S2K Graphics recognized as one of the Top 50 P.O.P. Companies for the Sixth Consecutive Year

Creative Magazine honors S2K Graphics for its accomplishments in the point-of-purchase industry

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S2K Graphics, a division of The Franke Group and a nationally recognized leader in point-of-purchase (P.O.P.) merchandising, was nationally recognized for its sixth consecutive year as a “Top 50 P.O.P. Company” by Creative Magazine, an outlet targeted to sales and marketing executives.

S2K Graphics, which has provided Fortune 100 companies with an array of unique P.O.P. merchandising elements for nearly 30 years, was selected for its 2017 P.O.P. sales volume and P.O.P. offerings. S2K Graphics also provided information on its most successful P.O.P. campaign of 2017 —  its new readerboard graphic kits, which include bright and colorful graphics as an alternative to traditional black tile letters, helping clients capitalize on P.O.P. opportunities. More than 60 percent of the McDonald’s market in Nashville purchased kits in 2017. For its contribution to new P.O.P. products introduced in 2017, S2K Graphics highlighted its proprietary R-N-B (repositionable, no bubbles) window decal material, for which the company was recently presented an “Award of Excellence” by Printing Industries Association of Southern California (PIASC).

“Once again, the S2K Graphics team is honored to be included in Creative Magazine’s Top 50 P.O.P. Companies,” said Dan Pulos, president and founder of S2K Graphics. “We were proud to include our R-N-B window decal material and readerboard graphic kits as examples of S2K Graphics’ innovative P.O.P. materials that have resonated powerfully with our customers, delivering quality return on investment.”

S2K Graphics produces a variety of P.O.P. displays for national accounts — including McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Dr Pepper and other market-leading brands — and is one of 11 California companies recognized in Creative Magazine’s Top 50 list this year.

With plants in Los Angeles and Nashville, as well as a sales presence in Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Nashville and San Francisco, S2K Graphics continues to chart new territory in P.O.P. research and development. The P.O.P. industry leader is currently in the middle of a nationwide window wrap installation comprised of 12,000 locations for a national quick-service restaurant (QSR) client.

For Creative Magazine’s full 2018 list of the Top 50 P.O.P. Companies, visit http://www.creativemag.com.

 

S2K Graphics Takes Home Award of Excellence

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S2K Graphics takes home Award of Excellence at 14th annual Print Excellence Awards

S2K Graphics, an affiliate of Franke Group and a nationally recognized leader in point-of-purchase (P.O.P.) merchandising, was recognized by the Printing Industries Association of Southern California (PIASC) at its 14th annual Print Excellence Awards ceremony held in April of this year.

S2K Graphics was awarded an Award of Excellence in the Point-of-Purchase Materials category for its patent-pending, exclusive window decal formulation called R-N-B (repositionable, no bubbles). R-N-B was formulated to combat typical window graphic installation challenges. Whereas traditional window graphics often require two people to properly install them, R-N-B was developed so that retailers need not rely on professional or experienced installation teams to properly apply oversized promotional graphics.

“We’re tremendously proud of the way this product turned out,” said Dan Pulos, founder and president of S2K Graphics. “As a printer, this was our first attempt at creating our own custom window graphic film. We saw the need for easier and better installation of large graphics on retailers’ windows, and the customer response has been rewarding. We’re currently shipping printed R-N-B oversized decals across the entire U.S. as part of a nationwide window graphic program for a leading fast food chain. With R-N-B, our client can self-install these huge window graphics with professional results. And that adds up to big cost savings and even bigger sales results.”

The Print Excellence Awards competition accepts nominations from all graphic art firms — printers, finishers/binderies, brokers, graphic designers, ad agencies and in-plant operations — located within the service area of PIASC. The judging is done anonymously, and the panel is comprised of a team of distinguished professionals with a minimum of 10 years of experience in the graphic arts industry. Judges consider the quality of printing, degree of difficulty, technical expertise and overall visual appearance of submissions.

R-N-B was developed after extensive research indicated there was not a similar product in the marketplace. The product can be reused if removed within 30 days of initial installation and properly stored for future use. These features increase the percentage of correct installations a multisite retailer should expect in the field. R-N-B prints are priced comparably to perforated view-thru films, providing retailers with a high return on investment in both labor savings and field results.

S2K Graphics recognized by Printing Impressions

P.O.P. merchandiser featured in printing publication’s 2017 list of top 400 printers in the U.S. and Canada

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S2K Graphics, a division of the Franke Group and a nationally recognized leader in point-of-purchase (P.O.P.) merchandising, was recognized for the second consecutive year as a top printer in the U.S. and Canada by Printing Impressions, a media outlet that provides resources for the printing industry.

