• The truth about printing: It’s more important than you think

    National Print Day: Printing Company

     

    Today is National Print Day! Why is this important? For one, PrintPlace.com is a printing company, of course. Also, the day strives to bring the truth about printing to the public.

    This includes correcting the notion that printing is bad for the environment, proving what a powerful tool it is, and showing how entwined print is with our lives and history.

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  • Business cards, business cards, everywhere

    PrintPlace.com Business CardsThe HOW Design Conference is coming up June 23-26 in San Francisco. If you haven’t been, and haven’t heard about it, let me give you the Cliff’s Notes version. It is a conference. OK, you knew that part. It is for graphic designers. You probably figured that out too. It is held in conjunction with 3 other conferences. The Dieline Package Design Conference, Creative Freelancer Conference, and InHOWse Managers Conference all overlap throughout the week of June 22-26, under the umbrella of HOW Design Live 2013.

    PrintPlace.com will be there, supporting all of our graphic designers, so if you will too, make sure to come visit us. We will be in booth #1829. You can even register to win an iPad for stopping by, (in case our sparkling personalities aren’t enough to entice you.) The lucky PrintPlace.com attendees at the booth will answer any questions you have about our printing or online ordering process. We can even tell you about our reseller program and how it can save you money on future orders.

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  • Print Is Big: An Infographic

    Did you know that the printing industry is bigger than the automotive industry, online advertising industry and the video game industry?

    Check out this infographic to see just how big print is!

    An infographic that illustrates the magnitude and importance of the printing industry.

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  • PrintPlace CEO Makes It To Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty

    Everyone has their preferences and reasons why they want to keep using the printer they have been using for years. You may be comfortable with your printer or maybe you just don’t want to risk changing to another printer and learning a new system. The fact is, though, that you may be missing out if you haven’t tried PrintPlace.com.

    Just this past June, 2011, our very own CEO of PrintPlace.com, Shawn Petersen, was named an Honoree of The Dallas Business Journal’s annual 40 Under Forty. To give you a little more background for those of you not local to Dallas, every year The Dallas Business Journal (usually along with a panel of previous honorees) chooses 40 business men and women from the greater Dallas area to recognize. These men and women are those who are considered at the top of their industry as well as who have contributed greatly to the Dallas community. The Journal recognized the 40 Honorees with a cocktail party and a feature in a special section of the journal.

    So, does this actually mean that PrintPlace.com is at the top of the printing industry? Apparently so, but let’s break it down:

    • In terms of pricing, yes — We have a price match guarantee. We match the advertised price of any other online printing company, even up to 7 days after you’ve placed your order.
    • In terms of growth, yes — At the end of our founding year in 2006, we claimed a total revenue of $585,000. The revenue in 2009 was $25 million, which equals a 3 year growth of 4168%. In fact, Inc. 500 named PrintPlace.com as the 54th fastest growing company in 2010.
    • In terms of work environment, yes — In 2009, PrintPlace.com was named one of the best places to work in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area by The Dallas Business Journal.

    In addition to these accomplishments with PrintPlace.com, Petersen also owns UnitedGraphics.com and is launching ModernGreetings.com this year. In his interview with The Dallas Business Journal, Petersen also mentioned that he has more business to business ventures in the works. Quite the inspiring entrepreneur!

    When asked about PrintPlace.com’s unexpected growth, he told The Dallas Business Journal that he attributes it to, basically, having fun being the best at what he loves doing the most. “While most motivated by greed are buried in the balance sheet, we are running the business through process, technology and heart,” Petersen told the Journal. “Fact is, when you cut corners, you lose, and it’s easy to become highly successful when success is not defined by a decimal point.”

    I’m glad I work for this guy! So, for those of you who are interested in supporting a company full of goodness (just take a look at his feature in The Journal for PrintPlace.com’s charity contributions this year) and committed to quality, you may want to check out PrintPlace.com for future printing jobs. We are definitely worth at least a trial run with these credentials!

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  • PrintPlace Sponsors the 2nd Annual DFW Family Expo

    PrintPlace.com is proud to be the printing sponsor of the 2nd annual DFW Family Expo that will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on February 26, 2011, at Centennial Hall in Fair Park, Dallas, Texas.

