SAGE® ADDS NEW ESG/DIVERSITY SEARCH FILTERS IN SAGE TOTAL ACCESS
January 20, 2023
SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, in collaboration with PPAI's DEI task force, announces the addition of ESG/Diversity search filters in SAGE Total Access, the first search capability of its kind within the industry...
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SAGE® ADDS NEW ESG/DIVERSITY SEARCH FILTERS IN SAGE TOTAL ACCESS

SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, in collaboration with PPAI's DEI task force, announces the addition of ESG/Diversity search filters in SAGE Total Access, the first search capability of its kind within the industry.

"This is exciting! SAGE’s enhanced search filter feature will help sales teams looking to search for and sell products with purpose,” said Danny Rosin, Co-President of Brand Fuel and Co-Founder of PromoCares.

SAGE Total Access users will now be able to search for businesses that are B Corp and CSR Certified, as well as search for companies that are disability-owned, Hispanic-owned, LGBTQ+ owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, and minority-owned. SAGE also plans to add additional categories to the ESG/Diversity search filters based on supplier and distributor suggestions.

“The PPAI DEI Task Force was thrilled for the announcement of the new SAGE ESG/Diversity search to be rolled out at The PPAI Expo,” said Cindy Tsuji, Senior Account Executive of Image Source and member of the PPAI DEI Task Force.

“As our clients require us to provide diverse supplier solutions for them, it is great to be able to have a resource for our members to search. We look forward to making this a more robust tool as we progress doing the continued work.”

Suppliers can upload certification documentation for those who have a certification for a specific characteristic. Companies previously noted as woman, veteran, or minority-owned businesses have been categorized under the new ESG/Diversity search filter option. Suppliers can send certifying documents to their Account Advisor for ESG/Diversity status.

To learn more about SAGE Total Access, visit www.sageworld.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website, and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association as well as Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC), Canada's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® ANNOUNCES 2023 RATING AWARD WINNERS
October 27, 2022
SAGE presents rating awards to 1,100 supplier and decorator companies based on distributor ratings from SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile...
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SAGE® ANNOUNCES 2023 RATING AWARD WINNERS

SAGE presents rating awards to 1,100 supplier and decorator companies based on distributor ratings from SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile.

Each year, SAGE presents industry suppliers and decorators with A+ and A rating awards based on distributor ratings collected in SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile, the industry’s most popular product research and business management solution.

This year, 893 companies received the top A+ rating, while another 207 received an A rating. A total of 45% percent of all active Advantage or Decorator Members in the SAGE database received an award this year. As part of the relationship between SAGE and PPAI, suppliers with SAGE ratings are also considered for eligibility in the industry’s annual PPAI Supplier Star Awards Competition.

“We are proud to offer these awards to those that have persevered and really raised the bar for the standard of quality, transparency, and integrity in the industry,” said SAGE President David Natinsky, MAS.

Awards are based solely on the distributor rating system that is part of SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile. The SAGE rating system is widely known within the industry for providing the most accurate and reliable supplier and decorator ratings.

Distributors can rate these companies at any time through SAGE or via the “Rate us now” link provided by both suppliers and decorators. They can only rate each company once, however, they may update their ratings at any time, providing the most accurate representation of their experiences. Rating awards are given each year based on the aggregate of distributor ratings and suppliers and decorators with an A+ or A aggregate rating are given an award.

Distributors using SAGE’s industry-leading research and business management tools can make more informed decisions about suppliers by accessing their current, real-time ratings, including distributor peer comments as well as full award information, including any additional industry awards, for each supplier.

Award-winning companies will have access to a variety of marketing collateral to promote their A+ or A rated status, including logos for their catalogs, websites, and email signatures. For more information, suppliers should contact their SAGE Account Advisor at 800.925.7243.

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A+ Supplier Ratings

A Supplier Ratings

A+ Decorator Ratings

A Decorator Ratings

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, project management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association as well as Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC), Canada's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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INAUGURAL PROMO LIVE! ONLINE EVENT WOWS PARTICIPANTS
September 7, 2022
SAGE, the promotional products industry's leading business services provider, just wrapped up their brand-new, premiere interactive online event, Promo Live!...
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SAGE® RELEASES SAGE MOBILE 11.1

SAGE, the promotional products industry's leading business services provider, just wrapped up their brand-new, premiere interactive online event, Promo Live! The successful two-day event included nearly 1,000 industry professionals in attendance, featuring 25 live and on-demand education sessions, robust product showrooms, 1-on-1 consultations with SAGE experts, and more.

Powered by SAGE’s Digital Events platform, Promo Live featured technology developed by SAGE to create an interactive experience tailored just for the promotional products industry.

During this new event, distributors heard from supplier sponsors on the main stage as they shared new products, creative ways to sell their products, and highlighted their best sellers. Plus, attendees learned about the latest in promotional product trends during the interactive industry panel sessions.

Additionally, distributors were able to visit the Supplier Showcase to engage in video calls, live chats, and access themed product showrooms to explore the latest in promotional products for the upcoming fall and holiday selling season.

"I loved the platform and format. This was totally reinvigorating and, in a way, BETTER than in-person shows because I have all my client info right here at my fingertips," said Katie Deal of Specialty House of Creation.

"With the use of SAGE’s Digital Events platform, Promo Live was a definite accomplishment," said SAGE President David Natinsky, MAS. "The accessibility that this platform has brought to the industry is incredible. So many more people can attend and enjoy the benefits of discovering new, trending products, networking, learning, and more all from their home or office."

In addition to the product-viewing and networking opportunities, live and on-demand education sessions were provided by SAGE and top industry suppliers, receiving a total of 7,607 views throughout the show. During these sessions, attendees learned about cutting-edge technology and products, how to improve their sales and marketing skills, and more ways to attract business in an ever-changing world.

The live SAGE Quick Tip Sessions were a massive hit, featuring four different topics presented by SAGE experts. Topics included Inventory & Order Status, New Features in SAGE Online, The Client Portal and SAGE Catalogs. "It was a great experience. I learned a lot and loved the great SAGE tips in between each session," said Ana Nichols of MOTR GRAFX, LLC.

Janice Jacobs, Customer Service Representative of Botanical Paperworks, spoke about an eco-friendly take on promotional products. From seeded paper to soap, Botanical Paperworks was met with overwhelming audience approval.

Another hot topic was the exclusive industry panel with SAGE Director of Distributor Sales Ryan Hanchey, MAS, and CEO/President Jacquie McBain of Go To Promotions Inc. discussing the best tips and tricks to attract clients in our dynamic and growing promotional products industry.

"We couldn't be more pleased with the success of the introduction of Promo Live," added David Natinsky. "We couldn't do it without all of the distributors, suppliers, and our sponsors - so thank you for making this possible. The future looks bright for the industry, and we look forward to seeing what it holds."

For more information about Promo Live, visit www.sageworld.com/promolive.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, project management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association as well as Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC), Canada's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SHOPWORKS ADDS SHOPPING CART INTEGRATION
August 1, 2022
ShopWorks, a promotional products business software, has added shopping cart integration to their OnSite system’s offerings...
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SAGE® RELEASES SAGE MOBILE 11.1

ShopWorks, a promotional products business software, has added shopping cart integration to their OnSite system’s offerings via their API (application programming interface) integration with SAGE, a leading provider of product research and business management solutions to the promotional products industry.

ShopWorks already allows OnSite customers to source over 1 million promotional products from over 4,300 suppliers through their integration with SAGE. ShopWorks users can paste SAGE product IDs into their OnSite system, and all product details, pricing, and vendor information are transferred with no duplicate data entry.

Now, ShopWorks customers can seamlessly import their shopping cart transactions from their SAGE Website or SAGE Company Stores into their OnSite software, where the order process will be completed. This new integration saves ShopWorks’s customers valuable time and eliminates potential mistakes from rekeying orders.

“We are excited to expand our integration with ShopWorks to help alleviate some pain points for their customers,” said Jarod Thorndike, Vice President of Business Development. “We continuously strive to improve our relationships and build on the comprehensive services we can offer our integrated partners.”

ShopWorks’s OnSite customers will need an active ManageOrders subscription to import transactions from their SAGE shopping carts. They can request their URL details from support@shopworx.com.

For more information on SAGE, ShopWorks’s users can learn more at www.sageworld.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, project management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association as well as Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC), Canada's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® ANNOUNCES NEW SAGE CONNECT SUPPLIER MODULES
July 27, 2022
SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry...
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SAGE® ANNOUNCES NEW SAGE CONNECT SUPPLIER MODULES

The promo industry's most popular mobile app has been upgraded to the latest version, SAGE Mobile 11.1. The app now features an assortment of new features and enhancements to provide consistency across all SAGE Total Access platforms.

SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, is excited to announce new supplier modules within SAGE Connect™, an application programming interface for bi-directional integration with SAGE services.

The supplier modules within SAGE Connect are specifically designed to enable suppliers to provide direct, real-time information to distributors through SAGE’s services. The API uses a modern event-driven architecture that includes JSON formatted data, secure HTTPS posts, and the reliability and performance of SAGE’s robust data centers. These new SAGE Connect modules build upon and replace SAGE’s previous APIs for suppliers, including the Supplier Integration Toolkit and Supplier Direct Connect. Through just one single integration to SAGE, SAGE Connect allows suppliers to provide real-time inventory and order status information to all of SAGE’s 45,000 distributor users through the SAGE Total Access platform without any work necessary on the distributor side.

SAGE’s new supplier modules within SAGE Connect implement the new Promo Data eXchange (PDX) industry standards announced by PPAI in January at The PPAI Expo. PDX was jointly created by SAGE and PPAI and is available for suppliers, distributors, and service providers. For suppliers, the new industry standards are designed to provide inventory, order status, and more to distributors in real-time.

In addition to the PDX order status and inventory modules, SAGE Connect now includes additional supplier modules, including Product Data Download, Product Data Update, Order Status Requestors, Distributor Verification, and Credit Card Transaction. Each module uses the same authentication method and general structure, making incorporating different modules within the API framework easy.

“SAGE Connect is a one-stop-shop for industry integrations,” Eric Natinsky, SAGE CEO, commented. “In today’s marketplace, real-time inventory and order status are critical to our customers’ success. But that’s only the beginning. Through SAGE Connect, we will continue to provide as much real-time data to both suppliers and distributors as possible. The world we live in today demands it, and we’re thrilled to be moving the industry forward in terms of technology integrations.”

SAGE Connect is available now to all SAGE Supplier Advantage Members. For more information on how to provide real-time data to distributors through a SAGE integration, connect with your SAGE account advisor or log in to sagemember.com and choose SAGE Connect under Developer APIs in the left navigation.

For more information on SAGE Connect, please visit our website.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, project management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association as well as Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC), Canada's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® RELEASES SAGE MOBILE 11.1
July 19, 2022
The promo industry's most popular mobile app has been upgraded to the latest version, SAGE Mobile 11.1...
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SAGE® RELEASES SAGE MOBILE 11.1

The promo industry's most popular mobile app has been upgraded to the latest version, SAGE Mobile 11.1. The app now features an assortment of new features and enhancements to provide consistency across all SAGE Total Access platforms.

SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, announces the release of SAGE Mobile 11.1. The app, available for iOS and Android devices, allows industry distributors easy access to all their critical research and business management operations while on the go.

This update introduces several new features and enhancements to product research, project management, file center, and SAGE Chat. SAGE Mobile 11.1 users will see more fields and filters to align with the recently updated capabilities of SAGE Online™ and SAGE Web™, enabling Total Access customers to manage their business across platforms from anywhere, effortlessly.

"We know our industry is always on the go. Because of that, we are committed to providing our customers a seamless experience whether they are using SAGE Online, SAGE Web, or SAGE Mobile to give them the flexibility they need to run their businesses in the most efficient and effective way that works for them," said SAGE President David Natinsky, MAS.

Some of the new features in the SAGE Mobile 11.1 updates include:

Product Research:

  • Addition of new search fields, including EQP, Social Good, and Compliance
  • The product detail screen now includes all additional charge information
  • Now includes a new shipping section with an icon linking to the shipping charge estimator

Project Management

  • New filter option in Project Management to filter by Project Owner
  • More filter options in the activities section, including filtering by workflow steps or notes
  • Also, in the activities section, new actions have been added, including copy to clipboard, edit, toggle client visibility, or delete

File Center

  • Added functionality to be able to rename, copy, move, see properties, and delete files

SAGE Chat

  • Now able to search entire chat threads by word
  • Able to save a draft of chats per person
  • New action to email, copy or save today's transcript

SAGE Mobile 11.1 is available now. Current SAGE Total Access subscribers can download SAGE Mobile free from the Apple App Store, Google Play, or the Amazon App Store. The update will download automatically for users who have their app updates turned on.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, project management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association as well as Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC), Canada's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® ANNOUNCES PROMO LIVE!
July 18, 2022
SAGE, the promotional products industry's leading business services provider, announced registration is now open for all verified promotional product distributors...
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SAGE® ANNOUNCES PROMO LIVE!

SAGE, the promotional products industry's leading business services provider, announced registration is now open for all verified promotional product distributors to attend Promo Live, a brand-new interactive online event from August 30-31st, 2022.

Promo Live will be held on the SAGE Digital Events platform, an exclusive digital experience for users to interact one-on-one with other distributors, suppliers, and presenters.

During this new event, attendees will hear from supplier partners on the main stage as they share new products, creative ways to sell their products, and highlight their best sellers for the upcoming holiday season. Plus, attendees will learn about the latest in product trends and much more during the roundtable sessions with distributors and suppliers.

Promo Live includes an interactive main stage with learning sessions, consultations with SAGE experts, on-demand sessions, product pavilions, and supplier rooms with live demonstrations and Q&A with top industry suppliers.

During the live discussions, distributors can contribute and interact with the presenters and fellow attendees to brainstorm ideas, ask questions, and more. Distributors will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with suppliers via chat or video conferencing throughout the event.

"We are thrilled for this new opportunity to help distributors learn, collaborate and connect at our new digital event, Promo Live," said David Natinsky, MAS, President of SAGE. "We look forward to offering this experience for distributors with exclusive content from our experts here at SAGE and top industry leaders nationwide."

Registration is free for all verified promotional product distributors. For more information on SAGE, please visit https://www.sageworld.com/promolive/.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, project management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association as well as Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC), Canada's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® REACHES 1 MILLION SUPPLIER VERIFIED PRODUCTS
June 10, 2022
SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the...
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SAGE® REACHES 1 MILLION SUPPLIER VERIFIED PRODUCTS

SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, announces the accumulation of one million verified products in the SAGE Total Access product database.

SAGE has the only Verified by Supplier database in the industry. As a SAGE Advantage Member, suppliers are encouraged to verify product information and pricing through the SAGE Supplier Center in real-time. Products can also be verified through SAGE’s Bulk Product Update and real-time APIs. When a distributor sees the Verified by Supplier icon, they know they can trust that the product’s data and pricing are up-to-date and accurate. Over 80 percent of active products in the SAGE database are verified, and many distributors choose to only search for verified products. Additionally, verified products have an increased chance of showing up first in search results.

“With the supply chain issues and market fluctuations we’ve been seeing that are not likely to be resolved in the immediate future, the ability for suppliers to verify their product data and for distributors to be able to rely on that data’s accuracy for their customers is paramount for our industry,” said David Natinsky, President of SAGE. “We are thrilled to have reached a million verified products in our database, and we will continue to work with our suppliers to ensure that as many products in our database as possible remain verified.”

Distributors can limit searches to only verified products in SAGE Online, SAGE Web, or SAGE Mobile by going into the product search tab and selecting the VERIFIED checkbox in the “Other Filter Options” at the bottom of the search screen. Within search results, verified products display a red checkmark in the right top corner of the tile view. To see if a product is verified, locate the red verified logo next to the product’s pricing table. To view the most recent date of verification, hover over the verified logo.

To learn more about SAGE Total Access, visit www.sageworld.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, project management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association as well as Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC), Canada's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® RELEASES SAGE MOBILE 11
December 28, 2021
The industry's most popular mobile app has been upgraded to the newest version, SAGE Mobile 11...
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SAGE® ANNOUNCES 2022 SUPPLIER RATING AWARD WINNERS

The industry's most popular mobile app has been upgraded to the newest version, SAGE Mobile 11. The app now features compatibility with Apple and Android watches for SAGE Chat and several other exciting features.

SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, announces the release of SAGE Mobile 11. The app, available for iOS and Android devices, allows industry distributors easy access to all their critical research and business management operations while on the go and is the official trade show planner for the industry’s largest show, The PPAI Expo in January 2022.

This update introduces several exciting new features, including a refresh to the product and supplier search areas. SAGE Mobile 11 users will see more fields to align with the recently updated capabilities of SAGE Online and SAGE Web, enabling Total Access customers to manage their business across platforms from anywhere effortlessly.

"We know our industry is always on the go. Because of that, we are committed to providing our customers a seamless experience whether they are using SAGE Online, SAGE Web, or SAGE Mobile to give them the flexibility they need," said SAGE President David Natinsky, MAS.

Some of the new features in the SAGE Mobile 11 updates include:

  • The ability to reply to chats from Apple and Android watches
  • Support for live chat call mode so that users can answer live chats from their website on their mobile devices
  • Refreshed pages within the product and supplier search areas, including the product search, search results, product detail, and supplier detail pages
  • New large tile view for product search results
  • Alphabetized "Other Filter Options" drop-down on the product search page
  • New social media fields for the CRM module
  • New "Canadian Friendly" product search option
  • "What's New" pop-up detailing added features after future updates

SAGE Mobile 11 is available now. Current SAGE Total Access subscribers can download SAGE Mobile for free from the Apple App Store, Google Play, or the Amazon App Store. The update will download automatically for users who have the app updates turned on.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, project management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association as well as Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC), Canada's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® ANNOUNCES 2022 SUPPLIER RATING AWARD WINNERS
October 21, 2021
SAGE presents rating awards to 1,157 suppliers based on distributor ratings from SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile...
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SAGE® ANNOUNCES 2022 SUPPLIER RATING AWARD WINNERS

SAGE presents rating awards to 1,157 suppliers based on distributor ratings from SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile.

Each year, SAGE presents industry suppliers with A+ and A rating awards based on distributor ratings collected in SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile, the industry's most popular product research and business management solution.

This year, 935 suppliers received the top A+ rating, while another 222 suppliers received an A rating. A total of 27% percent of all active suppliers in the SAGE database received an award this year. As part of the Power of Two relationship between SAGE and PPAI, suppliers with SAGE ratings are also considered for eligibility in the industry's annual PPAI Supplier Star Awards Competition.

"With the hardships suppliers have faced over the last 18 months, from staffing issues to shipping delays, we are proud to offer these awards to those that have persevered and really raised the bar for the standard of quality, transparency, and integrity in the industry," said SAGE President David Natinsky, MAS.

Awards are based solely on the distributor rating system that is part of SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile. The SAGE rating system is widely known within the industry for providing the most accurate and reliable supplier ratings.

Distributors can rate suppliers at any time through the SAGE suite or via a "Rate us now" link provided by suppliers. They can only rate each supplier once, however, they may update their ratings at any time, providing the most accurate representation of their experiences with each supplier. Rating awards are given each year based on the aggregate of distributor ratings and suppliers with an A+ or A aggregate rating are given an award.

Distributors using SAGE's industry-leading research and business management tools can make more informed decisions about suppliers by accessing their current, real-time ratings, including distributor peer comments as well as full award information, including any additional industry awards, for each supplier.

Award-winning suppliers will have access to a variety of marketing collateral to promote their A+ or A rated status, including logos for their catalogs, websites, and email signatures. For more information, suppliers should contact their SAGE account executive at 800.925.7243.

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A+ Supplier Ratings

A Supplier Ratings

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, project management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association as well as Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC), Canada's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE's Second Annual Online Tradeshow is a Success
August 30, 2021
SAGE, the promotional products industry's leading business services provider, just wrapped their second annual online presentation of SAGE Show...
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SAGE's Second Annual Online Tradeshow is a Success

SAGE, the promotional products industry's leading business services provider, just wrapped their second annual online presentation of SAGE Show, one of the industry's largest online events. The successful three-day tradeshow included more than 2,500 industry professionals in attendance, featured over 150 online booths, live and on-demand education sessions, a robust product pavilion, a variety of networking lounges, and more.

Powered by SAGE's virtual tradeshow platform, SAGE Show featured technology developed by SAGE to create an interactive experience tailored just for the promotional products industry. This revolutionary platform enabled distributors from across North America including Canada and Mexico, and internationally as far as New Zealand, to connect with top industry suppliers in real-time.

Distributors were able to visit exhibitors' online booths, engage in video calls and live chats with suppliers, and access themed product pavilions to explore the latest in product trends. "I can't tell you how appreciative we are for having you do this for vendors and distributors" said John Durajczyk of PromoLogo USA. Additionally, with over 20 networking lounges hosted by regional associations and distributor groups, attendees were able to interact with their peers and gain valuable industry insights.

"After so much positive feedback from last year's show, we wanted to bring back our online platform for SAGE Show again this year," said SAGE President David Natinsky, MAS. "The accessibility that this platform has brought to the industry is really incredible. So many more people can attend and enjoy the benefits of discovering new, trending products, network, learn, and more all from their home or office."

For the second year in a row, the SAGE Show online offering was a resounding success with 42,862 booth visits, 23,897 live chats, 116 video calls, 53,618 product views, and 1,121 lounge visits throughout the three-day event.

In addition to the product-viewing and networking opportunities, live and on-demand education sessions were provided by SAGE, PPAI, and top industry suppliers, receiving a total of 5,552 views throughout the show. During these sessions, attendees learned about cutting edge-technology, how to improve their sales and marketing skills, and more ways to promote their business in an ever-changing world. Anita Montgomery with Specialty Advertising Works said "These were such good presentations, I feel great when I get one take-away, these gave me several!"

Distributors also heard from expert panelists and industry peers on a variety of topics. The show kicked off with a highly anticipated session discussing industry updates and insights presented by David Natinsky, SAGE President, Jonathan Strauss, Promotional Product Professional of Canada President and CEO, and Bob McLean, Promotional Products Association International Executive Vice President.

Additionally, Cliff Quicksell, MAS+, Owner of Cliff Quicksell Associates, spoke about packaging, creative distribution, and his Discovery Brief© methodology, and was met with overwhelming audience approval. Teresa Oliver with Logarrow Marketing Services said there was "lots of meat to this seminar." FLEXpoint Managing Partners Jay Busselle and Jessica Gibbons-Rauch gave valuable tips to leverage LinkedIn for leads. Another hot topic discussion on corporate social responsibility was led by Danny Rosin, CAS, President of BrandFuel and Roger Burnett, Founder of Social Good Promotions.

And perhaps the most important information covered given today's climate was a cybersecurity session led by Eric Natinsky, SAGE CEO, Brian Pritchard, SAGE Director of IT, Chris Alfano, AIA Senior Vice President of Business Technology, and Neal Maguire, Investigations Manager for the Verizon Threat Research Advisory Center. The expert panelists discussed ransomware attacks, how they happen and how a small business can protect against them.

"We couldn't be more pleased with the success of our second year of SAGE Show being completely online," added David Natinsky. "We couldn't do it without all of the distributors, suppliers, and our sponsors - so thank you for making this possible. The future looks bright for the industry, and we look forward to seeing what it holds."

For more information about the show, visit www.sageshow.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, project management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association as well as Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC), Canada's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® ANNOUNCES NEW FEATURES AND UPDATES AT SAGE CONFERENCE VIRTUAL
March 29, 2021
SAGE announces SAGE Online 17 with over 185 new features and enhancements, updates to SAGE Web, and new SAGE Websites at SAGE Conference Virtual...
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SAGE® ANNOUNCES NEW FEATURES AND UPDATES AT SAGE CONFERENCE VIRTUAL

SAGE announces SAGE Online 17 with over 185 new features and enhancements, updates to SAGE Web, and new SAGE Websites at SAGE Conference Virtual.

Last week at SAGE Conference Virtual, SAGE's popular annual users' conference, SAGE debuted several new features and updates to their products and services. Eric Natinsky, SAGE CEO, unveiled SAGE Online 17, the latest version of the company's flagship research and business management solution. Other releases include highly anticipated advancements and capabilities for SAGE Web, SAGE's web-based service for Macs and any other device with a web browser, and fresh, new, modular SAGE Websites.

"Our goal at SAGE has always been to build powerful solutions for the industry that are also easy to use," said Eric Natinsky, SAGE CEO. "We are continuously streamlining our products and processes to make them even more efficient, and with the updates in this release, we know our customers will be able to save time and be more productive."

SAGE Online 17 reveals a refreshed overall look and feel and a number of new, user-driven additions within each module, each designed to maximize ease-of-use. The product search area upgrades include new search criteria such as the ability to search for Canadian friendly suppliers, filter product results by decoration availability, and more. Users will also see increased functionality within the presentations area, allowing them to choose a template when creating a presentation and drag presentation items to orders, email campaigns, or print publications.

The new SAGE Online 17 also incorporates popular customer-requested features such as an increased page count for custom printed catalogs created in the Print Studio. Users can add a clients' text messaging preferences in the CRM module, and send invoices that include payment links through SAGE Order Management. Other exciting additions include new scheduling options in the Email Campaigns area, the ability to add products from presentations to an email campaign, and more.

Substantial upgrades have also been made to the immensely popular Project Management area where distributors can easily view and manage all projects, track their status, and improve their team's organization. With added workflow steps, additional client customization options, and new organization options, distributors can further tailor the tool to their specific needs.

Eagerly awaited updates to SAGE Web, SAGE's web-based research tool, will also be released over the next few months. SAGE Web will soon include added features like Project Management, SAGE Chat, Print Studio, and Email Campaigns, as well as enhancements to the presentations area, giving Mac users and others using web browsers the same core functionality that exists in the Windows-based SAGE Online.

Also arriving in March, the brand-new SAGE Websites signal a new era with fresh, contemporary design and more customization options than ever before. In addition to modern features like video backgrounds and mega-menu support, the latest SAGE Websites are built with modules, allowing distributors to turn on and off, reconfigure, and reposition each module to create the website they've always wanted. Other exciting enhancements include filter options to drill down search results, the addition of the SAGE Virtual Design Studio in the admin area to easily add logos to product images, and carts can now be pushed to SAGE Order Management, streamlining the ordering process.

"We're excited for this release because a lot of the new features and updates were specifically designed in response to our customers' feedback," Eric Natinsky, SAGE CEO, commented. "We always do our best to listen and when we have an opportunity like this, to implement their ideas to help them be more successful."

