Incentives Industry News

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Industry News and Bulletins

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SITE Event Calls for Speakers

The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) have joined forces to provide a new, enhanced experience for global meetings and incentive professionals at the SITE + MPI Global Forum taking place 12-14 January 2018 at the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria, Rome, Italy.

PPAI Ad to Promote Promotional Products

Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the not-for-profit association for more than 510,000 industry professionals and more than 14,300 corporate members of the $21 billion promotional products industry, produced the Get In Touch! ad for use in digital, social, live event and broadcast media.

1-2-1 Marketing Appoints New Manager

1𠂹 Marketing Services Group announced that Lori Schoening has joined the organization to further develop growing regional and national accounts.

IRF Looks at Wellness in Meetings

The Incentive Research Foundation released The IRF Wellness in Meetings and Incentive Travel Study, an analysis of the integration of wellness into meetings and incentive travel programs.

Humana Uncovers Wellness Trends

Workers are getting older, sleepier and increasingly worried about their finances while they rely on mindfulness and emerging technology to help them achieve their desired health. This is the state of wellness according to the 2017 Humana Wellness Trends Report, released by health and well-being company Humana Inc.

Bond Promotes Bakula to VP

Bond Brand Loyalty, a leading global brand loyalty agency, announced the promotion of Morana Bakula to Vice President, Customer Experience.

PPAI Names Legislator of the Year

Promotional Products Association International, the not-for-profit association for more than 500,000 industry professionals and more than 14,300 corporate members of the $20.8 billion promotional products industry announced Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) has been named the Association抯 2017 Legislator of the Year.

Citizen & Naismith Trophy Partner

The Atlanta Tipoff Club, administrators of the Naismith Trophy, announced a multi-year agreement to make Citizen Watch the title sponsor of the Naismith College Player of the Year Awards.

1 in 4 Redeem Points for Big Box Cards

National Gift Card Corp. (NGC), a leading B2B gift card solution provider with more than 450 international plastic and digital gift card options, released its 2017 gift card report. The report summarizes redemption statistics for U.S.-based loyalty, reward, and employee programs in 2016

Next Level Launches Applaudit

A motivated work force drives any organization抯 success, and recognition is what keeps people engaged. Applaudit is an online social recognition platform that offers organizations the tools they need to power their culture of recognition and achievement.

Orgs Recognized as Healthy Workplaces

The American Psychological Association has selected Prudential Financial as the recipient of its Organizational Excellence Award, a national recognition designed to highlight the effective application of psychology in the workplace.

SITE Nite Europe Unites Community

揙ne Night, One World is the theme for this year抯 SITE Nite Europe being held 15 May at the historic Kameha Suite, Frankfurt, Germany. Hosted by the SITE Foundation, the night before the start of IMEX Frankfurt, the event will bring together IMEX Hosted Buyers, SITE members and industry colleagues to bridge distances and forge connections with peers around the world.

KitchenHappy Announces Rebrand

KitchenHappy, maker of Snapi the-single-handed-server, is adding new products and changing its company name to Tangico.

SITE, MPI Announce Co-Located Event

The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) have joined forces to provide a new, enhanced experience for global meetings and incentive professionals at the SITE + MPI Global Forum.

NGC Names New Director

Patrick Doczi, a four-year veteran of National Gift Card (NGC), has been named the company抯 new Director of North American Operations, a role he sees as being essential to the ongoing development of a highly-focused customer service team.

Maritz Introduces Decision Sciences

Maritz Motivation Solutions, a leading provider of loyalty programs to major companies and brands, has introduced decision sciences to the loyalty space, providing marketers with next generation insights to predict consumer behavior.

IMA to Work on ISO Standards

The Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) announced that it has been accepted to the ISO Technical Advisory Group (TAG260) on establishing human capital standards worldwide.

Value of Health Engagement Revealed

Welltok, the leading consumer health enterprise Software as a Service company, released research that provides the business case for engaging employees and dependents in their health. The research confirms that employee health and well-being programs are not only good for employees, but the bottom line as well.

Blackhawk Launches Same-Day Fulfillment

Blackhawk Network, a pioneer of gift cards, payments tools and rewards delivered via a robust and convenient network, announced the launch of its first-ever rebate processing solution that allows consumers to qualify for and submit a utility-sponsored rebate, and receive a reward, on the same day.

