2424Paper and Pallets: a Path to Profit

AMBC 2023 Regional Event

In Springfield, OH

June 9 – June 11, 2023

Registration is Now Open!


Pricing is as follows:
$199.00 – Registration for AMBC Members
$249.00 – Registration for non-members



Fairfield Inn & Suites Springfield

$149/Night – Last Day to Book: Tuesday, May 9, 2023 

Courtyard Springfield Downtown

$149/Night – Last Day to Book: Friday, May 19, 2023

Paper and Pallets: a Path to Profit

Steve Dick welcomes you to his outstanding business, Box King, in Springfield, Ohio, June 9-11, 2023, for AMBC’s regional event focused on printing and freight: “Paper and Pallets: a Path to Profit.”

Cohosted by Steve and AMBC colleague, Tom Ogilvie of EZ Pack N Ship in Kenosha, Wisconsin, this duo of printing and freight superstars, as well as AMBC board of directors members, have a weekend packed full classes you won’t want to miss if you’re interested in growing these two profit centers in your store. Guest presenter Mark Ford of ShipRite Software Inc. will also be giving his expertise and perspective from years of freight shipping.

The weekend includes a social on Friday evening, classes on Saturday at the local heritage center, and a half day on Sunday at Box King, including a store tour where you’ll see the business’s large freight warehouse, busy print room, and more!


Friday Evening, June 9th

Welcome and Social

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 10th


Basics of Printing and Design

8 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Basics of Freight

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Print Pricing for Profit

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Freight Pricing for Profit

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

How to Successfully Do Freight

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 11th

Shuttle to Box King

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m

Box King welcome and tour

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Behind the Wholesale Curtain

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Open Discussion and Resource Sharing for Print and Freight

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Lunch and farewell

12:00 p.m. – whenever

Class Descriptions:

Basics of Printing and Design – Get an overview of paper sizes, types, and basis weights. Learn about three most common color file types you will encounter (RGB, CMYK, and Pantone). See some basic design principles and options for different design software. Pick up a trick or two to make your jobs easier and more profitable.

Print Pricing for Profit – Learn how to figure your true costs for print items. Get advice on markups and profit margins. Steve will open up his own books and show you what he charges and how much profit you should be making. See when to print in house versus using a wholesale provider. Create winning print bids and landing whales.

Behind the Wholesale Curtain – Get a detailed tour of the best wholesale print providers. Look at how their websites are set up and what their order processes are. Learn what their file setup specifications mean and how to make sure what you order is what you get. Finally, learn how to leverage their capabilities to augment your own print offerings.

Basics of Freight – What is freight? Who are the common carriers? What’s different about freight than small package shipping? What are differences in ocean, air, and car freight? In this introduction to freight session, we’ll give you the foundations you’ll need for later classes in the day that delve deeper into freight ins and outs and how to grow and capitalize on this huge profit center in your business…no matter how much space you do or don’t have, and no matter what your experience level is!

Freight Pricing for Profit – In this section, we’ll go over how pricing and freight classes work, let you know what to look out for when setting freight prices and rates, review best practices in record keeping, including photos and weight documentation, talk about freight insurance, talk about how to profit off of freight packing, and give other resources for doing freight.

How to Successfully Do Freight – To wrap up our freight class triad, masters of freight will discuss when crating and/or palletizing is necessary, what tools and supplies you’ll need, how to fill in bills of lading and properly mark package items, and discuss how the carriers load the trucks and how to avoid damage.


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