SAGE Online 17 is available now. Subscribers will receive an "update available" prompt upon logging into SAGE Online as soon as the new version is available to them. The new SAGE Websites will be available within the next week. The SAGE Web updates will be rolling out over the next few months, starting in April. Distributors can expect to receive automatic, unintrusive software updates throughout the duration of the release. There is no additional charge for any of these updates.

SAGE customers who could not attend the SAGE Conference can view recordings of the sessions in SAGEmember.com.

SAGE encourages distributors who are not already SAGE subscribers to take advantage of its complimentary 30-day Total Access subscription. Visit their website to get started with SAGE Total Access, which includes SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, project management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association as well as Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC), Canada's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Releases SAGE Mobile 10.0
November 5, 2020
The industry's most popular mobile app has been upgraded to the newest version, SAGE Mobile 10.0. The app now features Project Management...
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SAGE® Releases SAGE Mobile 10.0

The industry's most popular mobile app has been upgraded to the newest version, SAGE Mobile 10.0. The app now features Project Management, where distributors can easily view and manage all projects with just one tool.

SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, announces the release of SAGE Mobile 10.0. The app, available for iOS and Android devices, allows industry distributors easy access to all their critical research and business management operations while on the go.

SAGE Mobile 10.0 now includes the Project Management area, introduced earlier this year in SAGE Online 16. This highly praised feature allows distributors to easily view and manage projects, all while improving their team's organization. The Project Management area was created exclusively for the promotional products industry and can be customized to each distributor's specific workflow.

"Our goal has always been to take our features and modules from SAGE Online and incorporate them into SAGE Mobile, providing clients with the same experience, but on the go," said SAGE President, David Natinsky, MAS. "We are thrilled to add the Project Management area to SAGE Mobile, because now you can oversee your projects and track the status from anywhere."

Some additional new features in the SAGE Mobile 10.0 release include:

  • Dynamic font sizing for SAGE Chat
  • Ratings now includes supplier and product ratings
  • Leave comments on your supplier and product ratings
  • Select custom suppliers in addition to SAGE suppliers for forms in Order Management
  • Share presentations via text messaging
  • SAGE Chat status automatically goes to "away" when leave chat area
  • Unread SAGE Chat notifications on app badge icon

SAGE Mobile 10.0 is available now. Current SAGE Total Access subscribers can download SAGE Mobile for free from the Apple App Store, Google Play, or the Amazon App Store. For users who have automatic app updates turned on, the update will download automatically.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, project management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association as well as Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC), Canada's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces 2021 Supplier Rating Award Winners
October 13, 2020
SAGE presents rating awards to 1,267 suppliers based on distributor ratings from SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile...
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SAGE® Announces 2021 Supplier Rating Award Winners

SAGE presents rating awards to 1,267 suppliers based on distributor ratings from SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile.

Each year, SAGE presents industry suppliers with A+ and A rating awards based on distributor ratings collected in SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile, the industry's most popular product research and business management solutions.

This year, 1,008 suppliers received the top A+ rating, while another 259 suppliers received an A rating. A total of 30 percent of all active suppliers in the SAGE database received an award this year. As part of the Power of Two relationship between SAGE and PPAI, suppliers with SAGE ratings are also considered for eligibility in the industry's annual PPAI Pyramid Supplier Star Awards Competition.

"We are proud to offer this award to outstanding suppliers who set the standard of quality and integrity in the promotional products industry," said SAGE President David Natinsky, MAS. "This is a testament to each supplier's dedication to customer service and product safety."

Awards are based solely on the distributor rating system that is part of SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile. The SAGE rating system is widely known within the industry for providing the most accurate and reliable supplier ratings.

Distributors can rate suppliers at any time through the SAGE suite or via a "Rate us now" link provided by suppliers. They can only rate each supplier once, however, they may update their ratings at any time, providing the most accurate representation of their experiences with each supplier. Rating awards are given each year based on the aggregate of distributor ratings and suppliers with an A+ or A aggregate rating are given an award.

Distributors using SAGE's industry-leading research and business management tools can make more informed decisions about suppliers by accessing suppliers' current, real-time ratings, including peer distributor comments as well as full award information, including any additional industry awards, for each supplier.

Award-winning suppliers will have access to a variety of marketing collateral to promote their A+ or A rated status, including logos for their catalogs, websites, and email signatures. For more information, suppliers should contact their SAGE account executive at 800.925.7243.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, project management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association as well as Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC), Canada's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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Promotional Marketing Association Of Northern California Joins SAGE Affiliate Program Extending SAGE Benefits To Members
September 28, 2020
SAGE is pleased to announce that the Promotional Marketing Association of Northern California (PMANC) has joined the SAGE Affiliate Program...
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Promotional Marketing Association Of Northern California Joins SAGE Affiliate Program Extending SAGE Benefits To Members

SAGE is pleased to announce that the Promotional Marketing Association of Northern California (PMANC) has joined the SAGE Affiliate Program, a customized program designed to give regional associations in the promotional products industry and their members special access to SAGE's business management products and services.

"We couldn't be more excited to partner with the Promotional Marketing Association of Northern California and provide their members with access to cutting-edge business management solutions for every aspect of their operations," said Jarod Thorndike, Director of Business Development at SAGE. "SAGE tries to go above and beyond for regional associations, and the SAGE Affiliate Program is one way we can show it."

SAGE offers PMANC distributor members a 10% discount on products and services including websites, company stores, and SAGE Total Access subscriptions. The Total Access subscription consists of SAGE Online, the promotional product industry's most popular product research and business management solution; SAGE Web, the browser-based platform to access SAGE products from any device with web access; and SAGE Mobile, the full-featured mobile application for iOS and Android devices.

In addition, all members subscribing to SAGE Total Access will receive a full membership to Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the world's largest not-for-profit association for the more than $23 billion promotional products industry. This is part of the Power of Two program, in which SAGE and PPAI have entered into a strategic alliance to provide the industry with the combined benefits of a PPAI membership and SAGE products and services.

PMANC members who are SAGE subscribers may contact SAGE to learn more about custom offerings, effective as of the next renewal. New association members who add SAGE services can be informed of their options by noting their specific association membership on their application.

To learn more about the SAGE Affiliate Program, visit go.sageworld.com/affiliate.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, project management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association as well as Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC), Canada's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE Show Virtual Exceeds Expectations with Record Attendance
September 25, 2020
SAGE, the promotional products industry's leading technology provider, and Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the not-for-profit trade association for the industry, just wrapped up a successful two-day encore presentation of SAGE Show Virtual...
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SAGE Show Virtual Exceeds Expectations with Record Attendance

SAGE, the promotional products industry's leading technology provider, and Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the not-for-profit trade association for the industry, just wrapped up a successful two-day encore presentation of SAGE Show Virtual, the industry's largest online event to date. More than 5,300 industry professionals attended the show that featured over 200 virtual booths, on-demand education sessions, a product pavilion, and a variety of networking lounges.

The inaugural SAGE Show Virtual experience was held on August 18. Due to overwhelming attendance and extremely high demand, two additional show days were added in September to accommodate. SAGE Show Virtual was powered by SAGE's virtual tradeshow platform, featuring brand-new technology developed by SAGE to create an interactive experience tailored specifically to the promotional products industry.

This revolutionary technology enabled distributors to visit exhibitors' virtual booths, engage in video calls and live chats with suppliers in real-time, and access product pavilions to explore the hottest product trends. Additionally, with 25 networking lounges hosted by regional associations and distributor groups, attendees were able to interact with their peers and gain valuable industry insights.

"It was very exciting to witness the positive impact SAGE Show Virtual had on our industry," said SAGE President David Natinsky, MAS. "We really wanted to go above and beyond to help our industry thrive, especially during such a critical time. This tradeshow allowed attendees to network and discover new, trending products, while maintaining their health and safety at home."

This unprecedented event yielded remarkable results by connecting industry distributors and suppliers from all over the nation virtually with 115,070 booths visited, 81,837 live chats sent, and 1,411 video calls. In addition, there were more than 77,445 products viewed, 63,151 booth materials accessed, and 3,271 lounge visits.

Distributors raved about SAGE Show Virtual's innovative platform, including Rodney Altamore, owner of Custom-T in Florida. "I just have to let you know this is The BEST virtual show format I have attended. The layout of the Lobby and the Show Floor is excellent. Although I miss the in-person show, this has been very informative and helpful. Keep up the excellent work!"

Exhibitors also commented on the virtual show's success, highlighting the overwhelming number of attendees who inquired on their offered products. "Thank you so much for this virtual show, it was great to connect with so many distributors and show off our products," said Mark Jenkins, marketing director at Pioneer Balloon Company. "SAGE obviously invested a lot of time and resources on this show."

The on-demand education sessions, provided by SAGE, PPAI, and suppliers, were offered throughout each day, receiving a total of 6,124 unique session visits. With these professional development sessions, distributors were able to explore cutting-edge technology, improve their sales and marketing skills, and learn more ways to promote the growth of their businesses.

"Thank you to all of the distributors, suppliers, and sponsors who made SAGE Show Virtual possible," added David Natinsky. "We couldn't have done it without you. At such an important time for our industry, SAGE Show Virtual was the perfect opportunity to explore new, trending products, network with industry leaders, and most importantly, re-connect."

For more information about the show, visit www.sageshow.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, project management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association as well as Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC), Canada's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® ANNOUNCES SAGE CONNECT API
June 22, 2020
SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, is excited to announce SAGE Connect™...
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SAGE® ANNOUNCES SAGE CONNECT API

Addison, TX (June 22, 2019) SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, is excited to announce SAGE Connect™, an application programming interface for bi-directional integration with SAGE services.

SAGE Connect was specifically designed to perform direct, real-time integrations within existing website architecture and internal applications. The API uses modern JSON formatted data, secure HTTPS posts, and hosting on redundant servers for optimum performance and availability. These enhancements provide a faster, more streamlined platform with the ability to utilize the most accurate and robust product data in the industry, product inventory, order status, presentations, and more. In advanced implementations or integrations with high activity, SAGE also offers a local caching option instead of retrieving in real time.

SAGE Connect is launching with five service modules: Category List, Theme List, Product Search, Brief Product Detail, and Full Product Detail. Each module uses the same authentication method and general structure, making it easy to incorporate different modules within the API framework as needed. Additional service modules are scheduled to be added soon.

"SAGE Connect is the one-stop-shop for industry integrations," Eric Natinsky, SAGE CEO, commented. "With this new API, tech-savvy customers and partners can build powerful applications both to consume data provided by SAGE and to provide data to the industry through SAGE services. We're proud to be offering this brand-new service to continue to move the industry forward in terms of technology integrations."

Some modules within SAGE Connect are free of charge while others have a per-query fee. For distributors, each SAGE Total Access license includes 100 query credits per month. At the end of each month, the credit amount will be applied to the credits used.

The all-new SAGE Connect API is available now. For more information on integrating SAGE data into your website or other internal application, login to sagemember.com and choose SAGE Connect under Developer Tools in the left navigation.

For more information on SAGE Connect API, please visit https://www.sageworld.com/connect-api.php

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, project management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association as well as Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC), Canada's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE and PPAI Announce SAGE Show Virtual
June 12, 2020
The industry's first interactive, nationwide, virtual trade show experience
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The industry's first interactive, nationwide, virtual trade show experience

Addison, Texas (June 12, 2020) – SAGE®, the promotional products industry's leading technology provider, and Promotional Products Association International (PPAI®), the world's largest not-for-profit association for the industry, have partnered together for SAGE Show Virtual™, the industry's first interactive, virtual trade show experience. This innovative new event will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 from 10:00am to 4:00pm Central Time. All distributors nationwide are invited to attend for free.

For 2020, SAGE Show Virtual will take the place of SAGE's long-running in-person event that was scheduled to be held in August in Irving, Texas.

"We are thrilled to partner with PPAI and provide the industry a new way to learn, grow and connect virtually," said SAGE President David Natinsky, MAS. "The world has obviously changed a lot in the past few months. This new virtual tradeshow experience will allow us to have the closest thing possible to an in-person trade show while maintaining health and safety during this time. We're excited for everyone to join us!"

SAGE Show Virtual will utilize brand new technology from SAGE that creates an interactive experience tailored specifically to the promotional products industry. This revolutionary technology enables distributors to visit virtual booths and discover thousands of promotional products from top industry suppliers. Distributors can also use the live chat platform to connect with exhibitors in real-time. Suppliers will be posting specials that are only available to SAGE Show attendees. Additionally, distributors can access product pavilions to explore the hottest product trends. Networking lounges will allow attendees to mingle, discuss hot topics and catch up with one another.

In addition, SAGE, PPAI and industry suppliers will provide on-demand, professional education sessions dedicated to exploring cutting-edge technology, improving sales and marketing skills, and promoting growth for industry professionals. These educational sessions will be available for CAS and MAS credits.

"During these unprecedented times, our industry is looking for a way to network virtually," said Paul Bellantone, CAE, president and CEO of PPAI. "We are excited to once again team up with SAGE and offer this innovative opportunity to our members."

Exhibitors can easily set up virtual booths, pulling product information directly from the SAGE database. There will be multiple booth options available, so suppliers can choose the booth that best fits their business structure and product line. Sponsorship opportunities are also available to increase visibility during the show.

SAGE Show Virtual is the perfect opportunity to explore new, trending products, network with industry leaders and make lasting connections. For more information, to register to attend or to sign up for exhibit space, visit www.sageshow.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association as well as Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC), Canada's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

About PPAI

Founded in 1903, the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI; ppai.org) is the world's largest and oldest not-for-profit association serving more than 16,000 corporate members of the $24.7 billion-dollar promotional products industry, which is comprised of more than 40,500 businesses and a workforce of more than 533,000 professionals. PPAI represents the industry in Washington, D.C. and advocates on its behalf. PPAI operates The PPAI Expo, the industry's largest trade show; provides the leading promotional products safety and compliance program; offers a prestigious professional development and certification program; and publishes industry trade journals and periodicals. The multibillion-dollar industry includes wearables, writing instruments, calendars, drinkware and many other items, usually imprinted with a company's name, logo or message. For more information, visit PPAI.org.


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SAGE AND PPAI ENTER INTO LONG-TERM EXTENSION OF POWER OF TWO RELATIONSHIP
March 5, 2020
SAGE, the promotional products industry's leading technology provider, and Promotional Products Association International (PPAI®)...
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SAGE AND PPAI ENTER INTO LONG-TERM EXTENSION OF POWER OF TWO RELATIONSHIP

SAGE, the promotional products industry's leading technology provider, and Promotional Products Association International (PPAI®), the world's largest not-for-profit association for the $24.7 billion-dollar promotional products industry, announced today the long-term extension of the Power of Two strategic alliance, delivering one comprehensive association and business management solution to promotional products distributors. The renewal agreement extends the current program so distributors will continue to receive both a PPAI membership and a SAGE Total Access subscription through one low membership price.

"We are pleased to continue this relationship with SAGE as our exclusive technology partner," said Paul Bellantone, CAE, president and CEO of PPAI. "SAGE has provided our members with access to powerful product and supplier research along with many other benefits that continuously help them thrive in the marketplace."

Through this collaboration, all new and renewing PPAI distributor members receive an annual SAGE Total Access subscription. SAGE Total Access provides distributors with access to SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile - SAGE's premier suite featuring product research, project management, SAGE Chat, presentations, CRM, order management, virtual sampling tools, and more.

"The Power of Two alliance provides distributors the membership support they need to advance within the industry," said David Natinsky, MAS, president of SAGE. "We are thrilled to renew our partnership with PPAI so that our customers have access to education and professional development, product safety initiatives, legislative and business saving benefits, and other necessary tools they need to transform into industry leaders."

The extension of this agreement will also allow the SAGE Mobile app to continue as the official tradeshow planner for The PPAI Expo® held in January in Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as for Expo East held in June in Atlantic City, New Jersey. SAGE Mobile empowers attendees to conquer the show floor by giving them the ability to view floor plans, create walk lists, review the show schedule, take notes, pictures, videos, and more as they visit each booth making their post-show follow-up seamless and efficient.

For more information on PPAI's member benefits and savings opportunities, call PPAI at 888-I-AM-PPAI (426-7724) or visit www.ppai.org/join

For questions regarding SAGE services, please call 800-925-7243 (SAGE) or visit www.sageworld.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-for-profit association as well as Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC), Canada's non-for-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

About PPAI

Founded in 1903, the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI; ppai.org) is the world's largest and oldest not-for-profit association serving more than 16,000 corporate members of the $24.7 billion-dollar promotional products industry, which is comprised of more than 40,500 businesses and a workforce of more than 533,000 professionals. PPAI represents the industry in Washington, D.C. and advocates on its behalf. PPAI operates The PPAI Expo, the industry's largest trade show; provides the leading promotional products safety and compliance program; offers a prestigious professional development and certification program; and publishes industry trade journals and periodicals. The multibillion-dollar industry includes wearables, writing instruments, calendars, drinkware and many other items, usually imprinted with a company's name, logo or message. For more information, visit PPAI.org and follow us on Twitter @PPAI_HQ, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.

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SAGE® ANNOUNCES NEW SOFTWARE UPGRADES FOR 2020 AT SAGE CONFERENCE
January 13, 2020
SAGE reveals SAGE Online 16 and other software upgrades to over 900 attendees at SAGE Conference in Las Vegas!
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SAGE® ANNOUNCES NEW SOFTWARE UPGRADES FOR 2020 AT SAGE CONFERENCE

SAGE reveals SAGE Online 16 and other software upgrades to over 900 attendees at SAGE Conference in Las Vegas!

Addison, TX (January 13, 2020) – Today at SAGE Conference, held in Las Vegas in conjunction with The PPAI Expo, SAGE announced several upgrades to existing products and services. Eric Natinsky, SAGE CEO, revealed SAGE Online 16, the latest version of the company's flagship research and business management solution. Other releases included a new, fully-customizable SAGE Website theme and advanced reporting for SAGE Company Stores Premium and Premium Plus.

"We're excited to be releasing so many new enhancements that our customers have requested," Eric Natinsky, SAGE CEO, commented. "We always listen and try to implement as many of their ideas as we can to help them become more efficient, more creative, more productive, and all around more successful."

SAGE Online 16 will feature a refreshed, modern look, with automatic, less intrusive software updates. Ten new email campaign templates will be available, as well as a brand-new Project Management area so distributors can easily view and manage all projects as well as track the status. This addition will also include a client portal where clients can view a project's status, approve proofs, and be notified of any activity associated with a project.

Upgrades to SAGE Online's product search include several new search criteria as well as a new, in-depth product ratings system that combines both supplier and product ratings. This new system enables users to leave product comments. Suppliers also will be able to respond to comments and be notified via email regarding their ratings.

The new SAGE Online 16 will also include a number of new order management features including sales commission reports. SAGE Online 16 is scheduled for a rolling release this March.

Updates to SAGE Web will also be released over the next couple of months, with new features including a multiple category search, drill-down filters for product searches, and SAGE Chat capabilities. SAGE Chat is the industry's first full-featured, real-time instant messaging platform in which users have already sent more than 225,000 chats since its July 2019 release. SAGE Web will also soon receive all of the SAGE Online 16 updates.

For promotional products professionals on the go, SAGE recently released SAGE Mobile 9.0 in November, which features SAGE Chat and a number of new features for use at PPAI Expo this week. In addition, as the official show planner for The PPAI Expo, distributors have complimentary access to the app's expanded set of tradeshow planning features to plan and manage their experience at this week's show.

New to SAGE Websites includes a brand-new analytics and reporting area. This section will enable site administrators to analyze website activity, orders, and product stats for the site. SAGE Websites will also have a new theme that is fully customizable and includes video support and full-width screen content. In addition, users will have the ability to push e-commerce orders to Order Management in SAGE Online.

SAGE Company Store Premium and SAGE Company Store Premium Plus will also feature the updated Reports area, showing site and product statistics. Additionally, SAGE has announced new features for SAGE Company Store Standard, including full-site SSL and a responsive design.

SAGE encourages distributors who are not already SAGE subscribers to take advantage of its complimentary 30-day Total Access subscription. Visit their website to get started with SAGE Total Access, which includes SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association as well as Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC), Canada's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® RELEASES SAGE MOBILE 9.0
November 25, 2019
The industry's most popular mobile app has been upgraded to the newest version, SAGE Mobile 9.0.
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SAGE® RELEASES SAGE MOBILE 9.0

The industry's most popular mobile app has been upgraded to the newest version, SAGE Mobile 9.0. The app now features SAGE Chat, a full-featured, real-time chat platform, as well as other enhancements to the tradeshow planner just in time for The PPAI Expo in January 2020.

Addison, Texas (November 25, 2019) – SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, announces the release of a new version of SAGE Mobile. The app, available for iOS and Android devices, allows industry distributors easy access to all their critical research and business management operations while on the go. The updated version also includes SAGE Chat, enabling Total Access customers to quickly and effectively chat with team members or suppliers. In addition, as the official show planner for The PPAI Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 12-16, 2020, distributors have complimentary access to the app's expanded set of tradeshow planning features to plan and manage their experience at the show.

"We all rely on our phones when out of the office or travelling for work. That's why we have created a useful app that helps our customers do everything that they need to right from their phone, seamlessly integrating with their desktop experiences," said SAGE President, David Natinsky, MAS. "Whether you need to perform an advanced product search while on the go, or manage your experience at The PPAI Expo, SAGE Mobile will get it done for you."

Some of the new features in the SAGE Mobile 9.0 release include:

  • Easily access the new SAGE Chat, allowing subscribers to chat via instant messenger with their teams, suppliers, and website visitors
  • Receive real-time answers to any questions or inquiries about The PPAI Expo instantly via the Live Help feature
  • Watch The PPAI Expo video content in the new Videos section
  • View all the 2020 PPAI Award Winners

SAGE Mobile 9.0 is available now. Current SAGE Total Access subscribers can download SAGE Mobile for free from the Apple App Store, Google Play, or the Amazon App Store. For users who have automatic app updates turned on, the update will download automatically.

Distributors who are not current SAGE Total Access subscribers but are attending The PPAI Expo can access the tradeshow planning area of SAGE Mobile for free by visiting www.go.sageworld.com/planexpo. To receive full access to SAGE Mobile, tap the "Start a Free Trial" button on the homepage of SAGE Mobile.

For distributors not attending The PPAI Expo, contact SAGE today for a complimentary 30-day subscription of SAGE Total Access, which includes the full version of SAGE Mobile 9.0.

For more information on SAGE Mobile, visit www.sageworld.com/sagemobile.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association as well as Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC), Canada's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® ANNOUNCES 2020 SUPPLIER RATING AWARD WINNERS
November 12, 2019
SAGE presents rating awards to 1,349 suppliers based on distributor ratings from SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile.
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SAGE® ANNOUNCES 2020 SUPPLIER RATING AWARD WINNERS

SAGE presents rating awards to 1,349 suppliers based on distributor ratings from SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile.

Addison, TX (November 12, 2019) – SAGE announces its 2020 supplier rating award winners. Each year, SAGE presents industry suppliers with A+ and A rating awards based on distributor ratings collected in SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile, the industry's most popular product research and business management solution.

This year, 1,067 suppliers received the top A+ rating, while another 282 suppliers received an A rating. A total of 32 percent of all active suppliers in the SAGE database received an award this year. As part of the Power of Two relationship between SAGE and PPAI, suppliers with SAGE ratings are also considered for eligibility in the industry's annual PPAI Pyramid Supplier Star Awards Competition.

"Each year, we recognize our award-winning suppliers for setting the standard of quality and integrity in the promotional products industry," said SAGE President David Natinsky, MAS. "We are proud to offer this award, which is a testament to each supplier's dedication to customer service and product safety."

Awards are based solely on the distributor rating system that is part of SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile. The SAGE rating system is widely known within the industry for providing the most accurate and reliable supplier ratings.

Distributors can rate suppliers at any time through the SAGE suite or via a "Rate us now" link provided by suppliers. They can only rate each supplier once, however, they may update their ratings at any time, providing the most accurate representation of their experiences with each supplier. Rating awards are given each year based on the aggregate of distributor ratings and suppliers with an A+ or A aggregate rating are given an award.

Distributors using SAGE's industry-leading research and business management tools can make more informed decisions about suppliers by accessing suppliers' current, real-time ratings, including peer distributor comments as well as full award information, including any additional industry awards, for each supplier.

Supplier award winners will have access to a variety of marketing collateral to promote their A+ or A rated status, including logos for their catalogs, websites, and email signatures. For more information, suppliers should contact their SAGE account executive at 800.925.7243.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association as well as Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC), Canada's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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Live Chat Now Available on SAGE Websites
October 31, 2019
SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, is now offering live chat capabilities on its distributor and supplier website services.
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Live Chat Now Available on SAGE Websites

Addison, Texas (October 31, 2019) – SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, is now offering live chat capabilities on its distributor and supplier website services. The Live Chat website feature is powered by SAGE Chat, the industry's first full-featured, real-time chat platform that has taken the industry by storm since it released earlier this year.

With Live Chat, distributors and suppliers can now connect directly with clients and prospects through their SAGE Website, answering inquiries quickly and efficiently, while offering a better overall customer experience. Live Chat is now available and can be added to SAGE Company Store Premium, SAGE Company Store Premium Plus, SAGE Website Professional, and SAGE Website Professional Plus, all with a click of a button in the website settings area of www.sagemember.com.

"For clients and prospects, one of the key benefits of this live chat module is customer engagement. Promotional products professionals who can provide easy, live sales assistance to web visitors are substantially more likely to keep the customer on their site and ultimately make the sale," said SAGE President, David Natinsky, MAS. "Live Chat is quickly becoming a must-have for an effective web-presence. That's why we're so pleased to be able to offer this easy, turn-key solution as part of our website offerings."

SAGE Chat easily enables the administrator to manage inbound calls from Live Chat, including multiple chats at the same time for easy multi-tasking. Call groups can be configured to select who should be notified when an inbound Live Chat request is initiated. The live chat system also allows users to configure availability windows, setup automatic reply messages, direct web visitors to other contact methods when not available, and much more.

Live Chat capabilities are available at no additional cost for SAGE Website subscribers. For distributors and suppliers who do not have a website subscription, SAGE encourages them to contact their account executive for a demo of all SAGE Website offerings. For more information on the SAGE Websites Live Chat feature, visit goto.sageworld.com/LIVE_CHAT, or contact SAGE at 800.925.7243 or sales@sageworld.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association, as well as Promotional Products Professionals of Canada (PPPC), Canada's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE SHOW 2019: One for the Books
September 6, 2019
With nearly 1,000 professionals in attendance, SAGE Show 2019 demonstrated the continued growth of the promotional products industry in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
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SAGE SHOW 2019: One for the Books

Addison, Texas (September 6, 2019) – SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, just wrapped up its annual promotional products tradeshow. In addition to distributors, SAGE Show also welcomed over 200 invited clients to the largest end-buyer-friendly show in the area.

