October 2015

A Brand Company Acquires Design Accessories And Subsidiaries

As reported earlier today in a PPB Newslink Breaking News, distributor A Brand Company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Design Accessories, Inc., a Virginia-based promotional marketing organization. The deal includes Design Accessories’ two subsidiaries, Design Marketing and PerformanceLink Systems, Inc. Read More »

Prime Resources Corp. Enters Exclusive Deal With Energizer

Prime Resources Corp. (UPIC: PRIME) has announced a deal to carry Energizer® power banks, granting the Bridgeport, Connecticut-based supplier an industry exclusive in North America. Read More »

Company Incentive, Rewards Programs On The Decline In Canada

Canadian companies have pulled back from incentive programs this year, with the number of businesses that use rewards to motivate employees dropping to 61 percent in 2015, down from 69 percent in 2014. In its 2015 Canadian Incentive and Rewards Trends Study, Berkley Payment Solutions, a provider of custom prepaid incentive and payment solutions, also reports that 55 percent of Canadians surveyed say their employer doesn’t offer rewards to recognize their performance. Read More »

Americans’ Growing Appetite For Wearable Technology To Expand

Wearable technology is increasingly popular in the U.S., and its appeal is expected to grow each year. eMarketer’s wearables forecast reports that 39.5 million Americans over the age of 18 used wearables, including smart watches and fitness trackers, in 2015—a 57.7 percent increase over 2014. That number is forecast to more than double to 81.7 million in 2018. Read More »

36 Finalists Selected For 2016 PPAI Suppliers Achievement Competition

PPAI has announced 36 finalists for the 2016 PPAI Suppliers Achievement Awards competition. The annual awards bring recognition to industry suppliers for outstanding craftsmanship, creativity and service to distributors. Read More »

Rebecca Mclaughlin, CAS, Named PPB’s October Volunteer Of The Month

This month PPAI recognizes Rebecca Mclaughlin, CAS, operations manager at Erie, Pennsylvania supplier CPS\The Keystone Line and president of the Regional Association Council (RAC), as the October PPB Volunteer of the Month. The PPB Volunteer of the Month celebrates individuals who have dedicated their time to the progress of and fulfilling the charge of a committee, advisory group, work group or task force on which they serve. Read More »

The PPAI Expo Earns A Spot On Trade Show Executive’s Gold 100

The PPAI Expo, the promotional products industry’s largest and longest-running trade show, has been recognized as No. 55 on Trade Show Executive magazine’s 2015 Gold 100 List. The rankings of U.S trade shows, published in the magazine’s October issue, are based on a three-part, same-show comparison including show size, growth and attendance as well as innovation, social media practices, green initiatives, global participation and economic impact. The PPAI Expo has been ranked as one of the leading trade shows of the Gold 100 since the list’s inception in 2007. Read More »

PPAI’s Upcoming Webinars Explore Transportation Best Practices, Product Safety And More

Through the end of 2015, PPAI’s webinar series is set to shine a spotlight on a number of industry issues and best practices. The Association’s education schedule features a wide range of ideas, updates and other topics important to promotional products industry practitioners. Read More »

CPSC Proposes New Standards For Children’s Folding Chairs, Stools

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has introduced a proposed rule for children’s folding chairs and stools. It would establish a safety standard for children’s folding chairs and stools under the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. Read More »

PPAI Announces 2016 Pyramid Awards Finalists

Twenty-four distributors have been tapped as finalists for the 2016 PPAI Pyramid Awards. The PPAI Pyramid Awards recognize members that have demonstrated outstanding, creative use of promotional products to deliver effective, results-oriented initiatives for a variety of client programs and campaigns. Read More »

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