Counselor Archive: September 2014
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Global Mergers & Acquisitions Hit Seven-Year High

Powered by investor support and a desire to best rivals in consolidating markets, merger and acquisition activity has been rampant, with global deal volume rising to its highest level in seven...
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2014 Best Places to Work Road Tour

Our editors hit the road (literally) on Counselor’s fourth annual Road Tour to learn the secrets of a dozen stellar companies. The discovery: Great workplaces come in many crazy, wonderful fo...
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2014 Best Places to Work

Through an exclusive survey, Counselor honors the top workplaces in the industry.
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Culture Club

The second annual Counselor Best Places to Work Conference provided strategies for workplace success today.
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Will the Education Market be a Good Sector for Distributors to Target Over the Next Year?

Schools Present Growing Business Opportunities
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American Apparel Names New Board

Top 40 supplier American Apparel (asi/35297) has announced plans to appoint four new members to its board of directors, following a recent agreement with investment firm Standard General (...
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Mobile Ad Spending to Rise 83%

Marketers will spend more on mobile advertising this year than they will on newspaper and radio ads, continuing a dramatic marketplace shift, according to a new study from research firm eMarketer...
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U.S. Services Sector Heats Up

Now may be a good time for distributors to start prospecting with clients in the services industry. A recently-released index showed that activity in the U.S. services sector continued at a 4...
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Gold Bond Acquires World Wide

Top 40 supplier Gold Bond (asi/57653) has acquired fellow supplier World Wide Line (asi/98290). Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Per the agreement, the two Tennessee-based...
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Sanford Parent to Acquire Bottle Maker

Newell Rubbermaid, parent company of Top 40 supplier Sanford Business-To-Business (asi/84833), has agreed to acquire thermal mug and water bottle maker Ignite Holdings LLC from private-equity...
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Halo Acquires Commotion Promotions

Top 40 distributor Halo Branded Solutions (asi/356000) has acquired the business of Phoenix-based distributor Commotion Promotions (asi/166010). Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed,...
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Gemaco Acquired by Gaming Partners Int'l

Public company Gaming Partners International Corporation (NASDAQ: GPIC) announced that it has completed its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of GemGroup Inc., the parent company of...
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Best Places to Work - Concepts & Associates

The number one company on the 2014 Best Places to Work list thrives with a Southern comfort, family feel.
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Contest Promotes American-Made

Alliance Rubber Company recently hosted a buy American contest to promote the return of domestic manufacturing.
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Appointments & Promotions

This month’s people on the move in the ad specialty industry.
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Basking in Blue

Various shades of blue are popular both at retail and in the corporate promotional market.
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Fashion Tee Expansion

Apparel companies are increasing their offerings when it comes to fashion tees.
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How We Recruit Millennials

A standout culture offers an edge.
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Fields of Green

The color that MLB marketers love.
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Flex Time

In the battle to stand out from a corporate culture perspective, companies are increasingly using flexible work schedules to attract and retain good employees.
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