Polyconcept North America Brings Trimark Line To U.S. Market
Polyconcept North America (PCNA) is expanding its Trimark Sportswear into the U.S. under the Trimark Powered By Leed’s name. Read more Trimark
The 2012 Motivation Show To Include PPAChicago-Sponsored Distributor Day
The 2012 Motivation Show will feature a Distributor Day hosted by the Promotional Products Association of Chicago (PPAChicago). Read more Motivation Show
Polyconcept Relocates Headquarters To Pittsburgh, Appoints New CFO
Polyconcept, the Netherlands-based global supplier and parent company to Polyconcept North America, has announced changes to its corporate office, including the appointment of a new chief financial officer. Read more Polyconcept
The Promotional Specialists Acquired By The Pareto Corporation
The Promotional Specialists (UPIC: TPS), a Markham, Ontario-based distributor, has been acquired by the shopper marketing firm, Pareto Corporation. Read more TPS
Shumsky Enterprises CEO Michael Emoff Named Chair Of IGC Board
Michael Emoff, CEO of Dayton, Ohio-based distributor Shumsky Enterprises (UPIC: SHUMSKY), has been named chairman of the IGC Global Promotions Board. Read more Shumsky
ReturnMoi Partners With MADD Canada On Branded Lost And Found Recovery Tags
ReturnMoi, Inc. (UPIC: RETURN), based in Kirkland, Quebec, has partnered with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada on its ReturnMoi Lost & Found recovery tags. Read more ReturnMoi
Bodek And Rhodes, Gildan Giving Away An iPad A Day In July
Bodek and Rhodes (UPIC: ULTRACLB) and Gildan (UPIC: GILDA381) are offering a free iPad every business day throughout the month of July to the customer with the highest total online purchase. Read more iPad
The ColeMax Group Relocates
Supplier The ColeMax Group (UPIC: coleprie) has moved to a new facility. Read more ColeMax
||PPB Best Bosses Nomination Deadline Is July 13
Would you say you work for the industry’s best boss? Does he or she coach you, challenge you and help you achieve your top performance? If so, nominate him or her for PPB’s annual Best Bosses recognition coming up in the October issue. PPB is looking to identify the industry’s top people managers who make coming to work a highly positive experience. If you consider your boss one of the best, click here to send in your nomination by the Friday, July 13 deadline. See the list of PPB’s 2010 and 2011 Best Bosses. (Note: All nominees must be affiliated with PPAI member companies. Previous winners are not eligible.)
Contribute To The PPAI Quarterly Sales Barometer For Q2
Participate today in PPAI’s Quarterly Sales Barometer for the second quarter of 2012 and be entered to win a Kindle Fire. Read more Barometer
PPAI’s Webinar Series Offers A Summer Full Of Professional Development Opportunities
PPAI is offering a number of valuable webinars to support industry members’ professional development, expand their skills and broaden their business knowledge. Read more Webinars
House Committee Passes Government Spending Accountability Act
The Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Government Spending Accountability Act of 2012. Read more Accountablity
Register Today For The Second Annual PPAI Product Safety Summit
Registration is open for the second annual PPAI Product Safety Summit, held in New Orleans on August 14, 2012, in conjunction with the PPAI North American Leadership Conference. The summit is the only product safety conference that focuses exclusively on the unique challenges of the promotional products industry. It will equip participants to make product safety adoption and compliance a competitive advantage rather than a burden. Registration and other details are available here.
Culver City, California, supplier Innovation Line (UPIC: INNOV8) has brought on Patti Zingale in a sales and support role in the company’s overseas sourcing department. She brings 15 years of experience on the distributor side of the industry to the position.
PromoMatting By Americo (UPIC: AMERICO), a supplier in Cartersville, Georgia, has hired Jon Bammann as national sales manager. He will be responsible for the strategic management of the company’s internal and external sales staff, and its marketing and sales initiatives.
Harry S. Rosenberg, CAS, has joined St. Louis, Missouri, supplier Semco Plastic as marketing consultant. He will help the company develop its 2013 catalog of products.
In the first half of 2012, Indoff, Inc. (UPIC: Indoff) has added 38 new sales partners to its staff. They join the St. Louis, Missouri-based distributor’s material handling, commercial interiors, commercial printing, business products and promotional products divisions.
HPPA’s Member Luncheon Focused On The Value Of Business Consulting
At the Houston Promotional Products Association’s luncheon meeting on June 6, speaker Alastair Livingstone spoke to the attendees about why a business coach would be a good investment in their future. Read more HPPA
Search For New And Popular Products
When searching in SAGE Online, users can filter their searches to just include new products and/or popular products. On the search screen in SAGE Online in the bottom left corner there is a box of various search filers. Check the New Products box and/or the Popular Products box to limit the search to the products needed. To learn more about SAGE and the other benefits available through your PPAI membership, click here.
Power Of The Pen
Since 1993, writing instruments have held the solid No. 2 place (right after wearables) as one of the top-selling promotional products and there’s a good reason why: Consumers love them. Read more Pen
The Time For Calendars Is Now
Calming landscapes beckon us to faraway places, cuddly critters remind us to donate and quirky trivia questions keep our minds stimulated between deadlines. Calendars give us all these things and help keep us organized, to boot. But how do you make a printed calendar a hot item in an increasingly paperless world? Read more Calendars
Five Minutes With Gill Thorpe
Once in a while, it’s good to stop and look outside your territory and check in on the global promotions industry. To catch a glimpse of the industry in the U.K., PPB talked to Gill Thorpe, FCIPS, managing director of Wallington, U.K.-based distributor The Sourcing Team Ltd. Read more Five Minutes
We love our canine companions, feline friends and other creatures who bring us comfort. October PPB focuses on the pet industry and we’re looking for great products and case studies for successful pet-related promotions. Send product descriptions, high-resolution images and case study details to Jen Alexander McCall by July 20.
It’s An Honor
Hard work, success and longevity—all are great reasons to honor someone, and October PPB looks at the role promotional products play in awards and recognition. Submit high-resolution images and product descriptions of your awards and recognition offerings to Jen Alexander McCall by July 20 for inclusion in an upcoming article.
PPB is featuring t-shirts in October, so send case studies and photos of your tanks, long- and short-sleeved tees, cap sleeve or scoop-necked tops to Tama Underwood by July 27. Submissions should include a brief description and high-resolution image. (Shots on white backgrounds without models are preferred.) Have a sweet t-shirt decoration technique or fun take on the classic tee? Send those, too.
||What Would You Do?
A Supplier Asks: Do distributors use marketing tools from suppliers? For example, we have PDFs of flyers on our website that have space for distributors to include their own contact information. They can customize the flyers and use them as either e-flyers or as hard copies to distribute. Is this a good offering, or are distributors looking for more? Is there something that would be more helpful?
What’s Your Answer? E-mail answers along with your name, title and company name to Question@ppai.org by July 27 for possible inclusion in an upcoming issue of PPB magazine.