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White House Doubles Its Order Of Customized Cross Pens

Pens from Rhode Island’s A.T. Cross, which does business in the promotional products industry as supplier Cross (PPAI 114156), have been the choice of U.S. presidents since Gerald Ford. Donald Trump is no exception, and the Associated Press has reported that the White House recently placed a second order with its distributor, as the president has taken to giving out the customized, gold-plated pens as gifts. Read More »

PPAI Joins Coalition Calling For White House Conference On Small Business

PPAI has joined a coalition of more than 50 trade and professional organizations calling on President Trump to sign an executive order authorizing a White House Conference on Small Business (WHCSB), which has not taken place in more than 20 years. The WHCSB was a series of three conferences held in 1980, 1986 and 1995 to foster better relationships with the business community, Congress and the White House. Read More »

AAkron Rule Plans Facility Expansion

Supplier AAkron Rule (PPAI 111082) is looking to upgrade its facility in Akron, New York, with the addition of more than 25,000 square feet for increased warehouse and production space. Read More »

IMAGEN Brands Hosts Marketing Summit For Its Marketing, Product Development Teams

IMAGEN Brands, parent company of suppliers Crown Products (PPAI 113430) and Vitronic (PPAI 114197), hosted a marketing summit for the marketing and product development teams for both companies last week in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Running February 14-16, this was IMAGEN Brands’ first marketing summit. Read More »

PPAI’s March Webinars Tackle Apparel Trends, Import Basics And More

Next month, PPAI’s webinar series explores a wide range of issues important to promotional products industry professionals, including apparel trends, the basics of importing, export duties and more. Read More »

CPSC Acting Chair Buerkle Recognizes Incoming ICPHSO President Rick Brenner, MAS+

On Wednesday, Acting Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Ann Marie Buerkle addressed more than 700 product safety professionals at the International Consumer Products Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) Annual Meeting & Training Symposium in Orlando, Florida. Buerkle was tapped as the CPSC’s acting chair on February 10 and will succeed former CPSC Chairman Elliott Kaye. Read More »

4imprint Awards 767 Promotional Products Grants In 2016

On the past year, distributor 4imprint (PPAI 107200) has presented 767 nonprofit organizations, schools, religious groups and charitable projects $500 in-kind grants to put promotional products to work in the Oshkosh, Wisconsin, company’s one by one grant program. 4imprint doubled its commitment to the program in 2016 in celebration of its 10th anniversary, providing at least two $500 in-kind promotional products grants each business day. Read More »

IMA Joins ISO Human Capital Standards Advisory Group

The Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) has been accepted to the ISO Technical Advisory Group (TAG260) on establishing human capital standards worldwide. ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization that has published more than 21,000 standards to ensure quality, safety and efficiency for products, services and systems covering almost every industry. Read More »

Investment In B2B Brand Strategies On The Rise

A clear majority of business-to-business companies (81.3 percent) are expected to invest more in their brand strategies in the next five years, reports brand strategy consultancy Spencer Brenneman in a new study. Read More »

Chocolate Inn/Taylor & Grant Acquires Private Label Executive Gifts

Chocolate Inn/Taylor & Grant (PPAI 111662) has acquired San Jose, California, supplier Private Label Executive Gifts, Inc. This acquisition marks Chocolate Inn/Taylor & Grant’s fifth acquisition in the promotional food gifts category. Read More »

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