||Dr. Carol Pollack-Nelson To Speak At PPAI’s Product Safety Summit
Product safety authority Dr. Carol Pollack-Nelson will be a featured speaker at PPAI’s 2012 Product Safety Summit. The Summit, held on August 14-15 in New Orleans, Louisiana, offers education focused on product safety issues, as well as the business implications, challenges and opportunities associated with compliance. Read more Product Safety
AccuSource Solutions Joins Safeguard Business Systems’ Distributor Network
Dallas, Texas-based Safeguard Business Systems (UPIC: SAFE0003) has welcomed AccuSource Solutions, Inc. into its distributor network. Safeguard supports distributors within its network with marketing, sales, customer service and back office functions. Read more Safeguard
Three New Members Elected To The Premier Promotional Group Board
At its annual meeting May 2-5, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based Premier Promotional Group elected three new distributor members to the organization’s board of directors. Read more Premier
Research Shows The Effect Non-Customer Facing Employees Have On Sales Success
The Forum: Business Results Through People, a business thought leadership organization, has released a new report, Why Sales Success Depends on Alignment with Non-Customer Contact Employees, that looks at how “off-stage” employees can impact a company’s sales success. Read more Forum
CleggPromo Reports Growing Revenues In First Quarter 2012
CleggPromo (UPIC: CLEGG), a supplier based in Gardena, California, announced at a recent board meeting that the company’s first-quarter revenues were up 29 percent over the same period in 2011. Read more CleggPromo
R.S. Owens Supplies The Gospel Music Association’s 43rd Annual Dove Awards
The work of industry supplier R.S. Owens & Co., Inc. (UPIC: RSOWENS) appeared recently at the 43rd Annual Gospel Music Dove Awards. Read more R.S. Owens
PPAI’s Piper Connects With Members During Arizona Visit
PPAI’s Director of Business Development Chris Piper traveled to Arizona to meet with a number of the industry companies there and representatives from the regional association, the Arizona Promotional Products Association (AzPPA). Read more Piper
PPAI Hosts Visitors From Pro Towels, Etc. And Admints-Zagabor
On May 14, representatives from Pro Towels, Etc. (UPIC: PROTOWEL) and Admints-Zagabor (UPIC: ADMINTS) visited PPAI headquarters for a tour of the Irving, Texas, facility and a meeting with staff members. Read more Visitors
PC‘s May Issue Now Available
In this month’s Promotional Consultant, read six ways you can avoid commoditization and reduce the pressure to lower prices in order to win customers. Also, with $1.68 billion spent last year on cause marketing, see why it offers ripe opportunities for promotional consultants and what you need to know to propose it to your clients. Plus, get a quick lesson on how to convert text when submitting artwork to your supplier. Access the issue here. Promotional Consultant is produced by PPAI exclusively for distributor salespeople. If you don’t currently receive it, subscribe now—it’s free.
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
Support Your Professional Development, Sign Up For A PPAI Webinar
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
U.S. Senate Committee Holding Hearings On CPSC Commissioner Appointment
The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing on May 10 on the nomination of Marietta S. Robinson to the open commissioner seat at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Read more CPSC
Register Now For Thursday’s CAS-Required Course: Product Safety Basics
On Thursday, May 17, PPAI is holding a required course for the Association’s Certification Program. The webinar will examine product safety basics in the industry. Read more Product Safety
||Brian Porter has joined Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-headquartered supplier Pro Towels Etc. (UPIC: PROTOWEL) as the company’s vice president of sales. Porter comes to Pro Towels with considerable experience in the industry, most recently as national sales director for Spector and Co. (UPIC: SPEC0038). In his new role, he will be responsible for leading the supplier’s sales and customer service team.
Superex Promotional Products (UPIC: SUPEREX), a supplier headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, has appointed Southeast Sales to represent the company in the Southeastern United States. Southeast Sales’ Billy Bennett and Andrew Cutrell will be responsible for supporting the company’s distributors in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi.
RAC Certification Challenge Encourages Member Certification And Professional Education
The 2012 RAC Certification Challenge pits regional associations against each other to encourage member certification and to present professional education programming. Read more Certification Challenge
EDLF And LDW To Bring Together Regional Association Leaders
PPAI’s Executive Director Leadership Forum (EDLF) and RAC’s Leadership Development Workshop (LDW) are coming to Grapevine, Texas, June 20-22. Read more LDW
Boundless Network Announces Its Supplier Award Winners
Boundless Network (UPIC: Bound784) has announced its annual supplier awards winners. The Austin, Texas-based distributor’s awards celebrate its supplier partners’ performances during the previous calendar year. Read more Boundless Network
Facilis Group E-Mail Campaign Recognized By The 2012 Internet Advertising Competition
The Web Marketing Association’s 2012 Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) has presented the Facilis Group (UPIC: Facilis) with an award for Outstanding Achievement in Internet Advertising. Read more Facilis
Team IP Corporate Promotions Receives Four Awards At The Premier Group’s Annual Meeting
Team IP Corporate Promotions (UPIC: TEAMIP), based in Stuart, Florida, was recognized with four awards at the Premier Group Annual Meeting. Read more Team IP
Every day, there are 52,000 web searches on the SAGE WebStore. The WebStore is an e-commerce solution that adds a promotional products search tool to a distributor’s website. Adding WebStore to their site gives distributors’ customers the ability to browse the entire SAGE database of over 850,000 products. Distributors can even set up parameters for search, including choosing what product categories, suppliers, preference groups, etc., that they want to give customers the ability to search. To learn more about this and the other benefits available through your PPAI membership, click here.
Close Up – Caro Krissman
He’s trekked through swampy marshlands and explored ancient Incan ruins, yet to Caro Krissman, CAS, president of Inglewood, California-based supplier Source Abroad/ROI-Line (UPIC: roiline), nothing compares to his beloved hometown: Los Angeles. “I’m an Angelino,” he says, “and I love Los Angeles.” Read more Krissman
Doing Business His Way
Ever have one of those days where, steeped in frustration, you daydream about owning the company for which you work and doing things your way? You envision a place in which you call the shots and, as a result, take the company to new heights and greater profits? Jonathan Isaacson did, but unlike most, he followed through on the fantasy. Read more Business
Tangerine Tango may be the color of the year for 2012, according to the Pantone Color Institute®, but green is still very much in the spotlight. Read more Green
Pursuing The Hispanic Market
Have you successfully outfitted a client for a campaign targeting the Hispanic market? Tell us about it for the July issue of PPB. E-mail Jen Alexander McCall by Friday, May 18, and be sure to include high-resolution images of products used.
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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