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Cary Sherburne

Cary Sherburne is a well-known author, journalist and marketing consultant whose practice is focused on marketing communications strategies for the printing and publishing industries.

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Premium Content Neenah Packaging Jumps on the CBD Bandwagon with New Hemp Fiber Folding Board

Published November 11, 2019

Neenah Packaging recently introduced a new line of hemp fiber folding board to address unique packaging needs in the exploding CBD market. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke to Neenah’s Brand Manager, Michelle Turner, to learn more.


Premium Content SPESA Executive Conference Looks at the State of the Sewn Products Industry

Published November 4, 2019

Last week, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne had the pleasure of attending the Executive Conference sponsored by the Sewn Products Equipment and Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) in New Orleans. This was the first major event planned by the new staff, led by Michael McDonald, President, and by all accounts, it was a huge success.


Premium Content Mile High Labs Seeks New Heights in Manufacturing Quality, Productivity for CBD Products

Published October 28, 2019

As we continue to look into the cannabis-related market, including how cannabis-related products are being used in apparel—more specifically, activewear—and the special packaging requirements the market has, we took time out to speak to Christopher Lackner of Mile High Labs in Colorado to gain an understanding of how the hemp plant is processed to deliver CBD-based materials for the market.


Premium Content Hippo Packaging Capitalizes on CBD Craze

Published October 21, 2019

In case you haven’t been following it, the market for products containing CBD—or cannabinoid derived from the hemp plant—is growing rapidly. It’s really only taken off in the U.S. since the approval of the 2018 Farm Bill legalized CBD extracted from industrial hemp with less than 0.3% THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana. Hippo Packaging in San Diego is focused on meeting the unique packaging needs for this emerging market segment.


Premium Content First North American HP Stitch S1000 to Serve Professional Photographers

Published October 14, 2019

When you think about digital textile printers and where they might be installed, your first thought isn’t a photo lab. But that’s exactly where the first North American HP Stitch S1000 production model went. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Mark Lane, co-owner of American Color Imaging (ACI), to learn how this printer will fit into its overall business model.


Premium Content Textiles & Apparel: What to Expect at PRINTING United

Published October 7, 2019

As PRINTING United approaches, we checked in with SGIA’s Ray Weiss, Director of Digital Print Programs, to better understand what textiles and apparel solutions will be at this expanded show, and to get his advice on how commercial printers, display graphics companies, or other attendees interested in gaining a foothold in this dynamic market can most effectively get the information they need at the show.


Premium Content Acabada Launches CBD-Infused Activewear

Published September 30, 2019

As a proponent of the various benefits of cannabidiol (CBD), Senior Editor Cary Sherburne was intrigued to learn about Acabada’s CBD-infused activewear. She spoke with co-founder and CEO of Acabada, Seth Baum, to learn more. Watch for the March 2020 issue of Printing News for more information on all things cannabis, from definitions to sourcing CBD to unique packaging requirements and more.


Premium Content Looking for Fun and Profit? Try Heat Transfer Sublimation!

Published September 23, 2019

Twenty-seven years ago, David Gross identified heat transfer sublimation as an interesting market opportunity with good potential for future growth. Today, at Condé Systems, he has made that vision a reality. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Gross to find out how others can benefit from what he has learned.


Premium Content Technical Textiles: When Do Possibilities Drive Demand?

Published September 16, 2019

Funxion was founded about a year ago as a spin-out from North Carolina State University’s Wilson College of Textiles, where its founders obtained their Ph.Ds. The company is focused on building out a platform for smart wearables that can be adapted to various use cases. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Dr. Raj Bhakta, co-founder and CEO, to learn more.


Premium Content Web2Fabric™: Lessons Learned

Published September 9, 2019

Web-to-print has become well-entrenched in commercial printing, and same on-demand production model is now making its way into the textiles and apparel industry. Cary Sherburne talks to Steve Smith, founder of DPInnovations, about the company’s Web2Fabric, a set of tools that can be modularly configured to meet the needs of individual companies.


Customer Spotlight: Konica Minolta’s AccurioJet KM-1 Inkjet Press Opens New Business Opportunities for Hummel Integrated Marketing Solutions

Published August 20, 2019

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne interviewed John Hummel, fourth-generation owner and CEO of Hummel Integrated Marketing Solutions, to gain insight into how the acquisition of a Konica Minolta AccurioJet KM-1 UV inkjet press has enhanced his business.


Executive Q&A - Wim Maes, Summa

Published August 19, 2019

Many of our readers will remember Wim Maes for his tenure as the CEO of Xeikon, a role he held from 2009 to March of 2017. From Xeikon to Summa, Wim Maes helps make the company a worldwide industry leader.


Premium Content WTIN Shares Insights on Smart Textiles for Fashion, Entertainment, Lifestyle

Published August 19, 2019

Last week, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne tuned in to an interesting WTIN webinar, Smart Textiles for Fashion, Entertainment, and Lifestyle. She summarizes some of the key points here, but recommends that industry professionals interested in smart textiles review the entire free webinar.


Premium Content Jeff Jacobson Shares Thoughts About EFI’s Past and Future

Published August 15, 2019

In a surprise announcement this week, EFI reported that with the departure of CEO Bill Muir for personal reasons, Executive Chairman Jeff Jacobson would be taking on the additional role as CEO of the company. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke to Jacobson to gain insight into his plans for the company’s future.


Premium Content Digital Printing of Textiles: A Growth Opportunity

Published August 12, 2019

World Textile Information Network (WTIN) has released its latest data regarding worldwide digital printing of textiles and we recap some of that information here.


Premium Content Executive Q&A—Wim Maes, Summa

Published August 12, 2019

Cary Sherburne talks to Wim Maes, Executive Member of the Board at Summa NV, a global leader in cutting and finishing equipment for the printing, signage, outdoor advertising, packaging, and textiles industries.


Premium Content Sustainability and Offset Inks: The Latest Trends and Issues

Published August 12, 2019

According to a recent study by the European Printing Inks Association (EuPIA), the share of offset printing inks is less than 2% of the overall eco footprint of the printed paper material or paper packaging on which they are used.


Premium Content New in Technical Textiles: Smart Diapers, Lava Suits, and More

Published August 5, 2019

The topic of technical textiles can be a bit geeky. But there are always new and interesting developments in this area. Take P&G’s new smart diapers, or the protective lava suit for geologists from the University of Missouri working in volcanic areas, for example. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne digs into these topics and more.


Premium Content Lectra Acquisition of Retviews Helps Bring Realization of Industry 4.0 Closer for Fashion Brands

Published July 29, 2019

Lectra offers solutions that give fashion, automotive, and furniture companies the means to embark on the Industry 4.0 journey. Its recent acquisition of data company Retviews is another arrow in the company’s quiver. We spoke with Maximilien Abadie, Chief Strategy Officer for Lectra, to learn more.


Premium Content SensorKnits: A New Approach to Wearable Tech

Published July 22, 2019

As part of our coverage of textiles and apparel, we look for interesting developments, both in the more conventional textiles and apparel market as it transitions to a more digital approach, as well as developments in technical textiles. In this article, we present the work being done at the MIT Media Lab to use knitting to embed conductive fibers in fabric in order to add functionality.


Premium Content The Evolution of APTech and the Future of the PRINT Show

Published July 16, 2019

Cary Sherburne talks with Thayer Long, the current president of the Association for PRINT Technologies (APTech), about the evolution of APTech, the upcoming PRINT 19 show, and a look ahead to the new Brand Print Americas 2020, the result of a strategic alliance with the Tarsus Group, owner and organizer of Labelexpo and Brand Print Global Series, which will replace PRINT 2020.


Premium Content Addressing Color Management Challenges in a Hybrid Analog/Digital Textiles & Apparel Industry

Published July 15, 2019

In the textiles and apparel industry, color management has historically been a given. Now with the introduction of digital textile printing into the mix, new color management challenges have arisen. In this article, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne takes a look at the current state of color management in the textiles and apparel industry, and where it goes from here.


Premium Content Digital Technologies, Innovation and Sustainability Top the Conversation List at ITMA 2019

Published July 8, 2019

Digital technologies, innovation and sustainability were key elements that drew a great deal of attention at the recent ITMA 2019 show in Barcelona. In this second ITMA article, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne highlights some of the advances she noticed during the show. This just scratches the surface of ITMA announcements but provides a feel for the speed with which the industry is adopting digital technologies that affect the entire supply chain.


Premium Content World Gathers in Barcelona for ITMA 2019

Published June 24, 2019

ITMA 2019 Textile and Garment Technology Exhibition, the world’s largest trade fair for the textiles industry, is taking place in Barcelona from June 20 to 26. For our printing industry readers, this is like the drupa of textiles. Here are some of the highlights from the show, with a focus on how companies are addressing the growing need for an ecosystem approach to digital textile printing.


Premium Content ImageMark Adds Promotional Products to Product Offerings

Published June 20, 2019

Long an industry trendsetter, North Carolina-based ImageMark recently announced the addition of promotional products to its portfolio of offerings in order to increase its value to customers as a one-stop shop for everything marketing. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with CEO Walter Payne to find out what drove this decision.


Premium Content SmithersPira Hosts Digital Print Week 2019 in Orlando

Published June 17, 2019

Once again, market research firm SmithersPira hosted Digital Print Week, with two conferences back to back: Digital Print for Packaging U.S. and Digital Textile Printing U.S. WhatTheyThink Senior Editor Cary Sherburne attended both sessions. The WhatTheyThink team also captured some great video content during the conferences, which will be run on the site over the next few weeks.


Premium Content EXCLUSIVE: Adobe, Datacolor, and CSI Team to Enhance Adobe Textile Designer

Published June 11, 2019

Adobe, Datacolor, and Color Solutions International (CSI), have teamed up to continue the enhancement of Adobe Textile Designer for Photoshop by making it easier for designers to seamlessly capture inspiration colors, sending them directly into Photoshop. Adobe’s Mike Scrutton explains the details.


Premium Content FESPA 2019: Key Takeaways

Published June 10, 2019

FESPA 2019 in Munich was, by all accounts, its most successful show yet. The WhatTheyThink team walked all six halls, attended lots of press events, and did video interviews with a number of exhibitors that will be running over the next few weeks. Here are our key takeaways from the show.


Premium Content FESPA Special Features: The Stars of the Show

Published June 3, 2019

FESPA Munich was an amazing show. If you didn’t attend this year, you should definitely consider attending next year in March in Madrid. There is something for everyone, regardless of which segment of the industry in which you play. Of particular note are the special features FESPA has organized to add to its educational value. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne reviews them here.


Premium Content Design Pool Aims to Make Fabric Design Selection Easier for Interior Designers

Published May 20, 2019

In the world of interior design, finding the exact fabric needed for a commercial or residential interior design project can be difficult. But why not have the exact fabrics you need, designed and printed on demand in the exact quantity you need? That’s the concept behind Design Pool.


Premium Content Dresslife Works to Deliver a Magical Ecommerce Experience for Fashion

Published May 13, 2019

As consumers look to ecommerce for more and more of their purchasing, the fashion industry has a growing issue with costly returns—largely because items don’t fit as expected. Dresslife works with fashion brands and retailers, enabling them to offer a better customer experience and has launched a mobile app. We spoke with Dresslife’s marketing manager, Yvonne Georgi, to learn more.


Premium Content Adobe Continues Enhancement of Photoshop Textile Design Capabilities

Published May 8, 2019

Six months ago, we reported on Adobe’s Project Paras, a public beta of an addition to Photoshop CC that made it easier for textile and apparel designers to do their work. We checked in with Mike Scrutton, Director of Print Technology and Strategy for Adobe, to get an update.


Premium Content WhatTheyThink Exclusive—Why EFI Acquired BDR Boya Kimya and What’s Up with EFI BOLT: An Interview with Adele Genoni, EFI Reggiani Vice President and General Manager

Published May 6, 2019

On Friday, EFI announced yet another acquisition, this time Turkish company BDR Boya Kimya, a leading manufacturer of reactive inkjet inks for industrial digital textile printing. We spoke with Adele Genoni, EFI Reggiani’s Vice President and General Manager, to get the inside scoop on this acquisition. While we had her on the line, we also asked for an update on EFI BOLT, the world’s fastest digital textile printer.


Premium Content 2019 Sign and Display Graphics Franchise Review

Published May 2, 2019

In WhatTheyThink/Printing News’ Annual Sign and Display Franchise Review, Cary Sherburne takes a look at the major franchises—Alliance Franchise Brands, FASTSIGNS, Signarama, and SpeedPro—as well as the non-franchise Sign Biz network. She analyzes how they fared in the past year, as well as where they see growth opportunities in the future. Franchise center growth across all the networks has been strong, and will likely remain so. What is driving it?


Premium Content HP Makes First Entry into Digital Textile Printing

Published April 25, 2019

Back in early 2018, we spoke with Mike Horsten, then Business Manager for Large Format Professional EMEA at HP, about HP’s potential plans for entering the digital textile printing market. Now, more than a year later, HP has made its first announcements, launching the HP Stitch series of textile printers. The company held a media briefing to discuss its strategy.


Premium Content Signs.com and Ferrari Color: The Inside Story

Published April 23, 2019

The acquisition of Ferrari Color by Signs.com caught our attention. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Signs.com cofounder and chief operating officer Nelson James to get the inside story.


Premium Content Tailored Industry Revitalizing Knitwear Manufacturing in Brooklyn

Published April 22, 2019

Up until about 25 years ago, knitwear manufacturing was a big deal in Brooklyn. But since then, much of it has moved offshore. Tailored Industry is looking to revitalize knitwear manufacturing in Brooklyn using proprietary on-demand software and 3D full-garment knitting technology.


Premium Content Exclusive Interview: EFI CEO Bill Muir and CFO Marc Olin Discuss Recently Announced Acquisition by Siris Capital Group

Published April 16, 2019

A press release from EFI Monday morning caught the industry by surprise. The company announced a definitive agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Siris Capital Group LLC. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with CEO Bill Muir and CFO Marc Olin to get some background on the announcement.


Premium Content SPESA President Explains Association’s Value to the Sewn Products Industry

Published April 15, 2019

Are you a supplier to the sewn products industry? If so, are you a member of SPESA? And if you are not, this article from Senior Editor Cary Sherburne lays out why you should be. SPESA’s President Michael McDonald shares his thoughts on the association’s role in promoting and supporting the sewn products industry from the supplier’s perspective.


Premium Content Annual Print Franchise Review

Published April 9, 2019

In WhatTheyThink/Printing News’ Annual Franchise Review, Cary Sherburne takes a look at how the five major print franchises fared in the past year—and looks back at the last decade to see how franchises were tracking compared to commercial print and draws some conclusions about the value of franchise networks vs. an independent small commercial printing firm operating on its own.


Premium Content So Many Uses for Cotton! Who Knew?

Published April 8, 2019

At TechTextil North America, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne stopped by the Cotton, Inc., booth to learn what’s new with this staple fiber (pardon the pun) and was amazed at all the uses cotton is being put to these days. It’s not just for T-shirts anymore!


Premium Content Unique.Fashion Provides Tools, Community for Designers

Published March 29, 2019

The Fashion Institute of Technology and OnPoint Manufacturing yesterday announced a new development in fashion design that will enable more entrepreneurism to occur in this market. Unique.Fashion is a unique web portal for designers and buyers that is set to transform how fashion is marketed and produced. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with OnPoint Chairman Kirby Best to learn more.


Premium Content Graphene in Action: The Kyorene Story

Published March 25, 2019

We recently wrote about graphene as a miracle product. At TechTextil 2019, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne was able to see graphene in action, courtesy of Kyorene. In this story, she speaks with Matt Reid, the company’s director of sales, about current and future strategies of the business, and how he expects to see graphene impact the textiles market.


Premium Content Retail Expert Shares Thoughts on Digital Transformation

Published March 18, 2019

While the retail and apparel industries are moving to more digital technologies and processes, many observers still believe we are in the infancy of the analog-to-digital transformation the industry will ultimately need to undergo. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne recently spoke to a digital advocate to gain insight into the industry’s progress. Kelly Price, Director of Business Development for consulting firm ArcherGrey, made some interesting observations.


Premium Content TechTextil 2019 Generates Inspiration, Excitement

Published March 11, 2019

Techtextil North America was a success by any measure. The show, which moved from Chicago to Raleigh N.C., drew more than 3,000 textile and apparel professionals and included an impressive symposium program. Cary Sherburne provides a quick summary.


Premium Content FiberForce Partners with Pantone to Bring Professional Color to 3D Printing Filaments

Published March 7, 2019

Last month, Pantone entered into an agreement with FiberForce Italy to bring Pantone colors into the world of 3D printing. Although color has been available in 3D printing filaments and powders for some time, there has been no standard way to ensure users achieve the color they are truly looking for. All of that changes with this partnership. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with both Pantone and FiberForce to learn more.


Premium Content Roland DGA Enters Direct to Garment Market

Published March 4, 2019

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Roland DGA President Andrew Oransky about the company’s entry into the direct-to-garment (DTG) market as well as its overall go-to-market strategy and its future plans relative to direct-to-textile printing.


Premium Content Minnows, Whales and Digital Technologies, Oh, My!

Published February 25, 2019

As the analog-to-digital transformation heats up for textiles, the opportunities for entrepreneurs heats up as well. Experience in transformations of other industries shows that not only do opportunities abound for entrepreneurs, but established businesses risk the most from non-traditional competition. We share some of their transformative stories in this article.


Premium Content Why Legacy Publishers Struggle in the Digital World

Published February 21, 2019

Much has been written recently about the issues legacy publishers are facing as they try to navigate the digital world, including Jill Abramson’ book "Merchants of Truth." Setting aside the plagiarism charges, Abramson, formerly an editor at the New York Times, makes some excellent points. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne wanted to add her two cents’ worth in this article.


Premium Content WeaveUp and JOANN Fabrics Make Ordering Custom Fabric Fast and Easy

Published February 18, 2019

An announcement from WeaveUp, a technology company offering digital print room solutions and customization tools for fabric, about its partnership with JOANN Fabrics, the leading fabric and craft retailer in the U.S., caught our eye. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne connected with Flint Davis, the company’s President, to learn more.


Premium Content Jordache Leverages Browzwear 3D Solutions for 80% Reduction in Failed Fit Attempts

Published February 11, 2019

Once a 3D skeptic, Jordache Executive Vice President Shaul Cohen is now a true believer. Initially adopting 3D technologies from Browzwear to solve issues with getting fits right, Cohen not only achieved better fits and a rapid ROI, but is looking to expand its use of 3D technologies to solve other issues as well.


Premium Content ShareCloth Looks to Facilitate On-Demand Apparel Manufacturing

Published February 4, 2019

ShareCloth has developed an integrated cloud-based solution that is designed to fill the gaps that exist in the apparel design and manufacturing ecosystem to facilitate profitable on-demand manufacturing of apparel, minimizing forced markdowns, overstocking, and waste. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with ShareCloth CEO Sergey Moliavko to learn more.


Premium Content Browzwear 3D Enhancements Bring Added Functionality to Virtual Fashion Design

Published January 28, 2019

Browzwear began its life as a 3D solution dedicated to fashion. While the initial concept back in 1999 was to create a virtual dressing room, a concept that was ahead of its time, the company has pivoted to create a suite of 3D solutions for fashion that can have a positive impact on all phases of the supply chain. We spoke with Browzwear’s Chief Commercial Officer, Lena Lim, to learn more.


Premium Content Sewbotics: The “Last Mile” in Automated Apparel Technology

Published January 21, 2019

As brands look to take time and waste out of the apparel design and manufacturing process, there is a strong focus on automation. Much progress has been made—yet the sewing stage has provided challenges. Softwear Automation is tackling that challenge with SewBots—robotics designed to automate the sewing process. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Softwear Automation’s Chief Commercial Officer, Pete Santora, to learn more.


Premium Content RayWear Gives Cannabis Workers as Much Protection as the Plants

Published January 14, 2019

Do you use sunscreen when in the sun? Of course you do. But if you are working under the powerful lights used to artificially grow plants—say, legal cannabis—are you taking the same precautions? Because that light can be as dangerous—or even more dangerous—than sunlight. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Daniel Jordan, founder of RayWear Clothing Company, who has made it his personal mission to provide clothing that will protect cannabis workers from the harsh environments in which they work.


Premium Content Big Opportunities for Small Design Houses

Published January 7, 2019

On a recent visit to Miami, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne stopped by to visit Carla Llull at House of Llull Atelier, an apparel design and manufacturing operation focused on delivering high quality swimwear. House of Llull is celebrating its fifth anniversary.


Premium Content MakerBot Method Bridges the Gap Between Desktop and Industrial 3D Printing

Published December 11, 2018

MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys, has two primary missions: Helping to innovate in STEM education to better prepare kids for the future, and to help companies bring product to market faster. It is in this latter category that today’s announcement of MakerBot Method falls. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Forrest Leighton and Shawn Miely of MakerBot to learn more.


Premium Content Cognizant Projects +148% Growth in Fashion Designer Jobs, Highlights the Future of Work

Published December 10, 2018

I was intrigued to read in a recent Axios newsletter that fashion designer jobs are expected to increase by +148%, according to Cognizant, a technology and business services company. I reached out to Ben Pring, who runs the company’s Center for the Future of Work, to learn more. And boy, did I learn more!


Premium Content OnPoint Manufacturing and Gerber Technologies Announce FashionTech Platform 1.0

Published November 26, 2018

I first got to know Kirby Best when he was running on-demand book printer Lightning Source. And I was interested to see him turn up as Chairman at OnPoint Manufacturing, an on-demand garment manufacturer. We connected for a wide-ranging discussion at the recent Gerber Technology Ideation event, including the newly announced FashionTech Platform 1.0 initiative.


Premium Content Textile Innovation in Rhode Island

Published November 20, 2018

Officially launched in September 2018, the Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network (RITIN) is another example of initiatives across the country that are working to revive the U.S. textile and apparel industry, both with innovations that improve efficiency and to reshore textile and apparel manufacturing. We spoke with RITIN steering committee chairman and CEO of textile company Trans-Tex Michael Woody to learn more.


Premium Content EFI Reggiani Unveils the EFI Reggiani BOLT—World’s Fastest Digital Textile Printer

Published November 19, 2018

EFI Reggiani held a gala launch event for its new EFI Reggiani BOLT single-pass digital textile printer at Reggiani’s Bergamo, Italy, headquarters. Attended by nearly 300 media, customers, and potential customers, the event generated a high level of excitement. With high-quality print speeds of up to 90 meters per minute, this press looks to be a game changer for high-volume digital textile printing.


Premium Content Austin Community College Seeks to Spur Industry Growth with Fashion Incubator

Published November 12, 2018

Austin Community College in Texas has launched an innovative Fashion Incubator with the goal of creating a real-to-industry learning environment in partnership with the City of Austin, Gerber Technology, and others. This is a unique approach to bringing new talent into the industry and giving new fashion-oriented businesses a jump start.


Premium Content Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall…Innovative Digital Solutions for Fashion

Published November 5, 2018

The digital transformation in textiles and apparel is well underway. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne writes about the drivers for this transformation and how fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff is leveraging digital technologies in unique ways.


Premium Content New EFI CEO Bill Muir Conducts Third Quarter Financial Analyst Call

Published October 31, 2018

With its new CEO in place for just two weeks, I wanted to tune in to the company’s third quarter financial analyst call to get a feel for his approach to the business. This brief article summarizes what I heard and my thoughts on EFI moving forward.


Premium Content Ariel Swedroe: Best Fashion Story Ever!

Published October 29, 2018

What were you thinking about at eight years old? Probably not the career that would be your life’s passion! That’s when Ariel Swedroe began her fashion career. At Age 11, she began exploring digitally printed fabrics. Today, at age 15, she has a full-fledged fashion business. But she’s not stopping there! You’ll love this story. 


Premium Content Adobe Project Paras Extends Photoshop CC Textile Design Capabilities

Published October 29, 2018

Designers in textiles and apparel typically use Adobe products to create their designs. But until now, there have not been textile-specific tools to make the task easier. To address this, Adobe has announced Project Paras, a set of tools that allow designers to stay within Photoshop CC and reduce the number of steps required to complete and preview a design. We spoke with Adobe to learn more.


Premium Content Kornit Brings HD Direct-to-Garment Printing to Mid-Sized Businesses with Storm HD6

Published October 22, 2018

Since launching its high-end Avalanche HD6 direct-to-garment printer and HD upgrade to most Avalanche systems with RAPID ink technology in the first quarter of this year, Kornit Digital has installed or upgraded a whopping 150 HD systems. Now the company has brought HD direct-to-garment technology to within reach of smaller businesses with the launch of the Storm HD6.


Premium Content Gerber Technology’s Ideation an Inspirational Event for Textile Design and Manufacturing

Published October 15, 2018

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne recently traveled to Miami Beach to join more than 300 people at the Gerber Technology Ideation event, the company’s software users’ group. This educational and networking event is in its 20th year. The enthusiasm among the more than 240 customers and prospects in attendance reflects the efforts the company has made to listen to customers and stay ahead of the trends.


Premium Content Microban Scentry and Scentry Revive: Innovations in Odor Control for Textiles

Published October 8, 2018

Microban recently released Scentry Revive, the second generation of a unique odor control fabric finish that was developed in response to brands seeking a more innovative approach to odor control. This approach could reduce the number of times a piece of clothing needs to be washed, its primary environmental benefit.


Premium Content Is Graphene Really a Miracle Material?

Published October 2, 2018

A great deal is being written about graphene, in textiles and other industries. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne talked to Vorbeck Materials Corp. President & CEO Dr. John Lettow to learn more about what many are characterizing as a miracle material.


Premium Content Taking Stock of Industry Associations: Part Two

Published October 1, 2018

Last summer, we took a look at the state of industry associationswith the goal of reminding our members about the many resources available to them to help move their businesses forward. By popular demand, we are now presenting Part Two in order to cover additional organizations that were not included in Part One. I’m sure there are still more!


@PRINT18 Adds New Dimension to PRINT 18 Trade Show

Published September 28, 2018

PRINT18 offers the opportunity for attendees to get their own copy of a unique publication that will be distributed at the show. Not only does it feature stunning variable covers, but it contains a wealth of original thought leadership content that will benefit attendees during the show and long afterward. WhatTheyThink President Eric Vessels explains.


Premium Content Explaining Nonwovens

Published September 25, 2018

In this next in the series of articles about technical textiles, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne speaks with Smithers Pira Associate Consultant for Nonwovens Phillip Mango to learn more about nonwovens—what are they, how is the market categorized, and what are some of their uses.


Association for PRINT Technologies (APTech) Expands Membership to Print Service Providers

Published September 24, 2018

The Association for PRINT Technologies (APTech) is announcing a new print service provider membership category just in time for PRINT 18. If you are going to PRINT, you can get the first year of membership free! We spoke with APTech to find out more.


Premium Content Functional Fabric Finishes: Advances Extend Fabric Utility

Published September 17, 2018

In recent years, significant advances have been made in both aesthetic and functional fabric finishes. While some finishes are produced mechanically, the focus of this article, the latest in our series on technical textiles, is on chemical treatments or coatings that add functionality to fabrics for comfort or for specialized uses.


Premium Content Getting Grounded in Geotextiles

Published September 10, 2018

This is the fourth installment of a series of articles by Senior Editor Cary Sherburne on technical textiles—how they fit in the industry, why they are important, and interesting new developments. In this installment in the series, Sherburne discusses geotextiles, an important but rarely discussed segment of technical textiles.


