Large Format Webinar by Fine Eye

Fineeye August Webinar:

Why Does Color Really Matter?
Color Matching and Wide-Format Inkjet

Does color really matter in large format printing? How close is close enough when printing display graphics jobs? Are custom ICC profiles worth the trouble? Why are spot colors such a challenge to match? The answers may surprise you! Join FineEye's resident color expert Mike DiCosola for a 30-minute webinar discussing practical challenges in printing accurate color on your display graphics large format inkjet jobs. If you have ever struggled to print a spot color accurately, you need to tune in to this quick session. Mike will cover a few basic concepts such as Delta E measurement of color difference and also provide practical insight on how you can change things for the better.

Attendees will receive free files to reproduce some of the same tests Mike will discuss in the webinar.
Join the Fineeye team for a webinar on August 26th at 1pm (EST) to hear expert solutions from your fellow color enthusiasts. Register by clicking HERE!

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Wage & Benefits Executive Summary Released

NPOA Releases Wage & Benefits "Executive Summary"

This new summary is available for free download to all current members of NPOA. Simply log-in to the the NPOA site using your user name and password, and then visit Membership > Members Only. This just-released 40-page summary, while certainly not as detailed as the entire study, contains very useful information on wages and benefits for 19 key positions in our industry, plus performance levels achieved by outside sales representatives. The new 120-page study, as well as the just released Executive Summary, also contains detailed information on employee benefits, including healthcare coverage. You can purchase the entire study by visiting the NPOA Bookstore. The Study retails for $195, but is available to NPOA members for only $117, a 40% discount! Both PDF and hard copies are available.

2014 Wage Study Released

Executive Summary to Follow Shortly...

The 2014-2015 Wage & Benefits Study
Distributed to All Qualified Participants

If you participated in NPOA's 2014-2015 Wage & Benefits Survey you should have received an email titled "CONFIDENTIAL - Your Wage & Benefits Study is Now Available" Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 12, 2014. The email contains a special link directing you to a site where you can download this information-packed, 100+ page research project. More than 270 firms with annual sales ranging between $400,000 and $10 million participated in our survey. Be sure to check your email folders carefully for an email with the above subject line. If you've checked your spam folders and still can't find the email then please Contact NPOA. The new Wage & Benefits Study is also currently available for sale in the NPOA Bookstore. Retail price for this valuable study is $195; The NPOA Member Price is $117 - A 40% Discount! All Orders are processed and shipped/emailed in 24 hours or less. NPOA will be releasing a special 30+ page "Executive Summary" of the new study within the next week. We will advise all members when the executive summary is available. 

Fineeye Offers NPOA Members New Webinar


Curious how matching your inkjet and toner output 
can save time and money for cross-media jobs?

Join us on Wed., July 30th to learn some tips to make it a reality.

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Wage Survey Deadline

Your Last Chance to Receive Free Report

This is your last chance to receive an information-packed Wage & Benefits Study absolutely FREE! The deadline for this survey is midnight, July 14, 2014 and it will not be extended. This survey is designed to meet the needs of all sizes and types of firm, from those with sales of less than $400,000 and only 2-3 employees up to firms with annual sales of $3 million or greater and employing 25+. Most participants tell us it has taken 20 minutes or less to complete and is well worth the effort. There is nothing more devastating and costly than having a long-term key employee suddenly come to you and give you their "notice."

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Latest Wage Study

Industry Wages Appear Stagnant

NPOA Offers Preview of New Wage Study

With the expected release of NPOA’s 2014-2015 Wage & Benefits Study less than three weeks away, we can already offer a preview of what this new study will reveal. 

Of the 19 key positions covered in this study, wages have either dropped or remained stagnant for 13 of these positions when compared to the wages reported in early 2012. With an outstanding overall “margin of error” of less than 1%, the drop or stagnation in wages is not a “fluke” or a reflection of differences in data bases, but rather a clear indication that, for whatever reason, owners have chosen to freeze wages during the past 26 months.

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NPOA Modifies Communication Methods

NPOA Shares Survey Results

Association Decides to Adopt New Technology
For Communicating with Our Membership

NPOA has just released the results of its recently conducted member-only poll surveying the "best" and the "worst" methods for communicating with our members. More than 160 NPOA members responded to our request to complete the survey, with most responding in 36 hours or less!

This new report (available to members only) explores topics such as how often members visit our web site, our new RSS Feed feature, and the popularity of free downloads available to our members. The new report reveals preferences and suggestions by members as to best to communicate with them, as well as the popularity of various topics in our industry. Whether or not you participated in this survey, we encourage you to download this special report and provide us with your feedback. 

