May 29th Show Notes – Industry Trade Show Updates

May 29th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. This spring has been a busy time for our industry. There have been many great trade show and aaron has returned from FESPA in Cologne, Germany. Aaron will give you a full rundown of what he saw over there to catch you up on the latest trends in the industry. We will also have Dave Pomeroy from NBM on the show to give us a preview of the upcoming B.I.G. Show in Indianapolis. There is a ton of exciting stuff at that show and he will give us a sneak preview. We will also have Jeff Brown from the ISS Shows on to give us the final recap of ISS Nashville as well and preview ISS Orlando. Even if you could not make it to the show, you will feel like you were there.

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May 22nd Show Notes – Dealing with Tricky Subjects With Customers – Part 2

May 22nd Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. This is the second part of our discussion with Andrea Bommarito of ZSK Machines on dealing with tricky customer situations. There was so much content we had to do 2 shows!

Unfortunately not every interaction with our customers or potential customers is the most pleasant rewarding experience. Sometimes we catch these customers on a bad day, or maybe they just have a weird outlook on things and some of the comments from them are out of school or down right inappropriate. We are bringing in friend of the show, Andrea Bommarito to bring the female perspective to this conversation and we will bring you some tips and tricks we have used in our experiences. Bring your questions and share some of your experiences so we can all help each other provide a better customer experience.

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May 8th Show Notes – Screen Printing Shop Calibration

May 8th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. We will be talking Shop Calibration with Dave Gehrich, VP of Sales with Atlas Screen Supplies. This is a conversation on how Atlas Screen helps their customers to a tune up on their processes and procedures. Even if you are not close enough to welcome Dave and his team into your shop this episode will give you some tools to improve TODAY. Screen printing is the orchestration of variables. No talent can or seniority can produce a quality product if the shop is out of tune.

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Quick Tip April 17th, 2015 by Terry Combs

Artwork for Direct-to-Garment – Artwork from our customers is the most difficult area for most operators. Customers tend to provide very low resolution files and often from non-art programs such as Microsoft Word. Sometimes, it’s simply a matter of asking the customer for the proper artwork, since most of our customers do not know exactly what we need from them to print the best graphic.

What we want is a 300dpi file saved at the full size it will be printed on the shirt. Many customers will want to give us jpg files since that is a common way to save information, but a jpg limits our ability to manipulate the file if necessary. Ideally we want our customer to provide us with a png, psd or eps file, saved with a transparent background.

QUICK TIP APRIL 3RD, 2015 BY TERRY COMBS

Spend Some Time Outside the Office to Build Your Business – I work from home, but that’s not what I’m talking about here as my tip. I’m talking about as a business owner/manager you spending a part of your work week away from the office.

When I was managing large production operations, at least once per week I would be at my home desk by 7:00 a.m. and then off to the regular office by noon. I accomplished more projects and long range planning during this block of time than during any full day the rest of the week.

The cost to me for this time out of the office was a few more phone messages on my desk when I arrived. Otherwise, the company continued to function in my brief absence. In fact, people were forced to make decisions and come to their own conclusions, which made each of them better employees, supervisors, and decision makers.

If you tell me, “I could never do that. This place cannot function for even half a day without me,” then I’m going to tell you that you’re doing this thing wrong. Managing isn’t doing all the work or making all the decisions. Managing is empowering your staff and spending your own time building your business. (That may have to be your 1st project to work on at home.)

March 20th, 2015 Show Notes – Making Meetings Matter

Making Meetings Matter

March 20th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Every business goes through a transition as it develops. When we start out in business we focus on making enough money to pay the bills and having a little profit left over. As the company and staff grow, so do the number of meetings, memos, and directives until one day we realize, “We spend more time in meetings talking about the business than we spend selling and producing the product!” This week’s program we discussed the subject of meetings, and how to Making Meetings Matter.

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March 6th, 2015 Show Notes – Spring Trade Show Review

Spring Trade Show Review

March 6th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast.  This week, Aaron and Terry had a full slate of wonderful guests lined up to a full Spring Trade Show Review. We will talk to Tim Gibson from Next Level Apparel about the ISS Atlantic City show and some events they are sponsoring, Greg Kitson from Mind’s Eye Graphics about the recent MAGIC Show and SGIA’s involvement, Dave Pomeroy from the NBM Shows about their Orlando show and upcoming Arlington, TX show and Jeff Brown from ISS Shows about Long Beach and the upcoming Atlantic City event. Plus Aaron and Terry will discuss DAX and other great events going on around the industry.

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Quick Tip March 6th, 2015 by Terry Combs

The Four Day Workweek – On my own production floor, the four consecutive 10-hour day workweek has been a success. And the employees love having a three day weekend. With this schedule you save one day of starting up and shutting down production. Instead, that saved time translates to more productivity. And that translates to another step on the road to doubling your production.

Another plus with the four day workweek is the availability of an entire day (Friday) for overtime work when necessary. Having a crew for a half or full day of overtime on a Friday is tremendously easier to pull off than arranging overtime for Saturday. All this overtime work is accomplished while employees’ friends and family are at their own jobs or school. And the staff still has a traditional two day weekend ahead.

For the front office, the fifth day with no production staff allows them to get things done without questions and issues from the production floor. It’s the perfect opportunity to work on projects and long term planning, or to just get caught up or ahead of the game.

If management squirms about the idea of shutting off the lights in production on Friday, it’s usually because they’re afraid some last minute rush order won’t get done. The easy solution is to have one all around versatile employee work on Friday to take care of any out of the ordinary order or issue, while in reality this employee is just there to make other managers feel better. Before long, everyone will discover that this one Friday employee-in-reserve will be unnecessary.

February 14th, 2014 Show Notes – Large Format Sublimation

Large Format SublimationFebruary 14th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast discussion with Rich Foltz about wide format sublimation. Get all the info you need to get into wide format sublimation including an interview with Catalina Frank of Epson America about their new sublimation solution.

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January 31st, 2014 Show Notes – Low Cure and Specialty Inks with Jeff Proctor

NX InksJanuary 31st Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast discussion with Jeff Proctor about Specialty Inks and Low Cure Inks for use on today’s high performance fabrics. We also had a chance to talk to Scott Ritter the founder of the DAX Shows that are coming up.

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