In order to be recognized, S2K Graphics submitted its company profile, annual sales, percentage change in sales and primary product specialties. Ranked #27 among California printing companies, with a total of 400 U.S. and Canadian companies on the list, S2K Graphics moved up 31 places in the overall rankings compared to its 2016 position as a result of its market expansion and product innovations.

We are extremely honored to be included in the Printing Impressions 400 Printers list for the second year in a row,” said Dan Pulos, General Manager  and founder of S2K Graphics. “It is gratifying to see our company continue to grow in sales, and we are excited about our momentnum as we head into  2018.”

Pulos launched the company in 1989 as a one-person, entrepreneurial startup in Los Angeles, California, with a five-year business plan and a vision of the corporate culture he wanted to create. After 18 years of growth, largely in the western U.S., Pulos sold the company to Franke Group, a global enterprise based in Switzerland, in an effort to scale the business nationally. When sales doubled, a second plant in Nashville  was opened, and S2K Graphics benefited from exposure to Franke’s business discipline and best practices. Now, with sales presence in Los Angeles,  Chicago, Nashville and San Francisco, S2K Graphics continues to chart new territory in  P.O.P. innovation.

Printing Impressions strives to highlight industry trends, emerging technologies and the latest news in the graphic arts industry while also focusing on commercial print.  

For Printing Impression’s full 2017 list of the top 400 printers, visit http://www.piworld.com. To learn more about S2K Graphics and its innovative products, please visit http://www.s2kgraphics.com.  

S2K Graphics Signs on as Exclusive POP Partner for Andy’s Frozen Custard

S2K Graphics was recently selected by Andy’s Frozen Custard as the chain’s exclusive POP partner as the franchise continues to expand into new regions.

Andy’s Frozen Custard—the largest privately owned frozen-custard-only QSR-plus in the country—recently opened its 55th store and plans on opening one to two stores per month over the course of the next year. The popular custard chain is well known for providing a quality product, excellent customer service and community involvement. Most importantly, the franchise is committed to making sure that its valued customers have the same memories and experiences no matter which location they attend.

“We were looking for a communicative partner who could not only keep up with our demand as a rapidly growing company, but also help us with both short- and long-term needs,” said Stevie Stryker, southern region marketing specialist for Andy’s Frozen Custard. “For us it was important to choose a company that could not only provide us POP materials that stay true to our standard signage but also offer us flexibility and innovative options as we continue to grow. We’re thrilled to be working with S2K Graphics as they help us convey our messaging throughout our stores.”

Stryker reached out to S2K Graphics after research led her to a press release announcing S2K Graphics’ inclusion in Creative Magazine’s “Top 50 POP Companies” list. After the initial call—in which S2K Graphics shared information about its quality, affordability and expertise with large national chains—S2K Graphics sent Andy’s Frozen Custard a sample poster and lawn sign, and paperwork was signed.

“The quality of our products ultimately brought this exciting partnership to fruition,” said Dan Pulos, founder and president of S2K Graphics. “We’re so pleased to begin this journey with Andy’s Frozen Custard, outfitting their new stores with eye-catching POP elements to communicate their seasonal promotional messages. On a related note, the last time I was in Nashville to visit our production facility, I traveled an hour outside of the city to a local Andy’s Frozen Custard and I have to say it was hands down the best dessert I’d had all year.  I’m a big fan!”

In September, S2K Graphics shipped out its first batch of POP to the chain, aiding them in the opening of three new locations. 

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S2K Graphics Releases Exclusive New Window Decal Formulation

S2K Graphics, an affiliate of Franke Group and a nationally recognized leader in point-of-purchase merchandising, has released its newest exclusive product offering, R-N-B (repositionable, no bubbles)— a special window decal formulation created by S2K Graphics founder and president, Dan Pulos. The new window graphic material, which is patent pending, became available in August, and multiple orders for the product have already been received.

Setting itself apart from other graphic materials, R-N-B was formulated to combat typical window graphic installation challenges. Whereas traditional window graphics often require two people to properly install them, R-N-B was developed so that retailers need not rely on professional or experienced installation teams to properly apply oversized promotional graphics. A typical 4-foot-high R-N-B decal can be applied by one person without the use of a squeegee and produce a professional result with no air bubbles and no creases.

Pulos said that the product has been a dream of his for many years.

