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Continued Success of the Pressure Seal Mailing Process

By | Euby, Printing, Technology Products | No Comments

Good morning,

Often I am asked “why” and “how” I manage to sell so many pressure seal systems and forms each year …year after year…..and my answer is typically the same…. it is a slam dunk ( it is basketball playoff time ) if a client is looking for actual process SAVINGS in both total procurement and processing time costs AND would like to earn a few “Green environment” points at the same time. It is truly one of the few “Green Initiatives” that a company can undertake without additional expense.

Even the USPS loves pressure seal…in fact it performed so well in their systems that they gave Pressure Seal mailers their own “stand alone” category. Simply stated….IT WORKS….IT SAVES DOLLARS and IT IS GREEN! That is a “three-peat” ( more basketball ) that is impossible to beat!

Some clients over the years have been “hesitant” to making the change….however, in over 25 years ( OK it is over 35 years …but that just sounds too long ) of selling pressure seal systems and products..I have NEVER had a client start to convert and not go thru with the conversion, nor have I ever seen one go to pressure seal and then revert back to the old “fold, stuff and mail” process.

The transition, while most think it is difficult, tends to be very fast and easy, as long as the documents are high quality and the appropriate pressure seal machine is purchased. Suncoast reps are all trained to provide both, and I will personally be involved in all Pressure Seal projects at Suncoast….just to insure that “seamless” process.

The documents are very versatile, and can be designed from a simple message document to checks and even direct mail with a return post card or even envelope. In the very near future we will announce a new machine that will allow “multiple pages” in a pressure seal document! More to come on that later…..

Pressure seal docs, when designed and produced properly, and printed and sealed on the appropriate systems, have exceptionally low jam and error rates, keeping the process running efficiently. Proper maintenance is required, primarily for simple wear and tear and / or toner build up, however, it is readily available and affordable. We offer entry-level machines under $ 2,900.00 !

Visit the Suncoast website and watch a Pressure Seal demo….it might be the answer for your growing business…. Economical, Green, Fast, Secure and versatile….

Till next time….
Euby

PRINT: Paper and Pulp Price Pressure continues…

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The news on the “paper and pulp price pressures” continue to build toward substantial increases for 2010. We continue to see sharp increases in input costs for most mills, not only with pulp, but energy ( and this could be significant with some pending legislation ) wood, chemicals and transportation costs all trending up. Add to this that the “black liquor credits” all expired in 2010, which is the equivalent of a $ 100 per ton cost increase! IP, Franklin, Domtar and Plymouth together have announced permanent shutdowns of over 700 tons of uncoated freesheet capacity in North America alone in 2010! Additional imports may offset some of this capacity, but with the current issues with “mother nature” including weather and earthquakes as well as union strikes, will slow their importation. Pulp costs have risen 31% in the last year already….and that is eqivilent to $ 230 per ton in cost increases. Add to this possible pressure to close non-integrated paper mills in Europe and North American due to the rising costs of pulp, and we could be in for a long run of price increases, especially if demand stays strong or increases. Prepare for those increases now… it is no longer a matter of “if or when”….but “when, how much and how often”!

Euby

Paper Price Increase: Paper Madness ((Factors to Why))

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Paper prices have been slowly but constantly edging upward over the past months and now they appear poised to possibly make some dramatic increases unlike any we have seen in recent years. There are several factors that are creating this climate of upward pressure on paper prices. Even with the recent recession paper consumption has remained strong. This coupled with various production plant closures prompted by various reasons, some financial and others due to enviromental regulations, capacity has been reduced. Now pulp shortages are now occuring and the month of March has seen an incredible number of events already that impact paper prices and it is only the 20 th! Another 11 days like the first 20 and paper prices may escallate at a record pace! With credit to the PAF’s recent breaking news on this very subject…..here are just a few of the real March “Paper” Madness …. Finnish Ports are on strike forcing their mills to shut down due to over stocked storage facilities. Since the U.S. receives over 600,000 tons annually of coated papers from them in the US ( Finnish Mills UPM ) you can quickly see the impact here. Pulp prices reached $ 900.00 per ton last week… the largest 7 day increase in 6 years! Pulp in Europe should break the $ 1,000 per ton mark this spring…and that is higher than the last peak seen in 1995! Add to that the earthquake taking out the Chilean production you have 12% of the WORLDS pulp mills shut down! And of course we have had one of the worst winters on record in the U.S. and with that very wet winter the US Mills are not able to harvest the pulp needed for production! St Marys Paper, New Page Corp and others have announced plans to curtail or place moratoriums on some paper grade orders. All of these situations world wide have created the “perfect paper storm” ! No need to panic…we will have paper…but we WILL be paying more! Euby

CAN YOU GUESS, WHAT THIS IS?

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USB from 1956

USB from 1956

It’s a hard disk drive in 1956…
The Volume and Size of 5MB memory storage in 1956.
In September 1956 IBM launched the 305 RAMAC,
the first computer with a hard disk drive (HDD).
The HDD weighed over a ton and stored 5MB of data.

Makes you appreciate your 4 GB USB thumb drive, doesn’t it?

  • USB Stands for Universal Serial Bus
  • Also known as Thumb drive and Flash drive
  • A USB is a Plug-n-Play portable storage device.
    PnP was developed by Microsoft for its Windows 95.  Gave the users the ability to plug a device into a computer and have the computer recognize that the device is there. In many earlier computer systems, the user was required to explicitly tell the operating system when a new device had been added.

Suncoast Marketing specializes in the latest and newest technology. Need high quality USB Flash Drives @ a great price?
Contact Us 954-583-4351 for more information or email: info@suncoastmarketing.com

Apparel & Digitizing

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DIGITIZING FOR CUSTOM EMBROIDERY

Digitizing, otherwise commonly known as “punching”, is the process of converting a graphical image or artwork into an instruction file that an embroidery machine can read.  Digitizing is undoubtedly the most important contributor to high quality embroidery.  A skilled digitizer combines knowledge of the embroidery process, a keen artistic flair, and intimate knowledge of digitizing software and productivity tools.  Many of the best digitizers have hands-on experience in operating embroidery machines and, as such, a strong knowledge of the physical forces in play when needle and thread interact with fabric.  Digitizing involves many design choices which include: 

  • Selection of stitch type (i.e., satin, running, or various fill stitch patterns), based on both aesthetic considerations and embroidery mechanics.
  • Properly “mapping” the sewing sequence, or the order for the various sewing steps that form part of the design (e.g., hats are generally embroidered from the center of the design outward and from the bottom up, in order to avoid distortions such as waves or fabric buckling).
  • Use of underlay or an initial layer(s) of stitches to secure garment fabric to the backing and provide a foundation for top layer stitches.
  • Design settings such as pull and push compensation (to offset physical forces that can create distortions in the design as it embroiders), density (number of stitches in a given area), stitch length, and many others. 

Each design choice can have intentional or unintentional consequences on another design decision.  Terrific digitizing takes into account all of these decisions to yield beautiful designs that embroider well and with no unnecessary stitches that increase cost to the customer.  High quality digitizing also produces designs that are “robust” or that can embroider consistently well under a variety of fabric and other conditions.

 

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