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Mom, Where’s My Favorite Shirt?

Mom, Where’s My Favorite Shirt?

Winning characteristics of the best promotional apparel for kids Many children have one special go-to piece of clothing that they wear constantly, even waiting by the dryer for it to be ready to wear again. If you’re lucky, that t-shirt … Read More »

Feedback

Feedback

In October, PPAI and the Regional Association Council (RAC) hosted board members and executive directors from regional associations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico in Grapevine, Texas, for the 17th annual Leadership Development Workshop (LDW). The week-long event featured training and planning for PPAI committee and advisory group chairs, and an extensive, multi-day curriculum designed to provide learning opportunities for regional association leadership through general sessions, breakout discussions and sharing activities. Read More »

Can You Hear Me Now?

Can You Hear Me Now?

A Distributor Asks: What are some creative ways to break through the never-ending nightmare of unreturned calls and emails in today’s busy electronic society? Read More »

The Cost Of Social Noncompliance

The Cost Of Social Noncompliance

When we as distributors or suppliers are presented with a project with limited spending capacity by the client, we try to find ways to drive the price down so we can win projects and maintain decent profitability. The issue becomes that when price is the factor that drives a sale, we forget that it trickles down to all aspects of the supply chain. Read More »

Fast Forward – December 2016

Fast Forward – December 2016

Spend Five minutes with SanMar Communications Manager Lisa Terry as she explains SanMar U, a new educational website with information about apparel, trends, product education and decoration. Take advantage of success tips from an MIT mentor at the MIT Global Entrepreneurship boot camp. Learn about a new, growing subscription-based yarn business and Uber’s new carpooling service plus a new safety app that could save your life. Read More »

You’ve Been Scammed!

You’ve Been Scammed!

There are a few common scams in the promotional products industry. One of the most frequent scams involves fraudulent orders that are placed with a stolen credit card. The payment will appear to be valid and the distributor fulfills the order, but when the actual credit card holder notices the charge and initiates a charge-back, the distributor loses the payment. While it may be difficult to identify scammers after the deed, let alone prosecute them, there are some consistent giveaways that can tip you off to a potential scam before you become a victim. While it may be difficult to identify scammers after the deed, let alone prosecute them, there are some consistent giveaways that can tip you off to a potential scam before you become a victim. Read More »

Variety Show

Variety Show

Health experts often say you should drink eight glasses of water per day to avoid the unpleasant effects of dehydration and reduce hunger pangs. Unless you’re drinking straight out of the faucet or garden hose, you’re using some sort of vessel to hold all the liquid you consume, even if you never quite make it to eight glasses. But with the endless choice of drinkware available these days, it’s easier than ever to provide your clients with distinctive options to enhance any brand’s message. Read More »

Next Step

Next Step

It was 1985. Rick Beard, founder of Hat Trick Openers (UPIC: hatt), had just graduated from high school in rural Portland, Michigan, and like many of the men in the town, he had gone to work in a local steel factory. “I was working the midnight shift,” Beard says. “There was bellowing, black smoke and rodents running around. One day I looked around at all these guys who had been there for years and thought, I gotta get out of here.” Read More »

Youthful Pursuits

Youthful Pursuits

A place to belong. That’s what all young people want, and youth organizations help fill that need for kids and teens around the world. To solidify the bond and help youth share their stories with others, many organizations rely on promotional products to spread the message and boost the brand. Read More »

Inside PPAI – December 2016

Inside PPAI – December 2016

A recap of the 2016 Leadership Development Workshop (LDW) and the launch of PPAI’s Get In Touch! industry branding campaign at Advertising Week in New York City plus a preview of the world-class education and speakers you’ll see at The PPAI Expo 2017. Read More »

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