SAGE Show 2019 featured a multi-faceted, full-day event devoted to relationship building, education, and networking. SAGE and PPAI joined forces to provide professional education sessions throughout the day, dedicated to exploring cutting-edge technology, improving sales and marketing skills, and promoting growth for promotional products businesses.

New and returning distributors and end buyers had the chance to explore over 250 top supplier lines, featuring the latest and most popular promotional items, including wearables, writing instruments, drinkware, sports goods, and so much more.

"Thank you to all of the distributors, suppliers, and sponsors who made SAGE Show 2019 possible," said David Natinsky, MAS, SAGE President. "The show was a huge hit and exceeded our expectations."

Attendees also were able to pick up their badges and navigate the show floor via SAGE Mobile, an innovative tradeshow app that makes it easier to plan ahead and quickly access details about the event, making the day effortless.

"We are already looking forward to delivering another amazing experience for SAGE Show 2020."

About SAGE Show

SAGE Show is an annual promotional products trade show and conference held in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. From year to year, SAGE Show continues to define product inspiration and educational material, providing insight for the future of the industry. The one-day event features professional education hosted by SAGE and PPAI, and exhibits focused on networking, exploring latest industry trends, and discovering new products. SAGE Show is free to all qualified distributors, including their sales teams and their clients. For more information on SAGE Show visit www.sageshow.com

About SAGE Event Services

SAGE has modernized the traditional processes associated with event management with SAGE Event Services (SES). SES services include online and on-site event registration, complimentary lead retrieval for all exhibitors using SAGE's industry-leading ShowLink technology, venue sourcing, attendee mobile event app technology, as well as management booth and sponsorship sales. SES also provides digital and print marketing, graphic design, and printing services. From the first email invitation to the post-show data report, SES provides the premier event management service in the promotional products industry. For more information about SAGE Event Services visit www.sageworld.com/association/sage-event-services.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Releases SAGE Chat
July 8, 2019
SAGE announces the release of SAGE Chat, the industry's first full-featured, real-time chat platform. SAGE Chat allows subscribers to easily chat via instant messenger.
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SAGE® Releases SAGE Chat

Addison, Texas (July 8, 2019) – SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, announces the release of SAGE Chat, the industry's first full-featured, real-time chat platform. SAGE Chat allows subscribers to easily chat via instant messenger with their teams, their customers, and website visitors. SAGE Chat is available at no additional cost for distributors as part of their Total Access subscription and for suppliers with an Advantage Membership.

SAGE Chat features include:

  • Pre-loaded contact lists within your organization
  • Product research assistance from SAGE
  • The ability to send SAGE product searches, presentations, pictures, and other files
  • The ability to set business hours, configure automatic replies, and the capability to switch to Do Not Disturb Mode
  • Manage multiple chats in one window
  • Customize quick reply buttons with commonly used phrases for a faster response time
  • Receive pop-up alerts with a quick reply box
  • Copy, save, or email chat transcripts
  • Include emoticons, hyperlinks, and more!

"We are always looking for new ways to alleviate common pain points and make daily processes easier for our customers. We've designed SAGE Chat to work specifically with features in SAGE Online and SAGE Websites so you can communicate with your team, customers, and website visitors all in one place," said SAGE President, David Natinsky, MAS. "It's easier to keep track of your conversations, answer questions faster, and ultimately help you be more productive in your day-to-day tasks."

SAGE Chat is available in SAGE Online 15 now and will replace SAGEim. The chat platform will power the upcoming Live Chat feature on SAGE Websites, and will also be available in SAGE Mobile later this year. Current distributor SAGE Total Access subscribers will be prompted to update to the latest version of SAGE Online 15 upon logging in to receive the SAGE Chat installation.

SAGE supplier Advantage Members will be prompted to install the update when logging into the SAGE Supplier Center. For Advantage Members that do not have access to the SAGE Supplier Center, SAGE Chat is also available to download in sagemember.com.

For more information on SAGE Chat, distributors can visit www.sageworld.com/sage-chat.php. SAGE encourages distributors who are not already SAGE subscribers to take advantage of its complimentary 30-day Total Access subscription. Visit their website to get started with SAGE Total Access, which includes SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile.

SAGE Chat is available for all SAGE Advantage Members at no additional cost. For more information or to get started, suppliers are encouraged to contact their SAGE account executive, visit www.sageworld.com/supplier/sage-chat.php, or contact SAGE at 800.925.7243 or sales@sageworld.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology partner of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) and of Promotional Product Professionals of Canada (PPPC). For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800-925-7243.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Online 15
March 29, 2019
SAGE Online 15 contains over 200 new features and enhancements, including improvements to product research, order management, discussion groups, and more.
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SAGE® Announces SAGE Online 15

Addison, TX (March 29, 2019) – SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, is pleased to announce the official launch of SAGE Online 15. The latest version of their flagship solution includes hundreds of new user-driven additions, designed to streamline workday efficiency.

"We're proud to be releasing so many new features and enhancements to SAGE Online, many of which were suggested by our customers," Eric Natinsky, SAGE CEO, commented. "We always listen to our customers and try to implement as many of their ideas as we can to help them become more efficient, more creative, more productive, and all around more successful. I am proud of the work we've done to take customer feedback and turn it into all of these new products and features I know our customers are really going to enjoy using."

SAGE Online has over 200 new features and enhancements, including a new drill-down option for product search results. This drill-down option will allow users to further filter their search results by relevant categories.

Also new to the product research area, the new "color sense" search enhancement feature will automatically display products of a certain color when that color is used as a search criterion. Additionally, similar products will be showcased at the bottom of each product detail page within a search to further assist with the selection process.

Another enhancement to product searches in SAGE Online 15 is the new "Add to Site" feature which will allow distributors to add a product to a showroom on their SAGE Website or SAGE Company Store directly from any given product search.

SAGE also announced refreshed product search results and detail pages. The new modern layout allows for ease-of-use and a more efficient searching experience. As part of the refresh, product options are now displayed in an easy-to-read grid format.

Upgrades to SAGE Online's Order Management include a refreshed order dashboard with daily and monthly order statistics, the ability to flag orders and set follow-up dates, an option to quickly "peek" into an order without opening it, the option to add thumbnail images of products to order forms, and easy-to-use filter tabs to quickly reference what you're looking for. Users can also easily export documents to CSV/Excel in addition to the existing QuickBooks Desktop, QuickBooks Online and XML export options.

SAGE Online 15 is available now. Subscribers will receive an "update available" prompt upon logging into SAGE Online as soon as the new version is available to them. There is no additional charge for the upgrade.

SAGE encourages distributors who are not already SAGE subscribers to take advantage of its complimentary 30-day Total Access subscription. Visit their website to get started with SAGE Total Access, which includes SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology partner of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) and of Promotional Product Professionals of Canada (PPPC). For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800-925-7243.

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SAGE® Announces New Products and Updates for 2019 at SAGE Conference
January 14, 2019
SAGE reveals SAGE Online 15, SAGE Web 3.5, and more to over 900 attendees at SAGE Conference in Las Vegas!
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SAGE® Announces New Products and Updates for 2019 at SAGE Conference

Addison, Texas (January 14, 2019) – Today at SAGE Conference, held in Las Vegas in conjunction with The PPAI Expo, SAGE announced several new product releases and updates to their products and services. Eric Natinsky, SAGE CEO, revealed SAGE Online 15, the latest version of the company's flagship research and business management solution, and SAGE Web 3.5, the latest version of SAGE's web-based platform. Other releases included new features and capabilities for SAGE Websites, an advanced, end-buyer ecommerce website, SAGE Company Store Premium, and SAGE Chat, an all-new chat platform for the industry.

"We're proud to be releasing so many new features and enhancements to multiple platforms at one time, many of which were suggested by our customers," Eric Natinsky, SAGE CEO, commented. "We are pleased to continue to upgrade our products, all while keeping our offerings affordable and user-friendly."

SAGE Total Access will include over 200 new features and enhancements, including a new drill-down option for product search results in both SAGE Online 15 and SAGE Web 3.5. This drill-down option will allow users to further filter their search results by relevant categories. The new "color sense" search enhancement feature will automatically display products of a certain color when that color is used as a search criterion. Additionally, similar products will be showcased at the bottom of each product detail page within a search to further assist with the selection process.

Other enhancements to product searches in SAGE Online 15 include a new "Add to Site" feature which will allow distributors to add a product to their SAGE Website or SAGE Company Store directly from any given product search.

SAGE also announced a refreshed product search results and detail pages. The new modern layout allows for ease-of-use and a more efficient searching experience.

Upgrades to SAGE Online's Order Management include a refreshed order dashboard, the ability to highlight and flag orders, an option to quickly "peek" into an order without opening it, the option to add thumbnail images of products to order forms, and easy-to-use filter tabs to quickly reference what you're looking for. SAGE Online 15 is scheduled for a rolling release this February.

Also, scheduled to release this month is SAGE Web 3.5, bringing major new features and enhancements. One of the biggest additions in SAGE Web 3.5 is the ability to use the SAGE Print Studio to create custom catalogs in both virtual and print formats.

In addition, SAGE Web users will soon be able to send email campaigns, which will create even more opportunities to connect customers with featured promotional products. The email campaign feature in SAGE Web 3.5 will also allow distributors to track their success rates with real-time reporting.

Also, arriving in March are brand new interactive features for SAGE Websites. Those with SAGE Website Professional and SAGE Website Professional Plus will now be able to upgrade their customer service and respond faster to potential customers with the new Live Chat feature using SAGE Chat for a streamlined line of communication. The Live Chat feature will include a full feature-set, including the ability to set business hours, configure automatic replies, and multi-task among several sessions at the same time.

SAGE also announced new homepage customization and styling options, including the addition of SAGE Signature Collections, which will showcase popular products from across the industry. SAGE Signature Collections will come with the option for a lifestyle vs. carousel design theme, and products will change monthly to keep distributor websites fresh and continuously updated.

Another new feature for SAGE Website Professional and SAGE Website Professional Plus owners is "Welcome Alerts", which are pop-up message boxes that will appear once a visitor arrives to the website. These welcome alerts can be used to announce sales on items, offer discounts, or provide a place for a customer to provide their contact information. Plus, SAGE Websites will now include SAGE's new "color sense" search enhancement feature, a drill-down option to allow users to further filter their search results by relevant categories, and similar products that they may be interested in.

SAGE also announced SAGE Company Store Premium, which will allow promotional product distributors to sell products online through completely customizable professional stores, create an unlimited number of custom pages, manage inventory levels with real-time alerts, create packing slips and shipping labels, and see advanced statistics and reports for each store. In addition, end-buyer customers will be able to rate products and leave product reviews in SAGE Company Store Premium, allowing for enhanced SEO.

Additionally, SAGE has announced new features for SAGE Company Store Standard, including full-site SSL, responsive design, and the ability to print packing slips and shipping labels.

SAGE is also pleased to announce SAGE Chat, the replacement for the previous SAGEim platform. SAGE Chat will feature an all-new look, new features, and can be used to easily facilitate conversations internally within individual companies, between distributors and suppliers regarding product questions, and with other industry distributors. SAGE Chat will also integrate with Live Chat on SAGE Websites to provide a line of communication between end-buyers and distributors. SAGE Chat is scheduled to release in March of this year.

Eric Natinsky added, "We always listen to our customers and try to implement as many of their ideas as we can to help them become more efficient, more creative, more productive, and all around more successful. I am proud of the work we've done to take customer feedback and turn it into all of these new products and features I know our customers are really going to enjoy using."

SAGE encourages distributors who are not already SAGE subscribers to take advantage of its complimentary 30-day Total Access subscription. Visit their website to get started with SAGE Total Access, which includes SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology partner of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) and of Promotional Product Professionals of Canada (PPPC). For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800-925-7243.

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SAGE® Releases SAGE Mobile 8.0
December 14, 2018
The industry's most popular mobile app now includes the new decorator search module along with new product search fields, the ability to add logos to CRM, and significant upgrades to the tradeshow planner just in time for The PPAI Expo.
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SAGE Releases SAGE Mobile 8.0

Addison, Texas (December 14, 2018) – SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, announces the release of a new version of SAGE Mobile. The app, available for iOS and Android devices, allows industry distributors easy access to all their critical research and business management operations while on the go. In addition, as the official show planner for The PPAI Expo, to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 13-17, 2019, distributors have complimentary access to the app's expanded set of tradeshow planning features to plan and manage their experience at the show.

Some of the new features in the SAGE Mobile 8.0 release include:

  • Perform advanced searches using the 54 newly-added product search criteria, which now makes SAGE Mobile's product research as robust as SAGE's desktop services, SAGE Online and SAGE Web
  • Search for decorators using the new decorator search area, allowing users to search for embroiderers, screen printers, engravers, and other special decorators
  • Add clients' logos to their contact profile in the CRM module, allowing for quick and easy cross-functionality in the Virtual Design Studio, Order Management module, and more
  • Easily access tradeshow registration barcodes in the app for expedited badge pick-up at The PPAI Expo and any industry show where SAGE Event Services is available
  • Quickly access nearby exhibitors while walking the trade show floor at PPAI Expo through enhanced location technology
  • Take advantage of suggested trade show walk lists based on search history, preferred suppliers, and other preferences
  • Share walk lists with other users with editing privileges enabled or disabled

"We've all become accustomed to having access to anything that we need right on our phones. That's why we continue to invest in our mobile app. We want to make sure that our customers can do everything that they need to right from their phone, seamlessly integrating with their desktop experiences," said SAGE President, David Natinsky, MAS. "Whether you need to perform an advanced product search while on the go, or manage your journey at the PPAI Expo, SAGE Mobile will get it done for you."

SAGE Mobile 8.0 is available now. Current SAGE Total Access subscribers can download SAGE Mobile for free from the Apple App Store, Google Play, or the Amazon App Store. For users who have automatic app updates turned on, the update will download automatically.

Distributors who are not current SAGE Total Access subscribers but are attending The PPAI Expo can access the tradeshow planning area of SAGE Mobile for free by visiting www.go.sageworld.com/planexpo. To receive full access to SAGE Mobile, tap the "Start a Free Trial" button on the homepage of SAGE Mobile.

For distributors not attending The PPAI Expo, contact SAGE today for a complimentary 30-day subscription of SAGE Total Access, which includes the full version of SAGE Mobile.

For more information on SAGE Mobile, visit www.sageworld.com/sagemobile.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology partner of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) and of Promotional Product Professionals of Canada (PPPC). For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800-925-7243.

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SAGE® Announces 2019 Supplier Rating Award Winners
October 18, 2018
SAGE presents rating awards to 1,374 suppliers based on distributor ratings from SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile.
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SAGE presents rating awards to 1,374 suppliers based on distributor ratings from SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile.

Addison, Texas (October 18, 2018) – SAGE announces its 2019 supplier rating award winners. Each year, SAGE presents industry suppliers with A+ and A rating awards based on distributor ratings collected in SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile, the industry's most popular product research and business management solution.

This year, 1049 suppliers received the top A+ rating, while another 325 suppliers received an A rating. A total of 34 percent of all active suppliers in the SAGE database received an award this year. As part of the Power of Two relationship between SAGE and PPAI, suppliers with SAGE ratings are also considered for eligibility in the industry's annual PPAI Pyramid Supplier Star Awards Competition.

"We treat our Supplier Rating Awards with the utmost respect because they are a testament to each supplier's dedication to product safety and customer service," said SAGE President, David Natinsky, MAS. "This is why we're so proud to recognize our award-winning suppliers for setting the standard of quality and integrity in the promotional products industry."

Awards are based solely on the distributor rating system that is part of SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile. The SAGE rating system is widely known within the industry for providing the most accurate and reliable supplier ratings.

Distributors can rate suppliers at any time through the SAGE suite or via a "Rate us now" link provided by suppliers. They can only rate each supplier once, however, they may update their ratings at any time, providing the most accurate representation of their experiences with each supplier. Rating awards are given each year based on the aggregate of distributor ratings and suppliers with an A+ or A aggregate rating are given an award.

Distributors using SAGE's industry-leading research and business management tools can make more informed decisions about suppliers by accessing suppliers' current, real-time ratings, including peer distributor comments as well as full award information, including any additional industry awards, for each supplier.

Supplier award winners will have access to a variety of marketing collateral to promote their A+ or A rated status, including logos for their catalogs, websites, and email signatures. For more information, suppliers should contact their SAGE account executive at 800.925.7243.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology partner of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) and of Promotional Product Professionals of Canada (PPPC). For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800-925-7243.

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SAGE SHOW 2018 A Show Stopping Success
September 10, 2018
With over a thousand industry professionals in attendance, SAGE Show 2018 demonstrated the continued growth of the promotional products industry in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
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SAGE SHOW 2018 A Show Stopping Success

Addison, Texas (September 10, 2018) – SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, just wrapped up its annual promotional products tradeshow. In addition to distributors, SAGE Show also welcomed over 300 invited clients to the largest end-buyer-friendly show in the area.

SAGE Show 2018 featured a multi-faceted, full-day event devoted to relationship building, education, and networking. SAGE and PPAI joined forces to provide professional education sessions throughout the day, dedicated to exploring cutting edge technology, improving sales and marketing skills, and promoting growth for promotional products businesses.

New and returning distributors and end buyers had the chance to explore over 250 top supplier lines, featuring the latest and most popular promotional items, including wearables, writing instruments, drinkware, sports goods, and much more.

"It's extremely rewarding and exciting to bring our industry together each year for SAGE Show," said Eric Natinsky, SAGE CEO. "The open dialogue and positive feedback that we receive each year inspires us to continue delivering the best experiences for promotional products professionals."

SAGE Show 2018 also featured the debut of new SAGE Mobile technology, which allowed distributors to easily pick up their badge and navigate the show floor. Using SAGE's brand new, proprietary SAGE Positioning System, SAGE Mobile users were able to pick up their badges by simply opening SAGE Mobile and walking up to a kiosk, replacing the days of having to bring printed barcodes to a show or fumbling through emails. Then, once on the show floor, the new technology tracked the attendees' journey by showing the familiar "you are here" blue dot on the floor plan. SAGE Mobile now also automatically identifies nearby booths and shows them in a convenient panel at the top of the exhibitor list, making it simple for attendees to take notes, pictures, and videos while in each booth.

Natinsky continued, "This new technology we've built is the first of its kind not only in our industry, but in the trade show industry as a whole. Along with all of the other features in our SAGE Mobile app and SAGE ShowLink lead retrieval app, we're putting the promotional products industry at the forefront of trade show technology, making trade shows more productive for both the attendees and the exhibitors. We're excited to bring this technology to all of the other shows that are managed by SAGE Event Services."

"SAGE Show surpassed our expectations this year. We want to thank all the distributors, suppliers and sponsors that made SAGE Show 2018 possible," said David Natinsky, MAS, SAGE President. "And we are already looking forward to delivering another amazing experience for SAGE Show 2019."

About SAGE Show

SAGE Show is an annual promotional products trade show and conference held in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. From year to year, SAGE Show continues to define product inspiration and educational material, providing insight for the future of the industry. The one-day event features professional education hosted by SAGE and PPAI, and exhibits focused on networking, exploring latest industry trends, and discovering new products. SAGE Show is free to all qualified distributors, including their sales teams and their clients. For more information on SAGE Show 2019, taking place Thursday, August 29 visit www.sageshow.com.

About SAGE Event Services

SAGE has modernized the traditional processes associated with event management with SAGE Event Services (SES). SES services include online and on-site event registration, complimentary lead retrieval for all exhibitors using SAGE's industry-leading ShowLink technology, venue sourcing, attendee mobile event app technology, as well as management booth and sponsorship sales. SES also provides digital and print marketing, graphic design, and printing services. From the first email invitation to the post-show data report, SES provides the premier even management service in the promotional products industry. For more information about SAGE Event Services visit www.sageworld.com/association/sage-event-services.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology partner of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) and of Promotional Product Professionals of Canada (PPPC). For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800-925-7243.

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SAGE® Announces Prop 65 Product Compliance Across All SAGE Services
August 6, 2018
All distributor-facing end-buyer-facing services now support the new Prop 65 warning label requirements.
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SAGE® Announces Prop 65 Product Compliance Across All SAGE Services

Addison, Texas (August 6, 2018) – SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, is pleased to announce that all distributor-facing and end-buyer-facing services now support the new requirements for California's Prop 65, which requires businesses to provide warnings about exposures to harmful chemicals that may cause cancer, birth defects, or reproductive harm.

Suppliers can now update their products with safe-harbor language for warning labels and provide documentation that proves their products were made with safe materials. Any products that fail to comply with the new Prop 65 regulations can result in a fine of up to $2,500 per day to the product's supplier. Following the regulations of Prop 65 will also protect distributors against violations when selling to end-buyers.

"With the ability to make product listings in our database Prop 65 compliant, suppliers and distributors are not only lawfully protected from any retribution, but end-buyers in California will be fully equipped with the knowledge of what goes into making their products." said Eric Natinsky, SAGE CEO. "Having these new disclosures in our system will help to solidify the integrity of distributors in the industry and ensure transparency to those purchasing and using promotional products."

Across SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile, a triangle warning symbol and label will appear directly below the product image. Suppliers can use one of the standard Prop-65 compliant warnings or customize the warning as needed.

Suppliers who wish to test their products for harmful chemicals should consult with a certified toxicologist to review the products and determine if an exposure that exceeds safe harbor limits exists. Whether products are proven safe or if they are Prop 65-compliant, suppliers will need to update their products through the SAGE Supplier Center. Distributors will be able to discern if a product is Prop 65-compliant by the warning label beneath the product image, or by viewing the status in the "Product Compliance" field under the "Additional" information tab in SAGE Online. Also, on the Additional information tab, distributors will be able to view the supplier's Prop 65 documentation.

"We are so happy to hear SAGE is putting in their resources and efforts to ensure suppliers are able to notify distributors of the new Prop 65 requirements," said Sharon Willochell, President, PCNA Apparel. "The upcoming changes will significantly impact our entire industry. There are many steps every supplier and distributor should take to protect their company from Prop 65 violations. Although there is no one-size-fits-all approach to product compliance, especially with Prop 65, there are some fundamental steps that every business should seriously consider when managing their risk. It's helpful to know we can use SAGE to help us spread the word."

David Natinsky, MAS, SAGE President said, "The changes to Prop 65 are going to affect our entire industry and it's extremely important that, as the leading service provider, we continue to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to product safety requirements within the SAGE database. We have been working diligently alongside PPAI to prepare for the upcoming Prop 65 changes since the moment they were announced."

The chemicals on the Prop 65 list consist of a wide range of naturally occurring and synthetic chemicals that include additives or ingredients in pesticides, common household products, food, drugs, dyes, or solvents. The leading promotional product categories that are the most cited for violations are food and beverage, plumbing/HVAC, healthcare, personal accessories, clothing, tools and hand equipment, and sports equipment. Prop 65 is enforceable by district attorneys, city attorneys, or any individual acting in the public interest, and as such, many lawsuits and violations have been filed by private citizens and city officials alike. Over 90% of violations issued were for products containing heavy metals and phthalates.

"California Prop 65 will continue to be a challenge for both suppliers and distributors in our industry," said Anne Stone, PPAI's director of public affairs. "The looming changes to Prop 65 affect the language and design of the warning label and the timing of the warning. It is imperative that suppliers and distributors alike review their e-commerce platforms and ensure they are prepared to warn California customers prior to purchase. The on-product warnings must also continue to be applied."

Prop 65 was first introduced in November 1986, so Californians could make informed decisions about their exposure to certain harmful chemicals. The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) regulates and maintains the official list of substances deemed by the state as having a 1 in 100,000 chance of causing cancer over a 70-year period, or birth defects, or other reproductive harm. The law prohibits the contamination of drinking water sources through the hazardous disposal of any listed materials, and requires manufacturers to provide a clear and reasonable warning on all products containing or exposed to the substances listed. As of August 31, 2018, this warning must be made available prior to a purchase, either by catalog or website, for any products containing such chemicals.

For specific questions on how new Prop 65 regulations will be administered, you can contact the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment at P65.Questions@oehha.ca.gov or by calling 916.445.6900.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology partner of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) and of Promotional Product Professionals of Canada (PPPC). For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800-925-7243.

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SAGE'S Supplier Direct Connect Reaches Over 70 Supplier Participants
July 31, 2018
Through SAGE's Supplier Direct Connect, suppliers can sync their back-end systems with the SAGE database, giving all PPAI distributor members and SAGE users the real-time data they need to be efficient.
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SAGE'S Supplier Direct Connect Reaches Over 70 Supplier Participants

Addison, Texas (July 31, 2018) – SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, is pleased to announce that Supplier Direct Connect has reached over 70 supplier participants. Supported by the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) through the Power of Two alliance, SAGE's Supplier Direct Connect helps improve business communication between suppliers and more than 15,500 PPAI distributor members. As the complete application programming interface (API) for industry professionals, the Supplier Direct Connect is the only industry integration that enables suppliers to exchange data in real-time with all PPAI distributor members through the SAGE network with a single integration.

Supplier benefits:

  • Update product information and pricing in real-time 24/7/365.
  • Show up-to-date inventory status by attribute such as size, color, by feature or by warehouse location.
  • Provide distributors with instant order status information from order inception to completion, including carrier shipped and tracking numbers.
  • Transfer orders placed through the SAGE network for electronic entry into back-end systems, eliminating the need for the supplier to rekey the order.
  • Obtain a list of customers requesting order status information.
  • Leverage the SAGE database to verify distributors contact information.

Distributor benefits:

  • Distributors have instant access to real-time data from suppliers using Supplier Direct Connect via SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile.
  • Streamlined communication between distributors and suppliers on the most frequently asked customer-service-related questions.
  • Real-time data from suppliers will populate on distributors' SAGE website.
  • Access up-to-date product inventory, pricing and data.
  • Access order status instantly.
  • and more...

"As PPAI Board Chair, it is great to see the industry embracing the importance of integration which is delivering great value to distributors and suppliers alike." said Dale Denham, MAS+, PPAI Board Chair. "SAGE Direct Connect allows suppliers to provide information to the thousands of SAGE users with a single integration."

