October 2016

The PPAI Expo 2017 Features First-Class Speaker Lineup

Attendees at The PPAI Expo 2017 will find the full range of education opportunities they’ve come to expect from the promotional products industry’s largest and longest-running trade show, including more than 100 education sessions and an accomplished lineup of keynote and general session presentations. And in the Tuesday, January 10, opening general session, they will take a deep dive into brand loyalty with Johnny Cupcakes founder and CEO Johnny Earle. Read More »

BDA Becomes Preferred Premiums Supplier Of NBA

Bensussen Deutsch & Associates, LLC (UPIC: BENS0002), has announced a five-year sports merchandising partnership that names the Woodinville, Washington, distributor the preferred premiums supplier of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Read More »

Industrial Production Uptick Likely In 2017

U.S. industrial production is expected to move into a recovery trend during the closing months of 2016, reports economic research and consulting firm ITR Economics in the October 2016 edition of its ITR Advisor. Average U.S. total industrial production was down 1.3 percent for the 12 months ending in September, but indicators point toward improvements in the sector through mid-2017. Read More »

Social Data Important To Developing Effective Customer Experience

Social media has grown into an important data source for businesses, with many viewing it as an accurate depiction of customer behaviors and preferences. In its Customer Experience Trends Report 2016, digital marketing company Falcon.io reports that social engagement is a key enabler of outstanding customer experience (CX). Read More »

Geiger Welcomes TEAM Sarah & Vickie As An Affiliate

Sarah Neikrug and Vickie Block, MAS, known as TEAM Sarah & Vickie, have joined Lewiston, Maine-based Geiger (UPIC: geiger) as an affiliate. Read More »

PPAI’s November Webinars Explore Technology Issues, Mentorship And Other Industry Concerns

PPAI’s webinars in November look at technology issues, business practices and other areas important to industry professionals. The Association’s education schedule features a wide range of ideas, updates and other topics important to promotional products industry practitioners. Read More »

Expo 2017’s Power Keynotes Deliver World-Class Speakers

The PPAI Expo 2016’s popular Power Keynotes return in 2017 with three engaging speakers whose compelling outlooks and ideas will help audiences grow and expand their businesses, change their outlooks on life and careers, and develop professionally and personally. Read More »

American Solutions for Business Acquires Peter Kleine Company

American Solutions for Business (UPIC: AMER0005) has acquired Peter Kleine Company (UPIC: PETE0002), a 30-year-old distributor based in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Financial details of the acquisition were not released. Read More »

U.S. Economy Expected To Generate Moderate Growth

The U.S. economy should continue to expand at a moderate rate into 2017. The Conference Board’s Leading Economic Index increased 0.2 percent in September to 124.4. September’s performance follows a 0.2 percent decline in August and a 0.5 percent increase in July. Read More »

Advertising Industry Employee Morale Slips In Recent Survey

Employee morale is trending downward in the advertising industry, reports Campaign US in its second annual morale survey. The advertising trade magazine reports that 47 percent of industry employees rate their morale as either low (31 percent) or dangerously low (16 percent). In 2015, the same survey found 34 percent of employees described their morale as low or dangerously low. Read More »

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