Premium Content Fiber Computing: The Next Industrial Revolution

Published September 4, 2018

The mission of Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) is to enable a manufacturing-based revolution—what we could call Industry 5.0—with the transformation of traditional fibers, yarns, and textiles into highly sophisticated integrated and networked devices and systems. In a recent conversation with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne, the organization’s Chief Marketing Officer, Eric Spackey, explains.


Premium Content LED Lighting in Retail: What’s the Impact on Color?

Published August 27, 2018

As brick-and-mortar retail works to streamline costs by updating facilities with LED lighting, are they overlooking an important effect—how LED lighting will affect the way customers see the color of their products? Senior Editor Cary Sherburne looks into the pros and cons of LED lighting and how the retail industry is approaching this conversion.


Premium Content Unraveling the Mystery of Modern Knitting

Published August 20, 2018

This is the third in a series of articles by Senior Editor Cary Sherburne on technical textiles—how they fit in the industry, why they are important, and interesting new developments. In this installment in the series, Sherburne visits with Fabdesigns, an innovator in knitted technical textiles. The company helped Nike bring the FlyKnit shoe to market and much more.


Premium Content Sir Speedy Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

Published August 14, 2018

In August, Sir Speedy, franchise operation in the Franchise Services family, celebrates its 50th year in business. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Don and Richard Lowe to get an update on the business, and to take a little trip down memory lane.


Premium Content Inside Technical Textiles: The Glen Raven Story

Published August 13, 2018

This is the second of a series of articles by Senior Editor Cary Sherburne on technical textiles—how they fit in the industry, why they are important, and interesting new developments. In this installment in the series, Sherburne shares the Glen Raven story, a 138-year-old company that has almost completely reinvented itself.


Premium Content Inside Technical Textiles: The Basics

Published August 8, 2018

This is the first of a series of articles by Senior Editor Cary Sherburne on technical textiles—how they fit in the industry, why they are important, and interesting new developments. In this first installment in the series, Sherburne defines technical textiles and provides examples of how they are purpose-built for specific applications.


Premium Content Volaris Group Makes First Foray into Print Automation Software

Published August 7, 2018

The recent acquisition of print automation software provider Aleyant by Canada’s Volaris Group raised some eyebrows in the industry. Who is the Volaris Group? What strategy are they pursuing relative to the printing industry? And what does this acquisition mean for Aleyant? These were questions Senior Editor Cary Sherburne investigated.


Premium Content Coloro Markets New Color System for Fashion, Lifestyle, and Interiors

Published July 31, 2018

Do we need another color system? Coloro thinks so. The company launched its color system last year, based on the 100-year-old Munsell system, and claims it to be the easiest to use and most logical system on the market. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Coloro Managing Director Thorsten Traugott to learn more.


Premium Content Taking Stock of Industry Associations

Published July 24, 2018

It’s been some time since we have taken a look at the state of our industry associations. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne conducted 17 interviews in late Spring 2018 with key industry players to get an update on status and strategies. We don’t cover every organization in the industry—there are simply too many—but it gives a good overview on the organizations and resources available to help printing businesses be more successful.


Premium Content Purissimo from Devan Chemicals: A Textile Treatment Bringing Hope to Pet Allergy Sufferers

Published July 23, 2018

Do you have a cat or a dog? Or would you like to, if only you or someone in your household weren’t sensitive to allergens shed by cats and dogs? Devan Chemicals has an answer that may help. The company recently launched a technology to make textiles free from allergens shed by cats and dogs. Purissimo™ is a probiotic-based solution and is completely natural. We spoke to the company to learn more.


Premium Content DuraVibe Fabric Pretreatment for Digital Textile Printing Opens New Business Opportunities

Published July 16, 2018

Digital textile printing is taking off, and solutions that increase flexibility while maintaining high quality standards will help speed this analog-to-digital transformation. We recently spoke with Ann Sawchak, co-founder of Expand Systems, about the company’s DuraVibe fabrics and the role they play in enabling more digital printing volume.


Premium Content DPInnovations: A Complete web2fabric™ Workflow Solution

Published July 5, 2018

Web-to-print is well established in the world of commercial printing, and web-to-fabric is now gaining steam in textiles, as the demand for shorter runs and faster turn times for customized and personalized textiles and apparel grows. We recently spoke with DPInnovations about its web2fabric workflow solution which has been installed in more than 20 customer locations.


Smithers Pira Tackles Digital with Two Conferences

Published June 25, 2018

Smithers Pira hosted two terrific digital printing conferences in Chicago earlier this month—Digital Print for Packaging and Digital Textile Printing. Both had great content and were very interactive. In this article, we’ve just scratched the surface of what was covered. We highly recommend putting these conferences on your calendar for next year!


Premium Content New Pantone Polyester Standards Address Increased Demand for More Vibrant, Saturated Color

Published June 22, 2018

Pantone has been providing color standards for the fashion, home, and interiors marketplace since 1987. Cotton standards were introduced in the mid-1990s. Since then, Pantone has developed additional textile color standards, including today’s announcement of 203 new colors for polyester. We spoke with Laurie Pressman, Vice President at Pantone Color Institute, to learn more.


Enhancing Label Production with Smart Workflow Automation

Published June 19, 2018

Leading companies in the labels business are benefiting from smart workflow automation. While some feel intimidated by the thought of changing a workflow that works—maybe not as well as it could—we've talked to folks who have made the transition and can't imagine how they actually functioned before.


Premium Content MWW Upholds Tradition While Pursuing Innovation

Published June 11, 2018

MWW On Demand has leveraged automation and technology to gain its position as the single largest weaving and on-demand printing company for textile-based products in the U.S. The company employs digital printing technologies for heat transfer sublimation, direct-to-garment, and direct-to-textile, and is one of the few—or perhaps the only—company that maintained a large fleet of looms when others began sending weaving offshore. The result is a vertically integrated, environmentally sustainable, on demand manufacturing operation that is a model for the future of textiles.


Premium Content Coloreel Tackles Thread Waste

Published June 6, 2018

What if you could cost-effectively color thread on demand? You know exactly how much of each color you need and in what order. You produce what you need, and you can do even very complex embroidery designs using a single head. That’s a dream that’s rapidly becoming a reality. Coloreel is another example of thread on demand in action. We spoke to CEO Mattias Nordin to take a deeper look.


Premium Content Gerber Technology: Advancing Automation in Fashion and Apparel

Published June 4, 2018

For 50 years, Gerber Technology has been providing solutions for the fashion and apparel industry, from planning through sourcing and production. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Karsten Newbury, Senior Vice President and General Manager, and Mary McFadden, Executive Director, CAD Product Management, to learn about the company’s latest offerings and how they help the industry in the analog-to-digital transformation.


Premium Content Looking for Cool Leggings? Check Out Bombsheller and Its On-Demand Manufacturing Model

Published May 30, 2018

Pablos Holman is a serial entrepreneur whose latest venture is Bombsheller, an online source for leggings manufactured on demand. Customers can select from more than a thousand designs, or upload their own, and each pair of leggings, which are available in 10 sizes, is digitally printed, cut, and sewn, with shipment in 24 hours in most cases.


Premium Content Microfactories and Automation the Stars at TechTextil/TexProcess

Published May 24, 2018

WhatTheyThink attended TechTextil/TexProcess in Atlanta, and one of the key messages that came out of the show was the fact that apparel microfactories are a reality. This brings many advantages to the apparel industry, especially in North America and Europe where there is a move to re-shore some part of apparel manufacturing.


Marketing and Publishing Guru Seth Godin to Keynote PRINT 18

Published May 10, 2018

Seth Godin, world-renowned entrepreneur and marketing and publishing guru, will be keynoting this September’s PRINT 18. Cary Sherburne spoke to him about the changing role of print in today’s marketing and publishing landscape. Read on for some insights from one of today’s thought leaders.


Premium Content How MakerBot Is Shaping a 3D Future in Industry and Education

Published May 8, 2018

For a dozen years, Forrest Leighton held marketing roles at Canon USA, and then spent four years with Marcomm Central. Today, he is Vice President of Marketing at MakerBot, a Stratasys company and a global leader in desktop 3D printing solutions. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with him recently to learn more about MakerBot and how 3D printing might be a relevant opportunity for commercial, sign & display graphics, packaging and textile printers.


Premium Content Standfast & Barracks: Naught to 50% Digital Textile Printing in Five Years

Published May 7, 2018

Changing market dynamics, including the increasing proliferation of digital printing technologies for textiles and apparel, are boosting reshoring efforts in many countries. UK-based Standfast & Barracks has worked closely with digital textile printer manufacturer Durst to help accelerate this trend using its Durst Alpha Series digital textile printers. Read more.


Premium Content Stunning 3D Printed Garments a Revolutionary Idea

Published May 2, 2018

Tel Aviv-based fashion designer Danit Peleg creates custom garments and accessories using desktop 3D printers. Today, Peleg is also in the process of creating and uploading to her site designs that can be downloaded and printed. Read on for more on her unique projects.


Premium Content How Do You Build Efficiencies through a Print Quality Management Program? 3M Has Perspective

Published May 1, 2018

One of the high points of the Color Conference held earlier this year was a talk by Lisa Price, Design Operations Director at 3M. I was able to speak to Lisa recently to get a little more detail about her very successful Print Quality Management Program that helps her manage a network of more than 700 printers worldwide. Read more.


Premium Content Israeli Fashion Designer Leverages Digital Textile Printing for New Business Model

Published April 30, 2018

Fashion designer Michal Ratzman turned to digital textile printing to find a way to make her dress design business more attractive to buyers and more profitable for her. By switching to the sell-then-manufacture model from manufacture-then-hope-to-sell, she is able to provide more customized apparel solutions while eliminating returns, inventory and waste for her on-demand dress manufacturing business, byme.


Premium Content SEAMS: Supercharging the U.S. Apparel Supply Chain

Published April 24, 2018

In preparation for attending TechTextil/TexProcess in Atlanta in May, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne connected with Will Duncan, Executive Director of SEAMS, a trade organization dedicated to empowering the Made in America movement by supercharging the U.S. supply chain from concept to customer. Learn more about SEAMS and the benefits of joining the effort.


Premium Content On Demand Manufacturing: A Sea Change for the Apparel Industry

Published April 23, 2018

Can apparel be completely manufactured in an automated environment? Not yet. But it’s coming soon and will revolutionize apparel manufacturing. Learn how NextWave, and its partners EFI, Klieverik, Zund, and Henderson are creating an on demand microfactory, which will be on display at TechTextil/TexProcess in Atlanta in May.


Premium Content Unique Great Northern Solution Fills the Gap Between Corrugated and Folding Carton

Published April 17, 2018

Great Northern Corporation added an HP PageWide T400S inkjet press to its operation last year to bring more flexibility to its unique ultra-strong folding cartons. In this post, learn how Great Northern is leveraging offset and digital for more efficiency, and the approach the company has taken to filling the gap between corrugated and folding carton.


Premium Content Move Over for Mouvent’s New Digital Textile Printer

Published April 16, 2018

Following its announcement of its formation as a joint venture between BOBST and Radex last July, Mouvent is now bringing its innovative textile printers to market. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Ghislain Segard, Marketing & Sales Manager for Textile Machines at Mouvent, to get more details about the current product and Mouvent’s strategies for the future. Read more.


Premium Content Retail’s Returns Conundrum and How Digital Textile Could Help

Published April 10, 2018

Retailers are seeing an unprecedented volume of returns, according to a recent eMarketer Retail story, and they are struggling with how to deal with this while still keeping margins at an acceptable level. Many are burdened with legacy supply chain issues that digital technology could mitigate. This post is a recap of some of the innovative approaches to digital textile and apparel manufacturing that are poised to revolutionize the world of textiles and apparel.


Premium Content FESPA 2018 Features “Print. Make. Wear.” Trend with Special Exhibit

Published April 9, 2018

Are you going to FESPA 2018 in Berlin? If so, there’s a special treat in store that you will not want to miss. In this article, show organizer Duncan MacOwan explains FESPA’s Print. Make. Wear. exhibit that showcases how digital technologies are transforming textiles and apparel while also demonstrating the ongoing value that analog production processes still add to the mix. Read more.


Premium Content Spoonflower: Demonstrating the Potential of Digital Textile Printing

Published April 2, 2018

Durham, N.C.’s Spoonflower allows users in its community of more than 3.5 million individuals to design and digitally print their own custom fabrics for curtains, quilts, clothes, bags, furniture, dolls, pillows, framed artwork, costumes, banners, and much, much more. Read on to see how Spoonflower is continuing to transform the digital textile printing market.


Premium Content HP Announces New Product Family Featuring Latex Rigid Technology

Published March 22, 2018

At an ISA preview event last night, HP presented a new technology for Latex printing on rigid substrates up to two inches thick. Although pricing and availability are not yet available, the company showed sample prints and plans to demonstrate the machine in operation at FESPA in Berlin in May. Learn more.


Premium Content Epson Dedicated to Speeding Adoption of Digital Textile Printing

Published March 21, 2018

Epson’s 2018 Digital Couture Project leading up to New York’s Fashion Week caught my attention, and I reached out to the Mark Radogna, Strategic Marketing for Epson America, to learn more about how Epson is approaching the digital textiles market and where the company sees it going in the future.


Premium Content Breakthrough Material Makes Heat Transfer News

Published March 19, 2018

As a garment decorator or textile printer, have you ever bemoaned the fact that you have to pretreat natural fiber fabrics in order to use heat-transfer sublimation for a brilliant, durable image on natural fiber textiles? Moan no more! The Mosaica Group is introducing a breakthrough product from a European mill that makes heat transfer news. Read more.


Premium Content Mimaki Focused on Accelerating the Digital Transformation in Textiles

Published March 14, 2018

It’s been 20 years since Mimaki began its digital textile printing journey, one of the first, if not the first, to do so. We spoke with Ronald Van Den Broek, General Manager of Sales for Mimaki Europe, to gain insight into how the company addresses the growing digital textile market today and it is vision of the future.


Premium Content OnPoint Manufacturing Making Apparel Microfactory a Reality

Published March 12, 2018

OnPoint Manufacturing offers an innovative approach to an on-demand manufacturing model for textiles and apparel. Leveraging digital technologies to streamline supply chains, remove waste and speed time to market is the hallmark of the analog-to-digital transformation of any industry. OnPoint combines a number of interesting technologies to enable this in textiles and apparel for its own manufacturing, and a vision of the future for the industry.


Garment Decorators Gather for Inaugural ThreadX

Published March 7, 2018

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne reports from the inaugural ThreadX, powered by SGIA, a unique conference held last week to serve the needs of garment decorators.


Premium Content Bridging the Gap Between Screen and Digital Printing for Textiles

Published March 5, 2018

As the analog-to-digital transformation in textile printing starts taking off, hybrid solutions are emerging that fill the gap between screen and digital printing. In this article, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne discusses this gap issue, includes insight from a California-based screen printer, and highlights an interesting hybrid solution in the form of M&R’s Digital Squeegee. Read more.


Premium Content Where Does HP Stand with Regard to Digital Textile Printing?

Published February 27, 2018

Since the launch of our dedicated textiles section in January, we have been talking to the major suppliers to the industry about their offerings in this exploding space. Recently, we spoke with Mike Horsten, Business Manager for Large Format Professional EMEA at HP. He shares his thoughts on the digital textile market and HP’s future plans in that segment.


Premium Content Furious Goose Attacks Silk Scarves and Pocket Squares with Digital Textile Printing

Published February 26, 2018

A Furious Goose can be frightening and entertaining at the same time. It was this idea that led to the unique naming of this British provider of high-quality silk scarves and pocket squares. The company works with Think Posi+ive Prints UK (Think Positive) in producing stunning accessories. Read more.


Premium Content Threading the Needle in Digital Textiles

Published February 19, 2018

There’s a lot happening in the world of digital textile printing, an exciting and vibrant market. It seems like every day we come across new products, services and applications that digital technology enables—either to streamline existing traditional methods or to enable entirely new capabilities. Israeli company Twine Solutions is bringing digital printing technology to the most basic commodity in the industry, the thread. Read more to learn how this technology can benefit your business.


Premium Content Unmade: Changing the World of Fast Fashion

Published February 12, 2018

Unmade, a UK-based company dedicated to providing solutions and tools to enable widespread adoption of on-demand personalization and customization of apparel and other soft goods, started by developing software to enable custom knitted items, but is now expanding into direct-to-textile printing and more. Read the full story.


2018 TAGA Conference to Feature Latest Printing Technology Trends

Published February 9, 2018

TAGA is known for its informative sessions and animated discussions of print technology, and the 2018 TAGA Annual Technical Conference will be no exception. Scheduled for 18 to 21 March in Baltimore MD, this is a must-attend event for anyone in the printing industry who wants to stay current with emerging trends and learn about opportunities for new revenue streams and continued business growth. Learn more.


Premium Content Memjet Explores New Opportunities with DuraLink Printhead Technology

Published February 6, 2018

We recently had the opportunity to visit Memjet’s San Diego headquarters and get an update on how the business is going since our visit last summer. The Print 17 trade show gave the company’s prospect list a huge boost. Read more.


Keeping Print in the Mix in Customer Communications

Published January 31, 2018

For many companies, digital communications promised fast, easy, relevant, and more affordable customer communications. But now marketers are realizing that print has a valuable role in the customer communications mix that cannot be underestimated. As a result, the role of print in an omnichannel world is being redefined yet again, with print as a key element.


Industry Associations Team to Ensure Long-Term Vitality of Mail

Published January 30, 2018

Idealliance, NAPM, and PostCom announced a coalition designed "to work towards the long-term vitality of mail and ensuring that the mail industry remains at the very center of communication and commerce in the United States and around the globe." Is this the right approach? Read more for my opinion.


Premium Content An Inflection Point in Textiles: Zazzle Leading the Way to the Future

Published January 29, 2018

Have you ever shopped at Zazzle? The company personalizes just about anything and has both paper and textile offerings. In past Zazzle stories, we have focused primarily on the paper side. But the company was actually founded with textiles. Read more to find out what Zazzle textile offerings - and its view of the market - looks like today.


Amazon and On-Demand Clothing Manufacturing

Published January 15, 2018

Amazon’s patenting of an on-demand clothing manufacturing warehouse points to a future of on-demand mass customization of fashion.


New Strategy for Xeikon Café Exhibition & Conference Announced

Published January 11, 2018

Details for the 2018 edition of Xeikon Café Exhibition & Conference, the fourth such event held in Belgium, are becoming available,;and there are exciting changes planned. We spoke with Xeikon Corporate Communications Manager Danny Mertens to get more details. Read more.


Premium Content Fed By Threads Makes Socially Responsible, Environmentally Sustainable Apparel, “From Dirt to Shirt”

Published January 8, 2018

Want a vision of the future of the world of digital textiles? Skya Nelson of Fed By Threads has a unique perspective on the market, and is already implementing much of it with the company’s “dirt to shirt” approach to socially responsible, environmentally sustainable apparel.


From 3D to 2D: An Interesting Journey

Published December 14, 2017

There has been a lot of hype over the last few years about 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, being the next big thing in the print-related world. We recently learned that EFI hired Gal Barak as its Inkjet Eastern Region Sales Manager. Barak most recently worked for 3D printing company Stratasys. Why did he make this move and what are his thoughts on 2D versus 3D? Read more.


Premium Content Understanding the Alphabet Soup of Expanded Gamut Printing

Published November 14, 2017

CMYK, XCMYK, CMYKOVG, ECG, Fixed Palette – so many terms to describe various types of process printing. What do they all mean and why should you care? We’ll explore all of that in this article.


Pioneers in Graphic Design

Published November 1, 2017

I was recently given the opportunity to review a new book, Pioneers of German Graphic Design. Did you know that modern graphic design originated more than 100 years ago in Germany? I didn’t. The book is fascinating and includes fabulous imagery. I’ll recap some of it here, but you might want this one for your personal library!


Ricoh Shares Strategy with Media and Analysts at Boulder Facility

Published October 30, 2017

Ricoh hosted a small group of media and analysts at its Global Executive Briefing Center in Boulder CO last week. This is one of four sites worldwide that has extensive capability to demonstrate Ricoh’s production printing portfolio, with the others being in Telford (UK), Thailand and Singapore. The company shared its strategy for the Commercial and Industrial Print Group, formed last April, as well as provided a tour of the facilities, including the demo center and some of the labs.


NPES Teams with the CMO Council to Gain Marketer Perspectives on Print

Published October 30, 2017

All too often, it seems that within the printing industry, we spend more time talking to each other than to customers. Ask yourself: How well do you truly understand your customers’ businesses, the issues they face every day, and how your services could help them meet their goals and objectives in truly unique ways? What services could you add to be able to do this even better?


BrandQ: What Does It Mean for Packaging Converters and Suppliers to the Industry

Published October 24, 2017

Today, Idealliance announced a new program – BrandQ, designed to provide brands with the proper tools and language to better manage print quality across complex supply chains. What is not addressed in the press release is what that means for packaging converters and suppliers to the industry. We spoke with Idealliance Vice President, Global Print Technologies & Workflows, Tim Baechle to find out more.


Xeikon Café North America Draws Larger-Than-Expected Attendance

Published October 20, 2017

The first-ever Xeikon Café North America drew a larger-than-expected audience. Xeikon has been using this platform as a gathering point for its customers and prospects at its European headquarters for the last several years. The success of the event prompted Xeikon to launch a North American version, which the company reported would be convened on an annual basis moving forward.


Driving Business Growth: How Techniprint Re-Invented Its Business

Published October 17, 2017

Phoenix-based Techniprint needed to adjust its business to account for a growing trend to digitally distribute document sets for architectural and construction projects rather than printing a large number of copies of these sets. Adding two HP PageWide XL 8000 wide format printers to its business resulted in a 25% increase in revenues in the first six months.


Premium Content Augmented Reality: Setting the Record Straight

Published October 16, 2017

The interest in Augmented Reality has grown, especially with recent attention paid to the technology by Apple, Google, Snap and others. But there is also a great deal of confusion about Augmented Reality – what is it, really? How is it different from other technologies like QR codes? What is the relevance to print? Read more.


NPES Responds to Print United Announcement

Published October 12, 2017

Many in the industry were surprised by this week’s announcement by SGIA and NAPCO about the launch of a reinvented SGIA Expo called PRINT United, designed to draw in more segments of the print market, including commercial print, publishing, 3D printing and more. I had a long conversation with Thayer Long of NPES, the organizers of two longstanding events, PRINT and GRAPH EXPO, to understand the organization’s reaction. Long was kind enough to provide a statement.


Premium Content EFI Rounds Out End-to-End Corrugated Workflow with Acquisition of Escada Systems

Published October 3, 2017

Yesterday, EFI announced the acquisition of Escada Systems, a provider of Corrugator Control Systems for the packaging market. The UK company adds another puzzle piece to EFI’s growing ecosystem for corrugated, with its earlier acquisition of CTI (ERP) and development of Nozomi (direct-to-corrugated printer). We spoke with Nick Benkovich to get the inside story.


Koenig & Bauer: What’s Old Is New Again

Published September 22, 2017

More than 60 journalists from around the globe gathered in Würzburg, Germany, at KBA headquarters to begin celebrating with the company its 200th anniversary. The event theme is 200 years: Future needs an Origin. It was a unique experience and total pleasure to be part of this historic event, which included a factory tour and a formal gala at the local convention center. Read more.


Premium Content New EFI Fiery FS300 Pro: A Platform for the Next Decade

Published September 11, 2017

Today EFI announced a new Fiery platform. The company reports that digital front ends (DFEs) based on the EFI Fiery FS300 Pro platform will drive presses across sheetfed, high-speed continuous feed, B1 folding carton, and corrugated digital production systems. This is perhaps the most aggressive Fiery release in some time and is being described as the platform for the next decade.


It’s All About Me!

Published August 16, 2017

An image used in presentations at EskoWorld struck me as a telling comment on changing consumer behavior. Take a look.


Premium Content Shutterfly Standardizes on HP Indigo, Adding More HP Indigo 12000s

Published August 16, 2017

At drupa 2016, Shutterfly placed an order for 25 HP Indigo 12000 digital presses, with an aggressive installation plan over the summer to be ready for the company’s peak season. Now Shutterfly has added another phase of HP Indigo 12000s to the mix. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Shutterfly to get the details.


Premium Content Kodak: An Update on Strategy and Performance

Published August 15, 2017

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne tuned into Kodak’s Second Quarter Earnings Call to get an update on Kodak’s strategy. There were some surprises in the call, and more detail about strategic initiatives moving forward.


Is the Future of the Traditional Textbook Business at Risk?

Published August 10, 2017

Time and again, we have seen non-traditional competitors storm a market to the detriment of the establishment. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne came across a fascinating story that could be a bellwether indication of trouble ahead for the textbook industry.


Does OEE Apply to Digital Presses? This study says Yes

Published August 8, 2017

What is OEE and why should you care? How does this metric – Overall Equipment Effectiveness – play in the world of digital printing? Those are questions addressed in a new report from jzarwanpartners. We’ve got a summary of findings for you!


Digital Embellishment Still a Hot Topic: JetFX to bring offline sheetfed solution to Print 2017

Published July 25, 2017

Digital embellishment was a hot topic at drupa 2016, and more companies are entering the fray. We came across JetFX at an event earlier this year and were intrigued by their approach. Read more about JetFX approach to foiling, spot varnishing, embossing, and high end digital holograms.


The New Xerox: What It Means for Software Strategy

Published July 4, 2017

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne recently spoke with Xerox executive Jacob Aizikowitz about his new role as head of the new Xerox Software Products Group to learn more about how the new Xerox is bringing together its diverse software development efforts.


Premium Content Sappi 2020Vision: One Paper Company’s Aggressive Plan for the Future

Published June 27, 2017

What’s the future of the paper business? One company has a bright vision of its future and is making the requisite changes to get there. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Mark Odgers, Director, Packaging Grades at Sappi North America, to get more details.


Former Xeikon CEO Wim Maes Lands at Summa NV.

Published June 23, 2017

People seem to move around a lot in our industry, and sometimes it is hard to keep track. In this edition of “Where Are They Now?” we share Wim Maes’ thoughts on his new gig at Summa NV.


Mailers Weigh in on USPS

Published June 14, 2017

How is the United States Postal Service perceived by key members of the mailing supply chain? A recent Idealliance study lays it all out, the good, the bad and the ugly. While there is certainly room for improvement, and it is unclear what the USPS response to this study will be, be sure to read to the end for a view of what mail and communications would be like if the USPS wasn’t functioning as well as it is!


EskoWorld: A Unique Experience

Published June 13, 2017

Last month, I attended EskoWorld for the first time. This was the 26th EskoWorld, so I am a little slow on the uptake. But the event was well worth attending and had quite a different feel from other user groups I have attended.


Premium Content New Xeikon President Benoit Chatelard Shares Vision for the Future

Published May 25, 2017

In late March, Xeikon announced that Benoit Chatelard, at the time the Vice President, Production Printing, for Ricoh Europe, would be joining the company as President & CEO Digital Solutions, Flint Group, Xeikon’s parent company. Chatelard began his new role May 8th, and speaks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about his vision for Xeikon.


Omni-Channel Communications: Secrets of Success

Published May 16, 2017

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. This opens the door to a more active role for print service providers in moving upstream and becoming engaged with helping marketers develop and execute an effective omni-channel strategy that aligns with the way consumers want to interact with brands. We spoke with some experts to learn their secrets of success.


NPES, PIA and Idealliance: The Strategy Moving Forward

Published May 4, 2017

Last month, NPES announced it was taking on sole ownership of the Print/Graph Expo show franchise in order to give it the flexibility to make necessary major changes to the show. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with both Printing Industries of America and Idealliance to get their take and to better understand what their involvement would be moving forward.


