PPB Newslink

PPB Newslink July 30: BrandAlliance and A Brand Company Announce Merger

Toronto, Ontario-based BrandAlliance and Charlotte, North Carolina’s A Brand Company, parent of distributor Activate! Promotions + Marketing (UPIC: Activate) today announced a definitive merger agreement. The merger, the terms of which have not been released, represents combined annual sales of $90 million. Read More »

PPB Newslink July 28: Pro Towels Acquires Kanata Blanket Company

Supplier Pro Towels (UPIC: PROTOWEL) has acquired Richmond, British Columbia-based supplier Kanata Blanket Company (UPIC: BLANKET). The acquisition is effective in August. Both the Pro Towels and Kanata brands will be maintained as well as their respective industry identifiers. Read More »

PPB Newslink July 23: Corporate Social Responsibility Increasingly Important To Consumers

Consumers are more likely to choose the products and services of companies with strong corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices, according to a study conducted by Cone Communications and Ebiquity. The study found that global consumers feel a personal accountability to address social and environmental issues, and they look to companies as partners in meeting those goals. Read More »

PPB Newslink July 21: Innovation Ranks High In Consumers’ Decisions To Buy

The perception of innovation plays an important role in consumers’ purchasing decisions and they are willing to pay a premium for innovative goods and services, according to results from a recent survey by market research firm Lab42. Half of the consumers surveyed also said they have bought a new product without fully understanding what it did or how it worked solely because they thought it was “cool.” Read More »

PPB Newslink July 16: PSI PROMOTION WORLD To Be Discontinued

PSI PROMOTION WORLD, launched in 2014, is being discontinued, according to an agreement by organizers Deutsche Messe AG and Reed Exhibitions Deutschland GmbH. Both sides decided that the participation of exhibitors was too low for a sustainably profitable event. Read More »

PPB Newslink July 14: Hit Promotional Products Acquires Admints & Zagabor

As reported Friday in PPB Newslink Breaking News, Largo, Florida-based supplier Hit Promotional Products (UPIC: HITP0001) has acquired fellow supplier Admints & Zagabor (UPIC: ADMINTS), headquartered in Bellmawr, New Jersey. Read More »

PPB Newslink July 9: Sustainability Initiatives Drive Growth, Study Finds

Corporate revenue growth and innovation can co-exist with sustainability initiatives, and even benefit from them, according to the Conference Board study, “Driving Revenue Growth Through Sustainable Products and Services.” Read More »

PPB Newslink July 7: Promotional Products Sales Hit $20 Billion In 2014 But Growth Slows

U.S. promotional products sales reached a record $20,042,228,931 in 2014 and marked the fifth consecutive year of growth, according to findings in PPAI’s 2014 Annual Estimate of Distributor Sales, completed late last month for PPAI by Relevant Insights, LLC. However, at a 1.09-percent increase over 2013, it was the slowest growth since the 2008 recession, and small distributors in particular felt the pinch. Read More »

PPB Newslink July 2: HALO Completes Acquisition Of Newton Business

HALO Branded Solutions (UPIC: HBS) has completed its purchase of the business assets of Newton Manufacturing Company (UPIC: Newton) and announced details to compensate Newton suppliers. As previously reported in PPB Newslink, the Newton, Iowa-based distributor filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Des Moines, Iowa, on May 31, 2015. HALO, headquartered in Sterling, Illinois, provided debtor-in-possession financing to Newton to fund the Chapter 11 proceeding. Read More »

PPB Newslink June 30: PPAI Names 2016 Board Candidates

Four candidates have been selected for election to PPAI’s Board of Directors Class of 2020. Distributor candidates are ( from left) Dan McEntee, area vice president at Staples Promotional Products (UPIC: AMER0016), and Perry Wehrle, president of PAW Marketing, Inc. (UPIC: PAW). Supplier candidates are Brittany David, vice president of sales at SnugZ USA (UPIC: SNUGZUSA), and Marc Held, vice president of national sales at Bodek and Rhodes (UPIC: ULTRACLB). Read More »

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