John Stewart

NPOA Nov-Dec. Newsletter "Hot Off the Press"!

NPOA News, the official publication of the National Print Owners Association, was mailed to all current members late last week. Many members already have reported receiving their copy - Fantastic service from the USPS!

Our Latest Newsletter provides members with a brief update and review regarding what you association is up to and what's in the works! The current issue features a message from NPOA President Jace Prejean, as well as highlights from the recent Retirement Plans and Planning Survey conducted by NPOA.

Other articles of interest include an article on Platinum Plus, the association's newest feature that allows members to use a single word or phrase and search thousands of emails previously posted to the PrintOwners List Serv. Members can Click here to download a PDF copy of the newsletter.

BindRite Offers Free "Sign Shop In A Box" Sample!

Satisfy your customers’ demands for Floor, Window and Counter Graphics! How?

You already have the equipment to make professional sign graphics quickly and easily if you own a pouch laminator.

Any person in your shop can produce them with our Sign Shop in a Box system. No special training is required and you won’t waste material learning. We are so confident you will be able to make signs and graphics with our system, we are offering a free sample kit: Ten (10) x 12” X 18” Universal Sign Pouches (To make ten 11" x 17" graphics)! See for yourself. 

To order your free Sign Shop In A Box samples, please visit our web page http://bindrite.com/sign-shop-in-a-box.html or call Al Boese at 847-283-0970! BindRiite is an Associate Member of NPOA.

Please Don't Delete NPOA Emails
Or Place Them in a Spam Folder!

NPOA is constantly striving to improve communications with members. We know checking for all the newest NPOA "member benefits" on our web site is not necessarily a top priority for many members and we understand that.

However, there are times we need to contact you directly in order to let you know of new members-only benefits, such as special reports, surveys and new services like NPOA Platinum - our new "members-only" search engine we've developed for checking the PrintOwners List archives for specific posts on specific topics.

Unfortunately, many of the email addresses provided are so general in nature that they often go to art departments or customer service individuals who may not recognize NPOA as your trade association, and thus a lot of important emails we send you end up being deleted or placed in a spam folder! We are very careful to avoid inundating you with emails, but sometimes that is the best method we have available. So please do us a favor and go directly to the NPOA Profile Page, sign-in using your username and password, and then go to My Profile > Edit Profile and provide us with the most direct email address you can provide. IMPORTANT - If you have signed up for our RSS feed on our web site we encourage you to subscribe again if there is a better email address to which our feeds should be sent. Thank you.

 


NPOA Launches Exclusive Members-Only

Search Engine for PrintOwners Archives

NPOA Launches Platinum Plus - After months of development and beta testing, NPOA has just released its latest members-only benefit - Platinum Plus! Platinum Plus is a new search engine that can search tens of thousands of emails posted to the PrintOwner List Serv using key words, phrases or authors.and return the results of those searches within seconds. Currently, the search engine searches 10 year's worth of emails previously posted to the PO list serv. Below is the main screen of Platinum Plus:

Typical Searches take anywhere from 1-2 seconds up to 15-30 seconds, based upon the number of key words, phrases and other criteria entered by the user. Searches can also narrowed by using specific date ranges. NPOA members who wish to use this new search tool can either click here or go to the Main Menu > Resources. In both cases, you will be required to provide your username and password. 

RMM Offers Special NPOA Pricing On
Intec CP3400 and Platewriter 2000

RMM Associates, located in Groton, MA and one of NPOA's newest Associate Members, is offering special pricing to all NPOA members on both the Intec CP3400 Digital Press and the PlateWriter 2000 computer to plate system. You can follow the links above to two PDFs that describe these sytems and/or contact RMM Associates directly at 978-448-2627 for special pricing. You can also visit their web site at: http://www.rmm-associates.com

4th Video by Larry Hunt Tackles
Customer Service as Key to Success

"Customer Service - An Important Key to Success," the 4th and final video in a series of instructional videos by industry expert Larry Hunt, has just been released and is available to NPOA members by clicking here. Hunt explains in five minutes how most businesses can improve customer service by just following some simple tips. Larry Hunt has consistently been one of the highest rated speakers at conferences for more than 25 years, and these fast-paced video presentations demonstrate why Hunt is so highly rated as a speaker.