Spectrum Printing Weighs in on Idealliance’s G7 Master Facility Qualification Process

Published May 2, 2017

Tucson-based Spectrum Printing recently underwent the Idealliance G7 Master Facility Qualification process by leveraging G7 Expert, Jeff Collins, National Color Solutions Manager for Konica Minolta. We checked into learn more about the process and the early results. We’ll touch base again in about a month to find out what longer term benefits the company has achieved.


Esko Presents Flexo Innovation

Published April 25, 2017

On a recent visit to Belgium, I attended a Esko press briefing scheduled in conjunction with the company’s Flexo Innovation Day customer event.


NPES “Bold New Direction” for 2020 and New Ownership for Print/Graph Expo

Published April 20, 2017

NPES has unveiled what it characterizes as a “bold new direction” with its 2020 Strategic Plan. The organization has been evaluating its performance and considering where it wants to be as an organization by 2020 – and what value it can and will bring to the printing industry. NPES has assumed full ownership of the PRINT and GRAPH EXPO tradeshows.


Premium Content Xeikon Café and the Xeikon Panther Strategy

Published April 18, 2017

Xeikon Café marked some significant Xeikon announcements, including the company’s entry into the production inkjet business and a leadership transition. The event, held at Xeikon headquarters in Belgium, drew more than 800 unique international visitors and was supported by about 40 partners.


One Canon Event Shares Good News, Surprises

Published April 14, 2017

Canon didn’t disappoint with its One Canon event in Boca Raton last month. About 40 journalists and analysts gathered to hear the latest news and engage with Canon customers. It’s always a pleasure to hear from Joe Adachi, Canon USA Chairman and CEO, who kicked off the event with a broad corporate overview. And a surprise product launch occurred during the event as well.


What Do the Navy’s Blue Angels Have to Do with Print?

Published April 13, 2017

I grew up in the shadow of Navy base Moffett Field in Mountain View CA, and later lived near Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth NH, and had the opportunity to see many Blue Angels shows and practice sessions. So it was quite an experience to hear from John Foley, a retired U.S. Navy Commander who led the vaunted Blue Angels, a keynote speaker at Dscoop.


Premium Content Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things: Why Printers and Packaging Converters Should Take Notice

Published March 28, 2017

On a recent visit to Switzerland, I had the opportunity to spend time with Antoine Preisig, General Manager EMEA for X-Rite Pantone. Preisig joined X-Rite a year ago with a diverse background in the dental, IT and consumer electronics industries. He shared his thoughts on how Industry 4.0 is changing the world – and our industry.


The Future of Book Manufacturing:Integration and Automation

Published March 20, 2017

Automation is playing a growing role in book manufacturing, as evidenced by the sophisticated solutions on show at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2017


The Changing Face of Web to Print

Published March 14, 2017

It’s been more than two decades since the first flurry of web-to-print solutions hit the market in the midst of the 1990’s dot-com boom, and these solutions have continued to evolve. Today, the next generation of web-to-print solutions are gaining steam as pure-play cloud-based solutions that provide the Uber- or Amazon-like experience consumers expect today. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne delves into experiences of forward-looking firms who have adopted these next-generation solutions.


A Game-Changer for eCommerce Packaging

Published February 14, 2017

In looking at some of the changing paradigms made possible through new packaging technologies, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne takes a look at one that is emblematic of those changes. Those large boxes with lots of filler that you get when ordering products online are about to get smaller, if CMC Machinery has anything to say about it.


17th EFI Connect Brings Together 1,500 Attendees for Learning, Networking, Inspiration

Published February 7, 2017

Artificial intelligence, connecting the dots that no one else sees, and print as the igniter … some key learnings from EFI Connect 2017. The WhatTheyThink team was there and captured some great video interviews. In this post, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne shares the highlights that caught her attention.


EFI and Konica Minolta: A Solid Partnership

Published January 27, 2017

Konica Minolta Senior Vice President Kevin Kern speaks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about the company's partnership with EFI. He categorizes EFI as Konica Minolta's go-to partner in areas where they are bringing new things to their customers, emphasizing KM's focus on solutions selling and end-to-end workflow integration.


Workflow Integration Delivers Near Lights Out Cut Sheet Workflow at the World Bank

Published January 26, 2017

Jimmy Vainstein, Senior Project Manager at the World Bank, explains how the Bank is revamping it's cut sheet operation to achieve a near lights out workflow, integrating web to print and EFI Fiery Central with Pace MIS.


Frank Mallozzi Reports on EFI Connect 2017

Published January 24, 2017

Frank Mallozzi, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for EFI, shares his thoughts about EFI Connect 2017, the 17th year of the conference. Highlights included a fireside chat between CEO Guy Gecht and Joel Quadracci, as well as a fireside chat with Xerox CEO Jeff Jacobson. The conference featured new products, a large number of eduational sessions and lots of opportunity to network among peers, with EFI executives and technical staff, as well as EFI partners.


An Inside Look at Thomson Reuters Core Publishing Solutions

Published January 17, 2017

At Thomson Reuters Core Publishing Solutions, the focus on lean manufacturing is core to its business. WhatTheyThink recently visited the company’s Eagan MN facility to learn more about the operation. Read the full story.


Closing Out 2016 with Color Inspiration

Published January 6, 2017

2016 marked my first visit to the Color Conference. Over recent years, the conference has broadened its audience to include more content for designers and brand owners while still sticking to its color technology heritage. Read more to find out why this conference was a great way to end 2016.


Printing Industry 2016: A drupa Year to Remember

Published December 21, 2016

2016 was a very busy year in the printing industry, but the highlight of the year was drupa … it marked what appears to be a turning point in the industry energy level. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne revisits drupa and other key events that occurred during 2016.


Inside Shutterfly's Highly Automated Production Platform

Published December 20, 2016

Visiting Shutterfly was an amazing experience. The company produces hundreds of thousands of orders per day during peak periods across its three U.S. production sites in a highly architected and efficient manufacturing process. Read the article to find out more.


Premium Content Cimpress Acquires National Pen: The Inside Scoop

Published December 12, 2016

Today, Cimpress, the parent company of Vistaprint and multiple other Internet printing brands, announced it is acquiring National Pen, a leader in custom writing instruments. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Cimpress CEO Robert Keane to get the inside scoop.


Greenery: The Pantone Color of the Year

Published December 9, 2016

Pantone announced the 2017 Color of the Year and it is Greenery, described as a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.


1,000th HP PrintOS Customer Speaks Out

Published December 6, 2016

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne talks with Martin Saavedra, Jr., EVP at MLI Marketing in Tampa, the 1,000th HP PrintOS customer. Saavedra explains why solutions like HP PrintOS are important in helping printers remain competitive with a streamlined and productive workflow in an open, cloud-based ecosystem.


Coming Soon: Hunkeler Innovationdays

Published December 6, 2016

Have you ever attended Hunkeler Innovationdays? If not, you are missing one of the most innovative and focused events in our industry. Scheduled for 20-23 February 2017 in beautiful Lucerne, Switzerland, this event is expected to attract more than the 6,000 attendees that graced the 2015 event, with more than 80 exhibitors and 40 dedicated multivendor production lines. Read more.


Universal Wilde Has Transformed Its Business with Production Inkjet

Published November 30, 2016

Universal Wilde in Massachusetts is the largest direct marketing and book printing company in the state. Its Vice President of Operations and Technology, Jeff McFadden, explains the company's decision to acquire production inkjet about 5 years ago. Today, about 75% of its production ink work being book production with the rest being direct mail. He also shares his thoughts about the value of users groups like thINK.


Diversification at SunDance Offers an Exceptional Customer Experience

Published November 29, 2016

JohnHenry Ruggieri, Managing Partner at SunDance in Orlando, shares thoughts about the importance of focusing on core competencies, bringing as many services in house as possible in order to meet a wider variety of customer needs. He discusses how his various HP printing solution's contribute to providing a great customer experience.


Production Inkjet Helps PCI Group Take Transactional Printing to the Next Level

Published November 17, 2016

Chris Kropac, President of PCI Group, a transactional printing business located in Charlotte NC, talks about how his company got into production inkjet and why. The company sells quality and compliance, Production inkjet has enabled them to continue to raise the bar while keeping costs in line.


Workflow Automation: Stories from the Trenches

Published November 15, 2016

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne recently had the opportunity to have in-depth discussions with three leading companies about their success with workflow automation and what it has meant for their businesses.


The Value of Digital Book Printing at Webcom

Published November 15, 2016

Michael Corbett, Director of Operations for Webcom, chats with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about the changing needs of publishers, and how the company has added digital printing to its platform to address those needs. The company has also added software infrastructure to aid publishers in reducing inventories and supply chain costs. He also addresses the production of personalized copies of Unsquaring the Wheel at Graph Expo.


Addressing Customer Needs with Digital Package Printing at Caraustar

Published November 8, 2016

Caraustar, a packaging solutions provider with plants throughout the U.S., has added an HP Indigo 30000 digital press to augment its offset and flexo production of folding cartons and set-up boxes. Director of Business Development John Ramsier explains why ... speed, high quality, innovation.


Houston Independent School District Adds Sheetfed Production Inkjet

Published November 3, 2016

Chuck Werninger is Senior Manager at Houston Independent School District, a community of about 250,000 teachers, staff and students. Its print shop recently added the Canon VarioPrint i300 sheetfed inkjet press to open up full-color teaching. The press, which replaced several toner devices, was justified at a million impressions a month, and is already at 3 million three months after install.


Color Your Work Exceptional

Published November 1, 2016

Are you planning to attend the Color Conference in December in Phoenix? If you have anything to do with color in your daily work, you should consider it. There have been many advances in color management as well as launching of new standards. This is the best place to get the scoop on all of it and rub elbows with the experts – consultants, printers, suppliers and brand owners who are passionate about color.


Digital Printing: A Game-Changer in Packaging at Texas-Based Abox

Published November 1, 2016

Pylar Pinkston, Director of Sales & Marketing at Texas-Born and Texas-Proud Abox, talks about digital printing as a game-changer for her company, which now has a digital division in addition to offset and flexo. "We realized that digital was the way ..." The company selected the HP Indigo 30000.


Production inkjet brings scalability, improved uptime to DMS Ink

Published October 27, 2016

Christine Soward, President and Owner at DMS Ink in Ohio, has grown the business from $2 million to $20 million since 2005. The company introduced inkjet as a means to continue to scale the business and increase uptime. Two Canon roll-to-roll production inkjet presses and a Canon VarioPrint i300 sheetfed inkjet press replaced 7 toner devices, delivering more than 90% uptime.


Fenske Media Adds Real-Time One-to-One Video to the Customer Experience

Published October 26, 2016

We’ve been talking about cross-media, multi-channel, omni-channel – whatever you want to call it – for a long time. But now technology has arrived to add a brand-new element to these consumer experiences that is accessible to printing firms of all types. Read this article to find out how Fenske Media has harnessed real-time interactive video to achieve up to 284% increase in engagement and an 80% improvement in click-through rates, while still growing print volumes.


Digital Direct-to-Corrugated: Disruptive Technology On The Way

Published October 25, 2016

Mike Schliesmann, Senior Vice President at Wisconsin-Based Great Northern Corporation, talks about why the company is interested in digital direct-to-corrugated printing and how this will bring disruptive technology to corrugated.


To Inkjet Or Not? The thINK Conference helps in the decision process

Published October 20, 2016

Jen Mitchell, Marketing Director at Harding Poorman, talks about the value of the thINK conference in terms of staying abreast of industry developments and being able to network with peers. The company has not yet invested in inkjet and views the thINK platform as an excellent part of the education and due diligence process.


thINK "Beyond the Box" in Production Inkjet

Published October 18, 2016

Mark DeBoer, Director of Customer Experience at Darwill and thINK conference chair, talks about the maturation of the conversation about production inkjet "beyond the box." He sees more emphasis on data at the thINK conference, as an example, "stretching our imaginations as to what is possible with data." He also touches on the advances that have taken place in finishing for production inkjet.


The Past, Present, and Future of thINK and Inkjet Technologies

Published October 16, 2016

Bob Radzis, Chief Customer Officer at SG360 and a founding member of the thINK community, discusses this year's conference and how he foresees a bright future ahead.


The Power of Print to Change the World

Published October 14, 2016

Print began to flex its muscles and show its power not long after Gutenberg invented movable type. Print was a causative factor in the rapid spread of Martin Luther’s teachings in the first half of the 1500’s. Andrew Pettegree has done an excellent job of presenting a blend of European history of the period, the story of Martin Luther and how print influenced it all in Brand Luther. Highly recommended reading!


Canon thINK: The importance of community in promoting industry growth

Published October 13, 2016

Canon executive Francis McMahon shares his thoughts about the evolution of thINK, the Canon production inkjet users' group whose annual conference just concluded. He speaks about the importance of community and selflessness in supporting the growth of the industry. A demonstration of this is the fact that 60 customers presented at this conference, openly sharing experiences and advice.


Graph Expo 2016 Highlights

Published October 10, 2016

Despite its move to Orlando after 20 years in Chicago, Graph Expo 2016 exceeded expectations according to most exhibitors and attendees. In this article, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne shares the highlights that caught her attention at the show.


Bridgeport National Bindery Partners with HP in Business Transformation

Published October 5, 2016

Michele Brennan, Vice President of Business Development and MarComm at Bridgeport National Bindery, talks with WhatTheyThink President Eric Vessels about the company's transformation from a library bindery to a printing company that also does binding, including the support from HP that has made it possible. Adding an HP PageWide T230 inkjet press offers new options for the company's customers. The company has added a second press and is considering a third.


Access Direct Continues its Transformation by Adding Sheetfed Inkjet

Published September 27, 2016

Lori Messina, Owner and EVP at Access Direct, talks about the company's strategy of replacing toner and offset with production inkjet, most recently adding a Canon VarioPrint i300 sheetfed inkjet press to round out its production platform. First half color printing volumes have already exceeded that of the entire year of 2015.


A Culture of Innovation at Zazzle

Published September 20, 2016

At Zazzle, everything can be personalized. Chief Fulfillment Officer Charles Ohiaeri talks about the variety of products the company produces in its Paper Division using HP Indigo, Latex and DesignJet printers, including custom postage stamps that are validated by the USPS. "We will continue being curious on our own, understanding what customers want, and giving them the best possible experience."


Canon: Serving the CAD and Graphic Arts Markets in Wide Format

Published September 14, 2016

Sal Sheikh, Senior Director at Canon USA and Vice President of Marketing at Canon Solutions America, discusses with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne how Canon is addressing the CAD and graphic arts markets with its wide format offerings. He points out that CAD color printing is experiencing a radical shift to color printing, and discusses new developments in graphic arts.


Thomson Reuters Sees Opportunity in Monochome Book Printing

Published September 13, 2016

Thomson Reuters Core Publishing Service focuses on short and long runs of monochrome legal and other publications on lightweight papers. Adding a HP PageWide Web Press T360 with an inline Magnum Flexbook has significantly improved efficiencies for mid-sized to short runs. Learn more in this article sponsored by HP.


Village Print and Media Offers 24x7 Printing Services in The City That Never Sleeps

Published September 6, 2016

Ariel Markowitz, Director of Creative Services at Village Print and Media in New York, talks about the company's position as a 24x7 full service provider in The City That Never Sleeps. The company prides itself on offering excellent quality, a high level of customer service and competitive pricing with its design services, HP Indigo printing and full bindery.


Creative Sign Designs Spurs Collaboration with Dry-Erase Paint

Published September 6, 2016

As Creative Sign Designs was preparing to remodel its facility, President & CEO Jamie Harden came across dry-erase paint from ThinkPaint and immediately saw the benefits, both for his own staff and as a potential new revenue stream for the business.


Award-Winning Narrow Web Printer Syracuse Label & Surround Printing Adds Digital to Meet Market Needs

Published August 30, 2016

Digital is the way to go, according to Mark Howard, Vice President of Graphic Services at Syracuse Label & Surround Printing. He talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about the company's digital journey and the role an HP Indigo WS6600 has played in allowing the company to add new applications, meet tighter deadlines without any sacrifice in quality. He shares an award-winning example of shrink-sleeve production.


Premium Content Canon Promotes “See Impossible” and “One Canon” Themes at Press Event

Published August 24, 2016

At an industry analyst/journalist summit held early this month, Canon unveiled its “One Canon” approach to the business, further integrating Canon U.S.A. Business Group, Canon Solutions America and Canon Information & Imaging Solutions to provide a seamless customer experience. WhatTheyThink Senior Editor Cary Sherburne also interviewed Canon Americas Chairman & CEO and Senior Managing Director of Canon Inc. Joe Adachi during the event.


Performance POP Sees Market Differentiation in 2D/3D Projects

Published August 23, 2016

Taylor White, CEO of Performance POP in Dallas, recently invested in four HP large format printers to expand its POP business, which he saw as the future of the company. The company sells to retailers and retail brands, producing both 2D and 3D displays. Combined, these offer the company significant market differentiation. Performance POP also produces many hybrid digital/offset projects.


COT Holdings Celebrates 40 Years in Business

Published July 27, 2016

What’s the printing business like in Barbados? Highly competitive, according to COT Holdings’ Nigel Worme. Learn how this innovative company is investing in the future of its business with a brand-new HP Indigo 10000 in this article sponsored by HP.


How Digital Can Make Offset More Efficient

Published July 26, 2016

Bill Duerr, President of New Jersey based Hatteras, joins Senior Editor Cary Sherburne to discuss how adding two HP Indigo 10000s has changed the company's production platform and expanded its offerings, with a combination of offset transfer and new applications. It has also helped make offset production more efficient by removing shorter offset runs from the mix.


Arizona-based bluemedia Takes Unique Approach to Large Format Workflow

Published July 20, 2016

Arizona-based large format printer bluemedia has taken a unique approach to workflow that is serving them well, making it possible to efficiently produce large and small projects – including all of the Super Bowl graphics.


How Much Excellence Is in Your Operation?

Published July 18, 2016

A new book by former HP Executive Dieter Legat is a how-to guide for getting to operational excellence. Surf the Waves of Opportunity: Lead your business to operational excellence with five things done right, draws on Legat’s many years of operational and consulting experience to provide a working model that can be used in any business.


Xerox and RR Donnelley to Merge? What Would This Mean for the Industry?

Published July 13, 2016

Say what? Mainstream media is reporting that the two are in talks, and all this in the middle of Breaking Up Is Hard to Do for both companies. Xerox responded to an email inquiry early this morning with this: “All we are willing to share at this point is that we don’t comment on market speculation.” Expected. RR Donnelley has always been extremely close to the vest even when the topic is not material, so there wasn’t any point in reaching out there. But we do have our feelers out to see what we can pick up.


Premium Content Shutterfly and HP Indigo: The Inside Scoop

Published July 13, 2016

At drupa 2016, HP Indigo announced its largest deal ever – 25 HP Indigo 12000s to go to photo specialty printer Shutterfly. This is notable not only for the size of the agreement but for the fact that all 25 units are to be installed over the summer in order to be ready for peak production in the 4th quarter – a monumental task.


Think 3D Printing is Not for You? Think Again!

Published July 12, 2016

3D printing was one of six focused areas at drupa 2016. Most printing operations are probably wondering how this can apply to their businesses. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne has some ideas to share that will shed light on the subject.


Taking Print to the Future with HP Print OS at Creel Printing

Published July 12, 2016

Bill Wieners, President of Digital Lizard, a Creel Printing company, talks about how the company's extensive installed base of digital presses is being completely refreshed, and the impact that HP PrintOS is having on production efficiencies. With 17 HP presses on the floor across three plants, the company has the most presses installed on PrintOS. Creel will also be a beta site for the new HP Indigo 50000.


Emmy-Worthy Press Conferences at drupa 2016

Published July 5, 2016

For journalists, drupa means a press conference marathon. Most of these conferences have great content, and it is important to be able to ask questions of executives during these sessions to be able to bring the most accurate and important news to our readers. In this post, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne highlights four press conferences that are deserving of special recognition.


Key Themes at drupa 2016 Bring Industry 4.0 to the Forefront

Published June 27, 2016

By all accounts, drupa 2016 was an amazing show for both exhibitors and attendees. In this article, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne highlights some of the important trends coming out of the show, including drivers bringing Industry 4.0 – the fourth industrial revolution – to print.


How Canon Solution America's Inkjet Technologies Impact Their Customers

Published June 16, 2016

Senior Vice President of Canon Solutions America Francis McMahon talks to Adam Dewitz about the impact their production inkjet technologies is having on their customer base. They also discuss the new media lab in Boca Raton and how it helps bring new technologies to market.


HP Indigo Scores Big at drupa with Cimpress and Shutterfly Deals

Published June 2, 2016

Just two days into drupa 2016, HP Indigo has announced two large deals: Cimpress and Shutterfly. Combined with some other smaller transactions, the company has already chalked up sales of about 50 HP Indigo Series 4 presses, with likely more to come, making this an exciting show for the company. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Indigo General Manager Alon Bar-Shany to get the details.


Self-Serve Omnichannel Marketing Campaigns - Taking Web2Print to the Next Level

Published May 23, 2016

Most printing companies have either adopted omnichannel and web2print solutions or are planning to. With XMPie’s upcoming ‘Campaigns-on-Demand’ feature - an enhancement to both its Cross Media and Web2Print solutions -- the benefits of multi-touch 1:1 campaigns and a more efficient ordering workflow are no longer mutually exclusive. Learn more in this interview sponsored by XMPie.


HP's Alon-Bar-Shany on Digital Opportunities in Packaging

Published May 23, 2016

Alon Bar-Shany, General Manager of HP's Indigo Business, talks about the complexity of the packaging market, from substrates to color requirements, and how digital can benefit this market segment, including HP's new offering, the Pack Ready ecosystem, that compresses cycle time for laminated products.


HP Set to Revolutionize Prototyping/Manufacturing with Jet Fusion 3D

Published May 18, 2016

It’s been some time since HP first announced it would be entering the 3D printing market with a production-class printer and it is finally show time. The HP Jet Fusion 3 Printing Solution will be unveiled at RAPID, the largest 3D additive manufacturing conference. As promised, the printer is 10X faster and half the cost of its nearest competitor.


HP Indigo 10000 Opens New Doors for Denver-Based Hampden Press

Published May 16, 2016

Denver-based Hampden Press recently added an HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press to its fleet of offset, digital and wide format presses and has been able to not only increase capacity and produce many brand-new applications, but has also seen revenues rise 10% as compared to last year, largely due to the HP Indigo 10000. Read more in this article sponsored by HP.


HP Set to Revolutionize Prototyping/Manufacturing with Jet Fusion 3D

Published May 16, 2016

It’s been some time since HP first announced it would be entering the 3D printing market with a production-class printer and it is finally show time. The HP Jet Fusion 3 Printing Solution will be unveiled at RAPID, the largest 3D additive manufacturing conference. As promised, the printer is 10X faster and half the cost of its nearest competitor.


New Leadership at NPES/GASC: A Conversation with Thayer Long

Published May 10, 2016

A little over a week into his new role as President of NPES/GASC, Thayer Long, who has taken over from Ralph Nappi, speaks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne in this WhatTheyThink exclusive interview about why he is excited about his new role and what he expect to achieve moving forward


Innovative Digital Print Production Strategies Drive Dramatic Growth at Quality Tape and Label

Published May 3, 2016

In 2008, this full-service label & packaging company saw the writing on the wall with respect to the looming impact of digital printing technologies on its business and wanted to get ahead of the curve with digital adoption.


"Best Dscoop Ever!"

Published April 27, 2016

This is the refrain Senior Editor Cary Sherburne heard over and over again during and after Dscoop 11, held in San Antonio TX. The conference attracted double the number of companies as compared to last year and featured outstanding keynotes, content and activities.


Jetcomm 2 Inspires Attendees to Achieve New Heights

Published April 26, 2016

The second annual Jetcomm conference, comprised primarily of owners of HP PageWide Web Presses, was held in San Antonio TX in conjunction with Dscoop 11. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne was there and shares her thoughts.


Personalized Packaging is Here

Published April 26, 2016

For printers and packaging converters looking to take advantage of the market opportunities offered by customized or personalized packaging, the Zoxxbox story is an interesting one. Learn how the company is leveraging digital tools to make customized packaging an affordable reality in this article sponsored by XMPie.


Premium Content Ricoh Again Takes Production Inkjet Market Share Lead in U.S.

Published April 18, 2016

IDC’s U.S. Quarterly Production Print Tracker results for 2015 peg Ricoh as the only supplier that increased year-over-year market share in production inkjet.


Printing tissue paper on a sheetfed HP Indigo — Digiwrap has figured it out!

Published April 15, 2016

Brad Boskovic, President of Digiwrap, talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about one of the more unique HP Indigo applications we have seen -- personalized gift wrap tissue paper and Euro-style tote bags in a patented process that took about four years to develop.


ESKO: Driving Change in Flexo

Published April 13, 2016

At a pre-drupa briefing last month, duomedia hosted a large crowd of press and analysts from around the world to hear from eight different companies about their drupa plans and general strategies. This article includes links to other WhatTheyThink reporting on these announcements as well as a focus on the announcements made by the Danaher family of companies including Esko, Enfocus, X-Rite and Pantone. This included a flexo platemaking breakthrough announced by Esko that is set to create a shift in that market.


codeMantra Taking New Capabilities to the London Book Fair

Published April 12, 2016

codeMantra, which has been in the business of supporting content publishers for a decade, has just launched some interesting new capabilities that could have value for print service providers looking to expand the range of content-oriented services they offer customers. Read more.


Zazzle: A Modern Success Story

Published April 5, 2016

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne has been a long-time customer of Zazzle and was thrilled with the recent opportunity to visit the company’s manufacturing sites in San Jose CA. Learn more about the successful business this unique company has built in this article sponsored by HP.


AlphaGraphics CTO Shares Details of MIS Migration

Published April 5, 2016

Ryan Farris, CTO of AlphaGraphics, explains why the migration from EFI PrintSmith to EFI PrintSmith Vision across the network is important to the company's growth path and how the company is leveraging this migration to better integrate and automate the network.


Canon's Media Labs: Testing and Qualifying Inkjet Papers

Published March 31, 2016

John Crumbaugh, Product Manager for Ink and Media at Canon Solutions America, has a lot to say about ink and media for production inkjet, and claims to have the best job in Canon Solutions America where he runs the Boca Raton Media lab, often testing 3 or more substrates per week.


Speedpro Imaging Chooses EFI H1625 Wide Format Printers

Published March 22, 2016

Boris Katsnelson, CEO of SpeedPro Imaging, with 125 wide format locations in 31 states and an affiliate in Canada with an additional 40 locations, shares thoughts with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about why the company is introducing EFI hybrid wide format printers to its production platform.


Another New Business for EFI

Published March 3, 2016

EFI is using both organic growth and acquisitions to get to CEO Guy Gecht’s much publicized goal of reaching $1 billion in revenue this year, and another acquisition was added to the mix this week. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne talked to EFI about how the acquisition of Rialco LLC fits into the mix.


TAGA in Memphis: Tech, BBQ and Music

Published February 23, 2016

Are you gearing up to attend the 2016 TAGA conference in Memphis? Senior Editor Cary Sherburne gives you lots of good reasons why you should plan to go … read more.


HP's David Murphy stresses the importance of the graphics community attending drupa 2016

Published February 18, 2016

David Murphy, VP of Marketing for HP PageWide inkjet presses, talks about why it is important to attend drupa 2016. HP plans to demonstrate new technologies across its graphics portfolio and will be occupying the entirety of Hall 17 (more than 5,000 square meters). At drupa, exhibitors are showing the promise of the future for the graphics industry. Be there!


