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Last Chance to Vote for the 2018 Supplier Excellence Awards

Voting in the 2018 Supplier Excellence Awards is now open, giving distributors the chance to decide the best suppliers in the promotional products industry. Every major product category is represented on the survey—so whether you specialize in T-shirts or toys and games, you can have an impact in the voting. Cast your vote today!...

Introducing the 2018-2019 Gift Collection from SnugZ USA

In life, there are givers and there are takers—both can and do achieve success, but through vastly different paths. This year we will be rooting for your success. We invite you to explore our complete 2018 Gift Collection Catalog, which includes over 30 new products and new gift ideas for all occasions and any budget.…

Facilisgroup to Host Partner Summit and Supplier Showcase

Facilisgroup, St. Louis, will host its industry network of promotional products distributors and suppliers in St. Louis next week at its Partner Summit and Supplier Showcase. With expected attendance of more than 600, the event is among the largest in the company’s history. Attendees will network, share best practices and check out the hottest products from…

WOWLine Hires John Short as National Sales Manager

John Short has been named national sales manager for Syosset, New York-based supplier WOWLine. In his role, Short will be responsible for managing all sales efforts. Prior to joining WOWLine, he held sales management positions with PWS, Premium Supply, and Bodek and Rhodes. “We are excited to have John…

Facilis Group's Chuck Fandos on the Promo Industry's Tech Gap, Putting Relationships First and More

Are promo companies ahead of or behind other sectors in tech adoption? How does the widening tech gap between large and small distributors affect the latter's ability to compete? Is the industry over-relying on tech? In episode 5 of the Promo Marketing Podcast, Chuck Fandos joins the show to chat on those questions and more, with some surprising answers! Plus, we kick off summer blockbuster season with a look at some memorable movie marketing over the years. Do we talk in detail about that awful 1998 Godzilla movie? You know we do!...

Natural Trends Introduces Febreze

Natural Trends, Springville, Utah, announced that it has added Febreze to its exclusive channel partnership with the Procter and Gamble Company (P&G). As part of P&G’s Connect+Develop open innovation program aimed at developing new sales channels, co-branded Febreze CAR Air Freshener will now be available to the promotional products industry. In 1998, P&G gave households…

Selco Promotes Gavin Little as National Sales Manager

Selco, a Tulsa, Oklahoma-based custom watch manufacturer and supplier company, announced the promotion of Gavin Little as out new national sales manager. Little has worked for Selco for three years as a member of the sales team. “I’m very excited with my new role at Selco, and I’m embracing…

4imprint Releases 2018 Trade Show Sales Survey eBook

Twenty-nine percent of respondents attend 11 or more trade shows per year, and almost 80 percent of exhibitors use trade shows as an opportunity to build relationships, according to a nationwide survey conducted by 4imprint, Oshkosh, Wis. More results and some of the best ideas for maximizing trade show…

QCA Honors D. Fenton For 10 Years as Head of Compliance

As the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) embarks on its 10-year anniversary on July 10, 2018, the organization and its Board of Directors recognized Denise "D." Fenton, executive director of compliance, for her role in establishing and maintaining QCA’s Accreditation program. For more than 20 years, Fenton has worked in international manufacture-for-export. At QCA, she administers…

4 Ways to Market to Millennials

On vacation a few years ago, I stopped at an amazing gluten-free bakery. I have an allergy, so I had to go inside and try something. Once home and still dreaming of the delicious baked goods I’d eaten, I left a review on the bakery’s Facebook page and immediately got a response. The owner thanked…

Webb Company Announces New Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Webb Company, Eagan, Minn., announced the hiring of Jake Peterson as vice president of sales and marketing. With 10 years of experience in the promotional product industry, Peterson comes to Webb from LarLu Manufacturing, where he most recently held the position of national sales manager. Peterson has an outstanding…

PPAI Launches Industry Intern Education Program

Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), announced its new Intern Education Program for member companies seeking to cultivate the next generation of promotional professionals and showcase the exciting careers the promotional products industry has to offer. “The PPAI Intern Education Program is a key part of PPAI’s strategic plan to engage its membership in transforming the…