Paramax Launches PEPPER

After 14 years of developing countless improvements and customizations for real-world applications, Paramax just launched PEPPER, the Paramax Engagement & Points Platform for Employee Recognition. The new B2B tool for point-based recognition systems is the New Jersey company抯 latest contribution to the incentive/recognition market for employee, direct sales, channel and loyalty programs.

Natinal Gift Card Welcomes New CIO

National Gift Card (NGC) welcomes Brian Dreger as its new Chief Information Officer (CIO).

PPAI Names Committee, Advisory Chairs

Promotional Products Association International, the not-for-profit association for more than 500,000 industry professionals and more than 14,300 corporate members of the $20.8 billion promotional products industry announced new Volunteer Committee and Advisory Group Chairs and Liaisons for the 2017-2018 term.

IRF Releases 2017 Outlook Study

The Incentive Research Foundation announced the release of the IRF 2017 Outlook Study, an analysis of how incentive, rewards, and recognition programs are being designed and budgeted for 2017.

SITE Leaders Head to Ireland

Ireland was the setting for this year抯 Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) Executive Summit held 29 January 2 February in Dublin. This annual event takes the SITE Board of Directors and SITE Foundation Board of Trustees to a part of the world that can leverage the experience and knowledge of global industry leaders to grow its incentive travel business.

Selco Honored With Four Awards

Selco, the leading producer of customized watches in the U.S., won 1 gold and 3 silver awards in the 2017 Suppliers Achievement Award Competition sponsored by Promotional Products Association International (PPAI).

PPEF Scholardship Period Open

Promotional Products Education Foundation (PPEF; www.ppef.us) announced that the 2017 PPEF scholarship program is now taking applications for the 2017-2018 school year with $175,000 in scholarships available.

Leed's Named 2016 Supplier of the Year

Leed抯, a leading promotional products supplier, was named 2016 Supplier of the Year by promotional products distributor Facilisgroup. The award was presented when Facilisgroup partners and suppliers met in Las Vegas during the PPAI show for their 2017 Winter Summit.

HALO Acquires Michael C. Fina

HALO Branded Solutions announced the acquisition of Michael C. Fina Recognition, a third-generation leader in the recognition and incentives industry based in New York.

Next Level Performance Recognized

Next Level Performance, a Dittman Company, has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Employee Engagement Solutions Providers of 2017, and is featured as the Company of the Month by HR Tech Outlook magazine for providing best-in-class engagement and incentive solutions and exceptional value to its clients and their people.

SITE Studies Views of India Travel

The Society for Incentive Excellence (SITE) Foundation has released the results of a new study, The Participants Viewpoint of Incentive Travel: India. The report continues the groundbreaking series started in 2012 that provided views of incentive program participants in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Mary Jo Tomasini Chosen PPAI Chair

Promotional Products Association International (PPAI; ppai.org), the not-for-profit association for more than 500,000 industry professionals and more than 14,300 corporate members of the $20.8 billion promotional products industry, installed Mary Jo Tomasini, MAS, as Chair of the PPAI Board of Directors for 2017-2018 at the annual passing of the gavel during The PPAI Expo.

Bulova Expands IncentiveSource Territory

In its drive to enhance the corporate gifting, sales incentive and awards experience, Bulova抯 Corporate Sales announced a territory expansion with long-time partner IncentiveSource Inc. to now include Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky as of January 1, 2017 (in addition to Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Arkansas and Nebraska), for a total of eight states.

IRF Announces Research Schedule

The Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) announced its full schedule of monthly research releases for 2017. The research and analysis presented by the IRF in 2017 will address a wide range of issues and offer relevant information to a myriad of audiences.

St. Regis Group Wins PPAI Awards

The St. Regis Group is thrilled to announce the achievements of three divisions (The Prestige Group, R.S. Owens and St. Regis Crystal) at the Suppliers Achievement Awards, held in conjunction with the 2017 PPAI Expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, January 10, 2017.

Jura E6 Perfects the Brewing Process

The new JURA E6 delivers ultimate coffee quality, thanks to its innovative Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P.), Aroma G3 grinder, and more. This modern automatic coffee machine is a testament to JURA抯 passion for technology and attention to every level of detail that contributes to user satisfaction.



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