How Do You Define Success?     

by Tim English - VP Superior Business Solutions on November 15, 2018

How Do You Define Success? 

Research Suggests Measuring Success in Minutes, Not Money

I’m going to go out on a limb here. I would guess that if you asked most people what it would take to make them feel successful, not very many of them would answer ‘print supply chain management.” But based on some research I recently read about, it’s not such a far-fetched idea. Here’s why.

In a recent post on inc.com, Jeff Haden (whose writing I enjoy) talked about a survey in which 1,000 Americans were asked what sort of lifestyle “upgrades” it would take to make them feel successful. The results of the survey, conducted by Discover, were quite interesting. read more…

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The Best Holiday Corporate Gifts for 2018

by Tim English - VP Superior Business Solutions on November 13, 2018

The Best Holiday Corporate Gifts for 2018

And the Winners for Best Holiday Corporate Gifts for 2018 Are…

Okay, you were probably expecting to find one of those “lists” so popular on the Internet. Sorry to disappoint you, but anyone who promises to share “the best holiday corporate gifts for 2018” isn’t really trying to help you. They’re just selling stuff. If you want promotional items that really work for your business, you deserve more thoughtful options,  based on your situation.

I admit that I sometimes offer up lists of things I think are fun, or interesting. But here’s a dose of truth. Chances are, your business is very different from even those in your own industry, let alone those in totally different categories. So no generic list of “the best corporate holiday gifts” or “the best promotional items for 2018” can truly take your unique needs into consideration. read more…

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Access to The Best Safety Clothing and Workwear is HERE      

by Tim English - VP Superior Business Solutions on November 8, 2018

Access to The Best Safety Clothing and Workwear Is HERE      

THE BEST Safety Clothing and Workwear That is Up to The Job CAN BE YOURS

We all know those small towns in Indiana can produce some legendary basketball teams. (If you’ve never seen “Hoosiers” you’re missing something!) But did you know they also produce some pretty legendary safety clothing and workwear? In 1915, Berne® Workwear was founded in tiny Berne, Indiana. Its mission was to provide Midwestern farmers with the clothing they needed to get their important work done. Clothing that was a lot like the farmers themselves: rugged and reliable.

Berne has been outfitting busy, hardworking Americans with safety clothing and workwear that lives up to those standards ever since. Berne apparel is made to to be comfortable, durable, and affordable. That’s why we’ve partnered with them to offer it to our hardworking clients. read more…

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Elect Print Management and Your Business Always Wins  

by Tim English - VP Superior Business Solutions on November 6, 2018

Elect Print Management and Your Business Always WinsCheck Out Some Returns You’re Really Going to Like

Happy Election Day!  I’d like to spend today’s post doing a little campaigning myself – but not for any politician. You may not be running for office, today, but chances are good you’re running an office. Want that office to operate more smoothly? Then you are an excellent candidate for print management.

Unlike some candidates, print management keeps its promises to make a big difference in your business and your workday. In honor of today, let’s examine the “planks” in the print management platform. read more…

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10 Quotes to Promote Mindfulness at Work

by Tim English - VP Superior Business Solutions on November 1, 2018

10 Quotes to Promote Mindfulness at WorkMeditation is a Business Skill

On Tuesday, I shared that I was motivated to investigate mindfulness and guided imagery thanks to our CMO, who practices it regularly. I was originally a bit skeptical, but I learned that it can help you focus on business and de-stress your workday. (The same thing print management helps you do, as I pointed out.)

Mindfulness sounds like a pretty “cosmic” concept, but as I poked around the internet and other sources, I learned that it is actually quite the opposite. Mindfulness helps you appreciate where you are and focus on the most important things each moment. And it applies whether you’re planning your future or sweeping the floor. read more…

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The Benefits of Mindfulness and Guided Imagery for Business

by Tim English - VP Superior Business Solutions on October 30, 2018

The Benefits of Mindfulness and Guided Imagery for BusinessBe Mindful. Be Productive. Be Done.

I’m going to take a step away from my usual business topics today and discuss something that may sound a little more “cosmic” than usual. But I’ve come to believe it can make a big difference in your business day if you are open to it. Let me just start by saying the distance between meditation and print management is shorter than you might think.

Our CMO was telling me the other day how she practices guided meditations each morning with her 13-year-old. I thought it was a little weird to be honest. But she said that being “mindful” helps her with her work, and who am I to get in the way of that? So I started poking around a bit about that buzzword “mindfulness” and found some interesting info from healthjourneys. read more…

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12 Benefits of e-Procurement for Operations and Logistics

by Tim English - VP Superior Business Solutions on October 25, 2018

12 Benefits of e-Procurement for Operations and Logistics

Take Out the Chaos, Take Out the Cost.

In Tuesday’s post, I discussed (among other things) how e-procurement technology could add accuracy and efficiency to the process of getting custom labels. That reminded me that it was probably time to remind you once again what e-procurement can do for many aspects of your operation. Effective print management adds a great deal to your business productivity, largely by subtracting other things, like excess costs, avoidable errors and wasted employee time.

E-procurement enhances your core productivity from the acquisition of parts and materials on a just-in-time basis to inventory control and management. In logistics, it provides immeasurable help in the accurate and efficient distribution of products. In addition, it aids in the tracking of individual products and shipments for maximum data analysis and compliance with food traceability and other federal standards. read more…

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Preventing Problems with Your Custom Labels

by Tim English - VP Superior Business Solutions on October 23, 2018

Preventing Problems with Your Custom LabelsKeep Production of Your Custom Labels Flowing and Your Business Growing

For many businesses, “the busy season” is either approaching or already here. That’s especially true if your company depends on holiday orders for survival. Chances are your production is humming and your manufacturing, fulfillment and distribution functions are being put to the test. That stress makes it both the most likely time – and the least convenient time – to experience problems with your custom labels.

I thought it would be worth a quick custom label “checkup” today. I hope to help you make sure your custom labels and the print supply chain mechanisms that provide them are up to the task. Your business won’t be going places if your products aren’t getting to the right ones. read more…

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Celebrating #IPD18 International Print Day 2018 Together!

by Tim English - VP Superior Business Solutions on October 17, 2018

Celebrating International Print Day 2018 #IPD18 Together!

The theme of International Print Day 2018 #IPD18 is COLLABORATION!

Promoting Print Proudly

Happy International Print Day 2018! #IPD18 is a big day for those of us in the industry. But it’s also a big day for those who appreciate and prefer their communications, books and important documents printed on paper. (That means just about all of us, according to statistics provided by TwoSidesNorthAmerica.)

Digital communications are great; we all use and depend on them to one degree or another. But studies confirm that when the proverbial “push comes to shove” print and paper is the format people trust the most. Such as… read more…

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Looking for CHEAP Promotional Items?     

by Tim English - VP Superior Business Solutions on October 16, 2018

Looking for CHEAP Promotional Items?  STOP! You Could Be Damaging Your Brand

It is understandable that you want to shop wisely for promotional items. In many situations, you are looking for an inexpensive product bearing your name. Then you can pass it out in quantity, building brand awareness among many potential prospects. But that can lead you down some dangerous paths.

Promotional product suppliers desperate for the order (or companies that order directly) can, knowingly or unknowingly, wind up with very low-quality promotional items that put your brand at risk. Often these are counterfeit items that even display the brand name of the original, higher-quality item. Clearly a crime, and clearly a copyright infringement or trademark violation. You can be the one to ultimately pay for that crime. read more…

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