PEAK Awards Submission Open – Submit Early for a Discounted Rate
Have you submitted your projects for consideration for the PEAK Awards? Solutions in this industry begin with end user challenges. The goal of the PEAK Awards is to shine a light on all your creative and innovative work. Submit your hard work and innovative project by July 31, 2015 and receive a discounted rate on your entry fee. Click here to Submit today.
PSDA Summer Webinar Series: Three Down, Two to Go
There are still two more webinars in the "How to Increase Your Profits with Solution Selling" series.
The right plan for selling marketing strategies begins with your client's goals and challenges. Offering solutions means collaborating with clients on effective ways to marry data, technology and print. Now, more than ever, marketing teams need your company to help them find, win and keep business in new ways, including Web-to-print programs, workflow management solutions and cross-media campaigns.
Register today. With one click, you’ll gain access to the remaining hour-long webinar sessions.
• Wednesday, June 24
• Tuesday, June 30
All webinars begin at 11 a.m. and end at noon (CST).
For more details about this webinar series, visit the PSDA website.
Print Innovation: A Live Case Study
Please join us for this live case study to learn more about a real example of change through innovation.
Excitement and idea building is overflowing within the Young Innovators group particularly at the Young Innovators Conference. Yet how many of us are putting plans to these ideas and implementing them into our businesses? Join us for this webinar hosted by Gordon Klepec with Wright Business Graphics and learn how to put these ideas in motion within your company. Gordon will discuss what Wright has done to create, plan and implement innovations and what results have come of them.
Member and Industry News
Appleton Coated Reveals Winners, Including the Printers, of U360 Design Competition
Appleton Coated congratulates the U360 Design Competition’s 2015 winners and presents them in its online gallery at appletoncoated.com and in "One," the printed showbook. Six creative professionals from the Appleton Coated Design Council evaluated hundreds of entries and selected the best examples demonstrating the impact of well-executed print.
"The creative minds behind the U360 winning entries are those who dared to up the ante, to feud with the familiar and to outwit the ordinary," said Ferkó Goldinger, Appleton Coated’s marketing manager. "They boldly stand apart from the rest. They deserve to be celebrated as extraordinary examples of all that vision, design and paper make possible, sparking inspiration and aspiration through printed communication."
Now in its seventh year, U360 celebrates design, content and printing excellence, and all that paper makes possible. Appleton Coated introduced U360 in 2009 as a new, professionally-reviewed North American competition. It evolved from the successful legacy of the U B the Judge event-based, peer-judged format.
Submissions to the 2016 U360 Competition must be printed all, or in part, on Utopia and/or Curious Collection, accompanied by a completed entry form and produced in 2015. Entries for the 2015 U360 Design Competition are due Dec. 4, 2015. Special awards honor entries in the categories of Best of Show, Design Excellence, Print Excellence, Communication Excellence and Regional Excellence.
A full list of winners can be seen in the U360 Gallery on the Appleton Coated website.
"Folder Mission: Possible: Brings in the Gold for Admore
The Secret Agent Halloween Promotion, "Folder Mission: Possible," created by Admore, a division of Ennis, Inc., won the FSEA Gold Leaf Award in the category of Digital UV Inkjet. This competition, sponsored by the Foil and Specialty Effects Association recognizes the best in the specialty finishing processes through 35 categories that include foil stamping, embossing, specialty coating, film laminating, laser cutting, diecutting, cold foil application and more.
The 2014 Halloween promotion was inspired by the television show, and movie, "Mission: Impossible." The folder is printed in four color process with soft-touch film lamination and fully accented in both gloss and patterned digital UV. The levels of spot coating range from 9 microns to 60 microns. The highest levels of coating have a 3D effect and mimic embossing. Included in the folder pocket is a secret decoder and clues which ultimately lead a customer to find the best folder company, Admore. Completing the mission earns the dealer their secret agent credentials and some special offers from Admore.
"Our annual Halloween promotion is so popular we tend to use it to showcase any new processes we have to offer our customers, and this one was no exception," said Bill Tignanelli, Admore’s General Manager. "The variety of different applications of digital UV really show a customer what is possible on their own folder."
Tax Leaders Ramp Up for New ACA Reporting Requirements
Beginning January 2016, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Employer Shared Responsibility Rule, under IRS Code Sections 6055 and 6056, will require employers to file annual information returns with the IRS and deliver employee statements with health plan coverage information. This new reporting requirement is in addition to capturing healthcare costs on Form W-2.
The impact of these changes will be tremendous. In fact, experts estimate that 300 million new tax forms will be filed in the upcoming season. ComplyRight Distribution Services – comprised of TFP Data Systems and Apex Business Systems – is keeping close tabs on these developments and actively preparing for this emerging sales opportunity.
"We are in communication with the IRS and other experts in the field so we are on the forefront of the latest developments," says Richard Roddis, President. "These reporting requirements are extremely complex, but it’s going to happen. And we’re perfectly positioned to help our partners take advantage of this opportunity with a full line of products and services."
Key among these are the paper forms used to report health plan coverage under the ACA, including the 1094-B, 1094-C, 1095-B and 1095-C. These new reporting requirements will mostly impact health insurance companies and businesses with 50 or more employees (Applicable Large Employers or ALEs), as well as payroll providers since many employers will outsource this function.
In addition to manufacturing and distributing the forms and corresponding envelopes, ComplyRight Distribution Services will offer:
• ACA print-and-mail services in our secure, SOC-certified facility
• Sales tools and guides to support and maximize sales
• ACA forms design and consultation for seamless software integration
"We are currently working with leading software programs to create standardized formats of the forms," says Christian Ferris, Product Development Director. "Further still, we are developing proprietary ACA software to produce and print the forms for those customers preferring an easy-to-use electronic solution."
Although much confusion surrounds these new laws, ComplyRight Distribution Services is carving out a clear path. "Helping our resellers navigate the complexities of regulatory compliance is our primary goal." Roddis says. "We’re doing the work so you don’t have to. And the result will be a significant lift in sales."