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The Rise In American Made

This spring, several prominent media stories suggest a resurgence of interest in consumers buying American-made products. For example, “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” launched a comprehensive, multi-part series called “Made in America.” The related online article stated, “The facts … Read More »

2011 PPAI Woman Of Achievement Award Nominations Open Soon

Do you know a woman who has made a significant difference in a promotional products company or in a volunteer role for the industry? Recognize a woman who has led the way in the advancement of women in the industry, … Read More »

Track Your Certification Progress Through The PPAI Education Gateway

PPAI members can track their progress towards earning either a Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) or Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) designation through the PPAI Education Gateway. This portal gives PPAI members access to all required online certification courses and elective on-demand … Read More »

Surprisingly Or Not … The Wall Calendar Is Still King

Calendars have always been a part of people’s day-to-day activities. However, these days it seems like we need them more than ever to fine tune our busy lives and choreograph our dynamic schedules. The calendar has a pivotal role in … Read More »

Going The Extra Mile

Of all the jobs in the industry, a multi-line rep’s position is unquestionably the trickiest. He or she is required to be an advocate for both the suppliers represented and the distributors served. The rep is on the road more … Read More »

Volunteering Is The New Normal For Two Top Industry Women

To rephrase an old saying, when the going gets tough, the tough get involved. It’s easy to dismiss this new version when you take into account the present state of the economy and the challenges of our businesses. But it’s … Read More »

A Life Of Service

Being a volunteer isn’t what you do, it’s who you are. This year, PPAI recognizes two individuals who have made lifetime commitments out of teaching and helping others. Joel Schaffer, MAS, and Pat Dugan, MAS, are this year’s recipients of … Read More »

At Age 50, It Isn’t Your Parents’ Certification Program Any More

A half century ago, distributor Jim Albert, in charge of launching the first education seminar for the promotional products industry, was confronted with a unique problem. One of his instructors, scheduled to give a presentation on bookkeeping, was succumbing to … Read More »

A Matter Of Trust

It’s true that Wal-Mart has achieved success by becoming the low-price leader. But is this focus on low price the key to success in the promotional products industry? The answer to this question might surprise you. Here’s what some distributors … Read More »

Power Up

Spirits were high and outlooks were positive at The PPAI Expo in Las Vegas, January 10-14, 2011. “There’s a real sense of optimism about 2011 being a year of turn-around,” says Steve Slagle, CAE, PPAI president and CEO. “Many were … Read More »

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