Premium Content Mercury Print: Positioned for Growth

Published February 16, 2016

Mercury Print Productions of Rochester NY reports continued growth, increased use of digital print technologies, and a new facility that consolidates 3 previous ones. CEO John Place talks about current business and future strategies in this company spotlight.


Sheetfed Inkjet Boosts Production for OneTouchPoint

Published February 4, 2016

Steve Henck, VP of Operations for OneTouchPoint, is an early adopter of sheetfed production inkjet, migrating work from offset and toner as well as developing new applications and customers.


IDEAlliance and Epicomm Join Forces for the Benefit of the Industry

Published February 3, 2016

Yesterday, IDEAlliance and Epicomm announced a proposed merger that, pending member approval, will combine the two organizations under the 50-year-old brand IDEAlliance. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with IDEAlliance’s David Steinhardt and Epicomm’s Ken Garner to get the inside story.


EFI Connect Attendees Gain Insights from Steve Wynn Keynote

Published January 28, 2016

How does The Wynn Resort create such an excellent customer experience? Steve Wynn shared his thoughts and experience in a fabulous keynote at EFI Connect 2016.


Advanced Materials for Advanced Applications

Published January 26, 2016

Gearing up for drupa yet? At WhatTheyThink, we are. In fact, our drupa page is already up, so be sure to follow the news as the show gets closer! One of the areas worth investigating when you go to drupa is the developing area of advanced materials, whether it is resins for 3D printing, conductive inks, or advanced inkjet ink formulas.


EFI Portfolio Helps Customers Drive A More Efficient Workflow

Published January 25, 2016

Frank Mallozzi, SVP at EFI, talks about the holistic approach to workflow to remove touch points and cost that he sees on customer visits around the globe.


Globalsoft Digital Now Part of the Creel Family

Published January 21, 2016

I read with interest the announcement by Las Vegas based Creel of its acquisition of Globalsoft Digital, based in New Jersey with operations in France as well. Chris Petro has done a great job with Globalsoft Digital and has always been on the forefront of technology adoption. Alan Creel’s Las Vegas operation also includes Digital Lizard. With the addition of Globalsoft Digital, he significantly expands his geographic footprint and adds a business that generates about 50% of its revenues from photo specialty printing with the balance from web-based commercial print.


EFI's Guy Gecht on EFI Connect and the Imaging of Things

Published January 20, 2016

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne talks with EFI's CEO Guy Gecht about EFI's new Imaging of Things Exchange announced yesterday at EFI Connect, where attendance is up 10% over last year. He also shares thoughts about the value of specialized versus generic trade events for exhibitors and attendees.


Premium Content X-Rite Pantone’s CEO Ron Voigt Shares Insights

Published January 19, 2016

As 2015 drew to a close, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne had the opportunity to sit down with X-Rite Pantone CEO Ron Voigt to review the year and look ahead into 2016.


Chatbooks: Linking the Physical and Digital Worlds

Published January 17, 2016

Our President, Eric Vessels, came across the Chatbooks service in Instagram and shared it with the team. Our own Frank Romano commented on it in a video last week, and today we have an interview with Chatbooks CEO Nate Quigley for a deeper look at the service and print’s value add.


An American Journalist in Cuba

Published January 11, 2016

After the U.S. executive order in early 2015 that allowed more classes of U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba without seeking prior U.S. government approval, I decided I would like to visit the island to learn more about the culture and doing business there. In my role as a journalist covering the printing, packaging and publishing industries, the goal was to visit those types of companies.


Mark DeBoer Of Darwill: Having Fun With A Complete Multi-Technology Production Platform

Published January 5, 2016

Mark DeBoer, Director of Customer Experience for Darwill, talks about how the company leverages its multi-technology production platform, including production inkjet, to produce high-end personalized direct mail with a complete toolbox.


Premium Content Cimpress CEO Robert Keane Shares Thoughts on Business Growth

Published January 3, 2016

In December, Cimpress, the parent company of Vistaprint, announced plans to acquire German web-to-print company WIRmachenDRUCK. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne talks to CEO Robert Keane to find out more about the company’s strategies and growth plans.


Another Exciting Chapter for SG360?

Published December 14, 2015

Integrated direct marketing solutions provider SG360° made an exciting announcement the other day, and I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss it.


HP 3D: Changing the Future with Additive Manufacturing

Published December 3, 2015

After doing a multi-year stint managing the established imaging and printing businesses for HP, Steve Nigro is back doing what he loves – running a start-up business. His current role is President, 3D Printing, at HP, Inc., with worldwide responsibility for creating and scaling HP’s 3D business.


Delphax elan Set for 1Q2016 Commercial Availability

Published December 1, 2015

As the production inkjet market continues to gain traction, more choices are coming to market, many of which were first shown at drupa 2012. As we approach drupa 2016, there is no doubt that a growing number of production inkjet solutions will be making their way to commercial availability. Delphax elan is one of those.


Are You Talking to Brand Owners?

Published December 1, 2015

As printing companies continue to transform their businesses by offering marketing and related services, establishing direct communication with the brand owner at client or prospect companies – the person who ultimately has responsibility for driving brand initiatives – can pay big dividends. Learn more about what these new services might look like.


Off the Wall at Comic-Con

Published November 25, 2015

If you been to Comic-Con in the last five years, you have seen Las Vegas based Off the Wall Signs & Graphics’ work. Its updated fleet of grand format printers have enabled bigger projects with shorter cycle times and are the basis for the company’s growth. Learn more in this story sponsored by HP.


Premium Content Kodak CTO Terry Taber: Commercialization and Monetization of Technology

Published November 24, 2015

Five years ago, Kodak CTO Terry Taber began building a technology pipeline that he hoped would lead the company into new businesses, including a key focus area for CEO Jeff Clarke, Functional Printing. He speaks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about the current state of the organization from a technology perspective.


Former Wunderman Exec Joins Tukaiz

Published November 19, 2015

The news story reporting that James Eby, a 25-year veteran of Wunderman, joined Tukaiz as Chief Creative Office caught my eye. Tukaiz, which recently started an in-house agency, agenz, has long been an innovator and thought leader in the industry. Now they have taken that to a whole new level with Eby leading agenz.


Allison Payment Systems: More than 120 Years of Innovation

Published November 18, 2015

Allison Payment Systems was founded in 1888 by Noah Allison, who is credited with the invention of the coupon payment book. The focal point for Allison Payment Systems is personalized customer communications through electronic delivery and first class mail … and lots of it.


Premium Content So you’re buying a new digital press. What about the DFE?

Published November 17, 2015

The choice of a digital front end (DFE) is perhaps one of the most overlooked decisions in the purchasing process. In some cases, there is only one choice. But for a wide range of toner-based digital presses, two (or even more) options are available. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with a number of printing professionals to better understand how they are approaching this decision and what criteria they use. Read more for advice from the front lines.


Xerox DocuTech’s 25th Anniversary

Published November 16, 2015

It’s hard to believe that the Xerox DocuTech Production Publisher was launched 25 years ago last month. This was truly a breakthrough product that is credited with launching the print-on-demand market and ultimately generated billions of dollars of revenue for Xerox and its customers.


The Secret to Success: Digital Lizard sees 500% revenue growth

Published October 27, 2015

Digital Lizard of Las Vegas reports an astounding 500% growth from 2011 to 2014. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne speaks with Digital Lizard President Bill Wieners to find out how this growth was achieved and what his expectations are for the future in this article sponsored by HP.


Crossing the finish line – a Cinderella story

Published October 19, 2015

At drupa 2016, expect post-press to emerge as a Cinderella story. Already, prepress and print have benefited from technologies that speed work through the production process, but for many companies post-press processes are still a bottleneck.


HP Indigo 10000 a Game-Changer for Dreamworks Graphic Communications

Published October 14, 2015

Dreamworks Graphic Communications calls its HP Indigo 10000 a game-changer, eliminating one offset press and increasing the amount of hybrid offset/digital work it does. EVP John Perkins shares his thoughts on the benefits of digital printing with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne in this HP-sponsored article.


Reinventing Swatch Books

Published September 22, 2015

Those of us who love printing and paper love to get swatch books to see the latest and greatest paper offerings. Over the last year, Neenah has taken a creative approach to swatch books with its Explore series.


Inkjet On Fire at Graph Expo 2015

Published September 21, 2015

Production inkjet held center stage at Graph Expo 2015, proving that has gone mainstream. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne looks at some of the announcements and the North American debuts for this game-changing technology.


Komori and Screen: Better Together

Published September 13, 2015

Today at the very first Graph Expo press conference, Komori and Screen shared some big news: Komori and Screen have entered into a strategic selling agreement that effectively joins the two companies’ sales organizations.. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne was on the scene to bring WhatTheyThink members additional insight on the news.


Francis McMahon on the Inaugural thINK Inkjet User Community Forum

Published September 10, 2015

Cary Sherburne talks to Senior VP of Marketing for Canon Solutions America Francis McMahon at the first thINK Forum, covering highlights from the show and what it means to sponsor such an event.


New PANTONE EXTENDED GAMUT Coated Guide Offers ECG Standardization for the First Time Ever

Published September 9, 2015

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne presents details and insight relative to Pantone’s announcement today about its new Extended Color Gamut Coated guide – what is it and what does it mean for printing and packaging for designers and print providers.


Ricoh Partners with Forbes Magazine at Marketing Rockstars Event

Published September 8, 2015

Nearly 2,000 marketers attended, up from about 1,350 last year, to hear 50 speakers from companies including Google, Starbucks, Adidas, Twitter and more. Ricoh was one of 100 exhibitors with a very busy booth that featured lots of information and examples of cross-media marketing solutions, featuring direct mail.


Tsunami Coming: Prepare Now

Published August 31, 2015

You remember the effect the Internet had on your business from 1995 through today? It’s nothing compared to what’s coming your way now. That’s the basis of a new book that is a must-read for anyone who owns or manages a business. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne speaks with Scott Stawski about Inflection Point: How the convergence of cloud, mobility, apps and data will shape the future of business.


Premium Content Canon on Color A Conversation with Canon Solutions America

Published August 25, 2015

In an increasingly complex and demanding printing environment, color management is critical. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Canon Solutions America executives to learn more about how Canon is approaching this issue.


Taking Paper to the Next Level

Published August 18, 2015

Creative businesses are leveraging new digital finishing technologies to drive new business, new designs, and entry into entirely new markets for printing and packaging companies. Brands are also turning to paper structures to get their message out and enhance their displays. Learn how digital finishing techniques are revolutionizing the world of paper creations in this article sponsored by Highcon.


Blue Octopus: High Quality and a Helping Hand

Published August 11, 2015

Blue Octopus is furthering its ability to create employment opportunities for veterans with disabilities by improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of its printing operations. Learn more about how this entrepreneurial organization is blending print and social consciousness to make a better world, in this article sponsored by HP.


Premium Content Adobe Takes Digital Publishing to New Levels

Published July 29, 2015

Adobe is taking mobile app creation to a brand-new level with the launch of Adobe Digital Publishing Solution 2015. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Adobe’s Bridget Roman and Colin Fleming to learn more.


How Bridgeport National Bindery Streamlines Its Digital Print Workflow

Published July 27, 2015

Celina McMahan, Digital Workflow Specialist, explains how HP SmartStream Production Center helps the company better manage 6,000 to 10,000 files per day, saving significant operator time and streamlining overall workflow.


Going for the Gold (or Silver) at Graph Expo: New Offering from Scodix

Published July 23, 2015

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne recently had the opportunity to speak with Yariv Bustan, Product Manager at Scodix, who shared a very interesting new product announcement.


Refining Packaging Cycle Time: The “Last Mile” Power of Digital

Published July 21, 2015

Packaging is one area of the printing industry where growth continues. But it is not without its challenges. Learn how leading packaging converters are leveraging digital technology to address time-to-market challenges and developing new revenue streams in this article sponsored by Highcon.


Bridgeport National Bindery: Blending the Old and New

Published July 16, 2015

Senior Editor Cary Sherburen recently had the opportunity to visit Bridgeport National Bindery in Western Massachusetts. They have a great story!


Interview with EFI's Udi Arieli on FedEx Office's Use of EFI Workflow and Productivity Technology

Published July 15, 2015

Yesterday, EFI and FedEx Office announced that FedEx Office is using EFI products for a more cost-effective and streamlined delivery of professional print services. I spoke to Udi Arieli, EFI’s Director, High End Market Business Development, EFI Productivity Software, to get the scoop for this WhatTheyThink exclusive.


Cross-Media? Multi-Channel? Omni-Channel?

Published July 13, 2015

UK-based Blackdog Digital is a terrific example of a company that has morphed from being a commercial printer to a digital printer to a variable data printer to a full-service provider of cross-media campaigns. Blackdog’s Phil Copperwheat shares his thoughts on the company’s transformation and what other companies need to do to get in the cross-media game.


Getting to Know HP’s Eric Wiesner

Published July 7, 2015

As our readers may know, Aurelio Maruggi led the InkJet High-speed Production Solutions (IHPS) division at HP since its inception and has recently moved to a new role within HP. He spent a lot of time with customers and really understood the business and their needs. His successor, Eric Wiesner, has a very different background, but one that is equally valuable to HP and customers alike. I had the chance to speak with him recently about his background and his thoughts about the future.


The Next Wave of Digital Publishing: Employee Engagement

Published July 6, 2015

We’ve been writing about the adoption of digital publishing tools for publishing and sales enablement. The next wave for this discipline is a natural: employee engagement. We spoke with Douglas Fajardo, CEO of Mirum Miami, an agency working with Sony Latin America, about the impact Sony’s employee engagement app is having on its employee on-boarding process.


EPS Doublet Brings Amazing Innovation to Experiential Marketing with Production Inkjet

Published June 30, 2015

Colorado-based EPS Doublet creates amazing event experiences for its many marquis customers and is an expert in experiential marketing. See how the company leverages large- and small-format digital printing to bring innovative solutions to its customers in this article sponsored by HP Graphics Solutions Business.


Cordoba Printing Brings Print On Demand to Israeli Publishers with Kodak PROSPER 1000

Published May 21, 2015

Adding production inkjet to its book printing operation is enabling Cordoba Printing & Binding of Israel to adjust to drastic changes in the Israeli book market as well as to pursue new business opportunities. Learn more in this article sponsored by Kodak.


Premium Content New Workflow Chief at Kodak

Published April 28, 2015

We recently learned that Kodak has hired a new workflow chief. Allan Brown, formerly with HP and Xerox, joined the company as General Manager of its Unified Workflow Solutions business. Read what Brown has to say about workflow and Kodak strategies moving forward.


Premium Content Interview with Kevin Cushing on Alliance Franchise Brands, Franchising and More

Published April 22, 2015

Kevin Cushing, formerly CEO of AlphaGraphics, has accepted the position of President of the Marketing & Print Division of Alliance Franchise Brands LLC (parent company of Allegra Network LLC). Hear what he has to say about the company, franchising in general and the importance of a learning environment.


BR Printers Colors the World of Black & White

Published April 21, 2015

BR Printers discusses how production inkjet printing is changing the way the company does business and opening up new business opportunities in a highly competitive marketplace. This article is sponsored by HP.


Are You Doing Your Part to Make Sure PRINT’S VOICE Is Being Heard in Washington?

Published April 9, 2015

Do you know about the joint NPES/PIA program for raising Print’s Voice in the Nation’s Capital? We all complain about Congress not getting anything done, but how many of US actually do anything about it? Here’s a great program that gets the word out about print and pokes at Congress to get stuff done.


Premium Content Adobe Tackles Next-Generation Digital Publishing with Summer Launch of Adobe Publish

Published April 8, 2015

We’ve written a fair amount about digital publishing in this space since we believe it presents a good opportunity for new revenue streams for printing firms – not only for traditional publishing applications but increasingly for sales enablement and other enterprise dissemination of information. Adobe is about to take this to the next level with its summer launch of Adobe Publish.


Hunkeler InnovationDays: 22 Years of Collaborative Success

Published March 18, 2015

While many other trade events are struggling to survive in a dynamically changing environment, Hunkeler Innovationdays, which has taken place in Lucerne, Switzerland, every other year for the past 22 years (11th event this year!) has continued to grow in both size and vitality. Here’s an overview of the 2015 event.


Premium Content Quad/Graphics CEO Speaks Out about Book Platform Transformation, State of the Industry, Go-Forward Strategy

Published March 17, 2015

Quad/Graphics has been in the news a lot of late … first with its agreement to acquire at least 20 HP T-Series Inkjet Web Presses, and then with the attempt to acquire book printer Courier Corporation. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with CEO Joel Quadracci to get more information and find out what else Quad is up to.


Strategic Gamble on Production Inkjet Pays Off for Liturgical Publications

Published March 10, 2015

Facing typical offset run lengths of 750 or less, make-ready waste of as much as 50%, and with evolving customer expectations for more color and higher expectations of color quality and consistency, Liturgical Publications turned to production inkjet as a strategic gamble which has turned into a strategic advantage for this innovative publisher.


Premium Content Allegra Network, Avanti and Ricoh: The Inside Story

Published March 5, 2015

In early February, Ricoh and Avanti announced that Allegra Network had chosen Avanti Slingshot as the core of its WorkStream™ integrated web storefront/MIS/workflow automation solution. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with the franchisor’s executives to get the details of what this means for franchise members and customers.


Happy 2nd Anniversary, Canon Solutions America!

Published March 4, 2015

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne joined a group of 40 journalists and analysts to help Canon Solutions America celebrate its 2nd anniversary and to learn what is new from the organization and where it is going in the future


World Bank Group’s Printing & Multimedia Touts Production Inkjet as a Game-Changer

Published February 18, 2015

Jimmy Vainstein, senior project manager of the World Bank Group’s Printing & Multimedia explains how investing in a production inkjet printing solution has revolutionized the institution’s business and increased its value to Bank Group clients.


Are You Going to TAGA?

Published February 17, 2015

While the TAGA Annual Technical Conference doesn’t draw huge crowds, it should. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne speaks with Printing Industries of America’s Dr. Mark Bohan about this year’s program featuring new ideas and solutions for growth.


Producers of drupa Explain Three-Year Plan

Published February 17, 2015

Sometimes, trade shows don’t even have to open before they start making news. Yesterday, officials of Messe Düsseldorf, producer of the drupa expo, held conference calls with journalists to explain the drupa committee’s decision to shorten the interval between the events from four years to three starting in 2016.


EFI Connect: Bigger and Better than Ever

Published February 12, 2015

2015 saw a bigger and better EFI Connect, with more than 1,000 customers in attendance and a total attendance of more than 1,500 people. As usual, the conference featured many educational sessions and outstanding keynotes. But there were some differences this year.


Digital Book World: Were You There?

Published February 5, 2015

WhatTheyThink was present in force at Digital Book World, our first time to attend this event which is in its 6th year. Were you there? We didn’t see many printers! See what Senior Editor Cary Sherburne has to say about this event and begin planning to attend next year.


New High Definition Nozzle Architecture for HP Inkjet Web Presses!

Published February 5, 2015

Today HP announced breakthrough inkjet printhead technology to be incorporated into its Inkjet Web Presses in 2016. Summary information here with more to following in a detailed article from David Zwang on Monday.


King Printing: At the Finish Line

Published February 3, 2015

King Printing continues to grow in a highly competitive book printing market, spurred by its investments in production inkjet printing presses. In this article, sponsored by HP, Managing Director Adi Chinai explains how inkjet printing has changed its business and that of its publishers.


Swiss-Based Trendcommerce Group Looks to Production Inkjet for Business Growth

Published January 20, 2015

Swiss-based Trendcommerce (Schweiz) AG has always been a trendsetter in Switzerland. The company has secured its market-leading position through the acquisition of production inkjet presses. This has enabled a white-paper-in workflow, virtual elimination of offset printing, reduction in black & white toner-based volumes and a revenue growth of 50% since 2011. Read more in this HP-sponsored story.


Who’s Epicomm and what have you done with NAPL/NAQP/AMSP?

Published January 19, 2015

Today, the alphabet soup of NAPL/NAQP/AMSP, one of our favorite industry associations, is getting rid of the unwieldy name generated by a series of mergers and acquisitions in favor of brand-new branding as Epicomm. I spoke with Ken Garner, CEO of Epicomm, to learn more about the what and the why.


Looking Toward Hunkeler Innovationdays

Published January 12, 2015

2015 is already shaping up to be a busy year, and one of the highlights is Hunkeler Innovationdays scheduled for February 23-26 in Lucerne, Switzerland. Cary Sherburne speaks with Standard Finishing President Steven Reny to learn what we might expect at this year’s event.


A few clarifications from Benny Landa

Published December 18, 2014

Following our publication of the latest update from Landa Digital Printing, published last week, I spoke with Benny Landa to clarify a few things.


EFI plans Connect on Steroids in 2015

Published December 18, 2014

EFI Connect 2015 is shaping up to be one of the best ever, so much so that EFI COO Marc Olin describes it as “Connect on Steroids.” Read what he has to say about Connect, EFI’s future strategies and his role as COO of the company in this interview with WhatTheyThink Senior Editor Cary Sherburne.


More on Ricoh's Acquisition of PTI Marketing Technologies

Published December 17, 2014

Last week, Ricoh invited a group of press and analysts to a discussion about its acquisition of PTI Marketing Technologies. As our readers will remember, Ricoh made an investment in PTI in 2012 and has since trained its sales force on selling PTI solutions, including MarcomCentral and FusionPro (FusionPro is sold as a standalone and also is embedded in MarcomCentral). During the session, Coleman Kane, President & CEO of PTI Marketing Technologies, and Ted Takahashi, Ricoh’s Senior Vice President, Production Print Global Marketing Center, shared thoughts and comments and answered questions.


Semiconductor Manufacturer Maxim Integrated Finds Sales Power in Adobe Digital Publishing Suite

Published December 11, 2014

As our readers will know, we have been following developments with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, both in terms of how it is helping publishers tackle the “dollars to digital dimes” conundrum of digital publishing as well as some interesting views into how enterprises are adopting DPS for sales enablement. Today’s story takes us to Maxim Integrated, a designer and manufacturer of semiconductors, who has benefited from the integration of DPS with Adobe Experience Manager for increased sales power.


Kodak's Doug Edwards Leading Major Growth Segments

Published December 3, 2014

Doug Edwards, Kodak President of Digital Printing and Enterprise, discusses his role leading digital printing, packaging, and functional printing.


Rotolito Establishes Digital Production Unit to Meet Changing Demands for Book Printing

Published December 2, 2014

Rotolito, one of the largest printing companies in Europe, has built a €10 million business in digital book printing since the inception of its digital operation in 2010. Read what Rotolito’s Gabriella Moretti has to say about the changing dynamics of its book printing business in this article, sponsored by HP.


HP Continues to Innovate with the Indigo Press Platform

Published November 18, 2014

HP's Alon Bar-Shany, VP & GM Indigo Press Division, talks to Cary Sherburne about its new folding carton press shown at Graph Expo. Alon shows examples and talks about the technology and capabilities of the press.


HP Prepares for Jetcomm: First Production Inkjet User Group and Global Conference

Published November 13, 2014

HP has begun planning for Jetcomm, its first-ever Production Inkjet User Group, with a conference to be held in March 2015 in Washington, D.C., immediately preceding DscoopX. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne speaks with David Murphy, WW Director of Marketing for HP’s production inkjet business, to learn more.


Kodak Sonora Plates Go Mainstream with Operational and Environmental Benefits

Published November 11, 2014

Todd Bigger, Director of Product Management at Kodak, talks to Cary Sherburne about Sonora and the benefits Sonora plates bring to the mainstream printing industry.


Mobile: What Printers Need to be Thinking

Published November 6, 2014

Toby Weiss, EFI's Fiery SVP & GM, is joined by Cary Sherburne in the new EFI headquarters in Fremont to discuss mobile. What do commercial printers and in-plant printers need to think about relative to mobile?


Bridgeport National Bindery Turns to Production Inkjet to Revolutionize Its Business

Published November 4, 2014

Massachusetts-based Bridgeport National Bindery has turned to production inkjet press technology to revolutionize its business and to significantly outweigh the decline in its traditional library binding business as discussed in this article, sponsored by HP.


An Update on Kodak's Prosper 6000 Press

Published November 4, 2014

Kodak VP of Marketing Chris Payne speaks with Cary Sherburne about the Prosper 6000, the status of their beta sites, and printing Dr. Joe Webb and Richard Romano's new book - 2,400 books in 90 minutes.


Eshuis America Leverages HP for Digital Label Printing

Published November 3, 2014

Alejandro España, Business Development Manager at Eshuis America, talks about the business and how they leverage HP digital printing for large label campaigns.


Eshuis America Leverages HP for Digital Label Printing (Español)

Published November 3, 2014

Alejandro España , Gerente de Desarrollo de Negocios de Eshuis Latina , habla sobre el negocio y cómo se aprovechan de impresión digital de HP para las grandes campañas de la etiqueta.


Digital Publishing Delivers Significant Business Results for Stryker Orthopaedics

Published November 3, 2014

Our continuing coverage of the impact of digital alternatives on the world of print and publishing features Stryker Orthopaedics’ use of digital publishing technologies to more deeply engage its sales force and surgeon customers while reaping significant cost and time savings. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne speaks with Stryker’s Orthopaedics’ Creative Director Stephen Brown to learn more about the journey.


Premium Content The Future of Kodak: A WhatTheyThink Exclusive Interview with CEO Jeff Clarke

Published October 29, 2014

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne recently had the opportunity to spend quality time with Kodak’s new CEO, Jeff Clarke. Read on to hear what Clarke has to say about what attracted him to Kodak, where he plans to take the company, and his strategies for getting there.


CEO Jeff Clarke Talks About the Future of Kodak

Published October 29, 2014

Jeff Clarke, CEO of Kodak, talks to Cary Sherburne about how he came from a Silicon Valley background to take the job at Kodak and what he's been focused on in these first seven months.


How Acquisitions and Product Diversification Drive EFI Sales and Marketing

Published October 23, 2014

Frank Mallozi, SVP for Sales and Marketing at EFI, sits down with Cary Sherburne at their new headquarters in Fremont to talk about how sales and marketing handles all the acquisitions the company makes.


Dr. Joe Truncale to Leave NAPL after 30 Years

Published October 22, 2014

After serving for 30 years at NAPL, Joe Truncale has decided to leave the association to accept the positon of CEO of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Effective January 12, 2015, Ken Garner will become the CEO for AMSP/NAPL/NAQP. Garner was the CEO of AMSP at the time of its merger with NAPL/NAQP. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne talks with Truncale about the past, present and future of his career.


Graph Expo 2014: A Few Highlights

Published October 21, 2014

WhatTheyThink was at Graph Expo in full force, including our annual Economic Outlook Breakfast with Dr. Joe Webb and our popular WhatTheyThink Video Studio. We also made time to attend press conferences and walk the show floor in order to bring news and insight to our readers. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne shares a few thoughts about the show.


Adobe Creative Cloud: Moving At the Speed of Light

Published October 21, 2014


Heritage Paper Acquires HP Scitex FB10000

Published October 14, 2014

Michael Musgrave, COO of Heritage Paper, talks to Cary Sherburne about their business and the growth of digital in their shop. They also discuss the acquisition of an HP Scitex FB10000 and the drivers behind that.


Turnkey Technology Makes HP T350 Attractive for Hudson Printing

Published October 13, 2014

In this article, sponsored by HP, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne follows up on progress at Hudson Printing in Salt Lake City with its customized HP T350 Color Inkjet Web Press. Paul Gardner, Director of Innovation, talks ink, applications, substrates and strategy.


EFI Focuses on Customers to Thrive in Difficult Times

Published October 9, 2014

Cary joins Guy Gecht in Fremont California at their new headquarters to talk about how they weathered some tough years and the decision to double down on this industry and focus on customers to not only survive, but thrive.


