PPAI Magazine May 2023

PPAI: 111248 | ASI: 35375 | SAGE: 50327 | UPIC: ACCENTS | DC: 101273 888.287.7883 www.americanaccents.com Scan for more info! Made & Printed in the USA Quick Turn Arounds Low Minimums • Choice of black or white plastic • Multiple shapes and sizes available • Multiple print methods available • 2nd side imprint optional • Made from heavyweight plastic 50 PIECE MINIMUMS! DRINK STIRRERS High quality wood available in select styles The Long March | Must Read Closer To Home As China’s appeal as a source of production wanes, an alternative showing promise for importers is to bring their manufacturing bases closer to the U.S. border. Nearshoring production has been behind several promo companies’ decisions to establish facilities in Mexico and Latin America. A number of industry companies, including Augusta Sportswear, MAC Specialties and Proinnovative, already operate facilities in Mexico. “We recently announced partnerships with GK Global and Grupo M as part of our move toward sourcing 100% U.S. cotton for our entire apparel line,” says Next Level’s Hales. “Nearshore fabric supply has not fully aligned with the current demand. We will continue to support our nearshore partners and grow alongside them as we work to bring our fabric production closer to home. Strengthening PPAI strives to provide tools to help its members conduct business ethically and in compliance with available U.S. laws. The webinar titled, “A Tour Through The Global Cotton Supply Chain,” available through PPAI’s online education portal – onlineeducation.ppai.org – offers guidance in navigating the cotton supply chain. Forced labor and other factors to consider are covered in the comprehensive Guide to Responsible Product Sourcing, available online at www.ppai.org/ media/1936/cr_guide_ responsiblesourcing2016.pdf. PPAI • MAY 2023 • 73