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Misprint Monday: Bad Magic

In theatrical magic, misdirection is a form of deception in which the performer draws audience attention to one thing to distract it from another. We do this bad magic to ourselves sometimes. I try and remind my colleagues that when there is a difficult print or new technique, your attention will focus on that and…

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…

Garment Construction from Start to Finish

Screen printing is an art but it’s also science and chemistry. The more you understand about the fabrics you’re decorating and how they interact with different types of ink, the better your end results will be. There is so much terminology- ringspun, open end, carded, combed, singles, PDFs, garment dye, pigment dye and more! We…

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…

Teamsters and UPS Have a Contract, Strike is Averted

The Teamsters and UPS have a five year contract agreement and a paralyzing shipping strike was averted. Key elements with of course more details to follow are AC in the trucks, increased pay and better job protection and workplace conditions in particular for part-timers and those loading the trucks, MLK holiday, and other concessions from…

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…

Teamsters Possibly to Strike and Shut Down UPS

UPS and the Teamsters union representing 340,000 workers are in negotiations for a new contract. The Teamsters are demanding some better working conditions and some higher pay. The current contract expires July 31, 2023 and the union members have already overwhelmingly voted to authorize the Teamster leaders to call a strike if necessary. Our garment…

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