April 2016

U.S. Customs Detains Imports Over Forced Labor Concerns

Late last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detained materials due to the manufacturer’s alleged use of forced prison labor. The March 30 seizure of goods from
Chinese chemical producer Tangshan Sanyou Group Co. Ltd. was ordered by CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske. Commissioner Kerlikowske’s detainment notice focused on textile manufacturing materials containing soda ash and viscose rayon from Tangshan Sanyou, a second-tier supplier for a number of U.S. clothing importers. Read More »

PPAI’s Bellantone, Goos And Stone Join Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair, Meet With Industry Groups

The 2016 Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair, put on by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), opened this week at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE; PPAI Board Chair Tom Goos, MAS, and PPAI Director of Public Affairs Anne Stone have travelled to Hong Kong to attend and speak at the show, meet with buyer groups and visit factories in the area. Read More »

HanesBrands To Acquire Australia’s Pacific Brands Limited

As reported earlier today in a PPB Newslink breaking news alert, HanesBrands has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Pacific Brands Limited, the leading underwear and intimate apparel company in Australia. The all-cash transaction is valued at approximately $800 million and is expected to close third-quarter 2016. Winston-Salem, North Carolina-based HanesBrands participates in the promotional products industry as supplier Hanes/Champion (UPIC: HBIINC). Read More »

Superior Uniform Group Reports Net Sales Up 25 Percent In First Quarter 2016

Superior Uniform Group, Inc. (UPIC: SUGASI) announced today its net sales grew 25.1 percent in first quarter 2016 to $58 million. During the same quarter of 2015, the Seminole, Florida-based distributor posted net sales of $46.3 million. Net income was also up, registering $2.3 million in first quarter 2016 compared to $2 million for the same period in 2015. Net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 was reduced by pre-tax expenses related to its March 1 acquisition of Los Angeles-based distributor BAMKO (UPIC: Bamko783) of approximately $0.9 million. Read More »

Grapevine Designs Acquires Distributor CR Promotions

Grapevine Designs (UPIC: Grape238), a Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certified, Lenexa, Kansas-based distributor, will acquire distributor CR Promotions (UPIC: CRPCOMP), located in Kansas City, Missouri. Read More »

Hinda Incentives Joins Bond Brand Loyalty’s Partner Network

Supplier Hinda Incentives has joined the reseller partner network of Toronto, Ontario, brand loyalty agency Bond Brand Loyalty. Read More »

Marc Held Named April’s PPB Volunteer Of The Month

This month, PPAI recognizes Marc Held, vice president of national sales, Bodek and Rhodes, as April’s PPB Volunteer of the Month. The Association’s PPB Volunteer of the Month recognition celebrates individuals who have dedicated their time to fulfilling the charge of a committee, advisory group, work group or task force on which they serve. Read More »

PPAI Donates More Than 10,000 Pounds Of Food For Irving Cares

In April, PPAI staff collected food and money to assist local food pantry Irving Cares. The Association has supported Irving Cares since 2003 and in that time has donated more than 41,000 pounds of goods to benefit hungry families in the community. Read More »

PPAI Staff Volunteer At The Irving Cares Food Pantry

Seeking to give back to their community, this week PPAI employees volunteered on-site at Irving Cares, donating more than 60 hours of work to the charity which provides groceries and a number of services to the local community. To support their volunteer work, the Association generously offered each participating employee four hours of company time to donate to Irving Cares’ needs. PPAI’s headquarters has been located in Irving, Texas, since 1979. Read More »

Eleven Industry Professionals Earn MAS, CAS Certifications

In March and April, 11 industry professionals earned their Master Advertising Professional (MAS) and Certified Advertising Professional (CAS) industry certifications, joining an elite group of individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to the promotional products industry and to continuing their education. Read More »

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