Swagman always gets a good start in the new calendar year with the annual PPAI Expo currently under contract at Mandalay Bay. This is a great time to visit our fav vendors face-to-face (whether they like it or not! hahhahah), find new vendors and see what is trending for the year.
The PPAI Expo is the premier trade show for the promotional products industry. It’s the longest-running, best-attended, biggest event of the year. It takes place typically the 2nd week in January at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you’re in the promotional products industry, come experience extraordinary at The PPAI Expo.
This year it seemed to me that wood promotional products were trending hard from sunglasses, to watches, to a wide variety of promo products. These might be inclusive of a trend over the years to be more eco-friendly and many vendors specialize in 100% recycled materials which is great.
I wish I had more time to take in the myriad of seminars available and spend more time getting to meet new vendors but for a four-day event I usually get in 3/4 day on Wednesday and then a half day on Thursday for any vendors I need to follow-up with or I did not have a chance to connect with.
So many companies task their HR or Safety Dept.’s with a limited budget so those individuals just hit up the internet and have no idea all the creative opportunities and maximum ROI they can achieve working with a qualified promotional products specialist.