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Editor: Noel Jeffrey   December 1, 2018
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year
Silos, Clouds, and Mailing »
Despite the prevalence of the mail in most people's lives, mailing itself has for years been difficult and confusing to many. The updating, correcting, and sorting of name and address lists are an even greater mystery. This may explain why this function has remained in a dark corner of the shop, removed, ignored, dismissed from, and not engaged with other aspects of the printing business. We talk of "silos" in the printing industry; nowhere is that more true than when it comes to mailing. It may very well be in a real silo. Yet, in many cases the outcome of this little siloed department has the greatest impact on the total cost of a mail piece. By Brian Euclide. MORE

SAT., JAN 26 • 5:30-11PM • OAKLAND
Feast on all-you-can-eat Dungeness crab. A fun night out socializing with old friends and meeting new friends. More reasons why you should join us for our crab feed:
  • Feast on all-you-can-eat crab along with bread, pasta, salad and house wine *Alternate meal of roasted chicken
  • Excellent opportunity to treat or reward employees and clients
  • Network with others in the industry
  • Enjoy an evening out with friends and family
  • Dance the night away with our DJ
  • Excellent raffle prizes
  • Bring your own wine! (no corkage fee!)

Andresen SF Moving to Burlingame »
Effective January 1, 2019, Andresen SF will be moving into its new 13,000 sq. ft. home in Burlingame. This expansion enables Andresen to increase and upgrade its printing equipment in every department, in addition to offering its clients a more accessible location. Andresen is a trusted provider of digital printing, large format printing, and related project management services for many Bay Area designers, agencies, and enterprise clients. For more information about Andresen or the new location please contact Ian Flynn, ian@andresensf.com.

Montagu to Buy Flexographic Packaging Division »
Eastman Kodak Company has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Flexographic Packaging Division to Montagu Private Equity LLP, a leading private equity firm. After closing, the business will operate as a new standalone company which will develop, manufacture, and sell flexographic products, including the flagship Kodak Flexcel NX System, to the packaging print segment. The business will have the same organizational structure and management team. Chris Payne, who has served as President of the Flexographic Packaging Division for the last three years, will lead the new company as CEO. Kodak expects to receive total value of up to $390 million. The net proceeds from the transaction will be used by Kodak to reduce outstanding term debt. MORE

Mark Andy Print Products Partners with RotoMetrics »
Mark Andy Print Products, the supplies, and consumables division of Mark Andy Inc. has been named the preferred global distributor of RotoMetrics print cylinders and magnetic cylinders. The partnership supports Mark Andy Print Products' commitment to maximizing uptime and pressroom efficiency, offering printers and converters best-in-class offerings for their tooling needs and the ability to get all their printing equipment, supplies, and services from a single source. MORE

335 Leading Corporations Remove Misleading 'Go Green' Claims »
At the annual meeting of Two Sides' Country Managers in London on 5th November, representatives from Europe, North America, South America, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand determined to continue efforts to stop organizations making misleading, anti-print and paper messages in their customer communications. Since its inception, Two Sides' anti-greenwash campaign has investigated 921 organizations worldwide. Of these, over two-thirds were found to be using unsubstantiated claims regarding paper's impact on the environment, usually in breach of local advertising regulations. After being challenged by Two Sides, 335 organizations removed or changed their messaging. Please send any instances of greenwash to greenwash@twosides.info. MORE

Remote Support Now Standard on Every ExcelCoat »
Harris & Bruno International announces that Remote Support is now a standard feature on every ExcelCoat offline/inline coater for UV & AQ. "This new option allows us to access a customer's machine in real time to help diagnose problems quickly and efficiently, minimizing down-time and getting customers back into production quicker," said H&B Global Service Manager Doug Corbett. Remote Support for sheetfed or web ExcelCoats includes a web cam for troubleshooting coating application or mechanical issues, and Wi-Fi access for remote electrical diagnostics. Remote Support retrofits are available for prior installs. MORE

SGP Elects Paul Glynn as Chair »
The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), a leading authority in sustainable printing certifications for print manufacturers, has elected Paul Glynn, Manager of Materials Digital Technologies R&D of DesignTex as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. SGP has also elected new board members for 2019. The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) certifies printing facilities' sustainability best practices. SGP advocates best practices and innovation among print community stakeholders, aligning the printing industry and its customers in the pursuit of a more accountable sustainable supply chain. MORE

EFI Connect To Offer Fast Track G7 Training and Certification »
As part of the annual EFI user's conference, EFI Connect in Las Vegas, January 24-25, Idealliance will offer G7 Training and Certification to individuals looking to become certified G7 Experts. The objective is to support the global print supply chain through G7 implementation, color management, and process control strategies, and global standard implementation to align EFI workflows, and all four-color output devices. Registration is now open for this two-day in-depth digital print training session online. MORE

The best articles from the industry delivered to your door.

