- Posted on 11/20/2014
No matter what form of celebration it may take, New Year’s Eve parties are always made even more festive by using colorful decorations and party favors. Custom-printed ones are especially appealing, as the revelers who took part will be able to take them home as souvenirs at the end of the night. Print companies can provide these, as well as such items as invitations, flyers and other printed materials to help spread the word about the event.
For celebrations with a business theme, business card printing orders are also likely to increase, with professionals becoming increasingly aware that recreational opportunities can still offer a chance to network and grow a business.
- Posted on 11/12/2014
Choosing the right time to have promotional items printed by a printing company and then sent out is vital. Those looking to plan their summer vacation often like to start to make their plans in the spring, while those looking for a warm weather winter getaway would be more responsive in the fall and early winter.
U.S. businesses face challenges despite growthPosted on 11/06/2014
As is typical of periods of economic growth, there will be spinoff benefits to companies that provide them with services. Printing companies provide an excellent example of this. As manufacturing continues to ramp up, companies in this sector will need the likes of printed packaging, promotional materials, and product catalogs. Print companies can provide these services, as well as any other print needs their customers may have.
- Posted on 10/16/2014
The beauty of techniques like brochure and poster printing is that they are widely accessible and given increased authenticity. While digital content is often skim-read, printed notifications tend to be more thoroughly absorbed.
- Steve Cooper on 10/09/2014
A printing company can assist with the document scanning process that converts the old paper files to the new digital format, which is often less expensive and more efficient that doing it in house.
- Steve Cooper on 10/01/2014
Menus can be included with each order, which will keep the restaurant in the mind of the consumer the next time they need food delivered. Another way that print companies can help to increase sales is to prepare small customized promotional items such bulk-mailed flyers, coupons, and business cards. Those specializing in stationery printing, meanwhile, can assist in the products of presentation folders, letterheads, and fridge magnets.
- Posted on 09/25/2014
Manuals can include a lot more than just plain printed text; some might have color inserts and transparencies, as well as colorful and sturdy tabs to help find information more quickly. Some popular types of bindings include a three-ring system that offers easy replacement of pages without reprinting the entire manual again, comb binding to allow the manual to lie flat, and spiral binding, which is the most flexible option and allows the pages to fold back.
Why businesses should send holiday cardsSteve Cooper on 09/19/2014
Once the summer comes to an end, it is inevitably not long before the first murmurings of Christmas and the holidays begin to be heard. For businesses, one of the many festive matters that need to be addressed is the ordering and distribution of holiday cards.
- Posted on 09/16/2014
Coupons can be printed in full color or black and white, and on paper, cardboard, or stickers. Businesses should always discuss ideas with print companies so that, together, they can come up with a perfect design.
- Posted on 09/05/2014
Often shortened to VDP, variable data printing is a digital process that allows companies to customize their advertising materials and tailor them to the customers who receive them. The idea behind it is to increase open rates and connect with recipients on a more personal level.
VDP allows for certain text, graphics, and images to be customized during a print job without slowing down the production. This is often used for sending letters to customers when a personal reply would be appreciated, or for sending out invoices. It can also be used for direct marketing to consumers, advertising, and the addressing of items such as postcards and brochures.
- Posted on 08/29/2014
Many people, when they think of a catalog, might have something like the Sears publication in mind; a picture book that allows people to order items from the comfort of their own home. Catalogs, however, can be so much more than that.
- Posted on 08/20/2014
There are many different designs of brochures that fit every kind of use. Some of the most well-known designs incorporate folds such as half, tri, single gate, four panel, Z, accordion, roll, and the die-cut ‘Z fold’. As the name signifies, the half fold is a piece of paper folded in two and used for simple presentations, while the Z variety consists of two folds resulting in six surfaces – often used in direct mailings. The die cut, on the other hand, is partly cut away to reveal what is printed on the other pages, and is typically a favorite at trade shows.
