August 18, 2011
More and more customers with traditional print pieces are asking for PDFs and electronic sharing options. Examine the DFS Group's case studies centered around their new product, SmartPaper℠, in Taking on New Products and Technologies: Increasing Your Online Visibility presented by John Crocker of The DFS Group at the Small Distributor Summit, Sept. 16–18 in Pittsburgh.
"Distributors need to have their online tools be search engine friendly, easy to use and have a multi-channel reach," Crocker said. "And with the variety of mobile devices people use daily, the ability for a product to identify the device it is displaying on and share content in the appropriate format is ahead of the curve."
The DFS Group will share the back story of why SmartPaper℠ was developed, the benefits the new technology is bringing to distributors and how the end customer can see the value on their side.
Join PSDA at the largest and most exciting display of live running equipment in the Americas. Gain new business by networking with the leading manufacturers and suppliers that will be exhibiting at the show and showcasing newly released products, technologies and services. PSDA members can attend GRAPH EXPO, Sept. 11 14 at McCormick Place South in Chicago for free. To take advantage of this special offer, submit the online registration form. You will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how you will receive your badge. Learn more about GRAPH EXPOreview the exhibiting companies, customize your conference education using the complimentary show planner and reserve a hotel room. Contact PSDA Headquarters at email@example.com or 312.321.5120 if you are attending.
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Brockton, Mass.-based Pilgrim Plastics, a PSDA member supplier of plastic promotional products such as cards, luggage tags and rulers, recently unveiled its new website designed to enhance the sales of its loyal distributor base. Some of the new features include online ordering, uploading of purchase orders, auto proofing, paying with credit cards, building e-catalogs and e-flyers and more. Mark Abrams, president of Pilgrim Plastics, said the new website "represents our ongoing technology commitment to our customers, to be the best we can be." The Pilgrim Plastics product line is 100 percent made in the US, which helps to eliminate stock shortages, and it features free three-day service on many products.
Communications provider R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, a PSDA member, announced an agreement with global nutrition company Herbalife to manage a number of its catalogs, magazines, commercial and digital printing, forms, labels and event marketing materials. R.R. Donnelley will provide an on-site team that will use the company's proprietary print management system to deliver cost compression and improved ROI. R.R. Donnelley hopes to use its unique print management approach to create an efficient and effective method of production for Herbalife and its global branding efforts. Herbalife's independent distributors work in 76 different countries; the company will use R.R. Donnelley to help create consistent messaging for such a wide customer base.
The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) recently began producing global entry cards for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to expedite the process of re-entry into the US for pre-approved travelers. The Transportation Security Administration and CBP joint program will screen those in the Trusted Traveler Program (TTP) quickly through specific checkpoints in certain airports. GPO is responsible for all aspects of the global entry cards, which includes designing, printing, personalizing and mailing them. The global entry card is the fourth TTP card the DHS has allowed GPO to produce. GPO has been producing NEXUS, SENTRI and FAST cards for the CBP since 2008.
The second quarter results of global print management and promotional solutions provider InnerWorkings Inc. reflect revenue of $155.6 million, a 29 percent year-over-year growth. CFO Joseph M. Busky reports a strong financial position and expects the company to continue growing throughout 2011. Other highlights of the quarterly report include an increase of 18 percent in net income, a non-GAAP net income increase of 36 percent, an adjusted EBITDA increase of 23 percent, year-over-year enterprise revenue growth of 30 percent and transactional revenue growth of 26 percent. CEO Eric D. Belcher indicated that the strong performance of InnerWorkings in the second quarter of 2011 is representative of strong operational execution and increased demand for the company’s print management solutions.
3DPhotoWorks, creator of full-color 3D Photographic Prints, launched its flagship productan original three-dimensional bas-relief photographic display graphic created with the company's custom-made printing process. Using any 2D image, 3DPhotoWorks display graphics are produced through a multi-step process using a proprietary technology developed by its staff of 3-D designers, technicians and engineers. 3D Photographic displays are a hybrid product: part photographic, in which they capture accurate color and life-like features, and part artisan relief sculpture, in that they rise from the background to meet the viewer. View a video of how the prints are produced to learn more.
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