The printing industry today is all about variety. Whether printing companies are producing marketing collateral or display graphics, decorating apparel or marking/embellishing manufactured products, the goal is the same: To do so profitably, in a way that promotes company growth and ensures a productive future.
The job description for today’s average print shop owner reads like a run-on sentence: Manager, bookkeeper, delivery, customer service, occasional pressman, bindery operator, janitor and, if there is any time left over, sales representative.
But it’s that last title that starts the process. Without sales coming in, those other tasks don’t exist. Why then do selling owners use only the remains of the day to do the one thing that matters most? What is holding the selling owner back from stepping into this role and building more business?
Sustainability. It’s a word not often directly associated with printing, but I beg to differ. With SGIA’s Sustainable Business Recognition Award program, we continue to see members taking steps to reduce their environmental impact and increase their sustainable footprints.
This year, we’ve recognized 30 facilities for their sustainability programs, focused on all three pillars: people, profit and planet. I’m sharing a few highlights to not only inspire you to take your first steps, but to show that a sustainable journey does not have to be difficult. In fact, it can start with the simple act of changing your lightbulbs.Read More
It was a cool, brisk morning in San Diego. Navy ships were heading into the bay as apparel decorators from all over the country congregated in a meeting room at the Kona Kai Resort during THREADX 19. There was a great energy in the room as I walked onto the stage to moderate a panel with Tim Williams (YR Store), Max Hellmann (Family Industries) and Justin Moore (LivePrinting.com). These guys are the titans of live printing activations, working for the biggest brands in the world.
Successfully transforming your business into a lean thinking and acting company is not easy. I recently had the opportunity to meet with the senior management of 15 printing and graphics companies who had been implementing lean and continuous improvement manufacturing practices. While some had achieved higher rates of improvement, many others experienced limited success, and my discussions with the latter uncovered several common issues.