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Hub Pen announces David Selsberg as supply chain and inventory manager
Hub Pen Company
Hub Pen Company, the promotional product industry's premier supplier of quality writing instruments, announced that they have hired David Selsberg as Supply Chain and Inventory Manager. He will be managing the purchasing, inventory and warehousing departments. Selsberg’s focus is on improving process efficiencies. He has over twenty years experience in operations as well as Lean Six Sigma training.
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IMPORTANT SPPA 2014 DATES


Date Event Location
July 29, 2014 Product Safety Awareness Conference Nossi College: Nashville, Tenn.
Aug. 20, 2014 Decatur Promo Lunch Decatur, Ala.
Sept. 3, 2014 SPPA Louisiana Fall Showcase Baton Rouge, La.
Sept. 4, 2014 SPPA Mississippi Fall Showcase Jackson, Miss.
Sept. 5, 2014 SPPA Alabama Fall Showcase Birmingham, Ala.
Oct. 22, 2014 Pensacola Promo Lunch Pensacola, Fl.


For more information on these SPPA events, go to www.sunbeltppa.org.


SPPA welcomes new members

We’d like to welcome the newest members of our association!

AWA Printing, LLC — Distributor from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
Lemonade Creative Marketing — Distributor from Baton Rouge, Louisian www.lemonadecreativemarketing.com
Loyalty Logo — Distributor from Lafayette, Louisiana www.loyaltylogo.com
REI Promos — Distributor from Destrehan, Louisiana www.reipromos.com


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SPPA hosts two sold-out events in Louisiana
SPPA
This was a big week for SPPA in Louisiana with two sold-out events. The Promo Luncheons in New Orleans and Lafayette were sell-outs for both distributors and supplier presenters. In fact, this was the first year to have a Promo Lunch in Lafayette, and it was the largest one yet!

“This State if full of great distributors and their businesses are growing,” said Charlie Cochran, president of SPPA. “Louisiana is a booming segment of our membership and we will be looking for more opportunities to help foster that growth.”

Cochran was also one of the supplier presenters in addition to Crown Products, Hit Promo, The Identity Group, The Maddox Company, SanMar, and Vitronic.

Two more Promo Luncheons are planned for the year &mdsah; Aug. 20 in Decatur, Alabama, and Oct. 22 in Pensacola, Florida.
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12 examples of how freebies, promo products are getting a tech touch
Chicago Tribune
Get ready to swag out those smartphones, as companies opt for self-promotional products that accent mobile tech. Tech is coming on strong in the $19.4 billion specialty advertising industry. More frequently, those freebies that businesses hand out with their logos have a tech bent — smart phone and tablet accessories, chargers, screen wipes, stylus pens and the like.
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Responsive design: What corporate logos would like if you shrank them
Fast Co Design
What would the logos of your favorite companies look like if they were responsively designed? The Responsive Logos project by Joe Harrison first takes the logos of Coca-Cola, Nike, Bang & Olufsen, Levi's, and more. Then it turns a shrinking ray on them, showing what they would look like if they were as responsive as their websites. The idea behind responsive web design is relatively straightforward.
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Get the wheels turning with 10 shopping cart best practices
Business 2 Community
Whether it’s a loose wheel that always seems to be faced in the wrong direction or a wheel so sticky that it’ll barely turn, a wonky shopping cart can ruin a trip at the store. And the same goes for online shopping. If a website’s shopping cart doesn’t function properly and doesn’t follow best practices, an online experience can easily be spoiled.
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UPS expands early-morning delivery coverage
Promo Marketing
For the second time this year, UPS has increased the number of zip codes where it is offering its early-morning delivery service. Introduced in 1994, its program, Next Day Air Early a.m. ZIPs, increased by 400 ZIP codes earlier this year, and is expanding to 766 more ZIP codes, starting today. As a result, the service now is guaranteed for 87 percent of U.S. businesses, according to UPS.
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Government cracks down on 'Made in USA' claims
CBS News
It's hard to manufacture goods in the United States. Raw materials are costly and employee wages are comparatively high. You have to deal with stringent regulations, labor rights, healthcare and business taxes. Or you can just pay a couple thousand bucks for a license to use the "Made in USA" label. And that's what federal regulators say happened.
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5 things you should never say to a client
Entrepreneur
The world of business can be tricky to navigate. Sure, you have a great product, but now you must procure and retain clients. And that can be like navigating a minefield. Each customer brings a different personality and expectations to manage. Because so many companies are vying for business, the slightest misstep can sink an enterprise. Here some basics to keep in mind, including what to never say to clients, no matter how well you think you know them.
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No new danger seen from chemical in toys, committee says
NBC News
A temporary ban on phthalates, a class of chemicals once used in children's toys, should be made permanent, Consumer Product Safety Commission advisers said recently. The Commission’s Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel (CHAP) studied the health effects of phthalates and phthalate alternatives used in children’s toys and childcare articles, and issued a report saying no real changes are needed. Phthalates are used to make plastic soft.
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Comic-Con: Warner Bros. reveals official convention tote bags
Comingsoon.net
The bags are back! Comic-Con 2014 attendees hoping for a colorful and commemorative keepsake bag to hold their best swag are once again in luck. For the fifth year running, Warner Bros. Entertainment and Comic-Con have teamed up to produce and distribute the official bag of Comic-Con, which will be distributed to fans when checking it at the Con.
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Mike Oliver of United Promotional Consultants, Inc., has been named Southeastern Region Sales Representative for TradeNet Publishing, Inc. Formerly associated with Barton Nelson, Inc. (Bebco), Oliver’s sales territory for TradeNet includes the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

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