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What the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Means for Your Business

Posted by Marci Kinter on 4/1/20 3:45 PM

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) — passed by the U.S. Congress, and signed into law by President Trump on March 18 — goes into effect no later than April 2, 2020, and will expire on December 31, 2020. It is important to note that this new legislation only applies to employers with fewer than 500 employees and is not retroactive. The provisions of this emergency legislation are limited to just this pandemic.

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Topics: Government Affairs, Business Operations, COVID-19

Strengthening Your Staff's Print Job Management

Posted by Dan Reid on 3/30/20 2:45 PM

When stepping back and reflecting on different aspects of your business, not only should you be planning for future investments in technology but also qualified personnel to correctly manage print jobs. It’s one thing to evaluate printing technology for suitability, but assessing competency for managing print is something quite different. So how do you assess your personnel's skill set for today’s current and emerging printing technology?

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Topics: Color Management Boot Camp, Color Management, SGIA Digital Color Professional Certification

The Capabilities of Smart Packaging

Posted by Andrew Manly on 3/23/20 4:00 PM

In the world of active and intelligent packaging (A&IP), printed electronics (PE), thermochromic and photochromic inks, and high-definition QR and bar coding are having a tremendous impact. As printing technologies continue to play a central role in A&IP’s development, many big brand owners are quickly catching on to its potential for their increasingly complex needs.

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Topics: Packaging, Digital Printing, Inks

From Novice to Advanced Screen Makers

Posted by Tyler Regehr on 3/11/20 7:00 AM

In 2015, I founded Capital Brandworks LLC to cater toward brands and businesses in the market for custom apparel and promotional products, and partnered with a local screen print shop to handle production of those sales. Things went well enough that we decided to purchase the print shop to bring production in-house, and in 2018, we merged the two businesses.

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Topics: SGIA Workshops, Education, Screen Printing, Professional Development, Screen Making

THREADX Delivers the Goods

Posted by Christopher Bernat on 3/4/20 4:00 PM

Scottsdale, Ariz. got a burst of apparel creativity (and wisdom) when THREADX 2020 arrived last week. Crisp air, sunny skies, and a sense of community made for a great few days of inspiration, camaraderie, and networking. Here's a play-by-play overview of all this year's highlights.

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Topics: Printing Industry, Business Solutions, ThreadX, Networking, Apparel Decorating, Business Operations