PPAI Announces Candidates For PPAI Board And 2013 Board Officers
PPAI announces four candidates who will be seeking election this fall for the PPAI Board of Directors, Class of 2017. Read more Board
IMA To Produce The Motivation Show Las Vegas In Cooperation With PPAI’s brand. In 2014
The Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) and The Motivation Show announced last week that they will produce a new annual event starting in 2014, The Motivation Show Las Vegas, in cooperation with brand., PPAI’s incentive products showcase. Read more The Motivation Show
SAGE Announces SAGE Show For 2013
SAGE® announced last week the SAGE ShowTM, to be held February 26-28, 2013, at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Read more SAGE Show
Molenaar Issues Recall On Folding Step Stools
Supplier Molenaar LLC (UPIC: MILINE) of Willmar, Minnesota, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), issued a voluntary recall last week for about 3,700 folding step stools. Read more Molenaar
U.S. Olympic Athletes’ Chinese-Made Uniforms Cause A Stir
The uniforms worn by the U.S. Olympics team’s athletes have come under criticism; designed by Ralph Lauren, the uniforms were made in China. Read more Olympics
Geiger Hosts Its Annual Geiger Galleria In Phoenix, Arizona
Geiger (UPIC: geiger) hosted its national education conference, Geiger Galleria, July 12-15, in Phoenix, Arizona, at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix. Read more Geiger
Facilis Adds 50th U.S. Distributor Partner
The Facilis Group (UPIC: Facilis) has added the 50th U.S. partner to its network of distributor members. This brings the Group to 69 distributor partners across North America. Read more Facilis
The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People Author Stephen Covey Passes At 79
Stephen Covey, author of the book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, passed away on July 16. He was 79. Read more Covey
The Summit Group Partners With IGC Global Promotions
The Summit Group (UPIC: summit) has announced a partnership with IGC Global Promotions. Read more Summit Group
Go To Press Printing & Promotions Earns WBENC Certification
The Greater Women’s Business Council has granted national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise to Go To Press Printing & Promotions (UPIC: G527877), a Wilmington, North Carolina-based distributor. Read more Go To Press
Chief Executive Magazine Survey Finds Texas Best, California Worst States In Which To Do Business
Chief Executive magazine’s annual CEO survey measuring the best and worst states in the U.S. in which to do business found for the eighth year in a row that Texas ranked No. 1. Read more Chief Executive
Incentive Research Foundation’s Spring 2012 Pulse Survey Finds Positive Attitudes Among Respondents
The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) has released the results of its Spring 2012 Pulse Survey, outlining the current state of the incentive industry and the key issues determining its health and well being. Read more IRF
Distributor Turns Artist
PPAI Lifetime member H.D. “Joe” Stratton, MAS, former PPAI board member and 2002 Hall of Fame inductee, stopped by PPAI headquarters recently to share the latest fruits of his labor: oil paintings. Read more Stratton
Ensure Your Eligibility For PPAI’s Supplier Star Award
The PPAI Supplier Star honors industry suppliers for overall service excellence. It’s an opportunity for distributors to vote for suppliers for going above and beyond. Read more Supplier Star
Recognize Suppliers’ Contributions To The Industry With The PPAI Suppliers Achievement Award
The PPAI Suppliers Achievement Award Competition recognizes suppliers for outstanding craftsmanship, exceptional creativity and impeccable service to the distributor community. Being recognized as one of the industry’s best gives you exposure and credibility. And with 30 categories of competition, there’s a category perfect for you to showcase your skills and talent. The entry window opened on July 16 and closes on August 31.
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
Further Your Professional Education, Sign Up For A PPAI Webinar
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
PC’s July Issue Is Now Available
The July issue of Promotional Consultant is now available. In this month’s issue read about the 12 sales habits of highly successful salespeople. And see how marketers are working to influence potential customers in one generation without alienating those in others. Plus, learn how a Krispy Kreme franchise operator used promotional products to lower insurance claims and premium costs. Download your copy of 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.
Massachusetts Budget Eases Medical Gift Ban To Allow Modest Meals
Massachusetts’ fiscal year 2013 budget, signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick, amends the state’s “Gift Ban” to allow pharmaceutical and medical device companies to pay for modest meals and refreshments associated with educational interactions. Read more Gift Ban
Seats Are Limited, Register Today For The Second Annual PPAI Product Safety Summit
Register now for the second annual PPAI Product Safety Summit, held in New Orleans August 14-15, 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. But hurry, seats at this must-attend event are filling up fast.
Advocate For The Industry During The Congressional August Recess
The U.S. Congress goes on recess on August 6; legislators spend this time at home in their districts connecting with constituents. Aside from the industry’s trip to D.C. in the spring as part of PPAI L.E.A.D., this is the single best opportunity to meet with members of Congress and educate them about the power of promotional products and the strength of the industry across the nation. Read more August Recess
||Stan Breckenridge, MAS, has joined Guild Line (UPIC: Maste844) as vice president of sales and marketing. Breckenridge, who served as PPAI Chairman of the Board in 2008, brings considerable industry experience to the Fairport, New York, supplier.
||The Business Recovery Fund Launches “15 For The Fund” Campaign
On July 15, a campaign supporting RAC’s Promotional Products Disaster Recovery Foundation’s Business Recovery Fund (BRF) program kicked into gear. Running July 15 to the end of 2012, the “15 For The Fund” initiative seeks to raise money for the BRF, which provides support to companies affected by natural disasters. Read more BRF15
Pro Towels Awarded 2012 Business Of The Year By The Abbeville County Rotary Club
Supplier Pro Towels Etc. (UPIC: PROTOWEL) was recognized as the 2012 Business of the Year by the Abbeville County Rotary Club in Abbeville County, South Carolina. Read more Pro Towels
Dayton Business Journal Lists Shumsky Enterprises As A 2012 Healthiest Employer
Shumsky Enterprises (UPIC: SHUMSKY) has been named a 2012 Healthiest Employer by the Dayton Business Journal. Read more Shumsky
Hanes Celebrates Successes In the Box Tops For Education Program
At the National Box Tops University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Hanes recognized hundreds of Box Tops for Education coordinators from across the country. Read more Hanes
What Is Verified By Supplier?
SAGE is the only research tool in the industry to provide live supplier verification. When distributors see the Verified by Supplier logo in SAGE Online then they know the suppliers have verified the products, pricing and data to give them the most comprehensive, up-to-date information available. Distributors also have the ability to search for products that are verified only as well as sort their product search results by verified products. To learn more about SAGE and the other benefits available through your PPAI membership, click here.
El Mercado Hispano
Americans of other ethnic ancestries happily embrace many of the cultural contributions of Hispanics, but when it comes to doing business with the Hispanic communities in this country, what are the best practices for reaching and influencing this important segment of the population? Read more Hispanic Market
A Perfect Fit
When Bryan Ricci’s youngest daughter kept losing her eraser during homework time, he had an idea: Kids today wear so many bracelets, he thought, why not make a bracelet that erases? Read more Bracelet
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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.
Outside The Box
PPB is looking for companies that are growing through innovative methods, such as distributors who are offering non-traditional client services, for an upcoming story in PPB. Contact Editor Tina Berres Filipski by July 27.
Do you work for or know of an industry company that’s doing an exceptionally good job in attracting and keeping young workers? What about companies that have strong succession plans for transitioning the next generation into the business? PPB is looking for companies to speak with for an upcoming feature article. Contact Editor Tina Berres Filipski by July 27.
||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.