Suppliers push information to the SAGE service using standard HTTPS POST commands and JSON-formatted packets. This modern, secure API framework allows suppliers to rapidly develop and deploy integrations with SAGE without worrying about hosting services, opening up firewalls, granting credentials, or other hassles. Once a supplier has the data out of their back-end system in a usable format, it's a quick process to update valuable information in real-time.

The aggregate data SAGE receives from all the supplier updates powers SAGE Online, SAGE Web and SAGE Mobile, which 45,000 distributor users access on a daily basis to research products and place orders. It also supplies end-user-safe information to over 8,000 distributor websites, allowing online visitors to browse through current product data.

Since its launch in 2013, SAGE's Supplier Direct Connect (formerly the Supplier Integration Toolkit) has proven to be a successful aid in helping suppliers provide up-to-date information to distributor users. At this moment, over 70 suppliers have already taken advantage of the benefits it has to offer or are currently in the process of integrating their back-end systems with SAGE.

"SAGE's Supplier Direct Connect is truly a solution that benefits the entire industry," said Scott Denny, Vice President of Sales at Garyline. "Not only are we able to push timely information to our distributor customers, but we also receive invaluable feedback from them on the performance of our business. With Supplier Direct Connect, SAGE has really opened the lines of communication for promotional products professionals."

Chris Manfredini, Mavich Branding Group CEO, said, "As a business owner, I depend on timely transactional information, like order status updates you would get from Amazon or other large online retailers. I'm extremely impressed with the level of insight we get with SAGE. From up-to-date product inventory information to real-time order updates, running our business has never been as efficient as it is now."

"We're proud to work with PPAI on yet another important service that can streamline the symbiotic relationship between industry suppliers and distributors," said David Natinsky, MAS, SAGE President. "Seeing how the positive impact of the Power of Two alliance has transformed the industry, we're inspired to continue delivering faster and more efficient ways for promotional products professionals to manage their businesses."

Bob McLean , CAE, PPAI Executive Vice President commented, "Our partnership with SAGE continuously brings significant benefits to our members and provides leading-edge business management solutions for supplier and distributors to excel in the industry and better serve their clients and customers. In today's competitive marketplace, real-time inventory, pricing, and data analysis tools are critical to our members' success and SAGE's Supplier Direct Connect provides that."

Supplier Direct Connect is available for all SAGE Advantage Members at no additional cost. For more information, or to get started, suppliers are encouraged to contact their SAGE account executive, visit go.sageworld.com/SITK, or contact SAGE at 800.925.7243 or sales@sageworld.com.

About PPAI

Founded in 1903, the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI; ppai.org) is the world's largest and oldest not-for-profit association serving more than 15,500 corporate members of the $23.3 billion promotional products industry which is comprised of more than 40,500 businesses and a workforce of more than 500,000 professionals. PPAI represents the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocates on its behalf. PPAI operates The PPAI Expo, the industry's largest trade show; provides the leading promotional products safety and compliance program, a prestigious professional development and certification program; and publishes industry trade journals and publications. The multibillion-dollar industry includes wearables, writing instruments, calendars, drinkware and many other items, usually imprinted with a company's name, logo or message. For more information, visit PPAI.org and find us on Twitter @PPAI_HQ, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology partner of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) and of Promotional Product Professionals of Canada (PPPC). For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800-925-7243.

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PPPC, SAGE and PPAI Announce Strategic Relationship
June 11, 2018
SAGE Total Access subscription and PPAI membership - now both PPPC member benefits
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PPPC, SAGE and PPAI Announce Strategic Relationship

Montreal, QC; Addison, TX; and Irving, TX (June 11, 2018) – Promotional Product Professionals of Canada (PPPC), the not-for-profit association for the Canadian promotional products industry, SAGE®, the industry's leading technology provider, and Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's largest not-for-profit association, announced today a strategic relationship to deliver one comprehensive membership solution to promotional products distributors and suppliers in the Canadian marketplace.

PPPC is the leading not-for-profit organization for the Canadian promotional products industry with the most comprehensive offering of networking and professional development. With PPPC's strategic relationship between SAGE and PPAI, their members will receive the industry's leading technology solutions, trade show opportunities, as well as education, networking opportunities, business savings benefits, and legislative initiatives.

"We've spent the last number of months listening to our members and hearing exactly what they were asking for," says Heidi Reimer-Epp, chair of the board of directors for PPPC. "From there, we formulated our three goals for this year: providing our members with proven technology solutions, enhancing the value of our membership, and hosting tradeshows that are worth attending."

Distributors can now receive membership support and powerful product research capabilities through the low price of PPPC membership, supported by three of the strongest organizations in the promotional products industry. Suppliers will receive the full benefits of a SAGE Advantage Membership, which allows them to verify their products, update their product and business information, and advertise across all SAGE platforms and on distributors' websites.

"This is exactly the partnership we've been looking for to help our members grow their businesses and strengthen the promotional products industry in Canada," says Jonathan Strauss, president and CEO of PPPC. "Our members are telling us they need a technology solution that works, and we're excited to have a proven partner with SAGE. We're also looking forward to continuing to learn from all the success of PPAI and working together to grow our programs and services."

As part of this relationship, all new and renewing PPPC distributor members will receive a two-user subscription of SAGE Total Access, which includes SAGE Online, SAGE Web and SAGE Mobile, and provides distributors with a suite of product research, presentations, CRM, order management and virtual sampling solutions. In addition, distributor members will receive a PPAI membership, providing access to educational resources, networking opportunities, legislative initiatives, and various business saving benefits. Also, as part of this relationship, all new and renewing PPPC supplier members will receive a SAGE Advantage Membership as part of their PPPC membership. These new PPPC member benefits will be issued each year upon payment of PPPC membership dues.

In connection with the launch of this new relationship, PPPC is also offering all current PPPC distributor members who are not already SAGE Total Access subscribers access to SAGE Total Access plus PPAI membership until their next PPPC renewal date. PPPC supplier members who are not already SAGE Advantage Members will have access to SAGE member benefits until their next PPPC renewal date as well. These complimentary subscriptions and memberships will be automatically activated by July 1, 2018. Each member will receive login instructions from SAGE via email when the member's service is active.

"SAGE has been the leader in bringing business management tools to the industry for over 26 years. PPPC members have been longing for a technology solution that will work for them in Canada," says David Natinsky, president of SAGE. "Given our experience in the industry as well as our specific experience in the Canadian market, we're confident that we can provide the tools and services that PPPC's members have been craving to help them succeed in the Canadian promotional products market."

In addition to many tailor-made features for the Canadian promotional products industry, SAGE has already implemented French language customer presentations in the recently released SAGE Online 14. A comprehensive development roadmap and implementation schedule, adding French language support to many of its services and client-facing materials is in progress with new features being added as soon as July 1, 2018 and continuing in to early 2019. These features will include a browser-based client for distributor research and business management as part of Total Access, client facing email campaigns and distributor and company store websites, to name a few.

Hosting the industry's largest database of over one million promotional products and over 4,300 suppliers, SAGE will launch an effort to integrate all PPPC supplier members' data not already a part of the SAGE database. With the support of a SAGE Advantage Membership, supplier members will have multiple options to upload their data and make the SAGE database an even more comprehensive solution for all its users.

"This is the future of how you're seeing not-for-profit organizations collaborating together and working with for-profit companies that bring best of breed products and services to the industry," says Paul Bellantone, CAE, president and CEO of PPAI. "I think this is really representative of how organizations are not only looking forward to what their members need today, but what they need going forward. We think that this is an opportunity for us to marshal our resources together, to grow, and protect the industry in ways we haven't been able to do before."

For more information on PPPC's member benefits and savings opportunities, call PPPC at 866-450-7722 or visit www.pppc.ca.

For questions regarding SAGE products and services, please call 800-925-7243 (SAGE) or visit www.sageworld.com/canada.

For more information on PPAI's member benefits and savings opportunities, call PPAI at 888-I-AM-PPAI (426-7724) or visit www.ppai.org/join.

About PPPC

Founded in 1956, Promotional Product Professionals of Canada (PPPC) is the national not-for-profit association of suppliers and distributors of promotional products for business gifts, rewards, incentives, premiums and specialty advertising products. Its mission is to lead, inspire and advance the $1.8 billion industry through the strength of more than 6,000 companies involved in the industry and their 20,000 plus employees across Canada. For more information, please visit www.pppc.ca.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology partner of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) and of Promotional Product Professionals of Canada (PPPC). For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800-925-7243.

About PPAI

Founded in 1903, the Promotional Products Association International is the world's largest and oldest not-for-profit association serving more than 15,000 corporate members of the $23.3 billion promotional products industry which is comprised of more than 40,500 businesses and a workforce of more than 500,000 professionals. PPAI represents the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocates on its behalf. PPAI operates The PPAI Expo, the industry's largest trade show; provides the leading promotional products safety and compliance program, a prestigious professional development and certification program; and publishes industry trade journals and publications. The multibillion-dollar industry includes wearables, writing instruments, calendars, drinkware and many other items, usually imprinted with a company's name, logo or message. For more information, visit PPAI.org.

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SAGE® Announces New Social Responsibility Program Search Functionality in SAGE Online 14
May 17, 2018
With the new social responsibility program search option in SAGE Online 14, distributors and their clients can support industry suppliers contributing to worthy causes by including them in their product or supplier searches.
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Addison, TX (May 17, 2018) – SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, adds a new social responsibility program search functionality to SAGE Online 14 in an effort to easily connect distributors with industry suppliers contributing to various social causes.

The new social responsibility program search functionality appears in the product research dashboard in the recently released SAGE Online 14. Distributors can search and/or filter products that are associated with give-back or social responsibility programs by selecting the specific causes that are of interest. Additionally, distributors can search for suppliers who have received a social responsibility certification such as B Corp or who have a social responsibility core value or focus under the supplier search area.

This search option quickly and easily connects distributors and suppliers to forward the philanthropic movement occurring in the promotional products industry.

"We all know that social responsibility has been a big topic in our society in the recent past and for good reason. It's something that SAGE wholeheartedly supports and believes in," said Eric Natinsky, SAGE CEO. "Our industry is really starting to pick up steam in this area and we could not be more proud to be a part of it by acknowledging suppliers who are supporting these programs and allowing distributors to find them through SAGE Online."

"I believe ‘purpose' should be the 5th ‘P' of marketing," said Danny Rosin, co-president of Brand Fuel and co-founder of PromoCares. "I imagine a future where salespeople are looking for ways to differentiate through selling purpose and meaning instead of just product. Companies like SnugZ, BIC Graphic, Hirsch Gift, Charles River Apparel, HandStands, Sweda, Trimark and many others offer a suite of products connected to giving. This new search capability by SAGE works in perfect harmony with the efforts of PromoCares, an organization dedicated to connecting promotional product professionals and great causes."

"The social responsibility search functionality allows distributors to directly connect with suppliers working with causes like children's health, homelessness, education, the environment, and so many more," said Roger Burnett, vice president of Branded Logistics and co-founder of PromoCares. "There is power in that type of search as it connects more to company missions, passions, and beyond. Our mission is to put a greater emphasis on these incredible initiatives happening in the promotional products industry and the new social responsibility program search feature in SAGE Online is a major step forward in doing that."

"A portion of the proceeds of each Basecamp® product sold is donated to support the Warrior Spirit Retreat, a place where Wounded Warriors learn to heal," said Campbell Davis, marketing manager at Sweda. "The proceeds from 2017 Basecamp® sales allowed us to present Dan Nevins, Basecamp® Brand Ambassador and founder of the Warrior Spirit Retreat, with over $100,000. Sweda is proud to give back to those who have served our country. We want distributors who share this vision, either directly or on behalf of their clients, to be able to find us and other suppliers like us. We're absolutely thrilled that SAGE is now allowing these connections to take place."

"We've seen a great increase in the number of suppliers participating in social responsibility programs and think that number will only continue to rise because of how beneficial they are to our communities," said PPAI President and CEO Paul Bellantone. "We proudly support these initiatives across our industry and are impressed by the commitment of so many suppliers to graciously give back."

Distributors can view details of the social responsibility search functionality and SAGE Online 14 at sageworld.com, or contact SAGE at 800.925.7243 and at sales@sageworld.com. SAGE encourages distributors who are not already SAGE subscribers to take advantage of its complimentary 30-day Total Access subscription to give it a test drive. Visit trysage.com to get started with SAGE Total Access, which includes SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Online 14
May 3, 2018
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SAGE® ANNOUNCES SAGE ONLINE 14

Addison, TX (May 3, 2018) – SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, is pleased to announce the official launch of SAGE Online 14, which introduces industry distributors to a set of over 150 new features. The latest version of the flagship software includes the debut of the SAGE Print Studio, full payment processing capabilities, as well as hundreds of new user-driven additions, designed to streamline workday efficiency.

With the SAGE Print Studio, SAGE has ushered in a new era of full-scale services for promotional products distributors. This turn-key printing service makes it easy to create and order completely custom catalogs and flyers using pre-designed layouts populated with products from the SAGE database, as well as completely custom products and pages. From pre-designed to completely custom covers, the SAGE Print Studio creates beautiful, personalized catalogs in a matter of minutes. With an economical pricing model, more competitive than larger retailers, distributors can affordably order as many catalogs or flyers as needed and their order will ship in typically two business days. As an additional benefit, distributors can create and save flip books and PDF versions of their catalogs and flyers without charge.

David Natinsky, MAS, SAGE President said, "Over the recent years we've seen a resurgence in print production in our industry but most printing options available are time-consuming and costly. Our goal with the SAGE Print Studio was to get rid of all the hurdles that come along with custom catalogs and flyers. As a distributor, you should be able to create a catalog or a flyer for your customer and get it printed out quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively."

Building on its recent partnership with Stripe, a leading e-commerce provider, SAGE has further streamlined credit card processing by allowing distributors to process payments directly in SAGE Online, using SAGE Payment Processing. This service integrates seamlessly with the CRM and Order Management modules in SAGE Online, making payment processing a part of each ongoing transaction with a client.

The new release continues the long history of cutting-edge development from SAGE that established its reputation as the most advanced product research and business management solution in the industry. Additional key features include:

  • Ability to show presentations on websites with full e-commerce support
  • Option to translate presentations to French or Spanish language
  • New search criteria including an exact match option for item numbers, a minimum number of reports option for supplier ratings, and the ability to search from companies that participate in social good programs
  • Detailed customer feedback alerts from presentations on the homepage

"Our main mission at SAGE has always been to build powerful solutions for the industry that are also easy to use," said Eric Natinsky, SAGE CEO. "With this new update to SAGE Online, we aimed to answer the needs of our customers and provide them with the most up-to-date features to help them stay on top of their business."

SAGE Online 14, including the Print Studio, as well as the new SAGE Payment Processing service with Stripe, is available now. Subscribers will receive an "update available" prompt upon logging in to SAGE Online as soon as the new version is available to them. There is no additional charge for the upgrade.

SAGE encourages distributors who are not already SAGE subscribers to take advantage of its complimentary 30-day Total Access subscription to give it a test drive. Visit trysage.com to get started with SAGE Total Access, which includes SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces Full-Site SSL Support on SAGE Websites
April 26, 2018
Full-site SSL support comes at no additional cost to subscribers, increases site ranking in search engines, and creates a trusted environment for website visitors.
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SAGE® Announces Full-Site SSL Support on SAGE Websites

Addison, TX (April 26, 2018) – SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, adds full-site Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) support to its popular website offerings. Unlike other providers who typically charge for SSL certificates, SAGE is adding this new security feature at no extra charge.

Google and other search engines have begun boosting or promoting sites that have full-site SSL encryption. Therefore, having full-site SSL is an important part of optimizing search engine optimization (SEO). In addition, some of the most popular browsers will soon start showing warnings for sites that do not have a full-site SSL certificate.

Full-site SSL support will:

  • Enhance your SEO ranking in Google and other search engines
  • Show the green lock on your entire site to give the visitors confidence that their information is secure
  • Protect all data exchanged between your website and your visitors (although note that sensitive information like passwords and credit card information have always been SSL-protected and will continue to be on all SAGE sites whether or not this option is turned on)

"With the changes being made by Google and other search engine and browser companies, you can really get a leg up on your competition by making sure that your website has full-site SSL," said Chris Sumpter, Director of Web Development at SAGE. "Most other companies are charging for this, if they even offer it all. We think it's a foundational piece of a modern, professional business website, so we are offering it at no additional cost to our subscribers."

Full-site SSL support is available now for SAGE WebExpress Pro, SAGE Website Professional, and SAGE Website Professional Plus. To activate full-site SSL, users should visit sagemember.com and click "WebExpress" in the menu and then click "Access & Security." After just a few minutes, users can refresh their site and it will be loaded with the SSL padlock in the address bar and fully secure. Complete instructions are provided in the help area for the new option.

Subscribers who currently have the entry-level WebExpress or Website Standard offerings are encouraged to upgrade to Website Professional to get this feature plus dozens of other advanced features including full analytics, support for full home page customization, and much more. Distributors or suppliers who do not currently have a SAGE website are encouraged to view full details, pricing information, and demo sites at go.sageworld.com/website, or contact SAGE at 800.925.7243 or sales@sageworld.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE Announces New Products and Updates For 2018 at SAGE Conference
January 15, 2018
SAGE wows the crowd of nearly 1,000 people attending SAGE Conference in Las Vegas with a slew of new products and enhancements to the existing product line.
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SAGE Announces New Products and Updates For 2018 at SAGE Conference

Addison, TX (January 15, 2018) – Today, at SAGE Conference, held in Las Vegas, in conjunction with The PPAI Expo, SAGE announced several new product releases and updates to their products and services. Eric Natinsky, SAGE CEO, revealed SAGE Online 14, the latest version of the company's flagship research and business management solution, SAGE Web 3.0, the latest version of SAGE's web-based research and business management service, new themes and capabilities for SAGE Websites, and a brand new advanced end-buyer store website called SAGE Company Store Premium.

The upcoming release of SAGE Online 14 will introduce industry distributors to a brand-new, industry-first service, called the SAGE Print Studio, that makes it easy to create and order completely custom catalogs and flyers. Distributors can select any products from the SAGE database or add their own completely custom products. SAGE provides a variety of ready-to-go covers to which distributors can easily add their own logo or their customer's logo, or upload a completely custom cover. Either way, in a matter of minutes, distributors can create a beautiful custom catalog that is ready to go for important sales pitches and other marketing activities. Once designed, just order however many catalogs or flyers are needed and they will ship within two business days! The new Print Studio also allows distributors to get flip books and PDF versions of the catalogs and flyers without charge.

In addition to the new Print Studio, SAGE Online 14 will also include full payment processing, allowing distributors to process payments for customers directly from SAGE Online through SAGE Payment Processing. SAGE also added a number of new search features, the ability to show presentations on websites with full e-commerce support, French and Spanish-language presentations, and much more.

Eric Natinsky, SAGE CEO, commented, "We're very proud to be releasing another version of SAGE Online with over 150 new features and enhancements, many of which were suggested by our customers. One of those new features, of course, is the SAGE Print Studio, which is an industry first. We're proud to be able to make it both easy and affordable for distributors to create custom print media to help support their sales activities."

The launch of SAGE Web 3.0 adds major features and enhancements that were previously only in SAGE Online to SAGE's web-based service. SAGE Web 3.0 is now home to an advanced product search area, featuring more filtering options and multiple product images that show alternate colors and angles for products in the database. Distributors will now be able to search for embroiderers and screen printers in the new decorator search area, review full business rating information on suppliers and ask other distributors questions about products in the new Q&A section. To further extend collaboration between industry colleagues, distributors will also be able to communicate and share ideas in the new discussion groups area of SAGE Web. SAGE Web 3.0 also adds SAGE's popular email campaigns service to SAGE Web, allowing distributors to send email campaigns to clients or prospects and track their success rates with real-time reporting.

"With this recent release of SAGE Web 3.0, Mac and other web-based customers can now access all of the same functionality that SAGE Online offers for Windows users," said David Natinsky, MAS, SAGE President. "Our vision has been to provide the same functionality across all our Total Access product line, so that customers can have what they need no matter if they are using SAGE Online, SAGE Web or SAGE Mobile while on-the-go. We're really excited to be realizing that vision with this update."

SAGE also announced another industry first, the Content Library for SAGE Websites. As part of the new SAGE Website Professional Plus offering, this innovative service gives distributors industry-relevant content for their websites. By working with a SAGE website specialist, distributors can specify their areas of interest as well as how often they would like their site updated. With that information, SAGE's web specialists will go to work by adding blog articles, videos, case studies, and other content on the distributor's website. Distributors can still, like always, supplement with their own content whenever they would like.

Chris Sumpter, SAGE's Director of Web Development, noted, "For a long time now, distributors have struggled with providing relevant, professionally-written content for their sites. We recognize that most distributors want a professional, modern website loaded with new and interesting content, but they would rather be selling than working on their website. That's where we come in. With one of our new website packages, we take the burden of maintaining the website off the shoulders of the distributor. We've been helping distributors with design for a long time, but now we can also give them the content they've been craving to keep their websites fresh and relevant."

In addition to the new Content Library, SAGE also introduced a new ultra-modern website theme. The new theme includes content carousels, parallax image support, stylish page feature banner images, a sticky nav bar menu that appears at the top of the browser as visitors scroll down the page, welcome page alerts, and so much more. SAGE websites will now also offer full-site SSL support, an industry-first for CMS-based websites. Full-site SSL support is becoming more and more important for site SEO due to Google and other search engines' promoting sites that support full-site SSL.

Coupled with the excitement of the new SAGE Websites, SAGE also announced the release of the SAGE Company Store Premium platform. SAGE Company Store Premium will allow promotional product distributors to sell products online through completely customizable professional stores, create an unlimited number of custom pages, manage inventory levels with real-time alerts, and see advanced statistics and reports for each store.

Finally, SAGE announced that its popular Inspire end-user catalogs are now ready to ship now instead of the traditional March ship date. Distributors can now get their 2018 catalogs and have them for the important first quarter instead of having to wait until later in the year.

In addition to new releases, SAGE has recently brokered a partnership with Stripe, a leading payment processing provider, to offer a simple and affordable credit card processing service to all SAGE subscribers. Available now, SAGE Payment Processing charges a fixed rate of 2.9% plus 30 cents per transaction, and allows users to sign-up instantly and avoid the trouble of paying monthly fees.

Eric Natinsky, added, "We always listen to our customers and try to implement as many of their ideas as we can to help them become more efficient, more productive and more successful. I am proud of the work we've done to take that feedback and turn it into all of these new products and features that I think our customers are really going to enjoy using."

SAGE Web 3.0 is available now to all SAGE Total Access subscribers at no additional charge. The SAGE Website Professional Plus, with the content library, is also available now, as is the new SAGE Payment Processing service with Stripe. SAGE Online 14, including the Print Studio, SAGE Company Store Premium, as well as the other new website features will be rolled out by the end of Q1 of this year.

SAGE encourages distributors who are not already SAGE subscribers to take advantage of its complimentary 30-day Total Access subscription to give it a test drive. Visit trysage.com to get started with SAGE Total Access, which includes SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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PPAI and SAGE Providing Complimentary Power Of Two Memberships To CASA Members In Puerto Rico
December 5, 2017

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PPAI and SAGE Providing Complimentary Power Of Two Memberships To CASA Members In Puerto Rico

IRVING, TX (December 5, 2017) – More than two months after Hurricanes Maria and Irma ravaged the Puerto Rican coastline, the island continues to experiencie major power outages, affecting many members of the Caribbean Advertising Specialties Association (CASA), who were already struggling to revive their promotional products businesses.

To alleviate a portion of the stress of the ongoing hardship, Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the world's largest not-for-profit association for the promotional products industry, and SAGE, the industry's leading technology provider, are offering complimentary Power of Two benefits to CASA members who renew their 2018 CASA membership and pay their dues by December 29, 2017. CASA members can take full advantage of both a PPAI membership and a SAGE Total Access subscription now through December 31, 2018.

"This is a very challenging time for Puerto Rico and most of our CASA members. The devastating effects from the recent chain of natural disasters have really put a strain on many small and medium-sized businesses," said Silvia González M., CAS, CASA president. "There is still a long and arduous road to complete recovery, but words cannot express how inspiring it is to see the promotional products community come together during a time of need."

NOTICE: To take advantage of this offer, CASA members must complete the online URMA application and pay CASA membership dues no later than December 29, 2017.

Through the Power of Two alliance, distributors receive combined benefits of a PPAI membership and a SAGE Total Access subscription. PPAI leads the promotional products industry with the most comprehensive offering of networking opportunities, education, legislative initiatives, and business savings benefits while SAGE provides the most popular promotional product research tool and business management services. Distributors will have membership support and powerful business management solutions, supported by two of the strongest organizations in the promotional products industry.

"This is a step above what PPAI and SAGE have ever offered as a measure of relief to the promotional products community," said Paul Bellantone, CAE, PPAI president and CEO. "We're taking strong, decisive and forward-thinking actions to facilitate change and restore the struggling promotional products businesses in Puerto Rico."

During this time of need, all CASA members will receive the Power of Two benefits at no cost (valued at $495) providing them monetary relief for their membership and services dues and giving them more time to focus on rebuilding their businesses.

David Natinsky, SAGE President, said, "This past year has been a trying one for millions of people who are still left suffering in the aftermath of recent storms. We are grateful for the opportunity to join forces with PPAI and offer a comforting gesture to our colleagues in Puerto Rico. Our thoughts go out to all the members of the promotional products community."

CASA members in the affected region who would like to take advantage of this offer will simply need to contact their SAGE account executive at 800.925.7243 or sales@sageworld.com and provide proof of their CASA membership.

About CASA

CASA is the only not-for-profit association in the Caribbean dedicated to developing and promoting true professionals in the the islands.

About PPAI

Founded in 1903, the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI; ppai.org) is the world's largest and oldest not-for-profit association serving more than 14,500 corporate members of the $21 billion promotional products industry which is comprised of more than 37,661 businesses and a workforce of more than 510,000 professionals. PPAI represents the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocates on its behalf. PPAI operates The PPAI Expo, the industry's largest trade show; provides the leading promotional products safety and compliance program, a prestigious professional development and certification program; and publishes industry trade journals and periodicals. The multibillion-dollar industry includes wearables, writing instruments, calendars, drinkware and many other items, usually imprinted with a company's name, logo or message. For more information, visit PPAI.org and find us on Twitter @PPAI_HQ, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® RELEASES SAGE MOBILE 7.0
November 8, 2017
The latest version includes updates to the product searching module, presentations, CRM, payments area, and significant upgrades to the tradeshow planning feature just in time for The PPAI Expo.
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SAGE® RELEASES SAGE MOBILE 7.0

Addison, TX (November 8, 2017) – SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, announces the release of a new version of their app SAGE Mobile. The app, available for iOS and Android devices, allows industry distributors easy access to all their critical research and business management operations while on the go. In addition, as the official show planner for The PPAI Expo held in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 14-18, 2018, distributors have complimentary access to the app's expanded set of tradeshow planning features to plan and manage their experience at the show.