Benchmark Study Testimonials

Fellow Printers Praise Value of
New Financial Benchmark Study

Printers from around the country continue to send us testimonials regarding the recently released 2014-2015 Financial Benchmarking Study. Sponsored by Ricoh-USA, this 103-page report contains dozens and dozens of P&Ls, balance sheets and key ratio reports broken down by size and type of firm as well as geographic regions. The most popular section(s) of the newly released study compare the performance of the "profit leaders" against the "profit laggards" in our industry.

NPOA members who would like to purchase this information-packed study can visit the NPOA Bookstore where they can purchase it for only $135, a 40% discount off the retail price of $225. Too much to spend right now? If so, NPOA members can download a FREE 30-page Executive Summary of this study by visiting the NPOA web site and following the directions on the front page. Go here to read the testimonials...


NPOA Launches Classifieds

New "Classifieds" Section Open to All!

NPOA has just launched a new "Classifieds" Section open and available to all printers. You may submit listings for equipment and supplies (To sell or to buy) by posting to our new Classifieds Section. To submit your own listing, simply send and email with brief descriptive text, price, name, and other contact information to [email protected]. Most submissions will be posted within eight hours or less.

NPOA Launches New Wage Survey [Unpublished]

NPOA Launches Key Printing Industry

Survey Of Current Wages and Benefits

NPOA has just launched its latest survey designed to help printers survive and prosper – The 2014-2015 Quick Printing Industry Wage & Benefits Survey. Best yet, you don’t have to be a NPOA member to participate in this survey. The report will cover 19 key positions in our industry, plus compensation practices for outside sales representatives. The survey also covers healthcare costs and employee benefits, and should take the typical firm less than 20 minutes to complete! 

The final study (based upon the results of this survey) will be published in approximately 60 days, and will be distributed FREE to all firms who complete the survey and return it by the July 18, 2014 deadline. To participate and receive your FREE copy, click here.

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Fineeye Offers Members free Webinar

Fineeye Offers Free Webinar to NPOA Members: 
5 Easy Steps to Start Making Money with your Proofing System

 If you are in the printing and publishing industry then attend Fineeye's free live webinar on June 30, 2014 from 11:00-11:30 a.m. We’ll tell you how you can increase the profits from your proofing system by turning it into a production printer with a few simple steps. After the webinar, we will host a live Q&A where we will have our expert color technicians in house to provide you with answers to any questions you may have.Register at: NPOA Members use code: NPOAFEV 

FineEye Color is a company based out of Grand Rapid, Michigan committed to delivering our customers the best inkjet media, software, and support in the industry. Reach Fineeye at:   616-988-6119. FineEye has also provided NPOA with an excellent white paper Choosing the Right Aqueous Inkjet Media. Feel free to download this PDF.  

Profitability of Brokering

Members-Only Download...

NPOA Offers Special Breakout
On Profitability of Brokered Work

Although the size of the extraction is smaller than we would have liked, NPOA was recently asked to prepare a special extraction comparing the profitability and key ratios of firms that tend to broker substantially more than the industry average of 16-17% of total sales. The new breakout demonstrates the disparity in profitability among companies that tend to broker significant amounts of their work to others.

Using an initial search criteria of firms that brokered 25% or more of their sales to others, we uncovered 30 companies that met that criteria. Working with this data, we then sorted the companies by profitability and extracted the top-third and the bottom third for purposes of comparing key ratios. NPOA members can click here to both view the full report as well as download the PDF of this special ratio analysis. 

Free Spreadsheet for Copier Upgrade Analysis


 A Simplified Spreadsheet Designed to Assist
Printing Firm Owners Decide Upgrade Costs & Benefits

This new spreadsheet is free to both NPOA members and non-members. It is a collaborative effort between Craig Dellinger, NEWHAVENPRINT, Fort Wayne, IN and NPOA staff. The sheet is not designed to capture or anticipate all the variable costs and considerations that go into the decision as to,"Should I keep my old copier, or is it now time to upgrade to a new one?" However, it does quickly answer some basic questions, especially those related to monthly costs (and potential savings) based upon various quantity considerations. Click here or on the jpg to the right to download spreadsheet. 

Benchmarking Study Testimonials Pour In!

Just-Released NPOA Benchmark Study
Receives High Praise from Participants

Although the new 2014-2015 Financial Benchmarking Study has been out less than two weeks, it is already receiving high praise from those who participated. Copies of the study were mailed to all participants on May 12-13, 2014. If you have not yet received your copy we ask you to be patient and wait at least until June 5, 2014 before contacting us. NPOA decided to provide all participants with a printed copy as opposed to a PDF because of the enhanced value we believe the former provides. Unfortunately, we also have to rely on the USPS for delivery of these studies. We ask for your patience.

