PPAI’s mission is to be the voice and force to advance the promotional products industry, and the Association’s business services members play a critical role in that mission.

The promo industry’s business service providers support industry companies’ operations with a wide range of resources and capabilities. This week, PPAI Media is spotlighting the order management services they offer promo businesses. As a promo business grows, they are bound to run into issues keeping track of the flow of orders coming in unless they have an organized order management system. Through these systems, companies can take a high volume of orders without increased complication.

Many of these business services providers will be on hand at The PPAI Expo 2025, which takes place January 14-16 in Las Vegas.


For more than a decade, the SAGE and PPAI partnership has connected everything distributors need to grow and manage their businesses effectively and efficiently. While PPAI leads the promotional products industry with comprehensive networking, education, legislative and business-saving benefits, SAGE provides its most popular product research and technology services.

Through this relationship, members receive a PPAI membership and a SAGE Total Access subscription; everything they need to succeed in growing their business. With Total Access, users can create client presentations, build virtual samples, manage projects and orders, send email campaigns, track their client information, and more.

SAGE Order Management is included in Total Access. Users can quickly and easily craft quotes, sales orders, purchase orders, and invoices with just a few clicks. Its seamless integration with other modules within Total Access allows for a unified data flow across forms during the order process. Plus, by eliminating the need to rekey information, distributors can reduce errors and increase their confidence in every order. Order Management also integrates with QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online, or users can easily export their data via XML or Excel.

To learn more or try SAGE Total Access free for 30 days, visit go.sageworld.com/trysage.

Antera Software USA

Antera uses cloud-based promotional products software developed exclusively for the business management needs of promotional products companies. By implementing open standards formulas, Antera is able to provide instant comparison and evaluation of promotional products.

Through Antera, promo companies can streamline order processing by eliminating manual tasks and duplication of effort. Errors and missed deadlines can be prevented by adopting a seamless flow of information from quote to order fulfillment, to invoicing and payment.


Specifically designed for the promotional products industry, commonsku is a CRM, order management and e-commerce platform all wrapped up into one. More than 750 distributors use the software to generate over $1.5 billion in network volume.

commonsku, which along with its industry offerings, hosts the annual skucon in conjunction with The PPAI Expo, was named this year to PPAI’s 2023 #Online18 listing of the best industry organizations on social media and to the 2023 Greatest Companies To Work For ranking.

ArtWork Services USA.com  

ArtWork Services USA.com provides back-office and technology solutions including web, artwork and order processing services that help suppliers and distributors lower their costs, improve process efficiency and increase sales.


Offering workflow solutions, an end-to-end ecommerce platform and professional development resources, Facilisgroup is designed to help distributors scale their business while delivering better customer experiences.

DistributorCentral, LLC

DistributorCentral provides PromoStandards-compliant data from promotional products suppliers to industry service providers and websites and hosts thousands of free distributor websites.

MPower Promo Inc

MPower helps manage every aspect of an order from creation to completion all in one platform. Users can create complex orders, submit orders, track orders and shipments while having options for shipping, tax, invoices and more.


Recent acquisitions by DemandBridge bring together more than 90 years of combined experience within and beyond the print services industry in order to serve over 500 distributor customers with improved reporting, data management capabilities and more.


ShopWorks is an all-in-one business software solution created specifically for the embellished products industry, including screen printers, embroidery companies, digital printers award companies and promotional product companies.


Bluebird is an automated sending platform delivering handwritten notes, personalized gifts and digital e-gifts to prospects, customers and teammates.

EmbTrak, Inc.

Focusing exclusively on the decorated products industry, EmbTrak provides commercially available software that offers an industrial-strength, integrated system for embroidery and screen print order fulfillment.

Xetex Business Systems, Inc.

For just under 40 years, Xetex Business Systems has produced and supported business management software specialized for distributors of print and promotional products.

Lakeshore Group Ltd.

Lake Shore Group, Limited was started in 1981 specifically to write software for the promotional products world with an office automation system designed to handle the unique needs of the industry.