    About the DFW Family Expo
    The DFW Family Expo is a celebration of the best products, services and entertainment for families. This true community event – benefitting Children’s Medical Center – offers unmatched face-to-face interaction between family product and service providers and thousands of moms, dads, expectant parents, grandparents and kids from a twelve-county area.

    About PrintPlace’s Sponsorship

    PrintPlace.com’s sponsorship has not only included a substantive printing donation to the DFW Family Expo, but also an exclusive 10% printing discount to all DFW Family Expo sponsors.

    PrintPlace.com is happy to partner with DFW Family Expo on this opportunity to give back to our local community.

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  • Make those New Year’s Resolutions Stick!

    According to the nations official Web portal, USA.gov, Americans commonly resolve every January to:

    1. Lose weight
    2. Manage debt/save money
    3. Get a better job
    4. Get Fit
    5. Get a better education
    6. Drink less alcohol
    7. Quit Smoking
    8. Reduce stress
    9. Take a trip
    10. Volunteer to help others

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  • October 2010: PrintPlace.com wins an ISO 12647 Gap Analysis Audit with KEE Consultants and Alwan Color Expertise.

    Chicago, October 6, 2010 – Matt Louis, G7® Expert and Color Assurance Manager at PrintPlace.com, attended the IDEAlliance G7® Summit at GraphExpo and won the ISO 12647 standards gap analysis audit, conducted by KEE Consultants and sponsored by Alwan Color Expertise.

    PrintPlace.com, a leading web to print provider, has aligned presswork with ISO 12647-2 based printing specifications since its inception in 2006. Although many of PrintPlace.com’s end users are unfamiliar with terms such as PSO, G7®, ISO 12647, Gracol® and Fogra, implementing best practices in print reproduction are nevertheless in the best interest of anyone involved in the print procurement chain. As more printers join the standards initiative, print buyers will continue to benefit from the common appearance of pages regardless of their chosen print providers. “Printing has been priced as a commodity for the past decade” says Louis, “but the way we manufacture print also had to become a commodity to enable automation and scalability. We produce thousands of pages per day and we know what every page should look like in terms of CIElab and process control aimpoints without even having to visually inspect the printed images. We are excited to have won the KEE Gap Analysis Audit to obtain measurable recommendations from a recognized expert source as to how we can improve our operation.”

    Elie Khoury, founder and chair of KEE Consultants adds: “We are very happy to make our Gap Analysis Audit (GAA) available for North American printers in support to the PSA initiative (Printing Standards Audit and process certification) lead in the USA by IDEAlliance® and Rochester Institute of Technology. It is important for American printers who want to print to international standards to prepare themselves for the upcoming PSA certification, and KEE Consultants’ Gap Analysis Audit is the ideal and most cost effective way to start this preparation work.

    About KEE Consultants
    KEE Consultants is an International Network of Graphic Industry Leading Consultants and Experts founded by Elie Khoury, an internationally recognized French expert committed to implementing ISO standards in the Graphic Arts Industry since more than ten years.

    KEE Consultants’ objectives are to promote, contribute to the development as well as implementation of Graphic Arts Industry Standards and to provide the industry with a reference platform and resource center for global consultancy, training and services.

    KEE Consultants offer end-users, corporations and OEMs a wide range of on-line and on-site services including training, seminars, audits, preparation for certification, methodology and technical services related to color reproduction and quality assurance for graphic and industrial printing industries.
    For more information, please visit:
    www.keeconsultants.com
    www.iso12647standardization.com

    About Alwan Color Expertise
    Alwan Color Expertise was founded in Lyon, France, in 1997 by the current President Elie Khoury. His vision – to demonstrate how important standardizing and controlling color is throughout every stage of production – has resulted in the company becoming a world leader in standardization and color management implementation. Today, Alwan provides software and consultancy to key players throughout the graphic arts industry, from printers to publishers and from software developers to hardware manufacturers.

    Alwan offers a choice of four full-featured software solutions, CMYK Optimizer, PDF Standardizer, PRINT Standardizer and PRINT Verifier, each delivering specialized capabilities that enable all partners along the graphic production line to guarantee the color accuracy of their work, while ensuring optimum production further down the line.

    Alwan has appointed specialist distributors for each of the targeted market segments. An ever-growing number of leading pre-press manufacturers are either bundling Alwan software with their products or recommending it with their systems.
    For more information, please visit: www.alwancolor.com

    About IDEAlliance
    IDEAlliance (International Digital Enterprise Alliance) is a not-for-profit membership organization that has been a leader in information technology and publishing since 1966.

