Ideas to Help Your Community and Print for a Good Cause

During this time of social distancing, there are ways that local print shops can help members of the community. Creating graphics, updating and refreshing old graphics, and helping with décor renovations are great ways to help small businesses, as many non-essential companies and organizations are closed.

If you’re looking for inspiration and ways you can help, check out our collection of LexJet brandUP stories:

When Cat Depot moved to its new location in Sarasota, Fla., volunteers taped pictures of cats to the windows and displayed operational hours on regular office paper that had to be replaced often. Because the non-profit organization relies heavily on volunteers and donations, eye-catching graphics were not a priority. That’s when the idea of LexJet’s brandUP was born. A group of LexJet summer interns visited Cat Depot to see what type of graphics were needed and what media would be required. To replace the taped images on the front windows, the interns selected Simple Perforated Window Vinyl 70/30, to help with the interior and exterior doors, they chose LexJet Simple Flo Wrap Vinyl, and to help with some temporary signage, LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric was the perfect solution.

The owners of Average Joe’s Grooming were looking to add some puppy love to their new space and make it more functional. Installing LexJet Simple Perforated Window Vinyl (70/30) on the windows reduced glare to benefit the groomers while passersby were greeted with a welcoming image of a larger-than-life dog. To liven up the interior walls, the team printed smiling dogs and cute cartoons on HP PVC-free Durable Smooth Wall Paper and LexJet Solvent Print-N-Stick Fabric.

Felts Audubon Preserve is perfect for bird and nature enthusiasts. It is tucked away among the neighborhoods of rural Palmetto, Fla. Unfortunately, vandals damaged the signs that were originally designed and donated by a local Boy Scout troop. As a brandUP project, LexJet donated ChromaLuxe EXT metal photo panels with graffiti and fade-resistant properties that stand up to vandalism as well as the tough Florida sunshine. We partnered the ChromaLuxe panels with LexJet InFuze® Rigid Substrate Dye-Sublimation Paper and used the Geo Knight Digital Knight 20×25 Jumbo Swinger for the transfer process.

If you are printing for essential businesses or charities in your community, we’d love to hear your story. Call us at 800-453-9538 and let us know how we can help.

Tips for Printshops Before & After COVID-19

We gathered a panel of LexJet team members and asked them to share what they’ve been hearing in the market, along with tips and ideas to help printshops continue to operate, help their communities and weather this storm.

During this free webcast we discuss:

  • Using print to help your communities and collaborating with your peers
  • Marketing ideas to share with your customers
  • Material availability and inventory
  • Have downtime? Use this time wisely to be a step ahead
  • Best business practices for your company
  • Communicating with customers

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If you have any questions for our panel, please call 800-453-9538 to connect with our team. We are here to help during this unprecedented time, so please reach out to us. Stay healthy, and let us know how you’re doing!

EPSON Helps Loftipop Grow from Etsy to Amazon

In 2013, Rachael O’Neill and her husband, Ryan, started their Sarasota, Fla., based company Loftipop as an Etsy shop. Today, they conceive, design and print their décor products in a 2,500 sq. ft. warehouse to ship across the country and through Amazon.

“I looked at Etsy and I saw people selling art prints and thought it was cool,” O’Neill says. “I told Ryan we could do it. We both brainstorm ideas and then he runs with them and designs.”

O’Neill did her homework before deciding which printer to choose for the art prints. “When we were researching, we noticed that Epson was the top of the line. Now, we love using their printers for our art prints,” she says. “I don’t think we’d ever switch to anything else. When our StylusPro 7890 finally died, we stayed with Epson and bought a SureColor P6000.”

A printer is often the first big purchase for a small business, and O’Neill feels that Epson has played a part in the success and growth of Loftipop. “The printer helped us launch our business and to this day the art prints are still a big part of our business, and they always will be, even though we’re doing other things,” she says. “We’ve always had great results and no major issues with them.”

The right printer needs the right media to create the perfect art print, so O’Neill uses LexJet Premium Archival Matte for its longevity. It is an acid-free paper and achieves 200-year archivability when partnered with the Epson inks.

In the beginning, O’Neill thought Loftipop would be a fun side project and never expected it to blossom into a full-time business. “We just opened a shop and put a couple of designs up. They started selling and it went from there,” she says. “We thought it would be cool to have a little side business, but we didn’t imagine where it’d go.”

Once they were comfortable with aqueous printing, they brought in a dye-sublimation printer so they could offer home décor and coffee mugs. O’Neill says it works great having both aqueous and dye-sub printers because they have been able to grow their product offering.