- Posted on 08/12/2014
In terms of printing techniques, letterpress is currently the most popular form of creating wedding invitations. The print is usually indented and raised very slightly, and it is typically used for more traditional looking invitations printed on bulkier paper, such as that made with cotton fiber. To print these invitations, a metal plate is carved, set by hand, and pressed into the paper. In most cases, it only uses one or two tones and is usually printed on lightly colored paper. Due to the care and precision involved, the process can take from two weeks to two months.
- Steve Cooper on 08/08/2014
Usually done in small format, digital methods lend themselves especially well to business printing. This includes items like digital business cards, envelopes, signs, and letterheads. One of the main boons of digital printing for business is that it cuts costs; not only because of the lack of printing plates, but also because items can be printed to order, resulting in much less wasted paper. There are several methods used in digital printing, including dye sublimation, which is often used for proofs, and thermal wax, which is used in transparencies.
Print methods the focus of SkillsUSA CompetitionPosted on 07/29/2014
The event was chaired by Mike Stinnett and Kip Jarrett. The facilities in which the events took place featured six digital presses, five sheet-fed offset printers, three paper folders, a cutter, workstations, and interview and testing areas. The equipment was provided by a range of printing companies and manufacturers.
- Steve Cooper on 07/17/2014
The expo, which is expected to attract over 500 exhibitors, is aimed at those who work for printing companies and other graphic design organizations. There will be several meals included, along with networking receptions, seminars, and machinery demonstrations throughout the three-day event.
- Posted on 07/10/2014
The Print Management Conference is taking place in Buena Vista, Florida at the end of this month, hosted by the Printing Association of Florida (PAF). The first day of the conference will feature the Association's membership meeting and, naturally, is open to members only.
- Posted on 07/01/2014
Label Expo Americas is taking place for three days this September in Rosemont, Illinois. It is aimed at those who work in the label and packaging industries, as well as those printing companies that provide the finished product.
Print education association holds annual conference this summerPosted on 06/24/2014
The conference will feature workshops, presentation, seminars, and networking events. On the first day, guests can attend a dinner and President's reception at Kehoe Center. Attendees can also sign up for various tours of local printing companies and nearby attractions, such as the Cleveland Museum of Art or Cedar Point amusement park. Some of the topics of discussion during the conferences are expected to include digital to print, sustainability, and 3D printing. Attendees can chose between classroom instruction, video track, or web track.
- Steve Cooper on 06/18/2014
The Print Industries Market Information and Research Organization (PRIMIR) is holding its annual summer meeting this July in Cleveland, Ohio. The topic of the meeting will be about how print is changing and evolving. Attendees will find out the results of two research reports – one that examines the printing trends surrounding labels and tags, and another that looks at the applications of commercial print.
- Posted on 06/11/2014
A ‘pop-up’ store is one that appears in the community for a short period of time, and the idea appeals to many business owners who do not want to commit to a long-term enterprise. There are, however, many things to consider when a business decides that this is something that they want to do, and a professional print company can help out in many respects.
- Posted on 06/04/2014
Organizers of the Franklin Event (held by the Printing Industries Alliance) and the Luminaire Awards (presented by the IDEAlliance) have decided to join forces this year and host the Franklin Luminaire Awards reception.
- Posted on 05/28/2014
The symposium will no doubt attract those who work for packaging, marketing, and printing companies – particularly those who want to keep up with the latest industry technology. It will also be an excellent networking opportunity, and there should be many chances to talk with like-minded professionals and exchange business cards.
Gravure is an intaglio printing process that is used in the manufacturing of a variety of printed products, including catalogs, magazine supplements, gift wrapping, and floor coverings.
- Posted on 05/23/2014
Offering online training and education makes learning accessible to all of those who work for graphics and print companies throughout the country. It means that employees who need to know the latest techniques of their trade will not need to take time off work or travel to other cities, thus saving them both time and money.
