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HandStands PROMO Acquired By Former Executives

Supplier HandStands PROMO (PPAI 111285) has been acquired from current owners Energizer Holdings, Inc., by HandStands Products Holdings, LLC, a group led by longtime former executives of HandStands Rodd Steuart, Jason Fogg and Chris Anderson. Read More »

Alpi International, BEL Promo Pledge Support To The PPEF Tomorrow Fund

Industry suppliers Alpi International (PPAI 111221) and BEL Promo (PPAI 362224) have lent their support to professional development and the success of the promotional products industry through higher education with pledges to the Promotional Products Education Foundation (PPEF) Tomorrow Fund. Alpi International has pledged $10,000 to the fund over 10 years and BEL Promo has pledged $6,000 over six years. Read More »

Gildan Reports Sales Increase In Q1; Looks For More Organic Growth By Year End

Supplier Gildan Activewear has released financial results for the quarter ending April 2 and reconfirmed its full-year guidance for 2017. The Montreal, Quebec-based company reported sales of $665.4 million in the first quarter, a 12.2-percent increase compared to the same period in 2016. Read More »

Earnings, Operating Profits Up At Delta Apparel

Delta Apparel, Inc. (PPAI 188431) reports net income of $4.5 million in its fiscal 2017 second quarter, which ended April, up 33 percent from second quarter 2016. Operating profit for the quarter was $7.5 million, or 7.2 percent of sales, versus $5.9 million, or 5.4 percent of sales, during the same period last year. Read More »

The Artcraft Group Acquires Corporate Marketing, Inc.

Distributor Artcraft Promotional Concepts (PPAI 101781), headquartered in Moorestown, New Jersey, has acquired Somerville, New Jersey-based distributor Corporate Marketing, Inc. (PPAI 603904). Read More »

Distributor, Supplier Sales Expected To Climb This Year And Slow In The Next

Indicators point toward continued growth for most promotional products industry companies through 2017, but looking ahead to 2018, the PPAI/ITR Economics’ first quarter 2017 Market Outlook Report expects growth to slow down as the new year progresses. Read More »

PPAI Board Visits Texas For Strategic Discussion And Board Meeting

The PPAI Board, staff directors and executives met at the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Irving, Texas, on Monday for a scheduled strategic plan discussion facilitated by board member Larry Cohen, president of Axis Promotions, and Ashley Wilemon and Amy Blackburn, both of Saxum, PPAI’s public relations firm. The meeting also included a review of marketing trends expected to have an impact on business, and a discussion on PPAI’s 2017 goal relating to strategic foresight. Read More »

PPAI’s Barnett Joins AAF Chapter To Discuss The Millennial Market

PPAI Diversity Development and Engagement Manager Seth Barnett was on the road last week, traveling to Melbourne, Florida, to speak at a meeting of the American Advertising Federation’s Space Coast Chapter. Read More »

NALC 2017 Welcomes Seth Kahan To Its Extensive Speaker Lineup

The 2017 PPAI North American Leadership Conference (NALC) is bringing industry leaders from across the country together in Austin, Texas, for a high-powered speaker lineup. Running August 13-15 at the Four Seasons Hotel, the three-day event offers attendees opportunities to connect with and learn from innovators and thought leaders drawn from a variety of fields and backgrounds. Read More »

Five More Industry Professionals Earn MAS, CAS Certifications

In March and April, five industry professionals earned their Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) or Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) industry certifications. They join an elite group of individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to the promotional products industry and to continuing their education. Read More »

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