For Better Results Set Clear Expectations

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“In order to maximize your group’s performance results, as a leader you need to set clear expectations.”  You’ve heard this before, right?  What does this really mean in a day to day, sweating like a pig, gotta get it done, orders…

10 Tips to Getting Your Design Approved Faster

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As designers we’ve all been there.  You crank out design after design in a busy week, but a couple of your creations just don’t get approved by the clients quickly.  Your production team needs to get the art approved so they can do their…

Managing Your Shop Floor – First You Need Leaders

This time of year most t-shirt shops around the country are getting tested every day by a higher than normal percentage of new orders arriving.  In our shop, we’re about 20%-30% above our historical norm right now, and it’s good to be that…

Shop Owners – Train Your Staff So That They Are Decision Makers

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A frequent discussion I have with my consulting clients is that they spend an inordinate amount of time solving seemingly minor problems in their shop.  You know the drill, there’s a problem on press…they come to you.  An order didn’t…

T-shirt Shops: Reduce Your Misprints – Simple Steps

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There’s nothing more frustrating for a shop owner than having to replace a bunch of shirts at the last minute so an order can ship complete.  Earlier in the day, there was some preventable mistake with the print, and now you’ve got a bunch…

Why a Daily Production Meeting is a Waste of Time

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If your shop is like a lot of others around the country, every morning several members of your staff congregate in a meeting room to review the plan for production on that day.  Orders large and small, problems with art or inventory, jobs that…