eNews Highlights ~ October 14, 2015

TODAY is International Print Day!
Help #Print Trend The Planet through social media on International Print Day!  Follow & Share with #IPD15.

Do you recycle? Are you certified? SFI? FSC? SGP? Do you market your company's environmental awareness and practices? 
      Important Workshop at PPI Training Center
This is an important opportunity to reengage with the power of your sustainability practices and learn about new ways to  raise your company's environmental profile, increase business and create long-term relationships

Marketing and environmental experts, a buyer panel with professionals from REI, Willamette Valley Vineyards and 
more to support your efforts and grow sales. 

Top it off with networking at PPI Constructive Cocktails! It's all Thursday, October 22 from 2 - 6pm in Portland. WORTH THE TIME!

SAVE THE DATE! Holiday Constructive Cocktails
Seattle: Thursday, December 3
Portland: Thursday, December 10
Stay tuned for dates in Spokane and Eugene!

Of Course Your Customers Are Satisfied. 
But Are They Loyal?
By Mike Jacoutot, PIWorld
In research conducted by HR Chally, 80 percent of customers who defected from their current supplier described themselves as satisfied or very satisfied! How could that be? So much for measuring customer satisfaction...
No customer/supplier relationship is static. Things change. People change on their side. People change on your side. Economic conditions change. Technology changes. Customer priorities change. Your company's priorities change. It is your ability as a company to step up to the challenge of change that differentiates you as a company.  >>> Read more 

Montana's minimum wage 
will remain at $8.06 per hour in 2016
Source:  Montana Department of Labor and Industry,
Commissioner's Office, Notice of Montana 2016 Minimum Wage Determination, October 1, 2015 
>>> Details

October 2015 Flash Report
Latest Economic report available at ppiassociation.org
for Members Only, requires login.

A Strategic Approach to 
Print Workflow Automation
When the industry talks about workflow automation, we love to dive right into the weeds of pre-press, imposition, and the production floor. Workflow automation is a strategic initiative to make your overall business more efficient in an environment of increased order volumes, decreased turnaround times, and lower average run lengths. >>> Read

Mrs. Lidia Hess (Chairman of the Board of TCC Printing & Imaging) passes. Our condolences to the Hess family and print industry colleagues.  

Members Only!
Are You Taking Advantage of the Print 
Online Store?
PPI & Printing Industries Press is proud to offer the widest selection of graphic arts titles in the industry. In addition to technical titles covering every aspect of the printing process, you will find economics, sales and marketing, and human relations information as well. Several types of resources are offered including primers, textbooks, training materials and how-to guides, and various downloadable products. Use the links on the left side of the page to navigate through the subject categories and keywords to find what you're looking for. PPI  Members: Be sure to log in to access savings of 10-50% off nonmember prices. >>> Get access now

American College Students Say They Would Rather Study with Real Books, Not Laptops


Wage & Benefit Survey... a sneak peak at results
Just sharing a snapshot of the information coming out of this year's Wage & Benefit Survey data, due to release any day now!
1-25 Employees
Avg Cost EE only  - $562
Avg Cost EE+1 - $932
Avg Cost EE+Family - $1,245
Avg increase in premiums  - 17%  
The "effective" rate after plan changes was 13%
26-50 Employees
Avg Cost EE only - $408
Avg Cost EE+1 - $805
Avg Cost EE+Family - $1,131
Avg increase in premiums  - 12%  
The "effective" rate after plan changes was 9%

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PrintROCKS! and the Winners Are...


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101 or more employees:  ColorGraphics
            51-100 employees:  B&B Print Source
            21-50 employees:  PrintWest
            20 or less employees:  American Printing & Publishing
            Student:  Admiral Arthur W. Radford High School

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EDUCATION - Webinars, Networking & Conferences 
*Quick Link >>> Events & Education Calendar

Quarterly HR Update - Webinar
Date:  Wednesday, November 4
Time:  11am PT 
Location:  Online 
Presenter(s):  Jim Kyger, VP Human Relations at PIA
Jim Kyger is the Assistant VP of Human Relations for Printing Industries of America (PIA). His areas of expertise include compensation, benefits, EEO, union avoidance, union contracts, and other HR issues.

OSHA INCIDENT INVESTIGATION - A Virtual Roundtable Discussion
Event Type: Webinar
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2015 
Time: 11am PT / 2pm ET 
Location: Online 
Presenter(s): Steve Stankavage, Director of EHS services at the Graphic Arts Association, Masters in Safety Sciences from Indiana University
This webinar/roundtable will cover how to ensure you are getting the most out of your investigations and covering the correct information on your incident report.
Topics covered will include:
* How to conduct an effective accident investigation and who should be included on the investigation team
* Techniques for incident interviewing of witnesses and the injured employee
* What critical information you want to document for protection of the employee and your company
* Tips on how to break down an investigation to make tasks manageable
* How job hazard analysis can help with investigations

Marketing Your Efforts in Sustainability - Live in PDX
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. 
We keep adding panelists - check back!
Space is limited - REGISTER HERE

SAVE THE DATE! Holiday Constructive Cocktails
Seattle: Thursday, December 3
Portland: Thursday, December 10
Stay tuned for dates in Spokane and Eugene!


*Quick Link >>>  Industry Conferences

Color 2015 (previously known as the Color Management Conference) is back with more than 40 in-depth sessions, featuring 4 Tracks including Brand & Design, Print & Production, Standards & Business, and Product Demonstrations. Whether you're in product development, design, print production, or video, you are part of a color management ecosystem. And maintaining accurate color from one end to the other-initial concept to end product-is your mission. Join us!  Dec. 5-8
  >>>   REGISTER

Save the date!  President's Conference
March 6 - 9, 2016 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, CA
Michael Makin invites you to the 
President's Conference

Printing Industries of America's signature event, the  President's Conference, is returning March 6-9, 2016, to the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, CA, and you're invited! The revitalized 2016 President's Conference is aimed squarely at business owners, presidents, and CEOs, but we feel strongly that their top management teams, especially financial managers, should attend too. We are offering a discount for the second attendee from the same company and a huge discount of  $200 per person for groups of three or more from the same company!  With tracks on business development, leadership, and finance, we're covering hot-button issues for the entire management team! 

  • PPI Member benefits can save you money and expand your resources. Here is the latest list of benefits.
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  • 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). See who won!
  • PPI gives member companies extensive Human Resource tools.
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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

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