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October 11, 2017
Dear Member, here is your weekly e-flash!

WHO HAS THE BEST WORKPLACE IN AMERICA?

Printers across the country consistently rank recruiting and retaining qualified employees as one of their key challenges. Although the problem may seem daunting the answer is really very simple—maintain a successful workforce by providing them a superior work environment.

Printing Industries of America has redeveloped the 2017 Best Workplace in the Americas (BWA) program to streamline the application process and focus Human Relations benchmarking categories to promote companies embracing the most sought-after qualities for today's workforce:

  • Communication & Culture
  • Employee Resources & Benefits
  • Safety & Work Environment

BENEFITS OF WINNING

  • Winners Award Ceremony
  • National and Local Media Promotion
  • Recruiting and Marketing
  • Best Workplaces in the Americas Plaque

Entries must be submitted online here. If you would like to see a PDF version of the entry forms to prepare for the online answers, click the links below:

For more information or questions, please call 412.259.1707 or email aharrison@printing.org.

IN THIS NEWSLETTER:

RESPONDING TO RANDOM LINKEDIN REQUESTS

PIA LAUNCHES SPOILAGE SURVEY

SHOULD MY BUSINESS ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?

IT’S TIME TO NOMINATE A LONG-TIME CONTRIBUTOR TO THE GRAPHICS ARTS INDUSTRY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

ARE YOUR DRIVERS TRAINED?

ARE YOU PROPERLY INSURED?

 


 






 
 
 
 
 
RESPONDING TO RANDOM LINKEDIN REQUESTS

I don’t know about you, but I receive quite a few LinkedIn connection requests from people I’ve never met. Because most of these people send me the generic “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn” note, there’s rarely any context for me to guess why they have singled me out.

Accept or decline?

Years ago when I first joined LinkedIn, my policy was to ignore connection requests from strangers. I saw LinkedIn as an online forum for connecting with people I had met in person. Eventually I changed my approach, and started accepting requests from people with whom I shared an interest (in this case, children’s life-threatening food allergies, my other area of expertise) or that I thought, based on their profile, may have a need for my writing services. As a result, I am now “connected” to close to 1,000 people—and I have absolutely no idea who most of these folks are.

Get the communication ball rolling

In an attempt to make the most of these seemingly random connections with strangers, I now have a standard reply that I send after I hit the “accept” button. This reply:

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Source: Plumtree Marketing Inc. (PIASC Member)

 

PIA LAUNCHES SPOILAGE SURVEY

Printing Industries of America (PIA) announced today that the organization will be investigating spoilage within the printing industry. Data will be collected by means of a survey distributed to printing companies.

The aim of the examination is to better understand the extent that spoilage is tracked, how statistics are calculated, and more importantly, the range and average of spoilage levels by size and type of company. In addition, it seeks to understand whether low spoilage figures correlate to other company behaviors, such as having standardized processes.

“The goal is to let managers benchmark their control of spoilage,” said James Workman, PIA’s vice president of the Center for Technology and Research. “They’ll soon know if their company is a leader or laggard.” PIA also expects the survey results to give insight into best practices for measuring and calculating spoilage.

A summary report of the findings will be sent to all survey respondents and a white paper shared with member companies. A session on the findings will be featured at the 2018 Continuous Improvement Conference (April 8-11 in Chicago). Companies can visit printing.org/spoilagesurvey to learn more and participate.

For more information about the survey, please contact Jim Workman at jworkman@printing.org.

 

SHOULD MY BUSINESS ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?

Are you tired of waiting 30, 60, 90 days or more for your clients to pay? What if there was a way that you could get paid as soon as the job was ordered? Believe it or not, there are printing and marketing companies all over Southern California who get paid up front for their services and have access to their funds within a day.

Many PIASC members have begun accepting credit card payments and have seen a significant improvement in their bottom line. For those who have switched to a select PIASC credit card vendor they have seen significant savings over their previous processor.


Kathy Urban, of Inland Group, explains why she uses merchant services through PIASC

Why Would a Business want to Accept Credit Cards?
There are a number of reasons why a printing or marketing company would want to accept credit card payments from their clients. Here are three big reasons to accept credit cards at your business.