- Posted on 05/13/2014
Both of these services still invest in traditional printing services for advertising via billboards, posters, magazines, and signs. As with any company that makes these types of logo, any company stationery must be changed, new business cards must be printed, and, in Netflix's case, mailing envelopes will need to be reprinted should it start a full rollout of the new design.
- Posted on 05/08/2014
While the emphasis of the show is on advertising, there will be lots of opportunity for the likes of banner printing and sign printing companies to promote their products. Among the companies already confirmed for the trade show are those that produce labels, promotional items, large-format printing, and signage.
- Posted on 04/25/2014
The program is open to those who work for graphics communications, printing companies, and their suppliers in the United States and Canada. Nominees will be judged on a number of different criteria, such as management practices, financial security, health and wellness programs, training and development opportunities, work environment, work-life balance, rewards, and health and safety in the workplace. The submission form asks questions under each category to help the judges assess the nominees and come to a conclusion on the most deserving entry.
- Posted on 04/18/2014
Next month sees the Tappi Place Conference take place over three days in Ponte Vedra, Florida. The emphasis is mainly on flexible packaging and the businesses that make it possible, including print companies, retailers, converters, and supplies.
- Posted on 04/09/2014
There will be several different events taking place during the expo, including a Global Market Forum, BEA Bloggers, and the IDPP Digital Book and MIP conference. A session called ‘Book Con’ is expected to feature panel discussions, autograph sessions, and even quiz shows, although these are aimed at consumers rather than those in the trade.
- Posted on 04/03/2014
Those who attend will learn about the latest technology in printing, especially those involving flexography and prepress technology. Sessions will cover workflow, color management, offset and gravure, and pre-production.
- Posted on 03/27/2014
The event will allow those who work in the commercial printing companies and manufacturing industry to find out some of its latest technology developments, talk about challenges they face, and share solutions.
- Posted on 03/20/2014
The expo will feature a trade show during its last three days, at which the latest products and sign printing services will be on display. Guests will also have a chance to get advice from a wide array of professionals. The numerous networking events taking place during the expo will also give those in the industry an opportunity to meet their peers and find out what is new in sign printing.
This event should attract a number of prominent figures representing sign and banner printing companies. No doubt digital business cards will be exchanged heavily during the four days.
- Posted on 03/14/2014
The theme of this year's conference will be ‘Paper on the Press’. Members of both organizations are asked to submit proposals for 20-minute presentations or 50-minute group panels. They are also looking for ideas for demonstrations of 30 or 60 minutes in length.
Topics are expected to be centered around paper and how it has been used by printers throughout history. The Association has added some more ideas for topics such as ‘The demands of the Stanhope press’, ‘The recent arrival of ‘digital’ papers’, and ‘Handmade paper in artist books’.
- Posted on 03/10/2014
The Binding Industries Association (BIA) is holding its annual conference beginning at the end this month in Dallas, Texas. It is aimed not only at those in the binding industry, but also suppliers, graphic finishers, printing companies, and loose leaf manufacturers.
- Posted on 02/26/2014
The summit will be a chance for those who work for printing companies all over the United States to share their successes and to help educate their peers on best practices in the industry. The main emphasis will be on promoting leadership, embracing new technology, and getting better sales results.
- Posted on 02/24/2014
The Association of Marketing Service Providers (AMSP), the National Association for Print Leadership (NAPL), and the National Association of Quick Printers (NAQP) have recently merged into one organization.
- Posted on 02/14/2014
The conference will feature several guest speakers, networking receptions, and an executive round table panel. It will largely be aimed at those who work for printing companies and suppliers who wish to learn more about UV printing and all of its aspects. There will also be discussion about UV print initiatives and how it will affect the future of printing. The keynote speaker will be Marco Boer, who will provide the results of the Global UV Market Study.
