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May 11, 2015 News

May 11, 2015 News

USPS issues industry alert on PRC ruling

According to the official announcement by the USPS on Thursday, May 07, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approved the proposed prices and classifications for Standard Mail, Periodicals, and Package Services. According to the PRC, this “enables the Postal Service to move forward with a new pricing strategy to capitalize on strong mail and package growth.”

The new pricing and classification changes for all market-dominant mail classes and competitive products take effect on May 31, 2015. Supposedly, more might be information on the new 2015 pricing and the PRC’s ruling is available at www.prc.gov , but it may easier to find on the USPS Industry Outreach website at https://ribbs.usps.gov/index.cfm?page=industryoutreach/

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April 30, 2015

April 30, 2015 News

More equipment ordered to boost capacity, capabilities

We’ve just had our new 16-page sheetfed press operating in our new building expansion for a little more than half a year, and now it’s time to bring in yet more specialized equipment to continue upgrading our capabilities. We recently ordered two new, modern stitchers to replace the ones we’re currently using. The new ones will have up-to-date technology, with automated setup for quicker “make readies” and faster speeds, and will also deliver better-looking finished products. Additionally, we purchased a calendar punch that makes it possible for us to punch calendars in-line while we trim.

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April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015 News

Kevin Slimp educational event was very well received!

We’ve been getting comments from a number of you that attended the educational event that we hosted a couple of weeks ago, and we’d like to share those with everyone.

We had over 70 in attendance, and everyone loved Kevin Slimp’s presentation it seems—no worries about dozing off when Kevin is leading the discussion! And we have to give a shout out to The Vine, the local restaurant where we held the event. Almost every email included some variation of “And by the way—the food and restaurant service was awesome.” We have to agree—it’s one of our favorite places, too.

The program was wide-ranging and yet pretty nitty-gritty. It sounds like everyone took back a bagful of tricks that they plan to implement right away to make their use of InDesign and Bridge more efficient and productive.

Christine Clancy, editor of The Prairie Catholic, had this to say: “This is the second workshop by Kevin that I have attended and I am so impressed with the wide spread of information he offers in a limited window of time. His method of instructing captivates me and I find myself walking away anxious to get back to my computer to try what I learned…”

The next issue of our newsletter, The Page 1 Experience, will report on the event in a lot more detail. We’ll let you know as soon as it is available.

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April 2, 2015 News

April 2, 2015 News

USPS will not implement April postage increase (for now)

We just received an alert from the National Newspaper Association that we’d like to share with you. You may recall that the Postal Service had planned to increase the cost of postage for Periodicals and Standard Mail on April 26. Now they have announced that they will not implement this price change at this time. Officially, they are just delaying the increase, and the NNA tells us that the earliest the increase could go into effect now would be mid-May. For more details, you can read the original announcement at http://www.nnaweb.org/article?articleTitle=member-alert-postal-service-delays-april-2015-price-change–1427494234–1047–1top-story

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March 31, 2015

March 31, 2015 News

Does your mailing list suffer from address format frustration?

The quality of your mailing list can have a big impact on your mailing’s effectiveness. One big pain can be when the Post Office doesn’t like the address you use—or more specifically, the address format. This can happen even if the mailing list you are using has addresses to which you have been delivering for years without a problem.

So, what is the problem?

One common issue is that an address may not match the USPS (U.S. Postal Service) address database format. They have a very specific format, and if an address doesn’t match it, that piece will not qualify for the USPS’s best rate. If it varies too much from the approved format, the Post Office simply will not deliver the piece.

Our solution includes both software and the good old human eyeball. Jeff Hughes, one of our Customer Service Reps, explains. “We have an automated system that catches and automatically corrects the most basic format deviations, but there are some addresses that it just can’t figure out, and they require a human familiar with the USPS database to fix. I’ll do that for customers as needed, so they can get the best postage rate for their mailing.”

