Do you know that the the Environmental Audit Committee in the U.K. has reported on the pollution of the oceans from synthetic fibres? According to a study conducted at the University of Plymouth, a single washing machine load of synthetic fabrics can release 700,000 fibres to wastewater. Makes you think, doesn’t it?
Do you know that according to the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in the U.K., the global fashion industry produced more CO2 emissions than international flights and maritime shipping combined in 2015? We haven’t heard if this is still true for 2016 and 2017, but it’s probably safe to assume that it is. Our part of the industry contributed to this. We need to be much more aware of our carbon footprint and do something about it.
Use Google to find creative T-shirt design ideas.
Do you know that if you’re stuck for creative designs there’s a solution that’s so easy it’s almost ridiculous. Just Google “T-shirt ideas”. You’ll find an amazing trove of creativity. We’re not suggesting copying designs, but quite often great designs can be stimulating and lead to other great designs.
Hi Stanley’s. Tell me about water-based pallet adhesive.
Do you know that a web pallet adhesive spray is usually recommended when printing fleece? It is said to hold the heavier fleece better. But a good water-based pallet adhesive can do the job too, and it’s more environmentally and operator-health friendly. Ask Stanley’s about water-based pallet adhesives.
Is this how you’re going to show your appreciation? Com’on, get serious.
Do you know that if you’re going to find creative ways to reward your employees from time to time, you should make them sincere, not silly. Just because an idea is promoted, say, in a book on employee management, it doesn’t follow that it’s a good idea. Silliness can take the sincerity out of a reward and this is not good when you’re dealing with something as important as employee management.
Do you know that a portfolio of your shop’s work can do a lot to excite customers and sell your shop to them? The best format is is a ‘book’ at least 11″ x 17″ that has a print per page. The viewer can then sit down and page through it. This format allows for touching and feeling—an important consideration in textile screen printing, and especially for special effects prints and soft-hand prints.
You didn’t tell me that I was getting an outdated model!
Do you know that you could get hosed when you make an investment in a big item of equipment like, say, a press? Ask a lot of questions and leave no stone unturned. For instance, this actually happened . . . A printer bought a press and two weeks later the manufacturer announced a series of improvements to the model. He didn’t ask, so he wasn’t told.
Stop! Do you know the real cost of the cheaper product?
Do you know that the way to judge the price of plastisol is not by the bucket price but by the cost per print? Cheaper but poorer quality ink can require more to be laid down, take more time to print, and produce poorer results. Don’t just compare the side-by-side bucket price, compare the side-by-side performance. You may pay less for something that’s costing you more.
Do you know that if you’re flashing shirts between screens, some garments can shrink enough under the flash cure to cause a registration problem? If this happens, a simple solution is to heat the shirt first under the flash cure before the first print. Just be sure to let it cool before printing or you’ll have ink gelling in the screen and causing a blockage.
Employees want to love where they work
Do you know that if you want to reward employees to show your appreciation in a way that doesn’t break the bank, there are a lot of ideas you can use? For instance: a free taxi ride home; tickets to a movie; a day off with pay; a free lunch; a magazine subscription; and a ton more you could probably think of. It doesn’t just make you a likable boss, it’s also good business practice.
Screen printing could be older than the Egyptian pyramids.
Do you know that screen printing has been traced back to about 3,000 BC in Ancient Egypt? Not only is it a long-established but famous people in more recent times, like Andy Warhol, have given it prominence as an art form? Now this is something to keep in mind as you sweat over your press!
Do you know that company pets (usually dogs) are very common in the textile screen printing industry? Image Magazine is still doing a regular feature on print-shop pets in Britain. They’re up to about 30 by now. However, pets lack discretion in a business setting — that part is up to you to manage.
Keep that blade sharp.
Do you know that a good sharp edge on a squeegee shears off the ink better? When last did you sharpen your squeegee blades? Don’t have the equipment to do it? Look up a service or ask Stanley’s about it.
Do you know that employees are a valuable source of good ideas? One way to tap into are brainstorming sessions. Just do some research first on how to conduct a successful brainstorming session.
Do you know that a lot of plastisol inks can be a bit “thick” and difficult to work for manual printers. The answer is curable reducer. It makes the ink flow better without affecting the curing qualities.
Print at a studio for occasional and small printers.
Do you know that screen printing studios exist in Britain? For £100 you can get 50 hours of access. They have all the stuff you need for a screen printing project. Small independents and online T-shirt retailers use the service extensively. When will we have something like this in some of our bigger centres?
Do you know that while some DTG equipment and ink manufacturers claim that you can print directly onto white without pre-treatment, some printers say that without pre-treatment the colours are no vibrant enough? And on darks, pre-treatment is essential.
How much corporate-wear are you printing?
Do you know that the world corporate-wear market is worth over CAD20 billion at wholesale value, and expected to keep growing. What are you doing about gaining access to some of that in your local market?
Do you know that experts advocate that if you’re going to reward an employee it should not be done in private. For maximum effect it should be done publicly — at least in front of his or her colleagues.
I’m glad I called you.
Do you know that fibrillation (that pesky condition where small fibres stick up through the print and make it look dusty or furry) need not be a problem? There are various remedies to deal with this. Ask Stanley’s in Cambridge at 1 877 205 9218 or Calgary 1 877 661 1553. .
What’s going on? These colours matched before . . .
Do you know that “metamerism” is the term used to describe colours that match in one light source and not in another? This is why, when colour matching, a light box with different light sources is useful in recognising metameric pairs and in developing a standard method of colour evaluation.
See, feel and discuss the new fabrics.
Do you know that Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada 2018 is going to be at the International Centre, Toronto on August 20th to 22nd? This show exposes you to many local and foreign apparel textile suppliers. See, feel, and discuss the latest fabrics on the market.
Do you know that website homepages usually receive the least attention when sites are updated? But why? It’s after all the face of your business. When last did you update your homepage?
Mixing the exact quantity of ink required for a job.
Do you know that by using the Wilflex™ ink mixing system (IMS) you can make exactly the quantities you need and keep more of your money in the bank and less in your ink inventory?
Do you know that a concept known as the Wilflex™ Colour Kitchen was developed as a comprehensive tool to improve ink management and guarantee a clean, effortless ink room solution? Ask Stanley’s or check out the Wilflex™ website.
Do you know that sending a gift certificate to an employee’s spouse with a think-you note for his or her support during a busy period of overtime, could do wonders for staff morale and your reputation?
Do you know that Geoffrey James (Business Without the Bullsh*t) writes that if you want to be successful, it’s in your best interest to maintain a positive attitude?
I’ve been waiting for this white for years!
Do you know that Wilflex has a non-phthalate white plastisol that’s good for multiple fabrics (polyester to cotton), is low-cure, non-ghosting, soft-hand, fast flashing, and has great stretch? It’s designed to simplify the supply chain and reduce inventory carrying costs (one-white-fits-all). It’s Epic Single LC White and is available from Stanley’s Cambridge branch. Call Craig at 1 877 205 9218.
Business books – a great source of ideas and help.
Do you know that business authors can be your best and least expensive source for great ideas on how to run every aspect of your business better? Visit your local book stores or search an online bookseller like Amazon.
Expose your shop’s products at fashion trade shows.
Do you know that one of the best ways to expose your shop is to go where buyers, brand owners, and trend setters gather? Go to trade shows.