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Starbucks to Phase Out Plastic Straws as Seattle Pushes Plastics Legislation
July 10, 2018 at 1:11 pm

The fight against single-use plastics is gaining momentum, as more and more countries, cities and businesses are phasing them out in favor of more eco-friendly options. The latest news comes from Starbucks, which announced that it plans to phase out plastic straws at all of its locations by 2020. Rather than go the route of…

VIDEO: 3 Secrets to Getting Unstuck
July 9, 2018 at 12:21 pm

For many in this industry, there comes a time where it feels like no matter how hard you work, your business efforts have come to a screeching halt. Maybe you’ve seen consistent growth in sales for five-plus years, but all of a sudden you’ve hit a plateau. Sound familiar? What if we told you that there are three easy steps you can take to help get you unstuck and start creating real success in your business and in life?

Premier Group Adds JH Specialty
July 10, 2018 at 11:27 am

Premier Catalog Group announced the addition of JH Specialty, a Fort Wayne, Indiana-based distributor, effective July 1. JH Specialty is a multi-million dollar company founded in 1998, offering both digital and traditional marketing services. Its services include website design and development, communications, e-commerce, print, promotional products, decorated apparel, and more. Founded by John Henry III,…

Staples Acquires HiTouch Business Services, a Promotional Products and Office Supplies Company
July 9, 2018 at 12:39 pm

Staples announced that it acquired HiTouch Business Services, which, among other services, sells office supplies and promotional products to companies in the U.S. HiTouch will now be part of the Staples Business Advantage delivery program and will operate its e-commerce platform independently of Staples, but will maintain a status as a Staples-affiliated distributor...

USPS Takes a Licking With $3.5M Statue of Liberty Stamp Verdict
July 9, 2018 at 11:29 am

While one might presume that Robert S. Davidson is a big believer in the “art for art’s sake” mindset, the sculptor has also made apparent that he wants to act as a safeguard for other creative individuals’ rights. Last week, following a seven-and-a-half-year saga, the artist won a staggering $3.5 million in a case against…

2018 Top 50 Distributors: BrandVia's Big Year, Bigger Plans
June 29, 2018 at 2:23 pm

Making a big leap for our 2018 list was BrandVia Alliance, which jumped from No. 31 last year to No. 23 this year. Jim Childers, president of BrandVia Alliance, shared his thoughts on success, technology’s role in the industry and the company’s goals for 2018 and beyond...

Starline Names Kerri May as New Regional Sales Manager
July 9, 2018 at 11:49 am

Starline Inc., Grand Island, N.Y., announced the addition of Kerri May as the new regional sales manager representing Iowa, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. “We couldn’t be more pleased to have Kerri joining our team,” said Brian Porter, Starline senior vice president of sales and marketing. “When we began…

Philly Mural Inspires Will Smith to Create Merch That Will Benefit a Local School
July 6, 2018 at 12:23 pm

Summertime is an excellent period during which to make great news, and this week, Will Smith, who in 1991 penned a song that pays tribute to the season, gave his hometown proof of that. The Grammy-winning, Academy Award-nominated performer announced a line of merchandise whose proceeds will benefit a Philadelphia school, with the items drawing…

Sweda Company Adds Jonathan Holt as Regional Sales Executive
July 6, 2018 at 8:39 am

Sweda Company LLC, City of Industry, Calif., announced it has hired Jonathan Holt as a new regional sales executive for Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Holt joins Sweda with previous industry sales experience, having most recently worked in sales as senior director of admissions for Art Institute of…