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.

Earn 2X! 3X! 4X! Edge Points on Essential Materials You Need Now

LexJet Edge members have exclusive access to special promotions, and there’s no better time than now. We realize you are busy creating signage in your community, as well as other vital projects, so we wanted to give back to you because we know every extra effort benefits us all right now.

To help you help your customers, we’re offering double, triple and even quadruple LexJet Edge points on more than 400 SKUs of select essential products for your most pressing projects. You’ll get more points than ever so you can save more on future purchases. Just look for the 2X, 3X and 4X Edge icon on our product pages.

Here’s a sampling of the products you will earn extra points on at LexJet.com:

  • ACCESSORIES. Earn double and triple points on Banner Ups grommet tabs, PowerTabs and a variety of tapes to help banners brave the elements.
  • DÉCOR. Extra points are available on variety of canvas products for aqueous, latex, solvent and UV-compatible canvases from brands that include HP, Sunset, Fredrix, Epson and more.
  • FABRIC. For soft signage, you can earn double or quadruple points on EnduraFab and HP fabrics that are specially formulated for HP Latex inks.
  • FINE ART. Sunset’s brand-new Cold Press & Hot Press bright white fine art papers will get you double Edge points.
  • INKS. Receive double points on most Canon imagePROGRAF wide-format inks.
  • LAMINATES. Protect your prints with ClearShield low-melt laminates and earn triple Edge points.
  • PHOTO PAPER. Earn double or triple points on a large variety of photo papers for every printer technology type. Brands include LexJet, Sunset, Canon and Epson.
  • SIGN & BANNER. Signage materials are in high demand, and will continue to be after everyone gets back to business. We know this is a vital product line, and we’re offering up to quadruple points on many of these products from LexJet and HP.

Not a member yet? Join now, and you could earn extra points, too. Sign up today and get your LexJet Edge!

Fine-Tune Your Photo Paper Needs with LexJet

LexJet has always carried a diverse offering of high-quality photo papers, and now it’s easier than ever to decide which of these papers is right for your next project.

No matter which print technology you’re using, you can quickly and easily find the paper that’s right for you. With resources like videos, a product selection tool and easier navigation, the new LexJet Photo Paper Page is your go-to source for professional photography production.

We’ve got dozens of products for aqueous production and professional photo printing as well as a variety of solvent/latex/UV-compatible papers in gloss or satin, light- or heavy-weight finishes.

To find the paper you need, scroll down to try our new selection tool, which helps you choose based on the type of printer you’re using and the final application. You’ll quickly discover popular products such as Sunset Photo eSatin Paper 300g or 8 mil Production Satin SUV 180g to help you get the job done!

Fine tune all your photographic prints by visiting LexJet.com or contacting a sales specialist at 800-453-9538.

 

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#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.

NEW BLOG SERIES: Good, Better & Best eSatin Photo Papers

When comparing photo papers, canvas and other media options, we know it’s not always easy to determine what the best option is for your production volume, output expectations and price point considerations.

That’s why we’re starting our “Good, Better, Best” series to look at some ideal products for your needs. We’re kicking off with one of our most popular categories: eSatin Photo Papers.

These papers are in high demand for professional photographers and reproduction studios who want classic photographic results without excessive gloss and glare. eSatin Photo Papers look great in a frame or on their own, whether you’re producing larger-than-life prints or handy 8x10s. Take a look at our Good, Better and Best options before you buy your next roll:

GOOD: LexJet 8 Mil Production Satin Photo Paper — This all-around high-performing photo paper is a lightweight option for everyday use in large-production volume printing.

Posters fine art inkjet printing
Posters printed on LexJet 8 mil Production Satin Photo Paper

It’s ideal for high-volume thanks to a microporous inkjet coating that dries fast, so you don’t have to wait to handle and finish your graphics. Plus, it’s resistant to smudges and fingerprints — an excellent choice for high-traffic environments. Starting at $0.34 per square foot, it has a subtle satin finish for a natural look, and many users choose to finish it with a film laminate for extra protection.

What users say: “It’s similar in look and feel to Sunset Photo eSatin, but it’s less expensive and thinner. In other words, it’s a good alternative for more economical photo products like posters or even test prints.”

BETTER:  LexJet Sunset Production eSatin 250g — Great results paired with an excellent price point make this photo paper our “Better” choice. Professional photographers turn to this resin-coated option when they need a slightly lighter-weight version that works for both portraits and commercial graphics. At $0.45 per square foot, this paper delivers a larger color gamut with pin-sharp detail.

What users say: “On our initial trials it held its own when we did our side-by-side comparisons with a similar photo paper, and we like the Sunset Production eSatin better. The paper is brighter and just as durable and so far has proven to be a winner.”

Portraits printed on LexJet Sunset Photo eSatin Paper 300g

BEST: LexJet Sunset Photo eSatin Paper 300g — This professional-grade, heavy-weight paper sets the industry standard as the ideal product for photo printing for portrait work to museum exhibits that can last for years. Its consistency has made it the go-to option for years for single prints or framed photos in black-and-white or full-blown color. Some customers have had great success face-mounting it to plex-glass. Starting at $0.61 per square foot (and available in sheets) Sunset Photo eSatin provides excellent ink retention for realistic and accurate colors.

What users say: “The heavier weight and wide color gamut of eSatin is exactly what I’m after in a print; I just love how that print medium presents.”

Try 1 Roll of LexJet TRIBUTE Satin Photo Paper at Volume Pricing

We’re excited to announce the new LexJet TRIBUTE Satin Photo Paper 240g, a high-performance, heavyweight paper available at a production price.

With a high-quality photo base that stands up to any other photo paper benchmark on the market, LexJet TRIBUTE is the go-to option, priced right for high-volume printers.

For faster and easier handling, this heavyweight 9.5 mil, resin-coated photo paper dries instantly, making it ideal for nearly any application, from point of sale and signage to trade shows and photo reproduction.

“Once again, LexJet is shaking up the market with the high-quality TRIBUTE photo paper at rock-bottom volume pricing,” says Dean Lambert, LexJet Vice President.

When purchased by the pallet, LexJet TRIBUTE is reduced in price by nearly 30% at $0.20 per square foot (compared to $0.32 per square foot for single rolls).

SALE! For the next 30 days, we’re offering a single roll of TRIBUTE at the pallet price ($0.20/sq ft). Call-in orders only. Give TRIBUTE a try* by calling LexJet today at 800-453-9538 and learn more about this new aqueous-compatible photo paper.

*Offer valid until Oct. 14, 2017; while supplies last; one roll per customer