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My Best Promotion: Dennis Funk
July 1, 2015

What happens when a company’s inventory outnumbers its sales, or vice versa? Dennis Funk from Proforma Signature Solutions, Brooklyn Heights, Ohio, shared how he efficiently streamlined a nonprofit’s e-commerce platform, while decreasing its liability.

USPS Delays Facility Closures Until Next Year
June 15, 2015

The U.S. Postal Service was set to close 82 facilities this year for its second phase of closures, but delayed those originally scheduled for earlier this year due to winter weather concerns and the need to stabilize operations.

My Best Promotion: Bill Resnik
June 1, 2015

Working for a tech company in New York City can mean long hours and a lot of work, but there’s always room for a little bit of fun. Bill Resnik, vice president, partner and owner of Proforma Printing and Promotion, Boston, described one promotion that stuck with him, and gave employees at PayPal an opportunity to play some games.

My Best Promotion
February 1, 2015

How one distributor landed an order with one of his favorite companies.

My Best Promotion: Ed Levy
January 1, 2015

Self-promotion is a necessary tool. Ed Levy, president of Edventure Promotions Inc., Chicago, described a promotion that his company did to show off their many capabilities and what it has to offer.

My Best Promotion: Glen and Patti Rapoport
September 1, 2014

Promoting a financial institution doesn't have to be a stuffy, serious affair. Glen and Patti Rapoport of Proforma Instant Promotions proved as much with a recent promotion they did for ING Direct. Kendra Smith, manager of public relations for Proforma, explained the promotion in detail and the Rapoports added their impressions.

2014 Top 50 Distributors: The Interviews
May 19, 2014

The best minds from the top distributors in the industry discuss technology, the changing industry landscape, and how they got where they are today.

How Much is Yahoo Worth Without Alibaba? Not Much
October 18, 2013

Much has been made of Yahoo's increasing sprawl, as it swallows startup after startup. Sure enough, in a Tuesday call with investors, Chief Executive Marissa Mayer said Yahoo had made eight new acquisitions in the last quarter alone. But what Yahoo's latest financial numbers really highlighted was how much the company is running two completely separate businesses: It is simultaneously a consumer Internet company struggling to eke out a living from ad revenue and a large stockholder in Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce darling that is twice as profitable as Facebook.

Publicis to Combine With Omnicom to Create Top Advertiser
August 2, 2013

Publicis Groupe SA and Omnicom Group Inc. agreed this week to merge in an all-stock transaction to create the world's largest advertising company with $23 billion in revenue, toppling market leader WPP Plc.

Shareholders of Paris-based Publicis and New York-based Omnicom will each hold about 50 percent of the new entity, Publicis Omnicom Group. Publicis CEO Maurice Levy and John Wren, his counterpart at Omnicom, will be co-CEOs. Pending regulatory and stockholder approvals, the creation of an industry powerhouse with $35 billion in market value is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2014.

U.S. Congressional Committee Examines China's Forced Labor Camps
May 22, 2013

On May 9, the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China discussed the system of re-education-through-labor camps, or RTL camps, under the Chinese regime.

The system is better known as forced labor camps. It's been around since the 1950s and is used mainly to silence dissent. Professor Ira Belkin said the system itself has come under question for violating China's constitution.
These forced labor camps gained attention last year in the US, when this woman from Oregon discovered a letter believed to have been written by an inmate at the Masanjia Labor Camp. The letter was hidden inside a box of Halloween decorations.