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Photos from the 2011 Print Solutions Conference and Expo are now available on the PSDA website. Full coverage appears in the July issue of Print Solutions magazine.
July 21, 2011
Connect with other business owners and learn how they grow their business and respond to change at PSDA's 2011 Small Distributor Summit, Sept. 16–18 in Pittsburgh. During the event, attendees discuss ideas, successes and lessons learned with other small distributors who have adjusted their business models to fit their regions or economic climates, and built successful business relationships.
To kick off the event, SDS Co-Chairs Dave Vener and Kevin Landry will host Working Together to Strengthen Our Companies where they'll help attendees learn how to make the most of the weekend, what is in store for you, and how networking and peer-to-peer discussions are the cornerstone of the conference.
Attending industry events and learning from a wide range of distributorssome seasoned, others new to the gameis a great way to get your company ahead. This week we feature Kevin and Cheryl Sailer, co-owners of Pro Forms in Bismarck, N.D. The Sailers purchased the distributoship Cheryl was working for and will attend their first Small Distributor Summit this fall.
"We've been interested in the SDS before, but were unable to attend due to other commitments. We're excited to see what entails and visit with other small distributors like outselves."
Contact PSDA at email@example.com if and tell us why you're excited to attend the Small Distributor Summit conference for a chance to be feature in Print Solutions e-newsletter.
Is your organization having difficulty collecting on delinquent accounts? PSDA members can take advantage of a 25 percent discount with Credit Mediators Inc. (CMI), a professional collection agency with strong proven results and a broad range of services. Christopher Miget of PSDA member, DataSource, can attest to the value of partnering with CMI:
"CMI successfully collected from accounts that we weren't able to get collected. Their unique process of credit reporting and diligent/professional follow up sends the message that we weren't going to go away and needed to be paid. Their services also include filing suit and facilitating the process for a successful outcome. I highly recommend their services for whatever your collection situation might be."back to top
PSDA members Ennis Inc. and Glatfelter will host the 5th Annual VIP Series Conference in three locations next month. The VIP Series features a day of networking and presentations, along with a complimentary lunch, with content that spotlights vendors and is focused on distributor education.
The dates and locations for this year's VIP Series Conference include:
PSDA member Relyco recently launched its ENDURA LABEL brand of quality labels for laser, digital, inkjet and offset printing applications. Relyco delivers more than 1,000 different label formats, and all label die cuts are available in 38 different stock materials, including special colors, finishes and foils, as well as poly-based for waterproof applications. Custom and specialty designed and printed label options are also available. Relyco ENDURA LABEL can meet any label printing applicationstandard types and sizes, shipping and mailing, specialized integrated order/shipping/return label forms, inventory, CD/DVD and more. ENDURA LABEL products include a comprehensive line of ready-to-ship stock label products, custom label offerings and special integrated label forms.
PSDA member BRIDGE Printing & Promotional Products was recently featured in the Daily Herald Business Ledger, a suburban Chicago newspaper. Rich Stienstra describes how he and his sons have continued to grow their 31-year-old business. Read the full article.
PSDA member New Loyalty USA Inc. (formerly Priority Systems) is now located in Wheeling, IL, near Chicago Executive Airport. In spring 2011, New Loyalty purchased the assets of Priority Systems, and in late June the company moved to a modern, 60,000-square-foot facility with increased data processing capabilities, personalization and mailing equipment. Key management is in place providing custom programming for complex variable data print programs, personalized loyalty and membership cards and communications and reporting. New Loyalty works with PSDA distributors throughout North America.
Too often printers think they have to be capable of producing multi-million dollar jobs to compete for the approximately $400 million in work that the United States Government Printing Office (GPO) awards annually to private sector printers. That is a myth, according to Deborah Snider, senior vice president of e-LYNXX Corp. The majority of the firms doing the federal government’s print work are small businesses, according to GPO officials. Many have 20 or fewer employees, and only some of the 2,500 printers that actively vie for GPO work are corporate printers that have multiple plants in different parts of the country.
"The truth is most jobs put out for bid by GPO are in the $3,000 to $5,000 range and most often involve what average-size printers do on a daily basis envelopes, tags, color copying, kit folders, cut sheets, four-color process and promotional specialties, to mention only a few categories of print jobs," Snider said. "GPO puts these out for bid as one-time jobs or jackets and as multi-year programs."
Visit the GPO web site to learn more and to bid for business.
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