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The 2016 Best Bosses

The 2016 Best Bosses

PPB seeks out and spotlights the industry’s best bosses annually, and in this issue we are pleased to reveal the latest lineup of top people managers. Read More »

Investing In Our Future

Investing In Our Future

The academic superstars and high achievers who make up this year’s class of Promotional Product Education Foundation (PPEF) scholarship recipients come from all over the country and, this fall, will make their mark on college campuses near and far. The one unifying factor for this year’s scholarship winners is the promotional products industry’s support of these outstanding students who are not just representing the future workforce as a whole, but also symbolize the future of the industry itself. Read More »

The Case For Revisiting Product Safety

The Case For Revisiting Product Safety

Yikes! We’re barely past the halfway point of 2016 and already a whopping $25 million in civil penalties has been assessed against businesses this year for product safety violations. A civil penalty is a fine levied by a regulatory agency of the federal government—in this case, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the agency charged with protecting consumers against unsafe products. Read More »

A Matter Of Distinction

A Matter Of Distinction

Clients have a lot of choices—including whether to buy from you or someone else. In the crowded promotional products marketplace with more than 21,000 distributors and more than 3,500 supplier companies, it’s easy to be a “me-too” and get lost in the shuffle. The trick is to take on the competition by differentiating your company to make it memorable and notable. Here’s how 19 industry companies are accomplishing just that. Read More »

PPB Rising Stars – 12 Irresistible Young Leaders

PPB Rising Stars – 12 Irresistible Young Leaders

Energetic. Innovative. Inspiring. These 12 PPB Rising Stars join 73 unstoppable overachievers who have been named to our list over the past six years. They’re igniting the industry with their positive energy and bright ideas. Read More »

American Dragon

American Dragon

This article is an excerpt from Chapter 9 of Michael McKeldon Woody’s new book, American Dragon. Woody’s book tells the story of how American companies can win back business using the principles of fewer (smaller orders and/or more customized products), faster (getting product to the customer as quickly as possible) and finer (manufacturing a safe, high-quality product) to exploit the weaknesses of foreign competitors, drive sales higher and create American jobs. Read More »

PPB: Empowering Promotional Professionals For 40 Years

PPB: Empowering Promotional Professionals For 40 Years

From humble beginnings in the basement of a Chicago office building in 1903, when a handful of advertising specialty manufacturers met to form an industry association, to today’s global leader serving more than 14,000 member companies, PPAI has truly evolved to lead the industry. And right alongside it, the Association’s magazine has been keeping step and marking the progress. Read More »

One-Click Wonders

One-Click Wonders

Like a duck in the water, successful company stores on the surface appear to operate effortlessly, while underneath an intricate, well-timed series of steps is carried out to maintain the store’s profitable momentum. Company stores can be a valuable source of long-term revenue, so passing on the opportunity to build and maintain one for a client could keep you from maximizing your earning potential. Read More »

From Ordinary To Extraordinary: The Year Of The Large Distributor

From Ordinary To Extraordinary: The Year Of The Large Distributor

It was the best of times for some, it was the worst of times for others. Then again, maybe that’s too extreme on both ends of the spectrum. While there were both huge gains and lackluster sales among industry companies in 2015, in general it was a year of average positive growth for promotional product distributors. It was also a year in which the gap between small and large distributors widened enough to change the balance between both groups in the total sales volume figures for the industry. Overall, 2015 was the year of the large distributor. Read More »

Buyer Essentials

Buyer Essentials

Through the decades, promotional products have been proven again and again as one of the most highly effective advertising media for promoting a brand and influencing behavior. Some of the most interesting data to support the claim dates back to 1992—the result of an intercept study of air travelers at New York’s LaGuardia airport, where travelers pulled out logoed pens and key rings from their pockets and purses, and recalled stories about how they obtained them. These were extraordinary findings that since have been reconfirmed a number of times in similar studies—most recently with a follow-up intercept airport study in 2012. Read More »

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