August 2015

CPSC Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle To Speak At 2015 PPAI Product Responsibility Summit

Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle will be speaking at PPAI’s Product Responsibility Summit next month in Bethesda, Maryland. In her luncheon session on Tuesday, September 29, Buerkle will share insights and perspectives drawn from her role at the CPSC and her background as former member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Read More »

L.E.A.D. Local California Builds Strong Connections In Sacramento

On August 25, PPAI staff joined industry professionals at the state capitol in Sacramento for L.E.A.D. Local California. L.E.A.D. Local is part of PPAI’s state-level legislative outreach efforts to deliver the message of the promotional products industry to state legislators. Read More »

Consumer Confidence Picks Up In August

Consumer confidence rebounded in August, according to The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index. The Index, which declined to 91.0 in July, now stands at 101.5. The Conference Board bases the index on its monthly Consumer Confidence Survey, conducted for the organization by Nielsen. The cutoff date for the preliminary results was August 13. Read More »

Manufacturing Sector, Economy Show Growth In July

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 31st consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 74th consecutive month, reports the Institute of Supply Management in its latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. Read More »

SBA Announces Funding To Boost Small Business Exports

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced that 40 awards from its State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program—totaling $17.4 million in funding—will be made to states and territories to support activities that help small businesses enter and compete in the global marketplace. Read More »

PPAI’s Summer Webinars Focus On The 2015 Board Election And More

Learn about this year’s board election candidates, as well as industry issues and best practices in this summer’s PPAI webinar series. PPAI’s education schedule features a wide range of best practices, updates and other topics important to promotional products industry practitioners. Read More »

PPAI Announces New Expo East 2016 Show Dates

PPAI, in partnership with the Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) and in cooperation with the Imprinted Sportswear Show (ISS), has announced that Expo East 2016 show dates will be moved to March 16-19, 2016, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Read More »

U.S. Stock Market Has a Bumpy Ride As China’s Growth Slows

The U.S. stock market had a bumpy ride on Friday and Monday, spurred by concerns over China’s slowing economic growth. The market rode a rollercoaster of gains and losses to end Monday down more than 3.5 percent. Today, the market saw an early upswing, with the S&P 500 rising more than two percent, and the Dow Jones industrial average rising more than 300 points. Read More »

Brand Marketers Express Confidence In Advertising Creativity

The outlook among brand marketers and ad agency staff on the state of creativity in today’s advertising is, overall, pretty good, although they’re more critical of their own work. Radio marketing and promotions company CRN International polled brand marketing and ad agency personnel for its recent “The State of Creativity in Advertising” report, and found that 76 percent rated today’s advertising creative as either excellent or good, and only two percent of those surveyed said that the advertising community’s creative was poor. Read More »

Bodek And Rhodes Adds Columbia Sportswear

Supplier Bodek and Rhodes (UPIC: ULTRACLB), headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has added Columbia Sportswear brand to its apparel lineup. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Columbia Sportswear produces outdoor products for active consumers of all ages. Read More »

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