January 2017

HALO Acquires Catalyst Marketing

As reported earlier today in a PPB Newslink Breaking News alert, Distributor HALO Branded Solutions (PPAI 106462) has acquired the business of Catalyst Marketing, Inc. (PPAI 278469), a distributor based in Seattle, Washington. Read More »

PPEF 2017 Scholarship Application Period Opens, Awards Increase To $175,000

The Promotional Products Education Foundation’s (PPEF) 2017 scholarship program is now taking applications for the 2017-2018 school year with $175,000 in scholarships available. Since its inception in 1989, PPEF has awarded approximately $1.5 million in financial assistance. Read More »

The SBLC Looks At What The Future Holds For Tax Reform

In its latest SBLC Report, the Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC), looks at what may be ahead for tax reform in the U.S. The mission of the SBLC, of which PPAI is a member and for which PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE, serves as a board director, is twofold: to make improvements in public policy for small business and to help member associations in their communications with business members. Read More »

E-Commerce Earns A Growing Share Of Marketers’ Strategies

E-commerce is increasingly popular among marketers, a study by the Association of National Advertisers shows, and that within the next two years more than 80 percent of them will be using it to conduct business. The study, “The ANA Survey Report: E-Commerce Insights,” also found that 73 percent of marketers believe e-commerce drives revenue and, of those, 43 percent say it accounts for up to 10 percent of all sales. Read More »

PPAI Expo 2017 Reports Highest Attendance In Nine Years

Verified attendance numbers are in and PPAI is reporting that The PPAI Expo, which wrapped up in Las Vegas on January 12 after a spectacular five-day run, attracted a total of 12,267 distributor personnel, the show’s largest attendance since 2008. Read More »

Cimpress Announces Changes To Its Organizational Structure, Executive Team

Cimpress, the Dutch parent company of Waltham, Massachusetts, distributor Vistaprint (PPAI 565755), has announced plans to deeply decentralize the company’s operations and move roughly 3,000 positions to business units, as well as eliminate approximately 160 positions and reduce planned hiring in targeted areas. Read More »

Ennis Acquires Independent Printing Company, Inc.

Midlothian, Texas-based supplier Ennis, Inc. (PPAI 280026), has acquired Independent Printing Company, Inc. and related entities in a stock purchase transaction that closed January 27. The majority stockholder was a private equity firm in New York. Read More »

Proforma Recognizes Record Number Of Owners For Top Sales Performance In 2016

Proforma reports that a record total of 171 of the Cleveland, Ohio-based distributor’s owners achieved million or multi-million dollar success in 2016. Of these top performers, 16 will be welcomed into the Million Dollar Club for the first time, and 14 will be inducted into the Multi-Million Dollar Club. Read More »

SAGE Introduces New Features For Its Website Platforms

Additional features add even more customization capabilities to SAGE Websites to impress visitors, including modern layouts, a new custom page designer, new areas for blogs and videos, multiple product images, and more. Read More »

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 »

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