eNews Highlights ~ July 30, 2015

What would do if you were sued 
by a patent troller?
John Oliver takes you on a journey that explores the frightening realities of patent trollers. The number of lawsuits brought by the trollers has tripled in the last 2 years! In fact, this very minute, PPI members are defending their businesses from aggressive trollers. They are a real threat to our industry and our best defense is regulatory action. Please take a couple minutes to watch this video. Yes, it is VERY entertaining, but most important - it makes the issue very clear.

John Oliver on Patents
John Oliver on Patents
Wage & Benefit Survey 
Last Chance! Deadline 7/31
Member that participate will receive a FREE copy of the report - that's a $250 value. Already worth the time invested! Who wouldn't want to take the guess work out of salary determination and budgeting?   >>>   Complete the survey print version

25 Must-Haves in Attracting Millennials to Manufacturing [Infographic]

Brought to you by the 

Pacific Printing Industries Educational Trust

We all agree that we need to attract millennials to print manufacturing... in our region! But how when Nike and Intel are luring them in with bean bag chairs and ping pong tables? Well, here are some fresh ideas on how to create an environment that is attractive to the younger generation. 



Who's Your Champion?

by Lisa D. Magnuson, Founder & CEO, Top Line Sales

Do you have a champion in your key accounts? You know, the person that gives you a heads up on important company matters that might affect your business. Also known as a sponsor, supporter, or friend, this person is your advocate.

The champion relationship ranks as essential. It's right up there in importance with your executive contacts and decision makers. Without a champion you can miss critical insights into game changing decisions, organizational shifts, potential new opportunities, and candid feedback. Top sales people can... >>> More at Printlandia - The Blog  


The New Yorker cover.... 

impact in PRINT is deafening.



OSHA issues proposed rulemaking clarifying the ongoing obligation to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that clarifies an employer's continuing obligation to make and maintain an accurate record of each recordable injury and illness throughout the five-year period during which the employer is required to keep the records. >>>More



Wright Business Graphics Acquires the Assets of Printing Today  >>>  Press release

AlphaGraphics Seattle Installs First Scodix Enhancement Press in Pacific Northwest

Printing Impressions

The next big impact has arrived at AlphaGraphics Seattle. "We had been looking at adding dimensional digital printing effects for three years," reported CEO Chuck Stempler. "We saw the Scodix S75 in action at the drupa and GRAPH EXPO trade shows, and made a decision to invest in late 2014." The mid-April 2015 Scodix installation marks the first digital enhancement press in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

More at PIWorld.com


Why printers should focus on Cross Media? 

Provided by EFI

The reasons are made clear and the justifications are truly impressive in this well done infographic by EFI

>>> Take a look... you'll love it!


What They Think?

The Fear of Launching Print Software

by Jennifer Matt

In software technology, the "when to launch strategy" has evolved over the years. We have gone from a comprehensive approach (get everything you can dream of done before you launch) to launching software that is in a "test state" e.g. beta or pilot or what has been termed "minimum viable product" or MVP. Google launched Gmail in "beta" and...  >>>Click to read more



Handicapping the Economy and Print Markets

The latest Economic Flash Report from Printing Industries of America is now out. PIA's Ronnie Davis, Senior Vice President and Chief handicaps three possible future paths for the economy and print markets over the next two years. He also provides some contingency planning tips for a downside scenario. 

>>> Click here to download a copy of the report.


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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.



Customer Service: The Hidden Profit Potential!

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2015 
Time: 8am PT / 11am ET 
Location: Online 
Presenter(s): Zev Asch, Master Mentor Marketing & Sales, Brand Launcher

3rd in a Series - but you can just participate in one!

In our first webinars we covered marketing and sales in the 21st Century. We identified the two factors that drive customers to your business, then allow you to hold on to them: Value and Experience. In this business, we will focus on "experience" - what is buying experience and why it is critical for first-time and repeat customers.



ACT NOW PORTLAND & SEATTLE! Great Design + Creative Direct Mail   = AWESOME RESULTS
Daniel Dejan, Sappi Paper &  (YouTube sensation)  Trish Witkoski,  Fold Factory  (our virtual guest) 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 ... 8 - 9:30am breakfast at Bridgeport Brewpub!

Seattle - August 27 -  REGISTER ... 3 - 5pm; Seattle location TBD but you can still register


From Design to Experience - Elements of a Successful Website

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015 
Time: 11am PT / 2pm ET 
Location: Online 
Presenter: Zev Asch, Master Mentor Marketing & Sales, Brand Launcher

Your website is your "business DNA" - it defines who you are and the experience you provide to customers. This webinar will feature a guest speaker, Lyndsey Frasier, from Focus MX, http://www.focusmx.com/, a very successful web design company that has worked with such companies as Sony, Nissan USA, Disney, Aramark, Campbell's Soup and Dannon Light & Fit Yogurt. Lyndsey will address common challenges, concerns and how to create a website that provides measurable results.



Federal OSHA Recordkeeping

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 
Time: 11am PT / 2pm ET 
Location: Online 
Presenter: Steve Stankavage, Director of EHS services at the Graphic Arts Association, Masters in Safety Sciences from Indiana University

This webinar / roundtable will focus on the requirements of Federal OSHA recordkeeping including the new communication requirements with OSHA.





PrintROCKS! Party of the Year

Date: Friday, October 2, 2015   
Location: Hotel Murano, Tacoma, WA
Special hotel rates!

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

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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




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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.   

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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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