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PPAI’s Webinar Series Explores Product Liability And More

PPAI’s webinar series in July and August looks at product liability challenges, international business expansion 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 »

Staples Partners with Lady Gaga To Support Education

Staples, Inc. has produced a public service announcement starring Lady Gaga. First introduced on, the PSA’s call to action promotes kindness in school and supports teachers with the resources they need for a successful classroom. The Framingham, Massachusetts-company participates in the promotional products industry as distributor Staples Promotional Products (PPAI 108945). Read More »

CPS/Keystone Announces Management Buyout

Custom Plastic Specialties, LLC, which operates in the promotional products market as supplier CPS/Keystone (PPAI 111040), has announced a management-led buyout of the company in partnership with GenCap America. The news was first reported in a PPB Newslink Breaking News alert on Monday. Read More »

PPEF Scholarship Awards Climb To $175,000 In 2017

The Promotional Products Education Foundation (PPEF), the industry’s nonprofit founded to recognize and encourage scholastic excellence and academic performance among promotional products industry employees and their college-aged children, has named its scholarship recipients for the 2017-2018 academic year. Read More »

BrandAlliance Centralizes U.S., Canadian Regional Leadership

Distributor BrandAlliance (PPAI 188929) is entering the final stages of a two-year implementation for its merger with Activate! Promotions + Marketing. As part of the process, BrandAlliance has initiated a coordinated centralization of its regional leadership across the U.S. and Canada. Read More »

PromoStandards To Host Development Workshop Alongside 2017 PPAI Tech Summit

PromoStandards is hosting its first-ever development workshop in conjunction with the PPAI Technology Summit in Austin, Texas. PromoStandards is a group of distributors, suppliers and service providers seeking supply chain efficiencies through standards for the promotional products industry. Read More »

Gildan Issues 2016 CSR Report

Gildan Activewear has released its 2016 corporate, social and environmental responsibility (CSR) report, which provides a comprehensive review of the Montreal, Quebec-based supplier’s progress on its commitments to its people, communities, the environment and products. Read More »

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 »

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