPIC: alacarte) in New England and the Middle Atlantic.
|Ad-A-Day (UPIC: AD-A-DAY), a supplier headquartered in Taunton, Massachusetts, has brought Clay Biddle on as director of development and sales. The company has also promoted Karen Santos to assistant sales manager, hired Kathy Graham to assist her and added Alicia Malloy as marketing specialist.
PROMOTIONS EAST 2012 To Give Away A Cadillac
The PROMOTIONS EAST tradeshow, held June 3-6 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, has announced its grand-prize giveaway—a Cadillac SRX crossover. Read more PROMOTIONS EAST
okcBiz Magazine Readers Recognize Moisant Promotional Products
Moisant Promotional Products (UPIC: MOISANT1), a distributor headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has been named Best Promotional Products Company by okcBiz magazine. This is the fifth year in the row the company took the honor. Read more Moisant
Paperclip Promotions Supports St. Jude Children’s Hospital With Keep Hope Alive Program
Austin, Texas-based Paperclip Promotions (UPIC: pclip) has launched an initiative, Keep Hope Alive, in support of St. Jude Children’s hospital. The distributor is donating 10 percent of new customers’ first orders to the hospital. Read more Paperclip
Since 2009, the number of daily searches in the SAGE Online database has doubled. Distributors are performing more than 42,000 searches per day in the system. To learn more about the SAGE benefits available through your PPAI membership, click here.
Cause Marketing – Bridging Commerce With A Cause
In 2004, at a gala event held in Austin, Texas, the Lance Armstrong Foundation quietly distributed 1,000 silicone wristbands as a giveaway item for attendees. Little did the foundation know that those yellow wristbands—imprinted with only one word, “LIVESTRONG”—would be the catalyst for one of the most successful cause-marketing campaigns in history. And at its center was a promotional product. Read more Cause
Take QR Codes To The Max
You’ve seen them—those odd-looking square images with the small, jiggly boxes. They are showing up in many publications and advertisements—you’ll even see them on promotional items. They look like bar codes squared. A Quick Response (QR) code is a form of bar code that can be scanned by most smart phones using a free reader app. But how do you create a QR code? What can you use it for, what do you need to know, what makes it work and how can you avoid those uh-ohs when using them? Read more QR
There are sports fans, and then there are sports fans. You know the kind; they live and die for the team, and nearly anything is excuse enough to deck out in spirit wear. Read more Sport
Suiting up in a custom uniform helps build a brand’s reputation, lends authority to staffers and protects employees on the job. The August issue of PPB will feature the best and most innovative uniforms, so send your product descriptions and high-resolution images to Tama Underwood by May 31 for a chance to be featured.
||What Would You Do?
Last year we introduced a new fashion product to the industry. A distributor said its client, a well-known celebrity, was interested in adding our product to the client’s retail line, so we sent random samples and designed numerous virtual images for the distributor. After following up, we didn’t hear from the distributor again and never received an order. Recently, we saw the product for sale on the celebrity’s website, using a slightly modified version of the layout we created. When we called the distributor to ask what happened and why we didn’t get the order, we were told: “Oh, the client really beat us up on the price, so we went direct to a Chinese factory.” What would you do?
What’s Your Answer? E-mail answers along with your name, title and company name to Question@ppai.org by May 31 for possible inclusion in an upcoming issue of PPB magazine.
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