Success in Vegas!: A brief look at the PIE

Our guys had an awesome time at the 22nd annual Parking Industry Expo 2016! They both saw the sights, attended the Las Vegas Magic Celebration, and more!

Gary Flowers (Sales Rep) said,

“The PIE Show was great.  We got several leads and great comments on our products.  We were told that our Magnetic Stripe tickets are the best tickets in the business! The customers love the roses, and smiled when we would put a rose sticker on their badges.” 

Overall Gary and Alan made some great connections and, most importantly- they got to go to Vegas!

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We’re headed to Vegas!


Alan English (Sales Manager) and Gary Flowers (Sales Representative) will be headed to the city of Las Vegas for the 2016 Parking Industry Exhibition from February 28th to March 2nd !

Normally held in Chicago, Il- the PIE will celebrating its 22nd anniversary in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Wingate Las Vegas Resort and Casino.

The exhibit will have its traditional seminars which focus on the main sectors of the parking industry, and will continue it's successful series of “Parking Today's Experts Panels” featuring; parking administrators, designers, contractors and services providers all on one stage explaining their processes.

In addition to those seminars, PIE 2016 will also host a “Speed Networking” event and the “Magic Las Vegas Celebration”, which will feature Magicians, Fortune Tellers, Hypnotists, Contortionists and more!

How to Go From Being Busy to Being Productive

How to Go From Being Busy to Being Productive
There's a reason you feel busy and don't get anything done.  Find out what it takes to jump-start your productivity.
Being busy and being productive can be two very different things.  If you're super busy but can't manage to get anything done, you're not alone.
"It's very easy to succumb to the temptation of staying busy even when it is counterproductive:  It is the way our brains are wired," write Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino and University of North Carolina Business School professor Bradley Staats in Harvard Business Review.
Gino and Staats say that they have a solution you can use to "translate that predisposition into productivity."  According to research, the reasons people feel busy, but are not productive, are self-imposed.
"People have an aversion to idleness," Gino and Staats write."  We have friends who will, by choice, drive miles out of their way to avoid waiting for a few minutes at traffic lights, even if the detour means their journey takes more time.  Research suggests that the same applies to work, where many of the things we choose to do are merely justifications to keep ourselves busy."
The second reason for constant busyness is an inherent "bias toward action," Gino and Staats write."  When faced with uncertainty or a problem, particularly an ambiguous one, we prefer to do something, even if it's counterproductive and doing nothing is the best course of action."
Below, find out more about these two self-imposed habits and how to stop crippling your own productivity.

Don't jump to action.
"The action bias is usually an emotional reaction to the sense that you should do something, even if you don't know what to do," Gino and Staats write.  By contrast, hanging back, observing, and exploring a situation is often the better choice."
In one study, the authors found that people feel more productive when they are completing tasks rather than planning them.  When under a deadline, subjects "perceived planning as a waste of time--even if it actually leads to better performance than jumping into the task head-first," the duo writes.
You need to keep in mind is that it's your choice whether to be busy or to be productive.  It's easier to choose to be busy, but you must remind yourself to be productive and take time to reflect and plan before descending into busy mode.

Take your time to plan.
In another study, Gino and Staats went to the tech support call center at Wipro, an outsourcing company based in India, to see if thinking and planning help productivity.  They asked one group of employees-in-training to take 15 minutes out of their day to write and reflect on the things they had learned throughout the day.  The other group of employees-in-training just continued working until it was time to go home.  The researchers found that after one month, the "reflection group" increased its performance on the final training test by an average of 22.8 percent more than the group who used the 15 minutes to get more work done.
"Reflection has such beneficial effects on performance because it makes us more aware of where we are, gives us information about our progress, and lends us the confidence we need to accomplish tasks and goals," Gino and Staats write.

Act like a goalie.
Gino and Staats say now you have to put these two elements together--being OK with remaining idle and taking time to plan and reflect.  The duo cite a study of professional soccer goalies and the best strategies to stop the opponent from scoring on a penalty kick.  Many goalies decide to jump to the right or the left without waiting and watching where the opponent is kicking the ball.  "As it turns out, staying in the center is best," they write. According to the study, goalkeepers who dive to the right only stop the ball 12.6 percent of the time, while those who dive to the left only stop it 14.2 percent of the time.  The most successful goalies stay in the center--they stop the ball at a 33.3 percent rate.
"Learning to stay in the center, as goalkeepers should, involves stepping back, allocating time to just think, and only then taking action," Gino and Staats write."  Through reflection, we can better understand the actions we are considering and ensure they are the ones that will make us productive."


Five Positive New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

The New Year offers a fresh start and the opportunity to refocus and reaffirm the areas in our lives we’d like to improve. As we enter 2015, dedicate some time and effort into setting your goals and thinking about how to achieve them. To get you started, here are five positive New Year’s resolutions for 2015.

1. Start building your wealth

Are you sick and tired of being in debt and just ‘getting by’ financially?  Perhaps it’s time to reassess the economics of your life and dare to dream about growing your income, paying off debts and establishing financial freedom.  Dave Ramsey calls paying off the mortgage the “New BMW!”  Having more money offers more freedom in life and the opportunity to pursue your dreams and make them a reality.  So how do you achieve this?  Simple – start investing.  You don’t need thousands of dollars to get started, just some old fashioned drive and determination mixed with the right knowledge and skills.  You would be surprised at what a 13th house payment would do for increasing the equity in the home.  Save the first dollar.  Automatic monthly transfer from your checking account to some sort of investment account.  Put $2,500 to $5,000.00 in that “Rainy day fund” and don’t touch it even for that new rifle or boat.

