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Top 10 Resource Tool Box

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Every industry has there go-to tools and resources, here is our

Top 10 Resource
Tool Box

We all need a little help sometimes and these resources are our favorites. In the 40 years that AccuLink has been in business, we’ve developed key relationships with trade organizations in the print industry giving us a wealth of knowledge through their network of connections and information. We’ve also partnered with amazing companies moving-the-needle to help us bring about more innovative services and products. Yet there are times we’ve found that a simple yet powerful application or website resource was all that was needed to get the job done. These are our tried-and-true tools. We hope they help you in this new year.
Happy 2021!

PRINTING United Alliance
The World’s Largest Graphic Arts Trade Association

We rely on our membership with PRINTING United Alliance (formerly SGIA) to keep us informed on upcoming trends and resources for our Dye-Sub, DTG and Wide Format markets. Our owner, Tom O’Brien, was interviewed at a past PRINTING United Alliance event, ThreadX, to discuss how he pushed the boundaries of AccuLink’s established business practices with our dye-sub operations. Watch the interview: https://www.acculink.com/acculink-leverages-dye-sublimation/

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: We connect the leaders of the twenty-first century printing world. Our printers are bold, driven, and creative and they are riding a wave of technology and innovation. PRINTING United Alliance is a community that strives to be the foremost resource for information and education for the Printing Industry.

DSCOOP
Print More. Print Smarter. Print Profitably.

DSCOOP events, prior to the shutdown, were a must-attend for our team. These events are full of networking opportunities with top printing and industry solution providers. Along with their events are some amazing membership benefits like their educational resources from HP innovators and industry experts. Membership also gives us exposure on our personalized business page where we can promote our services and products.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Dscoop is the world’s largest and most collaborative digital print and design community in the world. Our 8,000+ members are HP Graphic Arts print service providers and leading-edge solution partners. Together, we are dedicated to growing the industry, our businesses, and our relationships with each other.

Allegra
World Leader in Marketing & Visual Communications

We’ve benefited through the years from Alliance Franchise Brands one-stop resources in printing, marketing and graphic communications. Our recent Web-to-Print solution was thanks to this partnership with the Allegra Network. They offer a multitude of programs and support through their franchise model.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Alliance Franchise Brands, one of the world’s largest business-to-business franchises, serves the multi-billion dollar market for marketing, print, sign, and graphics communications services. Alliance Franchise Brands is considered a leader in franchise training, technology, and implementation.

PPAI
Promotional Products Association International

With our PPAI membership, we enjoy the informational trade shows that they host each year, and also benefit from exposure in their Promo Connect community with our extensive line of dye sublimation products. Their knowledge and expertise is evident in their being awarded  2020’s Most Successful Online Community out of over 3,000 discussion board communities.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: PPAI is the trusted leader in the promotional products industry delivering essential knowledge, resources and community to ensure the success of its members, those who manufacture, import and resell promotional products, and the promotional products industry itself.

SAGE
Promotional Product Research and Marketing Tools

Our A+ SAGE supplier rating is no small feat. We are proud to be one of the few, top-rated companies by our past customers through our SAGE membership. SAGE also offers a wealth of industry resources along with marketing support, and provides trade show booth spaces at their events.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: “We have subscribers and employees that have been with us since we opened our doors over two and half decades ago. Seeing that kind of commitment reinforces the goal of SAGE from the very beginning: to provide innovative business solutions that move our industry forward.” – David Natinsky, SAGE President

ASI
Advertising Specialty Institute® - Promotional Products Membership Organization

Our 5 star rating on ASI shows how we value our membership. We have satisfactorily supplied our reputably sourced, socially responsible promotional products to ASI’s network of distributors, and delivered quality, on-time, USA decorated orders with our highly skilled production staff. ASI offers it’s members marketing and education to help cultivate success in their community.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Advertising Specialty Institute® (ASI) is the promotional product industry’s largest membership organization offering media, technology, marketing and education to help cultivate success and community. We strive to provide a culture of support and care with the best service, products, education, research and content available to help our members succeed, every step of the way.

