National Stationery Show 2015 Recap!

Last month, CatPrint made its ninth trip to the National Stationery Show held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. Everyone had a great time meeting with existing customers, talking with potential new customers, and exploring Manhattan with the team!

Our adventure started at 6:00 AM on Saturday, May 16th, 2015. Jon, Nicole, and Logan drove down from Rochester, New York to New York City. During the road trip, Logan entertained everyone with impersonations of various CatPrint team members, and some of them were spot on… while others, not so much. An unhealthy amount of candy was consumed by all members during the drive, but we all eat healthy (or at least try to) the rest of the year, so who can blame us? Additionally, due to management running a tight ship, we were only allocated two bathroom stops; we know… tough.

After a five and a half hour car ride, we arrived in beautiful Manhattan, went to the Javits Center, and started setting up our booth. Setup was smooth and straightforward despite it being approximately a thousand degrees inside of the Javits Center.

After setup, we checked into our AirBnB rental house in Jersey City, New Jersey. The first thing we noticed was three stray cats behind the house, which meant one per CatPrinter… how exciting! 

Stray cat!

Stray cat!

After unpacking, we took a walk around the area, and had a late lunch at a neighborhood deli.

Later that night, we ordered pizza to the house and watched Transformers before deciding everyone should probably get some sleep. This was a business trip after all. 

Delicious neighborhood pizza!

Delicious neighborhood pizza!

On Sunday morning, we made our way to the Javits Center for the first day of the show. We started by making shirt deliveries to some of our current customers while Jon was dressed as our new mascot “CMYKat” (thank you to everyone who sent in their booth numbers, we loved meeting with you, and we hope you like the shirts!). Unfortunately, the fun with CMYKat was short lived, as we got scolded for “promoting outside of our booth.” Those pesky rules always ruining the fun. 

CMYKat at the 2015 Stationery Show!

CMYKat at the 2015 Stationery Show!

After we wrapped up at the show, we went to “Burgers and Cupcakes” for dinner. Yes, you read that right; burgers AND cupcakes. After leaving the restaurant, we got some shoutouts from people in the streets who liked our matching CatPrint shirts. Then we headed back to the house and took about an hour to look for a parking spot. This isn’t Rochester after all. 

Our AirBnB rental for the 2015 National Stationery Show!

Our AirBnB rental for the 2015 National Stationery Show!

Later that night after Jon already went to bed, Logan dragged Nicole to get Dunkin’ Donuts, and proceeded to discuss with the employee who was working at Dunkin’ Donuts how many donuts he eats, which was, unimpressively, only one per day.

Monday started with an unfortunate plane six hour plane delay that caused our CatPrinter, Becca, to be late to the show.

Javits Center

Javits Center

Jan and Mitch also came to the show for the day. Jan had the team desperately searching for sushi for lunch to no avail.

Later that night, we went to Churrascaria Plataforma, a Brazilian steakhouse, for our annual customer dinner. Everyone ate way too much from the salad before the “all you can eat” meat buffet even started.

On Tuesday morning, we noticed that a fourth stray cat joined the original three stray cats behind the house. There was now a stray cat for each CatPrinter, and it was hard for Nicole and Becca to not take them home.

For lunch, we had BBQ with delicious mac and cheese courtesy of our good friend, Justin, from APEC. Thanks Justin!

Throughout the show, a pigeon came to check out the booth. Yes, the pigeon was inside of the building, and he is now our top customer.

CatPrint Team for the 2015 National Stationery Show!

CatPrint Team for the 2015 National Stationery Show!

After the work was done for the day, we walked around Manhattan and took Logan to H&M to get some new “basic tees.” For dinner, we went to the Hard Rock Cafe, where they were playing 90’s music videos. We loved it. A discussion about our first CD/cassette tape revealed everything from Garth Brooks to Dr. Dre.

H&M in Times Square!

H&M in Times Square!

When we returned home for the night, the girls tried playing a joke on Logan involving a hair-tie and the kitchen faucet, that ended with Logan and the kitchen soaked.

Wednesday began with the joke from the night before accidentally being played on Jon as well. The faucet was not returned to normal, and he ended up getting sprayed with water when he tried using the faucet . Fortunately due to Jon’s preparedness, he had an extra CatPrint shirt to wear to the show.

On the way out, Becca and Nicole finally caved and brought bottled water to the stray cats. Thankfully they found out that the stray cats are cared for by a community member. They are all spayed/neutered and even have outdoor “cat homes” with straw bedding with fresh food and water everyday. Let’s just say Jon and Logan were thrilled that they wouldn’t have additional 4-legged friends on the drive home! 

CatPrint at the Stationery Show!

