Beyond Print Issue 2: Innovation & Excitement
Is your business innovative? Do you look for creative solutions to grow your business and solve industry challenges? Each day, PSDA members are taking the print industry head on: updating, creating and inventing — all sparked by innovation and spirit.
Learn more about the strategies and spirit of PSDA in the newest edition of our free, digital magazine, Beyond Print — available now for download. In the newest edition, read about three companies that were sparked by innovation and learn about the promising spirit of our young industry.
To download today, search "Beyond Print" in the App Store, Google Play or Amazon App Store.
Inside 3 Industry M&A Deals
Not all M&A deals are created equally. In fact, they're all different. In the October issue of Print Solutions magazine, we take a look inside three past deals — what was included and excluded, and why.
Deal #1: Large Distributor Buys Smaller Firm
Deal #2: Distributor Buys a Customer to Enter a Niche
Deal #3: Sales Rep Buys Company from Employee
Also included in this article, which starts on page 42, is "10 Key Elements of a Purchase Agreement."
Read the issue now.
View the "Attract and Retain Millennial" Webinar on YouTube
PSDA's Young Innovators Committee is excited to have recently launched the first in a series of webinars designed to address these topics. The recording of "Attract and Retain the Millennial Generation for Print Sales" addresses a problem facing many companies: the "job-hopping" of the millennial generation.
Check it out.
Member and Industry News
PSDA Member Spotlight: TicketPrinting.com
Q: Tell us about the products and services that your company provides.
A: TicketPrinting.com offers specialized design and printing for events, fundraisers and raffles. Over 50 percent of our business is trade printing and design. We offer over 3,000 designs for general admission event tickets, raffle tickets, high-security event badges, VIP passes, wristbands, club flyers, roll tickets, stickers, invitations and more. Customers can order in three ways: templates (over 3,000), design-your-own or custom. In business since 1997, we serve over 200,000 customers with high-quality, low-priced print products.
Q: Why did you join PSDA?
A: After learning about PSDA, we decided it was the ideal organization for our specialized printing focus, especially since over 50 percent of our business is trade printing and design. In addition, PSDA is a great resource for learning and knowledge.
Q: Is there a new product or service that you are interested in sharing with the PSDA membership?
A: We are very excited to announce our new Private Label service. PSDA members and companies can now offer our over 3,000 event and raffle print products to their customers completely under their brand. We do the print, processing and blind shipping. Check out our demo site at yass.printriver.com.
CFC Print Solutions Partners with UPS
PSDA member CFC Print Solutions, of Grand Prairie, Texas, recently signed an exclusive agreement with Atlanta-based UPS to handle 100 percent of its small package logistics. Kellie Q. Aamodt, UPS vice president of sales, west region, noted "UPS is extremely pleased to partner with CFC Print Solutions and provide evolving logistics solutions that will assist with their continued growth." The newly negotiated three-year deal is inclusive of UPS providing daily pickups at 11 p.m. from CFC's national print facility in north Texas. Tommy Gillis, managing member and senior partner for CFC Print Solutions, added: "The new agreement with our small package partner, UPS, allows CFC Print Solutions to enhance our industry leading delivery and on-time rates. CFC continues to provide innovative solutions regarding turn times and logistics."
San Francisco 49ers to Stop Mailing Paper Tickets
Beginning next season, the San Francisco 49ers football team will cease mailing paper tickets to season ticket holders. This will leave ticket holders with the choice of using a mobile app or printing out the tickets themselves.
"It's a shift in our planning and our long-term strategy to move to a mobile and digital ticketing experience," said Jamie Brandt, the 49ers’ vice president of ticket operations.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle: "The 49ers say most fans are already adopting the use of all-digital tickets because they are more convenient and secure. When the team moved into the $1.3 billion Levi's Stadium this year, it developed its own smartphone app that can store and display both tickets and parking passes, which are scanned at the gates.
"About 62 percent of season ticket holders, representing about 35,000 ticket holders, have linked their ticket accounts to the Levi's Stadium app. About 50 percent of all fans bring a printout of the tickets to the game, while only 13 percent are using the official commemorative ticket mailed before the season. To encourage more ticket holders to use the app this season, the 49ers are offering prizes, including a pickup truck as a grand prize, to those who check in digitally."
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U.S. Government Printing Office’s Chief Information Officer Honored for Technology Initiatives
The U.S. Government Printing Office’s (GPO) Chief Information Officer, Chuck Riddle, received FedScoop's Federal Leadership Award for introducing and advancing technology initiatives at the agency. Riddle was honored for moving the agency's email to the cloud. This transition will simplify the agency's IT infrastructure, gain greater functionality and enable faster upgrades for future enhancements.
In addition, GPO will benefit from a larger mailbox size, increased email archiving, anti-spam and malware services, collaboration tools and online meeting capabilities. Although several other government agencies have already made the transition to the cloud, GPO is the first legislative branch agency to move its email to the cloud and expects to complete the migration by January 2015.
Riddle joins other technology leaders from the Federal IT community honored for contributions to their agencies. The FedScoop 50 Awards recognize the achievements of 50 of the Federal IT community's best and brightest minds and innovators.
"Congratulations to Chuck on this award and for continuing to introduce new technologies that will move GPO forward and benefit our customers," said Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks. "This award is a reflection of the technological strategies GPO has in place to more effectively use resources and further our commitment as the digital information platform for the federal government."