    IDEAlliance advances core technology to develop standards and best practices to enhance efficiency and speed information across the end-to-end digital media supply chain – creation, production, management, and delivery of knowledge-based multimedia content – digitally and in print.
    For more information, please visit: www.idealliance.com

    About PrintPlace.com
    PrintPlace.com specializes in high quality, fast turn, full color 100% offset printing. Backed by a proprietary automated ordering system with end-to-end manufacturing and shipping integration, the resulting efficiencies have allowed us to offer exceptional value to our expanding customer base.

    We offer a user-friendly website with the industry’s most powerful and flexible instant quote tool.  Our workflow guarantees color management from proof to press. Proofs are instantly generated, at no extra cost, and orders can be tracked in real-time via your secure account on the website.

    Operating from over 200,000 square feet across multiple facilities enables us to offer especially fast turnarounds, a benefit previously available only with digital printing.  Expanding to the West Coast has provided faster shipping transit times, with 1 and 2 Day Ground service to much of the country.

    If you haven’t contemplated ordering your printing online, we hope you’ll consider us for your next printing project.  You can buy with confidence, as your orders are backed by satisfaction and on-time shipping guarantees.  Give us a call – we’re here to help!  Our goal is to make printing easy to order and affordable to everyone.
    PrintPlace:  We’re Passionate About Printing.

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  • PrintPlace.com Joins Topanga Film Festival as Major Sponsor

    PrintPlace.com is proud to be the printing partner for the 6th annual Topanga Film Festival that will be held Thursday, August 19th through Sunday, August 22nd in Topanga, California.

    About Topanga Film Festival

    The Topanga Film Festival is dedicated to the exhibition of independent and experimental film, and in 2010, to expand its focus to promotion of film and trans-format digital content. The festival endeavors to bridge cultures, create and expand community, provide cultural exchange, networking opportunities and educational outreach.

    Topanga Film Festival

    Exclusive Offer for all Topanga Film Festival Attendees

    PrintPlace.com’s sponsorship includes not only a substantive printing donation to the Topanga Film Festival, but also an exclusive 10% printing discount to all Topanga Film Festival sponsors as well as 250 free business cards per festival attendee.

    PrintPlace.com is happy to partner with Topanga Film Festival on this opportunity to give back to our local community.

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  • Lead411 Announces PrintPlace.com as One of Texas’ Hottest Companies

    Lead411 has just announced PrintPlace.com as one of Texas’ fastest growing technology companies. Founded in 2001, Lead411 provides information, news, and research about U.S. companies and their executives.  Its goal has been to focus on quality corporate data that is valid and useful rather than producing as many company records as possible.

    PrintPlace.com specializes in high quality, full color printing and low-cost direct mailing. We make ordering and tracking print jobs effortless with a user-friendly instant quoting tool and real-time tracking. All orders are backed by a 100% Quality, On Time, and Customer Service Guarantee at the lowest prices in the online printing industry. The exceptional quality, customer service and price match distinguish PrintPlace.com as the only choice for online printing.

    Check out Lead411 ‘Hottest Texas Companies’ awards article today!

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  • PrintPlace Expands with New Printing Facility in California

    PrintPlace is excited to announce the opening of its California printing facility, located near Los Angeles. The addition of this manufacturing location means that customers on the West Coast can now get their orders faster than ever. With the West Coast plant now fully operational, one-day turnarounds are possible if the print job is approved and sent to press by noon CST.

    With our flagship facility in Arlington, Texas and a third plant on the East Coast coming soon, PrintPlace will have more than 70% of the country covered in a one-to-two–day ground service shipping range. National coverage means cheaper shipping options for our customers all over the United States.

    New extended customer service hours for email, phone or live chat have also been implemented: 7am – 8 pm Central (5am – 6 pm Pacific).

    And with concerns about the environment cropping up all over the world (and even making it into the Presidential race), PrintPlace’s three plant locations will contribute to preserving the environment by reducing emissions and wasted fuel by shipping to customers from the plant closest to them. This reduces PrintPlace’s overall carbon footprint by significantly reducing shipping distances. Not only that, we’ve also recently invested in ink savings software which will not only make printing colors more consistent, but will also allow us to print at the same quality while saving more ink.

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