10 Inspiring Quotes EVERY Procurement Professional Needs to Read       

by Tim English - VP Superior Business Solutions on January 16, 2020

10 Purchasing Quotes EVERY Procurement Professional Needs to Read  

Wise Words Add Workday Perspective

We talk frequently here about print supply chain management and procurement. Logical enough, since that’s essentially what we do. But I prefer to think of it as how we can make the biggest positive difference in the lives of people like print procurement professionals. We work with them every day. Plus, of course, many of them are regular visitors to this blog.

Procurement can be a difficult and exacting job. So we’ve decided to offer some quotes to help inspire procurement professionals and make their workdays a little bit easier. (Our supply chain management and procurement technologies can make those workdays a little bit shorter, too, but more on that later.)

10 Quotes To Lift Up Procurement Pros

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Want to Lower the Cost of Your Custom Labels and Tags? Here’s How to Do It

by Tim English - VP Superior Business Solutions on January 14, 2020

Here's How to Lower Label and Tag Costs

Make Superior Your “Tag Team”

Most consumers don’t think much about custom labels and tags, beyond the prices on everyday products. They’d probably be surprised to learn how many are on the average new car.  (Think under the hood, on the doorpost, and hidden spots like the trunk, gas cap, fuse box, inside visor and more.)

Even many business owners who use large quantities of custom labels and tags give little thought to them, dismissing them as merely “commodities.”  That’s a mistake. They could save significant time and money by getting custom labels and tags through a Commodity Management System.

Your Industry – Your Opportunity

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12 Mining Industry Promotional Items to Unearth Added Sales and Safety

by Tim English - VP Superior Business Solutions on January 9, 2020

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Employees and Prospects Will “Dig” These Promotional Products

The American mining industry is booming, with significant growth in crude oil and natural gas production in the last several years. The increased need for many other minerals such as copper and salt are also fueling increased revenues.

That growth is accompanied by an increased need for promotional products chosen uniquely for that industry. Suppliers work hard to keep their brands visible and important to mining companies. That requires good options for trade show handouts and other marketing purposes.

Mining companies themselves seek productivity, of course, but are also extremely committed to safety. That creates an important need for ways to recognize and reward employees for following safe procedures and achieving safety milestones. That creates the need for items to be used as individual awards or group recognition for achieving those milestones. read more…

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7 Ways a Customized Drone Could Help Your Business Take Off

by Tim English - VP Superior Business Solutions on January 7, 2020

7 Ways a Customized Drone Could Help Your Business Take Off

Customized Drones Are Ready to Give Your Business a Lift

At first, I was tempted to fill today’s post with a lot of drone-related wordplay like the headlines (sorry for those).  But I won’t. Because I want you to take the idea of using customized drones for business very seriously. As a means of marketing your brand and company, it’s no longer a new or “emerging” ideal. It’s here, and smart companies are already using drones—also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)—to great advantage.

Today I’m going to provide a handful of examples of how companies are using drones effectively to improve their business efficiency and deliver exceptional customer service. One or more of these examples might be applicable to your business, or trigger ideas of your own. But the best one, in my opinion, certainly is relevant to your company. So read through to the end! read more…

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20 New Year Quotes You Need to Read to Succeed in 2020

by Tim English - VP Superior Business Solutions on January 2, 2020

20 New Year’s Quotes You Need to Succeed in 2020

Let “Old Lang Syne” Lead to NEW Thinking

There’s certainly a “fun” part to entering a new year: celebrating with friends, watching the ball drop and sharing hugs and kisses. But it can also be very motivating. It’s another chance to draw a line in the sand and do something better. You can use it to make an improvement in your business, such as finally adopting print supply chain management. Or it could mean hitting an even bigger “reset button.”

