Protecting customers and staff has just got easier with the introduction of SafeTouch antimicrobial film.

COVID-19 has drastically changed the perception of hygiene and cleanliness, spurring interest in antimicrobial coatings, according to a new report from Lux Research. These coatings previously struggled to find widespread adoption due to difficulties in quantifying their impact on human health, but the pandemic has drawn attention to them as an important safety measure. In its new report, “Antimicrobial Coatings at the Front Line of COVID-19,” Lux Research outlines key challenges and opportunities for coatings, additives, and materials innovation and how they will impact several major industries.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, local business owners like Pam and Bill Joles of the International Minute Press printing franchise in Gastonia have worked harder than ever to adapt and serve their communities. Pam says, “We have always been right here and we remain in service to our local business and community every day, all day.”

As COVID-19 cancelled in-person events, sign & graphics companies were forced to develop new revenue streams in order to stay afloat. Colorwave Graphics was able to expand their business through a quick and seamless transition to producing personal protective equipment (PPE) by leveraging the Gerber MCT Cutter. Colorwave was able to develop signage for social distancing, sneeze guards and even a temporary hospital bed made from 100% recyclable material. Additionally, the versatile solution empowers the Illinois-based signage producer to greatly improve their speed and throughput, enabling them to cut 2-up gang banners in just 20 seconds, which normally would have taken 40 hours manually.

The third and final session Mimaki Live webinar on Thursday, August 27, will focus on the impact of COVID-19 on the Industrial and Manufacturing sector. Discover unique opportunities with UV and 3D print technologies as our guest speakers share their first-hand experiences of dealing with the crisis!

Lee Taylor served in the Royal Navy for 23 years and has now owned his Minuteman Press franchise in Newport, Wales for 6 years. When COVID-19 hit, Lee immediately went to work to bring his community together with a free initiative called Bounce Back Newport, part of Bounce Back UK By Minuteman Press International. Lee shares his tips for success during the pandemic and positive feedback from clients.

FASTSIGNS International, Inc., franchisor of FASTSIGNS®, the leading sign, graphics and visual communications franchise, today announced strong growth year-to-date in 2020 including the signing of 16 new franchise agreements, 12 of which the brand signed since March 1, to develop locations in new markets like Aurora, Illinois, Panama City, Florida and the Toronto area. FASTSIGNS also celebrated the opening of 20 new centers this year with 16 new centers opened since March 1.

Screen has turned necessity into a virtue, making its new Truepress Jet L350UV SAI label printer available for remote demonstrations from its Technology Centre in Amstelveen.

Infigo Software explores how Web-To-Print can revolutionize the way printers operate their businesses and what they can learn from e-commerce giants, such as Amazon.

With COVID-19, communities and businesses had to adjust and adapt to the “new normal.” International Minute Press printing franchise owners Tracie and Glenn Hansen are helping people in Flagstaff, Arizona celebrate milestones, stay safe, and get back to business.

Between the Lockdown period of May to the end of July, CMYUK has experienced a 30 per cent upsurge in sales for its ESKO digital cutting tables.

Digital out of home delivers work that is noticed and remembered across the world.

A new global business survey commissioned by Xerox Holdings Corporation (NYSE: XRX) shows an estimated 82% of the workforce in respondents’ organizations will have returned to the workplace in 12-18 months’ time, on average. In preparation for a return, companies are investing in new resources to support a hybrid remote / in-office workforce, with 56% increasing technology budgets and 34% planning to speed their digital transformation as a result of COVID-19.

Over the past few months, Signs Express have had the privilege of supporting essential businesses including the NHS, supermarkets, and pharmacies through what has been an exceptionally challenging time for all.

Communications and information clarity – or lack of – have been firmly under the microscope in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. News in all its forms, from the Prime Minister’s address to planned routes around supermarkets, have been drafted, shared, and evaluated more than ever before.

With the chaos that’s insured these past few months, businesses have been forced to create and develop signage that keeps both their employees and customers safe.

YR is a UK fashion tech company working with global fashion brands and event organisers to deliver live customisation experiences to their customers - including Michael Kors, DKNY, Selfridges, Nike and Levi. Working on projects from product launches, retail pop-ups to exhibitions and global campaigns. With the latest venture being YR Masks.

Print Service Providers (PSPs) looking to reassess their operation and identify how to shape future developments in response to the global pandemic are being supported by the newly launched Ricoh Business Booster programme.

Dining in at restaurants tops the list of activities consumers miss the most – according to a May 2020 survey about the impact of COVID-19 – ahead of visiting friends and family. This is further supported by an increase in weekly orders for take-out. Rather than fall back to their original marketing strategy, small business owners with mobile operations have an opportunity to strengthen their marketing with vehicle graphics that deliver brand recognition and customer service information to potential customers.

With a growing number of more than 70 participating businesses on their free Bounce Back Buffalo initiative, Minuteman Press in Buffalo is helping area business owners mount a resurgence of growth by making sure they remain connected to their own clients with free advertising and access to resources.

Hillstone Primary School in Birmingham recently approached HNS Signs for both innovative and friendly signage solutions to help their pupils adhere to social distancing best practices. With their re-opening for selected years in June they needed the scheme to be designed, manufactured and commissioned within just a week without compromising on the brief’s quality or effectiveness. ‘We wanted to create a friendly positive environment for pupils, whilst reassuring staff and parents that we were conforming to government guidance and that the safety of everyone on our site was our top priority.’ stated Kerry Cartwright, Hillside’s Strategic Business Manager.

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