  1. Accepting credit cards can improve your cash flow. There's no more waiting for checks to clear. Credit card transactions are processed electronically and settled quickly. The funds are deposited into your bank account by your processor within 24-48 hours. In addition, you never have to worry about a bounced check. Credit card transactions are screened as they are processed to reduce the risk of fraud.
     
  2. Clients like to pay with credit cards because of the benefits they receive. There are reward points that the client can take advantage of when buying your products and services. And, using a credit card will allow your client to spread out the payments over time.

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IT'S TIME TO NOMINATE A LONG-TIME CONTRIBUTOR TO THE GRAPHICS ARTS INDUSTRY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

PIASC’S Benjamin Franklin Award is the highest honor presented in Southern California’s printing industry. Past recipients of this award claim that this is indeed the highlight of their career. Keeping the significance and prestige of this honor in mind, please take the time to make your choice known. Review the following criteria and return your nomination to PIASC right away.

The PIASC Benjamin Franklin Award honors an individual for being a long-term major contributor to the graphic arts industry in Southern California. Nominees for this award should meet the following criteria:

  • Successful in his or her chosen profession.
  • A person of high principles and integrity.
  • A person who shares time and talent to work toward the advancement of the printing industry.
  • Work for the betterment of society through civic, community, or religious involvements.
  • Worked 15 years in the graphic arts industry, with at least five of those years in Southern California.

Nominations will be reviewed and selected by the PIASC Public Relations Committee. Let us know who you think should be our 2018 Executive of the Year.

Deadline for nominations is December 29, 2017
For more information, contact Kristy Villanueva, 323.728.9500, ext. 215

The 2018 Executive of the Year will be honored during Graphics Night on April 13, 2018 at the beautiful Pacific Palms Resort, Industry Hills.

 

ARE YOUR DRIVERS TRAINED?

Forklift training is a Cal/OSHA Safety Training Requirement. California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Section 3668 requires the employer to:

  • Certify that operators have been trained
  • Re-certify training every 3 years
  • Refresher training when the driver has an accident or exhibits unsafe operation of the forklift.

The good news is you don’t have to hire an outside consultant or a certified trainer to conduct the training; however, if you choose someone from within your company to do the training, you must make sure that individual has, not only extensive knowledge and experience with forklifts, but also the skill to conduct the training.

The PIASC Forklift Training Manual provides the trainer with a ready-made course to conduct operator training. The material, which follows point-for-point the Cal/OSHA forklift training standard, includes the instructor’s guide and PowerPoint presentation.

The material should be used as follows:

  1. The trainer should review the Forklift Training Manual and the PowerPoint Presentation.
  2. Once the trainer is comfortable with the material, he or she will use the PowerPoint presentation for the classroom session.
  3. Following, there is also a practical component.

The amount of time for training should be at least three hours

This training manual is available to PIASC members only.
To order a copy of this manual, please contact Emily Holguin, 323.728.9500, Ext. 262.

 

ARE YOU PROPERLY INSURED?

Because you wear so many hats each day, you may not be thinking about the risks your changing business faces until a problem arises and you find out that you are not fully protected. Together we can evaluate how your needs may have changed over the past year.

  • Have the mailing address and/or physical location of your business changed?
  • Has there been any increase/decrease in the amount of business/personal property/equipment you own?
  • Has there been any increase/decrease in your company’s payroll or sales?
  • Have you added or eliminated any vehicle used in your business operations?
  • Are the billing plan and deductible on your policy right for your business?
  • Are you protected against cyber threats like ransomware?

After the evaluation, we could make coverage recommendations, provide peace of mind solutions, and even reduce your costs.

Join us at Coffee with Cheryl and meet Joanne Cadenas, our PIASC Insurance Services Operations Manager. She is ready to answer your commercial insurance questions.

To check out dates, locations and to register, CLICK HERE >>

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
~Edith Wharton

 

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Kristy Villanueva
5800 S. Eastern Avenue, Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90040
323.728.9500