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Who is Generation Z?

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Posted by Printing Industries of America With millennials well into adulthood, businesses are now turning their attention to the next generation entering the workforce: Generation Z. Who are they, and what are their attitudes toward print? WHO IS GENERATION Z? While age ranges vary, most reports of Generation Z describe them as being born between between 1995 and 2012. Businesses should pay attention: they make up about 25% of the population and are estimated to become 40% of consumers by 2020.[1] Most of Generation Z could be described as digital natives. They have never known a life without digital products and services like Google, mobile ...
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​Hello, I wanted to introduce myself to all PIM members! I am the account manager for Agfa Graphics covering MN,IA,ND,SD and MO. I have been in the industry for 25 years and have worked in product development for plates, color management, proofing and wide format equipment. I carry everything from plates, proofing supplies, pressroom supplies, prepress equipment and color management tools. It would be great to assist in reducing the cost of operations and streamline the printing process. Please feel free to check out our websites below and contact me any time. agfagraphics.us shopagfa.com Joe Hernandez 515-322-2095 joe.hernandezjr@Agfa.com
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Minimizing Risks

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By Paul Gutkowski and Cathy Malinowski Do you know what is the most common OSHA citation for printing companies?  Would you like to make more money by reducing the number of accidents and injuries?  Is it possible for a company to be cited with a criminal penalty for violating an environmental regulation? Compliance Audit Benefits for Printing Companies A regularly scheduled environmental, health and safety (EHS) audit provides management with an effective and affordable means to ensure regulatory compliance.  Identifying regulatory compliance issues allows an organization time to better plan and implement corrective actions before a regulatory inspection ...
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By, Jodi Drew, EHS Manager, ITU AbsorbTech and Jerry Chapman, Corporate Safety Manager, ITU AbsorbTech There are many regulations covering how to use, store, and handle the chemicals and materials used by printers. Agencies such as EPA, state environmental agencies, OSHA, LEPCs, fire marshals and others have input into process requirements. But industry best practices go far beyond those requirements. Some key areas to focus on are discussed below. Strong partnerships with chemical suppliers are essential to taking the next steps toward environmental safety. Measurable goals are fundamental to providing environmentally and human friendly chemicals, ...
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Color Match to What?

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By Cory Sawatzki, Recently, I was visiting a large print facility. While touring the production floor and speaking with the operations manager about his newer technology investments, it quickly became apparent that the differences in capabilities between his different print methods were overwhelming him. With the variability of substrates, file formats, front ends and finishing, it is completely understandable. However, there is a way to control print production expectations and align your quality control goals related to color. In all of this, one problem he mentioned more than once was printing capabilities across different print technologies. He was concerned ...
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From Semper International,  The printing industry has a serious talent issue. The problem is multifaceted and will require a combination of ideas, actions, groups and dedication to solve. The time is overdue to take workforce development seriously. Lip service is no longer cutting it. We all know why we are here. Baby boomers retiring, school programs dwindling and for many years now it is the reality to many that print is dying. And today we hear increasingly that students are not motivated to seek careers in manufacturing. They see it less flexible, lower paying and easily automated without long-term job security. “It’s not the future, it’s the past.” ...
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by Bill Farquharson Today’s print sales reps grumble that it’s harder than ever to sell. Decision-makers hide behind voicemail and caller ID. “No one ever calls me back,” they moan. Prices are all over the map and customer loyalty is as dead as disco. “Things were better in the old days.” But is that really true? Is it harder to sell now or way back when (defined as the early 80s)? Let’s look at a few sales challenges and make a comparison... Sales Challenge #1: Finding a Hot Prospect Then—Identifying prospects took on two forms, primarily: You could work from a list or you could perform what was called, “Prospecting by driving around.” Lists were outdated ...
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