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Setting Up Non-Inventory Items
November 14, 2017 at 8:54 pm

A reader asks, “I have my non-inventory items set up in QuickBooks, but I don't see anything in my cost of goods sold account, and my sales numbers seem very low. Why is that?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

PPAI Calls on Industry to Support PPEF #GivingTuesday Campaign
November 14, 2017 at 8:23 pm

Promotional Products Education Foundation (PPEF) has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Since its inception in 1989, PPEF has awarded more than $1.7 million in financial assistance...

Correctly Updating QuickBooks
October 31, 2017 at 6:13 pm

A reader asks, “I am using an older version of QuickBooks and want to upgrade to the current year. What should I do to prepare for this?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

DARD Products Adds Vice President of Marketing and Business Development
October 31, 2017 at 4:37 pm

DARD Products, Evanston, Ill., announced the addition of Susan Lewandowski as vice president of marketing and business development. Lewandowski will be responsible for the leadership of the DARD sales team, developing new business opportunities and creating customized solutions to customer needs...

CPSC Prohibits 5 More Chemicals in Children's Toys and Child Care Products
October 31, 2017 at 3:59 pm

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted 3 to 2 the other week to prohibit children's toys and various child care items from containing more than 0.1 percent of specific phthalate chemicals used to make vinyl and plastics. This final rule will take effect 180 days after publication in the Federal Register, per CPSC...

HanesBrands Inc. Acquires Alternative Apparel
October 24, 2017 at 6:28 pm

HanesBrands Inc., Winston-Salem, N.C., announced preliminary third-quarter 2017 net sales and earnings per share, and announced the acquisition of Alternative Apparel. “We met our goal of returning to organic growth, and we continued to generate strong operating cash flow,” said Hanes CEO Gerald W. Evans Jr. “Our sales and EPS results, driven by...

Combining Duplicate Customers in QuickBooks
October 17, 2017 at 8:39 pm

A reader asks, “I have created a duplicate customer in QuickBooks that has a slightly different name. How do I combine them into one customer account?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

PPAI Announces New Board of Directors Members
October 10, 2017 at 5:58 pm

Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), Irving, Texas, has announced the election of its newest members. Lori Kates, president of IMAGEN Brands, and Todd Pottebaum, MAS+, president of Quality Resource Group Inc., have been elected to the PPAI board of directors...

Is My Sales Tax Report Correct?
October 3, 2017 at 8:08 pm

A reader asks, “What steps should I take to review my sales tax report to make sure it's correct?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

Market Like Mickey: How Disney's Theme-Park Merchandise Can Make You a Better Promotional Products Distributor
October 3, 2017 at 6:49 pm

The Walt Disney Co. is a marketing juggernaut. As the world's second largest media company and 67th largest company overall, that's to be expected. Clearly, the company isn't hurting for marketing budget. But for all its massive movie advertising campaigns and omnipresent toy commercials, Disney's smaller marketing efforts might be even more impressive—particularly the way it uses promotional items in its theme parks...

‘Knowing QuickBooks’ Isn’t Enough
September 19, 2017 at 1:14 pm

A reader asks, “I am interviewing a bookkeeper who is familiar with QuickBooks. Is that all I need to know?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

Industry Veteran Adrienne Barker, MAS Joins FreePromoTips Team
September 5, 2017 at 6:46 pm

PPAI award-winning business resource FreePromoTips, a division of All American Marketing Group, has added industry veteran Adrienne Barker, MAS, to its team. Barker grew up in the promotional products business, and has more than 35 years of experience...

Geiger Acquires PromoManagers Inc.
August 29, 2017 at 5:43 pm

Geiger, Lewiston, Maine, has acquired selected assets of PromoManagers Inc., a web-based distributor located in Plymouth, Mass. The firm will operate as a division of Geiger under the name PromoManagers LLC a Division of Geiger...

How to Add Promotional Products to Your Print Business
August 22, 2017 at 7:37 pm

Change can be challenging, tricky and downright scary, but when it comes to the combo order sales cycle, nobody arguably is better positioned than a print business. Oftentimes, the printer is the initial point of contact when a business is thinking about doing advertising...