Since joining SGIA, one of my favorite tasks has been overseeing the annual Product of the Year competition. I was just six weeks in when I started working on this program, which was already well underway with the SGIA Expo (now PRINTING United) practically upon us. Therefore, my focus was getting to know the competition and the manufacturers who were entering.
Two years ago, SGIA President and CEO Ford Bowers asked if I was willing to travel to Australia. “Sure, why not?” I replied, having no idea of the adventure that awaited me.
It had all started with Ford and SGIAA President, Nigel Davies discussing ways to revitalize SGIAA’s membership. Ford’s first suggestion was color management training and certification, which is where I entered the picture.
This year’s record number of entries (255) was a fitting way to end the SGIA Expo in style. Over 100 companies vied for top honors in 68 categories, including some new additions (e.g., single-pass printers, digital presses) that gear toward the industry convergence serving as the foundation of PRINTING United — SGIA and NAPCO Media’s new trade show debuting in Dallas October 23–25, 2019.Read More
This was a banner year for SGIA’s Product of the Year competition, with 255 entries in 68 different categories. For the second year in a row, we adjusted the entry deadline so that judging and the announcement of the winners could occur approximately two months before the SGIA Expo. This allows winners to let Expo attendees and the world know that they have a Product of the Year winner, encouraging them to visit their booths to learn more. Wrapping up the judging in advance also allows SGIA the time to prepare the Product of the Year jewels, to be displayed at winning booths at the Expo.
Each year, I review the categories – with input from participating companies – to better identify what is most relevant to include in the competition. This year, for example, we added:
Retail graphic installations cover a wide variety of printing and application processes and methods and can be great for your business. They also present some unique challenges.Read More