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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

Last CTP Innovations and High Quality Printing Innovations Case Dismissed

Another Major Victory for the Printing Industry: The largest of the most recent patent troll cases against the printing industry and its OEMs was dismissed.


The Changing Specialty Printing Market: New Opportunities Big and Small (Premium Content)

The same technologies that have enabled the proliferation of wide-format graphics are also profoundly changing the traditional specialty printing market. Here’s how print service providers can take advantage of the “nichification” of commercial print.


Commerce Department Revisions Send 2015 and 2016 Shipments Down More than -4% (Premium Content)

We love numbers, especially when they go in a direction we like. Accuracy of the information we use in decision-making should not be a matter of liking numbers, the numbers are what the numbers are. What happens when one set of numbers you relied on are revised on the basis of new and better information and describe a different scenario than before? Dr. Joe helps sort it out… we think.


Xerox Forum: Connecting Your Network!

Under the “Connecting Your Network” theme, the 2017 Xerox Forum focused on business growth opportunities in today’s dynamic graphic communications market. This article highlights announcements and speakers from the event.


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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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