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28 Jul Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

FedEx Shipping Prices to Increase

FedEx Shipping Prices to Increase

Memphis-based FedEx has announced it will start calculating all shipping charges by package size, a move that will trigger price increases on roughly one-third of ground shipments. The change will impact Internet retailers the most, according to analysts, although ad specialty suppliers and some Web-driven distributors appear likely to be affected, as well. Previously, FedEx […]

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21 Jul Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

FDA Warns Against Temporary Tattoos

FDA Warns Against Temporary Tattoos

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration recently warned that temporary tattoos can cause allergic reactions and the federal agency is encouraging consumers to report problems that occur in connection with the skin art. The FDA announcement has spurred mixed reactions in the advertising specialty industry. Some suppliers say that sales, margins and prices connected to […]

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15 Jul Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

Small Businesses Ignore Data Security

Small Businesses Ignore Data Security

Have you backed up your business today? If you said no, you’re not alone. A new survey of information technology professionals revealed that only 32% of small businesses had backed up their data on the day they were polled; 15% hadn’t backed up their systems that month. However, 40% of the IT workers surveyed believe […]

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02 Jul Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

Alibaba Posts 66% Rise

Alibaba Posts 66% Rise

China-based tech firm Alibaba Group recorded fourth-quarter revenues of $3.06 billion, a year-over-year rise of 66%, according to an April presentation from major shareholder Yahoo. The sharp sales growth comes as Alibaba prepares for an initial public offering this year that will likely be the largest since Facebook’s 2012 market debut. Analysts believe Alibaba’s IPO, […]

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30 Jun Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

Puerto Rican Town Bans Plastic Bags

Puerto Rican Town Bans Plastic Bags

A popular tourist destination and famed surfers’ paradise has become the first municipality in Puerto Rico to ban businesses from handing out single-use plastic bags. Officials in the town of Rincon, on the far western edge of Puerto Rico, have announced the ban will take effect in February of 2015. Businesses that don’t comply will […]

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25 Jun Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

Industry Delegation Lobbies on Capitol Hill

Industry Delegation Lobbies on Capitol Hill

Nearly 70 industry professionals met with legislators on Capitol Hill in early April, bringing key ad specialty issues before U.S. senators and members of the House of Representatives. The L.E.A.D. (Legislative Education and Action Day) event, coordinated by PPAI on April 9 and 10, included more than 200 meetings with Congressional representatives and their staffs, […]

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23 Jun Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

Cotton Prices Reach Two-Year High

Cotton Prices Reach Two-Year High

Cotton prices are on the rise, trading at the highest level in more than two years, according to published reports. The increase has been attributed to a strengthening economy and increased demand in the face of low supplies of the crop, which the U.S. Agriculture Department expects will hit a 23-year low this summer. Cotton […]

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18 Jun Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

Facebook Tops for Social Commerce

Facebook Tops for Social Commerce

Facebook is the social media platform that drives the most online sales. That’s according to a new study from Shopify, which found that Facebook funneled almost two-thirds of all social media visits to Shopify-run Web stores and resulted in about 85% of all orders from social forums. Facebook was especially dominant in certain shopping categories, […]

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16 Jun Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

Retail Sales Soar

Retail Sales Soar

Making their biggest one-month jump since the fall of 2012, U.S. retail sales rose 1.1% in March, spurring more optimism about future economic strength. Core sales, which don’t include building materials, cars, gasoline and food, increased 0.8%, following a revised 0.4% rise in February, the Commerce Department said. Sales at automobile and parts dealers led […]

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11 Jun Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

U.S. Added 191,000 March Jobs

U.S. Added 191,000 March Jobs

Led by small businesses, U.S. companies hired 191,000 new employees in March, according to payroll processing firm ADP. The company’s private jobs report fell mostly in line with the expectations of analysts who generally see labor conditions improving this spring. “The job market is coming out from its deep winter slumber,” said Mark Zandi, chief […]

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