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Misprint Monday: Right and Wrong, Black and White?

We recently mocked up a job on lime green shirts with white ink. Not super high contrast but it looked ok. The customer approved the mock up, and the customer had seen the blank shirts in this color before. We printed the job and the customer was unhappy at the lack of contrast. We could…

Golden State Warriors, 2017 NBA Finals Champs?

If you’ve engaged in “hot market” printing, specifically for MLB or NBA in which championships are determined by the winner of a best of seven series, you understand the anxiety and significant effort which goes into preparing your print shop for each potential series clinching game; adjusting your regular production schedule, setting up multiple presses,…

Reflections at the End of the Trade Show Season (at the end of the retail era as we knew it…)

I woke up to a Business Insider article about the decline of retail stores.    They report that a third of malls are in danger of closing, and that visits to malls decreased 50% from 2010 to 2013. Noted at our industry shows, American Apparel will be closing their 110 retail locations and Abercrombie closing…

American Apparel Back in Business, Sort of…

Gildan purchased American Apparel and for a time during integration you could not buy wholesale. They are now back in the wholesale business, most customers can order again and distributors will get product again. I know some employees are back in action, but not sure how many. For the time being 10 key styles including…

A Photo is Worth a Thousand Chargebacks…

Here is a simple idea that is an inexpensive way to cover your butt. Quickly take photos of your shipments before they go out. That chargeback for too many boxes on the pallet or no labels or wrong labels will disappear mighty fast when you produce a photo of the shipment from all sides and showing…

Gildan Announces Stock Buyback

The Gildan announcement goes as follows from their press release this morning: “Gildan Activewear Announces Plan to Buy Back Shares Through Private Agreements Montreal, February 28, 2017 – Gildan Activewear Inc. (GIL: TSX and NYSE) announced today that it intends to purchase for cancellation up to 877,000 of its common shares pursuant to one or…

Gildan Announces 4th Qtr and 2016 Earnings

Gildan released 4th Qtr and full 2016 earnings and their forecasts for 2017. In their own words: Net sales growth of 8.1% in the fourth quarter GAAP diluted EPS and Adjusted diluted EPS of $0.32, both up 14% compared to Q4 2015 2017 Adjusted diluted EPS guidance of $1.60-$1.70, representing 9% growth over 2016 at…

Let’s Chat. A Unique Interface with Customers

Spin Ink Screen Printing has a unique approach to sales. If you get on their website, a chat window opens up. The four of them on the sales team take turns answering customer inquiries this way. Owner Jon Weizman said he was on a utility site with a chat function and got the idea to…

Misprint Monday: What Could Go Wrong?

In a discussion on a Facebook Group “Screen Print Pros” there was a thread about how much to charge for a 30K piece one color job. I think most of the replies were about prices that were too low. One of the first replies I made was that if you do the job for basically…

Sanmar and Alphabroder Working Together?

I have to say this is unprecedented. Alphabroder and Sanmar issued a joint statement today, I have never seen them cooperate on anything. Also unprecedented is their call for congressional action, I have not ever seen that from shirt distributors in the past 25 years. What they are calling for is for folks to fight…

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