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March 8, 2017
Dear Member, here is your weekly e-flash!



ACHIEVE OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE USING THE CONCEPTS OF LEAN MANUFACTURING AND OTHER MANAGEMENT AND QUALITY SYSTEMS

The 2017 Continuous Improvement Conference will take place on April 2-5 in Pittsburgh. This year’s theme, Bringing an Improvement Culture to Life, acknowledges the critical aspect of creating a supportive culture that engages employees in improvement efforts.

How You’ll Benefit

The Continuous Improvement Conference is the only industry event focused on helping companies like yours achieve operational excellence by using the concepts of Lean manufacturing and other management and quality systems. Attendees directly link reduced costs, lowered waste, and increased profit margins to ideas gained from conference presentations and networking. At the 2017 event, attendees will...

  • Develop a Continuous Improvement strategy that can give their company a competitive edge
  • Learn how to implement specific improvement strategies
  • Discover how the concepts and tools of Lean manufacturing are implemented in the printing industry
  • Hear other print owners reveal their approaches to becoming more productive and efficient
  • Get advice and inspiration from nationally known authorities in operational excellence
  • Find out the guiding leadership principles that propel some of the best North American companies
  • Review what is required from executives leading a culture capable of sustaining improvements
  • Participate in moderated roundtable sessions to learn from peers facing the same challenges

This conference is designed for any graphic communications company looking for practical ways to reduce operational costs, speed throughout, and improve their customers’ experience and satisfaction through process improvement. It is ideal for executives and managers playing a vital role in driving operational excellence.

Click here for detailed information and registration.

 













 
WHEN YOUR PEOPLE COME BACK FROM TRAINING

When your employees come back from training, give them assignments where they can immediately put that training to use. Look for quick, self-contained projects and offer praise and feedback as soon as they’re done. You’ll see how effective the training was, and you’ll help your trainees remember and put their new knowledge to work.

 

WHO WILL TAKE THE BEST OF SHOW AWARD THIS YEAR?

Join us at Graphics Night and find out! Make your reservations today and secure your place at this fabulous event where Print is everywhere! Show your pride in print by being present and congratulate our Executive of the Year, the winners of the 2017 Print Excellence Awards competition, and all the members of the powerful, beautiful, everlasting world of graphic communication.

Thanks to our sponsors, members only pay $100 per person. Buy a table of 8, 10, or 12 and save 10%! These tickets are valued at $200! So invite your family, friends, employees and show off your industry!

Call Maribel right now at 323.728.9500, ext. 215 and make your reservations! For more information, click here.

 

LOTS OF PEOPLE LIKE PRINT ADS

According to an article that was added to the Choose Print archives in March, Bauer Media recently conducted a study to compare readership of their print magazines to these publications’ digital versions. They found that 84% of readers are more engaged when reading the print versions—and 53% say that the advertising is an important part of why they read these print publications!

Learn more at www.ChoosePrint.org. Check it out and share it with your employees, family and friends.

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF CREDIBILITY AND TRUST

Aristotle once said that “Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion.” He was right. To effectively market your business, building credibility and trust – in other words, convincing prospects of the excellence of your company’s “character” – is vital. If your company’s character has been called into question, your message will not be heard.

 

ASK THE TECHNICAL EXPERTS

One of the benefits of membership is the technical expertise provided by Printing Industries of America. Our technical experts from the center for Technology and Research discuss common production problems and issues. The PIA’s Center for Technology and Research, also helps members with environmental, health, and safety concerns: consulting, and on-site technical assistance. Here’s the type of questions for which you can get answers:

Q. We are getting complaints that a poster we have printed is fading almost immediately with exposure to sunlight. The fading is most pronounced in the yellow. Why is this?

A. The most likely cause is that the yellow ink was made with diarylide pigment. Diarylide is a very brilliant yellow pigment but has very poor fade resistance in the presence of UV light. Most pigments used in lithographic inks will fade when exposed to UV light. The ink’s resistance to fading will depend on the pigments and the amount of exposure to UV light. A printed piece used outdoors will have a very high exposure to UV light versus a piece displayed indoors in a window. Because of this, ink manufacturers are cautious when stating the fade resistance of an ink, and most inks will not be guaranteed for more than one year. If the printer knows the printed piece will be subject to sunlight, either directly or indirectly, they should specify fade resistant ink when ordering.

For this and many other questions and answers, stay tuned and read e-Flash regularly.

Source: PIA National

 

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It is impossible to learn what you think you already know.
~Anonymous

 

 

MEMBER DISCOUNT OF THE MONTH

 

PRINTING INDUSTRIES CREDIT UNION

Rate is based on your current rate at the financial institution that you are refinancing your auto loan from minus 2% with a minimum of 2.59% APR* with terms up to 60 months. Subject to credit approval and evaluation of collateral. Example - current rate 4.59% APR minus 2% PICU discount equals new rate of 2.59% APR*. Loan balance of $10,000 with a 4.59% APR* for a 60 month term the payment would be $146.48 and a loan balance of $10,000 with a 2.59% APR* for a 60 month term the payment would be $139.45. Current Printing Industries Credit Union loans are not eligible. No other discounts apply. With the NO Payment for 90 days, your interest will accrue for the date of the contract. Promotion expires 05/01/2017.

*APR equals Annual Percentage Rate

 

EDUCATIONAL AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES

Breakfast with Bob and Cheryl

March 9th | 7:30am
Brent's Deli, 19565 Parthenia Street, Northridge 91324

March 21st | 7:30am
Mimi's Cafe, 17231 E. 17th St., Tustin 92780

March 22nd | 7:30am
Ozzie's Diner, 7780 East Slauson Ave., Commerce 90040 - NEW LOCATION!

March 23rd | 7:30am
West Bistro, 3900 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach

2017 President's Conference
March 12th-15th
Hilton Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

2017 Graphics Night
Sponsorship Opportunities
April 7th | 5:30pm-midnight PST
Pacific Palms Resort, Industry Hills

 

WEBINARS

How to Create a One Page Lean Business Model and Plan
March 9th | 11:00am PST | FREE

Marketing Your Business with a Strategic One Page Marketing Plan
March 16th | 11:00am PST | FREE

PMI Triangle Leadership and Strategic and Business Management Implications
March 21st | 8:00am PST | FREE

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
March 23rd | 10:00am PST | FREE to members (non-members $25)

Avoid Common Mistakes and Prevent Cyber Security Breaches
March 23rd | 11:00am PST | FREE

Are You OSHA Ready?
April 6th | 11:00am PST | FREE to members ($49 non-members)

2020 Vision: What Leaders Need to Know to Navigate the Next Few Years and Beyond
April 19th | 9:00am PST | FREE

The Business of Facebook: Lessons Learned
April 26th | 9:00am PST | FREE

The Art of Business Improv: Embrace Change and Lead Dynamic Teams
May 24th | 9:00am PST | FREE

10 Great Negotiation Tips for IT Managers
June 13th | 8:00am PST | FREE

How to Inspire and Energize Your People Every Day
June 14th | 9:00am PST | FREE

Modern Manners for Today's Business World
September 20th | 9:00am PST | FREE

Contact

Ara Izquierdo
5800 S. Eastern Avenue, Suite 400 Los Angeles, CA 90040
(323) 728-9500