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Market Opportunities for Wideformat Digital Printing

Digital printing continues to grow significantly, transforming the packaging, signage and display supply chain.

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Getting in the Omni-Channel Game

Marketers’ love affair with a digital-only strategy has begun to wane, and while they are continuing to invest in digital channels, print is regaining ground as an important part of the overall media mix. In this session, you’ll hear from service providers who have successfully made this game-changing leap or are in the process of doing so. They will share insights and lessons learned that can help jump-start efforts for companies who have not yet joined the omni-channel bandwagon.

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Recent Commentary & Analysis

Who is Running Your Business? People or Software

Your software should run your business, your people should run your software. Can you easily get to the trusted data of your business? Is it in a trusted system of record (Print MIS/ERP)? Or do you have to gather up data from many different sources to get to a version of the truth? Jennifer Matt interviews Jane Mugford about helping printers transition from people run business to a software run business.


Print Software Evaluation – First Define the Problem It Solves (Premium Content)

Every software tool sets out to solve a set of problems, all too often the problem is never defined because the sales process focuses on solutions, benefits, and features. Take the time to understand the problem print software solves and most importantly whether you have that problem!


PDF For Packaging: The Missing Link in Digital Packaging Production (Premium Content)

In this article, David looks beyond the hardware at prepress, and how new developments will play a significant role in driving the growth of digital packaging production. This is not surprising, since we have been here before in other areas of the industry.


Making Tracks: Signage, QR Codes, and Customer Journey Analytics (Premium Content)

QR codes are great for “making print interactive,” but in today’s high-data marketing environment, they also have a more important purpose: making print measurable.


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Data Analysis

Inflation-adjusted Shipments per Employee

Inflation-adjusted Shipments per Employee
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The Commerce Department’s revisions to industry shipments show a much different picture of a key metric for the industry, sales per employee. The chart was created using 12-month moving totals of inflation-adjusted shipments and the 12 month moving average of total industry employment. The latest reading through March 2017 is $182.65 per employee, a meager +1.5% higher than it was at the end of 1992. It fell from a peak of $195.51 which was just before the burst of the housing bubble, the rise of social media platforms, tablets, and smartphones. The fall in this calculation has some interesting characteristics. Historically, large printing businesses focused on magazines, catalogs, and newspaper inserts, had sales per employee that were significantly higher than the industry averages, anywhere from 30% to 50% higher. More info

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