New features in the SAGE Mobile 7.0 release include:

  • New product sharing options including the ability to text a product image
  • Search within the product results using a search bar
  • Insert multiple product images into a presentation
  • Improvements to the business card scanner when adding a new client to CRM
  • Search for products from exhibitors at specific tradeshows in the tradeshow planner
  • Connect and share ideas with industry colleagues in a separate discussions group area that is unique to each industry show
  • New Notes section to make general show notes
  • Ability to create multiple walk lists and share them with colleagues
  • See your supplier preferences groups on your exhibitor and walk lists
  • Snapshot schedule providing attendees quick access to the high-level schedule and exhibit hours

"We are pleased to continue to enhance the capabilities of SAGE Mobile to help our customers work easily no matter where they are," said David Natinsky, SAGE president. "At a show as large as The PPAI Expo it's easy to get caught up in the excitement, lose track of time and miss out on opportunities to grow your business. The tradeshow planning feature of SAGE Mobile will allow industry distributors to have all the important show information at their fingertips and make the most of their experience."

SAGE Mobile 7.0 is available now. Current SAGE Total Access subscribers can download SAGE Mobile for free from either the Apple App Store, Google Play, or the Amazon App Store. For users who have automatic app updates turned on, the update will download automatically.

Distributors who are not current SAGE Total Access subscribers but who are registered for The PPAI Expo can access the tradeshow planning area of SAGE Mobile for free by visiting go.sageworld.com/planexpo. To receive full access to SAGE Mobile, tap the Start a Trial button on the homepage of SAGE Mobile.

For distributors not attending The PPAI Expo, contact SAGE today for a complimentary 30-day subscription of SAGE Total Access, which includes the full version of SAGE Mobile.

For more information on SAGE Mobile, visit www.sageworld.com/sagemobile.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® ANNOUNCES NEW PAYMENT PROCESSING SERVICE
November 2, 2017
Through its partnership with Stripe, SAGE provides its subscribers with a simple and affordable credit card processing service.
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SAGE® ANNOUNCES NEW PAYMENT PROCESSING SERVICE

Addison, TX (November 2, 2017) – SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, has partnered with Stripe, a leading payment provider, to offer a simplified, user-friendly, and low-cost credit card processing service for promotional products professionals.

With a significant online processing footprint for emerging businesses, Stripe eliminated the traditional model of multi-tiered pricing for a simple, streamlined pricing model. SAGE Subscribers will only be responsible for a flat rate of 2.9% plus 30 cents per transaction on all credit or debit card purchases. Subscribers only pay as cards are charged. There are no monthly fees whatsoever.

The new SAGE Payment Processing service will allow SAGE customers to:

  • Signup in minutes with a simple, online application
  • Pay a fixed 2.9% and 30 cents per transaction
  • Eliminate monthly fees and minimums
  • Eliminate all hidden costs and complicated billing
  • Easily charge credit cards through the virtual terminal in SAGEmember.com
  • Seamlessly integrate authorizations or full payments at checkout through SAGE websites
  • Process transactions in SAGE Mobile, for quick and convenient payment processing on the go
  • Process payments through SAGE's payment API for users needing back-end integration

"Most payment processing services aren't made with independent business owners in mind. When it comes to the costs of maintaining a payment processing solution, many users are burdened with monthly fees," said Jarod Thorndike, Director of Strategic Relations at SAGE. "With Stripe, our members will have the benefit of only incurring fees when they use the service, as well as being able to easily understand their monthly statements."

"Stripe is designed to meet a growing market need for more efficient, effective and ultimately, less costly methods of payment processing," said Geraud Gonzales, Global Platform Sales Executive at Stripe. "We're excited about this new partnership with SAGE and are looking forward to creating more business opportunities for the promotional products industry."

SAGE subscribers who are currently using SAGE Payment Processing through Merchant Focus can continue to use their payment processing services. For more information on how to make the switch to Stripe for credit card processing, new or existing SAGE subscribers should visit www.sagemember.com and click the Payment Processing tab, visit the SAGE Payment Processing webpage, or contact SAGE at 800.925.7243 or sales@sageworld.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® ANNOUNCES 2017 SUPPLIER RATING AWARD WINNERS
October 26, 2017
SAGE presents rating awards to 1,344 suppliers based on distributor ratings from SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile.
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SAGE® ANNOUNCES 2017 SUPPLIER RATING AWARD WINNERS

Addison, TX (October 26, 2017) – SAGE announces its 2017 supplier rating award winners. Each year, SAGE presents industry suppliers with A+ and A rating awards based on distributor ratings collected in SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile, the industry's most popular product research and business management suite.

This year, 999 suppliers received the top A+ rating, while another 345 suppliers received an A rating. A total of 34 percent of all active suppliers in the SAGE database received an award this year. As part of the Power of Two relationship between SAGE and PPAI, suppliers with SAGE ratings are also considered for eligibility in the industry's annual PPAI Pyramid Supplier Star Awards Competition.

"We treat our Supplier Rating Awards with the utmost respect because they are a testament to each supplier's dedication to product safety and customer service," said SAGE President, David Natinsky. "This is why we're so proud to recognize our award-winning suppliers for setting the standard of quality and integrity in the promotional products industry."

Awards are based solely on the distributor rating system that is part of SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile. The SAGE rating system is widely known within the industry for providing the most accurate and reliable supplier ratings.

Distributors can rate suppliers at any time through the SAGE suite or via a "Rate us now" link provided by suppliers. They can only rate each supplier once however, may update their ratings at any time, providing the most accurate representation of their experiences with each supplier. Rating awards are given each year based on the aggregate of distributor ratings and suppliers with an A+ or A aggregate rating are given an award.

Distributors using SAGE's industry-leading research tool can make more informed decisions about suppliers by accessing suppliers' current, real-time ratings, including peer distributor comments as well as full award information, including any additional industry awards, for each supplier.

Supplier award winners will have access to a variety of marketing collateral to promote their A+ or A rated status, including logos for their catalogs, websites, and email signatures. For more information, suppliers should contact their account representative at 800.925.7243.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® REVOLUTIONIZES COMMUNICATION BETWEEN REGIONAL ASSOCIATIONS' MEMBERS
September 12, 2017
Regional promotional products associations and their members can now network and collaborate with one another using SAGE Discussion Groups.
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SAGE® REVOLUTIONIZES COMMUNICATION BETWEEN REGIONAL ASSOCIATIONS' MEMBERS

Addison, TX (September 12, 2017) – SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions for the promotional products industry announces the availability of regional association discussion groups for all regional associations that are part of the SAGE Affiliate Program. This includes AzPPA, CAAMP, CASA, CPPA, GAPP, GCPPA, HPPA, OPPA, MIPPA, NEPPA, NWPMA, PAPPA, PPAChicago, PPAAM, PPAMS, PPAS, PPAW, RMRPPA, SAAC, SAAGNY, SPPA, TRASA, UMAPP, and VAPPA.

With this interactive social platform, designed specifically for the promotional products industry, regional association members now have the ability to:

  • Interact, network and engage in discussions with one another through a private group that only members of the regional association can access
  • Read announcements from the regional association management, including special events, meetings, and other news concerning their association
  • Encourage more collaboration between members by sharing industry insights, business insights, and more

Members can easily access their regional association discussion group through SAGE Online or while on the go through SAGE Mobile.

"At SAGE, we understand the value of networking and the growth it can foster for the promotional products industry," said Jarod Thorndike, Director of Strategic Relations at SAGE. "We are thrilled to provide our community with a social platform that can encourage collaboration between regional association members."

Current SAGE subscribers can connect with regional associations by logging into their SAGE Online or SAGE Mobile account and accessing the "Discussion Groups" area. Members of the regional association will automatically have access to the appropriate group.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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PPAI AND SAGE® PROVIDING RELIEF TO MEMBERS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE IRMA
September 11, 2017
As Hurricane Irma leaves a trail of devastation across the state of Florida, PPAI and SAGE are granting payment extensions to impacted members.
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PPAI AND SAGE® PROVIDING RELIEF TO MEMBERS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE IRMA

Addison, TX (September 11, 2017) – As Hurricane Irma leaves a trail of devastation across the state of Florida, PPAI, the world's largest not-for-profit association for the promotional products industry and SAGE, the industry's leading technology provider, are granting payment extensions to impacted members. Membership and services will continue without interruption during this time, allowing members to not worry about paying for their membership and services right now or risking losing the critical business and research tools that they are going to need to rebuild their businesses.

In addition to the payment relief, SAGE is offering complimentary email campaign services to any impacted member customers at no charge. Industry businesses affected by the disaster can use email campaigns to notify their customers with information on the current state of their business affairs and to keep customers updated as businesses hopefully eventually return to normal operations.

"The destructive impact of Hurricane Harvey and now Hurricane Irma has critically affected the prosperity of small businesses," said Paul Bellantone, CAE, PPAI President and CEO. "It's our job as trusted advisors to the promotional products industry to aid our community in any way we can during this time of distress and grief."

"As the storm continues to produce heavy rain and inland flooding, we can finally begin to assess the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma. Many of our members are left with no power and have experienced significant damages to their homes and businesses," said David Natinsky, SAGE President. "We will continue to provide ongoing support to our struggling colleagues for as long as it is necessary for them to recover and come back stronger."

Members in the affected region who need additional time to pay for membership and subscription services simply need to contact their SAGE account executive or PPAI representative and request a payment deferral.

To receive complimentary SAGE Email Campaigns, please contact your SAGE account executive as well. Recognizing that many members may not have access to their computers, SAGE representatives can assist with loading customer lists and creating the email campaign to send out. SAGE can be reached at 800.925.7243 or sales@sageworld.com.

About PPAI

Founded in 1903, the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI; ppai.org) is the world's largest and oldest not-for-profit association serving more than 14,500 corporate members of the $21 billion promotional products industry which is comprised of more than 37,661 businesses and a workforce of more than 510,000 professionals. PPAI represents the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocates on its behalf. PPAI operates The PPAI Expo, the industry's largest trade show; provides the leading promotional products safety and compliance program, a prestigious professional development and certification program; and publishes industry trade journals and periodicals. The multibillion-dollar industry includes wearables, writing instruments, calendars, drinkware and many other items, usually imprinted with a company's name, logo or message. For more information, visit PPAI.org and find us on Twitter @PPAI_HQ, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE Show 2017 Hits New Heights
September 7, 2017
With a record-breaking number of attendees, SAGE Show 2017 demonstrated the continued growth of the promotional products industry in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
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SAGE Show 2017 Hits New Heights

Addison, TX (September 7, 2017) – SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry just wrapped up its annual promotional products tradeshow. With 215 exhibitors, 21 states represented and 24 education sessions held, SAGE Show 2017 attracted an astounding number of industry professionals, breaking all previous attendance records to date.

SAGE Show 2017 kicked off with a multi-faceted full day event devoted to relationship building, education, and networking. SAGE and PPAI joined forces to provide professional education sessions during the day, dedicated to exploring cutting edge technology, improving sales and marketing skills and ultimately growing promotional products businesses.

New and returning visitors had the chance to explore over 200 supplier lines, featuring the latest and most popular promotional items, including wearables, writing instruments, drinkware, sports goods, and much more.

"We're so grateful for the opportunity to bring our industry together under one roof from year to year," said Eric Natinsky, SAGE CEO. "Hearing positive feedback and seeing our attendance numbers soar with each new SAGE Show inspires us to continue to deliver the best experiences for promotional products professionals."

In addition to a successful tradeshow, SAGE Show 2017 marked an altruistic opportunity for SAGE to contribute to the Promotional Products Education Foundation (PPEF), by donating $10,000 in support of the PPEF Scholarship. The PPEF Foundation is an established institution, founded by industry leaders as a way to give back to the promotional products community. It recognizes and encourages scholastic excellence and academic performance among promotional products industry professionals' college-aged children through merit and need-based college scholarships.

"We are so pleased to receive this generous donation from SAGE," said Sara Besly, Foundation Manager of the Promotional Products Education Foundation. "PPEF is committed to positively impacting our community and providing the necessary support for the prosperity of the promotional products industry."

"Educating our community is the key to growing the promotional products industry," said David Natinsky, SAGE President. "We're glad that we were able to contribute to this philanthropic effort, and to well-deserving students and future leaders of the workforce."

In the aftermath of the historic flooding of the Texas Gulf Coast, brought on by Hurricane Harvey, SAGE, along with PPAS and PPAI encouraged attendees to bring donations to the SAGE Show on Thursday, August 31. All monetary donations were delivered to the Business Recovery Fund, organized by PPAI, to support all the affected promotional product businesses. Goods donations, such as clothing and personal care items were also accepted by PPAS and were delivered to Dallas evacuation centers, assisting as many as 10,000 people that have been displaced due to the natural disaster.

"SAGE Show more than met our expectations this year. We want to thank all the distributors, suppliers and sponsors that made SAGE Show 2017 possible," said David Natinsky, SAGE President. "However, our vision doesn't stop there. We are excited to deliver an even bigger and better experience for SAGE Show 2018."

To learn more about SAGE Show 2017, please visit the "An Inside Look at SAGE Show 2017" post on the SAGE Blog.

About SAGE Show

SAGE Show is an annual promotional products trade show and conference held in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. From year to year, SAGE Show continues to define product inspiration and educational material, providing insight for the future of the industry. The two-day event features a full day of professional education hosted by SAGE and PPAI, and a separate exhibit day focused on networking, exploring latest industry trends and discovering new products. SAGE Show is free to all qualified distributors, their sales teams as well as their clients. For more information on SAGE Show 2018, taking place Wednesday, August 29 and Thursday, August 30 visit www.sageshow.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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PPAI AND SAGE® PROVIDING RELIEF TO MEMBERS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE HARVEY
September 5, 2017
In the wake of devastating flooding fueled by Hurricane Harvey, PPAI and SAGE are granting payment extensions to impacted members in the Gulf Coast Region
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PPAI AND SAGE® PROVIDING RELIEF TO MEMBERS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE HARVEY

Addison, TX (September 5, 2017) – In the wake of devastating flooding fueled by Hurricane Harvey, PPAI, the world's largest not-for-profit association for the promotional products industry and SAGE, the industry's leading technology provider, are granting payment extensions to impacted members in the Gulf Coast Region. Membership and services will continue without interruption during this time, allowing members to not worry about paying for their membership and services right now or risking losing the critical business and research tools that they are going to need to rebuild their businesses.

In addition to the payment relief, SAGE is offering complimentary email campaign services to any impacted member customers at no charge. Industry businesses affected by the disaster can use email campaigns to notify their customers with information on the current state of their business affairs and to keep customers updated as businesses hopefully eventually return to normal operations.

"Our thoughts and hearts are with everyone who has been affected by this damaging natural disaster," said Paul Bellantone, CAE, PPAI President and CEO. "Our primary concern is about the safety and well-being of our members. We do not want members to have to worry about how they are going to pay their bills during this time of hardship. They need to focus on rebuilding their business and getting back on their feet."

"This is just one small gesture to try to help out our colleagues on the Gulf Coast who are struggling with this immense natural disaster," said David Natinsky, SAGE President. "It's going to be a long road to recovery and we want to make sure that our customers have the tools they need to rebuild their businesses and keep their customers informed during this difficult time."

Members in the affected region who need additional time to pay for membership and subscription services simply need to contact their SAGE account executive and request a payment deferral.

To receive complimentary SAGE Email Campaigns, please contact your SAGE account executive as well. Recognizing that many members may not have access to their computers, SAGE representatives can assist with loading customer lists and creating the email campaign to send out. SAGE can be reached at 800.925.7243 or sales@sageworld.com.

About PPAI

Founded in 1903, the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI; ppai.org) is the world's largest and oldest not-for-profit association serving more than 14,500 corporate members of the $21 billion promotional products industry which is comprised of more than 37,661 businesses and a workforce of more than 510,000 professionals. PPAI represents the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocates on its behalf. PPAI operates The PPAI Expo, the industry's largest trade show; provides the leading promotional products safety and compliance program, a prestigious professional development and certification program; and publishes industry trade journals and periodicals. The multibillion-dollar industry includes wearables, writing instruments, calendars, drinkware and many other items, usually imprinted with a company's name, logo or message. For more information, visit PPAI.org and find us on Twitter @PPAI_HQ, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® INTRODUCES THE NEW SAGE INSIDER PROGRAM
August 2, 2017
The new SAGE Insider Program offers SAGE subscribers a new opportunity to influence the vision and future of SAGE products and services.
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SAGE® INTRODUCES THE NEW SAGE INSIDER PROGRAM

Addison, TX (August 2, 2017) – SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, is pleased to announce the launch of the SAGE Insider Program. This new program will enable an exclusive group of SAGE subscribers to help shape the vision and future of SAGE products and services.

The SAGE Insider Program will give members the ability to:

  • Contribute to the quality of SAGE products and services by directly communicating with the SAGE development team.
  • Exchange ideas, share feedback, and learn about upcoming features through a new, member-only SAGE Insider Discussion Group.
  • Receive exclusive access to meetings and receptions at various industry events, and get special recognition for maintaining the SAGE Insider Membership.
  • Get the first, inside look into future ideas and development roadmaps for upcoming SAGE products and services.

There are no membership fees to join the program, but those interested in becoming a SAGE Insider must meet the following requirements:

  1. SAGE Insiders must have been an active SAGE subscriber for at least one year before being admitted into the program.
  2. SAGE Insiders will be expected to use our products and services frequently and provide routine feedback.

All SAGE Insiders start at the registered level; however, the SAGE development team will periodically invite a very select group of SAGE Insiders to become Elite Level Insiders. This ultra-exclusive group will be selected based on a variety of factors, including the customer's experience with SAGE services, and a proven record of providing valuable and productive feedback. All current SAGE beta group members will automatically join as Elite Insiders. The Elite Insider program replaces the previous SAGE beta group. In addition to the standard Insider program benefits, Elite members will also get additional access to confidential long-term plans and early access to new SAGE products and services before they are released to the public.

"Our goal has always been to provide world-class solutions to the professionals in our industry," said Eric Natinsky, SAGE CEO. "The new SAGE Insider Program will help us gain feedback on key features that enhance user experience, and allow us to ensure that each new product and service is designed with our customers in mind. With your insight, we will continue to bring innovative solutions that can shape the success of promotional products businesses."

Current SAGE subscribers who meet the eligibility requirements can join the SAGE Insider Program by logging into SAGEmember.com and visiting the Support section. Distributors who are not already SAGE subscribers are encouraged to try SAGE Total Access for a complimentary 30-day subscription, and start paving the way to becoming a SAGE Insider.

For more information on the SAGE Insider Program, visit http://www.sageworld.com/insider-program.php

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Adds Full Order Management, Discussion Groups and More in SAGE Mobile 6.5
June 26, 2017
The latest version of SAGE's mobile app includes full order management capabilities, discussion groups, recent activity feed, and more.
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SAGE® Adds Full Order Management, Discussion Groups and More in SAGE Mobile 6.5

Addison, TX (June 26, 2017) – SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, announces the release of a new version of their app, SAGE Mobile. The app, available for iOS and Android devices, allows industry distributors easy access to all their critical research and business management operations while on the go, offering a single integrated solution across all three platforms, SAGE Online, SAGE Web and SAGE Mobile.

Major new features in the SAGE Mobile 6.5 release give users the ability to:

  • Create, modify and track all orders in the comprehensive order management portal that works seamlessly alongside SAGE Online and SAGE Web
  • Access discussion groups where you can communicate, collaborate, and share ideas with industry colleagues in a social platform designed just for our industry
  • View all of your recent activity to easily access recent searches, presentations, orders, virtual samples, and more (even if previously performed on your desktop or other device)

With full mobile order management capabilities, distributors can now create and send quotes, sales orders, and invoices to clients, as well as requests for quotes, sample orders, and purchase orders to suppliers, all from their mobile devices. Like all areas of SAGE Mobile, the order management area works seamlessly with SAGE Online and SAGE Web so that users can effortlessly move between desktop and mobile platforms with full access to all of the same data. Supplier forms, including purchase orders, can be sent directly to suppliers with the tap of a button. Full order history and tracking provides users with real-time information on every order.

SAGE Mobile 6.5 also introduces SAGE Discussion Groups to the mobile platform, allowing industry colleagues to communicate, collaborate, and share ideas in a social platform designed just for the promotional products industry.

"This latest update is another huge step forward in our goal of having all of a distributor's critical business management services available to them no matter where they are," said David Natinsky, SAGE president. "With full access to research, CRM, presentations, orders and more all from a phone or tablet, SAGE subscribers are able to keep up and excel in today's fast-paced, mobile world."

SAGE Mobile 6.5 is available now. Current SAGE Total Access subscribers can get the new version for free from either the Apple App Store or Google Play. For users who have automatic app updates turned on, the update will download automatically.

Distributors who are not already SAGE subscribers can contact SAGE today for a complimentary 30-day subscription of SAGE Total Access, which includes full access to SAGE Online for Windows desktops, SAGE Web for Macs and web-browser access, and SAGE Mobile for iOS and Android phones and tablets. With a SAGE Total Access subscription, each named user can access SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile on up to a total of five devices.

For more information on SAGE Mobile, visit www.sageworld.com/sagemobile.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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Sports Inc.'s Team Sports Division Names SAGE® a Preferred Provider of Research and Business Management
June 5, 2017

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Sports Inc.'s Team Sports Division Names SAGE® a Preferred Provider of Research and Business Management

Addison, TX (June 5, 2017) – Sports Inc., a sporting goods buying organization with over 500 members and 750 locations in North America, has selected SAGE, a leading provider of business management solutions to the promotional products industry, as a preferred provider of research, marketing, and business management services to its independent owners.

As part of the relationship, SAGE will provide Team Sports Division members within Sports Inc. with a special corporate discount on SAGE products and services. This includes a discount on the SAGE Total Access subscription, consisting of SAGE Online, the promotional product industry's most popular product research and business management tool, as well as SAGE Web, the browser-based platform to access SAGE tools from any device with web access, and SAGE Mobile, the mobile application for iOS and Android devices. Additional benefits to the partnership allow members to add products from SAGE's suite of powerful tools, including custom websites, e-commerce, email campaigns, professional art services, and client catalogs, for an all-in-one solution to their promotional product business needs.

"We are thrilled at the opportunity to offer the best industry tools to support Sports Inc.'s growing network of members," said Jarod Thorndike, Director of Strategic Relations at SAGE. "We look forward to working independently with each member location of the Team Sports Division to help strengthen their client relationships and broaden their promotional products reach."

In addition, Team Sports Division members subscribing to SAGE Total Access will also receive a full membership to Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the world's largest not-for-profit association for the $20 billion promotional products industry. This is part of the Power of Two program, in which SAGE and PPAI have entered into a strategic alliance to provide the industry with the combined benefits of a PPAI membership and SAGE products and services.

Max Pearson, Project Manager of the Team Sports Division at Sports Inc., said, "We are committed to helping our members remain competitive and prosperous in the sporting goods industry. This partnership with SAGE will provide our independent retailers with superior growth opportunities in the promotional products arena, via access to advanced business management technology."

SAGE will provide free webinars and other learning opportunities to help Team Sports Division members learn more about SAGE's product offerings. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.sageworld.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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OPPA, PPAF, and TSPPA Regional Associations Join Redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program
May 15, 2017
The redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program gives regional associations special benefits from SAGE.
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OPPA, PPAF, and TSPPA Regional Associations Join Redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program

Addison, TX (May 15, 2017) – SAGE is pleased to announce additional regional promotional products associations have joined the redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program, including the Ohio Promotional Professionals Association (OPPA), the Promotional Products Association of Florida (PPAF) and the Tri-State Promotional Professionals Association (TSPPA).

The SAGE Affiliate Program is a unique, customized program designed to give regional associations in the promotional products industry and their members special benefits from SAGE through access to business management products and services for members and the association.

"We are continually evaluating our affiliate program and searching for the best opportunities to support regional associations, which play such a vital role in our industry," said Jarod Thorndike, Director of Strategic Relations at SAGE. "We are pleased to find new ways to offer even more benefits and services to our affiliate associations and their members."

SAGE offers members a choice of Business Suite Packages, special product bundles providing product research solutions on all major platforms, online product searching for clients, a custom website, virtual showrooms, and SAGE Total Access subscriptions. The Total Access subscription consists of SAGE Online, the promotional product industry's most popular product research and business management solution; SAGE Web, the browser-based platform to access SAGE products from any device with web access; and SAGE Mobile, the full-featured mobile application for iOS and Android devices.

Members can select a Business Suite Package of 2, 10, or 25 user licenses depending on the number of users they need. As SAGE Affiliates, members of OPPA, and TSPPA are eligible to receive special pricing on the Business Suite Packages as well as savings on their first SAGE Total Access subscription license.

In addition, all members subscribing to SAGE Total Access will receive a full membership to Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the world's largest not-for-profit association for the $20 billion promotional products industry. This is part of the Power of Two program, which serves as a strategic alliance for SAGE and PPAI and provides the industry with the combined benefits of a PPAI membership and SAGE products and services.

LaDonna Belcher, Executive Director of OPPA said, "OPPA is excited to continue our partnership with SAGE and utilize the newly redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program to continue to bring the best resources to our membership and advance the promotional products industry throughout the region."

As part of the relationship, OPPA, PPAF, and TSPPA corporate offices will also utilize SAGE products and services to help manage the association.

PPAF President, Shelley Bednarski, commented, "Our mission is to serve promotional products professionals and provide them with networking opportunities and discounts on leading industry products. We are excited for this partnership with SAGE and are looking forward to uncovering relevant, bottom-line results for our members."

Jarod Thorndike continued, "We couldn't be more excited to partner with our regional associations and provide their members with access to leading-edge business management solutions for every aspect of their operations. SAGE is a huge supporter of regional associations, and the SAGE Affiliate Program is one way we can show it."

"We are pleased to have this opportunity to express our commitment to our professional members in the industry by providing exclusive advantages and easy access to premium tools supporting their business success." said Reagan Zugelter, Executive Director of TSPPA.

OPPA, PPAF, and TSPPA members who are SAGE subscribers may contact SAGE to learn more about custom offerings, effective as of the next renewal. New association members who add SAGE services can be informed of their options by noting their specific association membership on their application.

