eNews Highlights ~ June 24, 2015
2015 Wage & Benefit Survey - Key to Keeping Great Employees 

- Take the guesswork out of salary & benefits when hiring or promoting employees
- Targeted information for printing & visual arts communications industry
- Allows for more accurate budget planning
- Includes more than 100 printing/visual communications industry job classifications
- Participants received the report FREE - a $250 value!
The "Wall Street Journal" recently published an article on trends in national wages and the reasons why wages were not growing as fast as economists expected. Based on unemployment rates, the 2.6% increase for the first quarter 2015 was considered low. >>> read more 


US Commercial Printing Shipments 

April 2015 US commercial printing shipments were up by +$258 million, +3.6%. In inflation-adjusted terms, because consumer inflation was negative in April, shipments were up by +$272 million, up +3.8%. >>> read more 

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday that an employer maintains the right to have a policy restricting the use of medical marijuana by employees (Coats v. Dish Network). >>> read more


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Call for Entries - COLLECT YOUR BEST!


Enter it...  Show it...  




Time to gather all your best and get your entries in for the 

2015 PrintROCKS! Awards. Categories are posted.


******  Deadline July 15, 2015! ******


Open to ALL involved in the design and production of extraordinary print 

produced* in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon & Washington. 

*(between June 2014 - June 2015)


Save Time & Money @ PPI

GUIDING SALES TEAMS TO MUST-WIN DEALS: This wisdom and more from PPI Consulting Partner Top Line Sales LLC / Lisa Magnuson (Blog post HERE)

Assess your planning, sales, marketing, and/or operations needs. A preliminary one hour assessment is provided to member firms with cost effective, business specific solutions created to help your company and employees reach their potential. >>> Read MORE

REMOTE DIRECTOR: A  virtual proofing solution for member 
companies to use  at  no additional cost. 
This service provides each company that signs-up access to one project folder for their company. Members can add files, invite clients and staff, and use the robust capabilities of Remote Director, including annotation and approvals of color accurate soft proofs. >>>  Get started


TELADOC: On Demand Dr. Visits - No Co-pay!

It's warming up! Allergy season is here, bugs are biting and the sun is burning. Teladoc is just a phone call away to treat allergy symptoms, skin conditions and more! Employers & Employees - This will save you time and money & reduce employee absence - everybody is happy!!  Check out this NEW benefit HERE. More info? >>> Email Alan Justin  or call (716) 907-5500 


CREDIT CARD PROCESSING: Taking more credit cards these days? 

Better for cash flow, but the fees are killing you? PPI has partners standing by to give you a no obligation, free analysis of what you could save in the MEMBER BENEFITS programs we offer! >>> Email for a quote 


*Quick Link >>> PPI Benefits & Buying Power


EDUCATION - Webinars, Networking & Conferences 


*Quick Link >>> Events & Education Calendar


Selling is Dead! We're All Marketers Now!

Date: Thursday, July 9, 2015 
Time: 12 - 1PM PT 
Location: Online Live Webinar

"The Internet is a profound game-changer for the sales world"

In fact, since salespeople no longer have a monopoly on 'Knowledge', it is forever a Buyer's Market and we better change the way we approach sales if we want to survive and grow!



Why LED-UV? Webinar Presentation 

Web based conversation led by Chris Travis, Director of Technology, KBA. Very low energy costs to power LED-UV; a savings up to 50% in power consumption and energy costs versus conventional UV dryers.

Date: Monday, July 20, 2015. 

Time: 9 - 10am PT



Quarterly HR Update Webinar

Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2015 
Time: 11am PT 
Location: Online

Your employees are your greatest asset - this valuable webinar will provide you with up-to-the-minute information on key Human Resources issues affecting your company and your workers. If you're a business owner, manager, personnel Director or supervisor, you can't afford to miss these quarterly HR update. Come prepared to ask specific or troubling questions of the presenter.



ACT NOW PORTLAND & SEATTLE! Great Design + Creative Direct Mail  


Daniel Dejan, Sappi Paper &  (YouTube sensation)  Trish Witkoski,  Fold Factory
with their ACT NOW! song & dance about the integration of print & digital.
See how one of the oldest ways to reach customers is also the most powerful. Did you know direct mail brings in $12 for every $1 spent?  Now with an effective combination of current technology and old-school familiarity, direct mail can turn present business into future success.

This extraordinary opportunity to hear from two leading industry creatives in our back yard. Includes some Constructive Cocktails at the end :) Seating is limited, so ACT NOW!

Portland - August 26 -  REGISTER 

Seattle - August 27 -  REGISTER 


Trish Witkowski, Fold Factory -- famous for the 60 Second Folds




PrintROCKS! Party of the Year

Date: Friday, October 2, 2015    Location: Hotel Murano, Tacoma, WA

We'll be sure to let you know when tickets go on sale. 

In the meantime...  ENTER TODAY!  





Date: Thursday, October 22

Time: 2:00 - 6:00 pm

Location: PPI Event Space, Portland

In conjunction with FSC / Rainforest Alliance. 

Special guests in crude Willamette Valley Vineyards, SGP Partnership / Marketing Expert Brian Hart / Panel of buyers discussing sustainability and marketing in today's business environment. 

Ends with Constructive Cocktails. 




*Quick Link >>>  Industry Conferences


Graph Expo 2015 

Date: Sunday, September 13, 2015 to Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Location: McCormick Place, Chicago, Il

This year the world's Graphic Communications Industry will convene in the largest print market in the world to rejuvenate, energize and find the trending business solutions and exciting new profit opportunities. At the "Transform" themed GRAPH EXPO 15, spanning the realms of Print, Online and Mobile, you will experience the full spectrum of equipment, products and services. Leading manufacturers and suppliers will be exhibiting at the show-many of them showcasing newly released products, technologies and services.   More Information  


YOUR Ed Trust!
Pacific Printing Industries Educational Trust - Learn more about the Trust and how they support YOU! You can visit the website page, too.

Pacific Printing Industries Educational Trust - 

Learn more about the Trust and how 

they support YOU!
 You can visit the website page, too.

Pacific Printing Industries Educational Trust  
is a non-profit charitable organization. Focused on education and related activities, the "Ed Trust" was created to help the visual communications industry ensure a continuous supply of motivated and skilled candidates at every level, from press operators to managers and CEOs, capable of powering the our industry into the future. >>>  Find out more

The Ed Trust depends on donations from PPI member companies. 


  • PPI Member benefits can save you money and expand your resources. Here is the latest list of benefits.
  • The first hour of PPI Consulting Services is FREE... Strategic Planning, Sales, Branding/Marketing, and Operational Excellence.
  • PPI brings the news to YOU! Bookmark our website newsfeeds: Association & Industry News and Health & Safety.
  • The Pacific Printing Industries Educational Trusts support programs that attract young people to careers in printing. Would you like to get involved?
  • When you win a PrintROCKS! award you win national exposure. Your winning entry is automatically entered in the  American BENNY Awards (aka the Premier Print Awards). 2014 Winners were sent off this month to compete!
  • PPI gives member companies extensive Human Resource tools.
  • You can have VALUABLE EXPOSURE to PPI Members & Friends by advertising on our website, including social media and print promotion of your services.

There is much more PPI can do for you.

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  Jules Van Sant
PPI Executive Director, Pacific Printing Industries Association
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