Branders wins functionality, e-commerce awards from PPAI Expo 2008

San Mateo, Calif. — January 16, 2008 —, Inc. (, the world’s largest online seller of promotional items, was honored by the PPAI Web Awards at the recently concluded PPAI Expo 2008 held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. received the gold award in the technical innovations and e-commerce category for bringing the user experience center stage and making its technology visible. In addition, the company was given the silver award in the functionality and usability category for effectively utilizing technical innovation and components to communicate its message.

This is the seventh time that has been cited in the PPAI Web Awards.

.Receiving these awards makes us very proud,. says Branders CEO Jerry Mclaughlin. .We feel honored that all the hard work we’ve put intocreating a superior customer experience is paying off..

An annual competition organized by the Promotional Products Association International, the PPAI Web Awards recognizes distributor and supplier members who have developed creative and effective promotional products Websites.

Entries are judged according to five categories: functionality and usability, information and content, marketing and branding, technical innovations and e-commerce, and visual design and creativity.

The PPAI is a nonprofit trade organization for the $18.8-billion promotional products industry. It offers education, trade show opportunities, business products and services, mentoring, technology and legislative support to its more than 7,500 global members.

About (, the fastest growing online promotional products company, has the largest selection of instantly customizable promotional items, custom t-shirts and customized clothing for the marketing, sales, and event planning professional. provides a single source to locate, design, order, and track promotional items online – and everything is backed by a lowest cost and 100% satisfaction guarantee.

About Promotional Products Association International

The Promotional Products Association International is the promotional products industry’s only international nonprofit trade association offering education, technology, trade shows and legislative support to its more than 7,000 global members. The Promotional Products Association International created and maintains the Universal Promotional Identification Code (UPIC), the industry’s only free identification system and universal company database.