Pittsburgh, PA-Girls Who Print (GWP) and Printing Industries of America (PIA) are please do announce the launch of their join venture, the all-new Women's Print Mentoring Network. This collaborative effort aims to advance the profile of women in the graphic communications and printing industry through the creation of positive, meaningful mentoring relationships.
"Girls Who Print was founded on the cornerstones of community, empowerment, and mentorship" said Deborah Corn,
principal at Print Media Centr and Girl #1 at Girls Who Print. "Combining our grassroots community building
with the industry might of the Printing Industries of America means exponential growth of this network and
more resources to help the women of print. We are so honored to work with PIA on this initiative." Kelly Mallozzi,
principal at SuccessInPrint.net and Girl #2 at Girls Who Print, added, "We all do better when we all do better.
I am thrilled to be a part of this mentoring network, and I fully expect to participate both AS a mentor and to
reach out to the network when I need help."
"We have been working toward this launch for more than a year and we couldn't be more proud,"
said Adriane Harrison, Human Relations Director at Printing Industries of America and co-founder of the
program. "To partner with Deborah and Kelly of Girls Who Print was our first and best match for the
Mentoring Network. They bring an energy and vitality to the program that is a force to be reckoned with.
It is our hope that through the WPMN we can improve career outcomes and increase engagement across the industry."
Amy Miller, CEO of Trinity Graphics, Inc. and Castle Press, an award-winning women-owned business
in Anaheim, California, was excited to be among the first to join as a mentor for the network.
"Empowered women empower women," said Miller. "Our industry is dependent on creating impactful
products for our customers. Developing a network of women and helping them grow influence across our
industry will help us all tap into the kind of creativity that our customers crave--and ultimately, give our
customers a competitive advantage."
"As an integrated marketing communications major, I was enticed by the depth of impact that graphic arts
and print has on campaigns in the industry," said Rachel Smith of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.
"I'm excited to be part of the WPMN and meet industry professionals to enhance my personal and professional
growth as I get ready to enter the job market later this year."
The Women's Print Mentoring Network is open to any woman employed or interested in pursuing a career in
the print or graphic communications industry. To learn more or if you wish to register as a mentor or mentee,
Washington, DC--The following is a statement by Michael Makin, President and CEO of Printing Industries of America, regarding today's U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight Financial Condition of the Postal Service hearing.
"Today Congress had an opportunity to hear firsthand about the financial condition of the U.S. Postal Service from three major stakeholders that are most impacted by it --the printing industry, postal labor unions, and the United State Postal Service.
Joel Quadracci, CEO of Quad/Graphics, a Printing Industries of America member company, provided testimony on behalf of his company and the printing industry. Quadracci also represented the Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service. The Coalition, of which Printing Industries of America is a founding member, represents the mailing economy supply chain, including paper, equipment suppliers, printers, packagers, retail, and other postal customers.
The key messages Mr. Quadracci delivered in his testimony focused on practical steps Congress can take to allow for financial stabilization of the USPS. These include legislative reforms addressing health care costs of USPS employees and retirees, the untenable burden of aggressive overfunding of retiree benefits, and ensuring that the Postal Rate Commission takes into account the financial improvement of USPS post-legislation as it considers postal rate adjustments.
Just as importantly, Mr. Quadracci highlighted the commerce aspect of the postal reform issue. The Postal Service is an invaluable delivery channel for printed products, but often its impact on the private sector is overlooked. The explosion of e-commerce package delivery and associated multichannel marketing along with innovations to increase the value of direct mail means this sector is viable, but it needs business certainty and postal rate affordability. Bipartisan postal reform legislation can help bring about these outcomes in the short-term and will stabilize the Postal Service so that innovations and structural reforms may be considered in the future.
Printing Industries of America wishes to thank House Oversight Committee Chairman Cummings, Ranking Member Jordan, and the full committee for its attention to this critical issue and their commitment to seek solutions to solve this urgent challenge facing our industry. We look forward to working with Congress to advance meaningful postal reform legislation this year."
Print marketing is enjoying something of a renaissance at the moment. The Printing Report takes a look at what trends will be driving print marketing innovations in 2019.
