Color, Fabrics & Customization Lead the Trends at RetailX

Our teammates at our parent company, S-One, made their debut at GlobalShop @ RetailX in Chicago last month, showcasing media options hand-selected for retail environments.

Fabrics were a huge trend all throughout the show, and S-One highlighted some tried-and-true favorites as well as brand-new to the market options.

“Fabric was everywhere, and it’s always going to continue to trend,” says sales rep Matt Radauscher. “The guys who don’t have dye-sub yet were happy to hear they had options to print fabrics on latex.”

Our team showcased HP Durable Backlit Fabric, a lightweight option suitable for SEG frames that’s latex-compatible. We also brought the brand-new adhesive fabric, Squid, which generated a ton of buzz. The fabric’s fibers are finished on one side with a special adhesive that is designed for windows. Squid can be printed or used alone to create privacy, block out the sun’s rays and/or display brand messaging. It’s an elegant solution for high-end retail and corporate environments. Stay tuned for more info to come soon!

Throughout the show floor, we were excited to see some emerging trends, most of which played around with dynamic color and customization. SuperColor Digital featured printable blackout fabrics that were enhanced with lighting features that actually changed the colors of the graphics (see photo).

We noticed that many of the exhibits focused on brick-and-mortar retail’s current challenge: competing with ecommerce by using dynamic, sometimes over-the-top displays to create a memorable in-store experience.

“When looking at the booth designs, nearly every one of them had some sort of electrical element in the displays themselves,” says S-One Marketing Director Terry Lynn Belzer. “Whether they were blow-up fixtures, floor fixtures or even animal displays with eyes that lit up. There was also a lot of focus on tactile experiences throughout the show.”

There was even an “Instagrammable” moment with a Game of Thrones-inspired display with a giant throne and sword that was a photo opp just waiting to happen.

Colorful, hyper-customized walls, windows, floors and even ceilings showcased the power of print throughout the exhibits at GlobalShop @ RetailX. To get a closer look at the materials that S-One showcased, please visit our RetailX page for product info or give one of our retail specialists a call at 800-453-9538.

We Went Cruisin’ with FrameWorks Miami at Cruise Ship Interiors Expo

It was a tough job, but our team was up for it. They packed up mid-week and headed over to Miami to check out the Cruise Ship Interiors Expo at the Miami Beach Convention Center. What they found was endless opportunities for wide-format print applications!

Fun cruise decor displays at Cruise Ship Interiors Expo

More than 2,850 attendees attended the inaugural Cruise Expo to check out the growing needs for new, innovative products for new cruise ship builds and even more so the refurbishment of existing cruise ships.

“This event is something that we’ve needed,” says Antonio di Nenno, Lead Architect, MSC Cruises. “The market is changing and for the interiors industry, there’s nothing like this!”

Of course, trade shows in our industry are always full of the latest trends, and this show in Miami didn’t disappoint! We learned that 20 to 30 million people travel on cruises every year, a stat that’s grown 6% in the last few years.

FrameWorks Miami’s colorful stand

Like we’ve learned in digital printing, cruises are becoming more and more customized, rather than the “one-size-fits-all” approach. Themes like music, food, fitness and sports are really fine-tuning the cruising experience. And that translates to the need for more and more customized décor, graphics and signage, which is where wide-format PSPs can find some amazing opportunities.

LexJet customer FrameWorks Miami, which specializes in fine art printing and framing wanted to make a splash — almost literally — with their Fish Market & Fruit Stand exhibit during the Expo. We partnered with them to used ChromaLuxe metal panels in a super creative way. Using dye-sub technology, FrameWorks Miami created whimsical samples with fish and fruit prints that were cut to various shapes.

“From sardines, snapper, mahi to any type of fruit you can imagine, they had it,” says LexJet sales rep, Vince Bejar. “They even printed their own butcher paper to wrap up the samples for their potentials clients to take back with them to show off their state-of-the-art digital printing solutions. The attention to detail shown in their booth design & execution was seriously outstanding, especially since they created nearly everything in-house.”