To learn more about the SAGE Affiliate Program, visit go.sageworld.com/affiliate.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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RMRPPA, SAAC, PPACHICAGO, and PPAW Regional Associations Join Redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program
April 25, 2017
The redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program gives regional associations special benefits from SAGE.
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RMRPPA, SAAC, PPACHICAGO, and PPAW Regional Associations Join Redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program

Addison, TX (April 25, 2017) – SAGE is pleased to announce that major regional promotional products associations have joined the redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program, including the Rocky Mountain Region Promotional Products Association (RMRPPA), the Specialty Advertising Association of California (SAAC), the Promotional Professionals Association of Chicago (PPAChicago), and the Promotional Products Association of Wisconsin (PPAW).

The SAGE Affiliate Program is a unique, customized program designed to give regional associations in the promotional products industry and their members special benefits from SAGE through access to business management products and services for members and the association.

"We are continually evaluating our affiliate program and searching for the best opportunities to support regional associations, which play such a vital role in our industry," said Jarod Thorndike, Director of Strategic Relations at SAGE. "We are pleased to find new ways to offer even more benefits and services to our affiliate associations and their members."

SAGE offers members a choice of Business Suite Packages, special product bundles providing product research solutions on all major platforms, online product searching for clients, a custom website, virtual showrooms, and SAGE Total Access subscriptions. The Total Access subscription consists of SAGE Online, the promotional product industry's most popular product research and business management solution; SAGE Web, the browser-based platform to access SAGE products from any device with web access; and SAGE Mobile, the full-featured mobile application for iOS and Android devices.

Members can select a Business Suite Package of 2, 10, or 25 user licenses depending on the number of users they need. As SAGE Affiliates, members of RMRPPA, SAAC, PPAChicago, and PPAW are eligible to receive special pricing on the Business Suite Packages as well as savings on their first SAGE Total Access subscription license.

In addition, all members subscribing to SAGE Total Access will receive a full membership to Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the world's largest not-for-profit association for the $20 billion promotional products industry. This is part of the Power of Two program, in which SAGE and PPAI have entered into a strategic alliance to provide the industry with the combined benefits of a PPAI membership and SAGE products and services.

Lindsey Whitney, President of RMRPPA, remarked, "We are always looking for ways to serve and enrich RMRPPA members, so we're excited to join the redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program and provide the best resources to help them expand their business achievements."

As part of the relationship, RMRPPA, SAAC, PPAChicago, and PPAW corporate offices will also utilize SAGE products and services to help manage the association.

Jarod Thorndike continued, "We couldn't be more excited to partner with our regional associations and provide their members with access to leading-edge business management solutions for every aspect of their operations. SAGE is a huge supporter of regional associations, and the SAGE Affiliate Program is one way we can show it."

"We are committed to providing all possible advantages to the promotional product professionals that we have the privilege to represent in our region," noted Matt Gallegos, President of PPAChicago. "The SAGE Affiliate Program is an important benefit we can offer to help our members grow and prosper."

PPAW Executive Director Elizabeth Boothby commented, "Our mission is to serve the needs of PPAW members in a competitive industry. We are pleased to join the SAGE Affiliate Program and offer our members high-quality solutions that will contribute to the success of their businesses."

RMRPPA, SAAC, PPAChicago, and PPAW members who are SAGE subscribers may contact SAGE to learn more about custom offerings, effective as of the next renewal. New association members who add SAGE services can be informed of their options by noting their specific association membership on their application.

To learn more about the SAGE Affiliate Program, visit go.sageworld.com/affiliate.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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PAPPA, MiPPA, UMAPP, and CASA Regional Associations Join Redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program
April 3, 2017
The redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program gives regional associations special benefits from SAGE.
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PAPPA, MiPPA, UMAPP, and CASA Regional Associations Join Redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program

Addison, TX (April 3, 2017) – SAGE is pleased to announce that major regional promotional products associations have joined the redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program, including the Philadelphia Area Promotional Products Association (PAPPA), the Michigan Promotional Professionals Association (MiPPA), the Upper Midwest Association of Promotional Professionals (UMAPP), and the Caribbean Advertising Specialties Association (CASA).

The SAGE Affiliate Program is a unique, customized program designed to give regional associations in the promotional products industry and their members special benefits from SAGE through access to business management products and services for members and the association.

"We are continually evaluating our affiliate program and searching for the best opportunities to support regional associations, which play such a vital role in our industry," said Jarod Thorndike, Director of Strategic Relations at SAGE. "We are pleased to find new ways to offer even more benefits and services to our affiliate associations and their members."

SAGE offers members a choice of Business Suite Packages, special product bundles providing product research solutions on all major platforms, online product searching for clients, a custom website, virtual showrooms, and SAGE Total Access subscriptions. The Total Access subscription consists of SAGE Online, the promotional product industry's most popular product research and business management solution; SAGE Web, the browser-based platform to access SAGE products from any device with web access; and SAGE Mobile, the full-featured mobile application for iOS and Android devices.

Members can select a Business Suite Package of 2, 10, or 25 user licenses depending on the number of users they need. As SAGE Affiliates, members of PAPPA, MiPPA, UMAPP, and CASA are eligible to receive special pricing on the Business Suite Packages as well as savings on their first SAGE Total Access subscription license.

Patti Ward, Executive Director of PAPPA, remarked, "We are excited to have this relationship with SAGE and be able to provide our members with a range of premium business-building resources to support their success."

As part of the relationship, PAPPA, MiPPA, UMAPP, and CASA corporate offices will also utilize SAGE products and services to help manage the association.

"Our vision is to serve the needs of our promotional marketing professions, so we are pleased to join the redesigned Affiliate Program and give our members premium tools they can use immediately to grow their business," said Paul Zafarana, CAS, President of MiPPA.

Jarod Thorndike continued, "We couldn't be more excited to partner with our regional associations and provide their members with access to leading-edge business management solutions for every aspect of their operations. SAGE is a huge supporter of regional associations, and the SAGE Affiliate Program is one way we can show it."

"Today's promotional professionals are looking for smart, cutting-edge solutions to grow their business," noted Carter Sharp, President of UMAPP. "We believe the advanced products and services offered by the SAGE Affiliate Program will help our members achieve and surpass their growth expectations."

CASA President Silvia Gonzalez M., CAS, commented, "Our association has a commitment to serving our members in every aspect of their professional development, and we're confident that the business tools from SAGE will be the perfect fit to provide significant advantages in a competitive industry."

PAPPA, MiPPA, UMAPP, and CASA members who are SAGE subscribers may contact SAGE to learn more about custom offerings, effective as of the next renewal. New association members who add SAGE services can be informed of their options by noting their specific association membership on their application.

To learn more about the SAGE Affiliate Program, visit go.sageworld.com/affiliate.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Online 12.5
March 29, 2017
SAGE Online 12.5 features peer-based product Q&A, decorator search, multiple images for products, premium and incentive search, simplified search views, and new CRM and order management reporting capabilities.
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SAGE® Announces SAGE Online 12.5

SAGE Online 12.5 features peer-based product Q&A, decorator search, multiple images for products, premium and incentive search, simplified search views, and new CRM and order management reporting capabilities.

Addison, TX (March 29, 2017) – SAGE is pleased to announce the official launch of SAGE Online 12.5, which features significant upgrades to its industry-leading research and business management software.

SAGE Online 12.5 delivers powerful new features and efficiency-enhancing design. The new release continues the long history of leading-edge development from SAGE that established its reputation as the most advanced product research and business management solution in the industry. Key new features include:

  • A new Q&A section to ask the community and suppliers questions about products
  • Multiple product images showing alternate colors and angles
  • Simplified search views show users only the most common search fields
  • New decorator search area to find embroiderers, screen printers, and more
  • Premium and incentives search
  • An optional second ready-to-go email campaign every month
  • Automatic CRM task scheduling to follow-up on presentations
  • New CRM and order management reporting capabilities

David Natinsky, president of SAGE, commented, "We continue to innovate our products and services based on feedback from existing clients. We're thrilled to release the latest solutions to our customers so they can benefit from increased ease of use and effectiveness for their business. We always aim to be moving ahead of the needs of our distributors and suppliers to support the success of the professionals in our industry."

SAGE Online 12.5 will be rolling out to all SAGE Total Access and SAGE Online subscribers in the coming weeks. Subscribers will receive an "update available" prompt upon logging in to SAGE Online as soon as the new version is available to them. There is no additional charge for the upgrade, and free training and one-on-one sessions are available for anyone wanting help with the update.

SAGE encourages distributors who are not already SAGE subscribers to take advantage of its complimentary 30-day Total Access subscription to give it a test drive. Visit trysage.com to get started with SAGE Total Access, which includes SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile.

About SAGE Online

SAGE Online is the top-rated promotional product research and business management solution in the industry, with over one million products from nearly 4,300 suppliers. It's packed with powerful features that streamline your business processes. Serving the majority of promotional products distributors, SAGE Online provides complete product and supplier research, impressive presentation capabilities, order management, customer relationship management (CRM), electronic catalogs, supplier specials, tradeshow information, email campaigns, virtual sampling, and much more.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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PPAM, SAAGNY, AzPPA, and NWPMA Regional Associations Join Redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program
March 21, 2017
The redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program gives regional associations special benefits from SAGE.
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PPAM, SAAGNY, AzPPA, and NWPMA Regional Associations Join Redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program

Addison, TX (March 21, 2017) – SAGE is pleased to announce that major regional promotional products associations have joined the redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program, including the Promotional Products Association Midwest (PPAM), the Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY), the Arizona Promotional Products Association (AzPPA), and the Northwest Promotional Marketing Association (NWPMA).

The SAGE Affiliate Program is a unique, customized program designed to give regional associations in the promotional products industry and their members special benefits from SAGE through access to business management products and services for members and the association.

"We are continually evaluating our affiliate program and searching for the best opportunities to support regional associations, which play such a vital role in our industry," said Jarod Thorndike, Director of Strategic Relations at SAGE. "We are pleased to find new ways to offer even more benefits and services to our affiliate associations and their members."

SAGE offers members a choice of Business Suite Packages, special product bundles providing product research solutions on all major platforms, online product searching for clients, a custom website, virtual showrooms, and SAGE Total Access subscriptions. The Total Access subscription consists of SAGE Online, the promotional product industry's most popular product research and business management solution; SAGE Web, the browser-based platform to access SAGE products from any device with web access; and SAGE Mobile, the full-featured mobile application for iOS and Android devices.

Members can select a Business Suite Package of 2, 10, or 25 user licenses depending on the number of users they need. As SAGE Affiliates, members of PPAM, SAAGNY, AzPPA, and NWPMA are eligible to receive special pricing on the Business Suite Packages as well as savings on their first SAGE Total Access subscription license.

Jeff Kranz, Board President of PPAM, remarked, "We are thrilled to be able to bring relevant solutions like the SAGE Affiliate Program to our members. We're confident that with the products and services from SAGE, our members will extend the success of promotional products in our region even further."

As part of the relationship, PPAM, SAAGNY, AzPPA, and NWPMA corporate offices will also utilize SAGE products and services to help manage the association.

"We are pleased to have this opportunity to give our members premium tools as a product of our commitment to their success and the success of the industry," said John R. B. Cudahy, CAS, Board President of SAAGNY.

Jarod Thorndike continued, "We couldn't be more excited to partner with our regional associations and provide their members with access to leading-edge business management solutions for every aspect of their operations. SAGE is a huge supporter of regional associations, and the SAGE Affiliate Program is one way we can show it."

NWPMA President Dani Smith commented, "We're confident that this relationship with SAGE will equip each of our members with valuable new resources and opportunities for business growth, and we look forward to seeing the benefits for members and our association."

PPAM, SAAGNY, AzPPA, and NWPMA members who are SAGE subscribers may contact SAGE to learn more about custom offerings, effective as of the next renewal. New association members who add SAGE services can be informed of their options by noting their specific association membership on their application.

To learn more about the SAGE Affiliate Program, visit go.sageworld.com/affiliate.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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PPAMS, SPPA, CAAMP, and GAPPP Regional Associations Join Redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program
March 15, 2017
The redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program gives regional associations special benefits from SAGE.
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PPAMS, SPPA, CAAMP, and GAPPP Regional Associations Join Redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program

Addison, TX (March 15, 2017) – SAGE is pleased to announce that major regional promotional products associations have joined the redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program, including the Promotional Products Association of the Mid-South (PPAMS), the Sunbelt Promotional Products Association (SPPA), the Carolinas Association of Advertising and Marketing Professionals (CAAMP), and the Georgia Association of Promotional Product Professionals (GAPPP).

The SAGE Affiliate Program is a unique, customized program designed to give regional associations in the promotional products industry and their members special benefits from SAGE through access to business management products and services for members and the association.

"We are continually evaluating our affiliate program and searching for the best opportunities to support regional associations, which play such a vital role in our industry," said Jarod Thorndike, Director of Strategic Relations at SAGE. "We are pleased to find new ways to offer even more benefits and services to our affiliate associations and their members."

SAGE offers members a choice of Business Suite Packages, special product bundles providing product research solutions on all major platforms, online product searching for clients, a custom website, virtual showrooms, and SAGE Total Access subscriptions. The Total Access subscription consists of SAGE Online, the promotional product industry's most popular product research and business management solution; SAGE Web, the browser-based platform to access SAGE products from any device with web access; and SAGE Mobile, the full-featured mobile application for iOS and Android devices.

Members can select a Business Suite Package of 2, 10, or 25 user licenses depending on the number of users they need. As SAGE Affiliates, members of PPAMS, SPPA, CAAMP, and GAPPP are eligible to receive special pricing on the Business Suite Packages as well as savings on their first SAGE Total Access subscription license.

In addition, all members subscribing to SAGE Total Access will receive a full membership to Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the world's largest not-for-profit association for the $20 billion promotional products industry. This is part of the Power of Two program, in which SAGE and PPAI have entered into a strategic alliance to provide the industry with the combined benefits of a PPAI membership and SAGE products and services.

Bill Petrie, Board President of PPAMS, remarked, "In such a competitive industry, we know our members are looking for fresh ways to stay ahead of the curve. We're excited to provide access to cutting-edge technology solutions by joining the redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program."

As part of the relationship, PPAMS, SPPA, CAAMP, and GAPPP corporate offices will also utilize SAGE products and services to help manage the association.

"We value this opportunity to continue to meet the needs of our members and our association through the special advantages in the SAGE Affiliate Program," said Loren Richardson, Board President of SPPA.

Jarod Thorndike continued, "We couldn't be more excited to partner with our regional associations and provide their members with access to leading-edge business management solutions for every aspect of their operations. SAGE is a huge supporter of regional associations, and the SAGE Affiliate Program is one way we can show it."

"Our association is driven to enhance our members' success, and we are eager to extend solutions to help make that vision a reality," noted Lisa Bibb, MAS, Executive Director of CAAMP. "The SAGE Affiliate Program is a unique way we can help our members reach new levels of accomplishment in their business."

GAPPP Board President Amy Rabideau, CAS, commented, "We are dedicated to empowering our members with resources that create a positive impact on their operations. This relationship with SAGE allows us to offer a practical and immediate benefit to every professional in our association."

PPAMS, SPPA, CAAMP, and GAPPP members who are SAGE subscribers may contact SAGE to learn more about custom offerings, effective as of the next renewal. New association members who add SAGE services can be informed of their options by noting their specific association membership on their application.

To learn more about the SAGE Affiliate Program, visit go.sageworld.com/affiliate.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Celebrates 25 Years in the Industry
February 17, 2017
SAGE marks its anniversary on February 18, reaching 25 years of providing cutting-edge business services to the promotional products industry.
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SAGE Celebrates 25 Years in the Industry

Addison, TX (February 17, 2017) – SAGE, the leading provider of research solutions and business services for the promotional products industry, will celebrate its 25th anniversary on February 18.

David Natinsky, President of SAGE, commented, "We are excited and grateful to look back at two and a half decades supporting professionals in the promotional products industry. SAGE got its start by introducing a ground-breaking product that transformed the industry, and that drive to innovate has never left. We continue to serve our customers with new and improved products and services every year."

The company was founded in 1992 with one specific goal in mind—to transform the promotional products industry with newer, better technology, lower prices, and exceptional customer service. The SAGE Information System, later renamed SAGE Online, arrived shortly thereafter as the first online product research solution for promotional products, sparking the industry's transition from the paper-based world of catalogs to a world of digital information.

SAGE has since become much more than just product research software, growing into a complete business management solution and an integral part of subscribers' daily lives. In 2016 alone, more than 45,000 distributor users spent over 9.1 million hours in SAGE Online and performed over 64 million product searches.

David Natinsky explained, "Our goal is to provide distributors and suppliers in the industry with all of the tools and services that they need to effectively run their businesses."

Today, in addition to its flagship SAGE Online distributor research service, SAGE also provides mobile research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, marketing and advertising services, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software.

Through its expansive offerings, SAGE has advanced the industry with progressive solutions and benefits to users, including:

  • Creating the industry's most comprehensive product database with over one million promotional products
  • Partnering with PPAI since 2011 as the exclusive technology provider for PPAI members and creating The Power of Two alliance, a program delivering one comprehensive solution for distributors through a PPAI membership and a SAGE Total Access subscription for one low price
  • Putting SAGE technology in subscribers' pockets with SAGE Mobile, the industry's first and most used mobile product research and business management solution
  • Introducing powerful features like complete order management, the CRM module, and the Presentation Publisher to empower distributors to serve their clients and grow their businesses
  • Establishing powerful advertising and tradeshow exhibition opportunities so that suppliers can build their brands and reach more industry distributors
  • Modernizing the traditional processes associated with event management through SAGE Event Services

SAGE continues to be at the forefront of industry development and updates to enhance SAGE products and services can be expected throughout the year.

"Our mission has always been to provide world-class solutions to the professionals in our industry," said Eric Natinsky, CEO of SAGE. "In celebrating this milestone, we want to thank all of our customers! We're honored to have customers that have been with us since we opened our doors twenty-five years ago. We focus every day on what we can do to make you more successful. But without you, there would be no SAGE. With your support, we will continue to push boundaries and bring you innovative services and solutions, just like we have for the past two and a half decades."

To participate in the celebration, SAGE encourages well-wishers to visit go.sageworld.com/anniversary.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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Regional Associations Join Redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program
January 31, 2017
SAGE is pleased to announce that major regional promotional products associations have joined the redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program, including the Houston Promotional Products Association (HPPA), the Promotional Products Association Southwest (PPAS), and the Gold Coast Promotional Products Association (GCPPA).
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Addison, TX (January 31, 2017) – SAGE is pleased to announced that major regional promotional products associations have joined the redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program, including the Houston Promotional Products Association (HPPA), the Promotional Products Association Southwest (PPAS), and the Gold Coast Promotional Products Association (GCPPA).

The SAGE Affiliate Program is a unique, customized program designed to give regional associations in the promotional products industry and their members special benefits from SAGE through access to business management products and services for members and the association.

Jarod Thorndike, Director of Strategic Relations at SAGE, said, "We are continually evaluating our affiliate program and searching for the best opportunities to support regional associations, which play such a vital role in our industry. We are pleased to find new ways to offer even more benefits and services to our affiliate associations and their members."

SAGE offers members a choice of Business Suite Packages, special product bundles providing product research solutions on all major platforms, online product searching for clients, a custom website, virtual showrooms, and SAGE Total Access subscriptions. The Total Access subscription consists of SAGE Online, the promotional product industry's most popular product research and business management solution; SAGE Web, the browser-based platform to access SAGE products from any device with web access; and SAGE Mobile, the full-featured mobile application for iOS and Android devices.

Members can select a Business Suite Package of 2, 10, or 25 user licenses depending on the number of users they need. As SAGE Affiliates, members of HPPA, PPAS and GCPPA are eligible to receive special pricing on the Business Suite Packages as well as savings on their first SAGE Total Access subscription license.

Matt Storlien, Board President of HPPA, said, "HPPA is thrilled to be a member of the redesigned SAGE Affiliate Program. We are certain this partnership allows us to bring the best resources to our membership and helps to advance the promotional products industry throughout the region."

As part of the relationship, HPPA, PPAS, and GCPPA corporate offices will also utilize SAGE products and services to help manage the association.

David DeGreeff, Executive Director of PPAS, commented, "We are pleased to have this opportunity to express our commitment to our professional members in the industry by providing exclusive advantages and easy access to premium tools supporting their business success."

Jarod Thorndike continued, "We couldn't be more excited to partner with our regional associations and provide their members with access to leading-edge business management solutions for every aspect of their operations. SAGE is a huge supporter of regional associations and the SAGE Affiliate Program is one way we can show our support for the industry's regional associations. If you aren't already a member of your regional association, please consider joining today!"

Jean Kalinsky, President of GCPPA, noted, "Our association strives to be a community that understands the needs our members and works tirelessly to source and vet the best solutions. We're confident in the positive opportunities this relationship with SAGE will offer to each of our valued colleagues in the industry."

HPPA, PPAS, and GCPPA members who are SAGE subscribers may contact SAGE to learn more about custom offerings, effective as of the next renewal. New association members who add SAGE services can be informed of their options by noting their specific association membership on their application.

To learn more about the SAGE Affiliate Program, visit go.sageworld.com/affiliate.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE Announces New Features for its Website Platforms
January 30, 2017
Additional features add even more customization capabilities to SAGE Websites to impress visitors, including modern layouts, a new custom page designer, new areas for blogs and videos, multiple product images, and more.
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SAGE Announces New Features for its Website Platforms

Addison, TX (January 30, 2017) – SAGE announces the release of major updates to SAGE website solutions, including SAGE WebExpress Pro, an advanced content management system and SAGE PromoSearch®, a website addition offering visitors the ability to search the entire SAGE product database. Unlike many generic content management systems, SAGE website solutions are designed specifically for the promotional products industry.

The features newly added to SAGE WebExpress Pro websites include:

  • Modern, full-width layouts with background customization options
  • File library area to host and include custom content like images, PDFs, and other files on your website
  • Featured video and testimonial areas on your home page
  • Rearrange home page content so your home page looks exactly how you want it to look
  • Blog area to easily post blog articles to keep your site relevant and fresh
  • Updated rich text editor for easy design of completely custom pages
  • A new art upload page allowing clients to send their artwork through a simple form
  • Option for clients to pay their bill right on your website through SAGE Payment Processing
  • Advanced statistics and analytics regarding your website visitors

The new updates to SAGE PromoSearch websites include:

  • Product option drop-downs, such as size and color, listed on the product page for clients to quickly select exactly what they want and add it to their cart
  • Multiple product images showing different colors and angles to clients
  • The ability to send clients URLs bringing them directly to a product page
  • Quicker and simpler process for website visitors to request more information

"We are pleased to continue to enhance the capabilities of SAGE Websites to help our customers boost online sales and establish a unique website presence," said David Natinsky, SAGE president. "We hope our customers will enjoy the new functionality added to our website offerings and take advantage of the many customization options now available."

SAGE is also introducing WebExpress Pro Design Services, a unique offering in which customers can provide feedback and content to a SAGE web designer and then have the SAGE web designer design the site for one low annual fee. Natinsky continued, "I can't say enough great things about our design services. Everything we do is designed to be do-it-yourself, but let's be honest. Our customers are very busy and even if they do have the time, web design isn't necessarily their strong suit. With this service, we do the work and give our customers the awesome website that they want."

The new versions of SAGE Websites are available now. Current WebExpress Pro subscribers can upgrade to the new version using SAGE's one-click upgrade feature by visiting www.sagemember.com, clicking on WebExpress, Layout Version, and then selecting Version 7.

For distributors or suppliers not yet utilizing SAGE Websites, full details, pricing information, and demo sites are available at go.sageworld.com/website.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® ANNOUNCES SAGE ONLINE 12.5 AND NEW FEATURES IN SAGE WEBSITES
January 9, 2017
SAGE Online 12.5 features significant additions, including a product Q&A section, multiple product images, and new search views. SAGE Websites enhancements include modern layouts, advanced reporting, and custom options.
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SAGE® ANNOUNCES SAGE ONLINE 12.5 AND NEW FEATURES IN SAGE WEBSITES

Addison, TX (January 9, 2017) – SAGE announced several exciting new features during the SAGE Conference today. Eric Natinsky, SAGE CEO, revealed an upcoming new release of the company's flagship research and business management solution, SAGE Online, as well as new features in SAGE Websites.

SAGE Online 12.5 includes a host of new features to further solidify SAGE Online as the most advanced product research and business management tool in the industry. Highlights of the new features include:

  • A new Q&A section to ask the community and suppliers questions about products
  • Multiple product images showing alternate colors and angles
  • Simplified search views show users only the most common search fields
  • An optional, second pre-designed email campaign every month
  • Add the client's saved logo to the products in a presentation
  • New decorators search area to find embroiderers, screen printers, and more
  • A simplified import of email lists to send email campaigns

David Natinsky, President of SAGE, commented, "We're incredibly excited to get the new SAGE 12.5 into our customers' hands. We listened closely to our users and worked to provide an array of advanced solutions to make running their promotional products business even easier."

The upcoming SAGE Websites enhancements put the power to create truly custom websites in the hands of every subscriber. Among the most significant new features are:

  • Modern, full-page-width layout and background options
  • Complete customization and positioning of your home page content
  • Updated rich text editor for easy design of completely custom pages
  • Multiple product images showing various colors and different angles
  • Blog area to easily post your blog articles
  • Featured video and testimonial areas on your home page
  • File library area to host and include custom content like images, PDFs, and other files on your website
  • Online invoice payment for clients with SAGE Payment Processing™
  • Advanced statistics and analytics regarding your website visitors

Natinsky explained, "These new options allow our users to create a truly custom web presence, tailored to their exact needs and preferences. We hope that all of our subscribers will take advantage of these upgrades to advance their website marketing and functionality."

SAGE Online 12.5 will start rolling out to all SAGE Online customers in February. Customers will receive an "update available" message as soon as the new version is available to them. As always, there is no additional charge for the upgrade.

The new SAGE Websites features will be automatically available to SAGE WebExpress ProTM subscribers in late January.

SAGE encourages distributors who are not already SAGE subscribers to take advantage of its complimentary 30-day Total Access subscription to give it a test drive. Visit trysage.com to get started with SAGE Total Access, which includes SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile.

