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The SBLC Continues Its Look At The Future Of Tax Reform

The latest SBLC Report from the Small Business Legislative Council (SBLC) returns to the question of what may be ahead for tax reform in the U.S. Read More »

Consumer Goods Prices Tick Up In December, January

In its Digital Price Index (DPI) for January, Adobe reports that U.S. consumer spending indicated higher than expected inflation for two consecutive months. Prices typically drop in November due to holiday discounts before rebounding. However, prices in December 2016 saw a bigger jump compared to 2015 (0.6 percent versus zero percent) and surpassed pre-holiday levels. This trend continued into January 2017, with prices increasing .05 percent, which resulted in 1.2 percent cumulative inflation for the last three months. This is greater than the 0.9 percent observed during the same period a year ago. Read More »

Admints & Zagabor Achieves QCA Accreditation

Supplier Admints & Zagabor (PPAI 227425), a division of Hit Promotional Products (PPAI 113910), has been awarded QCA accreditation by the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), an independent, non-governmental accreditation organization dedicated to helping companies provide safe products. Bellmawr, New Jersey-based Admints & Zagabor is a manufacturer of candy, mints, food gifts and personal care items such as lip balm and hand sanitizer. Read More »

PPAI’s Upcoming Webinars Tackle Industry Issues, Best Practices

This month and next, PPAI’s webinar series explores a wide range of issues important to promotional products industry professionals, including apparel trends and financial best practices, and it takes an in-depth look at PPAI’s industry research resources. Read More »

BIC Graphic Red Wing Donates $5,500 To Local Sheriff Department

BIC Graphic (PPAI 114187) has donated $5,500 to the Goodhue County Sheriff Department in Red Wing, Minnesota, in support of founding a water rescue and recovery team. Read More »

PPB Newslink February 14: PPAI, Industry Members Voice Their Opposition To Proposed Border Adjustment Tax

Nearly 400 industry professionals have joined PPAI in voicing their opposition to the proposed Border Adjustment Tax (BAT). The U.S. House Republican tax reform proposal poses a discriminatory tax on all imported products—including promotional products—and is anticipated to hurt American consumers and the nation’s largest employers by increasing the cost of everyday products. The BAT, which would function as a national sales tax, could drive the unemployment rate back to 2010 highs in the aftermath of the financial crisis. Read More »

PPAI, Industry Members Voice Their Opposition To Proposed Border Adjustment Tax

Nearly 400 industry professionals have joined PPAI in voicing their opposition to the proposed Border Adjustment Tax (BAT). The U.S. House Republican tax reform proposal poses a discriminatory tax on all imported products—including promotional products—and is anticipated to hurt American consumers and the nation’s largest employers by increasing the cost of everyday products. The BAT, which would function as a national sales tax, could drive the unemployment rate back to 2010 highs in the aftermath of the financial crisis. Read More »

Study Finds Disconnect Between Brands, Consumers On Importance Of Customer Expectations

Most brands have a blind spot when it comes to understanding the emotions that drive customer loyalty, and they don’t fully understand the negative impact of failing to meet customers’ expectations, says a study of 20,000 consumers and 10,000 companies in 12 countries conducted by customer experience optimization platform InMoment. Read More »

Outstanding Branding’s Launch Party Welcomes Clients To Its New York Office

UK-based distributor Outstanding Branding (PPAI 678649) held a launch party on February 8 for its New York office. Outstanding Branding opened the office at 300 Park Avenue in October. Read More »

PPB Announces Its Best Multi-Line Reps For 2017

Ten multi-line reps have been chosen as PPB’s 2017 Best Multi-Line Reps. They are: Cheryl Lickteig and Dale Cornell Johnson, Dale B. Johnson Associates; Daniel Sachs, West Coast Branded Solutions; Greg Jackson, Northwest Reps; Jamie Hudson, Hudson Marketing; Lori Eaton, LoriEaton.com; Matt Carter, CAS, Flannagan & Associates; Seth Friedman; Steve Donlin, Team Donlin, and Walter Brzyski, Brisk Enterprises, Inc. Read More »

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