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Sept. 16-18, 2011
Small Distributor Summit
Pittsburgh, PA

June 4-6, 2012
2012 Print Solutions Conference and Expo
Baltimore, MD

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June 16, 2011



Print Solutions Magazine Features 2011 PEAK Award Winners

The June 2011 issue of Print Solutions magazine features the winners of PSDA’s annual Print Excellence and Knowledge (PEAK) Awards, which highlight unique and successful print applications. Each year, PSDA hosts this prestigious competition to honor the work of print professionals who have met their customers’ printing needs by providing outstanding value-added products and services through creativity in design, production, fulfillment, and other services while solving problems or improving business functions.

Three distinguished industry veterans — Bill English of Superior Business Solutions, Robin Marchetti of Wise and Ivars Sarkans of Sarkans & Associates — convened at PSDA headquarters in Chicago to serve as judges for the 2011 PEAK Awards. The judges examined each physical entry, read the entry details and discussed the entry’s merits.

The judges ultimately identified 36 Grand Award Winners in various categories, as well as winners of Awards of Excellence in 17 of those categories. New for 2011, the judges also identified a winner of the 2011 PEAK Award for Overall Excellence, given to the entry that stood out as the best among all submissions. Congratulations to RBO PrintLogistix for winning this special honor this year.

All award winners were recognized during last month’s Print Solutions Conference and Expo in Chicago. View photos of each winning entry and read the stories behind the submissions in a special section of this month’s issue of Print Solutions magazine.

PSDA thanks Western States Envelope & Label for sponsoring the 2010 PEAK Awards.

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Work With Peers to Strengthen Your Company at the
Small Distributor Summit

The 2011 Small Distributor Summit,
Sept. 16–18 in Pittsburgh
, can change the way your company works. Planned and organized by member companies, the Small Distributor Summit connects like-minded members from companies with annual sales volumes under $2.5 million. This year, the program includes sessions focused on:

  • Defining growth
  • Green printing
  • Selling direct mail campaign
  • New Products and technologies
  • Rebranding your company
  • HR challenges

Here’s what Fant Smith of Audax Strategies has to say about his 2010 Small Distributor Summit experience:

“In my first visit to the PSDA Small Distributor Summit, I found it to be a 'real world' weekend, chock full of advice that I could take back to my company and put into use right away. The SDS provided me with much needed help in running my company and preparing to take it to the next level. I recommend this event to the small distributors more than any other I've attended.”

If you’re at a small company looking for new ways to work smarter and stronger, book your accommodations and register today.

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Use Principals and Sourcing Listservs to Enhance
Your Company’s Efficiencies

Are you a principal at your company and want a fast and easy way to communicate with your peers? Are you a distributor looking for a specific product or prospective channel partner? Join PSDA's Principals Listserv or Sources Listserv to instantly build your professional network. Read more

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PSDA Staff Profile: Meet Julie Ferry

Get to know members of your association staff in selected editions of the Print Solutions e-newsletter. This week, we feature Julie Ferry.

What is your role on the PSDA staff team?
As PSDA Director of Education, my role is to oversee all of the educational programs throughout the year and ensure they align with the overall PSDA strategic direction. I work directly with the PSDA Education Committee on new and existing initiatives, as well as long-term planning.

Please describe the background and experiences that you are bringing to your role with PSDA.
I have more than 12 years of experience working with various associations specifically on education. This allows me to incorporate best practices and industry standards throughout all programs.

As a new member of the PSDA staff team, what are you hoping to accomplish?
The PSDA Education Committee members are dedicated volunteers, and I look forward to continuing to work with them on key educational programs that will be developed in 2011. It is great to see members excited about the future!

What is one "fun fact" or surprising piece of information about you?
I am originally from a small town in Ohio (GO BUCKEYES!) and come from a large family with 68 first cousins.

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Wilmer Introduces Personal Belongings
and Patient Valuables Bags

PSDA member Wilmer recently introduced personal belongings and patient valuables bags to their health care line up. Available in three styles, the patient valuables bag is sturdy, tamper-evident and can be used for securing wallets, watches, jewelry and other small valuable items. Typical end users would range from hospitals and outpatient surgical centers to police departments and correctional institutions. The personal belongings bags are available with drawstring or snap handles and can carry up to 10 pounds of clothing. They are easy to carry and can be used for ambulance runs, hospitals and correctional institutions.

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Arizona Promotional Products Association
Becomes a SAGE Affiliate™

The Arizona Promotional Products Association (AzPPA) recently became a SAGE Affiliate. As a SAGE Affiliate, members of AzPPA are entitled to discounts on a variety of SAGE services, including SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, SAGE WebExpress Pro, SAGE WebStore and SAGE Company Store. Current subscribers may contact SAGE to apply the AzPPA discount to their current subscriptions, effective as of the next renewal. AzPPA members who add the services can obtain the discount by noting AzPPA membership on the application. In addition to discounts on services, SAGE will also provide AzPPA members with a variety of services as part of the relationship, including an association website and access to its marketing resources.

AzPPA is made up of more than 200 firms engaged in promotional products in Arizona and throughout the United States. It is dedicated to increasing the professionalism of members engaged in promotional products sales. Included in its membership are companies representing all facets of the promotional products industry, including suppliers, distributors, multi-line representatives and sales personnel. SAGE is a PSDA member.

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Use Custom Quote Online Ordering

During the initial launch of the website, more than 30 percent of orders utilized the company’s exclusive custom quote online ordering capability. This online feature allows printing resellers to easily accept orders for more complex printing jobs while opening up a new opportunity for additional profits. Through the new, industry professionals can receive custom quotes for booklets, brochures, presentation folders and dozens of other top-of-the-line print materials. TradePrintNOW's custom quote system also is accessible on tablet computers and mobile devices with Internet access.

"Within two hours of placing an online custom quote, you'll receive your price," Dupli-Systems CEO Bud Eldridge said. "We'll work one-on-one with you until the order is complete, and you’re completely satisfied." is the trade-only online printing solution from Cleveland-based Dupli-Systems, an independently owned commercial printer that has been serving the United States and Canada for more than 30 years.

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The Venture Corporation Expands its Facilities

PSDA member The Venture Corporation recently announced that they are expanding their existing facility to almost 40,000 square feet to accommodate their rapid growth. The recent arrival of the company's newest 10 Color all UV Flexographic Press is one of the reasons. "Our investments in new equipment over the last few years have paid off in the form of tremendous growth," said Gary Dunlap, president of The Venture Corporation. "We are fortunate to own additional acreage to grow our building, along with our business growth." Venture is a full-service print, label and fulfillment operation based in Lewisville, TX. The newest press adds more capacity to print flexible packaging, screen printing, foil printing and auto registration.

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