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February 20, 2014


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PSDA’s HR Corner: Expert Advice on Working During Inclement Weather


By Claudia St. John, president, Affinity HR Group LLC

Q: What is the policy on closing the office due to bad weather? Do I have to pay my employees if we have to close the office?

A: How you set up your inclement weather policy is a matter of preference and should be spelled out in your employee handbook. Generally, nonexempt, hourly workers do not need to be paid for the time not worked. Should you wish to pay them since it is a circumstance beyond their control, you can certainly do so. For exempt, salaried employees, if you close the office you cannot dock their pay for time not worked but you may be able to request that they take paid time off. If they do not have any leave remaining, you must pay them for the time off. Under either circumstance, if the employee is working from home he or she must be paid.

Affinity HR Group LLC is a consulting firm and PSDA partner that specializes in providing human resources assistance to associations and their member companies.

Have a question for Claudia? Send your query via email and your question may be answered in a future edition of HR Corner.

All PSDA member companies receive discounted pricing on Affinity HR Group's wide variety of services. For more information, visit the group's website.

Repacorp February 2014
 

PSDA News

Early Bird Deadline Is Friday!
Register Now for the 2014 Distributor Solutions Expo

PSDA’s Distributor Solutions Expo is bringing the entire experience under one roof in the heart of downtown Chicago. If you act now, you can still register at the early-bird rate!

As the must-attend experience for distributors and manufacturers, the 2014 event will further drive the power of partnerships among distributors, manufacturers and suppliers and enable more robust business connections. From relevant workshops to a highly-interactive show floor, PSDA’s signature event provides all the resources to enhance your business strategy and grow your company. This two-day show is the once a year opportunity to develop partnerships that allow you to deliver stronger solutions to your end-user customers and their changing needs.

Elevate your company to the next level.

Attend the 2014 Distributor Solutions Expo to position yourself to retain and secure new business.
Protecting Your Customer's Brand

Brand consistency is critical to many end users. Distributors can help them with a mix of talent and technology, and the checklists in the January 2014 issue of Print Solutions can serve as a guide.

Checklist for Talent
1. Trained in-house prepress and color management personnel
2. Ability to set and apply color profiles across multiple substrates and production equipment
3. Digital proofs that reliably predict print results

Checklist for Technology
1. On-demand digital marketing management system
2. Updated color management software
3. Collaboration and workflow management system

For more information, and to read this feature, read the article starting on page 42.
Are You a Small Distributor?

PSDA has a vibrant community of hundreds of smaller distributors. Those members have access to a unique experience — the Small Distributor Roundtable Forum — which takes place April 22-23 in conjunction with PSDA's Distributor Solutions Expo.

The program is planned entirely for small distributors by small distributors. This program will begin on Tuesday, April 22, at 5 p.m. and includes dinner on April 22, peer-to-peer networking and a small distributor only education program on Wednesday, April 23.

To register, first register for the Distributor Solutions Expo (Wednesday/Thursday or Thursday only) and then select the Small Distributor Roundtable Forum add-on during registration.
Lancer Label January 2014
 

Member and Industry News

Submit Your Company’s News for this Publication

Would you like to see your company’s news in this section of the bimonthly Print Solutions e-newsletter? It’s extremely easy! Simply send press releases/ideas for briefs to Alexa Schlosser, the editor of this publication, and we will slot it in an upcoming issue.

Did you recently hire a new employee? Add a new product or piece of equipment? Expand your facilities? We want to know!
Lancer Label Celebrates 50 Years in the Printing Business

PSDA member Lancer Label, a custom label expert, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this month. The company has come a long way in half a century. In the beginning, founder Harry Riley of Riley Advertising started a labeling business that focused on selling two- and three- color labels for the banking industry. Though Lancer Label was founded in 1964, the company didn't acquire that name, or its first printing press, until four years later. The rest is history.

"When Riley started Lancer Label, he had no idea the impact his new business would have," said Fred Nelson, General Sales Manager, Lancer Label. "For 50 years, Lancer Label has been providing high-quality labeling and shipping solutions for businesses, and we're hoping to continue Riley's legacy for at least another 50 years. We're proud of the longevity of the company, and the excellent work we continue to produce."

Since Riley started his company, Lancer Label has produced industry-leading labels and stickers for companies across the United States. With this anniversary, Lancer Label both celebrates the past, and looks forward to a future of innovative labeling strategies.
RR Donnelley Completes Acquisition of Consolidated Graphics Inc.

PSDA member RR Donnelley recently completed its previously announced acquisition of Consolidated Graphics Inc, a provider of digital and commercial printing, fulfillment services, print management and proprietary Internet-based technology solutions."Consolidated Graphics is an exceptional fit with RR Donnelley ... this strategic combination will complement the RR Donnelley platform," said Thomas Quinlan, RR Donnelley's chief executive. Houston-based Consolidated Graphics provides digital and commercial printing services.
Navitor Upgrades Existing Machines, Adds New Presses

As a part of the company's dedication to innovation and quality, PSDA member Navitor is excited to announce its investment in several pieces of equipment. This investment includes both upgrading existing machines and adding new printing presses throughout the company's production locations.

Navitor's specialty products division has already added an Agfa Jetti full-color ink jet printer to their production floor, and more of Navitor's equipment additions and upgrades are still to come. Navitor East is upgrading its HP Indigo presses to the latest HP models. Navitor Southeast is upgrading one anicolor press from printing with conventional ink to printing with vibrant UV ink. Navitor Midwest is adding a six-color Komori UV press with in-line coating capabilities. Navitor Folders is adding a Bograma rotary diecutter and partnering with Corporate Graphics International in adding a HP Indigo 10000 press.

“As the needs of our customers continues to evolve — from the products and services they value, to how those things are provided to them, the customer experience — we must continue to evolve and improve as well in order to address those needs and increase our value to our customers,” said Linda Cox.

This equipment will help Navitor in providing best-in-class products, quality, and services to its customers and marks an important step forward in the continued evolution of Navitor.
Century Label Introduces Fully Dissolvable Eco-Friendly Label Stock

Century Label recently launched SmartSolve, a new line of custom-printable dissolving label stock. The water-dispersible formulation of the labels allows them to fully dissolve in any water temperature in 30 seconds or less, leaving no paper and, most importantly, no adhesive residue behind. Century Label's SmartSolve Labels are a great addition to any business in the eco-friendly and natural product market. They have a shelf life of 12 months and work in environments from -40 degrees Fahrenheit to 176 degrees Fahrenheit. They are also compliant with 21 CFR 175.105 regulations concerning indirect food contact and are available in both flexographic and digital print styles.

"We've seen interest in SmartSolve across many industries," said Heidi Chambers, director of sales for Century Label. "I think that SmartSolve's ability to convey ecological awareness and ‘forward thinking' to the market really interests a company looking to take a ‘standard' part of their packaging and make a statement. It works great for packaging that can be repurposed or recycled, since the label and adhesive removes easily with just water."

Located in Bowling Green, Ohio, Century Label has more than 30 years of award-winning experience providing custom printed products to businesses nationwide. Century Label specializes in precision printing and customer care.
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