NPOA Retirement Report Now
Now Available to Members & Guests

Download a 6-page PDF containing the results of NPOA's most recent survey - "Retirement Plans and Planning Survey." Please note that the availability of this report is limited to either NPOA Members or Visitors who sign-up for our Complimentary Membership. Click here to download PDF or for further information on Complimentary Memberships.

3rd Larry Hunt Video Released by NPOA

"Understanding Markup vs. Margin!", the 3rd in a series of four 5-minute instructional videos by industry expert Larry Hunt, has just been released and is available to NPOA members by clicking here. Hunt explains in five minutes a business concept that might take 20+ pages in a textbook on business practices. Larry Hunt has consistenly been one of the highest rated speakers at conferences for more than 25 years, and his fast-paced presentation style in these series of videos are an example why Hunt is so highly rated as a speaker..

Marketing Ideas for Printers Introduces
FastTrack Online Printing Tool 

Fargo, N.D. - Marketing Ideas for Printers has announced a new online printing tool designed to make it easier than ever for print-buyers to produce production-ready PDF files from any application and get them preflighted, uploaded, and into their printer’s hands fast. The software, called FastTrack, will be available for all WebsitesForPrinters.com customers on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. For additional details Click Here.

 

 Larry Hunt Video Explains How To 
Calculate a Company's Break-Even Point


NPOA has just posted the 2nd of four videos by long-time industry expert and author Larry Hunt. Each video is approximately 5-minutes in length and the handouts used by Hunt to illustrate the topic are available as PDF downloads. You must be an NPOA member to view these important and informative videos. Click Here to View Videos.

    •   “Mastering the 80-20 Rule.” << Posted
    •   “What Is Your Company’s Break-Even Point” << Posted
    •   “Customer Service – An Important Key to Success,” (Scheduled for release 10/2/14)
    •   “Understanding Mark-up vs. Margin,” (Scheduled for release 10/20/14)

 Check out a brief highlights video at NPOA's Home Page.  

Special Offer from NPOA Associate Member

BindRite Offers Binding Component 
Sizing Gauge Free

NPOA Associate Member Makes Special Offer to members - The BindRite Wire, Comb and Coil Sizing Gauge takes the guesswork out of choosing component diameters for most punch and bind applications. This unique tool features sizing guides for Wire-O and Comb on one end and Plastic Coil on the other. The gauge also shows hole patterns for 2:1 and 3:1 pitch Wire-O on one side and patterns for 4:1 pitch Plastic Coil and Comb patterns on the other side. In addition, the 14" gauge tool also contains charts relating to component diameter, booklet thickness and sheet numbers per document for all three binding component types.

To order your free sizing gauge, please visit our web page: http://bindrite.com/bindrite-sizing-gauge.html


NPOA Welcomes 16 New Members

Who Have Joined Since August 1st!

Although NPOA welcomes aboard every new association member with a "Welcoming Aboard Packet," we wanted to say a special "hello" and "welcome" to 16 new companies who have joined our ranks since Aug. 1, 2014. NPOA enters all new members on our Membership Map as well as to our special list of New Members, Thanks to the following printers, as well as to all of you who have joined our association since late December 2012, for making our young association the success that it is today:   

