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Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation Fully Enforced Beginning July 1

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) was enacted in 2013 to protect Canadians from commercial e-mails without their consent, and most portions became effective in July 2015. On July 1, 2017, the law completes its final phase by providing a private right of action for those who believe an email sender has violated the law. Read More »

Staples Reorganizes Business Segments, Including Promotional Products, Under Pro Categories

As part of a strategic plan first introduced last year, Staples is pursuing a renewed emphasis on addressing the needs of small and mid-sized businesses and enterprise customers, and has recently launched a branding campaign to support it. The Framingham, Massachusetts-company participates in the promotional products industry as distributor Staples Promotional Products (PPAI 108945) and the promotional products market has been folded into what the company now refers to as “Pro Categories.” Read More »

Award Marketing Services, Hoffman & Edgette Announce Merger

Multi-line rep firm Award Marketing Services, Inc. (PPAI 277622), headquartered in Whitehouse, New Jersey, has announced that effective July 1 it will merge with Hoffman & Edgette to form Hoffman & Edgette Award Marketing Services. Read More »

Virtual Assistants Find A Home With U.S. Consumers

Virtual assistant devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home are finding traction with American consumers. Market research firm eMarketer expects the devices’ usage to grow 128.9 percent in 2017 as 35.6 million consumers turn to the voice-activated assistants at least once a month. Read More »

Regulatory Agencies, Anti-Spam Legislation And More In PPAI’s Webinar Series

PPAI’s webinar series this summer shines a spotlight on the legislation and agencies that regulate the industry, Canada’s new anti-spam rules and more in the coming months. The Association’s education schedule features a wide range of ideas, updates and other topics important to promotional products industry practitioners. Read More »

HPPA Hosts Crawfish Boil

The Houston Promotional Products Association (HPPA) hosted a crawfish boil for the regional association’s members on May 4. Held at the home of Sean and Leslie Roark, owners of distributor PromoPros, the event drew attendees from Houston, Southeast Texas and Louisiana. Read More »

Vernon Recognizes SanMar’s Christina Hamilton As Its 2016 Account Manager Of The Year

The Vernon Company (PPAI 109323) has named Christina Hamilton, who represents SanMar, its 2016 Supplier Account Manager of the Year at the Newton, Iowa, distributor’s annual National Sales Meeting last month. Read More »

Licensed Merchandise Sales On The Rise

Consumers’ interest in licensed merchandise remains strong. In its 2017 Annual Global Licensing Industry Survey, the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) reports that global sales of licensed products and services grew 4.4 percent in 2016 to $262.9 billion. Read More »

U.S Industrial Production Forecast To Show Continued Growth In 2017

U.S. industrial production ticked up in March 0.4 percent from the same month in 2016, reports ITR Economics in the May edition of its ITR Advisor. The increase, supported by consumer spending, backs a rising trend the economics analyst firm expects to last through early 2018. Read More »

Kaeser & Blair Hosts Annual Sales Leader Summit

On May 17-20, Batavia, Ohio-based distributor Kaeser & Blair (PPAI 103148) hosted its top sales volume dealers at the Clearwater Beach Hilton Resort in Clearwater, Florida, for its annual Sales Leader Summit. Read More »

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