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Employment Trends Pick Up In February

The Conference Board’s Employment Trends Index recovered in February following a downward tick in January. The index stands at 131.39 in February, representing a 3.1-percent gain on last year’s level. Read More »

PPAMS, SPPA, CAAMP And GAPPP Join SAGE Affiliate Program

The Promotional Products Association of the Mid-South (PPAMS), the Sunbelt Promotional Products Association (SPPA), the Carolinas Association of Advertising and Marketing Professionals (CAAMP), and the Georgia Association of Promotional Product Professionals (GAPPP) have joined the redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program. The Affiliate Program is designed to give regional associations in the promotional products industry and their members special benefits from SAGE through access to business management products and services for members and the association. Read More »

Geiger Offsets Nearly 1,100 Tons Of CO2 In UPS Carbon Neutral Program

Geiger has released the results of its participation in UPS’ carbon neutral program, which it entered into in 2012. In 2016, the distributor shipped 459,605 packages weighing a total of 8,288,647 pounds. Under this program, Geiger purchased offsets for nearly 1,100 metric tons of CO2 emissions. This amount was offset through the purchase of carbon neutral credits. Read More »

Get In Touch With Promotional Products Work Week In April

Promotional Products Work! Week (PPW!Week) returns next month for an industry-wide celebration of promotional products and the value they create, and in this fifth year it features the industry’s first-of-its-kind branding campaign, Get In Touch! Read More »

Revisit Expo Education Highlights With PPAI’s March Webinars

This month, alongside examinations of business financing and responsible sourcing, the PPAI webinar series returns to some of the highlights of the PPAI Expo 2017’s education programming. Read More »

Strong Opposition To Border Adjustment Tax Continues To Grow

PPAI has joined with industry businesses and coalition of companies and trade organizations representing myriad facets of the U.S. economy to voice its opposition to the proposed Border Adjustment Tax (BAT). The proposal, if incorporated into Congress’ tax reforms, would levy a 20-percent tax on all U.S. imports while eliminating the tax on exports. The proposal poses a discriminatory tax on all imported products—including promotional products—and is anticipated to hurt American consumers and the nation’s largest employers by increasing the cost of everyday products. Read More »

SXSW Brings Diverse Messages To Marketers

Now in its 20th year, Austin, Texas-based South by Southwest (SXSW) has grown from a regional music festival to a 10-day conglomeration of festivals and conferences tackling film, music, advertising and marketing, interactive media and more. Currently in the middle of its March 10-17 run, the SXSW 2017’s Brands & Marketing track, part of SXSW Interactive, explores native advertising, brand storytelling and other topics relevant to promotional products industry practitioners. Read More »

Northeast Snowstorm Causes Business Closures Today

Spring came early to many parts of the U.S. this year but winter won’t let go in the Northeast where 14 inches of snow reportedly fell across the New York area overnight with up to 18 inches blanketing New England. With blizzard conditions and power failures to thousands of homes and businesses, some promotional products companies in the region are closed today. Among those who have reported closures are suppliers TK Cups-Sorg’s, Symbio Line, Bay State Specialty Company, Hub Pen Company and Prime Line. Read More »

4imprint Group Reports Healthy Revenue Growth In 2016

4imprint Group PLC, parent of Oshkosh, Wisconsin-based distributor 4imprint (PPAI 107200), has released its final financial results for the year ending December 31, 2016, revealing healthy revenue growth of 12 percent compared to 2015. Read More »

Wearable Technology Struggles To Grow Consumer Interest

Smart devices and clothing—items embedded with internet-connected electronics—are a struggling market segment, and a study by market research firm AYTM suggests consumers’ interest is modest in the near term. In a survey of consumers over age 18, roughly one-fifth (18 percent) had bought a wearable device or smart clothing, and less than half (46 percent) were at least somewhat likely to do so over the next five years. Read More »

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