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e-NewsLetter Volume 16 Issue 8
Wednesday April 15, 2015

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In this issue:


Product Showcases


The 2015 SGIA Expo in Atlanta, Georgia November 4–6
Offering qualified and educated attendees (like you!) the unparalleled chance to experience the hottest technology, the markets and opportunities. This dynamic show, in one of the East Coast’s most dynamic cities, is where leading imaging professionals will showcase their best products, methodologies and innovative applications.
Read on...


NEW Fiery, Fierce & Fizzy Color Options from 3M
Incite jaw-dropping reactions with Fiery Orange, Fierce Fuchsia, and Raspberry Fizz—a few of the 18 new colors in the 3M™ Wrap Film Series 1080 line. No printing, no overlaminate, just open the box and start wrapping. View all 75 finishes, textures and colors online.
Read on...


The Lighting Solutions Sale $99.99 - Click here -
Outdoor sign lighting fixtures available in traditional incandescent or LED. On sale $99.99 for complete fixture. All you need is a bulb! www.ecologicsavings.com
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EstiMate Sign Pricing Software: Sign Estimating & Business Management Made Easy
Get the tools you need to determine what you need to make in order to cover your costs and achieve your profit goals, then making sure every single job is priced to meet your target – all the while giving you professional printed, faxed or emailed estimates that you can have in your customer's hand literally minutes after getting the job specs. Click for more info.
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NEW Suite of 3M Envision Wrap Films -- High performance plus sustainability
The world’s first non-PVC, high-performing wrap film just got better. The new suite of 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films offers 100% printer compatibility and includes the only non-PVC luster wrap overlaminate on the market. Welcome to the Revolution. Click above for details & samples.
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The Simple Way to Create a Digital Message - modular e Digital Signage Software
modular e is a web-administered digital sign application that is easy to implement and use. No servers, no IT support, and no graphic designers are needed to deliver professional results. Choose from industry specific templates and customize your signs with modular e ACTIVE MODULES. modular e is cost effective for one display or thousands.
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Do You Need Processes?

    "Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing... layout, processes, and procedures"
      --- Tom Peters

Policies, procedures, and processes are needed in business. This is something we all know, but seldom do we take the time to institute efficient and effective processes into our businesses. Sometimes it just seems easier to keep the status quo and let the business continue to run without rocking the boat.

In the famously followed principles in Michael Gerber's book, The E-Myth Revisited, establishing processes has proven to be successful for efficiently run companies like McDonald's. Gerber explains that implementing processes that makes actions in business and tasks that need to be completed more automatic increases the bottom line of the business.

    "A cardinal principle of Total Quality escapes too many managers: you cannot continuously improve interdependent systems and processes until you progressively perfect interdependent, interpersonal relationships."
      --- Stephen Covey

Gerber is not the only one to promote the practice of applying procedures and processes to business. The whole concept makes sense and helps to lower labor costs. But before attempting to apply processing principles, a business leader must encourage feedback from team members on what processes should be implemented. Simply starting a process is not enough. There must first be an analysis conducted to find out where to create a process and the core of the best information will come from those actually needing a procedure and process.

    "The system is that there is no system. That doesn't mean we don't have process. Apple is a very disciplined company, and we have great processes. But that's not what it's about. Process makes you more efficient."
      --- Steve Jobs

A process can be as simple as writing down some of the basic things that need to be accomplished in the shop every day before the close of business. This simple exercise will lay the foundation for developing a system that will remain in case you are fortunate enough to get away for a vacation.

    ""Investing in management means building communication systems, business processes, feedback, and routines that let you scale the business and team as efficiently as possible."
      --- Fred Wilson

Today's technology will help you to develop the necessary processes and procedures without having to invent something from scratch. Many processes are already available and some you may be using now such as those for accounting, supplies, payroll, etc.

The act of developing processes for your business can be overwhelming, but keep in mind that many of the same procedures that you need for your business may already exist. Start slow and begin making processes and systems for the smallest areas of your business to streamline those areas and see how they work in your business to save you time and money.

    "The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , the process is its own reward."
      --- Amelia Earhart


Advertiser - 2015 SGIA Expo
2015 SGIA Expo

The 2015 SGIA Expo (Atlanta; November 4–6) will offer qualified and educated attendees (like you!) the unparalleled chance to experience the hottest technology, the hottest markets and the hottest opportunities. (And we’re not talking about the weather.) This dynamic show, in one of the East Coast’s most dynamic cities, is where leading imaging professionals will showcase their best products, methodologies and innovative applications.

For more info, visit:
http://www.sgiaexpo.org


Feature Articles

Want to Become a Lenticular Printer? ­ Just do it!
By Izzy Bromberg

For both sign makers and wide format printers, lenticular can be a valuable differentiator, an additional value-added service and best of all, a profit generator.
Read the article...


Education in the Industry To Provide a Skilled Workforce
By Ashley Arneson

Committing to doing all that we can to support the future of our industry. Can you step-up to do your unique part to help ensure a world-class workforce as well?
Read the article...


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Advertiser - 2015 SGIA Expo
2015 SGIA Expo

The 2015 SGIA Expo (Atlanta; November 4–6) will offer qualified and educated attendees (like you!) the unparalleled chance to experience the hottest technology, the hottest markets and the hottest opportunities. (And we’re not talking about the weather.) This dynamic show, in one of the East Coast’s most dynamic cities, is where leading imaging professionals will showcase their best products, methodologies and innovative applications.

For more info, visit:
http://www.sgiaexpo.org

Funny Signs

On a sign in a convenience store in Sacramento CA:

    "Golden, Ripe, Boneless Bananas, 39 Cents A Pound"

As seen on an electric cattle prod:

    "For use on animals only"

In a Podiatrist's window in New Jersey:

    "Time wounds all heels"

We need those funny signs you've seen in your travels, come on, we know they're out there.
Send them to us at: info@signindustry.com.


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