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September 28, 2017
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Dear Member, here is your weekly e-flash!

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OPEN ENROLLMENT JUST GOT EASIER!

PIASC’s Health Insurance provider, Printing Industries Benefit Trust (PIBT), offers the best possible cost on containment programs plus our personalized customer service to benefit employers as well as employees. Join us at one of our complimentary events which will better assist you in selecting the most convenient plans to offer your employees in 2018. In addition, we will have a demo of the new PIBT Portal making open enrollment easier and convenient.

October 24th – 9:00 AM
Hilton North/Glendale, Glendale, CA

October 25th – 9:00 AM
Embassy Suites, Brea, CA

Can’t make it to one of our meetings? No Problem!
We will also be hosting an online webinar on October 26th – 9:00 AM and October 27th – 1:00 PM.

Click here to register for one of the webinars.

 

IN THIS NEWSLETTER:

TAX REFORM PLAN

NO-COST WEBINARS!

2018 GRAPHICS NIGHT

XEROX COPIERS FOR SALE

SEE WHAT YOU MISSED AT PRINT17

ASK THE TECHNICAL EXPERT

PUT A POSITIVE SPIN

PRINT WORKS








 
 
 
 
 
 
A SPECIAL MESSAGE REGARDING TAX REFORM PLAN

Printing Industries of America is hailing the tax reform plan outlined by President Trump today as a pro-growth game changer for its member companies and the printing and packaging industry at large.

President & CEO Michael Makin today released the following statement:
“For years, PIA has called upon Congress to enact tax reform that will boost domestic manufacturing industries, including printing, by addressing tax burdens faced by small and mid-sized companies. The tax reform framework unveiled by President Trump today answers this call in many ways.

Specifically, the tax reform plan aligns with PIA’s tax reform advocacy agenda in the following ways:

  • Lower Tax Rate on S-Corps and Pass-Through Companies: The plan calls for a top rate of 25% for small businesses and, importantly, urges Congress to include provisions to prevent high-worth taxpayers from attempting to re-characterize individual income to unfairly take advantage of this small business tax reform.
  • Full and Immediate Expensing: The plan calls for an unprecedented expansion of full expensing of capital investments, which will further unleash innovation in the printing industry through the purchase of cutting-edge presses and equipment.
  • Repeal of the Estate Tax: The plan would encourage the value and economic stability of family-owned printing companies by repealing the estate tax and generation-skipping tax.
  • Preservation of the R&D Tax Credit: The plan would preserve this important credit to ensure vendors, suppliers, and printers are able to develop and promote new technologies.
  • Simplification of the Tax Code: The plan attempts to simplify the tax structure for both individual and corporate taxpayers

Read more>>

 

CHECK OUT ALL OF THESE NO-COST WEBINARS!

  Best Workplace in the Americas: How to Prepare to Enter
October 3rd | 11:00am PDT | No Charge for members (non-members $39)
  Turning Data into Dollars $$
October 4th | 11:00am PDT | No Charge for members (non-members $39)
  Discover Your Selling Power
October 12th | 11:00am PDT
  Build Great Relationships with Your Customers via Nurture Marketing and Social Media
October 19th | 10:00am PDT | No Charge for members (non-members $25)
  Living on the Edge…Capital Expenditures in the Brave New World of Graphic Arts
October 19th | 10:00am PDT

 

2018 GRAPHICS NIGHT DATE & LOCATION ANNOUCEMENT

Our annual event of the year, Graphics Night, will take place on Friday, April 13, 2018 at the beautiful hill top Pacific Palms Resort in Industry Hills. Over 300 industry peers attend to honor the Executive of the Year, view the craftsmanship of printed pieces entered in the Print Excellence Awards Competition and to recognize the winners of this competition.

Save the date for an evening to celebrate print!

Interested in entering the Print Excellence Awards Competition? Start saving your printed samples from this year and prepare to enter them no later than Friday, February 9, 2018. Submission of entries will open in November.

Questions? Contact Kristy Villanueva, Director – Member Services at 323.728.9500, Ext. 215.

 

XEROX COPIERS FOR SALE

Xerox 560 Color Copy / Xerox 260 Color Copy / Xerox 5765 Black and White. Please email: yvonne@toragrafix.com.

 

MISSED PRINT 17? JOIN US TO SEE WHAT YOU MISSED FROM KONICA MINOLTA!

Join us to preview the revolution of digital print. See how our innovative technologies help you increase clients, revenue and profit. Discussions about business solutions and print workflows that you have never seen before ... Embellishment has gone digital!

The first 100 individuals that register before October 15th will receive a free bottle of wine.

A Day Filled with:

  • Product Demonstrations
  • Informative Presentations
  • and Refreshments
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm | No Charge!
1900 S State College Blvd., Suite 600
Anaheim, CA 92806

 

ASK THE TECHNICAL EXPERT

Cutting Expenses…any suggestions for how I can reduce my operational expenses? One way is to step back and become sensitive to the waste in your activities that drive costs up and extend lead time. There are eight common forms of manufacturing waste: motion, transportation, inventory, waiting, defects, overproduction, extra-processing, and not utilizing people’s talents and creativity. Another perspective is to examine your processes to pinpoint your activities that are non-value-added.

In other words, things that the customer wouldn’t be willing to pay for, which are essentially everything other than processes that directly turn the product into something usable by the customer. Focus on reducing those activities as much as possible. Mapping out your processes from incoming order to shipment, and identifying the time for each process and the waiting time in between processes, can help you see where you have the greatest improvement opportunities. Time is money as Benjamin Franklin supposedly said.

Call Dillon Mooney, the PIA technical expert, at (412) 259-1786 for help on this.

 

PUT A POSITIVE SPIN ON YOUR STATEMENTS

In the workplace, your words can speak as loudly as your actions. When dealing with co-workers and customers, the expressions you use shouldn’t send the wrong message. By replacing a few common phrases, you can avoid misunderstandings that occur when the wrong choice of words is made. Watch out for these:

  • Brusque demands. Instead of saying, “You’ll have to finish the project on your own,” make it a volunteer opportunity and say, “We’re shorthanded. Will you help out by finishing the project on your own?” When you ask people whether they are willing to do something, you’re giving them more control over the situation, instead of forcing them.
  • Negative responses. Instead of saying, “I can’t help you,” say, “I’m unable to help you, but I can direct you to resources that may help.” This statement shows that you’re willing to help in any way you can without implying that you’re trying to get rid of the other person.
  • Wishy-washy statement. Instead of saying, “I’ll see if I can get documents for you,” say, “I’ll look for the documents you need. If they’re not immediately available, I’ll get back to you right away.” Saying, “I’ll see if I can” can make people feel like they’re being brushed aside or that you don’t want to deal with them. Giving an honest answer is always better than leaving someone wondering whether you are really helping.

Source: The Manager’s Intelligence Report

 

PRINT WORKS

A private school saw a 1,009% ROI from a postcard campaign.

A wine maker achieved a 70% growth rate through newspaper ads targeting Millennials.

Send us a link to your (measurable) printing success story, so that your case study can be highlighted on the www.ChoosePrint.org home page too!

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
~Maya Angelou

 

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Contact

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