As I write this, we are 5 months into the Covid-19 pandemic. What a strange and challenging environment I am now dealing with. So once again, we are reinventing ourselves. My heart goes out to all the people who have lost loved ones. SLB Printing has not been spared the tragedy of loss. One of our employees lost several family members while another had to take time off to care for a loved one who was stricken with this virus. Several of my own close friends have also lost family members. I have also seen close person friends battle this and win.
Being a vital resource to so many different types of businesses, I feel very fortunate that we have been able to keep our doors open and our staff employed and with full-time schedules again. Printing is considered an essential business by the Local, State and Federal Governments. SLB Printing is also a mail fulfilment house. This further solidifies the need and legitimate right to remain open for business. I am thankful for this!
It is still hard to swallow just how much revenue my business has lost. The effect I’ve seen on sales of what used to be our main stay products for the entertainment and event industry is drastic to be blunt. However, if there is a silver lining to all of this, it’s in the new product offerings that we are producing. Things that people never heard of before like floor graphics and social distancing signage have helped to offset the loss of other items like laminated event badges and movie posters.
I’ve said this before, but it’s more true now then ever in my past. It’s the ability of SLB Printing and it’s staff to adapt and have forward vision that has helped us keep our doors open when so many other printing companies are now gone. Everyone one of my employees has maintained an amazingly positive attitude. Believing that things will improve, we are finally beginning to see that now.
SLB Printing is fortunate to be able to say that we have added several significant new accounts that came to us from wildly diverse industries. To be able to fulfill so many different new types of jobs is not only fun but rewarding as well. In addition to that, the best part of this reinvention is that it’s all being done with our existing equipment! Of course, the new types of jobs come with new challenges too. But this is part of what keeps our work interesting. It’s also part of the ‘reinventing ourselves again’ topic that I felt the need to share in this blog.