July 2016

Updated PPAI Sourcing And Compliance Manual Available At The 2016 Product Responsibility Summit

PPAI’s updated sourcing and compliance manual, designed to help industry professionals boost their product responsibility efforts, will be complimentary for attendees of the 2016 PPAI Product Responsibility Summit September 18-20 in Washington, D.C. This manual serves as a guide for getting an efficient compliance program up and running. Read More »

PPAI Announces Inaugural Fellows Program Recipients

PPAI has named the inaugural recipients of the Association’s new Fellows Program. Introduced in the June issue of PPB, the Fellows program recognizes and thanks influential individuals who have actively supported the industry through their personal involvement. PPAI Fellows further contribute to a culture of engagement, involvement and leadership throughout the Association. Read More »

Promotional Products Highlight Philadelphia And More At The DNC

Promotional products have a long history in political campaigns and party conventions, and they were on full display last week in Cleveland, Ohio, during the Republican National Convention. This week, attention turned to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for the Democratic National Convention and the promotional products followed. Read More »

Quality Resource Group Joins Buying Group Reciprocity Road

Quality Resource Group (UPIC: PBPLINC), a distributor based in Plymouth, Minnesota, has joined buying group Reciprocity Road, a group with a philanthropic focus launched earlier this year by distributors MadeToOrder, Inc.; Brand Fuel, Inc.; The Icebox; Zagwear; Image Source; C&S Sales and Robyn Promotions. Its members intend to build better businesses together while making their communities stronger. Read More »

Marketers Show Growing Acceptance Of Technology’s Role In Their Field

As new technologies play a transformational role in marketing departments’ roles and responsibilities, marketers have a growing understanding of its importance in their field. A survey by DataXu, a programmatic marketing and analytics platform, found that a clear majority of marketers believe understanding marketing technologies (78 percent) and digital media (72 percent) are mission-critical skills, while 65 percent identify themselves as data literate. Read More »

Consumer Spending Boosts U.S. GDP Despite Slipping Industrial Production

Buoyed by strong consumer spending, U.S. real GDP grew 2.1 percent over the past three months, reports ITR Economics’ July 2016 ITR Advisor report. Consumer spending’s uptick is driven by 2.1 percent growth in U.S. total retail sales and a 4.5-percent increase in retail sales excluding gas stations. Read More »

Phil Martin Named July’s PPB Volunteer Of The Month

This month, PPAI recognizes Phil Martin, national sales manager at supplier Warwick Publishing Company (UPIC: WARWICK) in Saint Charles, Illinois, as July’s PPB Volunteer of the Month. Martin serves as chair of the Awards & Recognition Committee and was nominated … Read More »

Regulations, Board Elections And More In PPAI’s August Webinars

PPAI’s August webinars explore regulatory issues, the upcoming PPAI Board elections and other issues important to industry professionals. The Association’s education schedule features a wide range of ideas, updates and other topics important to promotional products industry practitioners. Read More »

Economist Dr. Arthur Laffer Heads Speaker Lineup At Next Month’s NALC

The 2016 PPAI North American Leadership Conference (NALC) is coming to San Francisco, California, August 14-16 and is bringing a high-powered speaker lineup with it. Business leaders and innovators from across the industry are gathering at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco for the latest on today’s issues, ideas and challenges with experts from across the business world, including famed economist Dr. Arthur Laffer. Read More »

SBLC Takes A Deep Dive Into House Republican Tax Proposal

At the end of June, the Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee released their tax reform proposal. This blueprint for tax reform is among a handful of issue-based proposals that House Republicans released to help frame the party platform in advance of the convention and the November elections. Now that it has had the opportunity to closely review the proposal and monitor various responses to it, the Small Business Legislative Council (SLBC) has followed up to provide more detail. Read More »

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