Consumer Confidence Reaches 15-Year High
Consumer confidence reached its highest levels in 15 years – optimism reflected in strong sales figures for this holiday season. The Conference Board announced this week that its U.S. Consumer Confidence Index rose to 113.7 in December, the highest level since August 2001 and more than the original index forecast of 109. Read Article
Municipalities to Offer Private Sector Retirement Plans
After allowing state governments to establish retirement plans for private sector employees, the U.S. Labor Department has cleared the way for municipalities to do the same. But the criteria established by the Labor Department will limit the cities that can offer the plans. Read Article
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The Joe Show: Awesome New Products
In this episode of The Joe Show, Product Editor Joe Haley gets charged up with a new solar power bank. He also features a fun gift for teachers and students, a handy desk item and an essential accessory for skiers, snowboarders and just about anyone who lives in places with cold winters.
Amsterdam Printing Receives State Government Grant
The Minnesota-based Taylor Corporation will be keeping its subsidiary, Top 40 distributor Amsterdam Printing (asi/121500), in New York after a $2.5 million grant was finalized Tuesday, the Times Union reported.
Taylor Corporation had begun searching for possible new locations for the growing print business last year. The Empire State Development Corporation (ESD), a government department aimed at supporting the state economy and encouraging business investment, then stepped in and offered tax breaks and grants to entice the company to stay in Amsterdam, NY, its home for more than 115 years.
ASI’s Top 10 Corporate Holiday Gifts
ASI’s 2016 Corporate Gift Giving Study found that 44% of companies are rewarding employees with gifts or cash this year. And, while companies are spending less on individual gifts, they’re thanking more customers and prospects this holiday season.
Many ASI member companies search for thank-you gifts in ASI’s ESP® product search engine, where distributors throughout the $22 billion promotional products industry can browse nearly a million items to brand. Of course, these gifts work any time of year – not just for the holidays.
So what are the best gifts? ASI rounded up the Top 10 in this slideshow.
In the News
Proforma (asi/300094) announces that its Support Center Team Members gave TOMS gift cards to several children in the Cleveland area in an effort to empower them to give back to communities across the globe. The children also received more than $3,000 in cash and gifts from Proforma.
PWS (asi/75731) will open a new 60,000-square-foot production and shipping facility in Portland, TN, on Jan. 1 that will offer faster shipping times and lower freight costs to Midwest and East Coast customers.
SwervePoint (asi/340679) has joined Reciprocity Road, a consortium of distributors with shared values that expects collective 2017 revenue to be over $200 million. For more information, go to www.reciprocityroad.com.
People on the Move
Promotional Concepts (asi/295287) welcomes Lewie Hunt as director of business development. He brings 34 years of sales and marketing experience to the role, and will be leading efforts to identify and pursue new business and acquisition opportunities.
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PCNA Now Directly Connected to ESP
PolyconceptNorth America (PCNA)is now directly connected to ASI's ESP®, giving distributors real-time inventory available and the ability to send POs directly to PCNA from ESP. Find out more.
S&S Activewear Integrated With ESP
In a first for the promo products industry, distributors searching for S&S products in ESP® can now select the warehouse from which orders are shipped. Find out more.