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In this issue:
National News and Education
USPS Merges Three Brands
December Employment
Key OSHA Insights
Be Prepared for Physical Risks
A Sales Sign
Video - Fold of the Week
GLGA Association News
PIPI Survey Is Open
FREE Member Webinars
Membership Tip

Member News
Print Reach
World Arts

Why Enter the Graphics Excellence Awards?
Here are some of the real-world reasons that companies have told us why they enter the Graphics Excellence Awards:

  • To differentiate themselves from their competition
  • To enhance their company marketing
  • To reward and recognize employees 
  • To motivate their staff 
  • To boost morale
  • To make their company more attractive to prospective employees and customers
  • To strengthen relationships with clients

Your company can be a winner, too! Submit your entries for the 2023 competition today. Click here for all the info to help you confidently take the plunge.
National News and Education
Postal Service Merges 3 Ground Delivery Products Into 1 Brand
The U.S. Postal Service said on February 10 it is proposing to merge three ground delivery products into a new brand known as USPS Ground Advantage, which will offer two- to five-day transit times with pound, ounce-based and cubic pricing options for parcels weighing up to 70 pounds. The product is aimed at shippers willing to sacrifice speed for price. Read more on
Graphic Arts Employment Flat or Declining in December
Overall printing employment was essentially flat in December 2022, being down -0.1 percent from November, and essentially unchanged from December 2021. Production employment was up +0.4 percent while non-production employment was down -1.1 percent from November. Read more in this analysis on
Top 10 Provisions in the Latest Retirement Reform Act
Congress enacted landmark retirement legislation known as SECURE 2.0 that will incentivize individuals to save for retirement, while increasing access to workplace plans. The new law includes a number of provisions intended to benefit individuals as well as small business owners. Read more by Diversified Financial Advisors.

(Editor's note: Diversified Financial Advisors powers Printers 401k, a GLGA Group Buying Program.)  
3 Key Takeaways from Our OSHA Recordkeeping Webinar
We continue our dive into OSHA recordkeeping and filing as the March 2 OSHA filing deadline draws near. While there was too much information to cover in one blog post, we’ve highlighted some of the key takeaways you will want to be aware of. Read more by GLGA member McClone.

U.S. Businesses Need to Be More Prepared for Physical Risks
Today’s threat environment for businesses is more extreme than ever, with risk events like homicides, gun violence, and catastrophic weather on the rise. In short: Prepare now, or be caught unawares when the next crisis hits. Read more on the Harvard Business
Sales Tip of the Week: A Sales Sign
You need to prospect consistently with a firm belief you’ll see an early sign that it is working. Read more by Bill Farquharson of the Sales Vault.

Editor's note: Bill Farquharson is one of the presenters of GLGA's popular monthly Short Attention Span webinar series.  
VIDEO - Fold of the Week
We’re having some fun with the Corner Folder. I’ve got 4 different ways to change it up, and I think you'll be surprised at how flexible this format can be. Trish Witkowski of takes a closer look. Read and see more.
GLGA Association News
February 2023 PIPI Study Is Open – Building Financial Benchmarks
Industry financial benchmarks help in budgeting, making strategic decisions, and finding a path to high performance. So, we are excited about the February PIPI survey, which will build financial benchmarks for printing firms. But there’s more to the story: we will build those financial benchmarks for different segments in our industry, such as commercial digital printers, commercial sheetfed printers, label printers, web printers, and others.

The survey is now open. Printing company leaders, please take the survey and help us develop knowledge that will help you! You will need your 2022 annual income statement and year-end balance sheet. All data will be kept confidential.

Deadline to participate is Monday, March 13.
Download your free copies of past PIPI report from the Members Only area of the GLGA website by clicking here. Need a log-in to the GLGA website? Register quickly by clicking here.
Upcoming FREE Member Webinar

Short Attention Span webinars are held on the second Thursday of every month. Stop trying to remember if you’ve registered for the next one: email Sharon Flick to register for the entire 2023 series.
Maximize Your GLGA Membership
Get maximum ROI from your GLGA membership: take advantage of our Group Buying Programs - local and national programs can save you money on the services that you may already use in your business every day or new services that could help your company grow. Here's this issue's program:

Preferred partner: MRA
Program: human resources education, assistance and training

Through our partnership with MRA, GLGA members have access to many invaluable HR resources, including the free Info Now Line 24/7 with professional advice on questions ranging from HR compliance to complex employee issues. Click here for an informational flier.
Member News
Have some news to share? We want to hear about member company achievements, activities and anything else that's new at your business. Press releases, photos, company e-newsletters, and links to social media posts and blogs welcome! Send your news to Sharon Flick
See more news about and featuring GLGA members posted
Suttle-Straus Boosts Personalized Direct Mail Capabilities with New Ricoh Pro Vc70000
Suttle-Straus, Waunakee, WI, has announced new capabilities added to their print and direct mail marketing services through the purchase of a new Ricoh Pro VC70000 continuous-form inkjet press. Read more.
Print Reach and Loyalty Loop Announce Product Integration
Print Reach has announced the availability of a new Printer’s Plan integration add-on, LoyaltyLoop. The integration automates and streamlines the process for printers using Printer’s Plan to engage their customers for feedback and reviews. Read more.
BAG MAKERS Wins 2023 PPAI Pyramid Gold Award
BAG MAKERS, Inc., Union, IL, was awarded a 2023 Gold Pyramid Award from Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). The award honored a “Stay Golden” custom tote bag created by BAG MAKERS’ Design Centre for Vacasa. Read more.
World Arts Achieves 99 Percent On-Time
Posted on LinkedIn by World Arts, Spencer, IN. See more.
About Us
The Great Lakes Graphics Association is the trade association dedicated to representing the graphic arts industry throughout Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin through education, promotion, and public affairs. It represents approximately 13 percent of the total print market in the United States with its three-state region, accounting for combined annual shipments of nearly $19 billion. Founded in 1886, GLGA celebrated its 135 year anniversary in 2021 and continues to be the oldest print trade association in North America. 

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