About SAGE Online

SAGE Online is the top-rated promotional product research and business management solution in the industry, with over one million products from nearly 4,300 suppliers. It's packed with powerful features that streamline your business processes. Serving the majority of promotional products distributors, SAGE Online provides complete product and supplier research, impressive presentation capabilities, order management, customer relationship management (CRM), electronic catalogs, supplier specials, tradeshow information, email campaigns, virtual sampling, and much more.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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BindRite™ Dealers Association Names SAGE® as Exclusive Provider of Research and Marketing Tools
December 21, 2016
BindRite and SAGE partner to provide BindRite members with research and marketing products and services for the promotional products industry.
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BindRite™ Dealers Association Names SAGE® as Exclusive Provider of Research and Marketing Tools

Addison, TX (December 21, 2016) – BindRite Dealers Association, a leading North Americawide network dedicated to selling and servicing document binding, finishing, paper handling, and specialty presentation products, has selected SAGE, a leading provider of business management solutions to the promotional products industry, as the exclusive provider of research, marketing, and business management services to its members.

The relationship with SAGE will offer BindRite members the SAGE Total Access subscription, consisting of SAGE Online, the promotional product industry's most popular product research and business management tool; SAGE Web, the browser-based platform to access SAGE tools from any device with web access; and SAGE Mobile, the mobile application for iOS and Android devices.

BindRite members will also have the opportunity to add products from SAGE's suite of powerful tools, including custom websites, e-commerce, email campaigns, professional art services, and client catalogs, for an all-in-one solution to their promotional product business needs. Members will enjoy first-class customer service from a partner committed to their success.

"We're very excited to provide the best tools in the industry to support BindRite's members," said Jarod Thorndike, Director of Strategic Relations at SAGE. "We're looking forward to helping each member streamline and grow the promotional products side of their business."

In addition, all BindRite members subscribing to SAGE Total Access will receive a full membership to Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the world's largest not-for-profit association for the $20 billion promotional products industry. This is part of the Power of Two program, in which SAGE and PPAI have entered into a strategic alliance to provide the industry with the combined benefits of a PPAI membership and SAGE products and services.

Al Boese, Executive Director at BindRite Dealers Association, said, "We're committed to providing our members with the best technology and business management in the industry. This relationship with SAGE and PPAI will help give our members access to the industry's most powerful tools and provide the broadest range of promotional products and services to our customers."

SAGE will provide free webinars and other learning opportunities to help BindRite members learn more about SAGE's product offerings. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.sageworld.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

About BindRite Dealers Association

Authorized BindRite Dealers are members of a North America-wide network group of independent companies, dedicated to selling and servicing document binding, finishing, paper handling, and specialty presentation products. Our members are required to maintain the highest standards of product selection, customer service and technical support in the industry. In addition, our strict Code of Ethics assures that BindRite members conduct themselves fairly and honestly in every aspect of business practice. We build loyal, long-term relationships with our customers by treating them fairly, meeting their needs and earning their trust. For more information, visit www.bindrite.com.

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SAGE® Announces 2016 Supplier Rating Award Winners
October 18, 2016
SAGE presents rating awards to 1,485 suppliers based on distributor ratings from SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile.
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SAGE® Announces 2016 Supplier Rating Award Winners

Addison, TX (October 18, 2016) – SAGE announces its 2016 supplier rating award winners. Each year, SAGE presents industry suppliers with A+ and A rating awards based on distributor ratings collected in SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile.

This year, 1070 suppliers received the top A+ rating, while another 415 suppliers received an A rating. A total of 37 percent of all suppliers in the SAGE database received an award this year. As part of the Power of Two relationship between SAGE and PPAI, SAGE ratings are also considered for eligibility in the industry's annual PPAI Supplier Star Awards Competition.

"We are always excited to acknowledge our award-winning suppliers for their outstanding achievements during the year," said SAGE president, David Natinsky. "Being awarded with an A+ or A rating from SAGE is something to be very proud of and shows that our industry continues to move in a positive direction with a strong focus on customer service and quality products."

Awards are based solely on the distributor rating system that is part of SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile, the industry's most popular product research and business management suite. The SAGE rating system is widely known among distributors for providing the most accurate and reliable supplier ratings in the industry.

Distributors can rate suppliers at any time using SAGE Online, SAGE Web, or SAGE Mobile or via a "Rate us now" link provided by suppliers. Distributors can only rate each supplier one time but may change their ratings at any time. Rating awards are given each year based on the aggregate distributor ratings. Suppliers with an A+ or A aggregate rating are given an award.

Distributors using SAGE's industry-leading research can make more informed decisions about suppliers by accessing suppliers' current, real-time ratings, including peer distributor comments as well as full award information for each supplier (including all industry awards).

Supplier award winners will have access to a variety of marketing collateral to promote their award status, including logos for their catalogs, websites, and email signatures. For more information, suppliers should contact their account representative at 800.925.7243.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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Universal Unilink® Names SAGE® as a Preferred Provider of Research and Marketing Tools
October 11, 2016
Universal Unilink adds SAGE® as a research and marketing tool for promotional product research.
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Universal Unilink adds SAGE® as a research and marketing tool for promotional product research.

Addison, TX (October 11, 2016) – Universal Unilink, the leading resource and innovative partner to independent owners in the business of uniforms, textiles, laundries, wearables, and promotional products, has selected SAGE, a leading provider of business management solutions to the promotional products industry, as a preferred provider of research, marketing, and business management services to its Members.

As part of the relationship, SAGE will provide Universal Unilink Members with a custom-designed package of SAGE products and services, which will include product research, marketing, and operational tools for their promotional products business. Members will receive a Total Access subscription, providing them with access to SAGE Online, the promotional product industry's most popular product research and business management tool; SAGE Web, the browser-based platform to access SAGE tools from any device with web access; and SAGE Mobile, the mobile application for iOS and Android devices.

Universal Unilink Members will also have the opportunity to add products from SAGE's suite of powerful tools, including custom websites, e-commerce, email campaigns, professional art services, and client catalogs, for an all-in-one solution to their promotional product business needs. Members will enjoy first-class customer service from a partner committed to their success.

"We're very excited to provide the best tools in the industry to support Universal Unilink's Members," said Jarod Thorndike, Director of Strategic Relations at SAGE. "We're looking forward to helping each Member streamline and grow the promotional products side of their business."

In addition, all Universal Unilink Members subscribing to SAGE Total Access will receive a full membership to Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the world's largest not-for-profit association for the $20 billion promotional products industry. This is part of the Power of Two program, in which SAGE and PPAI have entered into a strategic alliance to provide the industry with the combined benefits of a PPAI membership and SAGE products and services.

Allan Fowler, CEO at Universal Unilink, said, "Our mission is to provide premier resources and benefits for all our Members. This partnership with SAGE and PPAI will give our Members a powerful market position with the most advanced technology and comprehensive business management tools in the promotional products industry."

SAGE will provide free webinars and other learning opportunities to help Universal Unilink Members learn more about SAGE's product offerings. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.sageworld.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

About Universal Unilink

Universal Unilink Purchasing Association is a member-driven organization dedicated to providing valuable resources in the business of uniforms, textiles, laundries, wearables, and promotional products. Universal Unilink provides opportunities for Members to save money, expand profits, increase efficiencies, leverage educational opportunities and network with their peers to maximize Members' bottom lines. For more information, contact Ginger Sanders, gingers@universalpa.com, 888-830-7872, or www.universal-unilink.com.

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SAGE® LAUNCHES NEW SUPPLIER INTEGRATION PLATFORM
September 29, 2016
SAGE has launched a new API allowing suppliers to directly integrate their back-end systems with the SAGE database, providing SAGE's over 45,000 distributor users with real-time product, inventory, and order status information.
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SAGE® LAUNCHES NEW SUPPLIER INTEGRATION PLATFORM

Addison, TX (September 29, 2016) – SAGE announces a major new version of its Supplier Integration Toolkit, a complete application programming interface (API) for industry suppliers to use to exchange data in real time with distributors through the SAGE network. The new version, 2.0, expands the capabilities of SAGE's previous toolkit to provide new functionality and capabilities that have been requested by suppliers and distributors. Using the toolkit, suppliers can:

  • Update product information and pricing in real time 24/7/365
  • Show real-time inventory status within SAGE's research tools
  • Provide distributors with instant order status change notifications
  • Consume orders placed through the SAGE network for electronic entry into back-end systems (instead of retyping from emailed PDFs)
  • Leverage the SAGE database to verify distributors

"Our Supplier Integration Toolkit is by far the best way for suppliers to get ahead of their competition in today's marketplace," said David Natinsky, President of SAGE. "Distributors are craving real-time product data, inventory, and order status like they get with B2C sites like Amazon. Once the initial, one-time connection is set up, suppliers can effortlessly and continuously provide all of this to over 45,000 distributor users in the SAGE network. It's truly one and done."

Brian Pritchard, Director of IT at SAGE, said, "It was really important to us that we design our integration toolkit in a way that makes it as easy as possible for suppliers. Because it's a push network, suppliers can simply push data to us using a standard, secure HTTPS post. Suppliers don't have to set up web services, deal with complex security and availability issues, or the like. Once a supplier has the data out of their back-end system in a usable format, it usually takes literally less than an hour to be sending the data to us. It's really that easy."

SAGE provides supplier data to the industry through its market-leading distributor services, SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile. SAGE also provides a data feed for distributors who want to connect the raw data to their own internal systems. SAGE also provides relevant data to end users through the thousands of distributor websites that SAGE powers.

The Supplier Integration Toolkit v2.0 is available now for all SAGE Advantage Members. There is no additional cost to use the toolkit. For more information or to get started, suppliers are encouraged to contact their SAGE account executive or visit go.sageworld.com/SITK for more information.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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Safeguard® Names SAGE® as a Preferred Provider of Research and Marketing Tools
August 1, 2016
Safeguard adds SAGE as a research and marketing tool for promotional product research.
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Safeguard® Names SAGE® as a Preferred Provider of Research and Marketing Tools

Addison, TX (August 1, 2016) – Safeguard, a leading print, promotional products and business services distribution company, has selected SAGE, a leading provider of business management solutions to the promotional products industry, as a preferred provider of research, marketing, and business management services to its locations.

As part of the relationship, SAGE will provide Safeguard network locations with special corporate pricing on select SAGE products and services. This includes the SAGE Total Access subscription, consisting of SAGE Online, the promotional product industry's most popular product research and business management tool; as well as SAGE Web, the browser-based platform to access SAGE tools from any device with web access; and SAGE Mobile, the mobile application for iOS and Android devices. In addition, this partnership will include preferred pricing on many of the SAGE Website tools and services.

"We're extremely excited to provide the best industry tools to help support Safeguard's network of locations," said Jarod Thorndike, Director of Strategic Relations at SAGE. "We look forward to working with each location to help streamline the promotional products side of their business."

In addition, all Safeguard network locations subscribing to SAGE Total Access will receive a full membership to Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the world's largest not-for-profit association for the $20 billion promotional products industry. This is part of the Power of Two program, in which SAGE and PPAI have entered into a strategic alliance to provide the industry with the combined benefits of a PPAI membership and SAGE products and services.

Kellye Santos, Vice President of Customer Service & Operations at Safeguard, said, "We're committed to providing our locations with the best technology and business management in the industry. This relationship with SAGE and PPAI will help give our locations access to the industry's most powerful tools and provide the broadest range of promotional products and services to our customers."

SAGE will provide free webinars and other learning opportunities to help Safeguard network locations learn more about SAGE's product offerings. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.sageworld.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

About Safeguard

For more than 60 years, Safeguard, through its network of dedicated distributors, has been providing the products, services and expertise needed by organizations and businesses to help them grow and succeed. Through innovation, dedication and a commitment to quality and integrity, Safeguard has transformed itself from a distributed check-printing business to a rapidly expanding diversified business solutions enterprise. Safeguard distributors enjoy a proven and efficient business model that provides them with the opportunity to achieve professional and personal success. For more information, visit www.gosafeguard.com.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Web™ 2.0
June 28, 2016
The latest version of SAGE's web-based product research and business management service now offers full presentations, complete order management, supplier specials, and discussion groups.
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SAGE® Announces SAGE Web™ 2.0

Addison, TX (June 28, 2016) – SAGE announces a major new version of SAGE Web, the web-based version of SAGE's industry-leading research and business management platform. SAGE Web gives promotional product distributors access to SAGE's powerful research and business management tools from Mac computers, Windows phones, and any other desktop or mobile device with web access that may not have the Windows-based SAGE Online or the SAGE Mobile iOS/Android app installed. This new upgrade introduces several new features and enhancements, including:

  • Full presentation publisher allowing users to create, edit, and share professional presentations with their clients
  • Complete order management capabilities including the ability to create new forms and edit existing orders
  • Discussion Groups area giving users the ability to share and collaborate with industry and company colleagues, including the option to attach product searches and images
  • Supplier Specials area to quickly view, search and filter top promotional product specials
  • View and edit supplier and product personal information

"It's important to us that our Mac users and any other users without SAGE Online have the same core functionality that exists in the Windows-based SAGE Online," said David Natinsky, President of SAGE. "The added features of SAGE Web 2.0 have definitely achieved this goal."

The upgrade is available now to all SAGE Total Access subscribers. There is no charge for the upgrade.

SAGE Web shares all of its data with SAGE Online and SAGE Mobile, allowing customers to use a mix of SAGE Online, SAGE Web and SAGE Mobile without any trouble. Everyone can seamlessly access the same presentations, project center, orders, and other information regardless of the platform they are using.

SAGE Web is licensed as part of SAGE Total Access, SAGE's per-user licensing model that includes SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web for one low per-user cost. Total Access is $49 per month for the first user and $9 per month for each additional user. Distributors who are interested in using SAGE Web but are not yet Total Access subscribers are offered a complimentary 30-day Total Access subscription at trysage.com.

About SAGE Web

SAGE Web is the web-based platform for accessing SAGE research and business management services. Distributors with Macs, Windows phones or tablets, or any other device with web access can easily access their critical product research, CRM, order management, presentation publisher, supplier specials, Virtual Design Studio, discussion groups, and other data whenever they need it. SAGE Web is available as part of SAGE Total Access, a comprehensive, per-user licensing model that allows each user to access any combination of SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, or SAGE Web on up to five devices. Total Access is $49 per month for the first user and $9 per month for each additional user.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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PPAI and SAGE Streamline Process for Enrolling in Power of Two Benefits
April 5, 2016

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PPAI and SAGE Streamline Process for Enrolling in Power of Two Benefits

Irving, TX and Addison, TX (April 5, 2016) – Promotional Products Association International (PPAI; ppai.org), the world's largest not-for-profit association for the $20 billion promotional products industry, and SAGE® (sageworld.com), the industry's leading technology provider, are rolling out a new process for distributors to automatically receive the combined benefits of a PPAI membership and a SAGE Total Access subscription through the Power of Two alliance.

Effective April 1, 2016, eligible SAGE Total Access subscribers will automatically receive a membership to PPAI and, in turn, PPAI members will receive a subscription to SAGE Total Access, giving them access to SAGE Online, SAGE Web and SAGE Mobile, SAGE's premier suite of product research, presentation, CRM, order management and virtual sampling tools.

Small distributors, with sales less than $250,000, will receive a single, co-branded invoice for both their PPAI membership and SAGE Total Access subscription. Additionally, small distributors no longer have to redeem a voucher in order to sign up, making it easier for them to receive these combined benefits. No additional charges will be added to receive the Power of Two benefits. Larger PPAI distributor members will continue to receive a voucher for SAGE Total Access with their PPAI membership and be invoiced separately for their SAGE services.

Whether signing up through PPAI or SAGE, distributors will automatically begin receiving the Power of Two and PPAI member benefits immediately. In addition, distributors will continue to have the option of being billed on a monthly or annual basis for their PPAI membership and SAGE subscription.

"We're always striving to provide our subscribers with the best resources in the industry," said David Natinsky, president of SAGE. "PPAI has long been the leading authority, advocate and voice in this industry. By providing our subscribers with direct access to PPAI member benefits like legislative action tools, product safety initiatives, professional development, and thousands of dollars in business savings, we're giving them the opportunity to develop as industry leaders."

PPAI members are eligible for substantial discounts with companies such as FedEx and QuickBooks. In addition, they have access to the industry's leading education programs and networking events, and receive all PPAI publications at no additional charge. PPAI is a highly-respected organization that leads the way in influencing industry legislation, is the principal industry source on product safety and compliance and grants the designations MAS+, MAS and CAS to industry professionals.

Paul Bellantone, CAE, president and CEO of PPAI, said, "As our technology partner, SAGE provides our members with business management solutions that allow them to excel in the industry. Through this streamlined process, we are making it easier for distributors to grow their businesses in 2016 and beyond."

For more information on PPAI's member benefits and savings opportunities, call PPAI at 888-I-AM-PPAI (426-7724) or visit www.ppai.org/join.

For questions regarding SAGE products and services, please call 800-925-7243 (SAGE) or visit www.sageworld.com.

About PPAI

Founded in 1903, the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) is the world's largest and oldest not-for-profit association serving more than 13,000 corporate members of the $20 billion promotional products industry which is comprised of more than 33,700 businesses and a workforce of more than 500,000 professionals. PPAI represents the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocates on its behalf. PPAI operates The PPAI Expo, the industry's largest trade show; provides the leading promotional products safety and compliance program, a prestigious professional development and certification program; and publishes industry trade journals and periodicals. The multi-billion-dollar industry includes wearables, writing instruments, calendars, drinkware and many other items, usually imprinted with a company's name, logo or message. For more information, visit PPAI.org and find us on Twitter @PPAI_HQ, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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Alliance Franchise Brands Names SAGE® as a Preferred Provider of Research and Marketing Tools
April 4, 2016

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Addison, Texas (April 4, 2016) – Alliance Franchise Brands LLC, a world leader in the graphic arts and visual communications markets with nearly 600 locations in North America, has selected SAGE, a leading provider of business management solutions to the promotional products industry, as a preferred provider of research, marketing, and business management services to its franchise owners.

As part of the relationship, SAGE will provide Alliance Franchise Brands network franchise owners with a special corporate discount on all SAGE products and services. This includes a discount on the SAGE Total Access subscription, consisting of SAGE Online, the promotional product industry's most popular product research and business management tool, as well as SAGE Web, the browser-based platform to access SAGE tools from any device with web access, and SAGE Mobile, the mobile application for iOS and Android devices. In addition, this partnership will include a discount on many of the SAGE Website tools and services.

"We're extremely excited to provide the best industry tools to help support Alliance Franchise Brands network of franchise owners," said Jarod Thorndike, Director of Strategic Relations at SAGE. "We look forward to working with each location to help streamline the promotional products side of their business."

In addition, all Alliance Franchise Brands network franchise owners subscribing to SAGE Total Access via the Alliance Franchise Brands Package will receive a full membership to Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the world's largest not-for-profit association for the $20 billion promotional products industry. This is part of the Power of Two program, in which SAGE and PPAI have entered into a strategic alliance to provide the industry with the combined benefits of a PPAI membership and SAGE products and services.

Tim Wood, Vice President of Technology at Alliance Franchise Brands, said, "We're committed to providing our franchise owners with the best technology and business management in the industry. This partnership with SAGE and PPAI will help our franchise members access powerful tools and provide the broadest range of promotional products and services to their customers."

SAGE will provide free webinars and other learning opportunities to help Alliance Franchise Brands network franchise members learn more about SAGE's product offerings. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.sageworld.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

About Alliance Franchise Brands

Alliance Franchise Brands is one of the world's largest business-to-business franchises, serving the multi-billion dollar market for marketing, print, sign and graphic communication services. Approximately 600 franchise owners in North America and the United Kingdom provide businesses and organizations with a one-stop resource for technologically advanced and strategically sound solutions for their graphic communication needs. Its Marketing & Print Division includes the Allegra, American Speedy Printing, Insty-Prints, Speedy Printing and Zippy Print brands. Its Sign & Graphics division includes the Signs Now, Signs By Tomorrow and Image360 brands. Its Corporate Operations Division includes Allegra locations in Plymouth, Clawson and Troy, Mich., and Windsor, Ont. Corporate-owned Image360 centers are located in Columbia and Middle River, Md.; Plymouth, Mich., and Windsor, Ont. For more information, visit www.alliancefranchisebrands.com.

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SAGE® ANNOUNCES SAGE ONLINE 12
March 31, 2016
SAGE Online 12 features a refreshed presentations area, a brand new virtual sample tool, refined navigation, and powerful enhancements.
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SAGE® ANNOUNCES SAGE ONLINE 12

Addison, TX (March 31, 2016) – SAGE announces the official launch of SAGE Online 12, one of the most significant upgrades ever to its industry-leading research and business management software. This latest version includes the debut of a redesigned Presentation Publisher, as well as the addition of updated brand new Virtual Design Studio for SAGE Online.

SAGE Online 12 includes a modern design and powerful new features that uphold SAGE Online's reputation as the most advanced product research and business management solution in the industry. The new version introduces numerous feature enhancements, including the following:

  • Presentation Publisher now features a personalized dashboard, rich-text formatting, refined navigation and storage, the ability to add comments, and more customization options.
  • The Customer Relationship Management (CRM) module now has the ability to access the search history and presentations for each client, assign tasks to specific client contacts, and see a street view for company addresses.
  • Virtual Design Studio has been completely revamped with a new look, easy-to-use navigation, logo color-changing, and PMS matching, making it easier than ever to create professional, impressive virtual samples.
  • Projects and data are securely stored in the cloud, with real-time updates available to team members and clients. In addition, all data is automatically synced between SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile.
  • SAGE Online has more than doubled the number of email templates available for creating marketing campaigns.
  • In addition to integrating with QuickBooks, SAGE Online 12 now supports seamless integration with QuickBooks Online, the number-one online accounting software.

David Natinsky, president of SAGE, commented, "We continue to innovate our products and services based on feedback from existing clients. We're really proud of SAGE Online 12 because it's unlike anything the industry has seen before. It really encompasses our mission to provide a complete business management solution to our customers."

SAGE Online 12 will be rolling out to all SAGE Total Access and SAGE Online subscribers in the coming weeks. Subscribers will receive an "update available" prompt upon logging in to SAGE Online as soon as the new version is available to them. There is no additional charge for the upgrade, and free training and one-on-one sessions are available for anyone wanting help with the update.

SAGE encourages distributors who are not already SAGE subscribers to take advantage of its complimentary 30-day Total Access subscription to give it a test drive. Visit trysage.com to get started with SAGE Total Access, which includes SAGE Online, SAGE Web, and SAGE Mobile.

About SAGE Online

SAGE Online is the industry's #1-rated and most popular product research service in the promotional products industry. Serving the majority of promotional products distributors, SAGE Online provides complete product and supplier research, impressive presentation capabilities, order management, customer relationship management (CRM), electronic catalogs, supplier specials, tradeshow information, SAGEim instant messaging, email campaigns, discussion groups, and much more. SAGE Online is available as part of SAGE Total Access, a comprehensive, per-user licensing model that allows each user to access any combination of SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, or SAGE Web on up to five devices. Total Access is just $49/month for the first user and $9/month for each additional user.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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EmbroidMe Names SAGE as its Exclusive Provider of Research, Marketing, and Business Management Solutions for all EmbroidMe Franchisees
February 11, 2016

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EmbroidMe Names SAGE as its Exclusive Provider of Research, Marketing, and Business Management Solutions for all EmbroidMe Franchisees

Addison, TX (February 11, 2016) – SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, and EmbroidMe, the world's largest diversified promotional products franchise, announced today that EmbroidMe has selected SAGE to be the exclusive provider of promotional product research, business management, and marketing support for its franchisees.

Through this partnership, SAGE will offer a special corporate package to all EmbroidMe franchisees featuring the SAGE Total Access subscription, which includes SAGE Online, the promotional product industry's most popular product research and business management tool, SAGE Mobile, the mobile application for iOS and Android devices, and SAGE Web, the browser-based platform to access SAGE tools from any device with web access.

In addition to the SAGE business management tools, EmbroidMe will be populating its new custom websites and back office POS systems with SAGE data as part of the EmbroidMe Package.

"We're very excited about partnering with an industry leader like EmbroidMe," said Jarod Thorndike, Director of Strategic Relations at SAGE. "We're looking forward to providing them with this comprehensive package and the best customer service in the industry."

In addition, all EmbroidMe franchisees with the EmbroidMe Package will receive a full membership to Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the world's largest not-for-profit association for the $20 billion promotional products industry. This is part of the Power of Two program, in which SAGE and PPAI have entered into a strategic alliance to provide the industry with the combined benefits of a PPAI membership and SAGE products and services.

Christine Marion, Director of Retail Operations for EmbroidMe, said, "We're thrilled to be working with SAGE and PPAI to provide their impressive set of products and services to our franchisees. SAGE's various tools and PPAI's professional development offerings will be a tremendous asset to each EmbroidMe location."

To help EmbroidMe franchisees learn the ins and outs of SAGE's product offerings, SAGE will provide free ongoing education opportunities throughout the country at various tradeshows, regional meetings, webinars, and at the EmbroidMe home office.

New and existing franchisees can sign up for the new EmbroidMe Package effective immediately.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

About EmbroidMe

With hundreds of Resource Centers around the world, EmbroidMe is the most comprehensive source for promotional apparel and advertising specialties, providing its promotional partners with full-service custom embroidery and screen-printing for apparel. For more information about and to view this and additional releases, visit the EmbroidMe News & Press Release section of embroidme.com. EmbroidMe's on-site specialists are ready to provide you with first-class service and products of the highest quality; just click EmbroidMe Locations to find the Resource Center nearest you.

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SAGE® Launches New Virtual Design Studio for its Client-Facing Website Services
December 21, 2015
SAGE's technology-leading web-based virtual sample creation tool is now available for distributor websites powered by SAGE.
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SAGE® Launches New Virtual Design Studio for its Client-Facing Website Services

Addison, TX (December 21, 2015) – SAGE, the leading provider of research and business management solutions for the promotional products industry, announced today the launch of its virtual sample tool for end buyer use on distributor websites powered by SAGE. SAGE PromoSearch®, SAGE's end-buyer facing, web-based search engine module, and SAGE WebExpress Pro™, SAGE's dynamic website management system, have both received the new tool as part of the standard offering.

With the SAGE Virtual Design Studio, end buyers can now have the same powerful virtual sampling capabilities introduced earlier in the year as part of SAGE Web, SAGE's web-based distributor research and business management service. This simple-to-use, visual designer allows anyone to create a stunning virtual sample so they can see how their logo looks on a product. The sample image can then be shared among colleagues and provided to the distributor to use as a guide for logo placement for the order. The designer boasts a number of powerful features, including:

  • Logo resizing, skewing, recoloring, cropping, opacity, curving
  • Ability to remove an image background in just one click
  • PMS color support
  • Eyedropper color selection
  • Ability to add text with over 40 font choices
  • Support for all raster and vector logo files
  • Compatible with ALL modern browsers
  • No plug-ins or downloads required and no security prompts

"Virtual samples are extremely powerful sales tools," said David Natinsky, SAGE president. "When distributors' clients can put their own logo on an item and show it to their colleagues around the office, it's sure to help close the deal. But in order for clients to use these types of features, they have to be simple and straightforward. So that has been our focus with our Virtual Design Studio. It's by far the most powerful and technology-advanced virtual sampling tool on the market. But at the same time, it's also the easiest to use. This makes it a powerful addition to any distributors' website."