For those who did not participate,
maybe the comments shown below will encourage you to purchase your own copy of this valuable document. The Benchmarking Study retails for $225, but NPOA members can purchase this study for Only $135 - reflecting a 40% discount for members.

The study can be purchased through the NPOA Bookstore. Now for some of the testimonials we've received... (New testimonials added weekly) Be sure to click the Read More button below to read some of the testimonials we have received. Thanks to Ricoh-USA for their sponsorship of this study.

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NPOA-Pak Mailing Schedule

NPOA-Pak Schedule Released

NPOA has just published its schedule for future NPOA-Pak mailings. The first NPOA-Pak, containing inserts from eight of our Associate Members, along with a copy of NPOA's May Newsletter, was mailed to all association members May 16-19th. Initial feedback from members has been very positive. Associate Members who would like to utilize this inexpensive method for contacting NPOA members can read more about this easy-to-use service here.

Executive Director Addresses Bindrite

NPOA Executive Director Addresses Bindery Association

Rising Labor Costs Seen as
“Green Button” Technology Driver

Speaking at the BindRite 2014 annual meeting, National Print Owners Association (NPOA) president John Stewart made a compelling case for more automation in post print processes such as binding, lamination and paper handling, as well as expanded services such as wide format graphics and mailing services. In a tour de force of quick printing industry financial trends, Stewart presented statistics derived from NPOA’s just released 2014-2015 Financial Benchmarking Study. The study includes such fundamentals as annual sales, cost of goods and payroll. Go here for rest of news release. P.S. BindRite Dealers Association is an NPOA Associate member.

2014 Financial Goal Sheet

New Financial Goal Sheet Now Available

A newly revised "Financial Goal" Sheet, based upon the findings of the just-released NPOA 2014-2015 Financial Benchmarking Study is now available. This sheet highlights the key ratios such as cost of goods, payroll and overhead expenses achieved by the top 25% in our industry in terms of profitability. This is a must-read single sheet that should be printed and affixed to every owner's office bulletin board. Click here to read and download your copy of the Financial Goal Sheet. 

Benchmarking Study Executive Summary

Hot Off the Press

Benchmarking Study Executive Summary
Available Free to All NPOA Members!

Following immediately on the heals of the release of NPOA's 100+ page 2014-2015 Financial Benchmarking Study (Mailed May 9-16 to all participants), NPOA is now making available, as promised, a FREE "Executive Summary" of the study to all NPOA members. Go here to download your Executive Summary.

Members can download this valuable document now. Please remember that this is an exclusive member benefit for NPOA members only, and we request that you not share this document with others. For best value and viewing, we strongly suggest that you print this PDF on a digital color device and then bind appropriately. Thank you for your continued support of NPOA and its research efforts.

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Save the Date - 2015 Owners Conference

Print & Post

Our Special Save the Date Announcement

Mark Your Calendar Today - We've made our official site selection and chosen the dates for our 3rd Annual Owner's Conference. Even though it may seem early, we want you to circle your calendar for 2015 and put aside the dates of April 16-18, 2015 and plan on joining fellow printers in Orlando, FL at the Buena Vista Hotel & Spa, Disney World Resort. With room rates lower than what we negotiated both in 2013 and 2014, this conference promises to be the "best-ever" and we just want to make sure that you are going to be part of this spectacular event. Knowing you may want to extend your visit to warm Florida, we just wanted to give you a heads up on our program dates! We look forward to seeing you.

2015 Owners Conference Site Selected

2015 Owners Conference Moves to Orlando
With Expanded Vendor Show Space and Hours

Melbourne, FL
– The National Print Owners Association (NPOA) has selected the times and venue for its 2015 National Owners Conference. The event will be held from Thursday April 16 through Saturday April 18 at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel which is on Disney property and directly overlooks Downtown Disney. The program, which is now being developed, will feature a full educational slate covering the latest technologies and profit opportunities, as well as several social functions for attendees. In addition, the Supplier Showcase hours will be increased and the floor space expanded to accommodate more exhibits and offer attendees more time to interact with vendors.

A special $149 a night room rate has been negotiated, which is $10 cheaper than the 2014 conference room rate. The time and site selection reflect NPOA member feedback on preferences for a venue closer to dining and entertainment options. The Buena Vista Palace Hotel is within walking distance of 25 widely varying restaurants and nightspots in Downtown Disney. There is also shuttle bus service from the hotel connecting to all the major Disney theme park attractions. Additional details on registration, conference program, and transportation will soon be available at the NPOA website