That’s just one more “Page 1 Difference” that we’d like you to keep in mind when you are planning your next mailing.

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March 25, 2015

March 25, 2015 News

Reporting from the Midwest Community Free Papers Spring Conference

Craig and Kirk from Page 1 attended this year’s MCFP Spring Conference in Altoona, Iowa, March 13 and 14. This year marks the first conference to formally include the Minnesota group, which recently merged with the Midwest organization, joining over 150 free papers from Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Illinois.

“The Spring Conference is an important one for us,” Craig said. “We get to visit with a number of existing customers, as well as connecting with new prospects. The atmosphere at this show is very conducive to doing business.”

“That’s one of the things I’ve always loved about this show,” added Kirk. “The attendees are very open to talking with you—not like some conferences where everyone seems to be running from one event to another, with no time to talk. Here you get a chance to sit down with publishers and really talk through issues. Everyone here wants to learn new things.

“While we print papers for some publishers, others may have their own newspaper press. But we got to talk to quite a few of them about the advantages in having us print the items that their customers might want, but they don’t have the capability to print. Like color or glossy pieces, or stitched and trimmed items, for example.”

Craig and Kirk are already making plans to attend the 2016 MCFP Spring Conference.

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Free Education

REMINDER:PhotoShop, InDesign and Bridge classes April 9

Only two more days to sign up for the upcoming training sessions we are hosting here in Slayton, MN on Thursday, April 9. Kevin Slimp, one of the best known speakers and trainers in the publishing world, is returning to teach classes on Photoshop, InDesign and Bridge, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. More details and a complete agenda—including information on our Customer Appreciation Open House which will follow the classes—are available at http://page1printers.com/about/education/education-event/. We hope to see you there!

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Feb. 19, News

 

Feb. 19, 2015 News

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Kevin Slimp training returning to Page 1 Printers April 9

Save the date! We just wanted to give you advance notice of the upcoming training sessions we will be hosting here in Slayton, MN on Thursday, April 9. Kevin Slimp, one of the best known speakers and trainers in the publishing world, is returning to teach two classes—one in the morning and one in the afternoon. More information regarding the exact topics and venue will be coming soon, along with details regarding our Open House. We look forward to seeing you then!

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Feb. 16, 2015 News

Feb. 16, 2015 News

Dedicated delivery fleet—part of the “Page 1 Difference”

Page 1 Printers is located in Slayton, Minnesota, tucked away in the southwestern part of the state. But our reach goes quite a bit beyond the local prairie communities.

Our dedicated fleet of delivery trucks make multiple weekly trips to Fargo-Moorhead, Omaha and Lincoln, Des Moines, Minneapolis and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. In fact, we’ll make deliveries pretty much anywhere within a 300 mile radius of our home base in southwest Minnesota.

This means that we have a significant advantage over printers that are at the mercy of freight and shipping companies to get your order to you on time. Of course, when it makes sense, we also use some outside delivery services, but our first choice is usually our own fleet. This allows us to control not only the production of your printed piece, but its actual delivery. As printers, we understand what a deadline is—and that understanding is shared by our delivery drivers and dispatchers.

The fleet itself is a good indication of how seriously we take this competitive advantage. We have a 5-year plan to keep all five units new and reliable. The trucks range from a full-sized semi and trailer to a standard cargo van; in between, we have one cube van and two straight trucks for those situations where large volume is needed, but the space available simply won’t accommodate a semi. Our three large trucks have lift-gates, because we know that only some of our customers have actual loading docks.

To increase our flexibility, improve communication and extend customer service even further, we have Fleetmatic GPS in all our trucks. This allows us to see exactly where each unit of the fleet is at any given time, so that we can answer when you call and ask exactly where your order is! The GPS units also provide for alert messaging, so that we don’t have to depend on sketchy cellular coverage. In other words, we can always get your message to our driver.

Talk to your Customer Service Rep anytime to learn more about how our dedicated delivery service benefits you.

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