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Personalizing for Royalty

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Stahls' Decorating Fulfillment Center was careful to make sure they got this order right!

Stahls’ Decorating Fulfillment Center was careful to make sure they got this order right! As a licensee for the NBA, we’ve made custom jerseys for many famous people, but we think this might be our first “royal” garment.

Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks presents Prince Harry with his own jersey at the Coach Core graduation ceremony on Wednesday, January 14rh. (Getty Images)

Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks presents Prince Harry with his own jersey at the Coach Core graduation ceremony on Wednesday, January 14rh. (Getty Images)

Working to Find Customer Solutions

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If it's Tuesday, I must be in Masontown, Pennsylvania. Very glad I was able to participate in this group brainstorming and training meeting where we shared experiences and discussed various ways to help our entrepreneurial customers grow their businesses.

If it’s Tuesday, I must be in Masontown, Pennsylvania. Very glad I was able to participate in this group brainstorming and training meeting where we shared experiences and discussed various ways to help our entrepreneurial customers grow their businesses.

I’m really glad the weather on the East coast didn’t keep me from getting to Masontown, Pennsylvannia late Monday evening. This gave me the opportunity to have dinner with a phenomenal bunch of GroupeSTAHL team members, as well as join in their meeting on Tuesday. For the past couple of days, this group spent considerable time discussing decorating processes, products and shop types to better understand the unique challenges for decorators of all sizes. According to Josh Ellsworth, who helped coordinate the meeting, “The end goal is to better understand each decorator and work with them as a partner in business. We want to present entrepreneurs a recommendation unique to their goals and objectives, not specific to our products.” Yes you heard that correctly. We truly want to see you succeed in 2015 and we know we can do a better job helping you find the right way to tackle any custom job.

 

“It’s Not Neon”

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According to Reebok, that's not neon green, it's Elite Green. Whatever you call it, it makes a fantastic accent color and really made these jerseys pop on the ice.

According to Reebok, that’s not neon green, it’s Elite Green. Whatever you call it, it makes a fantastic accent color and really made these jerseys pop on the ice.

2013522_White-All-Stars-Jersey_slide.0Just wanted to clarify that the green used on the recently debuted NHL All Star Jerseys is NOT neon, according to sources at Reebok and the designer of the jersey, Dominic Fillion. As mentioned in a post on SBNation.com, the color is called “elite green.” I thought these jerseys were really outstanding but the lead designer said it better in the SBNation article:

“This was a fresher spin and a color that is unique,” lead NHL Reebok designer Dominic Fillion said. “No other team owns this color so that was unique and it complemented very well the black and white while bringing a great accent with high visibility. We wanted something energetic and bright enough that it would stand out and grab your attention. We wanted something that fans hadn’t seen on an NHL uniform before.”

In addition to the Elite Green, the use of metallic patches was also a standout addition to the uniforms. You can be sure that this is a look that will trickle down to other hockey teams around the world, and don’t be surprised if you see the trend for all types of sports. As you read in my post yesterday, we had a fantastic weekend in Columbus at the All-Star event. Here are a few more pics that my grandson just sent me. You can also click here for a link in the local Columbus newspaper that talks about how the jerseys were printed for the draft.

The NHL All Star weekend is an event for hockey fans of all ages.

Outside the arena with my son-in-law Dale and two grand kids. The NHL All Star weekend is an event for hockey fans of all ages.

 

The skills competition was very entertaining.

The skills competition was very entertaining.

 

 

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Heat Printing Shines at NHL All Star Event 2015

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The front of the black NHL All Star replica jersey and the back of the white jersey. Look at the use of metallic and texture. The uniforms truly looked phenomenal on the ice, with the neon outlines on the numbers and the metallic patches. Just spectacular.

The front of the black NHL All Star replica jersey and the back of the white jersey. Look at the use of metallic and texture. The uniforms truly looked phenomenal on the ice, with the neon outlines on the numbers and the metallic patches. Just spectacular.