CatPrint at the Stationery Show!

Wednesday was the last day of the show. After doing our final few hours of work and saying our goodbyes, we packed up and hit the road back home to Rochester.

On the ride home, we all ate more candy and milkshakes, while Becca and Nicole had to sit with CMYKat’s head on their lap the entire trip. However, we made it home in record time with only one stop.

Overall, we had an amazing time together. It was great seeing some of our current customers and meeting some new ones! We would like to thank Justin from APEC (again, thanks for the lunch), Duke Reich at Reich Paper, Colleen Attara, Mollie Green at “La Familia Green,” our $100 free printing giveaway winner, Lindsey Peterson of Rooted Beauty, along with everyone else we had the pleasure of meeting.

Colleen Attara at the National Stationery Show

Colleen Attara at the National Stationery Show

Only $10 shipping for 3 Day Delivery National Stationery Show Promo!

The National Stationery Show is a little over a week away. Do you have last minute jobs that you still need to print? Don’t worry! With our guaranteed delivery date options, you still have time left to get those last minute jobs printed.

We are making it a little easier on you by offering a promo code for 3 day shipping for a flat $10 for all NSS vendors valid from 5/10-5/13.
Just send your business name and NSS booth number to us at support@catprint.com for the promo code!

If you place your order with 3 day delivery by 5pm EST on:

– May 10th, your order will arrive: Thursday May 14th

– May 11th, your order will arrive: Thursday May 14th

– May 12th, your order will arrive: Friday May 15th

– May 13th, your order will arrive: Monday May 18th – this is during NSS. ***Use this option for drop shipping to your hotel during the show in the case that you run out of prints!***

Exhibiting at NSS 2015? Receive a Free Gift from CatPrint!

2015 National Stationery Show - CatPrint Free Gift

2015 National Stationery Show – CatPrint Free Gift

Are you attending the National Stationery Show this year? CatPrint will be exhibiting the 2015 National Stationery Show at booth #2682 in the supply side! If you will also be exhibiting at the National Stationery Show, CatPrint will stop by at your booth with a FREE gift IF YOU:

  • Send us your booth number through this two question survey OR
  • Email support@catprint.com with your Name/Company Name & booth number!

Make sure to stop by our booth for some goodies! If you haven’t already checked out our guide on preparing your marketing and promotional materials for the National Stationery Show, then now is a great time to view it here!

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Preparing Your Promotional Items for the 2015 National Stationery Show!

It’s that time of year again: the National Stationery Show in New York City is quickly approaching, and it’s time to prepare your promotional items!

Whether or not you will be having a booth, to get the most out of the show, we recommend tailoring your print materials specifically for the National Stationery Show. We also recommend that you have your booth number included on all of your promotional materials, which includes:

  • Business cards
  • Flyers
  • Brochures
  • And anything else you may need!

This will ensure that everyone you meet at the show knows exactly where to find you again!

In addition to all of the common promotional materials, don’t forget that CatPrint offers a wide variety of printing options with no minimum order quantity, such as:

PostersPosters are a great way to promote your brand and showcase your designs while keeping your booth neat and tidy. CatPrint offers custom and standard size poster prints, along with wide format posters!

Custom die-cut stickers: People love stickers! In addition to your business cards, hand out custom stickers that showcase your style. Maybe they’ll stick it on something and remember your brand because if it.

Speaking of stickers, if you already have plenty of business cards and promotional items ready to go, consider printing small stickers with your booth number and affixing them to your already existing print materials!

Printed Envelopes & Pocket Folders: Did you just find the lead of a lifetime, a potential business partner, or a possible employee? You may want to give them more than just a business card, such as perhaps some samples of your work or other documents.

Don’t just hand them a jumbled stack of papers – present them with a custom printed pocket folder or envelope neatly organized with your promotional items along with your logo and contact information! This will set you apart and show your new business connection your attention to detail.

Guaranteed Delivery Dates

Our guaranteed delivery dates provide you with a worry free schedule for your promotional show items! For example, If you place your order by 5pm EST on Monday, May 4th:

7-day delivery will arrive by Wednesday, May 13th

5-day delivery will arrive by Monday, May 11th

3-day delivery will arrive by Thursday, May 7th

2-day delivery will arrive by Wednesday, May 6th

1-day delivery will arrive by Tuesday, May 5th

Don’t forget: we also offer complimentary hard copy proofs with any order! They arrive within 3-5 business days for you to review and make any changes needed before the full order is printed. 

We’re always here for you!

As always, if you have any questions or if you have a custom idea in mind that you’d like to discuss, contact us through email at support@catprint.com or call at 877-228-7768.