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Moving From Transactional To Relational

Moving From Transactional To Relational

In the November issue of PPB, Chair Tom Goos, MAS, summarized his term over the past 12 months. In that column, he talked about the Association’s undertaking of a strategic planning session and his pride in the work of the PPAI Board and staff on the resulting strategic plan. He mentioned a new mission statement and the idea that the plan focused on taking the Association from transactional to relational. Read More »

Day In The Life: Merrick Falkenstein

Day In The Life: Merrick Falkenstein

Merrick Falkenstein’s sense of adventure isn’t limited to his passion for traveling. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Falkenstein immigrated to Canada in 1987 and two years later launched his company, ESP Promotions, as an importer and distributor, transitioning six years later to become a supplier for the promotional products industry. Read More »

 On The Scene

 On The Scene

Whether they’re first on the scene or first to help you recover, first responders are a lifeline and lifesaver for us in times of crisis and disaster. Promotional products help us remember how much and in how many ways they can help. The key, say experienced consultants, is effectively combining messages with memorable products. Read More »

 Head Of The Class

 Head Of The Class

You’ve got a stable of loyal clients and a portfolio that reflects your expertise and talent, but are these enough to show prospects and peers that you are the best promotional products professional you can possibly be? Industry professionals looking to add another feather to their cap will often turn to professional development and certification. Read More »

Suppliers Announce Holiday Hours And Closures

Throughout the month, PPB Newslink has provided a comprehensive list of suppliers’ holiday hours and closures. The following list includes all updates received as of today. PPAI offices will be closed January 2. 365 Wholesale (PPAI 274032) December 22-January 4, Closed … 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 »

PPB Newslink December 15: Consumer Optimism Climbs Sharply Following Election

Consumer sentiment showed a sharp uptick following the 2016 election, reports the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. The post-election Sentiment Index was 8.2 points above the November pre-election reading, producing an index 6.6 points higher for the entire month. The Sentiment Index was 93.8 in the November 2016 survey, up from 87.2 in October and 91.3 in November 2015. Read More »

Six C’s Of A Visionary Organization, Part 2 – December 13, 2016

Yesterday, Promotional Consultant Today shared three of these elements from business author and speaker Eliakim Thorpe. Today, we are sharing three more. Read More »

Six C’s Of A Visionary Organization, Part 1 – December 12, 2016

Vision is the tension between what was, what is, and what will be. It reaffirms an organization’s reason for existence and identifies who it serves. There is a difference between having a vision statement blanketed on a wall and actually being a visionary organization. Today and tomorrow, Promotional Consultant Today shares these six c’s of a visionary organization from business author Eliakim Thorpe. Read More »

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