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California Halts Plastic Bag Ban

A landmark ban on single-use plastic shopping bags was put on hold this week in California, after government officials formally announced that a trade group gathered enough signatures to prompt a voter referendum on the issue next year.

Signed Into Law Last Fall »


Cotton Prices Stable After Rebound

An uptick in cotton prices has begun to stall, and experts now believe the price of cotton and apparel will remain stable over the course of 2015.

There Is Currently A Massive Overall Surplus Of Cotton »


Staples, Inc. Offers Lending Program

Massachusetts-based Staples, Inc., the parent company of Top 40 distributor Staples Promotional Products (asi/120601), has launched a new lending service to help small businesses access capital.

Partnered With Financial Tech Firm Lendio »


West Coast Dock Standoff Ends

Negotiators for dockworkers and shipping companies have agreed to a tentative deal, ending a nine-month dispute that clogged cargo traffic at 29 West Coast ports.

Ports Handle 25% Of All U.S. International Trade »


Marketing Budgets Set To Rise

Corporate marketing budgets are expected to increase an average of 8.7% this year, thanks in part to a strong U.S. economy.

Up Over 2014 »


4Imprint Names Lyons-Tarr CEO

UK-based 4imprint Group, the parent company of Top 40 distributor 4imprint (asi/197045), has announced that Kevin Lyons-Tarr will take over as CEO of the organization.

Effective March 31 »


Small Businesses Look To Add Staff

Optimistic about the economy, more small business owners are gearing up to hire new personnel for their sales and administrative teams.

28% Of Owners Plan To Hire A Salesperson »


Counselor Commentary: Three Rules For Better Service

There are no good words to describe the frustration that comes from dealing with a clueless customer service rep.

Improve Your Standing »

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