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The U.S. Senate Delays August Recess, But Opportunities To Meet With Legislators Remain

The U.S Senate has cut its August recess in half, delaying its summer break until the third week in August. The recess is typically a month-long official break in the annual congressional calendar. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed back the start to give the Senate more time to work on reform of the Affordable Care Act, and tackle the National Defense Authorization Act and other issues. Read More »

U.S. Labor Market Expected To Tighten In Coming Months

In its June Employment Trends Index (ETI), The Conference Board reports a slight decrease compared to May, when it registered an increase. The index stands at 133.07 for June, down from 133.32 the month before. Compared to one year ago, however, June’s reading represents a 4.6-percent uptick. Read More »

Eight Industry Professionals Earn MAS, CAS Certifications

In May and June, eight industry professionals earned their Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) or Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) industry certifications. They join an elite group of individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to the promotional products industry and to continuing their education. Read More »

PPAI’s Webinar Series Explores Product Liability And More

PPAI’s webinar series in July and August looks at product liability challenges, international business expansion and more. The Association’s education schedule features a wide range of ideas, updates and other topics important to promotional products industry practitioners. Read More »

Staples Partners with Lady Gaga To Support Education

Staples, Inc. has produced a public service announcement starring Lady Gaga. First introduced on, the PSA’s call to action promotes kindness in school and supports teachers with the resources they need for a successful classroom. The Framingham, Massachusetts-company participates in the promotional products industry as distributor Staples Promotional Products (PPAI 108945). Read More »

CPS/Keystone Announces Management Buyout

Custom Plastic Specialties, LLC, which operates in the promotional products market as supplier CPS/Keystone (PPAI 111040), has announced a management-led buyout of the company in partnership with GenCap America. The news was first reported in a PPB Newslink Breaking News alert on Monday. Read More »

PPEF Scholarship Awards Climb To $175,000 In 2017

The Promotional Products Education Foundation (PPEF), the industry’s nonprofit founded to recognize and encourage scholastic excellence and academic performance among promotional products industry employees and their college-aged children, has named its scholarship recipients for the 2017-2018 academic year. Read More »

BrandAlliance Centralizes U.S., Canadian Regional Leadership

Distributor BrandAlliance (PPAI 188929) is entering the final stages of a two-year implementation for its merger with Activate! Promotions + Marketing. As part of the process, BrandAlliance has initiated a coordinated centralization of its regional leadership across the U.S. and Canada. Read More »

PromoStandards To Host Development Workshop Alongside 2017 PPAI Tech Summit

PromoStandards is hosting its first-ever development workshop in conjunction with the PPAI Technology Summit in Austin, Texas. PromoStandards is a group of distributors, suppliers and service providers seeking supply chain efficiencies through standards for the promotional products industry. Read More »

Gildan Issues 2016 CSR Report

Gildan Activewear has released its 2016 corporate, social and environmental responsibility (CSR) report, which provides a comprehensive review of the Montreal, Quebec-based supplier’s progress on its commitments to its people, communities, the environment and products. Read More »

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