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PPB Newslink December 13: Cimpress To Acquire Distributor National Pen

Cimpress, the Dutch parent company of Waltham, Massachusetts, distributor Vistaprint (PPAI 565755), has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire San Diego, California-based distributor National Pen Co. LLC (PPAI 107176). The transaction, first announced Monday in a PPB Newslink Breaking News alert, is for a purchase price of approximately $218 million and is expected to close as early as end of the month. Read More »

PPB Newslink December 8: Pantone Names ‘Greenery’ 2017 Color Of The Year

Pantone has named PANTONE shade 15-0343, Greenery, its 2017 Color Of The Year. A yellow-green shade, Pantone says Greenery “evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew” and that it is “illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors.” Greenery follows the 2016 Color of the Year 2016 duo, PANTONE 13-1520, Rose Quartz, a warm rose tone, and PANTONE 15-3919, Serenity, a cool blue. Read More »

PPB Newslink December 6: Fruit Of The Loom Names Melissa Burgess-Taylor Chairman, CEO

Fruit of the Loom, Inc. (PPAI 133342) has appointed Melissa Burgess-Taylor as the Bowling Green, Kentucky, supplier’s new chairman and CEO. She replaces Rick Medlin, who passed away on November 27. Read More »

PPB Newslink December 1: Future 100 Report Charts Trends To Watch In 2017

For a look into what’s in store for the year ahead, marketing communications service provider J. Walter Thompson’s Innovation Group has released its third annual Future 100 report, taking a broad look at emerging consumer behavior and new opportunities for brands. Read More »

PPB Newslink November 29: Federal Judge Blocks Implementation Of Overtime Regulations

On November 22, East Texas Federal Judge Amos Mazzant granted a preliminary injunction delaying the implementation of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule, which had been slated to go into effect on December 1. The Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) new overtime requirements would have raised the maximum salary employees could earn, from $455 per week to $913, while still qualifying for mandatory overtime pay. Read More »

PPB Newslink November 22: The SBLC Examines How Trump Administration Could Affect Federal Overtime Regulations

In its latest SBLC Report, the Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC), of which PPAI is a member and for which PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone, CAE, serves as a board director, looks at what effect President-elect Trump’s administration may have on a number of regulations in Washington, D.C. Read More »

PPB Newslink November 17: Industry Companies Wrestle With New Federal Overtime Requirements

The Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) new overtime requirements, set to go into effect on December 1, raise the salary amounts employees need to be paid to qualify as exempt, increasing the minimum salary threshold from the current level of $455 per week to $913. Although PPAI has lent its support to bipartisan legislation in the House and Senate that would delay and provide relief for the new rules, promotional products companies are already moving to come into compliance with the change in requirements. Read More »

PPB Newslink November 15: Gildan Acquires American Apparel Brand Assets

As first reported Monday in a PPB Newslink Breaking News alert, supplier Gildan Activewear (UPIC: GILDA381) has entered into an asset purchase agreement to acquire worldwide intellectual property rights related to the American Apparel® (UPIC: AMER9421) brand and certain assets from American Apparel, LLC, for a cash purchase of approximately $66 million. American Apparel voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday. Read More »

PPB Newslink November 10: PPAI Partners With APPA On Get In Touch! Campaign

PPAI and the Australasian Promotional Products Association (APPA) have announced an agreement to use core elements of PPAI’s Promotional Products Work! and Get In Touch! campaigns across Australia and New Zealand. APPA plans to launch the campaigns in those countries in early 2017 Read More »

PPB Newslink November 8: bpma, Sourcing City Collaborate On New UK Show

The British Promotional Merchandise Association (bpma) and business services provider Sourcing City (UPIC: SCITY) have announced a new show for the promotional products industry in the UK. The inaugural Merchandise World, to be held September 19-20, 2017, folds the Sourcing City Marketplace and The bpma Show together in a single event. Read More »

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