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Safety, compliance and social responsibility aren't new, but they are the new normal. Companies today are more interested than ever in product quality and product safety when considering promotional merchandise. As a result, distributors are faced with a daunting task. They must provide compliant products as expected by their clients, which in turn provides a reliably safe impression of their clients' brand for consumers. 

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This is Shocking...Really!

What Do Liberty Balls Represent? is perhaps the most shocking story I've ever covered. 

You need to read this and consider how product safety regulations affect you. This issue has been talked about for some time, but many don't understand the impact these regulations have on our industry. 
Welcome to the Jungle!
We have an exciting SuccessTracks Education Experience coming on Tuesday, December 10th at 10:00 AM PST. Industry leader and CFO from MadeToOrder. Rod Brown will be talking about his experiences in Africa, along with other things he does away from the office. He is able to do these things because of how his business runs. You won't want to miss this interesting Holiday Special Learning Experience.
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A Holiday Education Special! 
Rod Brown
Rod Brown,
the CFO of MadeToOrder, a Top 50 distributor, not only works hard, he plays hard AND gives of his time in ways you might not be aware of.   

In addition to serving on the PPAI Board of Directors and being involved in other business organizations, Rod recently returned from a trip to Africa. He also builds houses in Mexico with group each year. 

How Rod runs his very successful business enables him to do extraordinary things away from his business. In this unique SuccessTracks session, Rod will share about his experiences and give you some insight into business philosophy's that have enabled him to succeed, while having a positive impact in areas where there is great need.

This session is presented with support  from 
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What Do Liberty Balls Represent? 

 This column is perhaps one of the most frightening topics I have ever covered. It threatens our livelihoods and puts a bright spotlight on the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act - CPSIA.

Don't get me wrong...Increasing awareness for product safety and CPSIA regulations is a good thing. Our industry needs to better understand what it takes to be in compliance with these regulations. But this story is outright scary. I cover it here to make people aware of the ramifications this could have for our industry.


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Who Sold the First Promotional Products? 

Jasper Meeks, a commercial printer from Coshocton, Ohio was the first industry seller of promotional products! He was able to convince a local shoe store to print their business name on book bags for the nearby schools. Mr. Meek's competitor, 
Henry Beach followed suit and began printing and selling other items like marbles, aprons, cloth caps, card cases, calendars, and fans to other businesses. It's crazy to think about how far our industry has come!

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Helpful Resources for Event Marketing
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Newton Manufacturing has published "Booth! There It Is," a white paper guiding you through the process of building an event marketing plan. 


NOW is the time to visit with your customers as the biggest trade show months are right around the corner. We encourage you to use these resources and approach your customers about their event marketing activities. 

Event Marketing White Paper - Learn the basics of building an event marketing plan 

Event Marketing Workbook - Step-by-step guide that walks you through creating an event marketing plan.

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