Ruling on independent contractors leaves entrepreneurs in limbo
A recent court ruling on independent contractors will upend many businesses' operations.
Kevin Smith, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
IRS Announces 2019 Tax Rates, Standard Deduction Amounts And More
The IRS has announced the annual inflation adjustments for more than 60 tax provisions for the year 2019.
Kelly Phillips Erb, Forbes
Pregnancy Discrimination Is Rampant Inside America's Biggest Companies
Many pregnant women have been systematically sidelined in the workplace.
Natalie Kitroff and Jessica Silver-Greenberg, New York Times
Workers' compensation costs sink to five-year low
Savings are fueled in part by opioid reforms and fraud investigations.
Felicia Alvarez, Sacramento Business Journal


THU., DEC 6 • 11AM-12PM • ONLINE
This hands-on training webinar will help printers comply with these critical workplace safety and environmental requirements. Once you sign up, we"ll send you a flash drive with materials to assist with these important regulatory requirements and, in the end, serve as the basis for a comprehensive, ongoing employee safety training program. This webinar will help you prevent the five most frequent citations in the graphic arts industry. Topics to be discussed are Injury and Illness Prevention Program, Hazardous Communication, Label & Safety Data Sheets, Lockout/tagout, and Proposition 65. MORE

Get the latest offerings from VMA Education by clicking here. Classes are offered in graphic design, programming, web design and office productivity. Members get the discounted rate on all classes.

Our introductory Programming training teaches the fundamentals of programming to students with little or no programming experience. We start from square one, showing how a simple line of code can produce output. Using examples and exercises, our training takes you from a complete newbie to a novice programmer in no time. Programming is an invaluable skill in today's job market. To teach you this skill, we've chosen the JavaScript language: an easy-to-use language that is commonly used to write everything from short scripts in web pages to full-blown web applications. MORE
12/06 Management Webinar: Regulatory Compliance
01/26 Crab Fest 2019
For info, contact Laura Vargas
at laura@vma.bz or 415.489.7625.

Visual Media Alliance (VMA) and VMA Education are nonprofit trade associations dedicated to providing a variety of benefits, money-saving programs and support for creative, web, media, marketing and print businesses in Northern California and Northern Nevada. See some of the benefits you can reap as a member below.


Raise the FLAG
VMA is proud to offer a money saving benefit for all its members with flexo presses. It's called FLAG—Flexo Label Advantage Group LLC—and a number of printers have saved thousands of dollars as rebates on purchases through FLAG. There is no charge to sign up and you will begin to receive your rebates immediately on purchases you have made within the FLAG vendor group. Rebates are available on the following purchases: Roll Label Substrates, Ink & Coatings, Tool & Die, Prepress Supplies & Equipment, Overlaminates, Equipment Financing and Anilox Rolls. Please contact VMA at 800.659.3363 or info@vma.bz for more details on how to access this program.

UPS Freight
Want to save BIG on shipping? Save up to 30% on international, air and ground shipping. Get the peace of mind that comes from using the carrier that delivers outstanding reliability, greater speed, more service, and innovative technology. UPS guarantees delivery of more packages around the world than anyone, and delivers more packages overnight on time in the US than any other carrier. Members receive a minimum 70% discount on LTL freight. For more details and access to the discount, contact VMA at 800.659.3363 or info@vma.bz for more details on how to access this program.

VMAccess.org is the most comprehensive listing of creative, print, web and media resources available on the web. Companion edition to Visual Media Guide In Print, both showcase the business capabilities of VMA members.

Take a look at what we have to offer in VMA Member Benefits and see if there is anything we can help you with.

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Visual Media Alliance (VMA) and VMA Education are non-profit trade associations dedicated to providing a variety of benefits and money saving programs to creative, web, marketing and print businesses in Northern and Central California and Northern Nevada. Our purpose is to deliver what it takes to help our members become more successful and profitable in their businesses. To accomplish that goal, we provide personal and professional development programs for both owners and employees.

Education is the cornerstone of the programs we offer. Since it is business-centric education, it encompasses many formats including dinner meetings, management seminars and classes, webinars, conferences, and hands-on technical training. Our most popular programs, however, are our insurance services, offering the lowest group rates and tailored to the needs of our industry. Learn more about membership.
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