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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…

Showdown Displays Purchases Custom Soft Signage Manufacturer Xarisma
January 8, 2019 at 7:27 pm

Showdown Displays, a North American supplier of portable lightweight event displays, announced it has acquired Xarisma, a provider of custom soft signage based in Huntsville, Ala. “Xarisma’s creative branding solutions and innovative display development is an...

Why a Fashion Retailer Is Delivering Custom-Printed Tees and Totes in Pizza Boxes
December 18, 2018 at 8:33 pm

Pizza frequently spells doom for T-shirts, as one overzealous bite or a misguided perception of a slice’s warmth can send sauce cascading down an end-user’s top. Thanks to DKNY, though, pizza boxes will prove an advocate for apparel, as the fashion house will be delivering customized tees and totes in branded boxes through Dec. 21 as a nod to its eponymous 100% DKNY campaign...

Using QuickBooks for Multiple Businesses
November 27, 2018 at 6:45 pm

A reader asks, “I use QuickBooks Premier for my distributorship. I also run another small business. Can I use my QuickBooks program for that, too, or do I have to buy Premier again?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

Executive Perspectives: Gregg Emmer, chief marketing officer, vice president of Kaeser & Blair Inc.
November 27, 2018 at 3:37 pm

As part of Print+Promo’s ongoing feature, Executive Perspectives, we get to know leading professionals in the print and promotional industry. This month, we interviewed Gregg Emmer, chief marketing officer, vice president of Kaeser & Blair Inc. (K&B), Batavia, Ohio. Here, he talks about industry concerns, being mindful of business lexicon and why we need to abandon the commodity-based mindset...

Starbucks' 2018 Holiday Cups Are Here, So You Can Officially Start Celebrating
November 6, 2018 at 7:25 pm

Halloween is over. That means it's officially the holiday season already, right? If you ask the majority of retailers in America, the answer is yes. Before the jack-o'-lanterns can even get gross and mushy, companies are peddling wintery products as if Thanksgiving and fall never even existed, save for a few pumpkin spice drinks still on the menu...

Choosing the Best Business Structure
October 30, 2018 at 8:25 pm

A reader asks, “I am starting out as an ad specialty distributor and am a sole proprietor. Is this a good business structure for me?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

Why Does QuickBooks Say a Customer Name is Already in Use When It’s Not?
October 16, 2018 at 7:54 pm

A reader asks, “I am using QuickBooks Premier and trying to create a customer. QuickBooks keeps saying that name is already in use, but I don’t have another customer with that name. What do I do?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…