The new Virtual Design Studio component is automatically live on all distributors' PromoSearch and WebExpress Pro websites as of today at no additional charge.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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PPAI and SAGE Extend Power of Two Relationship
December 15, 2015

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PPAI and SAGE Extend Power of Two Relationship

IRVING, TX and ADDISON, TX (December 15, 2015) – Promotional Products Association International (PPAI; ppai.org), the world's largest not-for-profit association for the $20 billion promotional products industry, and SAGE® (sageworld.com), the industry's leading technology provider, announced today the extension of their Power of Two strategic alliance to deliver one comprehensive association and business management solution to promotional products distributors. The renewal agreement extends the $495 SAGE credit for PPAI distributor members. PPAI and SAGE will also be introducing a new streamlined process for membership renewals and credit redemption to be announced in March 2016 and rolled out in April.

"The Power of Two alliance has been a significant benefit to our members," says Paul Bellantone, CAE, president and CEO of PPAI. "SAGE has provided them with direct access to full product and supplier research and much more, and we are pleased to continue this relationship as our exclusive technology partner."

Through this alliance, all new and renewing PPAI distributor members receive a $495 credit toward a SAGE Total Access subscription, which completely covers the cost of the first user for the year. Additional user licenses are $95 per year. SAGE Total Access provides distributors with access to SAGE Online, SAGE Web and SAGE Mobile, SAGE's premier suite of product research, presentation, CRM, order management and virtual sampling tools.

"PPAI has long been the leading authority, advocate and voice in this industry," says David Natinsky, president of SAGE. "By providing our subscribers with direct access to PPAI member benefits like legislative action tools, product safety initiatives, professional development and thousands of dollars in business savings, we are giving them the opportunity to develop as industry leaders."

As part of the new agreement, SAGE Mobile will serve as the official show planner app for The PPAI Expo held in January in Las Vegas, as well as for Expo East held in March in Atlantic City, New Jersey. SAGE Mobile will empower show attendees with the tools they need to conquer the show floors. Attendees can view complete event schedules, create walk lists, navigate the show floor using an interactive floor plan, add notes, pictures, videos and voice memos as they visit booths, and much more. For more information on using SAGE Mobile at these shows, visit go.sageworld.com/planexpo.

"I'm a huge supporter of both SAGE and PPAI and I am glad to hear that the Power of Two relationship is continuing," says PPAI member Suzan Bolski, President/CEO of Anything Goes Promotions Inc. "SAGE's technology has made my business more efficient and PPAI's resources and professional development have helped me bring my company to the next level. We know we can always count on both SAGE and PPAI for help and support. For the distributor community, this is great news because access to SAGE Online, plus the unequaled value we receive from PPAI membership means we will more than cover our cost in dues, making it a profitable opportunity for us."

For more information on PPAI's member benefits and savings opportunities, call PPAI at 888-I-AM-PPAI (426-7724) or visit www.ppai.org/join.

For questions regarding SAGE services or the $495 SAGE credit, please call 800-925-7243 (SAGE) or visit www.sageworld.com.

About PPAI

Founded in 1903, the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) is the world's largest and oldest not-for-profit association serving more than 11,000 corporate members of the $20 billion promotional products industry which is comprised of more than 33,700 businesses and a workforce of more than 500,000 professionals. PPAI represents the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocates on its behalf. PPAI operates The PPAI Expo, the industry's largest trade show; provides the leading promotional products safety and compliance program, a prestigious professional development and certification program; and publishes industry trade journals and periodicals. The multi-billion-dollar industry includes wearables, writing instruments, calendars, drinkware and many other items, usually imprinted with a company's name, logo or message. For more information, visit PPAI.org and find us on Twitter @PPAI_HQ, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end-buyer catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Expands Tradeshow Planning Features in SAGE Mobile 5.0
November 24, 2015
The latest version of SAGE's mobile app includes new tradeshow planning features to improve attendees' show experience.
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SAGE® Expands Tradeshow Planning Features in SAGE Mobile 5.0

Addison, Texas (November 24, 2015) – SAGE announces the release of a new version of SAGE Mobile, the leading mobile research solution for the promotional products industry. SAGE Mobile is the official show planner for The PPAI Expo held in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 12-14, 2016. The app, available for iOS and Android devices, allows industry distributors to search for products, look up customer information, check orders, view presentations, plan for tradeshows and access other SAGE information, all from their mobile device.

SAGE Mobile's powerful tradeshow planning area gives show attendees the ability to:

  • Search for exhibitors by company name, product category, or show location
  • Create a walk list prior to the show and SAGE Mobile will guide users to each booth on their walk list based on the most efficient route
  • View the interactive floor plan to help users navigate the show floor and see the exhibitors' booths added to their walk list
  • View your location on the show floor with a "you are here" blue dot
  • Sort the walk list by your preferred method (Company Name, Booth Number, Zig-Zag Walk Order, One Side Walk Order)
  • Check off exhibitors as the booths are visited
  • Easily add notes, pictures, video and voice memos for exhibitors while walking the show floor
  • View the entire education schedule for The PPAI Expo
  • Add education sessions to their calendar and filter by preferred method
  • Take notes during the sessions and export notes directly from their device
  • Scan the QR code at each booth and SAGE Mobile will automatically locate the exhibitor page for easy note-taking, along with marking that booth as visited
  • View and filter all The PPAI Expo product pavilions

"We are pleased to continue to enhance the capabilities of SAGE Mobile to help our customers manage industry tradeshows especially The PPAI Expo," said David Natinsky, SAGE president. "As the largest tradeshow in the promotional products industry, PPAI Expo's vast show floor and robust education day schedule will be effortless to navigate with SAGE Mobile."

SAGE Mobile 5.0 is available now. Current customers can download the new version for free from either the App Store for iOS devices or Google Play for Android devices. Distributors who are not current SAGE customers, but who are registered for The PPAI Expo can access the tradeshow planning area of SAGE Mobile by visiting www.go.sageworld.com/planexpo. For distributors not attending The PPAI Expo, contact SAGE today for a complimentary 30-day subscription of SAGE Total Access, which includes the full version of SAGE Mobile. For more information on SAGE Mobile, visit www.sageworld.com/SAGE_mobile.php.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Extends the Capabilities of its Lead Retrieval Service, SAGE ShowLink
November 2, 2015
SAGE ShowLink 6.0 adds a new, user-friendly interface, distributor verification, advanced statistics, and much more.
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SAGE® Extends the Capabilities of its Lead Retrieval Service, SAGE ShowLink

Addison, Texas (November 2, 2015) – SAGE continues to revolutionize exhibitor lead retrieval with the latest release of SAGE ShowLink 6.0, the only lead retrieval service built specifically for the promotional products industry. Using an iOS or Android device, suppliers can scan badges at industry tradeshows to collect leads and schedule follow-ups. The new version, 6.0, has a new, refreshed interface focused on ease of use. It also includes a new automatic distributor verification feature, and advanced statistics.

David Natinsky, president of SAGE, commented, "We are continually adding new features to our services based on the feedback from existing customers and SAGE ShowLink is no different. We know exhibitors are becoming more strategic with how they follow up after tradeshows and want a lead retrieval system that reflects that. The new ShowLink features offer a more personalized and effective experience."

The latest version includes a distributor verification feature, which will tell the supplier right away whether or not the attendee is a verified distributor in the SAGE database. This unique feature will help suppliers verify new leads quicker and more efficiently.

Natinsky continued, "We often hear from industry suppliers that more efficient lead follow-up is one of their goals in order to maximize the tradeshow's return on investment. Collecting valuable information onsite gives suppliers the critical information they need to effectively follow up with their leads after a show."

"We use ShowLink for any show that Logo Mats attends," said Miles Wadsworth, president of Logo Mats, LLC. "ShowLink helps us to capture attendees interested in our products and qualify them as well. One of our favorite features is custom settings that allow us to send the right follow up information after the show is over. We are excited for the newest version!"

"We're excited for the extended functionality of ShowLink 6.0, said Karen Cohen, executive vice president of All-in-One. "ShowLink is already such a great tool and value versus using a scanner for each show."

SAGE ShowLink 6.0 is available now from the Apple App Store or Google Play. This is a free update for existing ShowLink subscribers. New customers are encouraged to contact SAGE for more information and to purchase ShowLink now for use at The PPAI Expo in January. For more information, visit http://sageworld.com/supplier/lead-retrieval.php or call 800.925.7243.

About SAGE ShowLink

SAGE ShowLink is an advanced lead retrieval service designed specifically for the promotional products industry. Using an iOS or Android device, suppliers can scan badges at industry tradeshows to collect leads and schedule follow-ups. ShowLink can even collect sample orders and detailed notes. Custom qualifier capabilities are built right into ShowLink at no additional charge. In addition, ShowLink can take pictures of attendees, sync between multiple devices in the booth, scan business cards at shows that do not have barcoded badges, automatically verify industry distributors, operate in kiosk mode, and much more. All leads are automatically and securely sent to the cloud for easy post-show management, reporting, and statistics. ShowLink subscriptions begin at $295 per year, per device.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Launches Virtual Design Studio for Supplier Websites
October 1, 2015

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SAGE® Launches Virtual Design Studio for Supplier Websites

Addison, Texas (October 1, 2015) – SAGE, the leading provider of research and business management solutions for the promotional products industry, announced the launch of a new web-based virtual sample creation tool for promotional products suppliers. The Supplier Virtual Design Studio (VDS) is a tool that allows distributors to create virtual samples by adding their client's logo to any product directly on a supplier's website. It easily integrates with a supplier's own custom website or with SAGE PromoSearch®.

The SAGE Virtual Design Studio includes a number of powerful features, including:

  • Custom user-interface branding options
  • Product image and logo cropping
  • Advanced logo background removal
  • Logo resizing and skewing
  • Logo color changing (with eyedropper and PMS color support)
  • Logo curving/wrapping
  • Add text with over 40 font choices
  • Email, print or save the virtual sample
  • Comprehensive file support, including EPS, AI, PDF, JPG, PNG and TIFF
  • Pre-defined logo placement
  • Complete cross-browser support for all modern browsers
  • No plug-ins or downloads required to use it

"Nothing sells your product better than seeing a sample of it with the client's logo right there on it," said David Natinsky, SAGE president. "When suppliers add the Virtual Design Studio to their websites, distributors can add their clients' logos and text to the suppliers' products to create realistic virtual samples to show to clients."

This value-added tool will provide promotional product distributors a competitive advantage by allowing them to produce a wide variety of artwork in a time-efficient manner. By adding the VDS to their website, suppliers will also have an advantage because distributors will spend more time on their website and their products will become more attractive to the end buyers who will be able to see virtual samples with their logos on them.

Natinsky continued, "We have spent a long time developing just the right tool for creating virtual samples in our industry. The VDS is more powerful than anything else out there, but also easier to use for the average web visitor than any other virtual sampling tool on the market. It's also simple for suppliers to integrate into their own site. In literally just a few minutes, you can be up and running."

The supplier Virtual Design Studio is available now with SAGE PromoSearch for $59 per month or $595 per year. Suppliers without PromoSearch can add it to their website as an add-on for $79 per month or $795 per year. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com/supplier/virtual-design-studio.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Launches Mobile-Friendly Websites For Customers
July 16, 2015
The new responsive designs will help SAGE customers attract new clients to their website and impress website visitors with improved look and functionality.
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SAGE® Launches Mobile-Friendly Websites For Customers

Addison, Texas (July 16, 2015) – SAGE unveiled mobile-friendly themes for its popular WebExpress and WebExpress Pro website services. This brand new responsive design adapts to the device from which the site is being accessed, so website visitors will enjoy a flawless online experience whether they're visiting the site from their desktop, tablet or mobile devices. Additionally, Google has implemented a new algorithm that boosts the rankings of responsive sites for searches performed on mobile devices. SAGE's new website designs will allow its customers to fully benefit from the new algorithm.

"With so many different devices and sites becoming available to do business online, it was important we offer our customers modern online and mobile environments that meet their customers' expectations across all channels, whether they're browsing on a desktop, tablet or smartphone. These responsive websites offer continuity among different viewing devices and help our customers maintain consistent branding," said David Natinsky, President of SAGE.

In addition to the new responsive design, the new themes also feature a fresh, modern look and feel. Key features include a cleaner design and an enhanced visual experience throughout the site, the ability to do fly-outs and drop-downs on all navigation, detailed color settings for each area of the site, additional header customization features, embedded maps to your office location and more. SAGE PromoSearch®, the product searching website add-on with full e-commerce capabilities, has also been completely refreshed with a modern look and feel to provide the best end-buyer product search and e-commerce experience possible.

Natinsky continued, "We pride ourselves on keeping up with the latest trends and providing our customers with technology solutions that are ahead of the curve. We're proud to be providing the first industry solution to offer distributors and suppliers truly responsive, modern, mobile-friendly websites."

The new responsive designs are now available to all SAGE website subscribers at no additional cost. Upgrading is easy through SAGE's convenient one-click upgrade process that will seamlessly upgrade the site in seconds without losing any content. Current customers can upgrade to the new designs by logging in to www.sagemember.com and clicking the Upgrade My Website button on the home page, then click Layout Styles and select v6. Further customization options are in the WebExpress | Themes area. For more information on the new responsive websites, please visit www.sageworld.com/responsive-websites.

You can view demos of the new responsive sites at www.trywebexpress.com and www.trywebexpresspro.com. SAGE offers a variety of website options to companies in the promotional products industry. To learn more, visit www.SAGEworld.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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Instant Imprints Names SAGE® Primary Preferred Provider of Research and Marketing Tools
June 1, 2015

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Instant Imprints Names SAGE® Primary Preferred Provider of Research and Marketing Tools

Addison, Texas (June 1, 2015) – SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, and Instant Imprints, the one-stop shop for branded apparel, signs and banners, custom t-shirts and promotional products, announced that Instant Imprints has selected SAGE to provide promotional product research and other marketing support for its franchisees.

As part of the relationship, SAGE will provide Instant Imprints franchisees a special corporate discount on its promotional products research, business management and marketing tools. This includes a discount on a SAGE Total Access Subscription, which consists of SAGE Online, the promotional product industry's most popular product research and business management tool, as well as SAGE Mobile, the mobile application for iOS and Android devices, and SAGE Web, the browser-based platform to access SAGE tools from any device with web access.

Instant Imprints franchisees also have the opportunity to apply for membership to the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). PPAI is the world's largest and oldest international not-for-profit promotional products association. Instant Imprints will also be incorporating PPAI's professional development resources into their franchisee training programs. This is part of the Power of Two program, in which SAGE and PPAI have entered into a strategic alliance to provide the industry with the combined benefits of a PPAI membership and SAGE products and services.

"We're exceedingly pleased to be providing SAGE services to Instant Imprints franchisees. We look forward to a long relationship with such a well-known and growing company," said Jarod Thorndike, director of strategic relations at SAGE.

Bob Baker, vice president of operations at Instant Imprints, said, "We're very excited to be working with SAGE and PPAI to provide their impressive products and services as an additional resource to our franchisees. SAGE's various tools and PPAI's professional development offerings will be a great asset to our network."

SAGE provides free webinars and other learning opportunities, which Instant Imprints franchisees may take advantage of to learn the ins and outs of SAGE's product offerings. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.sageworld.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

About Instant Imprints

Instant Imprints transformed the apparel, sign and promotional products industries by combining multiple businesses into one efficient business model. Instant Imprints' customers come to them when they want their businesses, schools, organizations or groups, to be more visible to their customers, students, users or members. Their centers create that visibility four different ways: branded apparel, signs & banners, custom t-shirts and promotional items. For more information, please visit www.instantimprints.com or call 800.542.3437.

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SAGE® AND AIA ANNOUNCE INTEGRATION OF CRM SYSTEMS
May 5, 2015

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SAGE® AND AIA ANNOUNCE INTEGRATION OF CRM SYSTEMS

Addison, Texas (May 5, 2015) – SAGE and AIA announce that SAGE's popular CRM module now integrates with AIA's internal business management system. This integration allows AIA owners the ability to view and modify all of their customers' and prospects' information from either AIA's system or SAGE's research and business management services, with both systems staying completely in sync with one another as changes are made with a fast, seamless, two-way syncing technology developed by the companies. As a result, AIA owners can now take advantage of the extensive, advanced features in SAGE's CRM system, including full tasking, historical notes, tracking, prospecting statistics, and more, without having to rekey any information in either system.

"We're extremely pleased that we've had the opportunity to partner with AIA to provide this integrated solution for their owners. Having these two systems talk with one another will dramatically improve the efficiencies as well as the CRM capabilities available to AIA's owners," said Jarod Thorndike, director of strategic relations at SAGE.

Paul Weller, IT director at AIA, said, "We are very excited to be working with SAGE to provide our owners with a more integrated business management system to assist them in growing their businesses. We are committed to providing our owners with the best technology toolset available and this integration with SAGE's CRM system will help us deliver a faster, more streamlined way to conduct business. We look forward to being able to better serve customers through these added benefits."

SAGE's CRM system is included in all of its industry-leading research and business management services, including SAGE Online, as well as SAGE Mobile for users on the go, and SAGE Web for Mac and other non-Windows users. No matter which service the owner is using, all of the systems will stay in sync with one another and with AIA's system. The integration is available now to all AIA owners.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

About AIA

AIA Corporation (AIA) is a network of promotional marketing distributorships throughout the United States. The independently-owned and operated offices develop strategic marketing and promotional solutions for organizations of all sizes using top-quality branded products and creative techniques. Founded in 1981, the network has grown and changed significantly over the years, earning a reputation for integrity, honesty and true community. For more information visit www.aiacommunity.com.

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SAGE® AND GEIGER® ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP
April 1, 2015
Geiger Adds SAGE as Promotional Product Research and Business Management Solution

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Geiger Adds SAGE as Promotional Product Research and Business Management Solution

Addison, Texas (April 1, 2015) – SAGE and Geiger announced that Geiger, the largest privately held promotional products distributor in the world, has selected SAGE to provide promotional product research and other support for its account executives.

SAGE will offer Geiger account executives a special corporate package, as well as discounts on SAGE's other products and services. Furthermore, Geiger account executives will have a customized version of SAGE Online containing enhanced features such as preferred vendor notes and pricing specific to Geiger.

"We are very excited to provide Geiger with the industry-leading product research and business management tools. We look forward to a long relationship with such a well-known and respected company," said Jarod Thorndike, director of strategic relations at SAGE.

Gary Biron, vice president of marketing and vendor relations at Geiger, said, "We are thrilled to be working with SAGE to provide their impressive products and services as an additional resource to our account executives. We want our account executives to have options when it comes to the tools they use to run their businesses effectively, and I am confident SAGE will prove to be a great asset to our network."

Geiger's launch of SAGE went into effect on April 1. SAGE is providing free webinars and other learning opportunities for Geiger account executives during the initial onboarding process. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.sageworld.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

About Geiger

Geiger is one of the largest family-owned and most respected companies in the promotional products industry and the largest privately held promotional products distributor in the world. The company was founded in 1878 and has been influenced by each generation of Geigers, but the Geigers themselves are only part of the story. Some 500 talented associates work in the Lewiston and field offices supporting a sales force of more than 450 promotional consultants in nearly every state and more than 50,000 customers. To learn more, visit www.geiger.com.

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SAGE® UNVEILS ITS NEW CORPORATE WEBSITE
February 2, 2015
The new SAGEworld.com features clean, modern design, enhanced content, and user-friendly navigation.

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SAGE® UNVEILS ITS NEW CORPORATE WEBSITE
The new SAGEworld.com features clean, modern design, enhanced content, and user-friendly navigation.

Addison, TX (February 2, 2015) – SAGE unveiled a new, redesigned version of its corporate website, www.SAGEworld.com, just in time for The PPAI Expo last month. Key features of the site include a cleaner, more modern design, a more engaging user experience with enhanced search and navigation which breaks the site up by audience, and refreshed easy-to-read content.

"We are very excited about the new look and feel of our website. It was designed with our customers and prospective customers in mind. Our intent has always been for our website to be a reliable information source for the industry, and I think the new design and simplified content presents that information in a way that is more relatable for our diverse audience," said David Natinsky, SAGE President.

SAGE's new website is now live and can be viewed from any device with internet access by visiting www.SAGEworld.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® ANNOUNCES SAGE ONLINE 11 AND SAGE WEB
January 12, 2015
SAGE announces a new version of SAGE Online and introduces SAGE Web, a new web-based platform for accessing its powerful research and business management tools from anywhere.

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SAGE® ANNOUNCES SAGE ONLINE 11 AND SAGE WEB
SAGE announces a new version of SAGE Online and introduces SAGE Web, a new web-based platform for accessing its powerful research and business management tools from anywhere.

Addison, TX (January 12, 2015) – Spirits were high as SAGE announced exciting new products and features at the SAGE Conference today. Eric Natinsky, SAGE CEO, revealed a new release of the company's flagship research and business management tool, SAGE Online, as well as the addition of SAGE Web, a new platform to access SAGE promotional product research and business management tools from Macs, Windows phones and tablets, and any other device with web access.

SAGE Web is the third addition to the already impressive lineup. Between SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and now SAGE Web, distributors have no barriers to accessing their important business management tools and product information, regardless of location or device type.

David Natinsky, SAGE's President, commented, "We're incredibly excited to get the new SAGE Web platform into our customers' hands. It eradicates the final barrier in allowing users to access SAGE from anywhere, namely those who use Mac computers and Windows phones and tablets."

SAGE Web will be released in February. It is licensed as part of SAGE Total Access, SAGE's per-user licensing model that gives users access to SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web for one low per-user cost. Total Access is $49/month for the first user and $9/month for each additional user. Distributors who are interested in using SAGE Web but are not yet Total Access subscribers are encouraged to visit www.sageweb.com for more information and to request notification as soon as SAGE Web goes live.

Windows desktop and laptop users will continue to use the flagship SAGE Online service to access their research and business information. In fact, SAGE announced a brand new version of SAGE Online today as well. SAGE Online 11 includes over one hundred new features to further solidify SAGE Online as the most advanced product research and business management tool in the industry. Among the most significant enhancements are:

  • A new discussion groups area allowing industry colleagues to communicate, collaborate, and share ideas in a social platform designed just for our industry
  • Multiple-office location support for client contact information
  • Real-time supplier inventory levels for products
  • Ratings now include public user comments providing a more detailed and insightful view of distributor experiences
  • Many new product search fields, including assembled in country, decorated in country, and PPAI Product Safety Aware compliance
  • Unlimited preference groups and the ability to add suppliers to multiple groups
  • Share products on social media with links back to your PromoSearch website

Of the hundreds of new features in SAGE Online 11, a vast majority of them were requested by current customers. Natinsky commented, "Our main goal is to make our users' lives easier. We always spend a lot of time listening to what they want and focusing our efforts on providing a solution. These aren't always big fancy features, but little tweaks that can still make a big difference."

SAGE Online 11 will begin rolling out to all SAGE Online customers in late February. Customers will receive an "update available" message as soon as the new version is available to them. As always, there is no additional charge for the upgrade. SAGE encourages distributors who are not already SAGE subscribers to take advance of its complimentary 30-day Total Access subscription to give it a test drive.

About SAGE Online

SAGE Online is the industry's #1-rated and most popular product research service in the promotional products industry. Serving the majority of promotional products distributors, SAGE Online provides complete product and supplier research, impressive presentation capabilities, order management, customer relationship management (CRM), electronic catalogs, supplier specials, tradeshow information, SAGEim instant messaging, email campaigns, and much more. SAGE Web is available as part of SAGE Total Access, a comprehensive, per-user licensing model that allows each user to access any combination of SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, or SAGE Web on up to five devices. Total Access is just $49/month for the first user and $9/month for each additional user.

About SAGE Web

SAGE Web is a brand new web-based platform for accessing SAGE research and business management services. Distributors with Macs, Windows phones or tablets, or any other device with web access can easily access their critical product research, CRM, order management and other data whenever they need it. SAGE Web is available as part of SAGE Total Access, a comprehensive, per-user licensing model that allows each user to access any combination of SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, or SAGE Web on up to five devices. Total Access is just $49/month for the first user and $9/month for each additional user.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE Web research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for members of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® EXPANDS CRM CAPABILITIES IN SAGE MOBILE 4.5
January 7, 2015
The latest version of SAGE's mobile app includes full CRM capabilities, a new research assistance feature, and more.

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SAGE® EXPANDS CRM CAPABILITIES IN SAGE MOBILE 4.5
The latest version of SAGE's mobile app includes full CRM capabilities, a new research assistance feature, and more.

Addison, TX (January 7, 2015) – SAGE announces the release of a new version of SAGE Mobile, the leading mobile research solution for the promotional products industry. The app, available for iOS and Android devices, allows distributors in the industry to search for products, look up customer information, check orders, view presentations, plan for tradeshows and access other SAGE information, all from their mobile device. The new version, SAGE Mobile 4.5, adds a number of powerful new enhancements, including:

  • Create and update CRM clients and contacts
  • Create, edit and complete tasks
  • Snapshot view in CRM, which provides a glimpse of tasks scheduled for the day as well as a calendar view to see tasks assigned to each day
  • Scan business cards into Clients area
  • Create and update client history notes
  • Filter client list
  • Live research assistance, allowing distributors to take a photo of a product and send it to SAGE where a SAGE research expert will gladly help locate the product and push the results right back to your mobile device!

"We are pleased to continue to enhance SAGE Mobile to help our customers grow their businesses and work as efficiently as possible, even when they're out of the office," said David Natinsky, SAGE president. "A good customer relationship management system has become a necessity in today's time. We're pleased to now be able to extend the same capabilities that exist in SAGE Online to SAGE Mobile so that our customers can access their client information anywhere they need it."

SAGE Mobile 4.5 is available now. Current customers can download the new version for free from either the App Store for iOS devices or Google Play for Android devices. Distributors who would like to take SAGE Mobile for a test drive at the upcoming PPAI Expo should contact SAGE today for a complimentary 30-day subscription. For more information on SAGE Mobile 4.5, visit www.sageworld.com/SAGE-mobile.php.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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