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California Passes Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

On November 8, California voters approved Proposition 67, a statewide ban on carry-out plastic bags. The ban, which took effect immediately, passed with 52 percent of the vote, and requires consumers at grocery stores, retail stores with a pharmacy, convenience stores, food marts and liquor stores to either bring their own bags or pay at least 10 cents for recycled or reusable bags. Read More »

Essent Corporation Unveils New Headquarters, Research and Development Center

Essent Corporation (UPIC: essent) has completed the development of a new $2.5 million headquarters. Essent Place is a 10,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art technology research and development center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, that serves as the new corporate center and home for the business services provider. Read More »

Texas A&M University Names Elevate Brand Marketing To Its 2016 Annual Aggie 100

Distributor Elevate Brand Marketing (UPIC: WEELEVAT) of Dallas, Texas, has been recognized by Texas A&M University as a member of the 2016 Aggie 100, which honors the fastest-growing companies in the world, owned or operated by the university’s former students. Elevate Brand Marketing was ranked No. 2 overall and No.1 in North Texas with a compound annual growth rate of 200.5 percent from 2013 through 2015. Read More »

PPAI Partners With APPA On Get In Touch! Campaign

PPAI and the Australasian Promotional Products Association (APPA) have announced an agreement to use core elements of PPAI’s Promotional Products Work! and Get In Touch! campaigns across Australia and New Zealand. APPA plans to launch the campaigns in those countries in early 2017. Read More »

PPEF Names Incoming Trustees

The Promotional Products Education Foundation (PPEF) has named its incoming trustees for the upcoming term. The incoming trustees’ three-year terms begin following the PPEF board meeting at The PPAI Expo 2017. Read More »

Markets Respond To The 2016 Election, Look To The Future

The U.S. markets have had a rough ride following Tuesday’s election, turning in steep drops and recoveries over the past few days, although they ultimately endured well. Read More »

InnerWorkings Reports Record Q3 Revenue

Distributor InnerWorkings, Inc. (UPIC: corpedge) has released its financial results for the three months ended September 30, reporting record quarterly revenue with year-to-date gross profits up almost 10 percent. Read More »

Sweda Announces Exclusive Partnership With Eagle Creek

Sweda Company, LLC (UPIC: SWEDA) has announced an exclusive partnership with Eagle Creek to offer its full line of luggage, packing organizers, travel system in the promotional products industry. Eagle Creek’s products will be available through the City of Industry, California, supplier beginning January 1, 2017. Read More »

Study Finds Social Media Strategies Continue To Challenge Marketers

Marketers are struggling with their social media strategies, reports digital marketing firm Regalix. Among the marketers its “State of B2B Social Media Marketing 2016” study surveyed, 67 percent reported challenges associated with assessing the effectiveness of social media campaigns for business outcomes, and 50 percent said they have difficulties generating actionable insights from social data. Read More »

Year-End Webinars Focus On Customer Service And PPAI Membership

PPAI’s webinar series continues through 2016’s final months, with sessions focusing on customer service and how industry professionals can benefit from their PPAI membership. The Association’s education schedule features a wide range of ideas, updates and other topics important to promotional products industry practitioners. Read More »

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