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PSDA NEWS

PSDA Stages Successful Technology Conference, Leadership Transition

Last week in San Francisco, PSDA held its annual Technology Conference, which teaches leading business executives in the printing industry how they can adopt cutting-edge technologies to grow their businesses. Over two-and-a-half days, special presentations gave attendees practical ideas to increase sales by offering technologically advanced solutions. The event also featured the association's annual leadership transition (pictured), as 2009-2010 PSDA President George Crump "passed the gavel" to 2010-2011 President Bill Prettyman. View more photos from the conference on PSDA's website, and look for expanded coverage in the December issue of Print Solutions Magazine.

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PSDA Continues FOCUS Event Series

PSDA's fall FOCUS series continues this week with events in Cleveland and suburban Chicago. The events feature educational sessions and 50-plus exhibitors showcasing new and cost-effective ways to provide better customer service and increase your ROI. PSDA staff and Board members attending each FOCUS event are available to discuss how to add more value to your association membership. Special thanks go to out to Mark Cupach and Steve Reiss of Identity Group for organizing and sponsoring Tuesday's breakfast at the Cleveland FOCUS event, which included an open discussion forum (pictured) with PSDA Executive Vice President Matt Sanderson, moderated by Cupach. Similar discussion forums are scheduled for next week's FOCUS events in North New Jersey (Oct. 26) and Philadelphia (Oct. 28). Register now to attend.

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INDUSTRY NEWS

GRAPH EXPO 2010 Reveals New Paths to Profits in Printing

The recent GRAPH EXPO 2010, which featured many PSDA member manufacturers and suppliers, confirmed the growing role of digital printing technologies and the increasingly rapid pace of change in the printing industry. For distributors and print producers, GRAPH EXPO provided valuable insights to industry trends and technologies that should shape business strategies and marketing plans. Most importantly, the show charted new paths to profitability in printing through innovative uses of offset and digital technologies, focus on specialized market niches and the competitive advantages that can be gained by combining products with services. MORE

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DataSource Signs Agreement with Real Estate Firm

PSDA member distributor DataSource Inc., a leading print supply chain management company, recently signed an agreement with Phillips Edison & Company, a fully integrated retail real estate company with a portfolio of more than 25 million square feet of neighborhood shopping centers throughout the United States. The agreement's terms include complete supply chain management of printed goods, design and creative services, as well as integrating web-based fulfillment and distribution. Phillips Edison, which owns and manages 240 shopping centers with national retailers in 35 U.S. states, said it selected DataSource for its efficient, systemized capabilities. Said David Holland, president of DataSource, "We look forward to providing Phillips Edison a high-quality product and an effective, overall cost-reduction solution."

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CBS Distribution Inc. Acquires Menu Works

PSDA member company CBS Distribution Inc. of Greer, SC, has acquired Menu Works, a 16-year-old Greenville, SC, company providing graphic design, printing and marketing services to independent restaurants. The combined operation has 27 employees. Menu Works will operate as a division of CBS Distribution, alongside the company's Creative DataProducts and Lazerdox divisions. "The combined operations make a great fit," said Pete Glennon, president of CBS Distribution, which was founded in 1974 as a forms and label design and printing company. In the past decade, the company began manufacturing plastic cards, and it now sells in all 50 U.S. states and internationally.

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Appleton Launches Imaging Chemistry Platform

PSDA member supplier Wisconsin-based Appleton recently introduced a new imaging chemistry for its topcoated direct thermal label facestocks. The new patent-pending technology platform has been deployed across Appleton's core direct thermal label grades, RĂ©siste 900-3.0 and RĂ©siste 190-3.2. The improved label grades now offer enhanced performance, creating new industry standards in high heat and humidity conditions. Barcodes will retain their dark, crisp image while the label preserves its bright white appearance, allowing for improved scan rates in applications such as warehouse and logistics, and regions where labels are exposed to hot and/or humid conditions.

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Ennis Installing New Digital Press

PSDA member trade printer, Ennis Inc. recently unveiled a Meteor DP60 Pro digital press from MGI Digital Graphic Technology at its Fort Scott, KS., plant. The multi-substrate press is designed for short runs and has numerous applications for paper, plastic and envelopes. Terry Pennington, Vice President of Sales at Ennis, said, "Our new equipment will allow our distributors to address their customer needs for gift and loyalty cards. The plastic card market continues to grow even during challenging economic conditions. Distributors can now look to Ennis for their direct marketing needs."

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R.R. Donnelley Expands Sustainability Certifications

R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company recently announced that more than 125 of its facilities worldwide had been triple-certified to the chain-of-custody standards of the Forest Stewardship Council, Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes.

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