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Canada Suspends Implementation Of CASL Provision

Canada has suspended the implementation of the final phase of its Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) in response to concerns raised by businesses, charities and the nonprofit sector. CASL was enacted in 2013 to protect Canadians from receiving commercial e-mails without their consent, and most portions became effective in July 2015. The law’s final phase, which would have allowed lawsuits to be filed against individuals and organizations for alleged violations of the legislation, was due to go into effect on July 1. Read More »

California Senate Bill Would Hamper Cannabis Industry’s Use Of Promotional Products

In recent years, the legal status of cannabis has shifted across much of the United States. Currently, 26 states and Washington, D.C. have legalized it in some form, with another three states set to join them with the passing of medical marijuana legislation. Legalization has opened a range of business opportunities, but in California, promotional products may not be among them if Senate Bill 162 becomes law. Read More »

Duty-Free Treatment Extended To Eligible Travel Goods Under The GSP Program

The Trump Administration has extended duty-free treatment to imports of all statutorily-eligible travel goods—including luggage, handbags, backpacks, tote bags, etc.—from all eligible countries under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. The change went into effect on July 1. Read More »

IRF Study Highlights Disruptions’ Impact On Meetings, Incentives Programs

Almost a quarter of meetings are affected by disruption in some way, impacting meetings and incentive planning in sometimes significant ways. The Incentive Research Foundation’s (IRF) 2016 Event Disruption Study explores the frequency, causes, sources and impact of recent disruptions in meetings and incentive travel. Read More »

Cotton Candy, Inc. Joins QCA’s Distributor Advocacy Council

Distributor Cotton Candy, Inc. (PPAI 134679), headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, has joined the Quality Certification Alliance’s (QCA) Distributor Advocacy Council (DAC). The QCA is an independent, non-governmental accreditation organization whose mission is to elevate the standards by which industry firms that import and/or manufacture promotional products provide consistently safe, high-quality, socially compliant and environmentally conscientious merchandise. Read More »

Hasseman Marketing & Communications Acquires Paparazzi Promotional Marketing

Distributor Hasseman Marketing & Communications (PPAI 314957), headquartered in Coshocton, Ohio, has acquired Paparazzi Promotional Marketing (PPAI 513022). Paparazzi Promotional Marketing, based in Irvine, California, was founded by Marty Hagerty in 2011. Read More »

Advisory Group Members Named PPB Volunteers Of The Month

This month, PPAI recognizes the members of the Industry Branding Initiative Advisory Group as the July PPB Volunteers of the Month. Those selected for the honor have dedicated their time to the progress and fulfilling the charge of a committee, advisory group, work group or task force on which they serve. Read More »

PPAI’s Webinar Series Explores Import Compliance And More

PPAI’s summer webinars look at important compliance best practices, product liability challenges 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 »

Record-Breaking WLC Exceeds Attendees’ Expectations

Last night’s casual closing networking dinner at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia put the finishing touch on what many of the 163 attendees are describing as the best PPAI Women’s Leadership Conference so far. Read More »

Staples, Inc. Agrees To Be Acquired By Private Equity Firm

Staples, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement with Sycamore Partners to be acquired by the private equity firm for approximately $6.9 billion. The Framingham, Massachusetts-company participates in the promotional products industry as distributor Staples Promotional Products (PPAI 108945). Read More »

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