Let’s Go: Navigating our Industry as Businesses Re-open

Last month, we gathered several LexJet sales representatives to discuss what they heard in the market as some of their customers and non-essential businesses started shutting down for quarantine.

Now, as states begin slowly opening for business, we want to bring these familiar faces together again to discuss ways you can prepare your printshop for a return to normal business and how you can help new customers who will be looking for new ideas such as floor graphics, safety shields and other products that will help with CDC recommendations and compliance.

During the webcast, we discuss:

  • Following CDC recommendations for re-opening
  • Different print applications needed
  • Preparing equipment for increased workload after an extended shutdown
  • Help people who are new to the graphics industry
  • Social distancing applications and other market segments
  • Communicating with your customers
Watch the Webcast  Now!
If you have any questions for our panel, please call 800-453-9538 to connect with our team. We are here to help as businesses start to reopen, so please reach out to us.

ICYMI: Catch up on the Let’s Go Educational Series

Over the last few weeks, LexJet has partnered with experts from all facets of the printing industry to bring you the informative series Let’s Go. If you missed any or want to catch them again, you can see the full library HERE.

Choose from these previous sessions:

  • Onyx TruFit Software
  • Vinyl Application Demos
  • Squid Window Textile
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Dye-sub Applications
  • Latex Print & Cut

Stay tuned for future events with other industry experts and hear from some of your favorite LexJet representatives. For more information, give us a call at 800-453-9538 or visit us at LexJet.com.

Let’s Go: Printing with Canon

This Friday, Pete Wright, a technical specialist with Canon and professional photographer, will present the best ways to create beautiful images with your Canon printer.

Whether you’ve been printing for five years or five months, or simply thinking about learning to print, Wright will help you learn how to get the most out of your equipment.

Canon PRO-Series Printers
  • When: Friday, May 8 11:00 a.m. ET
  • Who: Award-winning Professional Photographer and Canon specialist Pete Wright
  • What: Life Hacks for a Printmaker
  • How: Register HERE 

For more information, give us a call at 800-453-9538.

Post-COVID-19 Prep: Optimize Your Inventory During Downtime

We’ve heard from some print shops that activity may be slowing down in some areas, so we put together some ideas of how you can use your downtime wisely. We all know that storage room inventory can get backed up, so now’s a great time to figure out what you’re using, what’s collecting dust and maybe identify some new, multiuse products that can save you both space and money plus you can earn up to 4X Edge Rewards.

“A good exercise is to put a list together of products you buy regularly and reach out to your vendor and let them know this is what I use regularly,” says LexJet sales rep, Ramiro Torrez. “And ask: Do you have something that is comparable at a better price point?”

Torrez worked with a customer who was buying 25 different products and he made recommendations to whittle the list down to 12 more versatile items. In some cases, the customer saved when buying more of the streamlined list.

“We saved her about $1,200 if she’d replenished one of everything in her old inventory,” he says. “Plus, when you buy in bulk, you’re going to get a better price for it.”

Next, we identified several applications that can be covered by one super-versatile product. Learn more about these products and stock up, so you’re a step ahead when it’s time to ramp up production once again:

VINYL: If you are stocking up on different products for self-adhesive window, signage and car decal graphics, HP Prime Matte Air GP is a one-size-fits-all option. Additionally, HP Optimal Gloss Air GRP can work across the board for wall graphics, corrugated plastic, windows and can even be mounted to Styrofoam.

SIGNAGE FILM: Another super versatile option for signage is LexJet’s Production Display Film, which can stand in for grommeted banners, retractable banner stands, and hanging signage, thanks to its lay-flat characteristics. It’s a cost-effective solution for indoor or short-term outdoor graphics, which is also available in a Solvent version.

POSTER PAPER: If you’re looking for a poster paper that works well outdoors and also doubles as a photo paper with good resolution, check out LexJet Satin Poster Paper 200g. At $0.12 per square foot, it’s a highly cost-effective, PVC-free option that delivers richly detailed, water-resistant prints.

FABRIC: When events start back up, you’ll want to have a fabric on hand that can work on a variety of applications. EnduraFab Frontlit is a 100% polyester knit fabric for Latex users that’s appropriate for lightweight and elegant table skirts, backdrops, step-and-repeats and flags. For aqueous printers, try LexJet Water-Resistant Satin Cloth for a multitude of applications.

MULTI-PURPOSE: One of the most exciting product launches in recent years is LexJet FlexTek. This non-woven technical fabric is a winner thanks to its highly functional and versatile characteristics. It’s recyclable and PVC-free, making it an environmental win, too. FlexTek can be wrapped around stretcher bars to create canvas wraps (as an alternative to polyester canvas) or used for posters, banners or even hanging signage. It’s also available in a Solvent version, and both versions offer long shelf life.

For more ideas for versatile products and good-better-best options for your application, call a LexJet print specialist at 800-453-9538.

Resources You Need Now to Plan, Prepare & Print!

To stay on top of all the resources LexJet is providing during and after the effects of coronavirus, hop over to our COVID-19 Resources Page. You’ll want to bookmark this page and check back often for updates, fresh tips and new inspiration for how to help your community, keep your business moving and get a leg up on the competition once everyone returns to work.

We’ve provided a ton of resources for you, including:

  • Inspiring customer stories
  • Tips for essential print products you can create
  • Small business loan details
  • Inspiring and instructional videos
  • The latest product information

We’re so inspired by what the print community has been able to achieve, and we continue to support you. Please call us at 800-453-9538 if we can help you in any way.

3 Easy and Eye-catching Ways to Create Restaurant Signage

In the current market, restaurants and bars are using temporary signage like never before. Many restaurants have come up with some creative ideas, while others are just making sure customers get important information like temporary hours and where to pick up orders.

We’ve definitely seen some handmade and even hand-written signs that could use a little sprucing up. Fortunately, print service providers have a variety of solutions available to help restaurants become a little more sign savvy, and these options can be designed, printed and installed all in one day.

Say it with chalk: Chalkboards are an easy way to share messaging that changes by the hour, by the day or even by the week, so signage that looks professional but can be updated quickly and easily is a must. General Formulations 290 ChalkMark™ is 5 mil matte black chalkboard vinyl with a clear, high-tack removable adhesive that can be mounted to Chloroplast or an A-frame. While it is compatible exclusively with UV-curable printers, chalkboard signage can be used unprinted and customized with contour cut stickers.

Tried-and-true banners: Hanging banners are still one of the most popular ways to deliver temporary messages. LexJet TOUGHcoat™ Blockout ThriftyBanner is compatible with aqueous printers and 13 oz. Ultraflex SuperPrint® Plus FL Gloss and Matte are great solutions for solvent, latex and screen printers. Partner with BannerUps for easy and durable display.

Yard signs for the quick win: To direct traffic or display messaging and phone numbers for easier ordering and curbside pick-up, yard signs are a quick solution that can be displayed close to the road. Printed self-adhesive vinyl, such as LexJet TOUGHcoat AquaVinyl PSA adhered to corrugated plastic boards with metal step stakes is an easy way to go. Yard signs are great to have on hand as election season is right around the corner, too.

If you have questions about these or other temporary signage, please give us a call at 800-453-9538 or visit LexJet.com.

Have you created eye-catching temporary signage for your customers? We’d love to hear from you.