Last Call for Top Distributor Survey!
We're wrapping up data collection for the Top Distributor and Top Trade Printer surveys in PS Magazine. The original deadline has passed, but we're keeping the online forms open until Monday, May 11. It's a relatively quick and painless process, so if you haven't completed it yet, now's your chance!
PS Magazine - May Issue Coming Soon!
The May issue of PS Magazine is coming soon! Check your mailbox in the next few weeks for the newest issue, which features engaging content like:
9 Ways to Earn a Seat at the Table - Dennis Pottebaum gives some helpful advice on how to engage with and maintain clients.
Interactive Marketing - Research shows interactive marketing will comprise 35 percent of all advertising in 2016. So, what is it?
Masters of the Billing Process - Distributors support customers with billing and payment processing.
And much more!
The Young Innovators Conference Is Next Week!
Following the successful inaugural Young Innovators Conference last year, a movement started as attendees got together to continue the mission to engage young people and spotlight on how technology and innovation can drive business growth.
We are excited to build upon that success with our 2015 Young Innovators Conference, taking place May 11-12, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt Denver.
The event starts Monday, but you can still register!
Member and Industry News
DFS Launches New Mobile App
in Groton, Mass., last week announced the creation of Job Tracker, an iOS-based mobile app that lets resellers track full-color print jobs and view their full-color order history.
Available immediately to any DFS reseller via Apple's App Store, Job Tracker includes up-to-the-minute details of a reseller's full color jobs both in-process and completed, as well as thumbnail views of uploaded designs. Plus, with a single click, resellers can call DFS Customer Support for questions about an order.
"Job Tracker app is yet another important advancement of DFS's extensive efforts in the full-color print market," said Fred Collins, president, DFS. "Giving our resellers all the tools they need to serve their customers, in this case, being able to stay on top of any job, is critical. It's part of our mission to help resellers say 'yes' to any customer and any job, while also simplifying and streamlining a reseller's already loaded day."
DFS has been a leading outsource vendor for resellers for more than 30 years, offering more than 2,000 business products, including manual and computer checks, forms, labels and promotional products as well as wholesale trade custom printing. DFS is continuing to expand its line of products and services.
For more information, visit DFSfullcolor.com
or contact DFS Full Color customer service at (800) 598-1234.
"Innovating with a Homegrown Label Print MIS" – A Short Film by Label Traxx
Label Traxx recently launched a short film to educate and entertain the label print industry on the importance of being able to manage and share data across your organization and with customers. Titled "Innovating with a Homegrown Label Print MIS," the three-minute film documents the unbelievable lengths employees go to in managing the label converter manufacturing process with unconnected tools, including but not limited to post-it notes and Excel spreadsheets.
As the entire print industry now competes in a more connected and data-driven world, the print production process has to become less reliant on instincts and more reliant on data. Business deserves a trusted system of record that everyone — from pressman to sales people — relies on to make better business decisions.
The short film documents how homegrown systems can grow into complicated, manual and labor intensive processes that only survive because of employees.
"We wanted to tell a story that both educated and entertained, as most label converters on homegrown or legacy/unsupported systems know they have a data management challenge. Our film slightly exaggerates the lengths people might invent in order to manage a dynamic label printing plant using the manual tools at hand," explains Label Traxx president Ken Meinhardt.
NY Digital Firm Influence Print Announces 2015 Print Design Scholarship
Influence Print has announced its second annual visual communication design scholarship competition. The $1,000 scholarship is offered to students majoring or interested in design and applied arts or graphic design with strong academic records and outstanding creative abilities.
To be considered, all submitted works must be digitally created, and be based in visual communication design. Special consideration is given to entries that demonstrate that visual messages have a greater power to inform, educate or persuade a person or audience than text alone. The creative use of color as a way to reinforce or call attention to the message is also a determining factor.
This year's winner will be featured in a public gallery on the Influence Print Website, a site visited by industry-leading professionals who rely on the company's printing technologies and services including creative directors, production managers, designers and artists. The winner will also receive a large-format (up to 96×48") copy of their work, printed on an HP Scitex 700 large-format printer or its Digital C Lightjet photo printer — that will be printed to the winner’s specification.
Entries must be received by midnight Dec. 31, 2015.