1# The revival of the print newsletter
Marketing communications need to cut through the noise of digital channels and one way to do this is through print communications. This has led Forbes commentator John Hall to suggest a renewed role for print newsletters in corporate communication strategies.
2# Augmented print
The trend of combining print with digital is spawning some incredible campaigns â€“ offering advertisers new opportunities to create a virtual shop window on any printed marketing material. It is set to continue in 2019.
3# The rise of niche publications
Weâ€™re used to finely targeting our digital advertising, but the changing print reading habits of consumers is offering an opportunity to more finely target print advertising campaigns too. With the rise of niche publication sales, brands have an opportunity to work with and reach highly segmented markets and audiences.
4# Time to exploit the tactile delight of paper
Innovations in paper and print are enabling brands to think more creatively about how they use paper. Foil and varnish finishes, interesting cut work and texture, and three-dimensional shapes help to enhance printed materials. People respond to the tactile delight of paper, so leaving them with something physical and memorable that they want to keep is a great way to maximise the staying power of your message.
5# Further personalisation
Personalisation is the huge advantage of digital printing, but remains under-exploited, especially in the news and magazine sectors. Publishers have an opportunity to exploit subscription data more creatively to help brands tailor messages and personalise content.
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A key challenge currently facing print and marketing service providers is finding and applying the right mix of best practices to increase sales staff performance. While many firms are experts at improving profitability through manufacturing efficiencies, establishing the right processes to increase sales growth are often elusive. InfoTrends conducted a research study to identify the best sales practices of printing companies that were experiencing sales growth
Keypoint Intelligence - InfoTrends research study Best Practices of High-Performance Print Sales Organizations surveyed over 250 print service providers and conducted telephone interviews with 22 executives of printing companies to uncover the strategies and tactics that high-performance firms followed for managing the sales process, developing and training sales staff, building the right sales force, developing competitive compensation plans, and leveraging the best sales tools for supporting reps.
The majority of survey respondents were owners or company executives that managed sales staff or oversaw the sales organization. Many also reported performing sales duties.
The study found that high-performance print sales organizations follow clearly-defined sales strategies, hold their sales staff accountable, and continually adapt their organizations to keep pace with ever-changing market conditions. Here are four common best practices reported by survey respondents that experienced double-digit sales growth.Strong Sales Management Practices
Ongoing Sales Training and Development
High-performance sales organizations realize that sales force training is critically important to the sales effort. When asked to identify their top sales management challenges, respondents most commonly cited developing the skills of sales reps and training new reps. Pricing pressures rounded out the top three, but it is interesting to note that high-growth respondents considered pricing to be less of an issue than overall respondents.
Sponsors for the event included Bosworth Papers, Canon Solutions America, Clampitt Paper, CRON-ECRM, Fuji, Heidelberg, Kodak, LSS Digital, MBM, Mohawk, Olmsted-Kirk Fine Paper, Prisco, Planning Solutions, Premier IMS, Sprint Bindery, Standard Finishing Systems, Tecnau, The Steward Organization, Top Level Ink, Veritiv, and Xerox.
Speedy Printing - Katy Freeway wowed with their Butterflies Festival entry that took home the Judges choice Award. This is an honor the judges bestow based on a piece that represents an original design and technically challenging to produce. It may not have been a Best of Category piece, but it is one the judges recognize for the uniqueness. Best use of Paper went to Mittera Houston for The Haskkason Book and Alliances' Nobelus Sleeking piece won the Best Use of Ink.
Be on the lookout for updates to our website with a complete listing of every winner from the big show last night, and thank you to our sponsors for supporting such a fun and exciting evening. Congratulations to everyone that participated.
The Premier Print Awards Competition recognizes the highest quality printed pieces in various categories from around the world. Each year, only the most worthy pieces receive Awards of Recognition, Certificates of Merit, and the highest honor--the Benny statue. The Benny has become a universally recognized symbol for excellence in the printing industry. For more than sixty years, winners of the largest, most prestigious print competition in the world have leveraged this honor to gain a competitive advantage.
