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Digital Fraud Ring Steals $180 Million From Online Ad Industry

Security researchers White Ops have uncovered a digital advertising fraud operation that is stealing as much as $3–$5 million per day from U.S. brand advertisers and media companies. The fraud, which White Ops has dubbed “The Methbot Operation” after references to “meth” in the bot’s code, is believed to have stolen $180 million so far. Read More »

Alibaba Group’s Taobao Placed On U.S. Counterfeit Goods List

The U.S. has listed the e-commerce platform, a unit of China’s Alibaba Group, on its 2016 Notorious Markets List, a blacklist of physical and online markets around the world that are reported to be engaging in and facilitating substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting. Read More »

HanesBrands To Sell Australian Flooring and Pillow Businesses

HanesBrands has entered into definitive agreements to sell its Australian Dunlop Flooring and Tontine pillow businesses. The businesses are noncore operations acquired as part of the company’s July 2016 purchase of Pacific Brands Limited of Australia. HanesBrands participates in the promotional products industry as supplier Hanes/Champion (PPAI 191138). Read More »

Partners N Promotion Acquires Brilliant Impressions

Distributor Partners N Promotion (PPAI 438412) in Olathe, Kansas, has acquired Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-based Brilliant Impressions. The employees of both companies will be retained by the merged firm. Read More »

PPAI Staff Collect Toys, Funds For The Irving Police and Fire Blue Christmas Organization

PPAI staff hosted a holiday fundraising event on December 14 to support the Irving Police and Fire Blue Christmas organization, which gathers and distributes new toys and food to families in need at Christmas within the City of Irving, Texas. PPAI employees donated cash or toys and received lunch from the Waffle Wagon food truck. In total, $1,663 in toy and cash donations were donated to help the organization fulfill its mission. Read More »

Discount Labels, Lancer Label Merge Under Discount Labels Banner

Suppliers Discount Labels (PPAI 113449) and Lancer Label (PPAI 113765) have announced a merger, effective January 1, 2017. The company will move forward as Discount Labels and will become a single source provider for its network of resellers.
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Business Recovery Fund Ready To Assist Industry Companies Affected By Tennessee Fires

Tennessee’s Sevier County has received a federal disaster declaration following the destructive wildfires in the area in late November and early December. The Business Recovery Fund (BRF), supported by PPAI and the Regional Association Council (RAC), stands ready to help the area’s promotional products industry companies in need. Read More »

Logomark Launches 2017 Resolution Revolution Campaign

Supplier Logomark (PPAI 110898) has launched its Resolution Revolution campaign, which is running for 10 weeks from November to January and aims to empower customers to set goals and achieve them in 2017. Read More »

In Memoriam: Emmett Ross

Emmett Ross, former vice president of marketing of Hazel, Inc. (PPAI 114161) and a past chair of the PPAI Board of Directors, passed away on December 8 in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He was 81. Read More »

In Memorial: Ronald Wardell

Ronald Gayland Wardell, of distributor Wardell Enterprises (PPAI 109414) in Plano, Texas, passed away on May 27 of complications from lymphoma. He was 70. Read More »

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