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For every two jobs national retailers bring to a community, three jobs are lost as a result of local businesses closing down.

-www.LocalFirstAZ.com

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Other than trees, most people do not understand the process of paper and how it gets to the printer (printers do not make the paper). Suprisingly, the paper industry is not much different than many other businesses, where there is a manufacturer, distributor and reseller.

Like any other business, the process begins with the paper manufacturers, which converts pulp into paper.

The paper manufacturers sell to distributors called paper merchants. Paper merchants basically warehouse different types of paper from different paper manufacturers.

Then the printers buy their materials from the merchants.

 

ABOUT PROJECTCENTER:

ProjectCenter is a single-source service company providing marketing and document solutions to small, medium and large-sized businesses in the U.S. area. ProjectCenter is based in Phoenix, Arizona and its services include graphic design, web design, printing, copying, scanning and mailing. For more information, please call (602) 252-6655 or visit  www.makepapereasy.com.

Local First Arizona (www.localfirstaz.com), who used to be known as Arizona Chain Reaction, is an organization that advocates for the support of local businesses. As they state on their website, “You have a choice of where to spend your hard-earned dollars, and we want to encourage you to “put your money where your house is.” When you shop at a locally owned business, 45 cents of every dollar stays in state – versus only 13 cents of every dollar spent at a national chain”.

We are incredibly happy to be a part of such an organization. Phoenix is a great city, and some have commented that is ‘New York in the 1940’s’, meaning the city has outstanding potential. In turn, we would like to thank Local First AZ for allowing us to be a member.

More to come on the subject of local business…….

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Reprographics is the reproduction and duplication of documents, written materials, drawings, designs, etc., by any process making use of light rays or photographic means, including offset printing, microfilming, photography, office duplicating, and the like (http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=reprography).

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Acrylic has plastic-like feel, but has a glass-like appearance. In other words, it can bend like plastic (it will snap if bent too much), but colored acrylic will look like colored glass, where a person can see their reflection.

Acrylic signage is typically used for display purposes.

ABOUT PROJECTCENTER:

ProjectCenter is a single-source service company providing marketing and document solutions to small, medium and large-sized businesses in the U.S. area. ProjectCenter is based in Phoenix, Arizona and its services include graphic design, web design, printing, copying, scanning and mailing. For more information, please call (602) 252-6655 or visit  www.makepapereasy.com.

When using the household income variable while running an Occupant List (a basic list of all addresses in an area), be sure to know that the general minimum should be 70k ($70,000) for the list to provide thorough information. If a client is looking at a household income of less than $70k, then it is best to run what is called a Consumer List.

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It is very common for an attorney or legal client to make a request regarding Concordance or Summation. This request is usually part of a project that would possibly entail scanning, Bates labeling, indexing, image conversion, etc. A common example would be a paralegal requesting to have legal documents picked up, scanned, electronically Bates labeled (i.e. BS001-BS1001) and brought back on a CD/DVD in a Concordance (or Summation) format.

Concordance and Summation (http://law.lexisnexis.com/concordance and http://www.summation.com/) are proprietary softwares to the legal industry that allow a firm’s staff to organize case files in an electronic format. Hence, legal firms will request one of the two formats, so that they can automatically load the electronic images in the database. That is to say, if they own one of these software packages.

ABOUT PROJECTCENTER:

ProjectCenter is a single-source service company providing marketing and document solutions to small, medium and large-sized businesses in the U.S. area. ProjectCenter is based in Phoenix, Arizona and its services include graphic design, web design, printing, copying, scanning and mailing. For more information, please call (602) 252-6655 or visit  www.makepapereasy.com.

Some clients may have heard a broker or printer mention an iGen in the past, along with many other names in the industry. An iGen, or what is currently known as the iGen3, is a digital printing press (http://www.xerox.com/digital-printing/digital-printing-press/color-printing/xerox-igen3-110-90/enus.html). 

Orginally, the iGen was meant for copy shops, that were consistantly running upwards of 5 color copiers at a time, and were looking to consolidate. That said, the iGen has a reputation of being a souped-up color copier, but with fast speeds, no set up (which means no minimum quantities), and better quality print than a copier.

With these attributes, the iGen has become a very popular solution for short-run (less than 1000 units) print and variable data (personalized printing) projects. Real Estate firms and Title agencies love this print offering, because these sort of companies are based off the individual, and individuals don’t necessarily have the money to dish out for large-quantity print work. At the same time, the competitive nature of their businesses does not give them time to wait 3-5 days for a print job. The iGen has become a great solution for these situations.

The iGen is most commonly used to print brochures, books, flyers, postcards, newsletters, catalogs, manuals, Point of Purchase materials, sell sheets and more.

ABOUT PROJECTCENTER:

ProjectCenter is a single-source service company providing marketing and document solutions to small, medium and large-sized businesses in the U.S. area. ProjectCenter is based in Phoenix, Arizona and its services include graphic design, web design, printing, copying, scanning and mailing. For more information, please call (602) 252-6655 or visit  www.makepapereasy.com.

A Real Property Data List is an extensive list of verified homeowners, and is compiled from county and assessor files. Like the Occupant List, the Real Property List is determined by area.

There are chargeable selections to choose from such as Total Loan Amount, Loan to Value Range, 2nd or 3rd Mortage, Loan Amount, Loan Date, Loan Interest Rate Type, Loan Lender Type, Owner Type, Housing Type, Home Purchase Date, Home Purchase Amount, Available Home Equity, Home Market Value, Delinquent Tax, Delinquent Tax Year, Square Footage or Lot Size, Number of Bedrooms, Number of Units, Year Built, Length of Residence, Fireplace or Garage, Pool, Heating & Cooling System, Age, Gender, Marital Status, Estimated Household Income, Age of Children, etc.

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It is very common for clients to push for sooner-than-expected project completions. This can be directly correlated to insufficient planning, which can be directly correlated to an unintended lack of printing awareness.

Let it be known that, as a general rule of thumb, simple offset print jobs take 3-5 days to process. This 3-5 days would include the printing process and delivery, but does not include designing, prepress designing, mailing, or finishing services such as folding, binding, foiling, embossing, etc.

As for designing, there can be no general estimated time given. Each project is treated separately and requires an individual estimate. Prepress designing, which includes the proofing process, can take as little as 1 day if the proof is approved in an immediate manner.

For each finishing service provided, it is suggested to add 2 more days to the project.

For mailing services, if the mailing list is provided in a prompt manner, adding 2-3 days to your project is customary.

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