February 27, 2019
Serving Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Kern, Ventura & Clark Counties
Printing Industries of America Predicts Another Favorable Year for Print
2019 State of the Industry Report Now Available!

Each year Printing Industries of America releases its State of the Industry report, a detailed outlook for business leaders on current industry conditions from an economic, legislative, and regulatory perspective. Prepared by the Printing Industries of America’s in-house experts, the report includes an overview from the Center for Print Economics and Management as well as input from Government Affairs and Advocacy. It includes a potential forecast of what to expect over the course of the year to come.

Here is a sneak peak of what you will find in the 2019 State of the Industry Report:

PIA’s Center for Print Economics and Management expects the economy to continue growing at a modest pace over the course of 2019, although the risk of recession has increased as we enter the 10th year of the economic recovery. It forecasts that it will be yet another favorable year for print and printers, with total print revenues increasing around 1 to 2 percent and printers’ profits holding at their historic levels. Print will continue to evolve as a media and printers will continue to transition with a diverse mix of processes, products, and ancillary services for their customers.

Print will face a wide variety of legislative and regulatory challenges in 2019. “Go paperless” initiatives are gaining momentum despite continued industry efforts to stymy their development. Costs increases related to healthcare coverage, material goods, and other operational expenses remain at the forefront of trade policy and legislative talks on Capitol Hill.

A FREE copy of the report may be obtained at www.printing.org/stateoftheindustry.
LUNCH & LEARN: Ramp Up your Direct Mail
March 14, 2019
11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Phoenix Club, Anaheim

Using USPS 2019 Promotions and Incentives
Create Involvement, Excitement & Increase Response! 

Join Postal Customer Councel and PIASC as they cohost. Our speaker Doug Shepherd, Regional Manager, Tension Envelope will present detailed information on each of the 6 different 2019 USPS promotions. 

Learn how you can save up to 2% in postage costs by participating in USPS Promotions and Incentive programs for 2019.

11:00-11:45 Registration
11:45-1:30 Lunch & Seminar
Members: $35 before March 7
$40 at the door
Over 80 Pallets of Paper Donated!
The 32nd Annual Surplus Drive was a great success. We received over 80 pallets of paper and supplies which were distributed to educational institutes who have graphic communication programs, art, journalism, yearbook and more.

Start collecting your surplus this year and make your tax-deductible donation in January of 2020!
The following members donated paper:

  • Advantage Mailing LLC
  • Automation Printing Co.
  • Coast to Coast Label
  • Design Printing
  • Image Options
  • Impress Communications
  • Kelly Paper
  • Martin & Chapman Company
  • Mayer Litho, Inc.
  • Midnight Oil Agency, Inc.
  • PJ Printers
  • Sinclair Printing Company, Los Angeles
  • Sinclair Printing Company, Palmdale
  • Steve Marienhoff
  • The Printery

The following schools received the donated paper:

  • Animo College Prep Academy
  • Arcadia High School
  • Digital Learning Academy - YWCA
  • El Camino Real Charter High School
  • Fullerton College
  • Garfield High School
  • Griffith STEAM Magnet
  • John F. Kennedy High School
  • King/Drew Magnet High School
  • King High School
  • La Vista High School
  • Mark Keppel High School
  • Pasadena High School
  • Revere Elementary
  • Rosewood Park School
  • Santa Paula High School
  • Silverado High School
  • Temple City High School
  • Tynes Elementary
  • University High School
  • Upland High School
  • Valley High School
  • Warren High School
  • Yorba Linda High School
Is your Business Properly Protected?
Because you wear so many hats each day, you may not be thinking about the risks your changing business faces until a problem arises and you find out that you are not fully protected. PIASC Insurance Services can evaluate how your needs may have changed over the past year.

  • Have the mailing address and/or physical location of your business changed?
  • Has there been any increase/decrease in the amount of business/personal property/equipment you own?
  • Has there been any increase/decrease in your company’s payroll or sales?
  • Have you added or eliminated any vehicle used in your business operations?
  • Are the billing plan and deductible on your policy right for your business?
  • Are you protected against cyber threats like ransomware?

After the evaluation, they could make coverage recommendations, provide peace of mind solutions, and possibly reduce your costs.

Contact Dennis Bernstein , VP Commercial Insurance, 323.728.9500, Ext. 222.
2019 IRS Cost of Living Adjustments
The IRS has issued a variety of cost of living adjustments. Here’s what you need to know:
FREE Webinars for Members
March 7, 2019
11:00 am PDT

How to Adapt DTG to Your Business
March 12, 2019
11:00 am PDT

Not Just Paper…A Look at Alternative Uses for Wood Fibre
From a Finnish ball gown to a pair of American trainers, we explore five alternative uses for wood fibre

There’s a common misconception that wood fibre is solely used to create paper and paper products. But this versatile material has plenty of other uses and can turn up in the most unlikely of places – pharmaceuticals, cellophane, sponges, even sausage casings.
But with many traditional products being scrutinised for their environmental impact, manufacturers and retailers are increasingly turning towards wood-based materials to provide a more sustainable alternative. Here are just five.

“Compared to traditional materials like cotton, tree fibre uses 95% less water and cuts our carbon footprint in half”

Are Forklift Drivers Trained?
Forklift training is a Cal/OSHA Safety Training Requirement. California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Section 3668 requires the employer to:

  • Certify that operators have been trained
  • Re-certify training every 3 years
  • Refresher training when the driver has an accident or exhibits unsafe operation of the forklift.

The good news is you don’t have to hire an outside consultant or a certified trainer to conduct the training; however, if you choose someone from within your company to do the training, you must make sure that individual has, not only extensive knowledge and experience with forklifts, but also the skill to conduct the training.

The PIASC Forklift Training Manual provides the trainer with a ready-made course to conduct operator training. The material, which follows point-for-point the Cal/OSHA forklift training standard, includes the instructor’s guide and PowerPoint presentation.

The material should be used as follows:
  1. The trainer should review the Forklift Training Manual and the PowerPoint Presentation.
  2. Once the trainer is comfortable with the material, he or she will use the PowerPoint presentation for the classroom session.
  3. Following, there is also a practical component.

The amount of time for training should be at least three hours.

This training manual is available to PIASC members only.

To order a copy of this manual, please contact Emily Holguin , 323.728.9500, Ext. 200
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Quote of the Week
"You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously."