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PPB Newslink April 23: PPAI Board Chair To Speak At Hong Kong Gifts And Premium Fair

The Hong Kong Gifts and Premium Fair begins next week, bringing together major global importers, distributors and retailers. Organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the fair will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre April 27-30. PPAI Board Chair Rick Brenner, MAS, is joining the show’s speaker schedule to discuss the promotional products industry in the U.S. and U.S. companies’ expectations on compliant products. Read More »

PPB Newslink April 21: Staples To Acquire Canada’s Accolade Promotion Group

As first reported Monday in a PPB Newslink Breaking News, Staples, Inc. and Golf Town Canada, Inc. have reached an agreement for Staples, which participates in the promotional products industry through its Staples Promotional Products (UPIC: AMER0016) division, to acquire distributor Accolade Promotion Group (APG), a leading distributor in Canada. Terms and conditions of the acquisition were not disclosed. Read More »

PPB Newslink April 16: Advertisers’ Social Media Spending To Reach Almost $24 Billion In 2015

Advertisers are expected to spend $23.68 billion on social networks this year, a 33.5 percent increase over 2014, reports digital marketing analyst eMarketer. Social media is forecast to account for 16 percent, or $35.98 billion, of digital advertising expenditures by 2017. Read More »

PPB Newslink April 14: Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson Named PPAI’s Legislator Of The Year

PPAI has named Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) the Association’s 2015 Legislator of the Year. The award will be presented during the PPAI Legislative Education and Action Day (L.E.A.D.), May 20-21 in Washington, D.C. Johnson will be recognized for his history of serving the needs of the promotional products industry by encouraging economic stability and growth through advocating for small business, promoting manufacturing and preserving jobs. Read More »

PPB Newslink April 9: Polyconcept Names Gene Colleran New CEO

As first reported Tuesday in a PPB Newslink breaking news, Polyconcept has appointed Gene Colleran its new chief executive officer, effective April 7. As CEO, Colleran will assume full group responsibilities for Polyconcept including its three primary operating divisions: Polyconcept North America (PCNA), PF Concept and Polyconcept International Markets (PCIM). He will be based at the company’s corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Read More »

PPB Newslink April 7: Author JJ DiGeronimo To Deliver WLC’s Opening Keynote

Women from across the promotional products industry will be traveling to New Orleans, Louisiana, July 27-29 to take part in the 11th PPAI Women’s Leadership Conference. The three-day event’s extensive education schedule kicks off with a general session presentation on July 28 from speaker and author JJ DiGeronimo on finding balance between professional and personal paths. Read More »

PPB Newslink April 2: Loyalty Programs Still Drive Consumer Decisions

Enrollment in consumer loyalty programs has reached an all-time high, according to a new study by brand loyalty services provider Bond Brand Loyalty. The 2015 Loyalty Report shows consumers continue to consider loyalty programs valuable and credit them with influencing their shopping behavior. Read More »

PPB Newslink March 31: PPB Names The 2015 Greatest Companies To Work For

Ten industry companies have been selected from all nominations as this year’s Greatest Companies To Work For—an annual recognition program hosted by PPB magazine since 2011. The five suppliers, four distributors and one business services company were selected based on nominations by their employees. This year’s honorees hail from Maine to California, and from Minnesota to Arizona, but they share many of the same attributes that attract and keep good employees—some for 20 years and more. Read More »

PPB Newslink March 26: U.S. Manufacturing Activity Climbs

Increases in manufacturing production and successful new product launches helped boost the U.S. manufacturing sector in March. Financial data firm Markit’s Flash U.S. Manufacturing Purchase Managers’ Index rose to 55.3 in March, up from 55.1 in February. This is the strongest improvement in the metric and the overall business conditions it monitors since October 2014. Read More »

PPB Newslink March 24: More Paid Time Off Tops Employee Wish List For 2015

More paid time may be a more valuable employee benefit than managers suspect, new research suggests. A survey by staffing firm Accountemps asked workers what, other than additional compensation, tops their wish lists for their jobs, and 30 percent chose more paid time off, with better benefits following at 26 percent. In contrast, when asked which workplace perk they think their employees are most interested in receiving this year, 41 percent of CFOs said better benefits, and 19 percent said more vacation days. Read More »

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