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Why Use QuickBooks Over Sending Statements to Accountants?
April 16, 2019 at 8:01 pm

A reader asks, “I send my bank and credit card statements to my accountant at year end to do my taxes. What benefits are there to using something like QuickBooks instead?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

How to Switch from Cash to Accrual
April 2, 2019 at 7:27 pm

A reader asks, “Can I just switch from cash to accrual basis in my company? There is a button to do that in QuickBooks.” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

Know When Your Customers Are Tax Exempt
March 19, 2019 at 8:27 pm

A reader asks, “I am creating an item in QuickBooks Premier, and it makes me select it as ‘Tax’ or ‘Non for Sales Taxes.’ Sometimes it is taxable and sometimes not, depending on the customer. What do I do?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

How We Talk About Promotional Products: Why Language Matters
March 5, 2019 at 8:30 pm

In an age where garbagemen are called “sanitation engineers” and secretaries are “executive assistants,” why do we insist on belittling our industry by saying we’re in the tchotchke business, or that we do promotional giveaways or swag? It’s time to blow up much of the nomenclature that is used by others—and by us—to describe what we do...

American Solutions for Business Officially Compliant with PromoStandards
February 26, 2019 at 7:25 pm

American Solutions for Business (ASB), Glenwood, Minn., is officially using PromoStandards to streamline its e-commerce platform to integrate with industry suppliers. “We are expanding to allow suppliers to load our Product Information Management (PIM) system with product information and media content to be used...

Here’s Some Cool Augmented Reality Tech Designed to Stop Merch Counterfeiting
February 26, 2019 at 7:19 pm

The popularity of the NHL's Los Angeles Kings' merchandise has spawned an increased desire for fans to own game-used equipment, and has prompted the organization to pioneer an application that proves goods’ authenticity. It might seem odd that a hockey franchise is the first to employ augmented reality anti-counterfeiting tech for merchandise...

4 Reasons Promotional Products Distributors Should Be Generous
February 19, 2019 at 3:44 pm

When you think of a successful distributor, what comes to mind? You might think of annual revenue, customer count or number of employees. But, in this day and age, success should also be defined by how generous you are as a company. You’re probably asking yourself what that has to do with being a successful distributor—let me explain...

Clarity and Organization are Key in QuickBooks
February 19, 2019 at 2:38 am

A reader asks, “Can you clarify 'Customers,' 'Vendors,' 'Employees' and 'Other Names'? Too often I use 'Other Names.' Is that right?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

More Promo Companies Indicted, Fined in Price Fixing Schemes
February 12, 2019 at 8:37 pm

A federal grand jury in Texas has indicted Taiwanese company G Nova Corp and its CEO over price fixing schemes relating to promotional products. A second company, NetBrands Media Corp. and two of its executives, have already agreed to plead guilty to similar, but unrelated, charges, per Reuters...

Polyconcept Appoints Neil Ringel as New CEO
February 5, 2019 at 8:11 pm

Polyconcept, New Kensington, Pa., announced the appointment of Neil Ringel as its new CEO, effective yesterday. He is an experienced business-to-business distribution executive who built his career at Staples Inc., serving recently as its president of North American Delivery...

How Diamond Packaging Takes its Promotional Calendar to the Next Level
February 5, 2019 at 8:01 pm

Promotional calendars are hardly a new tool for printers to use when wooing customers and prospects. But, when a specimen like the 2019 wall planner from Diamond Packaging comes along, it asks us to think of printers’ calendars not just as marketing giveaways, but as works of art and platforms for interactive “smart” technologies as well...

12 Fashionable Tips for Selling Promotional Apparel
January 29, 2019 at 9:12 pm

The new year brings new promise for business. It’s also the time that profit seekers evaluate what and how they sell, as they put 2019 strategies into motion. For some, that means experimenting with a new product line—perhaps, the $5.51 billion promotional apparel sector...

The Biggest Promotional Products Trends We Noticed at PPAI Expo 2019
January 22, 2019 at 8:05 pm

Wandering around the show floor and taking it all in is one of our favorite parts of the show. And as much as it might seem like aimless strolling, there’s actually a great deal of learning involved. Here are some of the biggest trends we noticed from...

Altitude Group Plc Acquires AIM
January 15, 2019 at 4:38 pm

Advertising Industry Mastermind LLC (AIM) has been acquired by Altitude Group Plc, a publicly traded U.K. company with operations in the U.K. and U.S. AIM will continue to operate as AIM under the strategic leadership of Jamie Coggeshall (founder and president) and Nichole Stella (CEO)...

Do I Need Business Insurance?
January 8, 2019 at 9:11 pm

A reader asks, “My accountant wants me to buy some business insurance. Is that something I should have?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…