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Fairy tales and glitter

Fairy tales and glitter

The thumbnail version: Glitter is a microplastic. Microplastics are an environmental hazard. The full version: A tale for you . . . Here's an email from a garment-decorating industry magazine editor: Dear XXXXXXX, Thank you for submitting your article for our upcoming...

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Amusing but true price wisdom

Amusing but true price wisdom

The thumbnail version: Competitive pricing has always been difficult in the textile screen printing arena. Under-cutting the competition has been a common practice for decades. Being the lowest price is more often than not bad business. The full version: Undercutting...

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Environmental inconsistency

Environmental inconsistency

The thumbnail version: Sincere, consistent advocacy for the environment in our industry is hard to find. Inconsistent, conflicting messages from industry influencers are not helpful. The full version: It's not news that our abuse of every element of the...

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Kornit reports a significant decline

Kornit reports a significant decline

The thumbnail version: Kornit's second quarter of 2022 sees a huge decline Does this say something about DTG or the industry? The full version: Reports on Kornit's second quarter of 2022 results are interesting inasmuch as they are down by 29% over the second quarter...

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What is your competition doing?

What is your competition doing?

The thumbnail version: To remain competitive, you need to know what your competition is doing. You can easily do the necessary research inexpensively on your own. The full version: In order to remain competitive, you need to know at all times what your competitors are...

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Computer security and passwords

Computer security and passwords

The thumbnail version: Long, complicated, hard-to-crack passwords are often encouraged for providing security. But there's apparently an unanticipated downside to long, complicated passwords. The full version: According to an article in a recent edition of RGCS's...

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Compare your shop

Compare your shop

The thumbnail version: BDC offers a way to compare your shop It could be enlightening The full version: The Business Development Bank of Canada is offering a tool whereby you can compare how productive your business is "when compared with your industry peers." I don't...

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Storing plastisol ink in the summer heat

Storing plastisol ink in the summer heat

The thumbnail version: Plastisol can react in the bucket to extreme heat A few basic precautions can solve any potential problem The full version: I once read an article by an ink manufacturer's representative in which he pointed out that exposing plastisol still in...

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Principles and glitter – the big let down

Principles and glitter – the big let down

The thumbnail version: It's extremely difficult to generate any concern for the glitter pollution problem This general lack of concern for plastic pollution doesn't auger well for the future of the planet The full version: In a post in July on the topic of glitter as...

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Dealing with an angry, unreasonable customer

Dealing with an angry, unreasonable customer

The thumbnail version: From time to time you will have an angry, even unreasonable customer If you want to retain the customer, there are ways to handle it The Full version: It will happen from time-to-time and it will often not be your fault. You are in business and...

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Testing for the curse of dye migration

Testing for the curse of dye migration

The thumbnail version: Dye migration is a constant curse Test before you select an ink The full version: Dye migration (commonly referred to as bleeding) is an ever-present possibility, especially nowadays with so many new fabrics on the market. And it can be very...

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Beware the impact of discounting!

Beware the impact of discounting!

The thumbnail version: Discounting without an express purpose can be deceptively costly Understand what a discount does to your profit margin before you offer it The full version: It is a safe bet that there is not a textile screen printer in existence who has not...

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It’s probably not tense enough

It’s probably not tense enough

The thumbnail version: Improperly tensioned screens result in poor prints A tension meter should be standard equipment in your shop The full version: Flub-a-dub-dub, flub-a-dub-dub… That is the sound that we have all heard flags making as they are battered by a strong...

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Scorched garments

Scorched garments

The thumbnail version: Scorching garments happens It can be avoided It can sometimes be treated The full version: Scorching has probably happened from time-to-time to just about every textile printer. In a worst-case scenario, I once saw garments burst into flames as...

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Screen coating and false economy

Screen coating and false economy

The thumbnail version: Avoid false emulsion economy Better prints ultimately mean better business The full version: Apparently for routine printing many textile printers still use the one-and-one screen coating method. While that may be the most economical way of...

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Fashion industry pollution as told by Kornit

Fashion industry pollution as told by Kornit

The thumbnail version: One way to promote a process is to paint a worrying picture of the competing process But can such a comparison be misleading? The full version: In a recent promotion of DTG, Kornit listed startling statistics about the pollution perpetrated on...

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Principles and glitter — expect a letdown

Principles and glitter — expect a letdown

The thumbnail version: The fashion industry is the second-biggest polluter on earth Industry influencers generally agree that something has to be done about it Some major players and influencers are actually making changes; others are not If you care about the...

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“The age of me and now”?

The thumbnail version: Kornit offers their assessment of the textile screen printing industry Does it match your experience of the state of the Canadian industry? The full version: Today Kornit distributed a very slick-looking document promoting their interpretation...

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Hot weather and your computer hardware

Hot weather and your computer hardware

The thumbnail version: Many of us are experiencing heatwaves Excessive heat can be bad for computers too The full version: According to RGC, a Scottish IT firm, an ideal operating temperature for most computer installations is 21°C. And while most can cope with higher...

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Dealing with a poor performer

Dealing with a poor performer

The thumbnail version: Poor performers can affect profits Poor performers can affect staff morale Poor performers can be turned around The full version: The first thing is to distinguish between poor performance and misconduct. What we're discussing here is not...

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PANTONE, avatars, and auras . . .

PANTONE, avatars, and auras . . .

The thumbnail version: PANTONE™ has announced six new colours inspired by the metaverse They were developed for a new wearable hardware product The full version: The six new colours by PANTONE™ were apparently developed in conjunction with Spatial Labs...

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