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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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How Can the Small Distributor Summit Add More Value to Your Company?

Connecting with a community of small distributors to learn how they continue to add value to their customers is the best way to grow your business. Learn how SDS presenter Dave Vener of ImPress Printing and Graphics and other PSDA distributing members reinvented their businesses from print service providers to marketing service providers at PSDA's 2011 Small Distributor Summit, Sept. 16–18 in Pittsburgh.

Join Vener and your peers to discuss new business strategies, successes and lessons learned. Take with you successful business models that can fit new and potential clientele, regions or economic climates.

Register today and don't miss this exciting opportunity. Click the image to watch a video message from Vener on the benefits of SDS.


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Hotel Deadline Extended—Make Your Travel Plans Now

PSDA has negotiated with the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport to extend the discounted attendee rate until Sept. 1. Make a point to reserve your accommodations right away.

And be sure to buy your plane ticket today to get the best rate. If you wait until tomorrow, it'll be less than two weeks from the Small Distributor Summit, and that means you’ll be paying a premium to fly. Or, if you're in the Midwest or Mid-Atlantic, drive to the Small Distributor Summit. Pittsburgh is an easy car trip from:

  • Cleveland, OH — 2 hours, 130 miles
  • Columbus, OH — 3 hours, 180 miles
  • Baltimore, MD and Washington D.C. — 4 hours, 225 miles
  • Philadelphia, PA — 5 hours, 300 miles

Plus, Pittsburgh International Airport's long-term parking — which costs only $8 a day — is located just behind the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport.

Read more about the Small Distributor Summit, register and book your hotel room today.

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Submit Information Now for PSDA's 2012 Buyers' Guide

The October 2011 issue of Print Solutions magazine, now in production, will feature PSDA's 2012 Buyers' Guide. Print industry professionals tell us that they frequently refer to the annual guide when faced with sourcing questions. By completing your company's profile, you will ensure inclusion in this valuable issue of Print Solutions.

Don't delay: In order for your company to be included in PSDA's 2012 Buyers' Guide, you must follow the instructions below and create your company’'s profile online by Friday, September 2.

  • Visit the 2012 Buyers' Guide data collection Web page.
  • Create your user account: all respondents must create a user ID and password by filling in the requested information. Your PSDA website username and password will not work in this system.
  • Once you've created your user account, you'll be prompted to follow three steps:
    • Step 1: Select 'create company listing' and fill in the requested information.
    • Step 2: If you have branch locations that you want included, add them during step 2.
    • Step 3: Make sure to submit your responses so your information will be captured by the system. You will receive an email confirmation once your information has been successfully submitted.
  • In the event you need to make changes, you will be able to log in and update your company's information at any time on or before Friday, September 2.

Please note that we are using a new process to collect information this year, so your company must follow the above instructions by September 2 in order to be included in the 2012 Buyers' Guide. We will not simply "use last year's listing" in order to ensure the accuracy and comprehensiveness of the new guide.

We appreciate you taking the time to complete your company's profile. Please contact PSDA headquarters at 800.230.0175 with any questions.

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PSDA's Charlie Roberts Sources Your Unique Jobs

PSDA sourcing expert Charlie Roberts has received more queries regarding untraditional jobs. If you have a sourcing request of your own, contact Roberts or join the sourcing Listserv and communicate directly with other members.

  • Paper with an encoded magnetic strip and consecutively numbered for transit passes
  • Medication punch cards
  • Refrigerator magnets with a booklet attached
  • Bed runners, 2 feet wide and 8 feet long, made of fabric with a custom logo
  • Five million continuous forms, 16 inches wide with a 20 inch repeat

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Study: QR Codes Scanned by 14 Million Americans in June

Internet data research company comScore Inc. recently released the results of a study on mobile QR (quick response) code scanning. The results found that in June 2011, 14 million U.S. mobile users (6.2 percent of the total audience) had scanned a QR code on their mobile devices. The study determined that the average user was male, between the ages of 18 and 34 and made more than $100,000 a year. The study analyzed the source and location of QR code scanning as well, finding that users were most likely to scan codes found in newspapers and magazines and on product packaging, and to do so while at home or in a store. The most popular source of a scanned QR code was a printed magazine or newspaper, with nearly half (49.4 percent) scanning QR codes from this source. Product packaging was the source of QR code scanning for 35.3 percent of the audience, while 27.4 percent scanned a code from a website on a PC and 23.5 percent scanned codes from a poster/flyer/kiosk.

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Several PSDA Members Identified as Florida-Approved Security Printers

As of next week, Florida counterfeit-proof prescription blanks must be used by licensed health care practitioners who prescribe controlled substances, and state laws will require licensed health care practitioners to purchase counterfeit-proof prescription blanks from vendors approved by the Department of Health. Several PSDA member companies have attained the requisite security printer certification from the State of Florida to be an approved vendor, including:

Alpha Business Forms – Distributor
American Solutions for Business – Distributor
Micro Format Inc. – Distributor
Printco – Manufacturer
Pyramid Checks & Printing – Manufacturer
R.R. Donnelley – Manufacturer
Suncoast Forms & Systems Inc. – Distributor
WebbMason – Distributor
Wilmer – Manufacturer
Wise – Manufacturer

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Trelleborg Produces Versatile Rollin Optima Printing Blanket

Global industrial group Trelleborg recently launched the Rollin Optima, a printing blanket made to significantly improve the packaging and sheetfed printing processes. The Rollin Optima was constructed using a new design carcass that provides longevity and durability without compromising quality. The high resilience of the new blanket prevents edge-cutting, embossing and swelling and the compressible layer inside the blanket is strong and versatile. The Rollin Optima, which is currently available only in the United States, can easily create both fine screen detail and dense blocks of solid color.

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RNR Plastics Releases Line of Self-Adhesive Vinyl Pockets

Raynham, Mass.-based plastics manufacturer RNR Plastics has introduced a line of self-adhesive vinyl pockets, pouches and holders to compete against more expensive products offered by catalog suppliers. The pockets feature 29 standard sizes from 1" x 3" to 11" x 14", as well as many popular styles such as sheet protectors and business card, CD/DVD, job ticket and sign holders. These products are shipped directly from the factory, which keeps prices less expensive than catalog suppliers. The pockets are made from 8-mil clear vinyl with a 6-mil adhesive back and a heavy release liner. They are extremely durable and versatile — applications include filing, inventory management, POP displays, retail displays, instruction manuals, parts packaging and more.

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