“The art prints launched our business,” she says. “We started doing the prints then expanded to other products, everyone has wall art and drinks out of a coffee mug.”

Growing from an Etsy shop to an e-commerce company didn’t happen overnight and it wasn’t easy, but O’Neill says that they are grateful that they could grow it into what it is today and look forward to continued growth. “We did it in a very safe way. We didn’t quit our jobs to start it,” she says. “We still worked full time for a good three years. We worked on it after our regular jobs and on the weekends.”

Right now, it’s just her and Ryan and a third employee. She says it can get a little hectic during the holidays, but they make it work. “There is work that you have to put into growing a business,” O’Neill says. “But for us, we really enjoy, it’s fun for us.”

In November, they will celebrate their 7th anniversary and are adding new designs and offerings all the time, but it’s the prints that started it all. The right designs, the right printer, the right paper all create the products people want and have taken Loftipop from a small Etsy shop to an Amazon Prime reseller.  O’Neill is excited to see what they’ve built. “Now, we’re happy, we love what we do, and we love working for ourselves.”

Now Available at LexJet: HP Large-Format Printer Parts

We’re excited to announce that many genuine HP large-format printer replacement parts are now available at LexJet.com! These are in addition to the HP computer parts that we recently added to our site.

If you are searching for a particular replacement part, simply use the search feature at LexJet.com and enter your part number, name or SKU. The replacement parts available through LexJet are compatible with several of the HP DesignJet printers, such as the T7100, Z6200, Z6610, Z6810 and D5800, for instance.

You’ll be able to find the common products you need, such as the cutter assembly, power supply unit assembly, preventive maintenance kits, drive roller encode sensor, lamps and much more.

Plus, we’ll be adding more genuine HP replacement parts in the weeks and months to come.

As with all LexJet orders, we’ll process your purchase immediately so you get your part as quickly as possible. Plus, because you’re buying from LexJet, HP parts ship for free, and you’ll also earn reward points in your LexJet Edge account, for savings on future LexJet.com purchase!

Check out HP Parts on LexJet.com for more information.

Important Information on HP Latex L200 Series Printers

HP has announced the 200 Series Latex printers will reach “End of Life” this August, which will impact the availability of parts and consumables for the L260, L280, L26500, and L28500. HP will no longer support the units, which could lead to extended downtime in production.

200 Series HP Latex

To show appreciation for long-time customers, HP is offering Loyalty Rebates. Simply provide the make, model and the serial number of your current L2 printer and receive LOI savings up to $2,000:

The next generation latex printers offer better performance and higher image quality and productivity over the 200 series. The Latex 335 Print and Cut solution comes with SAi FlexiPRINT RIP software, which automates the cutting process and makes variable data printing a breeze.

HP Latex 115 Print & Cut Bundle

During printing, Flexi creates a barcode that programs the cutter with instructions for required cuts, which means no additional programming. Simply load the printed media and let the cutter get to work.

If you would like more information on a new latex printer, give us a call at 800-453-9538 or join HP’s Timothy Mitchell for the free webinar on Tuesday, Mar. 24 at 2 p.m. ET.

Expand Your Printer Knowledge with March Webinars

We’ve got some exciting news about the HP Latex Webinar. Starting this month, when you tune into the HP webinar, Timothy Mitchell – HP’s Latex Applications Architect – will be discussing the benefits of latex printing. You may recognize Mitchell from several YouTube videos, where he discusses media, applications, and latex tips and tricks.

If you are interested in a Canon PRO-Series Printer, Pete Wright will take you through the features and applications of the PRO-Series family. Don’t forget, Canon is currently offering 0% financing on the purchase of a new printer.

Don’t wait to register for these free classes, space is limited.

Canon

  • What? Learn about the next generation Canon PRO-Series printers, software, and new contoured-cut bundles.
  • Who? Pete Wright, Canon’s technical specialist and award-winning photographer, discusses the benefits of the recently updated PRO Series printers.
  • When? Monday, Mar. 23, at 11 a.m. ET
  • Why? Attendees will receive an additional 5% off their PRO-Series printer purchase. SIGN UP NOW

HP

  • What? Join us for the free HP Latex printer technology webinar
  • Who? Timothy Mitchell, HP’s Latex Applications Architect, will discuss the applications and benefits of HP Latex technology.
  • When? Tuesday, Mar. 24, at 2 p.m. ET
  • Why? Attend and you will save $1,000 on an HP Latex 315 Print & Cut Bundle or HP Latex 335 Print & Cut Bundle, or save $3,000 on an HP Latex 560 or HP Latex 570. SIGN UP NOW

Sign up online or call one of our printer specialists at 800-453-9538 for additional information.