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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…

Unlocking AI Magic Eye by using Midjourney and Chat GPT

In today’s world, artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing creative fields in fascinating ways. One such groundbreaking exploration involves the collaboration between Chat GPT and Midjourney’s extensive AI toolbox. Chat GPT acts like an advanced thesaurus, capable of learning communication styles and tailoring responses to the user’s needs. Initially, I thought about testing different versions of…

AI’s Renaissance: Mona Lisa’s Digital Voice

Generative Video AI enables users to quickly generate new content based on various inputs.  The generative AI video platform reduces barriers to creation by guiding creators on what drives engagement and showing relevant content to viewers. At the same time, the reduced barriers and improved guidance enable the creators to increase the value and the speed at…

Analog Is Not Dead, Poster Printing Now

You would be hard pressed to find two individuals who care more about providing free screen printing information and education to as many people as possible than our own Rick Roth and legendary flatstock printer Andy Mac aka Andy MacDougall. (You’d also be hard pressed to find two funner people to have a beer or…

The Great Pretender

Consider this: a customer, let’s call her Jane, wants a specific design – a vibrant orange and red sunset bleeding into the cool indigo of a bustling city skyline. The skyscrapers should glisten with the last rays of the day, while the city begins to twinkle with nightlife. She mentions that she loves the impressionistic…

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about DTF

DTF is the hottest new topic in the decorating world. With new technologies the equipment and supplies are not always equal to the hype, and real knowledge and experience are lacking to sort it all out. Industry experts Nick Buettner of ISW, and Matt Gusse and Jay Wilson of DTF2U provide that expertise and knowledge…

The Future of Garment Decoration in 2023

We love gathering the garment decoration industry’s best and brightest to discuss the future of the industry and we have them here in this Shop Talk. Alex Phelan of  Merchadise , Jacob Edwards of  Jakprints  , Michelle Moxley of M&R  and Ed Levy of  Hirsch Solutions  joined Rick at the Impressions Expo in Long Beach…

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