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Sustainability: Imperatives and Opportunities

Rick sat down with Yoann Giorsetti, Managing Director of heat transfer vinyl manufacturer Siser North America, to discuss approaches to sustainability in manufacturing in the US and Europe and to share how we as business owners can influence our suppliers to pursue more sustainable practices. There are many ways decorators and suppliers can reduce their…

How Employees with Disabilities Benefit Businesses & Solve Hiring Challenges

If you are struggling with hiring and employee retention issues in your business, you may be overlooking a valuable segment of the population, individuals with disabilities. Study after study shows that companies that hire people with disabilities have higher productivity, lower absenteeism, and better employee morale. Rick sat down with Jed Seifert of Stakes Manufacturing,…

Checking Out Shirt Lab

First, great that Shirt Lab picked the funnest place on earth New Orleans to have their live event, training and inspiration on business, sales and marketing in the apparel biz. The event was very well organized, fast pace without losing anyone, informational and inspirational. I have a relatively big shop and got a lot out…

Not All Business is Good Business

Not every potential customer who comes calling is the right customer for your business. Knowing your niche it makes it easier to know which customers are a good fit. But how do you actually handle turning down work? In this Shop Talk from Impressions Expo Atlantic City, we gathered a panel of industry veterans who…

ქართვლის დედა and Cooperative Community

ქართვლის დედა  That is not recognizable to most Western folks, the writing is Georgian, and I don’t mean the Georgia with Jimmy Carter and lots of peanuts, I mean the former Soviet republic nestled between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Caucasus.  In Western script it is written Kartlis Deda and it is the name of…

Gildan Reports on Second Quarter and Predicts their Future and Perhaps Our Future as Well

When one of the biggest garment companies in our industry speaks, we best listen. Gildan released their second quarter earnings report and revised their outlook for next year, which you can read in its entirety  here. I’m not a financial analyst and some of this is pretty deep, but I can tell you that basically…

Simple Systems and Tech Tools To Run A Modern Printing Business

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to systemize your business, you just need the right frameworks. In this Shop Talk Rick Roth and Stan Banks talk with Gavin StGeorges, CEO and founder of Seps.IO, about how to create systems that will allow you to grow your business in a way that lets…

Chris Blakeslee Moves to Athleta, Norm Hullinger Named Bella+Canvas President

Chris Blakeslee moves to Gap owned brand Athleta, he will take over as President and CEO. Athleta sells on-line and in retail locations and is not in the imprinted sportswear industry per se. Chris being one of the more interesting folks in our industry will be surely missed. He formerly was running Bella+Canvas and Alo…

The Coed Naked Truth: The Triumphs and Pitfalls of Owning a Small Business

Mark Lane, the CEO of Coed Sportswear, talks about the highs and lows of running Coed Naked, one of the hottest retail t-shirt brands of the 1990s, in this Shop Talk from the Impressions Expo in Atlantic City. He discusses how the company went from selling over 10 million shirts in 12,000 stores to nearly…

Clean Water, Do Your Part

Wastewater from our factory in Pawtucket, RI is discharged to the sewer system which leads to the Narragansett Bay Commission’s (NBC) wastewater treatment facility (WWTF) in East Providence, located along the Seekonk River. The NBC regulates our factory’s discharges through a wastewater discharge permit. Compliance with our permit helps to ensure that the wastewater received…

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