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REACH Registration Rules For Promotional Products Manufacturers And Importers

Environmental attorney Robert Matthews, whose firm has been studying REACH regulations, recently clarified the registration requirements for phase-in and non-phase-in substances under the European Commission’s guidelines. A recent statement by the European Commission reminds companies that June 1, 2008 is … Read More »

To Protect And Defend

Some of you may think you’ve heard enough already about the issue of product safety. Others of you may have heard nothing, and many are actively working to become educated about how our industry and our clients can protect themselves … Read More »

Taking Risks

I’m a bit envious of risk-takers. You know—those people who live life on the edge and face consequences head on. I’m more conservative. Rather than taking a risk, I forecast what I have to lose, and then I usually talk … Read More »

We’re All In This Together

‘Green’ Governor Pressed to Stop Tefllon-Chemical’s ‘Toxic Trespass’ on BabiesLead Toxins Take a Global Round TripThomas & Friends Wooden Railway Toys RecalledChinese Manufacturer Used Lead Paint on 1.5 Million Toys, as Nation’s Recall Rate Troubles Safety Experts Gripping headlines—but do … Read More »

Sourcing Overseas

For offshore orders, distributors may think they can manage without a supplier partner. But the truth is they can’t afford not to. As a promotional consultant, you may have thought about taking one of your client’s orders directly to an … Read More »

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

What if the 1,000 ceramic coffee mugs with a four-color imprint that you ordered for your Texas-based client are actually distributed in your client’s California branch office and are subsequently found to have a lead-based imprint that is in violation … Read More »

Don’t Be Blindsided by Prop 65

Don’t Be Blindsided By Prop 65 PPAI has communicated extensively about the implications of Proposition 65, a California law that significantly affects companies in our industry. But rather than assume everyone has seen the articles we’ve published or participated in … Read More »

Indecent Proposition

How to avoid the surprising sting of California’s Proposition 65, which is creating turmoil among suppliers, distributors and end buyers across the nation and hitting them where it hurts—in their wallets. PREAMBLE“Our company is an official licensee of products for … Read More »

What Does Prop 65 Mean to You?

If you’ve never heard of heard of California’s Proposition 65, you’re not alone. A California state law for several years now, its impact has only become a cause for real concern in recent months. This concern has now elevated from … Read More »

Are Brand Names Really That Important?

Brands. We’re surrounded by them—at the supermarket, drug store and shopping mall. Ads flood the TV, radio and internet, hyping the latest product introductions and solidifying a brand’s status in the consumer hierarchy. As a society, we’ve trained ourselves to … Read More »

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