The Evolving Workplace: How Mobile is Affecting Your Business

Published October 6, 2014

Canon USA recently hosted a roundtable discussion titled The Evolving Workplace: Examining the Opportunities and Challenges Created by BYOD and Mobile Technologies. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Canon USA’s Dennis Amorosano, Vice President & General Manager of Marketing and Professional Services, Business Imaging Solutions Group, about the internal and external implications of the underlying Workflow Optimization Study for printing operations.


Commentary on HP Splitting into Two Companies

Published October 6, 2014

The annocument from HP that it will split into two different companies is not unexpected, given the public discussion and rumors about spinning off or selling the personal systems and printing business, including the recent failed merger with EMC.


DPI Direct Leverages HP for Success in Digital

Published September 30, 2014

Sam Mousavi, President of DPI Direct, and Cary Sherburne discuss the business and his focus on digital from the beginning days of the company.


Premium Content Zenger Group: A Successful Disrupter

Published September 29, 2014

Since its founding in 1980, Buffalo-based Zenger Group has a history of innovation. Today, the company is an expert in personalized communications and runs a highly efficient operation. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne speaks with Steve Zenger for an inside peek.


Bill Graushar on "The New MBO"

Published September 25, 2014

Bill Graushar, Principal at Bill Graushar Consulting, talks about the MBO America Customer Open House event and gives his impressions on what he saw there and what he thought about the "The New MBO" offerings.


Premium Content Reach Out and Touch Your Fan Base: A Mobile App Success Story

Published September 23, 2014

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne talked with Aaron La Porta, graphic designer/developer for the Buffalo Bills. The team is leading the NFL in implementation of mobile apps, and La Porta has a great story to tell. Inside the story is sage advice for printers looking to get into the mobile app world.


MBO America Helps Unitecblue Develop Innovative New Products

Published September 18, 2014

Juan Sanchez, Plant Manager at Unitecblue in Argentina, talks to Cary Sherburne about the business and how MBO America is helping them develop innovative new products.


MBO America Helps Unitecblue Develop Innovative New Products (Spanish)

Published September 18, 2014

Juan Sánchez , Gerente de Planta en Unitecblue en Argentina , conversa con Cary Sherburne sobre el negocio y cómo MBO America está ayudando a desarrollar nuevos productos innovadores.


Production Inkjet a Game-Changer for Documation

Published September 16, 2014

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne recently spoke with Documation Vice President and COO Martin Aalsma in developing this HP-sponsored feature. Documation is the proud owner of two HP T230 Color Inkjet Presses that it is leveraging to reduce costs, improve throughput and develop new product offerings


Tobe Direct Makes Significant Investment in Digital with HP

Published September 16, 2014

Cary Sherburne interviews Mike Romer, VP of National Accounts for Tobe Direct, finding out about their direct mail marketing company and how they've invested in digital with HP.


Color Expert John Sweeney Talks about Open Digital Color Standards

Published September 4, 2014

With Graph Expo around the corner, attendees should take some time at the show to investigate the latest developments in color management, a field that is changing quickly due to the availability of a broad array of new technologies. In an interview with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with John Sweeney, Business Development Manager for matchmycolor talks about color management developments inside and outside the printing industry.


HP Helps Labels Unlimited Transition to Digital

Published September 2, 2014

John Wynne, CEO of Labels Unlimited, and Cary Sherburne discuss the exciting label segment of the industry and their transition to digital. We learn how HP as a business partner was able to help with the transition to digital.


Prisma Works to Improve Bindery Throughput with MBO America

Published August 28, 2014

Steve Carlson, Director of Operations at Prisma, talks to Cary Sherburne about the business and how they are working to improve bindery throughput using MBO America.


Ripon Printers Help Educate Customers as Adobe Certified Instructors

Published August 26, 2014

James Wamser of Ripon Printers talks to Cary Sherburne about Ripon and his role in helping to educate their customers as an Adobe Certified Instructor. They also discuss Creative Cloud and how it's changed how they use Adobe products.


The New MBO America: Begin with the End in Mind

Published August 21, 2014

Lance Martin, Director of Sales for MBO America, talks to Cary Sherburne about "The New MBO" and why it's important to begin the print job with finishing in mind.


GI Solutions Doubles Throughput with Second-Generation Production Inkjet Presses

Published August 20, 2014

GI Solutions in Leicester UK is on its second generation of high-speed production inkjet presses. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Patrick Headley, Deputy Managing Director, to find out what the drivers were for the technology replacement and what benefits the company is seeing.


Critical Mass Building Toward Color in Transactional Printing

Published August 20, 2014

Dave Smith, Director of Operations at DST Output, talks to Cary Sherburne about some details about their business and the critical mass building toward color in transactional printing.


SmartPractice Automates Workflow with HP

Published August 19, 2014

Cary Sherburne talks to Dave Casteneda, Director of Premedia Services at SmarPractice. They discuss their business, equipment, and how they've been able to automate their workflow with HP.


How Adobe Creative Cloud Can Grow Your Print Business

Published August 7, 2014

Chris Kitchener, Group Product Manager for Adobe InDesign & Illustrator, talks to Cary Sherburne about the perception that Adobe has abandoned the print industry and how Creative Cloud can grow print businesses by adding other revenue streams.


Premium Content The Role of Professional Services in a Complex Production Environment - A Conversation with Canon Solutions America

Published August 5, 2014

Workflows are becoming more complex and savvy print service providers are looking to streamline and automate business and production processes for a more sustainable business and production environment. Utilization of vendor professional services can be an effective means of finding opportunities to take time, cost and touches out of both business and production processes as well as to introduce innovation. Learn what Canon Solutions America has to say about the changing world of professional services.


How the HP T200 Helps Documation Set the Standard

Published August 5, 2014

Martin Aalsma, VP of Operations at Documation, talks to Cary Sherburne about the company and their experience with publishing and direct mail using the HP T200 series inkjet web presses. They also talk hybrid workflow and color management.


Premium Content HP Graphic Arts Reorganizes, Shares Strategic Direction

Published August 1, 2014

In May, the HP Graphics Solutions Business effected an organizational change at the top of the Americas organization. WhatTheyThink Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with the new Vice President and General Manager Yishai Amir to see what’s up.


A2Z Printing Grows Offset Business by Offering More with Digital

Published July 29, 2014

Allen Taheri, President of A2Z Printing, talks to Cary Sherburne about the growth of the company and their acquisition of HP digital devices which enables them to get business they otherwise wouldn't.


Premium Content Konica Minolta Pushes Up-Market with Three New Digital Presses

Published July 25, 2014

Konica Minolta used the launch of three new digital presses as an opportunity to brief a media and analyst group at its Manhattan showroom earlier this month. In addition to learning about the new presses as they were launched, the group also received a strategy update from the company. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne was there and shares her thoughts.


The Impact of Creative Cloud on the Creative Community and Printers

Published July 24, 2014

Russell Viers, Speaker/Trainer/Digital Handyman, talks to Cary Sherburne about teaching and the impact Creative Cloud has had on the creative community and printing industry.


Pinnacle Data Systems Leverages Canon Solutions America

Published July 15, 2014

Rob Reddinger, Owner of Pinnacle Data Systems, talks to Cary Sherburne about the business and the production platform they use. They also discuss what sets Canon Solutions America apart and why they partnered with them.


Premium Content New Presstek CEO Shares Strategy, Business Updates

Published July 14, 2014

Nearly two years after its acquisition by AIP, Presstek named Jeffrey A Beck as CEO. Previously, the company had been managed by AIP executives as they restructured the organization and set a go-forward strategy. Prior to Presstek, Beck was COO of Boston-based iRobot. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne visited with Beck to learn more about his background and Presstek’s strategies for future success.


SG360's Bob Radzis on Canon Solutions America

Published July 10, 2014

Bob Radzis, Chief Customer Officer at SG360, sits down with Cary Sherburne and talks about the acquisition of RT Associates by Segerdahl (now SG360), their use of Canon Solution America and what drew him to them as a vendor.


Communicorp (AFLAC) Uses HP to Automate Workflow

Published July 8, 2014

Greg Weaver, Print Production Manager at Communicorp (AFLAC), talks to Cary Sherburne about the business and their production platform. They discuss ways they've automated their workflow to enhance efficiency.


Premium Content Veritiv: A New Company with a Heritage of Service

Published July 3, 2014

On July 2nd, Veritiv, the result of the Unisource/Xpedx merger, began trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: VRTV). WhatTheyThink’s Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Chairman and CEO Mary Laschinger shortly after she rang the Stock Exchange’s Opening Bell.


How Canon Solutions America Engages with Customers

Published July 1, 2014

Eric Hawkinson, Director of Marketing at Canon Solutions America, talks to Cary Sherburne about customer engagement and Canon's commitment to the customer. They also discuss efforts to build customer community and preview a fall announcement.


Premium Content Canon Solutions America: What’s New?

Published June 27, 2014

WhatTheyThink recently attended a Canon Solutions America customer event at Canon’s Customer Experience Center in Poing, Germany. We had an opportunity to speak to several executives about the future of the company and its achievements to date.


Canon Solutions America Off to a Strong Start

Published June 24, 2014

Cary talks to Francis McMahon, VP of Marketing at Canon Solutions America, about the smooth integration of Canon and Oce in creating Canon Solutions America and the company's strong 2013.


The Evolution and Growth of Variable Data Printing

Published June 17, 2014

Mike Chiricuzio, President of VDP Direct, talks to Cary Sherburne about how the variable data printing market has evolved and changed in the past few years.


Premium Content Xerox Unveils Expanded Impika Inkjet Innovation Center

Published June 5, 2014

Xerox announced the grand opening of its expanded Impika Inkjet Innovation Center in Aubagne, France, with a customer Inkjet Summit on June 4th. Chairman & CEO Ursula Burns was on hand to officially open the new center. WhatTheyThink Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Andrew Copley, President of Xerox’ Graphic Communications Operations, to understand the extent of the expansion and what it means for the Xerox production inkjet business.


Alphagraphics Boosts Bottom Line Using EFI Print Software

Published June 5, 2014

Chuck Stempler, President & Owner of Alphagraphics Seattle, talks to Cary Sherburne about their use of EFI's Pace MIS system. Their use of data from the system has allowed them to add to their bottom line. They also discuss using the OPS web-to-print software and their Vutek acquisition.


Premium Content One Year Later: X-Rite Pantone President Ron Voigt

Published June 4, 2014

About a year ago, we interviewed X-Rite Pantone President Ron Voigt shortly after he took on the leadership role. In this interview with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne, he updates our readers on what has transpired in that year and strategies moving forward.


Why Moti Chose HP as a Partner in their Digital Operation

Published May 27, 2014

Alberto Garcia de Quevedo, Director of Commercial Printing at Moti, talks to Cary Sherburne about his company and why they chose HP as a business partner.


Why Moti Chose HP as a Partner in their Digital Operation (en Español)

Published May 27, 2014

Alberto García de Quevedo, Director de Impresión Comercial en Moti, conversa con Cary Sherburne acerca de su empresa y por qué se eligió a HP como un socio de negocios.


Mound Printing Uses EFI to Manage Workflow and Enter Wide Format Market

Published May 22, 2014

Cary Sherburne talks to Dennis Riggs, President and CEO of Mound Printing in Miamisburg, Ohio. They discuss why they got into wide format with the Vutek line. They also discuss their use and experience with the Pace MIS system.


EFI's OPS Helps Modern Litho Stay Ahead and Grow

Published May 15, 2014

Jim Tomblinson, VP of Operations at Modern Litho, talks to Cary Sherburne about what is new at the company. They talk about a recent acquisition and how that's affecting their operations using EFI OPS web-to-print solution.


Nosco Leverages HP Technology in Labels and Packaging Business

Published May 13, 2014

Craig Curran, VP of Sales at Nosco, talks to Cary Sherburne about the company and their production platform. We learn about Nosco's position in the labels and packaging segment and how they are utilizing HP technology.


Future-Proofing Your Business: People. Process. Technology

Published May 8, 2014

In Part One of this two-part series, we discussed how printing companies are responding to changing market dynamics to future-proof their businesses, and offered some of the questions you may consider asking to stimulate new customer conversations. In Part Two, we look at people, processes and technology required to successfully and profitably change the conversation and deliver new services.


Marc Olin on Expanding EFI Into New Areas

Published May 8, 2014

Marc Olin, COO at EFI, talks to Cary Sherburne about his stint as interim CFO and now Chief Operating Officer. They discuss new ideas about expanding the company into new areas and how they are handling different integration issues internally.


Premium Content Adobe Summit: The Digital Marketing Conference

Published April 29, 2014

Recently, WhatTheyThink joined more than 7,000 marketing professionals from more than 30 countries at the Adobe Summit in Salt Lake City. This is the world’s largest digital marketing conference, according to Adobe. It was a great place to network with marketers, benefit from great content and learn what marketers are thinking about the future of business communications and where their challenges lie.


GLS Develops Unique Applications with New HP 10000

Published April 29, 2014

Jim Benedict, Direct of Marketing at GLS, talks about the different applications they've developed using their newly acquired HP 10000 press.


Fourth Generation Printer PSP Transitions to Digital with HP

Published April 17, 2014

Robbie McDaniel, President of PSP, talks to Cary Sherburne about his business and their full transition to digital using HP technology. They also discuss why PSP picked HP as a partner.


Premium Content Hudson Printing: Innovation and Inspiration

Published April 15, 2014

On a recent visit to Salt Lake City, I had the pleasure of spending time at Hudson Printing. The company’s tagline is Reinvent Print, and it boasts a Director of Innovation. Read more about my visit and the great things happening at Hudson Printing.


Premium Content New Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke Briefs Trade Media

Published April 10, 2014

Three weeks into his new job as Kodak’s Chief Executive Officer and a member of its Board of Directors, Jeffrey L. Clarke conducted a briefing with the printing trade media. WhatTheyThink’s Senior Editor Cary Sherburne was on the line and shares some of the thoughts and insights from the call.


Visual Marking Systems Acquires HP Latex 3000

Published April 8, 2014

Ron Gizzo, COO of Visual Marking Systems, talks to Cary Sherburne about the business and their acquisition of an HP Latex 3000.


Dscoop University: A Competitive Advantage

Published April 3, 2014

At Dscoop9, the organization debuted Dscoop University, a member educational initiative announced last year that has come to fruition in a big way. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne provides insight for our readers into the competitive advantage that this offering provides for Dscoop members.


Future-Proofing Your Business

Published April 2, 2014

In Part One of this Two-Part series, learn how to “up your game” in sales by changing the customer conversation. Are you “talking the talk” and “walking the walk” in a way that reflects the way marketers approach their day? In Part Two, we will look at the people, process and technology required to successfully and profitably change customer relationship dynamics.


Sandy Alexander Innovating with HP Indigo 10000

Published March 25, 2014

Rob Mayerson, General Manager of Digital for Sandy Alexander, talks to Cary Sherburne about the company and their growth into digital services. Rob also discusses being the beta for the HP Indigo 10000 and the current largest install base.


Gary Garner of GLS on Success Through Product Diversification

Published March 13, 2014

HP's David Murphy kicks off a series of HP sponsored videos as Cary Sherburne talks to Gary Garner, Chairman and CEO of GLS, about the GLS business and how the leverage HP equipment to diversify their product offerings.


Premium Content New Travel Planning Apps are the Star of the Celebrity Cruises Marketing Show

Published March 7, 2014

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne interviews Celebrity Cruises about its first-ever set of digital vacation planning apps and what they mean for brochures and other printed materials. Most of what we have written about Adobe DPS and other publishing app makers has been focused on digital magazine issues. This story takes digital publishing deeper into print territory. Is it good news or bad for print?


Premium Content Industry Veteran Ramesh Ratan Joins Bell and Howell as CEO

Published March 5, 2014

Industry veteran Ramesh Ratan joined Bell and Howell as its CEO in January of 2014. He previously held executive positions with the DMA and Pitney Bowes, among others. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne speaks with him about Bell and Howell’s current state and it strategies for the future.


Mohawk Honors Craftsmanship by Celebrating Makers

Published February 27, 2014

Chris Harrold, VP of Business Development and Creative Director at Mohawk, talks about the emerging cultural movement of "makers" which is bringing craftsmanship to the forefront. He also discusses moo.com, which is growing print using the web.


What the Kodak/EFI Partnership Means to Customers

Published February 18, 2014

Patrick Kerr, Technical Product Manager for Kodak, talks to Cary Sherburne about their partnership with EFI and what that means to their customers.


Premium Content Storefronts and Digital Magazines

Published February 17, 2014

Since its launch in March of 2011, Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite has captured a significant market share of digital magazine issues (Adobe claims 80% of top 100 magazines on iTunes) and we have followed its progress both in terms of added features and results for publishers. This article by Senior Editor Cary Sherburne takes a look at another option for digital magazine publishing. Mag+ launched in 2010. Mag+ premiered on the first iPads in April 2010 with PopularScience and has recently attracted former MPA Senior Vice President, Digital Strategy & Initiatives Ethan Grey as its Director of Product Strategy.


EFI Highlights “Big Bets” at Connect 2014

Published February 13, 2014

About 1,500 people descended on the Wynn Las Vegas for Connect 2014 at the end of January. WhatTheyThink captured lots of video interviews (watch for them!) and had an opportunity to participate in the event as well. Here are a few Connect 2014 thoughts, including an interview with Benny Landa, who joined EFI CEO Guy Gecht in making an exciting announcement re: Landa Digital Printing.


Dscoop University to Debut at Dscoop9 in Orlando

Published February 11, 2014

In Part Three of our Dscoop series, WhatTheyThink Senior Editor Cary Sherburne speaks with John Tenwinkel, Director of Dscoop University, for a sneak peek into its debut at the upcoming Dscoop9 conference and what it will mean for Dscoop members worldwide.


Chris Petro Discusses Global Aspects of Dscoop

Published February 4, 2014

Chris Petro is an innovator and thought leader in the digital printing industry and has given selflessly of his time to Dscoop over the past several years, currently serving as the Chairman of the Global Board of Directors as well as running his own multinational business, GlobalSoft Digital Solutions. WhatTheyThink Senior Editor Cary Sherburne recently spoke with Petro to learn more about what is happening with Dscoop on a global basis, and new developments he expects for the future.


Dscoop9 Shaping Up to be “Best Ever”

Published January 28, 2014

It’s hard to believe that we are already in the 9th year of the Dscoop conference, the highly successful annual event for the Dscoop independent HP user group. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with both the Executive Director of Dscoop Mike Fogarty and Conference Chair Gary Garner, Chairman & CEO of GLS Companies, to find out why Dscoop9 is being positioned as the “Best Ever” and what the organization has done to keep its momentum going.


Premium Content Xerox Appoints Jacobson to New COO Role for Technology Business, Promotes Copley to President, Graphic Communications Business Group

Published January 14, 2014

Xerox announced a significant organizational change, creating a new position as Chief Operating Officer for its Technology (versus Services) Business for industry veteran Jeff Jacobson, who joined Xerox in 2012 as President of Xerox’s Graphic Communications Operation. Andrew Copley, who joined Xerox 18 months ago, will step into the role vacated by Jacobson. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Copley in an exclusive WhatTheyThink interview to get the inside scoop.


Wide Format Printing at Tukaiz

Published December 19, 2013

Cary Sherburne talks to Dan Defino, VP & Managing Partner at Tukaiz about their wide format business. Dan talks about why they got into the wide format sector and shares details about it.


How Technology Drives the Tukaiz Business

Published December 17, 2013

Cary Sherburne and Frank Defino Jr., VP and Managing Director of Tukaiz, discuss the history of the company and the growing range of output devices they have expanded to utilize.


Premium Content Digital Publishing Model for Magazines Gaining Steam

Published December 11, 2013

Recent data published by Adobe sheds light on what’s happening with digital magazine publications. Since the launch of Adobe DPS less than three years ago, more than 150 million Adobe-DPS powered digital publications have been downloaded and read on mobile devices.  (Adobe DPS has 80% market share in digital magazine publishing). And more time is being spent with publications in digital form than in print. This is a trend our readers should be watching and looking for ways to capitalize on.


Premium Content Printed Books versus eBooks: Telling the Story

Published December 10, 2013

Ricoh commissioned an I.T. Strategies study titled The Evolution of the Book Industry: Implications for U.S. Book Manufacturers and Printers. The study looks at the impact of ebooks on printed book volumes, reader preferences for print versus electronic formats and more. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with I.T. Strategies VP Marco Boer and Ricoh’s Worldwide Manager Inkjet Technologies, Mike Herold, to learn more.


Konica Minolta Partners to be Exceptional

Published December 10, 2013

Gavin Jordan Smith, VP of Solutions and Production Planning at Konica Minolta, talks to Cary Sherburne about their unique partner activity that allows them to position themselves to be exceptional.


How Process Automation Impacts Your Value Proposition

Published December 3, 2013

Gavin Jordan Smith, VP of Solutions and Production Planning at Konica Minolta, talks to Cary Sherburne about automation and removing waste out of production processes.


HP Boise Hosts Print Days for Media

Published December 2, 2013

Last month, I had the opportunity to visit HP’s Boise offices along with other members of the media. While the session focused on print solutions for small to mid-sized businesses, many of the solutions we saw have implications for commercial printers.


Konica Minolta's Business Transformation

Published November 26, 2013

Kevin Kern, VP of Marketing at Konica Minolta, talks to Cary Sherburne about the transformation of their marketing efforts.


Elli Cloots: Adding Value to Marketing at EFI

Published November 22, 2013

Elli Cloots, formerly Director of Product Marketing at Enfocus, recently joined EFI as Senior Product Marketing Manager in EPS, the company’s software group. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne talks with her about her new role and the importance of workflow and automation in the graphic arts industry.


Komori and Konica Minolta - Partners for 90 Years

Published November 21, 2013

Kevin Kern, VP of Marketing at Konica Minolta, talks to Cary Sherburne about the longstanding partnership between the company and Komori and how it's evolved over the years.


John Roberts Looks to HP Indigo 10000 to bolster digital print offerings

Published November 14, 2013

Minneapolis-based John Roberts has installed the first 7-color HP Indigo 10000 digital press in North America. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with CEO Michael Keene to delve into why the company made this decision and what they expect to achieve going forward.


Understanding Changes Underway with Komori's Chambon Brand

Published November 14, 2013

Bob Buongiorno, VP of Web Sales for Komori, speaks with Cary Sherburne about the Chambon brand. Komori acquired Chambon in 1989 as a standalone business. The company specializes in packaging printing and is now being more integrated into the larger company.


Screen: The Maturation of High-Speed Inkjet Solutions

Published November 12, 2013

Mike Fox, President of Screen, talks to Cary Sherburne about what Screen is doing in the inkjet market, including wide format, UV, labels, high-speed web, and B2 sheetfed.


Answering the Age Old Question: What is the Crossover Point Between Offset and Digital?

Published November 7, 2013

Komori's Doug Schardt talks to Cary Sherburne about the crossover point between offset and digital. The answer is not as clear cut as some make it out to be.


Bill Lowe, Father of the IBM PC, Dies at Age 72

Published November 5, 2013

William C. Lowe, who supervised the creation of IBM’s first personal computer and went on to hold executive roles at Xerox, NEBS, Moore and Gulfstream, passed away on October 19th. He was 72.


Premium Content What Will RRD Acquisition Mean for CGX Businesses?

Published November 4, 2013

The announcement of the intent on the part of RR Donnelley to acquire Consolidated Graphics sent a few shock waves through the industry. What will it mean for the 70+ CGX locations and its more than 5,000 employees?


Screen USA Hosts Media Day to Showcase Digital Printing Advances

Published November 1, 2013

I recently joined about 30 of my press and analyst colleagues at a media event held at Screen USA headquarters in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. Parent company Dainippon Screen celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. Screen USA used the event as an opportunity to bring the press and analyst community up to date on its latest product offerings with a peek into its strategic future. Is there a new trend here among Japanese companies in our industry?


How Digital Printing is Helping Brand Owners Meet Demands in a Changing Market

Published October 29, 2013

Mike Ferrari of Ferrari Innovation Solutions, sits down with Cary Sherburne to talk about his background in packaging and how HP is helping brand owners meet the challenges of today's market. They also discuss the outlook for digital printing in labels and packaging.


Business Development Tools for Print Service Providers

Published October 22, 2013

Cary Sherburne interviews Gina Testa, VP of Business and Market Development with Xerox, as they discuss what they are doing in the business development area for their print service provider customers.


The Latest Developments with the Xerox iGen Platform

Published October 21, 2013

Fred DeBolt, VP & GM of Xerox Cut Sheet, speaks with Cary Sherburne at Print 13 about the latest developments with the iGen platform.


The Evolution of the Xerox FreeFlow Workflow Platform

Published October 17, 2013

Kevin Horey, VP & GM of Workflow & Solutions at Xerox, talks to Cary Sherburne about the change in FreeFlow and how it is now more accessible, modular, and scalable for different sized businesses.


An Inside Look at the Xerox Impika Acquisition

Published October 14, 2013

Cary Sherburne talks to Paul Morgavi - former Impika CEO, now COO of Xerox Inkjet - and Dustin Graupman - VP & GM of Inkjet Business at Xerox about the Impika acquisition and the implications for Xerox moving forward.


Jeff Jacobson of Xerox on Changes at Xerox in Supporting Graphic Communications

Published October 10, 2013

Cary Sherburne talks to Xerox President of Global Graphic Communications at Print 13 about the changes at Xerox in how they are supporting the graphic communications market.


Armando Zagalo de Lima of Xerox on Inkjet and industry technology change

Published October 8, 2013

Corporate EVP and President of Xerox Technology Business Armando Zagalo de Lima talks to Cary Sherburne about their acquisition of Impika as they discuss the impact of technology change on the industry.


Premium Content Electronic Statements: The Times, They Are a’Changing …

Published October 4, 2013

Bills are necessary, and necessarily a little boring … or maybe not. A great deal is happening in the electronic statement realm and it is pretty exciting stuff.


Digipix CEO Marco Perlman on Growing the Business with HP Indigo

Published October 1, 2013

Marco Perlman, Founder and CEO of Digipix, speaks with Cary Sherburne about the growth of their company and their use of HP Indigo presses to offer a wider range of products.


Premium Content Neopost USA: A Conversation with CEO Dennis LeStrange

Published October 1, 2013

At PRINT 13, Neopost USA unveiled an interesting cloud-based Delivery Preference Manager (DPM) solution designed to help companies manage customer delivery preferences. A little over a year after Neopost S.A.’S acquisition of GMC Software Technology, we checked in with Dennis P. LeStrange President & CEO of Neopost USA to find out more about DPM, what else is new at Neopost and look into the impact of the GMC acquisition.


Michael Musgrave of Heritage Paper on Their Transition to Digital

Published September 24, 2013

Cary Sherburne talks to Michael Musgrave, VP and COO of Heritage Paper, about their transition to digital 3 years ago and how the team at HP has helped them in their business.


Jet Label President Darrell Friesen on Converting to Digital with HP

Published September 17, 2013

Darrell Friesen, President of Jet Label, talks to Cary Sherburne about their shift to digital and how their business responded to the wider economic downturn.


MPA and Adobe Work to Standardize Engagement Metrics for Digital Publications

Published September 16, 2013

Adobe, MPA, 4As and a group of publishers collaborated to develop a set of metrics to standardize the measurement of engagement for digital publications. Previously there were a variety of inconsistent measurement methodologies with no standard reports and varying metrics. Hear what MPA’s Ethan Grey and Adobe’s Lynly Schambers-Lenox have to say about these new standardized audience metrics for digital publications.


