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Fitbit Heart-rate Tracker Deemed 'Highly Inaccurate,' New Study Says
May 24, 2016 at 6:47 pm

Fitbits have proven to save lives and detect lies and may someday advance science, but a new study found Fitbit's heart rate trackers in multiple models of the devices to be unreliable. The catch, however, is the law firm behind a lawsuit against Fitbit funded the study that researchers at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Calif., conducted...

The 2016 Top 50 Distributors: No. 4, National Pen
May 24, 2016 at 1:31 pm

Each year, Promo Marketing provides the definitive ranking of the Top 50 Distributors in the promotional products industry. For the next two weeks, we will be counting down the top 10 distributors of 2016 with exclusive interviews featuring the CEOs, presidents and owners of each company. Check back each day for more updates on the…

Staples Releases Performance for 2016's First Quarter
May 24, 2016 at 4:14 pm

Staples sales declined in a quarter in which the company announced the sale of Staples Print Solutions and awaited the Federal Trade Commission's decision on its proposed acquisition of Office Depot...

The Vernon Company Names SanMar As Supplier of the Year
May 24, 2016 at 2:22 pm

The Vernon Company, Newton, Iowa, recognized SanMar, Issaquah, Wash., with the 2015 Supplier of the Year Award during the distributor’s annual national sales meeting April 18 to 20 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Budweiser Introduces First NBA Virtual Reality Experience
May 20, 2016 at 3:36 pm

This week, the Philadelphia 76ers became the first team to introduce ads on jerseys. Now, the Cleveland Cavaliers have participated in another NBA first as part of the team's playoff series. Budweiser sponsored the league's first virtual reality (VR) experience in partnership with the Cavaliers, according to Adweek. The Budweiser and Cleveland…

The 2016 Top 50 Distributors: No. 6, Integrated Merchandising Systems LLC/Group II
May 20, 2016 at 6:08 pm

Each year, Promo Marketing provides the definitive ranking of the Top 50 Distributors in the promotional products industry. For the next two weeks, we will be counting down the top 10 distributors of 2016 with exclusive interviews featuring the CEOs, presidents and owners of each company. Check back each day for more updates on the…

PM Video Battle: PWS Versus Prime Line
May 20, 2016 at 5:29 pm

Promo Marketing’s Video Battle pits two industry videos against each other for the chance at the ultimate bragging right: Being declared our readership’s absolute favorite. (Next up: My birthday is on Sunday! Celebrate accordingly.) Last week, PWS emerged victorious, and now will face off against Prime Line. The winner will be decided by a simple poll. The…

PPAI Celebrates Promotional Products Work! Week
May 20, 2016 at 5:50 pm

May 23 to 27 is Promotional Products Work! (PPW) week, an international grassroots event led by the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), Irving, Texas, and the promotional products industry to raise awareness about the benefits of promotional products among advertisers, marketers and media buyers. PPAI will join together with industry distributors, suppliers and stakeholders to…

The Top 50: Do Acquisitions Hurt the Industry?
May 20, 2016 at 1:33 pm

As we were preparing our Top Distributors issue, news broke of four major industry shakeups. In the span of two weeks, Ennis announced plans to sell off Alstyle Apparel to an undisclosed buyer (later revealed to be Gildan Activewear), Hanesbrands Inc. acquired Champion Europe and Pacific Brands Limited, Taylor Corp. bought Staples Print Solutions, and private equity…

President Obama Signs Final Rule to Update Overtime Regulations
May 18, 2016 at 6:21 pm

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that President Barack Obama and Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor's final rule to update overtime regulations and automatically extend overtime pay protections to more than 4 million workers within its first year. This new legislation sets the standard salary level…