We’re excited to see where cruise ship decor takes us in the near future. Printers looking to branch out into decor printing — like wallcoverings and wall art, such as canvas wraps — will find a ton of opportunities when working with this sector. Give us a call at 800-453-9538 for more ideas.

Stock Up – Summer Holidays are Here!

Next Thursday is Independence Day and both UPS and LexJet will be closed in observance of the holiday. We know that your printing doesn’t stop when the fireworks are going, so be sure to plan your orders and shipping accordingly.

LexJet will be closed the following days:

  • Independence Day – Thursday, July 4, 2019
  • Labor Day – Monday, September 2, 2019

Click HERE to see the full UPS shipping schedule for the remainder of 2019 and, if you need to place orders during holiday hours, you can visit LexJet.com.

If you need to place any orders ahead of the holidays, call a LexJet representative at 800-453-9538.

#ThrowbackThursday with LexJet & Our Photo Paper Customers

Since this is our 25th anniversary year, we’re feeling a bit nostalgic, and what better way to throwback to some great memories than to revisit awesome projects by our photo paper customers! Our diverse offering of high-quality photo papers at unbeatable prices has long been a LexJet legacy, and we found some amazing projects that our customers created using some of our most popular photo papers.

On our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, we’ll be celebrating our customers with #TBT posts highlighting their projects. Be sure to follow us and check out what your peers have been up to throughout the years. We’re starting with a look back at Redwing Framing and how they created custom wall art for a local restaurant using LexJet Sunset Photo eSatin 300g — gorgeous work!

And to commemorate this trip down memory lane, we’ve dropped our prices on photo papers! You’ll find great new savings on the following all-time favorite photo papers:

Prices will vary, depending on the quantity you purchase, so check online at LexJet.com, or call a LexJet pro at 800-453-9538 to customize your order.

Visit S-One at GlobalShop @ RetailX in Chicago

For the first time, our parent company, S-One, will feature a booth at GlobalShop @ RetailX later this month in Chicago. Inside the booth, S-One will feature a number of exciting materials, perfect for retail environments.

Because the media you use matters, our team has hand-selected the best materials to bring your vision to life — all of which are available through LexJet. You can trust your most important graphics, signage and visuals to the materials we provide, whether you’re focused on high-impact graphics, color matching or environmentally-friendly media or if you simply need to stay within a strict budget.

Plus, every material we’ll highlight offer an ease-of-use that will make your floor transitions a breeze. When you stop by GlobalShop booth 5063, our team will demonstrate how easy the media is to handle.

Some of the products that will be on display include:

  • HP Backlit Fabric
  • HP Adhesive Vinyl
  • Vescom Gold and Silver Mylar wallcoverings
  • Fredrix Metallic Canvas
  • Fisher Textiles stretch fabrics
  • HP Recycled Satin Canvas
  • ChromaLuxe photo panels
  • UltraFlex Signetics magnetic receptive media

So whether your team is working with aqueous, latex, solvent or dye-sub print technology, there is a solution for you. We look forward to seeing you at GlobalShop @ RetailX later this month. If you have questions about retail signage, please give one of our print experts a call at 800-453-9538.

Don’t Miss Our ISA Show Special on Fisher Textiles

If you’re attending ISA Sign Expo later this month in Las Vegas, be sure to swing by Fisher Textiles’ booth #4017 to learn more about these award-winning dye-sublimation textiles.

Formerly only available in grand-format sizes, we’ve partnered with Fisher Textiles to offer nine fabrics in 61-inch or smaller rolls. You can only purchase these smaller Fisher Textiles rolls at LexJet!

LexJet ISA Show Special:

When you purchase any roll of 61-inch-by-100-foot Fisher Textiles fabric from LexJet, you’ll get 50% off your choice of one roll of LexJet InFuze dye-sub transfer papers:

Please call a LexJet print specialist at 800-453-9538 to learn more about this show special, available April 23 to May 1.

Discover the full line of wide-format-compatible Fisher Textiles fabrics, available exclusively at LexJet:

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