Matt Giandonato of Tukaiz on How They Leverage Indigo Presses in Their Business

Published September 10, 2013

Matt Giandonato, Digital Print Supervisor at Tukaiz, talks to Cary Sherburne about their long history with Indigo presses and what they are able to do better with the 5600 versus the 5500. They also discuss working with HP partners like Scodix and other new developments at the company.


Clear Story's Leslie Rutlege on the Secrets to Their Success

Published August 27, 2013

Leslie Rutlege, Director of Operations at Clear Story, talks to Cary Sherburne about the manufacturing elements that has driven their success and things they are experimenting with to push the envelope.


Premium Content Flying High with SundaySky

Published August 27, 2013

Following a recent experience with a personalized video bill from AT&T, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne interviewed SundaySky President and chief revenue officer Jim Dicso to learn more about the company’s operations. SundaySky provides the infrastructure for high volume personalized videos from AT&T, Lenovo, Office Depot and more.


Canon USA: A New Era?

Published August 26, 2013

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne recently joined 36 other industry analysts and journalists at a special event at Canon USA’s brand-new Melville NY headquarters located at One Canon Park. Also attending the event were WhatTheyThink’s Frank Romano, Richard Romano, David Zwang and Patrick Henry. Sherburne shares her thoughts about the visit.


Peter Cober of Cober Evolving Solutions on Digital Growth

Published August 20, 2013

Peter Cober of Cober Evolving Solutions talks to Cary Sherburne about their business and the changing nature of the business as reflected in their new name. They also discuss being the first install of the Indigo 10000 in Canada.


Premium Content Folding Carton Converter ASG Turns to HP Indigo 30000 for New Business Development

Published August 19, 2013

As the first HP Indigo 30000 units begin to come to market, we are checking in with new owners to see how these B2 sheetfed presses, optimized for folding carton work, will be affecting their converting businesses.


Premium Content Morikami Museum Produces First Digitally Printed Catalog

Published August 13, 2013

As part of its ongoing philanthropic and community support efforts, Canon Solutions America spearheaded an effort to support Delray Beach’s Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens in the production of a catalog featuring its world-class exhibit of Japanese Kokeshi dolls. Learn how this first-ever digitally printed catalog has opened new doors for the museum.


Premium Content Multi-Packaging Services Chooses HP Indigo 30000 to Expand Packaging Capabilities

Published August 12, 2013

Multi-Packaging Services, based in New York City, is an early adopter of the HP Indigo 30000 folding carton press. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne speaks with them to learn more about why they bought this press and what benefits they expect to gain from adding it to their production portfolio.


Premium Content Presstek Acquires VIM: WhatTheyThink Exclusive Interview with CEO David Savage

Published August 9, 2013

In this exclusive interview, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne talks to Presstek CEO David Savage to understand the strategy behind the acquisition and where Presstek plans to go from here.


King Printing's Adi Chinai on Going Inkjet with HP

Published August 6, 2013

Adi Chinai, Managing Director of King Printing, talks to Cary Sherburne about moving from offset and toner to production inkjet technology with the HP T350.


Premium Content HP Indigo 10000: An Early Look at Installs

Published July 29, 2013

The HP Indigo 10000 B2 press caused a bit of a stir at drupa 2012. Now, more than a year later, the first sold units are making their way into the marketplace. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne takes a look at two very different installs to see how this new press is fitting in and the impact it might be having on conventional printing technologies.


Premium Content Conversation with Dscoop Global Executive Director Mike Fogarty

Published July 26, 2013

Dscoop, the Digital Solutions Cooperative, recently appointed Mike Fogarty as its new Global Executive Director to replace long-time Executive Director Eric Hawkinson, now at Canon. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Fogarty to learn more about why he joined the organization and what he expects to achieve there.


Premium Content Delphax Elan: An Update

Published July 23, 2013

With Print 2013 rapidly approaching, ‘tis the season for product updates, many of which were shown as technology demos or prototypes at drupa 2012. Delphax Elan is one of those products. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne speaks with Delphax CEO Dieter Schilling to see what’s new.


Progressive Solutions' Mark Sarpa on Dscoop's Online Printer Directory

Published July 15, 2013

Mark Sarpa, Progressive Solutions CEO, talks to Cary Sherburne about an online printer directory being used by Dscoop members.


Premium Content P&G Adopts PantoneLIVE™

Published July 15, 2013

With the adoption by Procter & Gamble of PantoneLIVE to better control its iconic library of brand colors throughout the production process, we wondered what that means for the packaging supply chain as a whole. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne talks to Pantone’s Cheryl Johnson to learn more.


AT&T Uses Personalized Video to Explain Mobile Bills

Published July 12, 2013

AT&T Mobile now features personalized video explaining bills for new customers or those who change their plans. In addition to reducing the call volume at AT&T call centers (a significant reduction in bill-related calls, according to a company blog), it has a real WOW factor, with almost 80% of recipients watching the video all the way through. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne explains.


Premium Content HP Pulls Plug on HP Hiflex Management Information System and HP Hiflex Web-to-Print Solutions

Published July 12, 2013

A couple weeks ago, a source informed Senior Editor Cary Sherburne that HP was in the process of pulling the plug on its Hiflex MIS and web-to-print offerings. While there has been no official public announcement from HP, this article summarizes what customers are being told and includes an official statement from HP.


Xeikon Provides Update on Trillium Liquid Toner Technology

Published July 10, 2013

On July 10th, Xeikon conducted a web briefing for journalists and industry analysts to provide an update on developments with its Trillium liquid toner technology shown as a technology demonstration at drupa. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne shares some of the highlights.


John Tenwinkel on Dscoop University

Published July 8, 2013

John Tenwinkel, Director of Dscoop University, talks to Cary Sherburne about his new position as they discuss the goals of the initiative and the vision for the group.


Premium Content What’s Happening with Envelopes?

Published July 8, 2013

With the recent announcement of a bankruptcy filing by National Envelope, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne took a closer look at the envelope market. Is it a doomed and declining market or are there bright spots that signal a viable market moving forward?


Chris Petro on the Changes at Dscoop

Published July 2, 2013

Chris Petro, Dscoop Global Chairman talks to Cary Sherburne about the changes in the organization including management changes and other initiatives.


Neenah Paper Leverages Online Presence and Unique Prints for Historical Preservation, Fundraising

Published June 18, 2013

Neenah Paper is “running towards new media,” not running from it, with its The Beauty of Engraving and The Beauty of Letterpress sites. They are also leveraging this presence to financially support two worthy causes: preservation of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum and support for victims of the Moore OK tornado tragedy. Read more.


Kent Larson of Bridgeport National Continue to Transform Their Business

Published June 18, 2013

Kent Larson, VP at Bridgeport National Bindery in Massachusetts, talks to Cary Sherburne about trends in their business and how they've continued to transform themselves from bindery, to digital printer, and beyond.


Ricoh Europe’s Graham Moore Discusses Ipex 2014, Ricoh Customer Engagement Strategies and More

Published June 12, 2013

Following Ricoh’s announcement that it would not be participating in Ipex 2014, WhatTheyThink Senior Editor Cary Sherburne reached out to Ricoh Europe’s Graham Moore to learn more about this decision and Ricoh’s overall customer engagement strategy.


Juan Pablo Méndez de Mayaprin de conseguir en la impresión digital en Guatemala (en español)

Published June 5, 2013

Juan Pablo Méndez, Director General de Mayaprin, habla con Cary Sherburne acerca de sus negocios en Guatemala y entrar en la impresión digital de HP Indigo.


Buddy Mountcastle of Canon Solutions America on Mailing and Postal Costs

Published May 16, 2013

Buddy Mountcastle, Senior Marketing Executive for Canon Solutions America, talks to Cary Sherburne about the USPS and the challenges presented to the mailing segment of the industry.

Editor's Note: The USPS originally announced plans to discontinue Saturday delivery but recently reversed course and announced they would not at this time.


Premium Content Kodak’s German Sacristan Talks About ROMI, Big Data and More …

Published May 3, 2013

German Sacristan is ROMI (Return on Marketing Investment) Developer for Kodak and the author of The Digital and Direct Marketing Goose: 16 Tips and Real-life Examples That Will Help You Lay More Golden Eggs. His work is focused on helping marketers gain increased ROI through the use of data and effective marketing techniques. We spoke to him recently to learn more.


Samsung Partners with Blurb for Unique Native Photo Printing App

Published April 24, 2013

Last month, Blurb announced a global partnership with Samsung for auto-creating photo books and magazines on the company’s new GALAXY S 4 smartphone, available today from T-Mobile and later this week from other carriers. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Blurb SVP Bruce Watermann who shared details about the app and his thoughts about mobile and print in general.


Remembering Efi Arazi

Published April 18, 2013

WhatTheyThink was saddened to learn of the passing of innovator and entrepreneur Efi Arazi on Sunday. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with EFI CEO Guy Gecht and Landa Nanographics CEO Benny Landa who share their thoughts about Arazi’s contributions to the industry and the world, and she invites our readers to chime in with their own remembrances and thoughts about this great man.


Francis McMahon on the New Canon Solutions America Organization

Published April 18, 2013

VP of Marketing Francis McMahon talks to Cary Sherburne about the new Canon Solutions America and it's three divisions and how Oce and Canon have combined to make up the new Canon organization.


Premium Content Upping the Ante at Konica Minolta

Published April 16, 2013

At Graph Expo, we reported on some interesting software additions to the Konica Minolta family of products. WhatTheyThink’s Senior Editor Cary Sherburne followed up with Gavin Jordan-Smith, Vice President for Solutions and Production Planning, to see what else is new at the company.


Premium Content New GMC CEO Henri Dura Sees Bright Future, Expansion for Company

Published April 12, 2013

Following the acquisition of GMC Software Technology by Neopost last summer, long-time Chairman and CEO Dr. René Müller has ceded the CEO position to Henri Dura, retaining the position of President of the Board for the time being. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Dura to learn more about his background, the status of the integration process post-acquisition, and his strategic view of the future.


AIP Restructures Presstek, An Interview with New CEO David Savage

Published April 11, 2013

In October of 2012, Presstek announced the completion of its sale to American Industrial Partners Capital Fund, taking the company private. WhatTheyThink has learned that the company is in the process of undergoing a significant restructuring. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with David Savage, Presstek’s new CEO, to get the details.


Premium Content Magazine Publishers Seeing Real Results from Digital Issues

Published April 9, 2013

Senior Editor has been having ongoing conversations with Adobe’s Lynly Schambers-Lenox, Group Product Marketing Manager, Digital Publishing, about the impact adoption of digital publishing is having on magazinepublishers, especially for users of Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite. In this article, Schambers-Lenox shares new data that is beginning to show real results in revenue, advertising and subscribership for publishers.


Canon Poing Customer Experience Center Offers World-Class Experience for Customers/Journalists

Published April 8, 2013

Last month, WhatTheyThink’s Senior Editor Cary Sherburne joined a group of journalists, industry analysts and customers for a visit to Canon’s Poing Customer Experience Center located on the outskirts of Munich, Germany.


Marco Perlman of Digipix on why he travels so far to get to Dscoop

Published April 2, 2013

Marco Perlman, Founder and CEO of Digipix speaks with Cary Sherburne about why he travels so far from home in Brazil to attend Dscoop.


Dscoop Executive Director Eric Hawkinson to Depart

Published March 21, 2013

In a move that is likely to cause a few ripples, Eric Hawkinson, who has been Executive Director of Dscoop, HP Indigo’s user group, will be departing to join Canon Solutions America, working for VP of Marketing Francis McMahon as Director of Marketing. Cary Sherburne speaks with several of the principals about this surprising move.


Premium Content New X-Rite Pantone President Talks About Danaher, X-Rite Pantone Future Prospects

Published March 18, 2013

Following Tom Vacchiano’s departure as President of X-Rite Pantone, WhatTheyThink’s Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with his successor, long-time Danaher veteran Ron Voigt, in this exclusive interview to learn more about Danaher business strategies and the future prospects of X-Rite Pantone under the Danaher banner.


Premium Content Kodak’s Loss; Three Leaf Insights’ Gain

Published March 11, 2013

With pieces of Kodak being lopped off as it works to emerge from bankruptcy proceedings, some are taking root as new businesses. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne interviewed one of the founders of Three Leaf Insights, born out of the ashes of Kodak’s MarketMover Managed Campaign Services, as well as a print service provider and an end customer, to offer a view of how these services are likely to evolve after being shed by Kodak.


Eric Hawkinson of Dscoop on the Growth of Membership and Evolution of the Conference

Published March 5, 2013

Dscoop Executive Director Eric Hawkinson talks to Cary Sherburne about the growth of both the Dscoop membership and conference attendance and plans for the organization moving forward.


Big Changes at Mimeo.com

Published February 26, 2013

WhatTheyThink has become aware of a number of major changes at Mimeo.com over the last few months. With the recent decision by CEO Adam Slutsky to step down, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne talked with Co-Founder and new CEO John Delbridge to get the inside scoop.


Dscoop Launches Aggressive New Programs to Benefit Members

Published February 25, 2013

Dscoop, the Digital Solutions Cooperative, just held its 8th annual conference. The group, comprised primarily of HP Indigo and HP Scitex users in the graphic arts industry, has continued to add member value since its inception. At Dscoop8, which concluded last week in Nashville, Tennessee, Dscoop raised the bar once again with new member value.


HCMiller: In Its 2nd Century But Certainly Not Old and Stuffy!

Published February 22, 2013

How does a printing company with more than a century of history and success step out of the box and reinvent itself for another century of success? Hire the right people! WhatTheyThink Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke to industry veteran Tom Clifford to find out how he and his team have made a difference at HCMiller.


Premium Content Tukaiz Continues Innovative Leadership for Business Growth

Published February 19, 2013

A recent press release from Tukaiz, an early adopter in color digital printing, caught the eye of Senior Editor Cary Sherburne. This interview with Frank Defino, Sr. and Frank Defino Jr. provides more “color” to the story!


Cary Sherburne Wraps Up Hunkeler Innovation Days

Published February 14, 2013

WhatTheyThink's Cary Sherburne gives a wrap up from Hunkeler Innovation Days and talks about the evolution of the market and how the event has evolved to respond.


Packaging Brief: Highcon Update

Published February 14, 2013

As the digital transformation of the packaging industry continues to present new challenges and opportunities for both brand owners and converters, WhatTheyThink Senior Editor checked in with Aviv Ratzman, CEO of Highcon, to see what progress the company has made relative to Euclid, its market entry for laser die cutting and creasing. Read more.


Johan Laurent of Standard Finishing Highlights Two Major Themes of Hunkeler Innovation Days

Published February 12, 2013

Johan Laurent of Standard Finishing talks about what's caught his eye at Hunkeler Innovation Days. Johan highlights the importance of increasing system up-time and productivity, two of the big themes at the show.


Stefan Hunkeler Highlights Innovations Days 2013 from the Show

Published February 11, 2013

Stefan Hunkeler, CEO of Hunkeler AG, gives Cary Sherburne some highlights from Innovations Days 2013 in Lucerne Switzerland.


Digital Publishing Extending to Retail Catalogs and More According to Adobe Study

Published February 1, 2013

There has been lots of press about the struggles of traditional publishers in making the transition to a more digitally-enabled business model, but less attention has been paid to the impact of digital on catalogs and other retail-oriented pieces that typically have been produced in print. Printers take note: There is significant change coming your way if you are in the business of producing print for retail.


EFI’s CEO Guy Gecht Talks About Connect, Financial Results and the Rumor Mill

Published February 1, 2013

During EFI’s recent 2013 Connect user conference in Las Vegas, CEO Guy Gecht took time out to talk to Senior Editor Cary Sherburne, followed by a discussion after EFI released its financial results on January 24th.


Adobe Playing Leadership Role in Publishing Transformation

Published January 29, 2013

As the publishing market continues to seek ways to innovate and to take advantage of the opportunities extent in digital publications, Adobe continues to support their efforts with ongoing enhancements to its Digital Publishing Suite and a growing number of publications on board with the solution. And the executive editor of Fast Company magazine shares his thoughts on the digital transformation.


Ricoh's Jason Dizzine on helping customers with continuous improvement

Published January 24, 2013

Jason Dizzine, Director of Marketing at Ricoh, talks to Cary Sherburne about how they are leveraging internal quality control programs to help their customers.


Landa Does EFI Connect

Published January 22, 2013

For the last several conferences, a highlight at EFI Connect has been the fireside chat between CEO Guy Gecht and an industry luminary. This year’s “luminary” was Benny Landa, and the fireside chat was a highlight of the event. Read more EFI Connect highlights.


Ricoh Director of Production Field Marketing Annette McCrary on Digital Literacy Through Media

Published January 17, 2013

Annette McCrary, Director of Production Field Marketing at Ricoh, talks to Cary Sherburne about their new program called Digital Literacy Through Media.


Premium Content An Inside Look at Allegra Network’s Marketing Resource Center

Published January 15, 2013

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne recently had the opportunity to visit Allegra Network’s Marketing Resource Center, established more than two years ago to provide support to Allegra Network’s franchisees as they expand horizons into new business opportunities.


Joanne David of Ultimate Technographics on Imposition and Automation for Finishing

Published January 15, 2013

Ultimate Technographics President & CEO Joanne David talks with Cary Sherburne about the how imposition and automation integrates with the finishing side of the printing process.


Premium Content Change in Management at HP Graphics Solutions Business

Published January 11, 2013

HP recently had a unpublicized change in management in its Graphic Arts business with the retirement of SVP Chris Morgan. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Stephen Nigro, who has rejoined the group as Global Business Leader for Graphics Solutions and Inkjet.


Ricoh's Eric Staples on Clickable Paper

Published January 10, 2013

Eric Staples, Senior Product Manager at Ricoh, speaks with Cary Sherburne about "Clickable Paper".


National PrintOwners Association Launched

Published January 7, 2013

The 2006 merger of NAPL and NAQP has seen its share of naysayers and bumps in the road, but is a new industry association the answer? Find out why some former NAQP members think so.


Premium Content Who Says Packaging is Not Going Digital?

Published December 12, 2012

HP recently announced that Hamburg, Germany, based RAKO Etiketten acquired five new HP Indigo WS6600 digital presses. This large investment caught the attention of Senior Editor Cary Sherburne, who spoke to RAKO about its investment, production platform and strategy moving forward.


Anita Stanley of Ohio Northern University on their digital transition

Published December 6, 2012

Anita Stanley, Manager of Printing Services at Ohio Northern University, talks to Cary Sherburne about transitioning to digital color utilizing MGI's DP60.


Julie Watson of Ultimate Technographics on dynamic imposition

Published December 4, 2012

Julie Watson, VP of Marketing Strategy at Ultimate Technographics, talks to Cary Sherburne about dynamic imposition and what their customers say about the benefits to them.


Premium Content Zumbox Taking Digital Postal Mail to the Next Level

Published December 4, 2012

Zumbox, a digital postal mail service, recently announced that Chuck Teller, formerly of CatalogChoice.org and TrustedID, has joined the company with the objective of identifying new industries that can be served by digital postal mail and broadening the range of mail (documents) recipients can migrate to digital-only. Here's what he had to say to Senior Editor Cary Sherburne.


Premium Content King Printing: An American Success Story

Published November 30, 2012

WhatTheyThink's Senior Editor Cary Sherburne had the opportunity to visit Boston-based King Printing Co., Inc. recently and found an amazingly efficient manufacturing operation with a great family story behind it.


Top-Flight Industry Professionals Gear up for Hunkeler Innovationdays

Published November 30, 2012

Hunkeler Innovationdays has become a tradition in the digital printing world. The organizers promise an even more exciting event in 2013, with visitors able to see live demonstrations of an impressive line-up of end-to-end multivendor digital solutions. The WhatTheyThink video team will be there to capture the action. Read more.


Jim Chadwick of Wild Apple on the importance of color consistency

Published November 29, 2012

Jim Chadwick of Wild Apple in Vermont talks to Cary Sherburne about their business of reproducing artwork and the importance of color management and control.


Komori's Jacki Hudmon talks about their digital strategy

Published November 27, 2012

Jacki Hudmon, SVP of Sales & Marketing at Komori, talks to Cary Sherburne and gives an update on things that came out of drupa including establishing a presence in the digital market and partnering with Konica Minolta and Landa.


Komori's Jacki Hudmon on a Print Engineering Service Providers sales strategy

Published November 15, 2012

Jacki Hudmom, SVP of Sales at Komori, talks with Cary Sherburne about the challenges of a changing print market and how Komori is responding with solution selling and product innovation.


Ultimate Technographics President & CEO Joanne David on imposition

Published November 13, 2012

Joanne David, President and CEO of Ultimate Technographics talks with Cary Sherburne about imposition software, it's history and advancements, as well as ganging for smaller jobs.


Premium Content Tablets: Are You Taking Advantage of the Opportunity

Published November 5, 2012

Like many of our readers, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne is increasingly depending on a tablet computer for a growing array of activities. In this article, she talks about the business opportunities these devices offer for printers, and the tools provided by Adobe that make it easy to do.


Premium Content 94 Quintillion Bottles of Absolut on the Wall...

Published October 29, 2012

Thanks to Ben Miyares of the Packaging Management Institute for bringing this absolutely unique Absolut Vodka packaging story to our attention. Four million bottles, each different. How did they do it? Read more.


Premium Content Time for an Updated Worldwide Printing Forecast

Published October 26, 2012

NPES has commissioned The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to produce an updated worldwide print forecast. WhatTheyThink's Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Ken Lane, Business Development Manager, Americas, Economist Intelligence Unit, an Economist Group Business, along with representatives from NPES, to learn more about what to expect from the forecast.


Premium Content 3-Year drupa Cycle Starting in 2015?

Published October 25, 2012

Messe Düsseldorf created a bit of a stir when it announced it was considering moving to a 3-year show cycle starting in 2015. WhatTheyThink's Senior Editor Cary Sherburne reached out to a few drupa stakeholders to get their opinions.


MGI's Giselle de la Moriniere on winning a Graph Expo Must See 'Em

Published October 25, 2012

MGI Marketing Communications Manager Giselle de la Moriniere talks to Cary Sherburne about winning a Graph Expo Must See 'Em Award for the JetVarnish 3D Spot UV coater.


Premium Content Next Up: Ipex

Published October 24, 2012

With drupa and Graph Expo under our respective belts, Ipex is looming on the horizon scheduled for London, March 26th through April 2nd. WhatTheyThink Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Trevor Crawford, Director of the Print + Media Group for Informa Exhibitions during his recent visit to Chicago.


Latest on Landa Nanographic Printing...and more

Published October 19, 2012

During Graph Expo, I had the pleasure of meeting with Benny Landa to learn more about the progress of Landa Nanographic Printing since it took many of the headlines at drupa 2012. We also discussed other initiatives Mr. Landa has underway in Landa Labs, which has the tagline "Big Things from Small Particles."


Ariva's Mark Ushpol on the new brand, partnerships, and

Published October 18, 2012

Cary Sherburne talks to President of Ariva Mark Ushpol about the newly branded company and their recent partnership with MGX. Be sure to catch Cary's interview with MGX President & CEO Doug Watson


MGX President & CEO Doug Watson on the company and Ariva Partnership

Published October 18, 2012

Doug Watson, President & CEO of MGX talks to Cary Sherburne about the company and their recent distribution partnership with Ariva. Be sure to watch Cary's interview with Ariva President Mark Ushpol.


Global Graphics' Martin Bailey reports on InfoTrends/RIT validation of Harlequin RIP speed for digital

Published October 16, 2012

Martin Bailey, CTO of Global Graphics Software, speaks with Cary Sherburne about speed improvements to Harlequin RIP and getting external validation by InfoTrends. For more information contact sales@globalgraphics.com


Premium Content Graph Expo 2012: A Horse of a Different Color

Published October 16, 2012

Graph Expo 2012 was quite a different show than previous years, for a lot of reasons that our Senior Editor, Cary Sherburne, discusses in this article.


Komori's Jacki Hudmon on their digital strategy

Published October 5, 2012

Senior VP of Sales for Komori talks to Cary Sherburne about their multi-tiered digital strategy starting with a relationship with Konica Minolta shown at drupa. The next step features the first two digital inkjet presses manufactured by Komori.


Komori's Doug Schardt: How Printers Should Approach New Press Acquisition

Published October 2, 2012

Komori Product Manager Doug Schardt speaks with Cary Sherburne at Komori America headquarters about what printers should consider when thinking about acquiring news presses and talks about what's new from Komori.


Komori President & COO Kosh Miyao on their history and the affect of digital

Published September 28, 2012

Cary Sherburne interviews Komori President & COO Kosh Miyao at their Headquarters in Chicago, who talks about the founding of Komori in Japan in 1923 and their strengths as a company both financial and strategic.


Premium Content Heidelberg Hosts Customer Educational Event in Atlanta Technology Center

Published September 24, 2012

Heidelberg recently hosted a customer event at its North American Print & Packaging Technology Center in Atlanta for nearly 100 printing professionals and WhatTheyThink's Senior Editor Cary Sherburne was there. We spent an extra day with Heidelberg executives and product managers to gain more insight into what we saw at the event and at drupa as well as to discuss future strategies for Heidelberg in North America. Read more.


Komori CEO Yoshiharu Komori on the company's new digital strategy

Published September 24, 2012

President, Chairman, and CEO of Komori Yoshiharu Komori talks with Cary Sherburne about their new strategies relative to a hybrid offset/digital manufacturing workflow.


X-Rite Pantone: An Inside View

Published August 30, 2012

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne recently had the opportunity to visit two X-Rite and PANTONE locations, in Grand Rapids MI and Tewksbury MA, respectively, including hands-on with X-Rite instrumentation, a tour of the manufacturing floor, discussions with software engineers, and time with the company’s CEO Tom Vacchiano.


Agfa's Tim Van den Bossche on drupa 2012 and the state of offset

Published August 28, 2012

Cary Sherburne speaks to Agfa VP of Global Marketing and Strategy Tim Van den Bossche about his impressions of drupa 2012 and confirms that offset is still quite alive in this digital printing age.


Premium Content Is the Time Right for Digital Postal Mail?

Published August 3, 2012

Digital postal mail system provider Zumbox recently announced that it had secured $10 million in Series C capital, bringing total capital raised to $28 million. What’s driving the interest on the part of investors? Senior Editor Cary Sherburne speaks with Zumbox to learn more.


Joe O'Connor of Mohawk on Transforming a Four Generation Business

Published August 2, 2012

Cary Sherburne speaks with Joe O'Connor, Mohawk's Senior VP of International Sales on the history of the company and how they've transformed a four generation company in the modern digital age.


Rich Rindo, Jurgen Veil discuss the value of a long-term Kodak/KBA partnership

Published July 30, 2012


Chris Payne, Jeff Ward reveal the secrets to a new generation of inkjet-based book manufacturing

Published July 27, 2012

Cary speaks with Chris Payne of Kodak and Jeff Ward of Timsons about the business of book manufacturing and explore their partnership which allows them to provide customers with a new generation of inkjet based book manufacturing.


Chris Payne, John Sillies explain partnership for new business opportunities in hybrid printing

Published July 26, 2012

Cary Sherburne speaks with John Sillies of GSS and Chris Payne of Kodak on their partnership going back 15 years and the new business opportunities it opens up for hybrid print environments.


Chris Lyons highlights the success of Kodak Lighthouse customers

Published July 24, 2012


Kodak's Phil Faraci Summarizes Their Presence at drupa 2012

Published July 23, 2012

Kodak President and COO Phil Faraci talks to Cary Sherburne at drupa 2012 about their many announcements at the show, most becoming available within the year. Phil also speaks about the "hybrid" nature of this drupa.


