HR Corner: Unpaid Internships?

Posted by Claudia St. John on Jun 18, 2018 5:25:18 PM

Q: We have a new intern the daughter of one of the owners. It’s an unpaid internship, but I thought those were illegal. Should we be paying her for the work she performs?

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Topics: Human Resources

Envelopes: 7 Tactics for Visual Appeal

Posted by Darin Painter on May 23, 2018 3:02:43 PM

In our industry, tried-and-true products can still open clients’ eyes — and open new doors to business. That’s true for envelopes, a product that’s constantly needed and often discarded when unnoticed.

Nearly all organizations need envelopes for outgoing mail (invoices, statements, etc.), internal mail (departmental correspondence, memos among branches, etc.) and office routines (personnel files, photo files, etc.). So mentally tossing the envelope market into the wastebasket is like throwing away money, distributors say. Industry pros who consult with their clients about envelope needs can provide real value.

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Topics: Strategy, Creativity

Ennis, Inc., Acquires Allen-Bailey Tag & Label Asset Purchase

Posted by PSDA Headquarters on May 14, 2018 5:00:35 PM

May 2, 2018  (EBF – NYSE) – Ennis, Inc., through one of its subsidiaries, has acquired Allen-Bailey Tag & Label of Caledonia New York, in a purchase of assets and assumption of trade payables. A majority of employees will continue to run the business in the same location.

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Topics: Press Release

My Gratitude Journal

Posted by Sarah Scudder on May 8, 2018 9:15:02 AM

In high school, I compared myself to others. I thought my classmates were smarter, better dressed and happier. I wanted to be just like them. The little voice in my head wouldn’t leave me alone.

“Why don’t you look like a Victoria’s Secret model?”

“Why is math so easy for Brady and so difficult for you?”

“Why does Stephanie have so many friends? Everyone loves her.”

As a freshman and sophomore, the little voice in my head continued to haunt me. It wanted me to be on the dean’s list. It wanted me to be president of my sorority, and it wanted me to find the perfect boyfriend.

As a junior and senior, I wanted to have a successful career and run my own company. I didn’t know in what industry, but I envisioned myself having my own company.

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Topics: Leadership

Cool Guide to Industry Software Providers

Posted by PSDA Headquarters on Apr 30, 2018 4:18:31 PM

Covering technology in our industry is challenging but fun — writers and editors who cover distributors and manufacturers try to nail down details of software providers and their systems, but it’s akin to throwing darts at dozens of constantly moving targets.

To keep that metaphor going, we could have loaded up on darts last month — more writer resources, more research, more demos, etc. — as PS Magazine prepared a special section on technology options available to distributors. We knew the section would be timely because so much is changing and advancing with e-commerce systems, operations management platforms, campaign management tools and other technology that benefits distributors and their clients.

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Topics: Data & Technology

USPS Ruling Reduces Clear Envelope Postage for Direct Mail Marketers

Posted by PSDA Headquarters on Apr 16, 2018 3:05:02 PM

EnvyPak, America's No. 1 Clear Envelope Manufacturer, announces an innovative, patent pending, clear plastic envelope format that can reduce postage for marketers by as much as 57 percent. EnvyPak recently received a monumental ruling from the United States Postal Service specific to this new clear envelope that utilizes EnvyPak's proprietary manufacturing technology. 

The groundbreaking invention is the first clear plastic envelope to ever receive automation rates for letter size pieces with no surcharges.

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Topics: Press Release

My ‘Fantastic Four’ Go-To Sources

Posted by Sarah Scudder on Mar 21, 2018 12:51:32 PM

I'm no superhero, but I read. A lot. I block out an hour every day (including weekends) to read about trends, business, marketing and what’s happening in different segments of business. By learning about what’s going on in different industries, I gain insights and ideas that I can implement at my own company. I also learn what I should avoid. It’s a scary world out there; monsters are lurking.  

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Topics: Leadership


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