At PIP Metro Indy, we have seen a lot of change happen in the first quarter of 2022. From continued supply chain distribution delays, to the rise in tradeshows and events, and to coming  up with creative solutions to everyday projects, our expert team has tackled every challenge with ease. We are very thankful for the continued support of our customers, both new and returning, as well as your support in helping us grow by spreading the word about our products and services; it means the world to our team!

We’ve worked hard this quarter to come up with innovative ideas to help circumvent supply chain issues and provide high-quality results to even the most unique projects. In doing so, we’ve been keeping an eye on some of the hottest industry trends that we’d like to share with you. Here are the top 4 trends on the horizon for Q2:

1. The Resurgence Of Tradeshows & Events

With the sudden stop of tradeshows and events in 2020, it’s exciting to see the tradeshow and event industry opening back up with so many events coming up in 2022. Tradeshows are becoming hyper-personalized, intentional, and thoughtful and companies are stepping up to the plate to work these marketing trends into their sales strategy — and it’s paying off. Items such as customized promotional products, branded handouts, and eye-catching displays are helping PIP Metro Indy’s customers stand out from their competition. We’d love to help you craft your next event experience from idea to your end customer; give our team a call to schedule a discovery meeting to see how we can assist.

2. Extended Turnaround Times

On the other end of the spectrum, we’ve seen an increase in turnaround times across nearly every product — from prints to signage to promotional products, no product has been spared. Many of our manufacturers are still not back to their pre-pandemic operations of raw materials and staffing, so the trickle-down effects are having a large impact on our customers. However, if you do have a deadline you need to meet, please let our team know when we are quoting your project. Whether that means looking at other print and signage materials, using another vendor or providing alternative products, we want to ensure you have your project in hands when you need it! We will do our best to inform you of any potential delays in production when processing your project. While we recommend you plan ahead as early as possible, we understand that isn’t always an option. If you have any questions about deadlines or turnaround times, please send us a message or give us a call to discuss your project’s specific needs. 

3. Reduced Availability Of Raw Materials

In a similar vein to extended turnaround times, we are experiencing raw material delays for just about every product PIP Metro Indy sells. Unfortunately, items such as paper, plastic, and aluminum are being restricted through allocations by manufacturers. However, the team at PIP Metro Indy is consistently looking for other vendors or better pricing so we can continue to provide our customers with high quality products. If we’re not able to source your initially requested material, we will work diligently to find other solutions to ensure we provide the product you are anticipating! If you want to discuss what materials would be the best for an upcoming project, give our team a call!

4. Environmentally Friendly & Socially Responsible Products

This quarter, we’ve been excited to see many organizations begin to focus heavily on environmentally conscious or socially responsible promotional products, printed materials and signage. These increasingly intentional decisions are great alternatives to the traditional promotional items and are helping build a more sustainable future. In addition to having a reduced environmental impact, we are seeing a shift to more products being produced both locally and in the U.S. rather than being imported from other countries. These large, industry-changing decisions are helping PIP Metro Indy’s customers make a positive change in a wide variety of industries. If you need some inspiration or have ideas for your next eco-friendly project, give our expert team a call to see how we can help.

Our team is here to support you and find the best solution for any of your upcoming projects. We’re keeping an eye on the latest trends in printing and signage to keep our customers on the cutting edge to stand out from their competition. If you need some additional inspiration, check out our Pinterest for past projects we’ve completed. 

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