Color-Logic
The Leader in Metallic Embellishments for Print

We’ve been apart of the Color-Logic family for many years that it’s now woven into AccuLink’s DNA. The amount of resources Color-Logic offers us a certified printer is priceless. One of the main benefits of the Color-Logic system is the standardized color-matching system for digital foil color, a must-have for any print shop and design agency.

Our designers constantly benefit from their library of tutorials for Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop, along with the in-house printed colors guides that have been certified to match Color-Logic’s system. If you are a designer who wants to benefit from the color matching system, we have licenses for the Color-Logic Design Suite, contact us for more information.

We are also truly proud to be their first certified flexible packaging printer. Through Color-Logic’s and HP’s support, we’ve achieved an award-winning solution for our clients. For more information, see the press release.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: The Color-Logic System™ empowers designers, provides a Brand with print embellishments at a fraction of the cost typically associated with metallic printing, and gives printers and convertors an accurate color communication system to work from. Color-Logic is also the worlds first color communication system for printing onto foil and reflective substrates, when using white ink and CMYK.

 

Canto Logo
The Leader in Digital Asset Management Solutions

When we were reviewing Digital Asset Management systems in 2020 for our sister company AccuFlex Packaging, Canto rose to the top. Only 6 months into our first year, we’ve realized the power of Canto’s services through secure assets that we can organize, search and share easily. The brand templates, client portals, upload links and file filtering allow us to help our client’s quickly and even remotely in these interesting times.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Our mission is to create the only human-centric digital asset management solution that empowers our customers to self-organize, collaborate and do meaningful work that drives their business forward.

Wrike Logo
Powerful, Versatile Work Management Platform

Wrike may be the newest cloud service for us, but it’s been powerful in managing our day-to-day operations for our new sister company, AccuFlex Packaging. We receive on-time notifications on project status updates and automatic task assignments through a “blueprint” workflow and intake forms. Our client’s benefit with an online proofing tool that when changes or approvals are given, Wrike notifies all involved and routes task to the proper department. We are still exploring all the benefits of Wrike, but without-a-doubt the on-boarding process was the best we’ve every experienced. Their support is world-class, and the UI is extremely intuitive.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: We’re the collaborative work management platform of choice for 20,000+ companies in over 140 different countries.

The Mosaica Group
Printing Equipment & Supplies

Through our partnership with The Mosaica Group, AccuLink installed the Panthera S4-1.8m, a revolutionary high-speed digital dye sublimation printing system, in 2019. This printer is a vital part of our dye-sublimation department, and The Mosaica Group’s distribution partnership was key to this.

In the words of Tom O’Brien, President of AccuLink: “My main priority is to maintain the high level of quality, speed, and accuracy our customers expect. The Panthera is the perfect solution that will enable us to print high-quality graphics consistently with advanced productivity while minimizing my overhead costs, and the ICS will prove extraordinary benefits in terms of simplifying operations.”

See the full press release for more information.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: The Mosaica Group (formerly La Crosse Litho Supply) helps you take full advantage of today’s printing technologies to do things faster and smarter – so you can be more competitive in a rapidly changing industry.

It takes tools, talent, time and friends.

We hope these tools & resources will help bring you into the new year. We are proud to support these organizations, partnerships, and resources since they are a crucial part of our success. We also support our distributor partners within those organizations by backing up what we make with a guarantee of quality and on-time delivery. This mutual respect and ability to work with others is a core part of AccuLink’s philosophy: we having no competitors, only potential partners.

DISCLOSURE: No compensation for these referrals were given, and no commissions are earned with these links. The views expressed in this blog post are of AccuLink’s. We are of a “give love, get love” POV. Reposts and sharing of this article is what we hope for.

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