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PPAI’s 2017 Retiring Volunteers Named January’s PPB Volunteers Of The Month

This month, PPAI recognizes all of the volunteers who retired from their leadership positions during The PPAI Expo 2017 as January’s PPB Volunteers of the Month. Read More »

Industrial Production Set To Rebound In 2017

U.S industry production in 2016 trailed 2015 levels by one percent, reports economic research and consulting firm ITR Economics in the January 2017 edition of its ITR Advisor. Despite the industrial production slowdown, improving conditions for the U.S. consumer have driven the economy forward. Read More »

Digital Ad Spending Slowed In 2016

Digital advertising spending growth slowed in Standard Media Index’s (SMI) results for 2016, reflecting a slowing ad market and questions from advertisers on its effectiveness. SMI’s digital ad spending data shows growth of 13.3 percent in 2016, compared to 26.2 percent the year before. Total 2016 ad spending grew 6.8 percent, easing 0.8 percent from 2015. Read More »

Staples Announces Board, Governance Practice Changes

The board of directors of Staples, Inc. has elected Robert E. Sulentic to serve as independent chairman of the board, effective Sunday. Sulentic, president and chief executive officer of CBRE Group, Inc., joined the Staples board in 2007 and most recently served as lead independent director. Ron Sargent, the company’s non-executive chairman, will retire from the board on Saturday. Staples participates in the promotional products industry as distributor Staples Promotional Products (PPAI 108945). Read More »

Raining Rose’s Hammond To Receive Howard Hall Excellence In Business Award

Chuck Hammond, president and CEO of supplier Raining Rose, Inc. (PPAI 232508), has been named the recipient of the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance’s 2016 Howard Hall Excellence in Business Award. Read More »

Trends Study Finds Higher Demand For Non-Cash Rewards

The demand for non-cash rewards and recognition programs continues to grow and is one of 10 key trends for incentive travel, reward and recognition programs according to the 2017 Trends Study from the Incentive Research Foundation (IRF). Read More »

Picnic Time Rebranding Introduces Four Sub-Brands

Supplier Picnic Time, Inc. (PPAI 143980) has rebranded as the Picnic Time Family of Brands, citing its growth over the past 35 years and its expansion from a handful of picnic baskets to a broad range of categories. Read More »

Health care, Tax Reform And Infrastructure Among SBLC 2017 Priorities

The Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC) has announced its top priorities for 2017—health care, tax reform and infrastructure. These priorities were determined by the SBLC’s Board of Directors. Read More »

HALO Branded Solutions Recognizes Its Sales Leaders In Las Vegas

At an awards ceremony held at the Four Seasons Las Vegas Hotel in conjunction with The PPAI Expo 2017, HALO Branded Solutions honored the achievements of more than 250 of the Sterling, Illinois, distributor’s top account executives. Read More »

Facilisgroup Celebrates Members’ Accomplishments At Its 2017 Winter Summit

At its 2017 Winter Summit, held in Las Vegas earlier this month in conjunction with The PPAI Expo, Facilisgroup (PPAI 493664) honored success, facilitated learning, encouraged collaboration and presented its most accomplished community members with its 2016 Top Achieving Sales Awards. Facilisgroup also honored its 2016 Achiever’s Club members, a group of 185 sales reps and teammates with sales that total more than $750,000 annually. Read More »

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