Subject: The Update: April 10

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April 10, 2019  
Calling all past Premier Print Award winners!

We've got a challenge for you! Between now and April 26, 2019, we’ll be collecting entries for the Show Off Your Bennies contest. We want to see what your Bennies have been up to since you've won. Have you built them a special display case? Do they hang out in your break room on occasion? Do they dress up for the holidays like these guys do at Graphic Visual Solutions? 
Submit photos of your Benny awards through our handy online form here and we’ll be sharing the entries on social media throughout the week of April 29-May 4. Be sure to include your company's social media handles so we can tag you! We'll also be making a special Show Off Your Bennies gallery on the Premier Print Awards page on 

We mentioned this was a CONTEST, right? We’ll announce the winners of Best Group Shot (we want to see your Bennies hanging out with your staff), Best Bennies Display, and Funniest Bennies Snap on Friday, May 4th! The winners will get a big silly certificate and bragging rights for this year and who knows, maybe they'll be a few extra added surprises.

"If you're looking for an educational conference that can light a fire in your organization, this is it!"

It's here! The final countdown to the 2019 Continuous Improvement Conference has begun. It's not too late to join us at the 2019 Continuous Improvement Conference and find out what all the buzz is about. Don't just take our word for it—come experience one of the best conferences on operational excellence and Lean manufacturing out there.

What’s in store for you at the 2019 Continuous Improvement Conference?
  • Develop a road map to protect your company’s survival
  • Discover how the concepts and tools of Lean manufacturing are implemented by printing companies and other custom manufacturers
  • Hear printing companies reveal their advanced approaches to cutting costs and becoming more productive
  • Get advice and inspiration from nationally-known authorities in operational excellence
  • Learn what is required of execs to lead a cultural transformation
Introducing the All-New Profit Booster

PIA's Center for Print Economics and Management, the pre-eminent source of accurate, up-to-date analysis on the print economy and management, has announced the new Profit Booster program, an affordable, focused management map providing you a clear path to profitability. The key features of the new Profit Booster include:
  • KPM analysis
  • Variance analysis
  • Targeted action plan
  • Ongoing assistance and consultations
The Profit Booster program is managed by Dr. Ron Davis, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist with over 30 years of experience in financial and operational analysis in the printing industry. He is assisted by David Wilaj, PIA Economist.

Schedule your Profit Booster today by emailing or calling 412-259-1756.

Enter Once, Twice, a Dozen Times for Your Chance at a Benny before the Early-Bird Deadline

Make sure to take advantage of our early-bird discounted pricing when you enter the 2019 Premier Print Awards before April 26, 2019. You can enter one, two, or dozens of your best pieces into one of our 115 categories for a shot at taking home the coveted Benny.

Benefits of entering and winning a Premier Print Award:
  • Industry-wide recognition amongst the best of the best to attract new clientele
  • Your company’s name in trade publications, the Printing Industries of America website, the Premier Print Awards booklet, and more
  • Secure the industry recognition your team deserves by entering the 2019 Premier Print Awards today for a discounted rate at
Effective Management Methods of High-Performance Printers
Thursday, April 11, 2019, 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

The management approach a leader uses can have a dramatic impact in improving organizational performance. But which approach is best for you? Using findings from the PIA printing business management practices study, Dr. Ralph Williams will discuss the relationships found among six management approaches (analyzing financial ratios, a quality focus, entrepreneurial orientation, goal setting, strategic thinking, and social capital) and the performance impact. Based on the study's findings, Ralph will provide guidance on how to execute strategic planning and the importance of an innovative culture.
Inkjet Madness: What does the future hold?
Thursday, April 19, 2019, 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT

Where is high-speed inkjet in the current market--and where is it headed? Inkjet is currently being used successfully in various markets and applications. High-speed inkjet is a big decision with many moving parts to consider. What do the adoption rates look like? What are the current technology options available? Do you really have the "right" work for it? What are the considerations for workflow implementation? This session will explore the issues of investing in, implementing, and using high-speed inkjet in your business.

Package Design: Innovation to Creation
Thursday, April 26, 2019 2:00pm to 3:00 EDT

Over the past few years, color accurate proofing and prototyping have seen a fundamental change. CxF allows worldwide, digital communication of all commercially significant aspects of color and is the key to future-proofing prototyping operations. The present and future approach to packaging innovation is the complete prototype—a system that enables 3D visualization with color-accurate, hard-copy output. David Palmieri, Director of Strategic Accounts and Business Alliances at CGS-ORIS, takes an in-depth look at how brands, packaging design agencies, and printers can leverage color-accurate 3D and physical prototyping. We will explore solutions that utilize the latest technology for brand color communication and packaging design innovation processes that delivers brands a new way of innovating and greatly decreasing their time-to-market for new package designs.
All Printing Industries of America webinars are FREE to members and $29 to non-members. An archive of previous webinars can be found in the iLearning Center at, To learn more about becoming a member of PIA, visit
Partner Event: HOW Design Live

HOW Design Live is a career-changing conference experience that attracts designers, marketers, and creative leaders from all over the world. As a PIA member, you're invited to take advantage of an exclusive offer to attend: save 10% on any conference pass when you register for HOW Design Live using the code PIA10.

In addition to inspiring speakers and captivating sessions, HOW Design Live has an incredible exhibit hall with innovative products and services to help you streamline your process and create amazing work. You'll find everything necessary to succeed as a creative—software and hardware, printing services, paper and packaging products, and much more.