- Posted on 02/07/2014
When a name change has been decided upon, this is just the beginning of an often long period before it is accepted by the public. In addition to the name, the logo is also usually changed, and this new look must be present on all the company stationery, vehicles must be repainted, and any advertising posters have to be disposed of.
- Posted on 01/30/2014
According to experts, print marketing is expected to be just as successful in 2014 as it has been in the past. A study by media and advertising company BIA Kelsey has stated that direct mail of printed advertising still makes up 43% of total retail advertising in local areas, while another study of small business owners by mail equipment company Pitney Bowes found that 76% of them believe that the ideal strategy is to combine print and digital marketing.
- Posted on 01/22/2014
A large number of categories are covered, including presentation folders, booklets, catalogs, business and annual reports, stationery and office materials, and finishing techniques. There are also a number of digital printing recognitions among the categories.
- Posted on 01/14/2014
Print Magazine is currently accepting submissions for its 32nd Regional Design Annual. It is open to designers, typographers, illustrators, and photographers from all over the United States, many of whom are employed by graphics and printing companies.
- Posted on 01/13/2014
The 2014 Graphics of the Americas Expo and Conference is taking place in just under two months’ time in Miami Beach. It is a presentation of the Printing Association of Florida (PAF). This annual event attracts those who work for graphic communications and printing companies from North, Central, and South America.
- Posted on 12/23/2013
There are many ways in which organizations can make their printed products more eco-friendly and, despite popular belief, such products will not necessarily raise the prices significantly. The first way in which firms can address the issue is by checking whether the printing company they hire is able to work with recycled paper. While glossy promotional material is eye-catching on one hand, some companies might want to extoll their eco-conscious mentality by showing that they market themselves with recycled material. The paper industry uses 11% of all trees cut down in the United States and replants three times as many trees as it pulls up. Thanks to this, there are now more forests in the country than there were 50 years ago.
- Posted on 12/19/2013
Representatives from publishers, printing companies, and equipment manufacturers come from all over the country to attend this event and to find new employees. Each company in attendance will present a table top display for students to look over in the morning. After a catered luncheon, those who are interested will meet with representatives from the companies for which they would most like to work.
- Posted on 12/13/2013
The Binding Industries Association (BIA) is currently accepting entries for the 2014 Product of Excellence Awards. These are open to those who work for a variety of industries, including printing companies, binding suppliers, graphic designers, or any company that produces printed copy.
- Posted on 12/04/2013
The entire museum will be done up like Fezziwig's warehouse, with special presentations, carolers, and period music adding to the occasion. Guests will also be able to print their own Victorian holiday cards using antique presses from the 1850s. As a special treat, an actor playing Charles Dickens will be reading from ‘A Christmas Carol’, and characters from the novel will be wandering about.
- Posted on 11/30/2013
The Society was founded in 2005, and the honor is given to those who are recognized leaders in their field and have made a lasting contribution to the continued improvement of the graphics and printing industries. In past years, several people have been inducted posthumously.
- Posted on 11/22/2013
Initially set up specifically to spread festive cheer and gratitude to those serving overseas during Christmas, the program will also focus on troops in America this year, keeping in mind that they still might not be able to spend Christmas at home with their families. Numbers of cards shipped in previous years have topped the 400,000 mark.
- Posted on 11/13/2013
With environmental matters being a heavy focus of the industry, recent green measures have shown the industry to be highly adaptable. Many books are printed on demand, thus avoiding a backlog of unsold books and the waste of materials resulting from it. Print on demand does not cost the consumer any more money and can be sent to the purchaser within days.
- Posted on 11/05/2013
The Print Industries Market Information and Research Organization (PRIMIR) is holding its 2013 Winter Meeting in just over a month’s time in Chicago.
The three-day assembly will report on the findings of recently completed studies on such matters as global markets for the print industry and how packaging is developing in areas like Latin America and South Asia. The results will be presented to those in attendance and then members will have the opportunity to discuss them at length.
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