Insights

State of the Industry Report: Welcome to an election year where anything can happen
February 28, 2020 at 6:29 pm

The current economic expansion, which turns 11 years old in June, is the longest on record. To provide some perspective, average recoveries (post-World War II) last roughly six to seven years. Andrew D. Paparozzi, chief economist for Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), Fairfax, Va., urged printers not...

Print+Promo 2020: Under 40
February 25, 2020 at 7:50 pm

Print+Promo is excited to reveal the honorees in this year’s Under 40 spotlight. Cited by their industry peers for unmatched professionalism, visionary behavior and contagious energy, these individuals are dismantling generational labels, and, instead, using the wisdom gained from esteemed colleagues to become mentors in their own right...

13 Ways to Dress Up Business with Promotional Apparel
January 28, 2020 at 9:26 pm

It’s no secret that we here at Print+Promo love print. But that doesn’t mean we’re opposed to inviting other product segments into our monthly discussions on what’s trending—especially when such items can be surefire moneymakers for distributors. Take, for example, the $5.51 billion promotional apparel sector...

2019 Top 50 Distributors: What we learned from the data
November 19, 2019 at 7:10 pm

With all the mergers and acquisitions happening in the print and promo space, it can feel like the industry is contracting, not expanding. But with fewer players in the game, the next big win is up for grabs for innovative distributors. From our vantage point, 2019 proved to be quite the year for many of these...

2019 Top 50 Suppliers: Key takeaways, fun facts and more
October 29, 2019 at 8:16 pm

It’s been an interesting year for our country, with information changing as quickly as a tweet disappears from a timeline. American businesses have been monitoring heightened trade tensions and recession risk. For printers, that list extends to paper supply shortages, raw material inflation and a lack of skilled personnel...

Follow the Paper Trail: Uncovering Opportunities in the Tumultuous Paper Industry
September 24, 2019 at 8:55 pm

It’s no secret that market conditions have not been kind to paper products. Earlier this year, Georgia-Pacific became the latest victim of an industry undergoing violent shifts in demand. The mill, which had built a reputation as one of the world’s leading makers of tissue, pulp, packaging, building products and...

Empowering Distributors: A glimpse into the high-tech software market
August 27, 2019 at 8:58 pm

Software solutions are no longer a wish-list item for most businesses; they are a necessity in a world where efficiency is king. From single source software to e-commerce platforms, the options are plentiful. So, what’s a distributor to do? Research, research, research...

Print+Promo 2019: These 11 CSR All-Stars Have What It Takes to Keep Customers Happy and Coming Back
July 30, 2019 at 4:36 pm

Customer service representatives (CSRs) have a challenging job that often requires superhuman patience, speed and product knowledge. They care for their customers—even when those customers are not always right—and often go out of their way to solve challenges with an unwavering smile. Print+Promo would like to recognize these unsung heroes, so, without further ado, here are the inaugural honorees of our CSR All-Star collection...

Print's Age Problem: Here’s why your business needs to pivot its attention to millennial talent
June 18, 2019 at 7:56 pm

Millennials get a bad reputation. They can’t buy houses because they’re eating Himalayan sea salt avocado toast with $7 oat milk lattes. They ruin concerts for everyone because they can’t put their smartphones down. And, they’ll sport Nirvana T-shirts without being able to name three of the band’s songs. But they’re entering the workforce in droves...

Print+Promo 2019: A Celebration of the Women in Print and Promo
May 28, 2019 at 5:57 pm

Print+Promo is proud to present its sixth annual “Women in Print and Promo” feature. This year’s group of honorees is rewriting the narrative of female representation in a traditionally male-dominated industry. They’re managing teams, driving growth and 
overseeing internal operations—all while navigating an unsettled business environment. Most importantly, they are teachers responsible for developing the next generation of inspirational women entering the workforce...