Promo Executives Evaluate Dodd-Frank Reform
With potential far-reaching deregulation of the financial industry high on President Donald Trump’s agenda, leaders within the promotional products industry and beyond are closely watching Washington D.C. and weighing in with insights about the potential economic impact – good and bad – of reform. Read Article
Promo Products Industry Reacts to ‘Big Squeeze’ Article
Last week, PromoGram featured an article titled ‘The Big Squeeze.’ Written by veteran ASI Editor Michele Bell, the article presents in-depth insight into the increased demands that some promotional products distributors are putting on suppliers. The piece struck a nerve, prompting a swift outpouring of diverse viewpoints on the topic. Here is a sample of the responses that promotional products professionals sent us. Read Article
Surveys: Manufacturing & Non-Manufacturing Sectors Gaining Steam
Economic activity in the U.S.’s manufacturing and services sectors grew in February, according to two recently released, closely watched surveys from The Institute for Supply Management. Bolstered by increased factory activity, ISM’s manufacturing index rose from 56 in January to 57.7 last month – the highest reading since August 2014. Meanwhile, ISM’s non-manufacturing index increased to the highest level since October 2015, reaching 57.6, up from 56.5 the month prior. Readings above 50 indicate economic expansion.
Majoring in the Majors: Focus on the Most Profitable Accounts
Do you want to increase your sales volume or grow your business? Is the thought of taking on major accounts intimidating due to lack of cash flow or manpower? Adopt the “major account” mindset and join us for a webinar where you will learn how to recognize viable opportunities with enterprise level accounts.
The Joe Show: First Things First
In the latest episode of The Joe Show, ASI Product Editor Joe Haley showcases a fun and varied range of products, including a Moscow mule cup, pet first-aid kit, universal utensil, mini basketballs, a travel bottle and more.
Tech Edge: The Waze App
Tech Edge is a section of Counselor magazine where we spotlight great gadgets and other top-notch technology tools that will be useful to professionals in the promotional products industry. In this installment, Executive Editor Christopher Ruvo makes a case for why you should download the Waze app today.
Win Top Decorator Honors From Wearables This year, Wearables magazine will be introducing the Wearables Readers’ Choice Top Decorator Awards program to recognize top-performing contract shops and apparel suppliers that decorate. The magazine is currently looking for nominees. If you’re a contract shop or supplier-decorator, please click the below link to take a quick qualifying survey. (If you know of a deserving shop or supplier, feel free to forward them the link as well.)
Trump Signs New Travel Restriction Order
President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order Monday that restricts people from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the United States. Scheduled to take effect March 16, the order prohibits citizens from the six countries from coming into the U.S. for 90 days. The order specifies that individuals who have already been issued visas, green-card holders, and dual citizens will not be denied entry to the country.
PromoCorner Acquires Tennessee-Based Firm
Lakeville, MA-based PromoCorner has acquired brandivate – a business services, branding and marketing agency in Franklin, TN, the companies announced Monday. As part of the acquisition, the founder and CEO of brandivate, Bill Petrie, has become president of PromoCorner. Financial terms of the deal were private.
In the News
Cintas (asi/162167) recently released its “2017 Workplace Fashion Trends Forecast.” The report says companies are offering more versatile apparel programs, in part to appeal to the ever-growing number of millennials in the workforce. Trends include lifestyle athleisure wear, eco apparel and the combination of tailored tops and relaxed bottoms. Meanwhile, pastels are among this year’s popular color choices.
IMAGEN Brands, parent company of Crown Products (asi/47700) and Vitronic (asi/93990), congratulates strategic accounts manager Lara Gryder for being named 2016 Supplier Rep of the Year by the Houston Promotional Products Association.
InnerWorkings (asi/168860) has announced a new global program with the prestigious luxury automaker Jaguar Land Rover Limited. Under a multi-year deal, InnerWorkings will assume responsibility for the procurement, production and distribution of highly-visible branded materials for Jaguar Land Rover.
Pinemax (asi/78135) has changed its name to Everson. Everson’s core line of products will remain the same as previously carried by Pinemax. All personnel and business facilities will remain intact
People on the Move
2020 Brand Solutions (asi/170720) welcomes Dan Livengood as vice president of marketing and business development. A former regional sales manager and business development executive, Livengood will work closely with the sales force and marketing team to stimulate business growth through strategic planning; creative campaign and program development; and marketing, education and professional growth. Additionally, he will oversee vendor and industry relations.
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