PBAA and IPDA Announce Merger

first_img The new combined organization will be known as the Magazines and Books at Retail Association (MBR), and will encompass magazine and book publishers, national distributors, wholesalers, and retailers.  James W. Felts, president of Comag Marketing Group, Robert A. Castardi, an advisor to the board at Curtis Circulation Company, Rich Jacobsen, president and CEO of Time Inc. Retail, Bruce Sherbow, SVP of Penny Publications, and John MacKethan, VP and circulation director of National Geographic Magazine and publisher of National Geographic History, have all also been elected to MBR’s board. “Representing the boards of each organization, it is our promise that the new association will deliver focused, effective programs and services to all members, irrespective of size, and deliver solutions to address today’s industry dynamics in a manner that meets the speed of change. Together, all members of our supply channel will offer a fresh and strengthened voice for the industry—an industry association for our future,” Jay Felts, chairman of the IPDA board, and Will Michalopoulos, chairman of the PBAA board, said in a letter to members of both groups. Meanwhile, IPDA was a trade association, focused on enabling and improving the retail sale of magazines and books for consumers. Its membership was made of national distributor and publisher associate members. On June 14, at the annual Magazines at Retail conference in Greenwich, CT, the Periodical and Book Association of America (PBAA) and the International Periodical Distributors Association (IPDA) announced plans to merge.center_img Prior to merging, PBAA and IPDA shared several members and associate members. Tom Cox, currently VP of mass and distributor sales at Penguin Random House, will chair the new organization, and will serve as a board member. Meanwhile, Jerry Lynch, currently president of IPDA, will act as president of MBR, and Jose Cancio will keep his position as associate director. Rich Alleger, who was executive director of PBAA, will also “assume new capacities within MBR,” according to a press release. PBAA was initially a not-for-profit organization for publishers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, consultants, and industry service providers. Its members consisted of organizations that published and distributed magazines and books, both in the U.S. and globally.last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons UniFirst Earns Spot On Selling Powers Annual 50 Best

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a press release from Wilmington’s UniFirst:UniFirst Corporation, an industry leader in the supply and servicing of uniforms, workwear, and facility service products, has ranked on Selling Power magazine’s 2019 list of the “50 Best Companies to Sell for.” This is the 16th consecutive year UniFirst has been included on the list.To make their determination, the Selling Power research team evaluated companies in the following areas: compensation and benefits; hiring, sales training, and sales enablement: and customer retention. The list encompasses companies of all sizes—with sales forces ranging from fewer than 100 salespeople to companies with sales-force numbers in the thousands.“UniFirst is committed to continually investing in our 14,000-plus employee Team Partners around the globe and has successfully built a world-class sales force dedicated to always putting the customer first,” says David Katz, UniFirst senior vice president, sales and marketing. “It’s their dedication, along with the ability to deliver outstanding service, that contribute to our continuous growth and ongoing success year after year.”Selling Power magazine publisher and CEO Gerhard Gschwandtner says it is vital to recognize companies that are creating excellent sales teams today.“Successful sales teams know how to embrace change,” says Gschwandtner. “That could be in the form of technology or in the form of process. Each organization featured on the 50 Best Companies to Sell For list represents an elite, agile selling environment that understands how to lead in their market.”For more on UniFirst, or Selling Power magazine, you may visit their websites: UniFirst.com and www.sellingpower.com.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s UnFirst Earns Top-10 Spot On Apparel Magazine’s List of ‘America’s Leading Apparel Companies’In “Business”Wilmington’s UniFirst Featured On Selling Power’s “50 Best Companies To Sell For” List For 2017In “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s UniFirst Earns Top Rankings For 2018 In Both Selling Power & Apparel MagazinesIn “Business”last_img read more

Accused killed in city gunfight

first_imgAn accused in a case filed over the ‘gun attack’ on a senior police officer was killed in a reported gunfight between detectives and criminals in Jurain graveyard area of the city early Tuesday, reports UNB. The detectives recovered two pistols, two magazines and, a bullet from the spot after the ‘gun battle’ that also left three members of the Detective Branch of police injured.The deceased, aged around 30, could not be identified yet.Senior assistant commissioner (DB, West Zonal Team) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Md Shahadat Hossain said his team arrested Delwar Hossain Shanta, an accused in the case filed with Shyampur police station over the gun attack on DB AC Rahul Patwari, from Jatrabari area on Monday night.According to his statement, the DB team conducted a drive near Gate-2 of Jurain graveyard around 1:40am today to arrest his cohorts, he said.Sensing the presence of the detectives, the criminals, numbering four, opened fire on them which forced the law enforcers to retaliate, Shahadat said.During the exchange of fire, one of the criminals sustained bullet injuries while others fled the scene, he said, adding that three DB men were also injured in the incident.Later, the bullet-hit criminal was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where physicians declared him dead around 4:00am, said Mahbubul Haque, sub-inspector of Shyampur police station.Senior AC Rahul sustained bullet injuries as criminals fired gunshots when he along with his team members was conducting an operation against illegal firearms in Shyampur area on 12 August.last_img read more