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Inside Eight of the Industry’s Top Workplaces

Inside Eight of the Industry’s Top Workplaces

Every year for the past five years PPB has recognized some of the best companies to work for based on nominations from the employees themselves. What makes some companies get it so right when others are sputtering into a nosedive on employee engagement? After having written about the honorees in this competition for all these years, it appears to come down to two things: creating a company culture where people want to give their best and help one another, and cultivating a positive workplace environment that’s ripe with opportunities and fulfillment so employees want to come to work—even on Mondays. Read More »

Is It Time To Turn The Page On Catalogs?

Is It Time To Turn The Page On Catalogs?

As more and more of our transactional experience moves away from paper, pen and phone orders to online fulfillment, the question of printed catalogs as an industry staple continues to pop up among suppliers and distributors alike. The mere existence of print isn’t the only conversation; rather, the content and its usefulness are equally responsible for many of the conversations that suppliers are having among themselves. Read More »

Industry Consolidation: Are We Better Off?

Industry Consolidation: Are We Better Off?

It’s a word often whispered behind a cupped hand. Consolidation. To some, the term carries with it a sense of fear, worry and concern. It’s not so much the results of consolidation that worry people but the concern about what happens in the midst of the acquisitions that cause the consolidation. Will there be a loss of jobs? A lack of clients? Fewer suppliers to choose from? And how will these acquisitions transform the industry’s landscape this year and 10 years from now? Read More »

Driven To Succeed

Driven To Succeed

Together these six multi-line reps rack up more than 158,000 miles a year from Alaska to New England bringing samples, promotional ideas, case studies, information and solutions from select suppliers to distributors and their clients. PPB recognizes the valuable contributions of the promotional products industry’s multi-line reps with its annual spotlight. Read More »

How Does Your Business Stack Up?

How Does Your Business Stack Up?

Every few years, PPAI produces its Distributors Business Report based on surveys with distributors to provide a benchmark of average industry trends and standards, to help owners better understand where their businesses stand in relation to one another. This survey, which was fielded and compiled in late 2015, consisted of 52 questions focused on the distributor business sales force. Read More »

The Best. Expo. Ever.

The Best. Expo. Ever.

If it was fresh, original, different, exceptional, singular or extraordinary—one could find it in action at the industry’s No. 1 trade show. Read More »

The Top Campaigns Of The Year

The Top Campaigns Of The Year

When creativity, imagination and inspiration are matched with perfect products and flawless execution, the resulting campaign can spark spectacular success for the client—and the distributor and supplier partner. Last month, at The PPAI Expo, PPAI presented its coveted PPAI 2016 Pyramid Awards to 29 companies to recognize outstanding promotional campaigns in nine program categories. Read More »

Honoring Excellence

Honoring Excellence

PPAI honors Steve Slagle, 2016 PPAI Hall of Fame inductee, Teresa Moisant, MAS, and Bruce Felber, MAS, Distinguished Service Award winners, and Mark Gilman, CAS, winner of the 2016 H. Ted Olson Humanitarian Award. Plus, the introduction of PPAI’s Promotional Products Pioneers and recognition of PPAI members celebrating 50 years of membership. Read More »

15 Tough Questions Every Business Owner Must Ask

15 Tough Questions Every Business Owner Must Ask

Every morning you get up, get dressed, down a cup of coffee (or several) and mentally begin running through the to-do list in your head. There are clients to visit, phone calls to make, emails to wade through, a new … Read More »

The PPAI Expo 2016

The PPAI Expo 2016

The PPAI Expo returns January 10-14, 2016 to the spectacular Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas where a $66 million expansion was completed this fall. The biggest change show attendees will notice is they will no longer need to ride the escalator or try to remember on which floor an exhibitor is located. For the first time in 40 years of Expo history, all exhibits are on one level in 870,000 square feet. Read More »

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