Premium Content Printing in Brazil: Rodrigo Abreu Talks About AlphaGraphics

Published July 20, 2012

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne was recently the keynote speaker at ABIGRAF’s GEDIGI digital printing conference in São Paulo, Brazil, and spent time with Rodrigo Abreu, the holder of the International Master License for AlphaGraphics in Brazil. Read what Rodrigo has to say about printing in Brazil and some of the innovative actions he is taking to grow the business.


Jim Rosenthal of Digital Color Graphics on Transforming Their Business with EFI

Published July 19, 2012

Digital Color Graphics VP & COO Jim Rosenthal talks to Cary Sherburne about how they've transformed their business and adjusted to the market realities using EFI technologies.


Xeikon's Mike Ring on their drupa 2012 Trillium Announcement

Published July 17, 2012

Mike Ring, VP of Marketing at Xeikon talks with Cary Sherburne at drupa 2012 about their liquid toner Trillium product announcement at the show.


Premium Content Canon’s Dennis Amorosano Talks about Cloud, Mobility and More

Published July 13, 2012

WhatTheyThink Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Dennis Amorosano, Sr. Director, Solutions Marketing & Business Support at Canon USA, to learn what Canon is doing in the Cloud/Mobility space in a wide-ranging discussion from the office and production into the Cloud.


Chuck Stempler of Alphagraphics Seattle on Upgrading Their MIS System

Published July 12, 2012

Cary Sherburne talks to President and Owner of Alphagraphics in Seattle Chuck Stempler about Migrating from EFI PrintSmith to Pace.


Mike Ring of Xeikon Provides an update with their recent focus on packaging

Published July 10, 2012


Premium Content New President of Sharp Imaging and Information shares vision of future for Sharp

Published June 29, 2012

Doug Albregts has been President of Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA) since November 2012. He talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about why he chose Sharp and the company’s prospects.


Tony Heinl of Repacorp on their analog to digital transformation

Published June 28, 2012

Tony Heinl, President of Repacorp takes time out from EFI Connect to talk to Cary Sherburne about how their company transitioned from analog to digital using Jetrion.


Premium Content HP and IPEX 2014: The Full Story

Published June 26, 2012

HP surprised the printing industry when the news came out last week that the company had decided not to exhibit at Ipex 2014, which is moving from its long-time location in Birmingham to new digs in London. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with HP’s Sumeer Chandra to get a better understanding of what was behind this decision, and also includes an official statement from IPEX.


Premium Content Think Patented Buys Big at drupa

Published June 22, 2012

We’ve heard the vendor reports about drupa successes and seen the press releases rolling out. But there is nothing better than speaking directly to buyers. Think Patented bought big at drupa and Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Chairman and Managing Partner Niels Winther and CEO and Managing Partner, Ken McNerney to find out more.


Judy Hansen of JS McCarthy Printers on using EFI's MIS Systems

Published June 21, 2012

Judy Hansen, Director of IT at JS McCarthy discusses using EFI solutions and shares how they use the tools and the impact they've had on their internal workflow and data collection. They've since added other tools and Judy discusses their impact as well.


Logotech's Leslie Gurland talks about how digital printing helped a label customer

Published June 20, 2012

Cary Sherburne interviews Leslie Gurland, President of Logotech who gives us an overview of her company including their current equipment set up. She also shares an interesting story about a winery customer and how digital printing made the project possible.


Premium Content Packaging at drupa 2012: Some Out-of-the-Box ideas!

Published June 20, 2012

While drupa isn’t technically a packaging show, there were many packaging solutions on display and a great deal of interest in the segment on the part of visitors. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne reviews a few of the new development she came across as she traversed the many halls in Messe Dusseldorf during her 12 days of drupa …


Gina Testa of Xerox talks about the Premier Partner Program and the Profit Accelerator Toolkit

Published June 19, 2012

Xerox VP of Graphic Communications Gina Testa talks about their Premier Partner program, explaining the use of a portal for networking with peers. Gina also touches on their Profit Accelerator


Guy Gecht on some of the top achievements EFI has had recently

Published June 14, 2012


Tim Arnold discusses how they have incorporated digital to their business

Published June 13, 2012


Jeff Jacobson on his recent move to Xerox

Published June 12, 2012


DPI President Susan Moore on why she gives her time to Dscoop

Published June 7, 2012

DPI President Susan Moore takes time out of a busy Dscoop schedule to speak with Cary Sherburne about why she gives so freely of her time to the Dscoop event and community. They also discuss the event and feedback from attendees.


Kent Larson of Bridgeport National Bindery on evolving from binding to printing

Published June 6, 2012

Bridgeport National Bindery Vice President Kent Larson talks with Cary Sherburne about their business and how they evolved from binding only to printing and binding. They discuss HP's impact on this transition and how the digital transformation of the industry is changing the nature of book printing.


Attention Graph Expo Exhibitors: Please, Not More of the Same!

Published June 1, 2012

Coming off of a press conference extravaganza at drupa, WhatTheyThink’s Senior Editor Cary Sherburne challenges Graph Expo exhibitors to change the press conference game. (And feature more customers in their booths!)


Todd Kalagher of Finlay Printing discusses the importance of attending Dscoop

Published May 31, 2012

Cary Sherburne speaks with Todd Kalagher of Finlay Printing at Dscoop 7 about the importance of attending the event and the launch of "Book of Possibilities" component of their Marketing to Win program.


The Hybrid drupa

Published May 30, 2012

With drupa behind us, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne takes a retrospective look at this landmark drupa and dubs it the “Hybrid drupa.” What does she mean by that? It’s more than print engines! Read on …


Xerox's Kevin Horey discusses Xerox announcements at drupa

Published May 29, 2012

Cary Sherburne talks to Kevin Horey, Xerox VP of Production Product Marketing, about the many announcements they made at drupa. Biggest among them is the iGen 150. They also discuss a big finishing announcement made at the show as well as waterless inkjet.


Clear Story CEO Debara Medina on sourcing equipment

Published May 23, 2012

Clear Story is a young commercial printing outfit in San Diego that specializes in photobooks in the B2C market as well as other short-run commercial digital printing. CEO Debara Medina talks about the process of sourcing equipment for her business.


Members Ask: What Digital Press is Right

Published May 22, 2012

Since drupa members have written to get our thoughts on the which digital press is the best investment. Cary Sherburne has written up some recommendations. We share them here as a reference.


Special drupa Recognition

Published May 18, 2012

Back home from drupa 2012 and preparing to write some insightful articles about the show, the announcements and what it means for our industry over the next four years, so watch for those. Hint of what’s to come: for me, this was the Hybrid drupa. But first I wanted to offer some special recognition from a journalist’s perspective.


Dscoop goes Global with Board Members like CEO of GlobalSoft Digital Solutions Chris Petro

Published May 17, 2012

President & CEO of GlobalSoft Digital Solutions and Member of Dscoop Global Board of Directors Chris Petro shares with Cary Sherburne about the duties of Dscoop Global bringing the success of Dscoop to the worldwide community.


HP's Alon Bar-Shany shares Indigo Strategy

Published May 9, 2012

Cary Sherburne and Alon Bar-Shany discuss the HP 10000 platform and overall Indigo strategy.


Xerox at drupa 2012 and Beyond

Published May 1, 2012

As we rapidly approach drupa 2012, WhatTheyThink Senior Editor Cary Sherburne talked with Jeff Jacobson, president, Xerox Global Graphic Communications, to find out what Xerox is up to and what we can expect to see at drupa and beyond.


Premium Content Mohawk Reinvention: Tom O’Connor, Chairman & CEO Speaks Out

Published April 30, 2012

Following the mid-April announcement by Mohawk about its reinvention plans, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Thomas D. O’Connor, Jr., the company’s Chairman & CEO, to dig deeper.


Premium Content Xerox and the Cloud: Deb Cantabene Talks About Forward Strategy

Published April 27, 2012

There is no question that drupa 2012 will be an inkjet drupa, where inkjet technologies really begin to come into their own. But it will also be a “cloud computing” drupa. We have already seen a major announcement from Adobe, and many more companies are moving in that direction, including Xerox. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne talks with Xerox’s Deb Cantabene to find out more about the company’s cloud strategy.


HP’s Alon Bar-Shany predicts a good drupa, sees industry excitement building

Published April 23, 2012

I was curious what customer reaction has been to the HP announcements delivered to the press in late March in Tel-Aviv, and who better to answer those questions that the general manager of the HP Indigo business, Alon Bar-Shany. I caught up with him while he was waiting at baggage claim in Mexico City. Bar-Shany has been on a global road show following the briefings held in Tel-Aviv and a very successful Dscoop event in Washington D.C.


Adobe Launches Creative Cloud

Published April 23, 2012

This announcement is quite an interesting business model change for Adobe and could be a game-changer. The company was very clear that it is not abandoning its desktop licensing model for Creative Suite, but the ability for users to access the full range of Adobe publishing solutions, including Creative Suite 6 and Digital Publishing Single Edition, for as little as $50 a month (for a one-year commitment), will be a significant boon, especially for the growing force of freelance designers.


How a 1987 Joint Venture Might Have Changed Digital Printing History

Published April 20, 2012

In this WhatTheyThink exclusive, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne tells the story of DX Imaging, a DuPont/Xerox joint venture founded in 1987, that might have changed printing history.


Ariva's Offerings Bring Unique Applications

Published April 18, 2012

Cary Sherburne and Charlie Launsbach, Sales Director at Ariva, discuss some of the more unique applications their substrates can provide.


Premium Content Digital Presses at drupa: Delphax, HP, Kodak, Komori, Landa, Presstek, Ryobi, Xeikon

Published April 18, 2012

In this Part Two of her pre-drupa overview, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne reviews some of the new digital presses visitors to drupa will be able to see. It is not, by any means, an exhaustive list … while this is being called the inkjet drupa redux, there are also very interesting announcements in the toner space as well.


Ariva brings New Products to Market in a Dynamically Changing Print Market

Published April 13, 2012

President of Ariva Mark Ushpol updates Cary Sherbrune on the company's rebranding and shares how paper media is more important than ever for hybrid printers.


Danaher Corporation to Acquire X-Rite

Published April 12, 2012

WhatTheyThink spoke with X-Rite-Pantone Senior VP of Sales and Marketing Vic Stalam upon learning about this news. Stalam indicated that X-Rite Pantone will join Esko and VideoJet in the Product Identification subgroup of Danaher, making this business a $1.2 billion subgroup.


Premium Content Gearing up for drupa: Workflow news from Chili Publisher, Enfocus, Esko, HP, Kodak, Xeikon and X-Rite Pantone

Published April 12, 2012

March was a pre-drupa whirlwind for many of us journalist/industry analyst types. No one can attend all of the events, but it seemed like I had more than my share. I will be breaking my report up into three parts … the first will focus on the softer side—color management, workflow, etc. Stay tuned for additional information on new digital presses, finishing and more. Companies covered here: Chili Publisher, Enfocus, Esko, HP, Kodak, Xeikon and X-Rite Pantone


Ricoh Launches Customer Marketing Suite for Utility Companies

Published April 11, 2012

WhatTheyThink had the opportunity to speak in-depth with Mike Bryant, Worldwide Practice Leader for Strategy and Marketing Analytics, and Jay Robinson, Senior Solutions Consultant, Utility Market, to gain more information about this new offering from Ricoh for this WhatTheyThink exclusive commentary.


Mohawk's Reinvention Plans

Published April 11, 2012

I have been following Mohawk for a number years, dating back to its early engagement with Indigo in the 1990s and its work on developing digitally-optimized papers that worked with that press and others. It has been interesting to watch this fourth-generation family business evolve over those years. And now, under the leadership of Thomas D. O’Connor, Jr., Chairman and CEO, the company seems to be accelerating its rate of change.


Premium Content Delphax elan—a Game Changer?

Published April 5, 2012

In February, Delphax Technologies announced it would be bringing to market a digital color print system powered by Memjet at drupa 2012. Industry watchers have been waiting to get more details on this sheet-fed device and the news is finally out. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne gets the details from Delphax’ Dieter Schilling.


manroland web systems Inc.: A Conversation with CEO Roland Ortbach

Published March 22, 2012

In this exclusive WhatTheyThink interview, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne speaks with Roland Ortbach, just named as CEO of manroland web systems Inc. North America. Ortbach discusses the new organization, its relationship with the manroland sheetfed division and more.


Premium Content X-Rite/Pantone Update from President & CEO Tom Vacchiano

Published March 6, 2012

I had the opportunity to participate in an analyst briefing at Pantone in late February, and X-Rite President & CEO Tom Vacchiano took the time to speak with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne one-on-one with an update on X-Rite/Pantone strategy—where the company’s been and where it is going. Read more.


Premium Content FedEx Office Expands Grand Format Business

Published March 2, 2012

FedEx Office recently announced that it would be accelerating investment in grand format printing services in selected centralized production centers to supplement its service offerings. The same release also reported that Boeing had selected FedEx Office as its print service provider of choice. WhatTheyThink Senior Editor Cary Sherburne talked to the company to learn more.


Ricoh Helps Customer's Biggest Needs in the Printing Community

Published March 1, 2012

Tim Vellek, Vice President of the Production Printing Business Group at Ricoh Americas and Cary Sherburne address the biggest needs that arise during the dynamic and dramatic changes occurring today in the industry.


Premium Content New Presstek CEO Stanley E. Freimuth Talks About Strategies, Plans, What to Expect at drupa

Published March 1, 2012

On February 2nd, Presstek announced the appointment of Stanley E. Freimuth as Chairman, President & CEO. Mr. Freimuth, who stepped into the role on February 13th, spent nearly 25 years with Fujifilm where he ultimately had responsibility for all Fujifilm U.S.A businesses. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Freimuth about his reasons for taking on the role and his expectations for the firm and the market.


Ricoh Americas Educates Their Customers to Adapt

Published February 23, 2012

Cary Sherburne and Annette McCrary, Director of Production Marketing at Ricoh Americas Corporation discuss the reoccurring trending topic of printers adjusting to the current market state and how Ricoh is helping their customers make that adjustment,


Premium Content Industry Veteran Jeff Jacobson Joins Xerox

Published February 22, 2012

The announcement that Jeff Jacobson, President & CEO of Presstek, was departing the company to take on a senior role at Xerox caught many industry watchers by surprise. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Jacobson to get the story behind the story.


VP of Marketing Mike Dane discusses Ricoh's Perspective on Analog Vs. Digital

Published February 16, 2012

Cary Sherburne and VP of Marketing Mike Dane discuss Ricoh's view on the rebirth to paper in a multi-channel communication market.


Epson Launches NextGen Wide Format Printer, New Branding

Published February 14, 2012

Today, Epson launched its next generation, newly-branded 64” solvent printer – the SureColor S30670 is a four-color solvent printer (CMYK) using Epson UltraChrome GS2 ink. Read more.


Dscoop Adds DSee Digital Print & Design Conference

Published February 10, 2012

Dscoop, the wildly successful HP digital printing users group, has added a new conference to its repertoire. Co-located with Dscoop7 being held in Washington D.C. March 22-24, the event, DSee, takes place on March 22, 2012, and has already sold out. Hear more from Dscoop board members and HP about this novel event.


EFI's Fiery XF Expands VUTEk Capabilities

Published February 7, 2012

Christian Schowalter, Product Marketing Manager at EFI, tells Cary Sherburne about the new turnkey solution with the Fiery XF solutions.


Premium Content AlphaGraphics Acquired by Blackstreet Capital

Published February 7, 2012

Now that the dust has settled a little on the acquisition of AlphaGraphics (AGI) by Blackstreet Capital and CEO Kevin Cushing’s unexpected departure, Art Coley, AlphaGraphics’ Interim President, talks to WhatTheyThink Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about the AGI perspective, future prospects and franchisee reaction.


Gerhardt and Marcantonio on Allegra's Acquisition of Signs by Tomorrow

Published February 1, 2012

Cary Sherburne, WhatTheyThink’s Senior Editor, had a few questions for Allegra’s Carl Gerhardt and Mike Marcantonio about this acquisition. Here’s what they had to say.


Premium Content Fenske Media: Innovative and Growing

Published January 27, 2012

In December, WhatTheyThink’s Senior Editor, Cary Sherburne, joined a number of her press and analyst peers on a visit to Fenske Media in Rapid City, South Dakota. In this article, she shares details about the event and includes an exclusive interview with Tom Fenske, one of the four brothers that own and operate the business.


AlphaGraphics Has a New Owner

Published January 27, 2012

Rumors that AlphaGraphics was on the blocks proved to be true when the company announced it had a new owner. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke to CEO Kevin Cushing to get the story behind the story for our readers.


Premium Content Océ Business Services Partners with Mimeo to Deliver Océ PrintExpress

Published January 25, 2012

Océ Business Services introduced Océ PrintExpress, an online print and distribution service that augments its Managed Print Services offerings. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne speaks with Océ Business Services and its partner, Mimeo, to get the scoop.


Experiences from Beta Site for GS3250LX, imageoptions

Published January 24, 2012

Cary Sherburne and President of imageoptions Brian Hite discuss the company's involvement as a beta site for EFI's GS3250LX.


HP's Xavier Garcia Gives Advice to Printers Looking to Enter the Wide Format Market

Published January 23, 2012

Cary Sherburne and HP's General Manager of Scitex Xavier Garcia have a conversation focused on print service providers looking to expand their offerings with wide format.


Running the Gauntlet: A Book Review

Published January 19, 2012

Jeff Hayzlett’s second book, Running the Gauntlet, is out, launched January 3rd. Read what Senior Editor Cary Sherburne has to say about the book and the SnapTags it incorporates.


EFI Breaks Ground with LED Curing in their GS3250LX

Published January 17, 2012

Cary Sherburne and EFI's VUTEK Product Manager Jamie Dolpies talk about the latest LED curing technology recently included in their product line and the suite of advantages it brings to the industry.


Premium Content Cool App from a Surprising Source

Published January 17, 2012

Web-to-print provider Aleyant profiled one of its customers in a recent press release that caught my attention. Thinking this was an innovative print service provider who had launched a niche holiday application, I contacted them to see what they do the rest of the year. Not a print service provider!


HP's Strategic Marketing Manager Harel Ifhar on HP's Market Innovation

Published January 16, 2012

Scitex Strategic Marketing Manager Harel Ifhar tells Cary Sherburne how HP is constantly striving to bring new technologies and business ideas to their customers to help them evolve their business.


EFI's Wide Format Automation Solutions

Published January 10, 2012

Senior Marketing Manager Mark Goodearl and Cary Sherburne discuss how EFI brings better integration for a more efficient workflow to meet wide format's ever increasing demand for automation.


Premium Content Why HP Acquired HiFlex

Published January 9, 2012

On December 7th, HP announced the acquisition of print MIS provider HiFlex. WhatTheyThink Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with HP to understand more about this acquisition and how it fits into the HP portfolio. You may be surprised to learn where the acquisition is reporting within the HP organization.


Boarman Out as Public Printer

Published December 19, 2011

On April 15, 2010, President Obama announced his intent to nominate William J. Boarman as the 26th Public Printer of the United States. Following that announcement, WhatTheyThink covered the long, and ultimately unsuccessful confirmation process, revealing a number of problems with the nominee. Apparently more problems have arisen and his nomination was returned to the President. Read more.


Premium Content First Coated Stock for Production Inkjet Introduced by NewPage

Published December 15, 2011

NewPage was the first paper manufacturer to bring to market a coated stock optimized for production inkjet. Availability of an affordable coated stock solution is at the top of the wish list for many production inkjet press owners. We expect to see much more activity in this space between now and drupa. In the interim, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with the folks at NewPage to get the full story.


Premium Content Wild Apple Graphics Turns to Digital Printing for Art Prints

Published December 12, 2011

Wild Apple Graphics recently added a new digital press that allows the company to offer short runs of certain popular print sizes. Cary Sherburne spoke with Jim Chadwick, Director of Technical Services, to understand how digital printing is streamlining the company’s art print business and why they chose the digital press they purchased.


Premium Content Touchcode: A New Way to Make Print Interactive

Published November 18, 2011

German firm Printechnologics has developed another way for print to be interactive utilizing the increasing number of touch screens—tablets, smartphones and more—now in the marketplace. What is a Touchcode, how can it be used and when might we start seeing them in the market? Cary Sherburne speaks with Printechnologics CEO Sascha Voight.


Making a Big Impression Trends in Large Format Printing

Published November 14, 2011

As we approach drupa 2012, what are the technologies we can expect to see that will drive change in the printing and publishing markets? Once again, we can expect to see a significant position for inkjet in the array of new technologies exhibitors have on display.  This time, however, while there will still be a large presence in the production sector.


Pitney Bowes Helps Customers Beyond Buying Equipement

Published November 8, 2011

Vice President for Global Strategic Product Management Grant Miller and Cary Sherburne chat about the how Pitney Bowes is helping their customers adapt as more mailers are printing and printers are mailing while maintaining efficiency and keep costs low with new products and services.


Premium Content AlphaGraphics Seattle Finds Success in Search Engine Marketing

Published November 4, 2011

Printing firms today face many challenges and opportunities. Entrepreneurs like AlphaGraphics Owner Chuck Stempler provide examples of what the printing firm of the future might look like and offer services to small commercial and quick printers to help them reach their own goals.


Premium Content Is There an iPad App in Your Future?

Published November 1, 2011

As we look at ways to ensure that print remains viable and that we have the right set of services to go with it, becoming an iPad app developer is an interesting avenue to explore that may be easier than you think. Cary Sherburne reviews two options for easy entry into this market.


Pitney Bowes Helps Printing Firms Increase Productivity

Published November 1, 2011

Kevin Marks and Cary Sherburne sit down and discuss Pitney Bowes recent product announcements that aim to help firms be more productive in the production print space.


Optimizing Print On-Demand Workflows

Published October 20, 2011

PTI's Director of Professional Services Shabnam Behzadpour tells Cary Sherburne what printers should look into in order to optimize their print on-demand worflows.


How to Engage Marketers and Win Business

Published October 13, 2011

Vice President of Marketing for PTI Dustin Ritter sits down with Cary Sherburne to share just what modern marketers are looking for in today's more social world.


Kodak President & COO Phil Faraci Clarifies Kodak Position

Published October 12, 2011

Recent news stories about Kodak have implied that the company’s digital transition is not going as planned, even suggesting an investigation into filing bankruptcy. While waiting for Kodak to announce quarterly earnings on November 3rd, WhatTheyThink spoke with President & COO Phil Faraci to gain his perspective these issues.


Premium Content TRI-C Enterprises CEO and PIAG Chairman Bill Cole Talks About Turning His Business Around

Published October 11, 2011

Bill Cole, CEO of TRI-C Enterprises and PIAG Chairman, talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about the impact last year’s PIAG book study group, featuring Disrupting the Future by Dr. Joe Webb, had on the future of his business…a wake-up call that infused new energy and excitement into his life and his business.


Premium Content Delivering Value via the Web

Published October 5, 2011

Although most of us understand that electronic communications are here to stay, it can still be difficult to figure out how best to leverage it in a business sense. WhatTheyThink spoke with Mohawk’s Chris Harrold, VP, Business Development, about the company’s new service platform for digital printers, Mohawk MakeReady, a great example of using the Web to deliver valuable information while building increased credibility for the business.


Premium Content Production Automation: How Do You Get Started Affordably?

Published September 30, 2011

Following up on her recent article, Graph Expo Retrospective, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne takes a look at production automation, a key "Critical Technology" as identified by the Graph Expo Must See 'ems committee. Getting started might be more affordable than you think.


Premium Content Graph Expo Retrospective; Critical and Opportunistic Technologies for Future Success

Published September 27, 2011

As the industry gets back to work following a busy Graph Expo 2011, it is a good time to take a look at some of the technologies that were on display-both those that are critical to the short- and long-term profitability and survival of a printing company, and opportunistic technologies that can provide differentiation.


Agfa and Pitman: One Year Later

Published September 9, 2011

In July of 2010, Agfa acquired the assets of the Harold M. Pitman Company. It's been just over a year, and WhatTheyThink takes an exclusive look at the status of the integration.


Premium Content Ricoh and Zumbox Join Forces to Simplify Digital Mailbox Solutions for Billers

Published September 7, 2011

Yesterday, Ricoh and Zumbox announced an alliance under which mailers can opt to provide their customers mail via Zumbox, the world's first digital postal mail system. WhatTheyThink spoke with Ricoh's Don Dew to get the inside scoop.


Premium Content More on the Digital Mail Revolution, Pitney Bowes' John Schloff Provides Volly Update

Published September 1, 2011

Following our recent article on the latest news from Zumbox, a player in the digital mail space, we contacted Pitney Bowes' John Schloff to find out the latest about its digital mailbox offering, Volly. Schloff shares an update, including insight into strategy and plans.


Premium Content The Digital Postal Mail Revolution, Will it Speed the Demise of the U. S. Postal Service?

Published August 30, 2011

For almost a decade, pundits have been projecting that paper mail, especially transactional mail, will be displaced by electronic alternatives. Just like the paperless office, it hasn't happened yet. But there's a lot happening in the digital postal mail realm that could change the picture entirely. John Payne of Zumbox talks about what's ahead.


Premium Content RPI's Bellamy Comments on Acquisition of Netherlands-based Paro Group BV

Published August 29, 2011

On August 25th, Seattle-based RPI announced the acquisition of Paro Group BV, based in Eindhoven, Netherlands. The entity in the Netherlands will be known as RPI-Paro to capitalize on Paro branding there. WhatTheyThink spoke with Rick Bellamy, CEO of RPI, and Jan-Paul van den Hurk, owner and CEO of Paro Printing, for more details.


Premium Content EFI's Marc Olin Comments on Prism Group Holdings Acquisition

Published August 17, 2011

EFI continues its efforts to consolidate the print MIS market with yet another acquisition. On August 3rd, the company announced the acquisition of Prism Group Holdings. Marc Olin, GM of EFI's Software Applications business unit, comments on the reasons for the acquisition and its value to EFI.


Premium Content Rochester NY Printing Firms Bright Spots in a Difficult Economy (Part 2)

Published August 16, 2011

I recently had the opportunity to visit four printing firms in the Rochester/Buffalo NY area and was impressed with their vitality an innovative approach to the business. Their stories are sure to brighten up your summer, as they did mine. Part 2 of a 2-part article.


Premium Content Rochester NY Printing Firms Bright Spots in a Difficult Economy (Part 1)

Published August 15, 2011

I recently had the opportunity to visit four printing firms in the Rochester/Buffalo NY area and was impressed with their vitality an innovative approach to the business. Their stories are sure to brighten up your summer, as they did mine. Part 1 of a 2-part article.


Premium Content Production Inkjet Continues to Affect Book Printing Market

Published August 5, 2011

Toronto-based book printer Webcom has built a reputation for providing customers with innovative solutions to the challenges of printing books, catalogs and directories. The company has recently launched BookFWD, a paradigm shift for publishers, powered by a new HP T300 Inkjet Web Press.


Premium Content Mimeo Acquires CLE; Expands to UK, CEO Adam Slutsky Comments

Published August 4, 2011

In July, online printer Mimeo announced the acquisition of UK-based CLE. In this conversation, with CEO Adam Slutsky talks about the reasons for the acquisition, Mimeo's expectations, and hints about future plans.


Do you think marketers understand the full value of personalized communications?

Published July 31, 2011

You might want to think again. Sure, many do. But their primary association, the DMA, apparently doesn't. A friend forwarded me an email he received recently from the DMA, and while I will not include the whole thing here, here are the high points that demonstrate that something is lost in translation here!