2. Get your health on track

This should be so much more than just shedding the excess kilos gained over Christmas. Seriously think about the aspects of your physical health that need addressing.  Pay a visit to your doctor or local pharmacy for a ‘health check’.  They’ll measure things like your blood pressure, blood glucose levels, cholesterol and body mass index (BMI) and help you determine what your health risks are and how to get back on track.  Go for a walk in the evening especially during those lighted evenings in the summer time.  Play golf and walk don’t ride.  A little will go a long way.

3. Work on your relationships

New Year’s resolutions shouldn’t be just about you.  Are there people in your life you’d like to be closer too or perhaps need to step away from?  Do these people share your values in life and support the changes you’re trying to make as a person?  Performing a ‘spring-clean’ on your relationships is a great way to surround yourself with positive people who will help you work towards your goals.  Add a date night with that someone special once or twice a month.  It will also reduce conflict, promote greater harmony and contribute to your overall happiness and wellbeing.

4. Get projects off the ground

Have you been thinking about starting new projects?  The New Year is the time to get started and finally take action on your ideas.  There is a lot of power in ‘doing’ rather than just thinking and talking about doing something.  Once you get started you’ll be amazed at the momentum you will create and the positive impacts on other areas of your life.

5. Dedicate time to interests and hobbies

Life isn’t just about work.  It’s incredibly important to get real joy out of things that you do and this is where pursuing hobbies and interests comes into play.  It will also give you time and space to relax and unwind; giving you renewed energy and vigor for work, relationships and achieving your goals in life.  Spend some time in deep thought.  Let your emotions go rampant.  Escape to a new place either by reading a book and if the money is there travel.  Stretch your inner being.  Get out of that comfort zone.

Start the New Year afresh by establishing your resolutions now and if you don’t have any for the beginning of the new year, establishing a new resolution in mid-year can also pay dividends.  Make them achievable and across different areas of your life, but don’t make them unattainable.  You might be able to run a mile, but running a sub 4 minute mile is something that only a few can achieve.  It is important to keep the momentum going throughout the year and watch all the amazing and positive changes that can unfold.

2014 Retraced

The year 2014 began on a sad note at Southland Printing, as the founding father Mr. John (Johnny) Manno, Sr. passed away in March. With determination and gusto that would have made Mr. Manno, Sr. proud, John Manno, Jr. stepped forward into the role of President of Southland Printing. Thus, 2014 became an exciting year of change:

·       The brand introduced in 2013, “World-Class Printing Technology for Parking and Transit. A Rich History. An Exciting Future,” continued to help pinpoint who Southland is and what we do best;

·       Our five Core Values (Trust, Integrity, Quality, Innovation, Adaptation) that have always identified the culture of Southland Printing were communicated and acted upon internally and externally;

·       We restructured our product pricing to be more in line with the market. Many prices decreased, and some prices increased due to the thermal paper used in production to create our quality materials;  

·       Our customers asked and we produced tickets that are compatible with T2, Mabyc, and Meypar;

·       We ventured into new areas and produced retail tags and event tickets (Duck Commander Independence Bowl);

·        We launched the new Southland Printing website and product line catalog, giving viewers a better understanding of what we have to offer for the parking and transit industry.

A huge thank you from all of us at Southland Printing Company, Inc. to all of you (our customers, dealers, distributors and equipment manufacturers)! With your input and combined purchasing power, we look forward to an “Exciting Future.”

Celebrating Mardi Gras in Louisiana

Each year Southland Printing Company participates in the time-honored tradition of Mardi Gras. Many festivities are occurring, as well as the customary King Cake is in abundance. The traditional Mardi Gras-colors of purple (symbolizing Justice), green (symbolizing Faith) and gold (symbolizing Power) is representative of a jeweled crown in honor of the Three Wise Men who visited the Christ Child on Epiphany (a word derived from the Greek meaning "to show"). Epiphany, also known as Twelfth Night (i.e., January 6) is when the Carnival Season officially begins.

In our gesture of giving during this season of European and Louisiana celebrations, Southland Printing will gift a charitable contribution to the Shreveport Chapter of the American Red Cross. 

Now Open!

Southland Printing is excited to introduce our new online Stock Ticket Store. Have you ever needed a carton of blank tickets to get you through, or you always use blanks – and you needed them “yesterday?” We have placed our most popular stock items online so you can now easily order, any time and on any day. Pay by credit card online and Southland will process your order same-day, or next business day (if received after 2:00 PM CST). Continue to check back as we will be adding more stock items products throughout February.

Limitations do apply: 1 carton of any product per order. Due to our high quality standards, once the order is shipped, Southland is not able to accept returns. If you are unsure about the product you need, please contact us and we will assist you. 

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Holiday Hours

Southland Printing Co., Inc. will be closed beginning at 11:30 a.m. December 23, 2014. Our offices will re-open Monday, December 29.

We will also be closed January 1, 2015 and will return on Friday, January 2.

Wishes to You for a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Healthy New Year!