Burns has a new website burnsmp.com. Watch to have a chance to win a Starbucks gift card.

April 18, 2019

I am pleased to announce that Burns Mailing & Printing, Inc. has a new website.  Same domain, just new and improved.  The new website has videos that show what each department does at Burns.  It has been said that one picture if worth a 1000 words.  For the first 20 people who visit our website and email me that you have visited our website, will get a $5.00 gift certificate for Starbucks. Only one per person.  Email me at phyllis@burnsmp.com. 

What are you waiting for…get that Starbucks card.

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Mother Nature Has Had Us Confused This Year

April 11, 2019

It seems like spring is finally here and I love the beauty of this year.  However, it was confusing as to whether it was winter or spring.  One thing that we are not confused about is that it is time for our non-profit friends to get those newsletters, appeal, post cards and invitations in the mail.

Email me at phyllis@burnsmp.com or call 865 584-2265

 


I Had An Emergency At My House This Week – Not The 911 Kind

April 8, 2019

My emergency this week was that I opened my last jar of strawberry jam that my daughter, Joy Day, and I make.  Strawberry is my favorite although we make peach, plum and apple butter. It is getting close to time when those beautiful strawberries will be in season and we can make more for us to stock up for the year.  It is quite a production as we make enough for her family and me.  It is also very messy and time consuming but sooo worth it. The jam that you buy in the store does not even begin to compare to what you can make at home.  We look pretty scroungy in the pictures of us making jam, so I though that I would put one of us together where we are looking a little nicer.

 

 

 


I Am Blessed

March 28, 2019

I feel very blessed to live in the USA, even with the problems that we have.  Yesterday I got a manicure at a salon where I go frequently and have gotten to know the owners.  They are both from Vietnam.  As he was doing my nails we were talking about my recent trip to the Dominican Republic and I was telling him that it is a poor country.  The people are friendly and the country is beautiful but poor. The average income in the Dominican Republic is around $320.00 per month or 6000 pesos He was telling me that his family supported the USA cause during the war but that after the war, things got pretty bad.  They had no health care and no dental care. He told me that at times they did not have enough to eat but his family took pride in walking their children to school every day.  He likes taking his 5 year old daughter to school every day and walks her to her class room.  This reminds him of his parents walking him to school. One day he peeked in to her classroom and she saw him and she said “go away Daddy”.  At five years of age she wants some independence.

He is so proud to be an American.  If only most of us knew how a lot of people in other countries lived, then they would appreciate what we have in our country. I am also proud to be an American and blessed to live in the USA.

Phyllis Burns, owner of Burns Mailing & Printing, Inc.


What is Digital Printing?

January 23, 2019

Digital printing does not use printing plates the way that conventional offset does, but instead uses toner.  In conventional offset ink is put on paper and the ink is absorbed into the paper.  In digital printing the toner sets on the paper and is not absorbed into the paper.  This gives a different look to the printed piece and often digitally printed pieces has a brighter color. Digital printing is usually used for smaller quantities.  We usually run up to 10,000 on our digital press but if it goes over that quantity, we move it to an offset press.

A big benefit of using the digital printing is the variable data capabilities. Variable data printing is a form of on-demand printing in which elements (such as text, numbers, graphics, etc.) can be changed from one printed piece to the net, without stopping or slowing down the press, using information from a database. For example, a set of personalized letters, each with the same basic layout, can be printed with a different name and address on each letter. At Burns, we can print and address double-sided postcards on one pass of the press. When we personalize a letter we add a bar code on the back of the letter and our smart inserter can then read the bar code on the back and insert the letter into a non-window envelope.  This is like a hand match without the expense of a hand match.

Advantages of digital printing

  • Setup costs are lower for short runs (up to 10,000)
  • Print only the amount you need, when you need it
  • Lower minimum quantities (as low as 1,20 or 50 pieces)
  • Inexpensive black and white digital printing
  • Improved technology has made digital quality acceptable for more uses.

One thing that the buyer needs to be aware of is that if you print a small quantity on the digital press and then decide on a larger quantity that requires the printing job to be put on an offset press, the two jobs will not look the same because of what I described above, ink being absorbed into the paper and ink setting on top of the paper.  They will both be quality printed jobs but will not have the same look.

One of our digital presses at Burns Mailing & Printing.


I know What the Inside Of The Emergency Room Looks Like In Lisbon Portugal

January 18, 2019

On my recent trip to Lisbon Portugal and to other day trips to surrounding cities I saw lots of interesting and magnificent things like this church and beautiful views of the city.  However, there was one place that I had not counted on seeing in Lisbon and that was the inside of the ER at a Lisbon Hospital.  Our first day of sight seeing begin with a visit to a castle.  We rode an elevator to get to a street that was pretty high up and there was a deck with a beautiful view of the city.  All of a sudden I felt like I was going to pass out and I did.  When I woke up an ambulance had been called and they quickly loaded me up and took me to a hospital.  This is where it gets different.  Most of us have been to an ER at a hospital and they put you in a room or cubicle for treatment.  Not so in Lisbon, they take you to a room that is very crowded, so crowded that the beds are touching each other.  There are no visitors allowed unless the doctor calls them back and there is security to make sure that rule is followed.  I understand the no visitors rule because they was not room for visitors to stand.   When a nurse needed to attend to a patient she had to move the beds over in order to get to the bedside.

Although the ER was crowded, the care was excellent.  Most of the nurses and the doctor spoke English.  They never asked me if I had insurance or for any payment.  They only took my personal information and my address. Turns out, when I got home and check with my insurance company, they will pay for all except the ambulance. They sent me home with a packet of information for my doctor here in Knoxville and it was all in Portuguese. However, thanks to Covenant Health, a translator was provided here in Knoxville so that my doctor had all the notes from Lisbon.  It was nothing serious and the next day, I was out touring again.  It makes me appreciate the good hospitals that we have here in Knoxville.  I feel very blessed.

Oh by the way I have another trip planned and I purchased trip insurance, just in case.

 


Emails – good or evil?

January 15, 2019

If you are like me, you get a lot of emails throughout the day.  If you don’t control them they can over take you.  With the Christmas holidays, traveling and generally lazy about deleting them, I had a real mess on my hands.  I have spent considerable time the last two days cleaning them up and deleting about 700 emails.  I feel good that I can start the New Year with a little more control of my emails.  It is not that I do not like emails, I actually love them.  Especially the ones with purchase orders, requests for quotes, customer emails, church emails  and the ones from family and friends.  The ones that overwhelm me is the ones from where I ordered something for Christmas (and will never use again) that send me things daily. Some I have no idea why they are sending me emails.  Some of them start out with dearest, we would like to have a financial partnership with you, and I know that all they want to do is fleece me for money.

So if you are a customer, a potential customer, family, friend or church family please keep sending me email.  For the others I will try to be more vigilant and not acquire 700 before I clean them up.  This is my New Year’s resolution, hope I can keep it.