Distributor News

Russ Dantu's Tips for Alleviating Customer Pain Points
January 21, 2020 at 2:06 pm

In his presentation "Eliminate the Ow! For Customers," customer service expert Russ Dantu, owner of Synergy Solutions, guided distributors through hands-on exercises to eliminate pain points from their sales process and make their business more…

AIA Promotes Clay Hall to VP of Owner Success, Rochelle Blindauer to Senior VP of Owner and Employee Services
January 16, 2020 at 3:33 pm

AIA Corporation (AIA), Appleton, Wis., announced two recent promotions. After serving as director of owner success for the past year, Clay Hall has been promoted to vice president of owner success. Rochelle Blindauer has been promoted to senior vice president of owner and employee services. She previously served as vice president of human resources and legal...

Facilisgroup Appoints Ashley McCune as President
January 7, 2020 at 2:07 pm

Facilisgroup, St. Louis, announced the appointment of Ashley McCune as president. McCune will assume leadership of the company as founder Dan Rochette and chief business development officer Martin Weber officially retire, and CEO Chuck Fandos moves into a new position with The Pebble Group (Facilisgroup's parent company) as chief strategy officer...

Geiger Announces Its First Acquisition of 2020
January 7, 2020 at 10:41 am

UK distributor GeigerBTC, a subsidiary of Lewiston, Maine-based Geiger, announced that it has acquired Berkshire-based distributor Lancewich as part of GeigerBTC's continued expansion strategy to support clients in the UK and across Europe. Lancewich, a highly respected name within the industry for more than 30…

Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against Essendant Relating to Staples Merger
January 6, 2020 at 1:56 pm

A Delaware court dismissed a case against Essendant, as of October the sister company of Staples, which claimed that it breached its fiduciary duty during the process of being acquired by Sycamore Partners. Shareholders said in the class action lawsuit that Essendant aborted a previous agreement to merge with another office supplies company, S.P. Richards.…

The Ampersand Group Launches New Industry Buying Group
January 2, 2020 at 11:32 am

The Ampersand Group, a network of more than 60 entrepreneurial business owners, is inviting all independent distributors and vendor partners to join its new buying group, The Power of One Group. The Power of One Group will give independent distributors in the promotional products, printing services and office supplies industries the buying power they need…

2019 Wrap-Up: The 8 Weirdest Promo Product Stories from This Year
December 19, 2019 at 11:30 am

Here at Promo Marketing, we embrace some of the more, let's say, "interesting" stories that relate to the promotional products world. We always try to keep things entertaining and have a little fun while keeping our readers informed. Today, let's take a look at a few of the weirder stories we reported on this year. Have fun!...

Proforma Gives Back to Local Community With Holiday Fundraising
December 18, 2019 at 2:14 pm

Participating in charity fundraisers during this holiday season, Proforma’s Worldwide Support Center in Cleveland collected numerous donations to help women, children and families in the local area. Each donation was brought in by employees to support three fundraisers: a pack-a-purse, an adopt-a-family program and a food drive. The pack-a-purse donations were collected in November for…

2019 Wrap-Up: A Few of Our Favorite PM Podcast Episodes This Year
December 18, 2019 at 2:05 pm

When they're not talking about Weezer, "Jurassic Park" or "Star Wars," the PM Podcast crew had some great conversations with people from all across the industry, from suppliers and distributors to end-buyers and more. Here are a few of those episodes to either revisit or listen to for the first time...

John Lennon Said It Best
December 16, 2019 at 11:41 am

No matter what your faith, these words from John Lennon’s song "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" are an awesome reflection for all of us at this time of the year. Take a few moments and reflect on these words: So this is Christmas And what have you done Another year over And a new one…