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PPB Newslink@Expo January 11: Johnny Cupcakes Hits A Sweet Spot With Marketers

By the time he was 16, Johnny Earle had run more than a dozen amateur businesses, from lemonade stands, yard sales and neighborhood haunted houses to doing magic tricks at kids’ birthday parties. A lifelong prankster with a quirky bent and a love of life, after high school Earle decided to flex his already-experienced entrepreneurial muscle. Read More »

PPB Newslink@Expo January 10: Gildan Activewear To Acquire American Apparel Brand, Certain Assets

Supplier Gildan Activewear, Inc. (PPAI 250187) announced today that it has emerged as the winner in the court-supervised auction to acquire the American Apparel brand and certain assets from American Apparel, LLC (PPAI 223870). The transaction is subject to bankruptcy court approval on Thursday, and Gildan anticipates completing the acquisition by early February. Read More »

PPB Newslink@Expo January 9: The PPAI Expo Gears Up For Another Spectacular Run

The PPAI Expo has returned to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas this week, marking its 15th year at the state-of-the-art venue, and drawing thousands of suppliers, distributors, reps and business services companies from across North America and around the globe. Read More »

PPB Newslink@Expo January 8: Hub Pen Company Acquires Beacon Promotions

As reported Friday in a PPB Newslink Breaking News alert, Braintree, Massachusetts-based Hub Pen Company (PPAI 110772), one of the largest suppliers of promotional writing instruments in the U.S., has acquired New Ulm, Minnesota-based supplier Beacon Promotions (PPAI 113702) in a deal that was finalized in late December. Read More »

PPB Newslink January 5: Small-Business Owners Optimistic About 2017

Small-business owners are beginning the new year on a positive note, says the Staples National Small-Business Survey. It reports that 85 percent of American small-business owners are “optimistic” about the business climate in 2017. Read More »

PPB Newslink January 3: Print Calendars Still Have It

On December 29, The New York Times featured a powerful story on the enduring popularity of appointment books, planners and calendars in the face of digital competition. Consulting with PPAI and industry members such as BIC Graphic and Tru Art Advertising Calendars, The Times’ story highlighted the category’s continued sales growth and what gives it its unique appeal. Read More »

PPB Newslink December 29: PPB Newslink Looks Back At Top Stories Of 2016

A lot happened in the promotional products industry over the past year. Looking back at 2016, PPB Newslink has identified its top stories that trace PPAI’s and the industry’s most significant accomplishments, news and events in the order in which they took place. Read More »

PPB Newslink December 27: 4 Sizzle Recalls Promotional Grills Due To Fire Hazard

Supplier 4 Sizzle, based in Stateline, Nevada, has issued a recall of approximately 1,700 promotional barrel grills after receiving reports of two grills catching fire. No injuries were reported. Read More »

PPB Newslink December 22: Wearable Devices’ Popularity Appears To Be Cooling

Consumers’ enthusiasm for wearable devices may be slowing, reports marketing research firm eMarketer. In October 2015, it forecast wearables usage to climb 60 percent in 2016. It has since revised its expectations for the year, and now expects the category to grow by a more modest 24.7 percent, as interest, particularly in smart watches, slows. Read More »

PPB Newslink December 20: 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. Read More »

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