Distributor News

How One Promo Distributor Navigated Artwork Issues With a Supplier
August 23, 2019 at 1:45 pm

It’s rare to have everything go according to plan. One mark of a professional is the ability to handle issues as they come and reach an end result as close to the original vision as possible. Here's how Mike Button, senior account executive for Tricor Brand Communications, worked through some hiccups in the art process to achieve what he thought was a successful and long-lasting promotion...

AIA Community Celebrates Growth at 2019 National Sales Meeting
August 22, 2019 at 11:10 am

More than 200 attendees, including AIA owners, suppliers and employees, headed to the mountains this month for AIA’s annual National Sales Meeting. Held in Park City, Utah, at the Grand Summit Hotel, the AIA community convened for four days of learning and networking focused on personal and professional growth. Owners participated in curated experiences and events,…

2019 Inc. 5000: See What Promotional Products Companies Made the List
August 15, 2019 at 2:18 pm

Every year, we look forward to combing through the Inc. 5000 list to see which of our friends in the promotional products industry made it among the esteemed ranks. This year, more than 60 companies related to promotional products made the list. That's a pretty impressive chunk.

BDA Acquires BrandVia
August 14, 2019 at 1:06 pm

Bensussen Deutsch & Associates LLC (BDA) announced today that it has entered an agreement to acquire BrandVia, San Jose, Calif. "BrandVia has long been recognized as an innovative company with great people and great clients," Jay Deutsch, co-founder and CEO of BDA, said in a press release. "They've built a tremendous culture of customer service…

Rod Brown, CAS, Named 2020 PPAI H. Ted Olson Humanitarian Award Recipient
August 14, 2019 at 11:37 am

Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), Irving, Texas, will recognize Rod Brown, CAS, founder of Pleasanton, California-based distributor MadeToOrder, as the 2020 H. Ted Olson Humanitarian Award recipient. The award ceremony will take place during the Chairman’s Leadership Dinner at The PPAI…

Proforma Hosts First Annual Technology User Conference
August 5, 2019 at 10:53 am

Proforma, Cleveland, held its inaugural Technology User Conference from July 21-24 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The conference’s theme, “Envision,” brought together thought leaders, technology innovators, executives, supplier partners, current affiliate owners and prospective new affiliate owners seeking to improve their organizations using the Proforma's business management platform. “Business success…

QCA Launches Certification Program For Distributors And Decorators
July 25, 2019 at 1:10 pm

Quality Certification Alliance (QCA), Chicago, has expanded its services for distributors and apparel decorators by introducing a certification program. This builds upon the existing Advocacy Council, and allows distributors and decorators to further their commitment to brand safety and responsible sourcing. “Today, large companies are interested in vendors who not only understand the importance of…

LinkedIn Spotlights Proforma's Lead Front-End Editor
July 23, 2019 at 11:26 am

Proforma’s lead front-end developer, Michael La Plante, was featured on a livestream YouTube session sponsored by LinkedIn at Full Sail University’s 10th Annual Hall of Fame week. LinkedIn invited La Plante to participate in the ‘How I Work’ session, discussing the relationship between designers and developers in the workplace.…

Geiger Opens Logistics Office in Rotterdam, Netherlands
July 16, 2019 at 1:16 pm

Lewiston, Maine-based distributor Geiger continues its European expansion with a new location in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Geiger's U.K.-based company, GeigerBTC, has opened a logistics office in Rotterdam as part of its overall strategic plan for supporting their global customers. Strategically located for international commerce, the logistics office acts as a hub for deliveries throughout Europe and…

Proforma Owner Pitches to Son in MLB All-Star Home Run Derby
July 10, 2019 at 11:42 am

Jim Chapman has been the owner of Proforma Preferred, Foothill, Calif., for more than 20 years, and on Monday he fulfilled his dream of pitching to his son at the 2019 MLB All-Star Home Run Derby. His son, Matt Chapman, is a third-baseman for the Oakland A’s, and is the first Oakland player to participate…