The 2015 NHL All-Star Game 2015 weekend, or NHL Fan Fair ,was one of the best hockey fan experiences we’ve ever seen, topped off by Sunday’s record-setting NHL All-Star game with 29 goals scored! It really didn’t even matter that Team Toews won, 17-12, over Team Foligno. Congratulations to the NHL for putting on such a fantastic 3-day event (the NHL re-purposed the Greater Columbus Convention Center into 200,000 square feet of hockey fan heaven) and congratulations to all the players that made it so spectacular. Stahls’ is an NHL licensee, and we couldn’t be more proud of the “all-nighter” efforts from our Stahls’ Decorating Fulfillment Center heat printing team that was on hand for the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft presented by DraftKings on Friday Jan. 23rd.  As team captainNick Foligno of the hometown Columbus Blue Jackets and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks took turns choosing players, the Stahls’ DFC team was busy printing the jerseys that each player would wear, as well as a large  number of replica jerseys that would be offered for sale on Saturday and Sunday. (SOLD OUT!)  Carl Agosta, who has many years of on-demand heat printing in high stress situations, such as the NFL Draft and the NBA All-Star Games, said the team really stepped up to the plate to heat print about 500 jerseys, which took them until about 5AM on Saturday to complete. Keep in mind that they didn’t start printing until 9:30PM Friday night, since they were printing live as the names were announced. How did we do it? In addition to Hotronix heat presses, we brought a massive inventory of names, numbers and team patches. There was also a courier that came up from Stahls’ DFC in Masontown and picked up 300 additional jerseys, got them heat printed and brought them back before the arena shop opened. On Saturday, we also had our computer tablet systems (driven by Cadworx) going that were able to take custom orders from the NHL Skills event. It was a busy, busy weekend and a dream come true for many hockey fans. I was honored to be able to attend with a few family members, including several of my hockey-crazed grand kids. If an NHL event ever comes to your town, please take the opportunity to attend. And thanks again to all the Stahls’ team members that worked so hard behind the scenes to provide on-demand heat printing for the team players and fans.

We're so proud of you! Way to deliver on time and without fail. Congratulations on a successful weekend.

The Stahls’ DFC on-demand heat printing team. We’re so proud of you! Way to deliver on time and without fail. Congratulations on a successful weekend.

The team didn't finish up until 5AM on Saturday.

The team didn’t finish up with the players’ jerseys (each one was customized as the draft was called) and the first round of 500 NHL replica jerseys until 5AM on Saturday. There was more on demand heat printing on Saturday and Sunday as they fulfilled custom fan orders.

 

The arena before the Skills Competition on Saturday. Fans were able to order custom jerseys via tablet.

The arena before the Skills Competition on Saturday. Fans were able to order custom jerseys via tablet.

Fans were able to use tablets to place custom orders driven by Cadworxlive.com technology.

Fans were able to use tablets to place custom orders driven by Cadworxlive.com technology.

Twill numbers ready to be heat applied.

Twill numbers ready to be heat applied.

The neon green outline on the numbers really made them pop--this is a trend that will continue.

The neon green outline on the numbers really made them pop–this is a trend that will continue.

How to Speak GenZ

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If you know or text with anyone under the age of 30, you  might already be familiar with a few of these.  v Interesting.

If you know or text with anyone under the age of 30, you might already be familiar with a few of these. v Interesting.

Do you speak GenZ? You may already use or even be familiar with some of these expressions but it’s more than just a new vocabulary. (Follow @McCrindleRsrch) It’s a new way of thinking–direct, concise and to the point, in a fun way. Members of Generation Z will be leading the way into the future, and they’re doing it in their own style. Try to keep up. We saw a lot of GenZers at the recent ISS Show, usually traveling in small groups. They are not afraid to start an online company, they are not afraid to take risks and they are extremely comfortable with technology. What are you doing in your garment decoration business to make it easier for Generation Z to do business with you?