Distributor News

Strict, Sudden Lockdowns in Chinese Manufacturing Hubs Forcing Promotional Products Order Cancellations for Distributors
September 22, 2021 at 1:43 pm

Strict lockdowns in China have already caused supply chain issues ranging from cargo backlogs at ports where workers tested positive to canceled orders at small factories facing cash-flow problems due to backed-up inventory. While these issues have so far indirectly impacted the promo industry, new and sudden shutdowns in the city of Xiamen are having a more immediate effect...

Overture Promotions CEO Jo Gilley on No. 14 Top Distributors Finish, Sustaining Big Sales Growth, Supply Chain and Much More
September 22, 2021 at 10:42 am

Jo Gilley, CEO of Overture Promotions, joined the show to tell us how Overture grew sales from $81.6 million to $126.9 million in the middle of the pandemic (and from $60.6 million the year before) en route to a No. 14 overall finish on the 2021 Top Distributors list. And Print+Promo editor Elise Carr joins Sean and Brendan to discuss the big takeaways, surprises and success stories from the list...

Proforma Holds Annual Owner Advisory Council Planning Meeting
September 21, 2021 at 11:14 am

Proforma’s Owner Advisory Council (OAC), recently held its annual planning meeting with Proforma’s top Executive Team members. Every year, the Proforma OAC members are elected by their fellow affiliate owners in their North American geographical area...

Geiger Promotes Two Executives
September 20, 2021 at 11:35 am

Geiger has promoted Geiger UK managing director Vicky Kinasz to its executive team and Elizabeth Fagan to vice president of Crestline. Kinasz will work on strategic planning, policy, and overall future business growth and direction for Geiger. Fagan will oversee all aspects of the Crestline business unit...

commonsku Hires Anna Nguyen as Director of Product Management
September 16, 2021 at 10:30 am

commonsku, a Toronto-based promotional products business and sales software, has hired industry veteran and former distributor Anna Nguyen as director of product management. Nguyen was most recently a former partner and the chief operating officer at Monarch, a Chicago-based distributor...

PPAI Announces Promotional Products Work! Day on October 20, 2021
September 14, 2021 at 11:18 am

PPAI has designated October 20, 2021, as Promotional Products Work! Day. The celebration will reflect the original program’s concept of celebrating the power of promotional products, but on a single day instead of over a full week. Throughout the day, PPAI, together with its members and other industry professionals, will...

HALO Acquires Captive8 Promotions
September 8, 2021 at 2:50 pm

HALO, Sterling, Ill., announced the acquisition of New York City-based distributor Captiv8 Promotions. “[Captiv8 president] Larry Shapiro has built an impressive business by focusing on creative product design and exceptional service to a list of blue-chip clients,” said HALO CEO Marc Simon. “The Captiv8 team’s core competencies align perfectly with the growing suite of client-centric…

Associated Premium Corporation Announces New Corporate Brand Identity
September 8, 2021 at 1:58 pm

Associated Premium Corporation, Cincinnati, announced the launch of its new corporate brand identity, redesigned logo and updated website. Now known by the initials APC, these changes come at a time when the company is celebrating 40 years in business by evolving its service offerings and expanding its reach...

Facilisgroup Announces New Software Name, Launches New Website
August 30, 2021 at 1:37 pm

Facilisgroup, St. Louis, has announced the launched of a new website and a new name for its heritage software product. Over the past 15 years, Facilisgroup has delivered tools, transparency and insights to the industry through its propriety software solution, @ease...