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How to Heat Print Hat Bills

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Do you want to take advantage of this hot new cap printing trend even if you don’t own a cap press with a curved platen? You can turn your Hotronix garment press into a cap bill printing machine with our new specialty platen. This video from Transfer Express shows you how to use the new specialty platen and custom transfers to get the job done.

Stahls’ Europe and Stahls’ Asia at FESPA

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Martin Borley welcomes David Kang, Rachel Jeon and Victoria Kong to the FESPA in Cologne.

Martin Borley of Stahls’ UK welcomes David Kang, Rachel Jeon and Victoria Kong of Stahls’ ASIA to the FESPA booth in Cologne, Germany. The exhibit takes place from May 18-22. 

I’m not able to attend the FESPA in person this year, but Martin Borley of Stahls’ UK sent over this picture of the team from Stahls’ ASIA at the Stahls’ booth.  FESPA is taking place from May 18-22 in Cologne and its the largest exhibition of its kind for technology and application for wide format digital, screen and textile printing, with over 700 global industry exhibitors (the closest comparable show in the US would be the SGIA show, which had 541 exhibitors last year). If you’ve ever thought about planning a trip to Europe, attending the FESPA is a fantastic way to see what is going on around the world in screen printing, digital printing and textile printing, and I would highly recommend a visit.  Martin reports that we have been very busy and that there is a high level of interest in our Hotronix heat presses, as well as our solutions for printing on performance wear and sublimated jerseys.

StahlsTV Morning Show Coming Soon!

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stahlstvmorningBeginning June 1st, StahlsTV.com will be hosting the industry’s first live, online-TV morning show. Want to plug into what’s happening in the apparel and promotional products marketplace? Let the Stahls’ TV Morning Show kick start your week and be the first to know the trends and strategies that will impact your decorating business. Tune in for all the buzz, news and know-how at the frequency you need it! Don’t miss this first show. Register to watch here. There are also some excellent live educational events coming up, including The Top Challenges of Start-Up Decorators and How to Solve Them on May 21st; Breaking the Rules of Printing Headwear on May 22nd; and Create Your Own Applique Sew Files on May 26th.  These are just a few of the live, interactive sessions that are planned. For a complete list of upcoming live classrooms, click here. Make sure you register today to receive emails informing you of future sessions. And let us know if there are heat printing topics you would like to see covered. AAEAAQAAAAAAAANeAAAAJGM1MGMwMDhmLWFiNWItNGU3Ny05ZjU2LTlkMGE5MTlkMWNkOQ

Stars and Stripes at Thunderbolt Rally

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Josh had to fix a leaking fuel pump before getting back on the road. As the saying goes: Race, repair, repeat.

Josh had to fix a leaking fuel pump before getting back on the road. As the saying goes: Race, repair, repeat.

Trevor Stahl and Josh Hull took the Stars and Stripes out for some pre-Great Race rally racing May 14-16 and participated in the Thunderbolt Rally 2015 sponsored by the Northeast Rally Club in Millville, New Jersey. It was a great experience and they were even able to achieve their first “ACE” which in the rally world is a perfect score for a particular section of the course. No deductions, no time added. This is Josh’s first rally experience and he was really impressed at how welcoming and friendly the family of rally racers were to him. This feeling of camaraderie is one of the things that has kept us coming back year after year to participate in the Great Race. It’s so much more than a competition, it’s a lifestyle and a learning experience. Trevor and Josh finished first in the Rookie Class on Saturday and are looking forward to an even bigger challenge during the Great Race 2015. Congratulations to all the rally racers who participated!

The matching helmets really make even more of a statement!

The matching helmets really make even more of a statement!

Checking the course before the race.

Checking the course before the race.

Ready to rally!

Ready to rally! Thunderbotl Rally in Millville, N.J.

Josh Hull and Trevor Stahl are looking forward to the Great Race 2015!

Josh Hull and Trevor Stahl are looking forward to the Great Race 2015!

Good luck Trevor and Josh!

Good luck Trevor and Josh!

Trevor and Josh were thrilled to earn the first place in the Rookie Class on Saturday during the Thunderbolt Rally.

Trevor and Josh were thrilled to earn the first place in the Rookie Class on Saturday during the Thunderbolt Rally.

Counselor Magazine: The Future of Business

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Melinda Ligos shared her report on the recent TED Conference held in Toronto on the future of business in the May 2015 Counselor Magazine.

Melinda Ligos shared her report on the recent TED Conference held in Toronto on the future of business in the May 2015 Counselor Magazine.

If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly thinking about what the future holds and how it will affect your business. It’s not only important to understand trends and how to take advantage of upcoming garment decorating opportunities, you also need to understand the changes in how the younger generation approaches or sees your business. Whether you’re thinking about customers or team members, it has become very clear to me that “thinking young” is a key factor in sustaining the success of a business. This was underscored several times an article in the May 2015 Counselor Magazine, written by Melinda Ligos, (@ASI_melinda) which was a report from a recent TED Conference held in Vancouver.

There were many bits of wisdom shared. The one that caught my eye immediately was Melinda’s review of TED speaker Tony Fadell, CEO of Nest. (@tfadell) Here’s an excerpt from her article:

 (excerpted from Counselor Magazine article by Melinda Ligos titled “Self-Driving Cars to Mars, Oh My!”)

“Think Young, Hire Young”
Want the key to designing and offering a product that people will use and seek out? “Think young,” said Tony Fadell, who created the iPod with Steve Jobs and now is the CEO of Nest, the company that created the “smart” thermostat for the home.

In his TED talk, the product designer said that he and his employees fight every day against the tendency toward habituation – humans’ tendency toward getting used to everyday patterns or behaviors, even if they aren’t useful. One example: We get used to peeling off the annoying stickers on fruit like bananas so much that it’s become second nature. We may not like peeling off the stickers, but we’ve become resigned to doing so.

Fadell said the trick for product designers is to try to view their product every day “for the first time,” so that they can uncover invisible problems and solve them. He offered up a few tips to try to avoid habituation.

First, focus on the details. When he first created Nest, Fadell said, he and his team members literally spent months agonizing over designing a tiny, custom-made screw that would make installing the home thermostat much easier. Though this process took a long time, he said, the result was met with rave reviews by users.

Next, add younger staff members to your company and let the youthful approach permeate your organization. Fadell said young people (his own kids included) often ask questions that adults would never dream of, like “Why doesn’t the mailbox just check itself and tell us when it has mail?”

Young people, he said, are less exposed to everyday problems, so they often think more creatively. “Have people with young minds on your team,” he said, and hire as many young people as you can. “We all saw the world more clearly before habits got in the way,” he said.

So whether you have “young minds” on your team or not, you can still ask the young people in your life their opinions about problems or products that you have. Keep an open mind. And when they give you answers you might not like, or that would require significant changes in the way you do business, it’s probably a good idea to take them seriously.