PPAI And SAAGNY Announce Expo East Tradeshow
As announced at last week’s PROMOTIONS EAST show, PPAI has entered into a strategic alliance with the Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) to produce Expo East, a promotional products tradeshow designed to serve the eastern U.S. Read more Expo East
||PROMOTIONS EAST Brings The Promotional Products Industry To Atlantic City
Last week, industry professionals from across the U.S. traveled to Atlantic City, New Jersey, for PROMOTIONS EAST, the promotional products industry’s premier East Coast event. Read more PROMOTIONS EAST
Bag Makers Completes QCA Accreditation
Union, Illinois-based supplier Bag Makers, Inc. (UPIC: BAGMAKRS) has been awarded QCA accreditation by the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA). Read more Bag Makers
Research Reports Examine Employee Value
In a pair of reports released late last month by The Forum: Business Results Through People, it was revealed that 85 percent of a company’s assets are related to intangible capital, such as knowledge and human talent. Read more Forum
True Vision Marketing Named A Preferred Vendor Of U.S. Marine Corp Merchandise
True Vision Marketing (UPIC: true) has been selected by the U.S. military as a preferred vendor of licensed U.S. Marine Corps apparel and souvenirs at Cleveland, Ohio’s Marine Week Celebration. Read more True Vision Marketing
Leed’s Launches Idea Book Series For Distributors
Leed’s (UPIC: LEEDS) has developed a series of five project-based Idea Books as a marketing tool for distributors. Read more Leed’s
||Enter The PPAI Image Awards Today
The PPAI Image Awards recognize those Association-member companies who put in the extra effort to establish identity and promote their products and services with creativity and effectiveness. Read more Image Awards
Further Your Professional Education, Sign Up For A PPAI Webinar
This summer, PPAI is offering a variety of webinars to support industry members’ professional development, expand their skills and broaden their business knowledge. Read more Webinars
PPAI Product Safety Summit Agenda Now Available
The PPAI Product Safety Summit explores the product safety issues currently affecting the promotional products industry, as well business implications and challenges associated with compliance. Held on August 14-15 in New Orleans, Louisiana, immediately following the PPAI North American Leadership Conference, the event is facilitated by industry thought leaders, and offers best practices and a look at the latest developments. To view the event agenda and overview, click here.
The PPAI Code Of Conduct Now Offered In Mandarin Chinese
To further the PPAI Code of Product Responsibility Conduct’s reach and communicate its values throughout the production chain, the Code is now available in Mandarin Chinese. Read more Code of Conduct
CPSC Considers Authorization Of Convenient, Quick HDXRF Testing For Lead In Children’s Products
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is considering a new test method, high-definition x-ray fluorescence (HDXRF), to measure lead in various materials. Read more CPSC
Kirk Russell has joined Spector And Co. (UPIC: SPEC0038) as the Champlain, New York-based supplier’s national accounts director. He will be responsible for developing business with industry distributors.
Chocolate Inn/Taylor & Grant (UPIC: CHOCINN), a supplier headquartered in Freeport, New York, has added two members to its team: Michael Diaz as its production art and marketing manager, and Randi Matsil as sales support coordinator.
New Hyde Park, New York-based Gordon Sinclair (UPIC: GORDON66) has contracted In Stepp Marketing on to represent the supplier in the Southeast and Southwest U.S.
||Counterpoint (UPIC: DOYOUPOP), a Las Vegas, Nevada-based supplier, has hired Edgar Llamas as a product specialist. He will be responsible for building and servicing new and ongoing accounts, and developing relationships with distributors.
LDW Announces Its Opening Session Speaker: Barry Diamond
Barry Diamond, policy governance consultant, has been selected as the opening session speaker during the three-day RAC Leadership Development Workshop (LDW) in Grapevine, Texas, June 20-23. Read more LDW
Gill Studios Awarded Four PSDA PEAK Awards
Gill Studios (UPIC: gill) took home four trophies from the Print Services and Distribution Association’s (PSDA) 2012 Print Excellence and Knowledge (PEAK) Awards. Read more Gill Studios
Motivators, Inc. Partners With The Carbonfund.org Foundation
Motivators, Inc. (UPIC: MOTIV8RS), a Westbury, New York-based distributor, has renewed its partnership with the Carbonfund.org Foundation in support of its Truck Stop Electrification Project. Read more Motivators, Inc.
SAGE Online 9.0 introduced more than 100 new features, and with those SAGE Online now offers more than 60 different search fields including Recent Award Winners. On the new product search screen under other filter options you will find the Recent Award Winners check box. This lists suppliers who have recently won awards, including PPAI and SAGE Supplier Awards. To view what awards a particular supplier has received and when they received it click on the General Info tab. To learn more about SAGE and the other benefits available through your PPAI membership, click here.
You can’t go wrong with writing instruments. Perhaps this is why this product category has long been the second-most popular segment in the industry, taking second place to wearables. In 2010, it generated $1.49 billion in sales and captured 9.04 percent of the market, according to PPAI’s 2010 Sales Volume Study. Read more Write
If you’re seeking an eco-friendly idea, you can’t get much greener than seed paper from Boulder, Colorado-based Bloomin’ Promotions. Read more Growing
Move Up The Food Chain
How many times do we say to ourselves, “If I could just get to the buyer’s boss, I could really help this client.”? Sounds like a high-risk, high-reward prospect, right? On one hand, you feel it’s your obligation to speak with someone further up the food chain. On the other, you are worried about ticking off the buyer. Read more Chain
Chasing The Insurance Industry
There are few things in life that you can’t cover with insurance. PPB wants to know how you captured your insurance clients and what promotional products ensure a successful campaign. Contact Jen Alexander McCall by June 22 for inclusion in an upcoming article.
Gifts for the corporate set can be buttoned-up or cutting edge, as long as they help their recipients do good business. Business and executive items are in the spotlight for September PPB. Send your product descriptions and high-resolution images to Jen Alexander McCall by June 29.
Accessories make the outfit—and the promotion. PPB’s September issue spotlights scarves, ties, gloves, socks, eyewear, headwear, jewelry, pins, temporary tattoos and any other items that encourage end users to adorn themselves with a brand. Send product descriptions and high-resolution images to Tama Underwood by June 29 for a chance to be featured.
||What Would You Do?
What’s the best practice for taking sample orders at tradeshows? I’ve seen everything from writing them on business cards, notepads or sample order forms to entering them directly into a computer. However, since distributors are often in a hurry to get from one booth to another, it is hard to get signed copies of requests and invoices are frequently contested. Likewise, distributors don’t get copies of the request.
What’s Your Answer? E-mail answers along with your name, title and company name to Question@ppai.org by June 29 for possible inclusion in an upcoming issue of PPB magazine.
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