The Image Group Acquires REB Marketing
Toledo, Ohio-based distributor The Image Group (UPIC: IMAGEGRP) has acquired REB Marketing (UPIC: REBMARK), a promotional products company with locations in Naperville, Illinois, and Brunswick, Ohio. Read more Image Group
Evans Manufacturing Announces Collaboration With Jo-Bee Line
Last week, supplier Evans Manufacturing (UPIC: EVANS), announced an agreement to acquire the Jo-Bee line of products and related equipment from Economy Pen and Pencil Co. (UPIC: jo-bee). Read more Evans Manufacturing
Tempo Industries Acquires Timenet USA
Westbury, New York-based Tempo Industries, Inc. (UPIC: TEMP0001) has acquired the assets of Timenet USA (UPIC: TIMENET), headquartered in La Puente, California. Read more Tempo
Beacon Promotions Acquires The Imagery Group
New Ulm, Minnesota-based supplier Beacon Promotions (UPIC: BEACONP) has acquired The Imagery Group (UPIC: IGROUP). Read more Beacon
Leed’s To Be Exclusive Supplier Of Targus Products
Leed’s (UPIC: LEEDS) has partnered with mobile accessories and case manufacturer Targus to exclusively offer the company’s wares to the promotional products industry. Read more Leed’s
Consumer Spending Slows In May
Consumer spending slowed in May, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). May retail sales—excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants—were down to a seasonally adjusted 0.3 percent from April. Read more Spending
Staples Promotional Products Opens Second Team USA Shop
Staples donated $15,000 to the “Raise Our Flag” campaign in celebration of the opening of the United States Olympic Committee’s (USOC) second Team USA Shop retail location in Chula Vista, California. Read more Staples
The PSI Show To Add Promotional Products Day In 2013
The PSI Show, Europe’s largest promotional products tradeshow, is planning to introduce a “Promotional Products Day” in January 2013, allowing distributors to invite some of their top customers to the show. Read more PSI
PPEF Crosses The $1 Million Mark With 2012 Scholarship Award Winners
With awards totaling $100,000 for its 2012 scholarship recipients, the Promotional Products Education Foundation (PPEF) has surpassed the $1 million mark. Read more PPEF
Proforma Announces Speakers For Its 2012 Convention
Proforma’s (UPIC: PROFORMA), 2012 Proforma Convention and Family Reunion in Orlando, Florida, will feature speakers Mark Shonka, author of Beyond Selling Value: A Proven Process To Avoid The Vendor Trap, and Kimberly Coots, author of Divine Worth. Read more Proforma
Seville Corporation And Sunscope USA Pursue QCA Accreditation
Two industry suppliers have begun the process to achieve QCA accreditation—McFarland, Wisconsin-based Seville Corporation (UPIC: SEVILLE) and Sunscope USA (UPIC: SUNSCOPE), headquartered in Commerce, California. Read more QCA
TargetLine Manufacturing Relocates
Supplier TargetLine has moved into a new facility in Owosso, Michigan. While its phone number remains 800-654-1517 and its fax 320-252-5504, the company’s new address is 520 S. Gould Street, Owosso, MI 48867.
LDW And EDLF Brings Together PPAI And Regional Association Leadership
This week marks the opening of the 2012 RAC Leadership Development Workshop (LDW) focusing on developing future regional leaders and building relationships between the promotional products industry’s regional nonprofit associations. Read more LDW
PPAI’s Bellantone Participates In Congressional Town Hall
Town hall gatherings held by members of Congress are a great, easy way to stay in touch with members of Congress when they’re in town. On June 14, PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone participated in a local town hall held by Rep. Michael Burgess of Texas’ 26th District. Read more Town Hall
PPAI Hits The Road With SAGE: Three Cities In Three Days
PPB Editor Tina Berres Filipski traveled to Denver, Phoenix and Tucson last week as part of the SAGE Seminar Series and also stopped in to see three member companies along the way. Read more Seminar Series
PPAI Hosts Identity Group Meeting
Last week, PPAI hosted a meeting of the Identity Group (UPIC: IDG1) at its headquarters in Irving, Texas. Read more Identity Group
PPAI Releases Writing Instrument Research Study
PPAI‘s latest research study examines writing instruments in U.S. households. It looks at writing instrument usage, purchasing habits and the effectiveness of pens as a promotional vehicle. Read more Writing Instrument
Updated Toy Safety Standard Requires Additional Testing
As of June 12, 2012, manufacturers and importers of children’s toys must comply with updated Federal Toy Safety Standards. Read more Toys
FDA Extends Compliance Dates For Testing And Labeling Of Sunscreen Products
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Monday that manufacturers of sunscreen products have until December 17, 2012, to comply with new labeling and ingredients guidelines. Read more Sunscreen
CPSC Releases FAQ On Regulations For Drawstrings In Children’s Upper Outerwear
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has released an FAQ clarifying confusion over safety regulations governing drawstrings in children’s upper outerwear. Read more Drawstrings
Kevin Lyons-Tarr, president of 4imprint (UPIC: 4imprint), has joined the board of directors of the distributor’s parent company, the 4imprint Group.
||Jornik Manufacturing Corp. (UPIC: JORNIK) has promoted Jordie Freedman to vice president of sales and operations. She brings 13 years of industry experience to her new role at the Stamford, Connecticut-based supplier.
Dallas, Texas-based ThermoServ (UPIC: THRMOSRV) has announced that Fran Silverman-Burday, MAS, will be the supplier’s new representative in New England.
||Danielle Davidson has joined Lenexa, Kansas-based supplier Gill Studios (UPIC: gill) as a field sales manager. She will be responsible for the greater Texas territory.
Bob Shell has joined River’s End Trading Company (UPIC: LALO0001) as vice president of sales for the Medina, Minnesota-based supplier’s promotional products division. Shell brings 30 years of sales, marketing and leadership experience in the apparel industry to the company.
||Attleboro, Massachusetts-based E.A. Dion (UPIC: EADION) has named Kristine Pereira (left) and Nancy Rokosz as national sales representatives. Pereira previously served as a relationship manager at the supplier, while Rokosz represented the Chamilia jewelry line in the Northeast.
Charles River Apparel Awarded Massachusetts Family Business Of The Year
The Northeastern University Center for Family Business named industry supplier Charles River Apparel (UPIC: CRA) the Massachusetts Family Business of the Year in the mid-sized category. Read more Charles River
National Premium Receives Corporate Report Wisconsin’s 2012 Small Business Success Stories Award
National Premium (UPIC: NATIONAL), which is celebrating its 45th year in the business this month, has been awarded the 2012 Small Business Success Stories Award by Corporate Report Wisconsin. Read more National Premium
lookwhatWOW!’s Charles G. Duggan II, MAS, Raises $2,200 For Charity In Ironman 70.3
Charles G. Duggan, MAS, president of supplier lookwhatWOW! (UPIC: ironman) and PPAI Board member, completed the Ironman 70.3 Florida, raising more than $2,200 for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Read more Duggan
Creative Ways To Use End-User Catalogs
The SAGE Inspire Catalog is a digest-sized printed publication designed specifically for promotional consultants’ customers. Read more SAGE
If the words “performance apparel” conjure up images of stiff, scratchy polyester, think again. Like most things, technologic advances changed the game for this massive, highly specialized market—which is forecast to reach $4.29 billion this year. Read more Performance
Plastic made from polylactic acid is the substance behind the newest “green” products.Read more Corn
How do you show that you’re more than a run-of-the-mill distributor? New York-based distributor Axis Promotions sends out detailed self-promo gifts designed to spur interoffice chatter. Read more Communication
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.