SPPA eNews
Feb. 28, 2014

Flanagan wins PPB Multi-Line Rep of the Year
Starline
Starline is very pleased to announce that Tom Flanagan of Flanagan & Associates was awarded the honor of PPB's Best Multi-Line Reps for 2014. Flanagan & Associates represents Starline in Florida, North and South Carolina, Georgia and Puerto Rico. Tom is a veteran of the promotional products industry with 27 years of experience behind him, and he has spent the last 14 of those years as a multi-line rep for Starline.More

New suppliers added for THE Show of the South
SPPA
SPPA is pleased to announce that four new suppliers have signed up to exhibit at THE Show of the South, scheduled for March 17-18 in Birmingham. Ariel Premium Supply, BagMakers, Credential Express, and Gill Studios have all been added to the lineup.

“We hated to reschedule the show in January, but Mother Nature left us no choice,” said Charlie Cochran, president of SPPA. “It may have been a blessing in disquise, because it looks like we are going to have an awesome show in March.”

Distributors who had previously registered for the show in January are automatically registered for the rescheduled show in March. There is still time to buy a booth or register to attend — both can be done on the SPPA website — www.sunbeltppa.org.

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Prime Line® announces national sales contest starting March 1
SPPA
Prime Line® (Prime Resources Corp.) announced that its Swing Away For Great Prizes sales contest begins March 1 and offers prizes such as flat screen T Vs, MAC ® computers, iPads ® and StubHub gift certificates. Prizes will be awarded based on cumulative sales booked by individuals between March 1 and June 30. Winners will be able to choose from four prize options at each tier starting at $5000. The contest is open to U.S. and Canadian distributor salespeople only. To see prize options and contest rules, distributors should go to www.primeline.com. More

The 4 best giveaways of the 2014 MLB season
Promo Marketing
Baseball is back! Well, sort of. Spring training has been underway for weeks, and exhibition games begin with a slate of Cactus and Grapefruit league action. There's still a ways to go until things get real, but it's enough to get us pumped up for Opening Day — we can practically smell the fresh-cut outfield grass, taste the Cracker Jack and hear the "steee-rike!" calls echoing through the ballpark already. But for as great as all that stuff is, there's one thing we're looking forward to most: the giveaways.More

5 unique ways containers can add 'pop' to retail sales
Retail Customer Experience
Greg Swistak's company, Ikoniq, loves to help retailers provide dramatic customer experiences with portable carts and kiosks, but of late they're seeing additional interest in pop-up style stores fashioned from recycled shipping containers. For retailers, price doesn't cut it anymore as a competitive tool. And given the rise of online shopping, location matters less and less. Providing a great, unique experience is the way to a shopper's heart. Dramatic, utilitarian, portable containers are an excellent tool for that very purpose.More

3-D printing 'ink' is way too expensive
CNNMoney
3-D printer prices are steadily dropping in an attempt to woo hobbyists, but there's still a costly barrier to mainstream adoption: 3-D printer "ink." Plastic filament, the standard material used by 3-D printers typically ranges in price from $25 to $45 for a kilogram depending on the quality and manufacturer. That's a huge markup over the $2-per-kilogram cost of the plastic pellets used to make the filaments. Manufacturing and research and development account for some of the filament's added cost over the original materials. More

10 ways to significantly boost your trade show results
Trade Show News Network
Trade shows are the largest single expense for business to business marketers. How can you boost your results, and ensure your trade shows are more of an investment? TSNN's Mike Thimmesch analyzes ten steps any business marketer can take to make sure their time spent exhibiting is organized and polished.More

OSHA proposes $91,800 in fines for Ohio printing company
Norwalk Reflector
Globus Printing & Packaging Co. Inc. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 24 safety and health violations, carrying proposed penalties of $91,800. OSHA initiated an inspection of the Minster-based manufacturing plant in August 2013 after receiving a complaint. “Workers were exposed daily to many dangerous hazards at the Globus Printing & Packaging Co.,” said Kim Nelson, OSHA’s area director in Toledo. “The company lacks adequate employee training on those hazards.”More

Flanagan wins PPB Multi-Line Rep of the Year
Starline
Starline is very pleased to announce that Tom Flanagan of Flanagan & Associates was awarded the honor of PPB's Best Multi-Line Reps for 2014. Flanagan & Associates represents Starline in Florida, North and South Carolina, Georgia and Puerto Rico.More

What Sochi can teach us about trademarks
Entreprenuer via Reuters
On any list of politicians who have transformed themselves into a discernible brand, Vladimir Putin would be near the top. Putin himself traveled to Guatemala seven years ago to personally pitch Sochi as the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics.More

Striving shirt printer morphs his business into a film industry supplier
The Times-Picayune
Tim Baudier says he believes in holding multiple jobs. It's apparent from his service as an elected official on the Harahan, La., City Council, his work managing a custom guitar-making shop and his movie stuntman appearances. Yet another role, however, is increasingly drawing his focus.More