“I’ve had the idea for about five years now and have been actively searching for a graphic film that would do what I had in mind,” Pulos said. “After extensive research, it was determined that the product didn’t exist, so I created my own special formulation, which is custom made for us and only available through S2K Graphics. My goal was to make window graphic installation fun! I wanted employees to fight over who gets to install the new graphics every time a new set arrives at the store. I believe we’ve achieved that with R-N-B. 

R-N-B is very forgiving with a built-in stiffness that allows a single person to apply, reposition and reapply graphics up to 5-foot-high without damaging the decals. Additionally, the product can be re-used if removed within 30 days of initial installation and properly stored for future re-use. The features increase the percentage of correct installations a multisite retailer should expect in the field. R-N-B prints are priced comparably to view-thru films, providing retailers with a high return on investment in both labor savings and field results.

Pulos said the inspiration for R-N-B came from the Colorforms kits that were popular toys in the 1960s and ’70s. These kits were comprised of multiple printed graphic pieces that could be easily repositioned using static cling technology to create multiple scenes or outfits for cartoon characters. Pulos envisioned creating a window graphic film that was just as much fun to work with and would allow virtually anyone to easily install graphics up to 5 feet tall. The product makes oversized graphic installations a low-risk, affordable reality for multisite retailers that would otherwise be dissuaded from tackling such a program.

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S2K Graphics Successfully Renews G7 Master Certification

S2K Graphics, an affiliate of Franke Group and a nationally recognized leader in point-of-purchase (P.O.P.) merchandising, has successfully renewed its G7 Master certification, having first obtained the certification in 2011. A G7 certification is an internationally recognized methodology for calibrating printing presses and proofing systems, and renewal is possible every two years after the initial certification is recognized.

In order to receive the G7 Master certification, printers must demonstrate skilled, tested and proven leadership in print production; show knowledge of the fields of color management, process and quality control; and work to reduce costs, improve brand consistency and have a quick turn-around time.

“As a G7 Master Facility, we have developed process control systems that enable us to deliver color accurate products,” said Philip Garcia, director of operations for S2K Graphics. “We can efficiently manage color across many different printing platforms at multiple printing facilities within our organization. The biggest factor in the printing industry is being able to match, with accuracy, colors for our clients, and this certification informs our clients that we are able to do so.”

The certification is an acknowledgement and testament to the facility’s ability to calibrate color accuracy, as was most recently demonstrated through the press check process S2K Graphics provided for two major automotive companies, Kia and Mitsubishi. The press check process involves sending clients contract proofs to demonstrate the ability to match the clients’ colors. Both automotive companies signed off on the first round of articles sent for color approval.

“S2K's color management systems combined with G7 certification produce superior color for our clients,” said Leah Barash, senior account executive at S2K Graphics. “This has resulted in a fast and effective press check experience and, in most cases, first-round color approvals. Our clients continue to choose to work with S2K for these reasons as well as because of our innovative product line and customer service excellence.”

The benefits S2K Graphics clients receive when working with a G7-certified printer include the assurance of receiving a high-quality end product and accurate, brand consistency.

S2K Graphics Receives Industry Recognition for Fifth Consecutive Year

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S2K Graphics, a division of The Franke Group, was nationally recognized for the fifth consecutive year as a “Top 50 P.O.P. Company” by Creative Magazine, an outlet targeted to sales and marketing executives. The publication has stated that the Top 50 P.O.P. list in its April/May issue is its most important feature of the year.

In order to qualify for the honor, S2K Graphics submitted its company profile, total number of employees and its 2016 P.O.P. sales volume for consideration. Additionally, the manufacturing company, which has provided Fortune 100 companies with an array of unique P.O.P. merchandizing elements, proved its market share through a corporate background check, while demonstrating that the company meets or exceeds the publication’s criteria to be considered.

“We are extremely honored to be included in the Creative Magazine’s 2016 Top 50 P.O.P. Companies for the fifth year in a row,” said Dan Pulos, VP and managing director of S2K Graphics. “It is gratifying to see our products, such as our Window Wraps, Readerboard Graphics, 3-D designs and our P.O.P. Placement Program resonate so powerfully with our customers. Besides our sales accomplishment from last year, we are excited about our new P.O.P. merchandising innovations, the rest of 2017, and what’s to come.”

S2K Graphics produces a variety of P.O.P. displays for national accounts, including McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Dr Pepper and other market-leading brands, and is one of thirteen California companies recognized in Creative Magazine’s Top 50 list this year.

With plants in Los Angeles, California and La Vergne, Tennessee, as well as a sales presence in New York, Chicago, Nashville and San Francisco, S2K Graphics continues to chart new territory in its P.O.P. research and development.