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New article from Marshall Atkinson and atkinsontshirt.com: 

gig e-con-o-my noun •  "A labor market characterized by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work as opposed to permanent jobs." Most businesses don’t think that they fit this description.  However, as markets become more unpredictable, many different companies are faced with working this way.  

Monday, February 13, 2017/Author: Anonym/Number of views (1321)/Comments (0)/
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Printing Tips for Today’s Fabrics Part 3

Printing Tips for Today’s Fabrics Part 3

In an article that was recently featured in Screen Printing Magazine’s October/November 2016 issue, and on Screenweb.com, Keith Stevens gives us some tips on printing on today’s modern fabrics. Here is Part 3 of the article.
Popular, profitable, and often a pain in the neck to print, the latest fashion fabrics can present quite a challenge to shops accustomed to printing standard plastisols on all-cotton garments.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017/Author: Anonym/Number of views (2175)/Comments (0)/
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Catch the Chicken

Catch the Chicken

New article from Marshall Atkinson, atkinsontshirt.com: Speed. What is the average production turn-time your shop? Remember Rocky II, the movie? Sure, 1979 was a long time ago...but I'll bet you remember this one.  Rocky fights a rematch with Apollo Creed, and has to go through an uncomfortable change to defeat the champ.  The trick is simply to become a faster fighter.  
Monday, February 6, 2017/Author: Anonym/Number of views (1396)/Comments (0)/
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CPS share their Haze Removal Top Tips for stained screens

CPS share their Haze Removal Top Tips for stained screens

William Shorter shares tips and insider information on Haze Removal, by taking a look at identification of different stains and ghost images and the best methods for their removal. 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017/Author: Anonym/Number of views (1267)/Comments (0)/
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Risky Business: Repetitive Motion

Risky Business: Repetitive Motion

Repetitive motion.  That two word phrase defines the decorated apparel industry.
Regardless if you are a screen-printer, embroiderer, or digital print shop, your workers repeat the same task all day.
Monday, January 30, 2017/Author: Anonym/Number of views (1239)/Comments (0)/
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5 Steps to Take Control of Your Printroom

5 Steps to Take Control of Your Printroom

In a high-volume garment printing plant, everything from clutter on the floor to staff attitudes can eat up valuable production time.

In The Automation Issue, we present a collection of expert essays on an important topic in the industry today. Here, Marshall Atkinson discusses printroom efficiency and automation.
In the back of any shop owner or production manager’s mind is usually one nagging thought: “How can we get more produced today?” Shop production efficiency is a dragon that every company must slay in order to retain customers, drive down costs, and allow for growth.
Most companies face five common obstacles to making their printrooms efficient. These challenges tend to linger in many shops, but they can be overcome using the following strategies. After all, if you can unglue the bottleneck that is causing the disruption, you can accomplish (and produce) more every day.
Friday, January 27, 2017/Author: Anonym/Number of views (1269)/Comments (0)/
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Shop Tech Solutions

Shop Tech Solutions

Not so many years ago, our industry operated with simpler tools.  Squeegees and ink.  Needles and thread. Maybe a whiteboard or spreadsheet for scheduling.
Remember when you used to plaster parking lots with flyers for your shop?  That was caveman social media.
These days things are far more complicated.
Whether you are the “one-man band” and operate your business by yourself, or your shop has a multitude of employees and is an around-the-clock juggernaut, there is one thing that can help simplify your business:
Monday, January 23, 2017/Author: Anonym/Number of views (1117)/Comments (0)/
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Finding Your Next Big Customer

Finding Your Next Big Customer

New article from Marshall Atkinson & atkinsontshirt.com. In December of 2016 I posted on my social media channels a simple essay contest for decorated apparel shops that read this blog.  Send me a few paragraphs outlining your shop’s biggest challenge.  Using that info, I’ll craft a response as the basis of an upcoming article.  The winner receives an hour of free coaching help from me in return.


Monday, January 16, 2017/Author: Anonym/Number of views (1253)/Comments (0)/
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Printing Tips for Today’s Fabrics Part 2

Printing Tips for Today’s Fabrics Part 2

Here is Part 2 of an article that was recently featured in Screen Printing Magazine’s October/November 2016 issue, and on Screenweb.com, Kieth Stevens gives us some tips on printing on today’s modern fabrics:
Friday, January 13, 2017/Author: Anonym/Number of views (2000)/Comments (0)/
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Tune-up Time: Ways to Tune Up Your Business

Tune-up Time: Ways to Tune Up Your Business

Tune-ups are a very important part of maintaining all types of machinery. A tune-up ensures that all functioning parts are performing at optimal levels. Decorators of all types rely on their equipment day after day to produce quality results. If neglected, these complex machines will slowly deteriorate and minimize production and profit potential.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017/Author: Anonym/Number of views (1004)/Comments (0)/
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