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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 3 • G R A P H I C S P R O 5 3 Thompson says that the company's 20-oz mug is the most popular size, with 30-oz a close second, and while handled coffee mugs are still in demand, JDS' high endurance line is the most popular. It has a 20-oz tumbler that comes in 18 colors now. e company started with stainless steel and black. "I was here when we were getting into it. I do a lot of new product testing. It is fun to see the new lines develop and new colors we come up with," she says. JDS' UV print department is starting to grow but it hasn't reached the status of the company's laser printing. ompson says she believes her shop will need another UV printer in the future, the same way its lasering has grown to seven lasers, two of which have rotary attach- ments for doing cups. JDS doesn't compete with its customers. It sells its cups at wholesale prices and its fabrication department charges low prices. "Our customers turn around and upsell them and make a good margin. It is defi- nitely a plus of the Polar Camel line being as affordable as wholesale," ompson says. Drinkware decoration e top processes for decorating drink- ware include digital UV, dye sublimation, laser engraving, and screen printing. (Images courtesy Make Your Mark Design) Dye sublimation is a great option for smaller companies just starting out as consumables are not too expensive and there are a wide variety of heat presses available. (Image courtesy InkCups)

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