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In this issue:
National News and Education
Printing Establishments Data
Packaging Pet Peeves
Remote Work
COVID-19 Reminders for Employers
Non-Compete Agreements
Signs It's Time to Upgrade MIS
Video - Sales Tip of the Week
GLGA Association News
PIPI Survey
Membership Tip

Member News
Color Craft Graphic Arts
Chicago Glue & Machine

The Time Is Now! Send in Your Entries for the Graphics Excellence Awards
It's time to send in your entries for the 2023 Graphics Excellence Awards competition!

Any company that has a direct role in creating a printed piece may enter it in the GEAs. That includes printers, finishers, binders, in-plants and trade houses. Associate members, do you have press operators on your staff? You can enter pieces that your staff has printed. Educators, you can enter your student-created pieces, too.

Click here for all the info to help you confidently take the plunge. Hurry, the deadline is next Friday!
National News and Education
Assorted Publishing Establishments—2010–2020
According to County Business Patterns, in 2020 there were 557 establishments in NAICS 511199 (All Other Publishing). This category saw a net decrease of 39 percent since 2010, although we’re not talking about a tremendous number of establishments. In macro news, inflation appears to have peaked. Read more in this data analysis on
Packaging Pet Peeves of Ecommerce Shippers
Leading shipping companies reveal what brand owners and packagers are doing wrong when it comes to ecommerce packaging — and how to do better. Read and see more on
Nearly 30 Percent of Work Remains Remote as Workers Dig in
Nearly 30 percent of all work happened at home in January, six times the rate in 2019, according to WFH Research, a data-collection project. "...if I were a CEO, I would frame this as an opportunity.” Read more by The
COVID-19 Reminders for Employers
Although it appears that the efforts to control COVID have reduced its virulence, it continues to impact our communities and workplaces. Employers can help control its spread by remaining vigilant in their practices to limit employees’ exposure and ensure a workplace free from known related safety issues. Read more by our HR partner, MRA.

Editor's note: Click here to learn about your membership benefits through our partnership.
Following FTC's Lead, Senators Renew Efforts to Ban Non-Compete Agreements
A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators have renewed their efforts to ban the use of non-compete agreements nationwide through legislative action. Read more by GLGA member Husch Blackwell.
8 Signs that It’s Time to Upgrade Your Print MIS (and 4 Excuses Not to Do It)
While initial satisfaction with your Print MIS may be high, over time frustrations creep in. Soon you begin to wonder if it’s time to upgrade or stick with the system you already have. But how do you know? Read more by GLGA member Print Reach.
VIDEO - Sales Tip of the Week:
The Sales Prevention Department
Bill Farquharson called a print company. It went to voice mail. The outgoing message was so long, it made him think, "The must not want the business." When the owner finally picked up, he confirmed that statement. Find out why in this week's Short Attention Span Sales Tip.
Editor's note: Bill is one of the presenters of GLGA's popular monthly Short Attention Span webinar series. 
GLGA Association News
Your Input Needed - Latest Printing Industry Performance and Insights Survey Is Open for Participation
Our February 2023 Printing Industry Performance and Insights (PIPI) survey will help build financial benchmarks for printing firms, including different segments.

Please take a few minutes to answer the survey questions. Printing company leaders, please take the survey and help us develop knowledge that will help you!

All data will be kept confidential. Please complete the survey by Monday, March 13. The reports will be ready later in the spring.

Editor's note: the Great Lakes Graphics Association is among 15 regional printing associations partnering to sponsor the PIPI studies. Click here to download previous study reports from the Members Only area of the GLGA website. 
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: CardConnect
Program: credit card processing

GLGA members save an average of 27 percent on credit card processing fees. For a free savings analysis, visit their partner page.
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
Tactive CEO | A Year In Review
Posted on their website blog by Tactive, Indianapolis, IN:

This past year, Tactive has made significant investments in employees, new presses and machinery, technological efficiencies, marketing and had its highest year yet in donations given back to the community. Read more.
Color Craft Graphics Completes Warehouse Expansion
Posted on LinkedIn by Color Craft Graphics Arts, Manitowoc, WI:

Our awesome Team CCGA says hello from our new warehouse expansion. We are enjoying having all material under 1 roof in this much needed 45,000 square foot expansion. Read and see more.
Chicago Glue & Machine: A Major Kudos to Nudo
Posted on LinkedIn by Chicago Glue & Machine, Itasca, IL:

What do awesome and caring people at work, dog food, and glue have in common? Read on! (Thank you, Chewy, for the inspiration!)
swissQprint Shows How Print Service Providers Can Raise Their Profile
swissQprint will be at the spring trade shows ISA, Las Vegas, and Graphics Canada, Toronto, presenting the company’s latest product developments alongside inspiring print applications. Read 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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