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The Case for Treated Papers in Production Inkjet Printing

System vendors and paper mills are working diligently to create effective strategies for inkjet printing jobs that require glossy finishes and high coverage levels. These solutions can be separated into inkjet-treated papers and advanced inks and drying systems. This article, the first in a two-part series, will discuss the pros and cons of inkjet-treated papers. Next week’s piece will address advanced inks and drying systems.

What’s The Real Impact of COVID-19 On the 2020 University Graduates?

The British Fashion Council and the CFDA both call for the industry to slow down, adopt sustainable practice and reject over consumption. It’s a big ask, and many in the industry want this change, the reality may be that “fast fashion” has created a consumer neurosis within retail and that will take some undoing. Read the full article

Question: Is Daylight Really D50? Answer: Yes!

Ryerson University’s Dr. Abhay Sharma provides a detailed look at color temperature, and why it is important for color management. He also uses his downtime to empirically determine that “daylight” is a very good match to the D50 standard.

The Print Industry After COVID-19

COVID-19 economic symptoms include the weakening of the “we’ve always done it this way defense”—which will have some positive impacts on outdated printer workflows and some negative impacts when customers evaluate print spend under new market conditions.

Got Emotional Connection? Then You’ve Got Profits

What is the secret to keeping customers from switching to a competitor with lower prices, faster curbside pickup, or a coupon that drops at just the right time? Motista, a provider of predictive intelligence, thinks it has the answer. Customer affinity. A look at the conclusions and data from its two-year study.  

Postprint Corrugated: Xeikon IDERA Coming Out Strong

There are currently many postprint corrugated solutions out there, yet most have not gained significant traction in the market. Xeikon, their credibility, and the market understanding of Flint, puts them in a great position to enter and even grow the market.

Why Implement a Hybrid Flexo/Digital Printing Solution? G2 ID Solutions Has the Answer

Colordyne 3600 Series AQ – Retrofit Printer Powered by Memjet offers increased flexibility and 3X increase in job throughput for Florida-based label and packaging printer G2 ID Source.

What Happens When You Ask a Man’s Opinion in Sephora?

Colorkarma’s Shoshana Burgett asks a male Sephora employee to give her a guided tour of perfume displays whose packaging he especially likes. His choices were eye-opening, and gave Burgett a new perspective on how men may perceive their choices as they pick out gifts for their wives, girlfriends, or partners.

A moment of levity. View Today's Dilbert

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Newspaper Publishing Establishments—2010–2017

In 2010, there were 7,794 US newspaper publishing establishments; by 2017, that number had dropped to 7,222. The newspaper industry’s woes have been well-documented, but the trouble started well before the Internet era. Also: Q1 GDP revised down. Full Analysis

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March Shipments—Crest of a Wave

As we kind of expected, at $6.96 billion, March shipments were up from February’s $6.48 billion, and well enough above March 2019’s $6.75 billion. Full Analysis

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Prepress and Postpress Services Establishments—2010–2017

In 2010, there were 2,080 establishments offering prepress and/or postpress services; by 2017, that number had dropped to 1,375. It’s not difficult to understand why the number of these establishments has been dropping: prepress is being absorbed into the printing process itself (especially in digital printing), and more print businesses are acquiring their own finishing capabilities. Full Analysis

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Printing Outlook 2020 - The WhatTheyThink Overview of the Current State of the Printing Industry

The Printing Outlook 2020 report provides detailed analysis of the latest WhatTheyThink Printing Industry Survey, the latest industry economic data and macroeconomic trends, as well as industry and cultural technological trends to look out for in 2020 and beyond.

Updated April 28, 2020 to include a COVID-19 Survey that we conducted Late March/Early April 2020.

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Recent Discussion

Kim Beswick on The Case for Treated Papers in Production Inkjet Printing

Hi Jim - I appreciate this area of focus and discussion and look forward to the next part of the series. It would be good to know what is happening with regards to the treated paper cost differential. What is the range of cost differential to … Full comment Reply

Thomas Hybki on Dynagraphics Adds Second RMGT Press

Major congrats to you, Dynagraphics! Reply

Jennifer Matt on The Print Industry After COVID-19

Tim and Thomas, Thank you for reading. My objective is always to put my mind to ideas that will help the businesses in this industry complete better, perform better, and maintain relevancy in an ever changing world. I know print business owners ha… Full comment Reply

Thomas Hybki on The Coming Signs of Summer: The Need for Post-COVID Signage

Thanks for sharing. I personally like it when I see stylized signs with this sort of information. I wish I would see more of this; showing the brand personality a bit more. Great article. Kudos to you. Reply

Thomas Hybki on Got Emotional Connection? Then You’ve Got Profits

Would this be more of a retail focused software program from what you've seen? That is what I am seeing from their website. Looks interesting. Reply

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