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TechCreative_LogoIntroducing Techcreative: Print’s Next Evolution

Boston, MA - October, 2014 -

Do you know what critical skills your team needs to drive margin amid new technology and rapid innovation?

At Semper, we believe a new economy demands a new kind of employee: the Techcreative. Techcreatives are the “doers” – the ones who can take creative concepts and shepherd those ideas into reality.

PIA Magazine has just released a feature article on Techcreatives,written by Semper President, Brian Regan. We are so excited that we wanted give our Semper community an exclusive first look! In the article you will learn:

  • Why a Techcreative team is critical to driving business margin
  • Where to look for Techcreatives in your midst, and
  • How top companies like Pantone are deploying techcreative teams right now.

You can also get immediate assistance to fill your open Techcreative needs. Email a Semper Talent expert today to learn how you can find your next great hire.techcreative@semperllc.com

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how_to_save_printingSemper Exec on How to Save Print Staffing

Boston, MA - August, 2014 -

We hear everywhere that printing is dying. Well… at Semper International, we just don’t agree.

In a recent article for PIA magazine, our President Brian Regan detailed his thoughts on the state of printing (and print staffing) in 2014 and beyond.

In this special article, Brian shares experiences from his 20+ years of watching the print industry evolve, plus offers concrete suggestions on what you can do to improve profits today, and arm yourself to remain competitive in the coming years.

Here are some of the insights you will find in this behind-the-presses perspective:

  • The key drivers of change for print companies today
  • How the economy has changed print staffing over the past five years
  • What new talent cycles mean for hiring and training
  • How to effectively face new competitors
  • What’s next for printing, and are we facing a permanent evolution?

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Former J.C. Penney Print Services Manager to Head Semper Internationals Dallas Region

Boston, MA - February 13, 2011 - Semper International, the leading placement firm for skilled help in the graphic arts and printing industry, names Jeff Bowen as its new head of the Dallas Region. Semper President Brian Regan, says, “Semper looks for a combination of print industry skills and people skills. We are in the business of relationships. Jeff has exactly the combination of skills we value in our team members.”

One of Mr. Bowen’s specialties is operations, a skill he acquired while working at Kinko’s and honed through many years of retail print services experience. With over 10 years of printing operations management experience and 15 years of supervisory and HR hiring experience, Jeff’s skills have grown and changed along with the industry. “The Dallas market has a lot of potential,” Bowen commented. “I understand the industry and the challenges it faces. I’m looking forward to getting to know our talent and placing them with the best companies.”

Mr. Bowen is active in several print industry associations and routinely seeks opportunities for professional development.

Mr. Bowen has a BA in Management from the University of Illinois, Springfield and lives in McKinney, Texas.

About Semper International

Semper International is a temporary help placement firm founded and staffed by professionals who were raised and trained in the printing and graphic arts industry, and who understand the innate needs and demands of the profession. Semper has a thorough understanding of all the positions, equipment, and software essential to the business, which assures a perfect employee-employer match.

The Semper team constantly monitors job market trends in the industry. They understood the changes that occurred in job responsibilities when electronic prepress replaced the typesetter and mechanicals, and similarly understand the impact that trends such as direct-to-plate and digital print have on staffing. Semper most recently introduced TechCreative professionals whose skills encompass artistic, design and technical skills to output to any media.

To provide career growth, Semper offers Semper University, an online training program for its employees to help prepare conventional printing professionals for upcoming changes in the industry. Realizing how the Internet is revolutionizing the industry, Semper also works with the most talented web designers, graphic designers, desktop publishers and production managers.

Semper has offices in Boston (HQ), Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Minneapolis and Wayne NJ. Direct Hire services for sales and management positions are conducted throughout the country.

For more information, visit Semper International at:
Website: www.semperllc.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/semperllc
Semper Blog: http://semperllc.wordpress.com
FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Semper-International/120514671313893?ref=ts

Contacts:

P.R. agency
Irvin Press
Press+
Tel: +1 508 384 0608
E-mail: irv@press-plus.com

Corporate office
Brian Regan
President
Tel: +1 800 954 4993 EXT. 8946
E-mail: bregan@semperllc.com

Semper International reports a long awaited jump in hiring from its most recent print Industry Insight survey

Q1 report identifies increase in hiring, a sign that the economy as a whole may be turning. Optimism regarding sales is on the rise, fueling the willingness to hire.

Boston, MA – February 15, 2011 – Semper International, the leading placement firm for skilled help in the graphic arts and printing industry, announces that, according to its research, the printing industry may finally be starting its recovery from the economic downturn. Results of their most recent Industry Insight survey show positive outlook and an increased willingness to hire.

Since February 2003, Semper International has provided a quarterly survey offering estimates of trends in the printing and graphics industries. To prevent bias, survey questions — both qualitative and quantitative — are designed by Semper corporate partner, Cvent. Survey participants include more than 300 small, medium and large printing companies, and both clients and prospects of Semper International. Participants provide data on revenue and hiring as well as estimated outlooks on future trends. Data is requested from a random sample and is not screened. To preserve confidentiality, individual company information is not part of the tabulation.

“The more people working, the more that can purchase goods and services (and pay mortgages), creating a positive feedback loop and faster, sustained growth,” notes Dave Regan, CEO, Semper International. “Watch for some negative news about the slowdown at the end of 2010 (???) coupled with the recent GDP contractions in the UK and Japan that may cause some concern in a few weeks. Positive news is critical at this time to help build economic momentum.”

The most recent survey indicates more positive business trends:

  • 73% of companies surveyed reported a profitable Q4. This represents an increase of nearly 13 percentage points over last quarter.
  • Looking at the first two weeks of Q1, current sales are stagnant over last quarter, likely an indication of the traditional January slow-down. The number of companies reporting a decrease in sales or no change remained approximately the same over last quarter.
  • A mere 12.5% of the companies interviewed expected sales to decrease through the remainder of Q1, 2011. Last quarter nearly 20% expected a sales decrease.
  • The vast majority of respondents indicated that hiring levels will remain the same or increase. There was a marked increase in companies hiring.
  • More than two-thirds of companies reported that healthcare is the labor cost component that increased the fastest last quarter — nearly five times greater than those reporting base pay, the next component. Companies are taking steps to control costs, but healthcare has remained the fastest growing component of cost for the last 4 quarters.
  • The greatest competitive threat to printers remains largely unchanged from last quarter. Technology (48%) — the fear of what competitors are doing and how a company may need to respond — is the biggest threat, far exceeding supply costs (26%) and labor costs (19%).
  • Print buyers place the greatest pricing pressure on offset printing (47%) but the pressure has eased somewhat from last quarter. Material cost pressures jumped 4 percentage points. Digital printing costs (23%), where there is clearly a lot of excess capacity, is the largest component of job cost, and where print providers fight for market share.
  • Referrals (37%) and online searches (33%) seem to be the most popular ways to find employees. These methods continue to put pressure on traditional help-wanted advertising, which continued its downward trend, dropping another 4 percentage points.

To participate in future surveys, please email always@semperllc.com.

More information is available at the Semper International website:

http://www.semperllc.com/index.cfm?page=president