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Contact Printing Industries of America to find out how you can get in front of the best printers in the world. Build a personal relationship through face to face networking. You will also gain visibility through PIA national marketing campaign and communications vehicles to over 7,000 member companies as we promote the Premier Print Awards. Download the sponsorship brochure at the bottom of the page to review all your opportunities.
Thank you to the following companies who graciously support the Premier Print Awards.
Save the date for our 10th Annual PIGC Oktoberfest on October 10th! There will be BEER, FOOD GAMES and More!
Save the date for the premier print event of the year, the 2019 Graphic Excellence Awards Gala. Each year the Printing Industries of the Gulf Coast's Graphic Excellence Awards Competition recognizes the best in technology, and craftsmanship from the regions printing, imaging, finishing, and creative community.
Our gala attracts over 300 people each year. Come and see how our amazing Gulf Coast Printing Community can push the envelope on superb quality, inspiring detail, and output in imaginative ways.
Do you think youâ€™re well-versed on the differences and pressroom requirements that exist between UV sheetfed offset printing and the rapidly emerging LED-UV technology?Read more by clicking here
New to the PIA website is an Integrated Learning Center. It's a virtual workshop portal,
featuring online courses developed and led by industry expert
instructors. Our courses are available 24/7, taken at your own pace,
wherever you have Internet access! With an ever-expanding lineup of
workshops, there will be courses to help professionals in prepress,
production, customer service, sales, marketing, safety, and general
management. Click here and check it out!
Pittsburgh, PA--Printing Industries of America is currently seeking
dynamic speakers for its 2018 Color Conference to be held January 13-16,
2018 at the Hyatt Mission Bay in San Diego, CA. Programming for the
2018 Color Conference focuses on color management for graphic
communications and brand integrity. Potential speakers are invited to
propose topics for either keynote sessions for the general audience or
very detailed color-centric topics in breakout sessions. The primary
audience for this event includes brand managers and designers, color
management practitioners, and print production professionals. There is a
growing emphasis on inkjet printing and packaging for the 2018 program. Read more here...
Co. - Founded in the booming economy of 1927, CST has served the
collection needs of business and industry through times of prosperity
and periods of deepest depression. Through the years, it has become
recognized as one of the most successful and respected commercial
collection agencies in America.
CST Co. is a full-service commercial collection agency with over 81 years of experience in the personal handling of accounts worldwide. Bad debt recovery percentages are increased not only through personal collection services, but also by pre-collection services and programs that monitor marginal accounts
CST numbers among its clients many of the nation's major corporations; more than 80% of the Fortune 500 corporations are regular CST clients. CST is endorsed by numerous national trade associations for use by their members. The firm is a charter member of the select group that belongs to the Collection Agency Section of the Commercial Law League of America. In fact, CST Co. was issued the 2nd Certificate of Compliance by the CLLA.
Your local contact is Sam Lianthong at (800) 777-1278 or (214) 558-3258 (cell).
Discounts from 4-17% on Apple products, including the iBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, iPod, and Mac mini (discount vary by product). In addition to substantial savings on award-winning Apple products, the program also includes quarterly promotions, free standard shipping on orders of more than $50, online custom configurations, and more.
Can you afford to have yor company's network down? Time is money and for every minute your network is down, you are losing money. What about data security? How are you insuring that customer information is secure from hackers and online predators?
PI-Gulf Coast is now offering members a new discount program on an extensive menu of computer and network support services at tremendous savings.
We have teamed with Mark Frederick & Assoicates to bring their top-notch service to you. Whether its PC rerpair to designing, building and maintaining networks, Mark Frederick & Associates provide prompt, on-site services. And they won't leave until the work is done to your satisfaction.
Even if your company is confident all the right firewalls and virus detectors are in place, running maintenance and securtiy checks will ensure your system is fully functional at all times. Get rid of unnecesary programs that may be clogging up space and leaving you exposed to hackers. And if you are storing critical client data (who isn't), you can be confident that it is safe and secure.
To find out their compete lost of services and all the technologies they support, along with pricing, call the PIGC office at 713-522-2046 or 800-448-5930 or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.