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Nazdar SourceOne Announces Jerry Hall as Regional Sales Manager

Nazdar SourceOne Announces Jerry Hall as Regional Sales Manager

Nazdar SourceOne is pleased to announce that Jerry Hall has joined the organization as West Regional Sales Manager for the Textile Inks Business Unit. Jerry will be responsible for leading the Sales Team and driving continued growth in the textile markets for the West Region.

Monday, October 10, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1374)/Comments (0)/
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From the Ground Up: Inkwerks Screen Printing and Design

From the Ground Up: Inkwerks Screen Printing and Design

Situated in Camarillo, Calif., Inkwerks Screen Printing and Design is a full-service screen printer, embroiderer, and design shop. Founder Jason LaBlue began his foray into screen printing in 2008 by printing designs for local businesses. Since then, the company has grown into a bustling shop that serves both the local community and a handful of out-of-state contract clients.  
Tuesday, October 4, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (984)/Comments (0)/
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The Pertinent Negative

The Pertinent Negative

New Article from atkinsontshirt.com. In our shops we are always inundated with questions.  How much for this?  What about that?  Can you design me something for my event?  Always with my favorite instruction, “Just do something cool!”
Monday, September 26, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1109)/Comments (0)/
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Why You Should Avoid Over-Flashing Ink

Why You Should Avoid Over-Flashing Ink

Flashing ink is a standard practice in the industry, especially when printing a white underbase on a dark substrate. However, many printers are unaware that they actually can over-flash their inks. So what, you may ask? Isn’t the purpose of the flash to cure the ink so that other colors can be printed on top?
Friday, September 23, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1212)/Comments (0)/
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Tips for Screen Printing at Home

Tips for Screen Printing at Home

At least half of screen printers start in their homes, perhaps in a basement, garage, or other out building. You need about a 20' X 20' area to work comfortably. You can do it in less space, but starting with this size will give you enough room to work efficiently.
Friday, September 23, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (997)/Comments (0)/
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Drowning Staff Needs a Lifeline

Drowning Staff Needs a Lifeline

New Article from atkinsontshirt.com. 
I was recently speaking with an owner of a shop that was lamenting about the lack of talent, drive and knowledge in her shop.  She was very frustrated that she couldn’t find good workers to help get her business growing and wanted to know the best way to attract better employees.
During the conversation, I asked her to describe her current workforce, their in-house training program and what they do to help employees move up the ladder.  My thought was maybe her current staff members could rise up and fill the needed positions easily, as they already have a lot of internal workplace knowledge.
Her response shocked me.
“Oh, we don’t have time to train.  I’m not going to do that.  I expect people I hire to know what they are doing.”  She then went on to tell me that they barely get 1,000 impressions from any of their automatic presses a day. She was 100% adamant that it is the worker’s responsibility to learn how to operate the equipment for production success.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (912)/Comments (0)/
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Why Don’t More Decorators Go Green?

Why Don’t More Decorators Go Green?

New Article from atkinsontshirt.com.  
Why don’t more apparel decorators “Go Green”?  …and by “Go Green”, I don’t mean the color of the shirt, thread, or ink.  This isn’t a St. Paddy’s day stunt either.

We live in some interesting times.  Besides the constant product disruption in business, our capitalistic efforts in the last century have put a growing burden on our planet.  In the past few years many corporations have focused their efforts in becoming more environmentally friendly.  Having a strong triple bottom line pays off with shareholders these days.  (social, environmental & financial)
Just plop into any corporate webpage and check out their blog posts, annual reports or sustainability mission statements.  You can see that they are making some valiant efforts in reducing their environmental risk, while building a healthier bottom line.  Not to mention using a sustainable mindset when developing new products for their customers.  Click the links and check these out:
Monday, September 12, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1527)/Comments (0)/
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The Best Practices of Screen Printing

The Best Practices of Screen Printing

Take equipment, press care, screen quality and technique 
into consideration for this discipline.

Countless small-shop owners, garage-based operations, hometown printers and startup decorators make a living via the manual screen-printing process, as it remains the heart of most garment printing. Even larger, automated facilities use manual screen-printing presses for smaller orders (one to six dozen) or sampling for later production on automatic presses. 
Let’s review some best practices for screen printing on a manual press
Wednesday, September 7, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1149)/Comments (0)/
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Don’t Make Me USE ALL CAPS

Don’t Make Me USE ALL CAPS

New Article from atkinsontshirt.com. 
Frustrated with work challenges that involve people?  Me too.  Don’t you want to just send that jerk-wad a full fledged e-mail rant using all caps to really show them who’s boss?  I know you know where the caps lock key is on the keyboard.  Time for a left pinky smackdown…
KA-BLAM!  UNLEASH THE FREAKING FURY OF THE ALL CAPS RANT!
However, most of our daily work challenges come down to the fact that it’s our own fault.
Huh?
Yes, you.  Me too.  Ok, stop snickering.  I’m serious.  It’s all about how your company insists on accountability, empowerment and expectations.
Think about it. 
Tuesday, September 6, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1697)/Comments (0)/
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Direction vs Speed

Direction vs Speed

New Article from atkinsontshirt.com.
Let’s pretend you had to choose between “Direction” and “Speed” as the one attribute for your business to obtain success.  Sure, it’s a ridiculous argument, as there are obviously more to making a company successfulthan one buzzword attribute…but that’s the fun of debate isn’t it?  Pick a crazy premise and argue.
Which do you think will win that battle?
Direction pertains to having your company moving in the right direction for success.  It’s all about alignment. You have your company built to serve a particular customer base.  The equipment and consumables you use perfectly performs the work.  Your staff has clear expectations about how to serve the customers and make those orders sing.  Like a seasoned captain, you make course corrections to keep the ship traveling towards success.
Speed is all about beating the clock.  If the order was due to ship Thursday, can it ship Wednesday instead?  Can you beat the competition to the finish line and win the race?  In a market with ever decreasing turn times, can you go from a five-to-seven business day turn to two-or-three?  To get that speed, what sacrifices must you make to obtain that goal?  Will you have to invest more money to get that speed?  Faster usually equals technology, different equipment, more automation, less people.  There’s an app for that.  Or at least there could be.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (954)/Comments (0)/
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