But sometimes a little inspiration can help. Many well-known authors, public speakers, sports figures and others have provided it, in the form of memorable quotes about change, and having the courage to do it. Today, I’d like to share some of them with you. read more…

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Our Top 10 Print & Promo Blog Posts for 2019…What Did You Miss That Might Cost You Next Year?

by Tim English - VP Superior Business Solutions on December 19, 2019

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Here are Our Readers’ Top Picks for Print & Promo Content for 2019…What Did You Miss?

It’s only natural that, at this time of year, we all take a look back at the year’s “best this”, or the year’s “top that”. We’re going to join that party….but with a little different purpose. Today I’m going to share a list of the print and promo posts on this blog that were the most highly viewed during 2019.

We’re not patting ourselves on the back. I just know it’s not easy to catch every post in the course of the year. A list like this might keep you from missing something you might find valuable.

So we checked Google Analytics and learned which posts (whether they were written in 2019 or not) have been viewed the greatest number of times in the past year. It’s not necessarily a “greatest hits” collection. But it is something of a “greatest number of hits” album. Starting with our most highly viewed post, let’s look at the top ten.  read more…

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2020 Pantone Color of the Year Is a Look Back to Move Forward

by Tim English - VP Superior Business Solutions on December 17, 2019

2020 Pantone Color of the Year Is a Look Back to Move Forward

Pantone Color of 2020 Is 19-4052 Classic Blue

I’m feeling a little blue today. To be honest, I’m feeling a lot of it. But not because I’m sad or unhappy. I’m just celebrating the announcement of Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2020:  Classic Blue. And I think it’s an interesting choice.

Some of Pantone’s philosophical explanations might make skeptics roll their eyes. But they make some pretty good arguments. Blue is the classic, stable, peaceful color. Clothing? I’ll bet you’ve worn blue jeans and felt very comfortable in them. And I’ll bet you’ve felt happiness and relaxation looking at a bright blue sky or enjoying the water view from a beautiful beach.

Calm for Contemporary Times

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3 Critical Criteria in Judging a Prospective Business Partner

by Tim English - VP Superior Business Solutions on December 12, 2019

3 Critical Criteria in Judging a Prospective Business Partner

Three Things That Separate a Vendor from a Partner

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I spend a lot of time on this blog talking about business efficiency. Sometimes it’s sales tips and others, the value of specific tools like print-on-demand. I also frequently stress how important it is to have the right print management partner. But in business, you need many trusted partners.

At any given point in time, your business may be looking for a minority business enterprise partner, or perhaps you need someone to help you with insurance for your business, or you may need a trusted banker or print management partner like Superior.

How can you efficiently find the best vendors that will fill not only your needs but also be a partner you can trust and rely upon when you know very little about working with them?

I am going to share three areas to evaluate when looking for potential business partners. And after each one, I’m going to tell you how Superior fares on each one.  read more…

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The Best Document Security Defense Starts with a Download

by Tim English - VP Superior Business Solutions on December 10, 2019

The Best Document Security Defense Starts with a Download

Assessing and Defending Against Document Security Threats

I’m sure you try to safeguard the security of the documents you generate in your business. But it’s also likely that you feel vaguely uneasy when you hear news stories about counterfeiting, duplication and identity theft almost daily. Document security threats are on the rise. Are you certain your organization is properly protected?

How can you think broadly enough to prevent attacks from so many different directions? Good news: I have a resource to help assess and defend against document security threats that will arm you for the task. I’ll get to that in a moment. But here’s why you should stay tuned.

Think You’re Not a Likely Target?

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6 Effective Ways to Use QR Codes to Increase Business Easily and Inexpensively

by Tim English - VP Superior Business Solutions on December 5, 2019

6 Effective Ways to Use QR Codes to Increase Business Easily and Inexpensively

They’re More Effective Than Ever

Is smart marketing dead? Is effective sales strategy dead? No, of course not. So I wish people would stop asking the question “Are QR codes dead?” because that question is just as silly.

In fact, here’s a much better question:

Why Aren’t YOU Using QR codes?

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