  • Chris Beals, Linden-Beals Corp., 1547 20th Street, Vero Beach FL 
  • Michael Brown, AlphaGraphics, 8135 Lyndhurst Ct., Cincinnati OH 
  • Sam Wright, Tri-State Printing, Inc., 120 Bester St., Hagerstown MD 
  • Robert Molacek, RJM Printing, Inc., 7793 Ranchers Road NE, Fridley MN 
  • Michael Chamberlain, Printed Products, Inc., 1144 E. Haskell St., Tulsa OK 
  • James Bowdring, Superior Promotions, 407R Mystic Ave., #34A Medford MA 
  • Susan Valdes, Print Express, 7201 Jefferson NE, Albuquerque NM 
  • Hal Collins Collins, Digital Imaging, 230 Woodchase Close NE, Atlanta GA 
  • Craig Dellinger, New Haven Print, 7531 US 930, East Fort Wayne IN 
  • Bethuel Thai, First Print It (Pty) Ltd., P.O. Box 14129, Maseru LS 
  • Mary McIver, Piedmont Direct, 901-A Norwalk St., Greensboro NC 
  • Robert Cullum, PBR Graphics, Inc., 20 Railroad Ave., Albany NY 
  • Robert Sovik, Copy Solutions, 6140 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite #5, Chandler AZ 
  • Frank Hoster, Advance Printing & Graphics, 1349 Delashmut Ave., Columbus OH 
  • Larry Price, Print Tech of Western PA, 250 Alpha Drive, Pittsburgh PA 
  • Jim Jones, Copy Court Inc., 2540 East Vineyard Ave., Oxnard CA

Special NPOA Report Finds 44% of Printers
Report Their Sales Up Compared to 2013!

"The Overall business climate for many printers appears brighter than it has been in the recent past," notes a new 5-page Business Climate Report released by NPOA. Complete with 13 charts and graphs, the new report analyzes sales trends around the country, annual sales by participants, projected sales growth trends, as well as growth rates within six specific revenue departments within our industry. The report also details the corrective actions many printers are taking to correct or improve their current situation as it relates to sales and profits.

This FREE Download is being made available to all visitors, and not just NPOA members, as part of the association's mission to conduct, enhance and share relevant information about our industry. As always, we welcome your comments and feedback. Email us at: membership@printowners.org. If you are not a member of NPOA, we encourage you to consider joining our association. Click here join.


NPOA Releases New Video Series
By Industry Expert Larry Hunt

Larry Hunt, long-time industry expert, author and supporter of NPOA, has just completed a series of four, 5-minute educational videos touching on key topics in our industry. Topics in this series include:
  “Mastering the 80-20 Rule.”
  “What Is Your Company’s Break-Even Point”
  “Customer Service – An Important Key to Success,”
  “Understanding Mark-up vs. Margin,” 

 Visit the NPOA Home Page to view a "highlights" video of these Larry Hunt presentations, and then view the first of the four in this series of 5-minute programs ("Mastering the 80-20 Rule") by following the link provided. The remaining videos will be released on the dates as published on the Members-Only page. 

NPOA Welcomes First Print It
From Lesotho - Southern Africa

Things are back to normal after aborted military Coup - "I hope all is well with you. You might have probably heard that there was a military coup in Lesotho. It was, however aborted, and all is back to normal now, We were not operating for some days," according to one of NPOA's newest International Members, Bethuel Thai, owner of First Print It, Maseru, Lesotho, Southern Africa. NPOA wants to welcome Bethuel to our association. Bethuel sent us a picture of his staff -  "In the picture it is myself seated and the rest of the staff, although two were not present." You can also write Bethuel at printing@firstprintit.biz

About First Print It - "First Print It started in 2012 after realizing that all commercial printing services in Lesotho, including printing for the government, is done outside the country, especially in the Republic of South Africa. The idea was to capture that market in all sectors, including digital and web offset printing. There is also intention to grow and include pad and screen printing as these are scarce services in Lesotho at the moment. We currently have put up new digital and wide format machines (and) are are looking for equipment for the other departments. We also do a little bid some sublimations," notes Bethuel.

Demand for Printing Exceeds Capacity - "It was a humble start for us due to the fact that it is not easy to access good equipment in our area, especially new or good used, and most of the time we have to opt for very old used equipment. It therefore took us time for the business to pick up. However, currently the business is improving and we are intending to equip our finishing department so that we can complete all our printing service in house; these would include; binding, stitching, scoring, punching, cutting, lamination etc. We are also in the process of acquiring a small newspaper press to print for the local community newspapers and pamphlets, the service which is completely not available in Lesotho at the moment. The business is more than we had expected and now the demand is more than our capacity, especially in the finishing side."


