March 2017

Outstanding Branding Receives First Mile’s Silver Rating

Outstanding Branding (PPAI 678649) has been awarded the Silver Standard Rating in global recycling efforts from sustainability auditor First Mile. The Silver Rating places the UK-based distributor among the top 20 percent of companies in the country that participate in recycling programs. Read More »

Federal Reserve Issues Interest Rate Increase—A Positive Sign For The Industry

The Federal Reserve announced on Tuesday that it is increasing its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a point, raising the target range for the federal funds rate to .75 to one percent. This the third increase of the benchmark since the Great Recession. Read More »

Employment Trends Pick Up In February

The Conference Board’s Employment Trends Index recovered in February following a downward tick in January. The index stands at 131.39 in February, representing a 3.1-percent gain on last year’s level. Read More »

PPAMS, SPPA, CAAMP And GAPPP Join SAGE Affiliate Program

The Promotional Products Association of the Mid-South (PPAMS), the Sunbelt Promotional Products Association (SPPA), the Carolinas Association of Advertising and Marketing Professionals (CAAMP), and the Georgia Association of Promotional Product Professionals (GAPPP) have joined the redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program. The Affiliate Program is designed to give regional associations in the promotional products industry and their members special benefits from SAGE through access to business management products and services for members and the association. Read More »

Geiger Offsets Nearly 1,100 Tons Of CO2 In UPS Carbon Neutral Program

Geiger has released the results of its participation in UPS’ carbon neutral program, which it entered into in 2012. In 2016, the distributor shipped 459,605 packages weighing a total of 8,288,647 pounds. Under this program, Geiger purchased offsets for nearly 1,100 metric tons of CO2 emissions. This amount was offset through the purchase of carbon neutral credits. Read More »

Get In Touch With Promotional Products Work Week In April

Promotional Products Work! Week (PPW!Week) returns next month for an industry-wide celebration of promotional products and the value they create, and in this fifth year it features the industry’s first-of-its-kind branding campaign, Get In Touch! Read More »

Revisit Expo Education Highlights With PPAI’s March Webinars

This month, alongside examinations of business financing and responsible sourcing, the PPAI webinar series returns to some of the highlights of the PPAI Expo 2017’s education programming. Read More »

Strong Opposition To Border Adjustment Tax Continues To Grow

PPAI has joined with industry businesses and coalition of companies and trade organizations representing myriad facets of the U.S. economy to voice its opposition to the proposed Border Adjustment Tax (BAT). The proposal, if incorporated into Congress’ tax reforms, would levy a 20-percent tax on all U.S. imports while eliminating the tax on exports. The proposal poses a discriminatory tax on all imported products—including promotional products—and is anticipated to hurt American consumers and the nation’s largest employers by increasing the cost of everyday products. Read More »

SXSW Brings Diverse Messages To Marketers

Now in its 20th year, Austin, Texas-based South by Southwest (SXSW) has grown from a regional music festival to a 10-day conglomeration of festivals and conferences tackling film, music, advertising and marketing, interactive media and more. Currently in the middle of its March 10-17 run, the SXSW 2017’s Brands & Marketing track, part of SXSW Interactive, explores native advertising, brand storytelling and other topics relevant to promotional products industry practitioners. Read More »

Northeast Snowstorm Causes Business Closures Today

Spring came early to many parts of the U.S. this year but winter won’t let go in the Northeast where 14 inches of snow reportedly fell across the New York area overnight with up to 18 inches blanketing New England. With blizzard conditions and power failures to thousands of homes and businesses, some promotional products companies in the region are closed today. Among those who have reported closures are suppliers TK Cups-Sorg’s, Symbio Line, Bay State Specialty Company, Hub Pen Company and Prime Line. Read More »

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