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THREADX: Changing the Garment Industry Conversation

Posted by Lauren Searson on 12/10/18 12:34 PM

Shifting markets and consumer behaviors and trends are forcing business owners to examine the services they offer and how their brand connects to consumers. So how are today’s garment businesses staying ahead of the curve? By connecting with their greater community — industry experts, peers and suppliers. And where it all takes place is THREADX, which returns for its second iteration February 17–19, 2019, in San Diego. 

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Topics: SGIA, Printing, Print, Printing Industry, Leadership and Culture, Growing and Developing People, Fashion Industry, Fashion, Apparel Decorators

The 2019 Economic Outlook

Posted by Andy Paparozzi on 12/3/18 11:03 AM

In 2018, the American economy grew for the ninth consecutive year. We can expect this growth to continue in 2019 at approximately this year’s pace. The economy’s recent acceleration pairs with GDP growing faster now than in recent years. Consumer and federal spending have increased as well, also contributing to the economic acceleration.A large contributor to this trend is business investments in innovations like new equipment and software, which is up 8.7%, more than doubling the 3.7% gain from a year ago.

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Topics: Insider, SGIA, Printing, Wide Format, Print, Leadership and Culture, Growing and Developing People, Printing United

Making the Right Choices

Posted by Dan Marx on 9/26/18 11:24 AM

There are many inkjet ink systems used in the sign and graphics segment, and they are not chosen randomly. Currently, the primary ink types available are aqueous, solvent, latex, UV-curable and dye-sublimation. Each has its purpose, and each has its “sweet spots” regarding the substrates upon which it can be used. One of the questions I often ask those entering this segment is: “What is it you plan to do?” This question is critical because the end product (or result) desired dictates the technology used.

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Topics: SGIA, Printing, Wide Format, Printing Industry, SGIA Expo, Growing and Developing People, Industrial Print, digital printing technologies

Act Today, Foster Print's Tomorrow

Posted by Erin Nuss on 6/22/18 9:57 AM

As an industry, it is imperative we look toward the future, and consider what we can do today to ensure a sustainable workforce. There are many ways in which we can encourage, educate and help students pursuing or considering our field. I know this firsthand since not too long ago, I was a student studying graphic communication technology at Millersville University of Pennsylvania.

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Topics: SGIA, Print, Printing Industry, College, Students, Growing and Developing People, Scholarship, SkillsUSA, Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation

Culture is Everything 

Posted by Dan Marx on 5/11/18 9:18 AM

May 11, 2018

The recent Continuous Improvement Conference, presented by Printing Industries of America and SGIA, was an amazing demonstration of the power of forethought, process and discipline. Throughout the event, speakers presented thought-provoking strategies and case studies demonstrating how continuous improvement initiatives make businesses more efficient and more profitable.

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Topics: SGIA, Printing, Leadership and Culture, Growing and Developing People, Process and Tools—Fundamental, manufacturing and other management, PIA