Access to Used Equipment - "We hope our membership to NPOA will also give us access to a wide range of members who have some good used equipment they would like to replace at a reasonable price as the move to the next technology." Best regards, Bethuel Thai

I Am Not Moving From This Blanket
Until We Sign-up A Printer in South Dakota

"Nope, nope, nope... I am not getting off this blanket
until someone from South Dakota joins our Association."
NPOA now has members in 49 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. We also have members in South America, Africa, the West Indies and even our friend Harry Brelsford in Australia is a member. What we don't have but we are looking very hard to find is a printer from South Dakota to join our ranks. We'll even run a special feature on this hold-out state. So if you know anyone in South Dakota (it's just below North Dakota) why not forward this on to him or her and encourage them to join. That will be big day for NPOA!

NPOA Associate Member News

AccuZIP Releases New Videos
Featuring Real-World Testimonials

They say a picture is worth a thousand words! These four new testimonial videos below prove just how true this axiom is. AccuZIP is proud of all of our customers and the success they have had using our products and services. We could not be more proud of these powerful and well delivered success stories! Please click here to view these video testimonials and see how businesses have integrated AccuZIP into their processes to develop and expand their organizations and revenues!

NPOA Launches New Survey Measuring
Localized Business Climate for Printers

NPOA wants to hear from you this week. Please take our latest 5-minute survey titled, "Down to Earth No Punches Pulled" Industry Business Survey. The poll seeks to measure how printers such as yourself are coping in today's business climate. The survey asks you to measure the strength or weakness of your local economy as it pertains to your business as well as share with us what segments of our industry are reporting the greatest strides as well as those that are declining. The survey is open to all. The deadline is Thursday, Aug. 28th. Click here to take our latest survey.  

Reservations Desk Now Open for
NPOA 2015 Spring Conference 

Make your reservations early NPOA's Hotel Reservation Link is now open. NPOA is already receiving inquiries regarding hotel reservations for NPOA's 2015 Owners Conference, April 16-19, 2015, Although the conference agenda and program is still in the planning stages, we expecting a record turn-out, including a possible sell-out of our room block.

We believe this conference venue will be the best-ever! We know the program will be stimulating, the weather will be great, and our destination is definitely "family friendly" for those planning on turning their conference attendance into a mini, family vacation. We've arranged for a great room rate of only $149 per night, and that rate includes a number of "extras" we've been able to negotiate on behalf of our attendees. More info to come. Click here to make your room reservations.

 


American Printer Weekly Article Offers Reader

Comments on Industry Trade Associations

"Readers Weigh in on Associations: NPOA Wins Fans," notes a recent article published by The New American Printer Weekly. According to the magazine, Sid Chadwick’s recent reflections on industry associations and their executives prompted some positive reader comments, especially regarding NPOA.

"Dustin Andrews of Four State Printing tells us he is a big fan of National Print Owners Association. 'NPOA offer the PrintOwnersList, which is currently for free, as it was before they bought it. That is a HUGE resource and well of knowledge. I would highly recommend joining. At the same time I would like all of the trade organizations to go to a monthly payment plan and basically give membership on a 30-day subscription. It would make it much easier for the wee-little guys like myself (single-person shop) to join and pick up some extra know how and feel like they don't only gun for the multi-million dollar shops.

"Simplifed Spreadsheet Eases Upgrade Decisions - Craig Dellinger of New Haven Print collaborated with the NPOA staff on a free spreadsheet to analyze their copier/printer upgrade costs and benefits. You don’t have to be an NPOA member to download it, it is free for all. More information here.

"Lisa Bickford of Highlight Printing also put in a good word for NPOA. “As we are only member of one industry group (NPOA), I cannot give feedback on the rest. NPOA seems to give a really good value for the dollar and I get a lot of info that I need about running a business in the printing industry,” says Lisa. She adds: “Also, our local PIA group - PIM (Printing Industry Midwest), seems to be an active group with lots of helpful resources, just have never pulled the trigger and joined. Looking forward to others' comments.”

"What's on Your Mind? - We Say: Thanks for your comments, Dustin and Lisa! You can read a summary of NPOA’s 2013 conference here. In 2014, NPOA had a great panel discussion featuring some retired printers." You can read our write up here.