Ipex Moves to London, 30-Year Hiatus in Birmingham Ends

Published July 29, 2011

In early June, The Informa Print Group announced that Ipex would be moving to London's ExCeL international exhibition and conference centre for its 2014 exhibition. Scheduled for March 26th to April 2nd, 2014, Ipex returns to the city of its birth after 30 years in Birmingham. Learn more.


EFI President Fred Rosenzweig to Retire

Published July 25, 2011


Padgett Printing Closes, President David Torok Gives Insight

Published July 25, 2011

WhatTheyThink was saddened, and quite frankly, surprised, to learn about the closure of Dallas-based Padgett Printing, a respected family-owned printing business that had operated for more than 100 years.


Xerox Hosts Informative Analyst Briefing at Gil Hatch Center

Published July 14, 2011

In mid-June, Xerox Corporation hosted a large group consisting of members of the analyst community in Rochester NY for a Document Technology Business Briefing covering both the production and office businesses. A highlight of the event was a talk by Chairman & CEO Ursula Burns followed by a Q&A opportunity.


48HourPrint: An Online Success Story

Published July 12, 2011

48HourPrint began its life in 2001 as a magazine publisher, publishing a nightlife magazine for the City of Boston called 411. Noticing the uptick in activity in the world of online printing, the company migrated the business model to the online printing success story it is today.


Printing Industries of America Decries Obama Administration Characterization of Print

Published July 7, 2011

On June 24th, Printing Industries of America President & CEO Michael Makin sent an email touting his letter to President Obama that objected to the President's characterization of the printed version of the Federal Register (and by association, the entire printing industry), saying people might think "printed material is a dying and irrelevant relic." WhatTheyThink research reveals a different picture.


Premium Content PSDA Revitalized Through New Management Arrangement

Published June 28, 2011

Last year, PSDA (Print Services & Distribution Association) announced it had entered into a management agreement with association management firm SmithBucklin, the same organization that manages Dscoop and the XMPie Users Group. WhatTheyThink checked in with PSDA Board President Bill Prettyman and Executive Vice President Matt Sanderson to see how things were proceeding.


Premium Content Industry Veteran Joe Demharter Speaks About Current Role at Presstek

Published June 16, 2011

Joe Demharter retired from The Pitman Company about three years ago, where he was President for eight years. After two years of taking it easy, he decided to get back in the game. During this interview, he explains why, and offers advice to printers for a successful future.


Premium Content Business Development: How the Vendors Can Help

Published June 3, 2011

As printers continue to evolve their businesses to meet the new market realities, one of the challenges they face is how to optimize their operations and market their new products and services. This is an area where suppliers to the industry can provide significant help. This interview with Kodak's Deb Stranaghan outlines the new Kodak MarketMover program, designed to help printers transform their businesses.


Consolidated Graphics emerge a Resounding Success

Published May 26, 2011

This is the second year for Consolidated Graphics (CGX) emerge conference. This is a truly unique event, which I had the pleasure of attending this year. The nearly 500 CGX customers who attended came to learn about new technology, new processes and stay current with the trends in a dynamic environment.


Premium Content Is Memjet a Disruptive Technology? Let's Ask Delphax

Published May 16, 2011

WhatTheyThink has published various pieces about Memjet over the last several months, but most of it has been focused on the label and office markets. At the end of last month, Memjet's latest partner was announced-Delphax Technologies, a provider of high-speed digital monochrome printing. The strategy is that the Memjet collaboration will jumpstart them as a player in the color digital market. Article


Have you entered the Web2Awards Competition Yet?

Published May 13, 2011


Premium Content Standard Register: A Transformation Story

Published May 10, 2011

Standard Register is nearly 100 years old, but with its recent rebranding and the transformation efforts being driven by President & CEO Joseph P. Morgan, Jr., the company is placing itself squarely in the 21st Century. It has reported three quarters in a row of profit and has a positive cash flow, a sign that Morgan’s transformation strategy is working.


Premium Content EFI Connect Continues to Grow

Published May 6, 2011

EFI held its 12th annual Connect users' conference April 26th through 29th at the Wynn in Las Vegas. Attended by approximately 1,000 customers and a record number of partner sponsors, along with an international group of journalists, Connect was a success by anyone's measure.


Premium Content Cyril Scott, a CGX Company, Invests More than $10 Million Despite Economic Downturn

Published April 26, 2011

Lancaster, Ohio, based Cyril Scott, a CGX company, has invested some $10 million in equipment, technology and people over the past two years, despite a difficult economic climate. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Cyril Scott President Matt Coltharp to find out more.


Premium Content No Time for Social Media? There are options... (Part Four of Four)

Published April 25, 2011

In this final part of a four-part series, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne interviews two more printing firms about their social media experiences. Part One examined the reasons why printing firms need to be engaged in social media and reviewed offerings by MarketingIdeasForPrinters that make social media as easy as a click of the mouse. Part Two reviewed the Grow Socially offering for Social Media services. And Part Three looks at the experiences of a supplier, Komori and a printer, Quad/Graphics.


Premium Content No Time for Social Media? There are options... (Part Three of Four)

Published April 19, 2011

In this third part of a four-part series, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne interviews one printing firm and one supplier to the industry about their social media experiences. Part Four will contain the final two printer interviews. Part One examined the reasons why printing firms need to be engaged in social media. Part Two reviewed Grow Socially’s offering for Social Media services.


Premium Content No Time for Social Media? There are options... (Part Two of Four)

Published April 15, 2011

In this second part of a Four-part series, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne reviews another option for printing firms to get into the social media game, from Grow Socially. She spoke with CEO John Foley to learn more about the kind of value they’re offering their clients.


Bud Hadfield, ICED Franchise Founder, Passes Away

Published April 12, 2011


Xerox Launches New Matte Dry Ink for iGen4 EXP

Published April 11, 2011


Ricoh Reorg Places Production HQ in US

Published April 10, 2011


Premium Content No Time for Social Media? There are options...

Published April 5, 2011

In this first part of a three-part series, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne looks at options for printing firms to get into the social media game. This article examines offerings by MarketingIdeasForPrinters that make social media as easy as a click of the mouse.


Is Printing the Congressional Record Wasteful?

Published March 31, 2011


Premium Content PublishingXchange Conference New at On Demand 2011; Mobile and Cloud Hot Topics

Published March 25, 2011

Yesterday saw the conclusion of On Demand 2011, which also ran in conjunction with info360 (formerly AIIM) and a new conference, PublishingXchange, at the Washington D.C. convention center. Two key digital printing players, Xerox and Kodak, were absent. What's in store for next year when the show(s) move to New York's Javits Center in June of 2012?


HP and O'Neil Data Systems Showcase Brand-New T400 Color Inkjet Web Press

Published March 17, 2011

HP is upping the ante in the inkjet game with the new T400 Color Inkjet Web Press announced today during a press event being held at Los Angeles based O'Neil Data Systems. With a 42” web width, the T400 offers more than just raw speed, promising to be a game changer for several target markets.


Premium Content DG3 acquires the Ace Group: What does it all mean?

Published March 14, 2011

On Friday, March 4th, DG3 North America announced the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of The Ace Group of Manhattan. DG3 touted its ability to expand its Interactive Services group through this acquisition. This interview with Ace Group’s Val DiGiacinto and DG3’s Tom Saggiomo digs deeper into the transaction and what it holds for the future of both firms.


RR Donnelley and KBA announce technology partnership

Published March 1, 2011


Kodak Announces Price Increase for Offset Printing Plates

Published March 1, 2011


Premium Content Xerox Comments on Inkjet, Heidelberg Digital Deal

Published February 28, 2011

One of the more important announcements at Hunkeler Innovationdays was the Xerox waterless production inkjet engine; Xerox updates its positioning. Soon after this event was the long-awaited announcement by Heidelberg of its digital partner—Ricoh. Sherburne highlights pros and cons of this arrangement and shares a prepared statement from Xerox along with some interview comments about the deal.


Hunkeler Innovationdays 2011 Draws Record Crowd

Published February 22, 2011

This year’s Hunkeler Innovationdays, held in Switzerland every other year, was a resounding success by anyone’s measure.  More than 5,000 attendees descended on Lucerne, Switzerland, taking up just about every available hotel room, to benefit from this highly focused digital printing event. Several suppliers chose this venue to make important announcements and to discuss future and planned digital printing/finishing innovations.


Xerox enters production inkjet game

Published February 14, 2011

Xerox chose Hunkeler Innovationdays 2011 in Lucerne, Switzerland as its platform to make its long-awaited production inkjet announcement.  The company has been showing technology concepts, beginning with drupa 2008, and speculation was it would be some time before they were able to get a product to market.  That time has come, with an innovative waterless printing process that can use virtually any type of uncoated substrate without pretreatment.


Neither Rain nor Snow nor Sleet … But Maybe Digital Mailboxes

Published February 9, 2011


Premium Content PrintChina Trade Show Scheduled for April 9-13, 2011 in DongGuan City

Published January 31, 2011

In mid-January, show organizers for PrintChina 2011 hosted more than 40 journalists from around the world to raise awareness about the importance of PrintChina and to encourage foreign visitors to attend the show. WhatTheyThink represented North America at this event, which featured presentations from government, industry and supplier representatives as well as a visit to a Chinese printing factory. Interesting data, and some thoughts about the future of print in China. Read more.


FedEx Office Print & Go

Published January 27, 2011


Premium Content Inside Scoop on the EFI/Heidelberg Deal

Published January 27, 2011

Last week, EFI and Heidelberg announced an agreement under which Heidelberg will distribute the VUTEk GS series of superwide format digital printers to the commercial print market across the U.S. WhatTheyThink spoke with both Heidelberg and EFI to get the inside scoop on this deal.


Xerox CEO to Join First Lady at State of the Union Address

Published January 25, 2011


Hunkeler Innovation Days Goes Virtual

Published January 20, 2011


Premium Content Former HP Executive Bill McGlynn Talks About New Role at Memjet

Published January 11, 2011

Bill McGlynn was well-known to many of our readers during his 25 years with HP, where he helped accelerate the company’s printing business from $150 million to $24 billion in annual sales, including his role in the Indigo acquisition which led HP’s entry into the commercial printing space.  Now McGlynn is building Memjet’s Home & Office Business as its President.  Read more…


Premium Content Pitney Bowes Launches Digital Mail Initiative

Published January 10, 2011

Mailing giant Pitney Bowes has announced a new secure online mailbox initiative.  Volly is a secure repository for bills, promotional mail and even household documents that attempts to solve many of the issues that have been barriers to more rapid adoption of online billing.  Read more...


Public Printer Robert C. Tapella Resigns

Published December 29, 2010


GPO's Little Known Secret

Published December 27, 2010


Hunkeler CEO Stefan Hunkeler Discusses Hunkeler Innovationdays

Published December 21, 2010

As the WhatTheyThink team prepares to head for Lucerne, Switzerland in February to attend the Hunkeler Innovationdays, we talked with Hunkeler CEO Stefan Hunkeler to gain insight into what to expect at this unique event. We also asked Hunkeler to share his thoughts about the current state of the industry.


CGX CEO Joe Davis Shares Latest CGX Strategies, Industry Insight

Published December 21, 2010

What better way to end the year than by having a conversation with Joe Davis, CEO of Consolidated Graphics and WhatTheyThink’s Print CEO of the Year.  Davis tells us what’s new at Consolidated Graphics, talks about acquisition strategy, and shares valuable insight into the strategies that have delivered business success for the company.


Googled: A Book Review

Published November 19, 2010

Google is arguably one of the most fascinating companies of our times. Founded in 1998, the typical Silicon Valley “two guys in a garage,” the company quickly skyrocketed to prominence as the preferred search engine for many as well as a premier advertising platform. In his book, Ken Auletta does an outstanding job of documenting the company’s history and accomplishments to date.


GPO Celebrates 150 Years of History, Uses Social Media to Tell the Story

Published November 18, 2010


Premium Content Memjet: Bringing disruptive change to packaging and labeling?

Published November 1, 2010

Memjet may be a new name to many of our readers.  The company was founded in 2002 and designs and manufactures low-cost high quality inkjet printheads, print controllers and inks designed for use in printers for packaging and mailing applications.  Although OEMs have only had product components for 60 days, Memjet has been busy—five shows in the last six months in North America and Europe.  Read more about this potentially disruptive technology.


Premium Content Former HP Executive Bill McGlynn Talks About New Role at Memjet

Published November 1, 2010

Bill McGlynn was well-known to many of our readers during his 25 years with HP, where he helped accelerate the company’s printing business from $150 million to $24 billion in annual sales, including his role in the Indigo acquisition which led HP’s entry into the commercial printing space.  Now McGlynn is building Memjet’s Home & Office Business as its President.  Read more…


Do you have your G7 DEER poster yet?

Published October 31, 2010


Standard Register Reports Strong 3rd Quarter

Published October 29, 2010


Premium Content EFI CEO Bullish About Future of Industry, Company

Published October 26, 2010

EFI released positive quarterly earnings last week with 28% revenue growth. CEO Guy Gecht indicated that EFI’s transformation is complete. EFI has gone from a single family of products (Fiery) to a broad portfolio of products, including VUTEk, Rastek, and Jetrion inkjet printers as well as APPS. They’ve aimed their efforts at key growth areas of the print industry: short run digital printing for documents, signage, packaging and software that automates business processes, with multiple channel strategies. WhatTheyThink spoke with Gecht following the earnings call to learn more.


Scott Cohen live from SGIA in Las Vegas

Published October 14, 2010


Do You Live in the Future?

Published October 12, 2010

Looking for a good read? Check out this review of I Live in the Future and Here’s How It Works: Why Your World, Work and Brain are Being Creatively Disrupted, by Nick Bilton. Bilton calls it “a unique reading experience,” and it is. Each chapter begins with a QR Code! (And this from a “Gray Lady” reporter.) It even includes some history about how print was one of the original disruptive technologies. Read on!


Too Many Trade Shows?

Published October 8, 2010

The last couple of years have been difficult for both printers and suppliers to our industry. While there are positive signs that indicate a path to recovery, and many companies are investing to better position themselves for a brighter future, many suppliers to the industry believe that we have too many trade shows and too many of them are too siloed for today’s diverse environment. Hear what they—and GASC—have to say.


Ramesh Ratan on merging print with mail

Published October 7, 2010


Premium Content Peter Williams Discusses Ricoh’s European Business

Published October 1, 2010

In this interview with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne, Ricoh Europe Executive Vice President Peter Williams talks about the company’s IPEX experience, European distribution strategies, and the progress being made with integration of IKON and InfoPrint Solutions into the customer experience. Read the full interview.


Premium Content Chris Lyons at Kodak: The importance of an application focus

Published September 30, 2010

Chris Lyons, Kodak’s Global Market Segment Director, talks about his role at Kodak, what to expect from Kodak at Graph Expo, and his goals and challenges in this new role. Read the full article.


Premium Content Printing in Colombia: Views from Andigraf's Grafica 2010

Published September 22, 2010

Colombia's printing industry association, Andigraf, held its annual meeting in Santa Marta, Colombia, in early September. WhatTheyThink's Senior Editor Cary Sherburne participated in the event as an attendee and speaker, joined via video by WhatTheyThink's Dr. Joe Webb, Director of the Economics and Research Center. Sherburne shares her thoughts about the Colombian experience.


Premium Content Presstek's Jeff Jacobson Discusses IPEX, Graph Expo, the Presstek 75DI and the State of the Industry

Published September 21, 2010

In a recent WhatTheyThink webinar, both listeners and industry experts commented on the potential offered by the new Presstek 75DI digital offset press, which was debuted at IPEX and will be on display at Graph Expo 2010. WhatTheyThink checked in with Presstek Chairman, CEO & President, Jeff Jacobson, to get his take on what the 75DI means to Presstek and its customers, as well as his opinion on the state of the industry, and more.


Boarman nomination as Public Printer still on hold

Published September 20, 2010


Premium Content Quad/Graphics’ Joel Quadracci Speaks about Worldcolor Acquisition

Published September 17, 2010

As Quad/Graphics has begun to integrate its recent mammoth acquisition of Worldcolor, WhatTheyThink checked in with Joel Quadracci, the company's Chairman, President & CEO to get the latest update and his view of the state of the industry.


Premium Content Triple Benefits for Triple A (AAA) in Transpromo Implementation

Published September 14, 2010

AAA, the premier association of regional auto clubs, produces 160,000 statements annually at its headquarters location. Its TransPromo implementation with DocPath has saved the organization more than $110,000 annually, streamlined the invoice-to-cash process and resulted in a more attractive statement design. This story demonstrates that TransPromo is not just for the big guys! Find out more.


XRGA: New Graphic Arts Standard from X-Rite

Published September 7, 2010

In mid-September, X-Rite will release XRGA, an ISO-compliant metrology standard for the graphic arts industry that is designed to take advantage of advances in color science and new international standards to provide a way to reduce measurement discrepancies between legacy instruments previously developed by X-Rite and GretagMacbeth.


Premium Content Standard Register’s Brad Cates discusses healthcare business

Published September 3, 2010

Standard Register recently made the decision to establish a focus on the healthcare industry. Cary Sherburne recently sat down with President of the company’s Healthcare Business, Brad Cates, and Business Director of Document and Information Management Ann B. Scales, to learn about the transition to all healthcare, EMR reform and the future of printing in the health care space.


HP Schedules First-Ever Global Partner Summit Coinciding with Dscoop6

Published August 30, 2010

Dscoop, the independent user group for HP Indigo and Scitex owners, has been one of the biggest user group success stories in our industry.  Even though last year was terrible for the industry, Dscoop had an attendance of 1,823 and had to turn away both attendees and sponsors because the demand was so high.  In 2011, Dscoop 6 organizers expect to significantly exceed that attendance level.  The conference will be held February 17-19, 2011, at the Gaylord Palms Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando FL.


RISO/Kodak Deal Adds New Dimension to Inkjet

Published August 6, 2010


Premium Content Email Marketing: Does it still work?

Published August 3, 2010

Does email marketing still work, or is it beset by too many problems with mailbox clutter, spam and more? A recent study and a specific example indicate there is plenty of life left in this medium. Is it part of your service mix?


Boarman Nomination Heads to Full Senate

Published July 22, 2010

WhatTheyThink was notified yesterday by the Senate Rules Committee that: "The Senate Rules and Administration Committee voted to discharge the nomination of William J. Boarman out of committee. It will now go to a vote on the Senate floor."


Washington Post picks up Boarman story

Published July 16, 2010

New evidence has surfaced in relation to the nomination of William Boarman for the post of U.S. Public Printer. WhatTheyThink has been covering this story since the nomination was announced through posts on the Print CEO blog. Most recently, we learned that Boarman had received—and cashed—a check for a “gain sharing” payment in 2010—33 years after he left active employment with the GPO.


Premium Content Agfa Graphics Acquires The Pitman Company

Published July 16, 2010

The July 15th announcement of Agfa’s Pitman acquisition had been rumored for some time. Agfa expects the acquisition to strengthen its presence in the U.S. printing market, including an expanded growth opportunity for Agfa’s industrial inkjet and prepress solutions. The company held a press conference to discuss the acquisition.


Joint AlphaGraphics/Allegra Tech Expo Planned

Published July 14, 2010


Premium Content AlphaGraphics Unveils Bold Plan for Network Growth

Published July 12, 2010

AlphaGraphics has recognized the importance of keeping up with the changes in the marketing services industry. At the their recent annual owners conference, CEO Kevin Cushing announced to franchisees the major strategic changes they’re planning for the network. Cary Sherbune caught up with Cushing to find out how they’re staying on top.


Boarman Nomination for Public Printer: Another Issue Emerges?

Published July 11, 2010


Premium Content HP Adds Director of Marketing for the Americas to Graphic Solutions Business

Published July 9, 2010

With a little more than a week in his new position, HP’s Director of Marketing for the Americas, Graphic Solutions Business, took time out to speak exclusively with WhatTheyThink about his goals and objectives in his first 100 days.


Premium Content After 17 Years, Kevin Joyce Swaps Print for TV

Published July 8, 2010

Last month, Kodak’s Vice President of Worldwide Sales & Marketing for Digital Printing, Kevin Joyce, announced he would be leaving Kodak—and the industry—for a different media opportunity. Among other things, Joyce looks forward to taking some lessons learned from print into broadcast. Read the whole story in this exclusive WhatTheyThink interview.


Do You Care How Our Industry is Classified?

Published July 6, 2010

As we have been discussing in the Quick Printing thread of this blog, the classifications for our industry are about to be changed to the following: 323113, Commercial Screen Printing, 323117, Books Printing, 323119, Other Commercial Printing (except Screen and Book.


Canadian Printer Magazine Abandons Printed Edition in Favor of Online

Published June 30, 2010

Canadian Printer, a leading printing industry trade publication in Canada, has announced that it will no longer be producing print editions.  Instead, the publication will maintain an online presence and distribute bi-weekly e-newsletters to its readership.  The company's intent is to publish one printed edition annually highlighting innovations in print.


Premium Content PSDA Opts for Professional Association Management Firm SmithBucklin

Published June 30, 2010

PSDA, formerly DMIA, has made a decision that is likely to have a major positive impact on its future. The association has chosen to work with professional association management firm SmithBucklin rather than continue to operate as a standalone entity. WhatTheyThink spoke with several stakeholders to gain an understanding of what this move means for the association.


Boarman Confirmation Process Goes Silent

Published June 29, 2010


Libraries Getting More Active in the eBook Game

Published June 29, 2010


Premium Content Disrupting the Future of Books

Published June 29, 2010

I recently read a Wall Street Journal article entitled “’Vanity’ Press Goes Digital.” It featured author Karen McQuestion, who had spent nearly a decade trying to persuade a variety of New York publishers to print one of her books. Failing to get their attention, she decided to self-publish. Although enabling technology has been available for more than a decade, many publishers have only recently begun to understand the value of print on demand in the book life cycle. Now they are faced with an even greater challenge—how to deal with e-books within the publishing framework. Karen McQuestion’s experiences are a great example of the disruptive process of self-publishing at work.


Is Quick Printing Obsolete?

Published June 28, 2010


M&A Advice Live at Print CEO Forum

Published June 26, 2010


Premium Content Indexx, Inc., of South Carolina Expands Marketing Services Offerings

Published June 25, 2010

Indexx, Inc., serving upstate South Carolina, including Anderson, Greenville and Spartanburg, as well as customers throughout North America, has taken an aggressive approach to migrating its business from traditional commercial print to a marketing services business that includes print among its offerings. Owner Jordan Finn talks about his transition in this interview.


Guy Gecht on EFI's strategic vision

Published June 24, 2010


EFI's Fred Rosenzweig talks wide format R&D from FESPA 2010

Published June 23, 2010


Premium Content GPO Celebrates 150th Anniversary

Published June 23, 2010

The Government Printing Office (GPO) was established on June 23, 1860, when President Buchanan signed the Congressional Resolution creating the agency. It opened its doors several months later on the day of Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration. Surprisingly, the only sitting President to ever visit the agency was Lincoln, but that hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm of the employees at this $1 billion agency, some of whom have several generations of family who have worked for the GPO.


Premium Content Quad/Graphics adds iPad app to digital edition

Published June 16, 2010

Quad/Graphics has once again demonstrated a high level of innovation, being one of the first, if not the first, print manufacturer in our industry to provide its customers with a customized iPad application that offers clients another distribution channel for their publications. Hear what Jason Sawtelle, Director of Premedia Sales, has to say about this exciting move.


Premium Content Are QR Codes Finally Catching On in the U.S.?

Published June 4, 2010

We have been hearing about QR codes for some time, but adoption rates in the U.S. have been slow compared to the rest of the world. Not sure what QR Codes are or what business opportunity they represent? This interview with Val DiGiacinto of Manhattan’s Ace Group tells the story.


RedTagPrintSale.com Has Some Franchise Print Networks in a Tizzy

Published May 27, 2010


Boarman Public Printer Confirmation Hearing Raises Questions

Published May 26, 2010


Confirmation Hearing for New U.S. Public Printer Scheduled for Tuesday, May 25

Published May 21, 2010


Printable Acquires DirecType

Published May 19, 2010


Bitstream Acquires Assets of Press-Sense

Published May 17, 2010


Jeff Hayzlett to Leave Kodak CMO Post

Published May 14, 2010


Premium Content Francis McMahon at Océ: The Details

Published May 11, 2010

At the end of March, Francis McMahon, director of marketing for HP's US Graphic Arts Business, Imaging and Printing Group, departed HP after being there for eight years. Effective April 12th, he joined Océ North America as the Vice President of Marketing reporting to Mal Baboyian, President of Océ Production Printing Systems Division based in Boca Raton, Florida. Here is what McMahon has to say about his new company and the Canon acquisition.


Modernizing the Pantone Matching System

Published May 10, 2010


Premium Content EFI Announces 15% Revenue Growth for Q1, Acquisition

Published May 7, 2010

Cary Sherburne talks with EFI CEO Guy Gecht about their recent earnings release and acquisition of Radius Solutions.


CGX Emerge Conference Good Model for Printers

Published May 3, 2010


Premium Content Printing Leadership Made Easy: Interview with Joan Davidson of the Sheridan Group

Published April 23, 2010

Leading a printing company can be a challenging task in the best of times. Not only do you have to keep up with all the technology, maintain connections with and a deep understanding of your customers’ business needs, but you also have to build the right team and inspire them to carry your message to customers and prospects. A recent keynote by Joan Davidson at EFI Connect sheds some light on how a successful leader is accomplishing these objectives.


Premium Content EFI Connect Draws 500+ EFI Customers to the Las Vegas Wynn

Published April 20, 2010

This is the 11th EFI Connect conference and the fourth time it has been held at the Las Vegas Wynn. Compared to 2009, the conference has 50% more attendees, and users are seeing first-hand enhancements made to PrintSmith, Pace and Monarch, EFI’s three MIS product families. Also taking center stage are inkjet offerings from VUTEk, Rastek and Jetrion, as well as Fiery.


Online Social Media Primer

Published April 18, 2010


Pitney Bowes Launches Innovative Product at National Postal Forum

Published April 16, 2010

I trekked to Nashville for the National Postal Forum for the first time in years and was shocked at the attendance. The Postmaster General's keynote was standing room only, more than 2,000 people. While these Forums have been larger in the past, this was quite a turnout considering the economic conditions and the experience other trade shows and conferences have had in drawing attendance.


Premium Content Kodak’s Eric Owen Discusses Kodak Strategy, Shares Advice for Printing Success

Published April 16, 2010

Eric Owen, newly appointed as Kodak’s Worldwide Vice President of Customer Development for Digital Printing Solutions started at Scitex and moved to Creo, then Kodak, as a result of acquisitions. Read what Eric has to say about the key strategic objectives of his current position, where he sees inkjet and toner fitting, and his advice for print service providers as the economy begins to recover.


FedEx Office, Canon and HP Announce “Game-Changing” Deal

Published April 14, 2010

Yesterday, FedEx Office, Canon and HP jointly announced an alliance to create an unmatched network of printing and imaging capabilities. Over time, FedEx Office will be sole-sourcing its black & white and color staffed and self-service copying and printing equipment from Canon, wide format from HP, and will take advantage of other technological advantages and innovations derived from the three companies and their partnership. Read what Canon and FedEx Office have to say about this major announcement.


Pitney Bowes launches Connect+ Customer Communication Solution at The National Postal Forum

Published April 13, 2010


Premium Content New PANTONE iPhone App Unifies Pantone Systems

Published April 6, 2010

Pantone has become virtually the de facto color standard for the graphic arts industry, but we often forget that they also serve other industries, including fashion, home and industrial. Increasingly, designers need to be able to match colors across all or several of those systems for integrated projects. Today’s announcement is designed to simplify that process for designers using either an iPhone app or a free application available on the Pantone web site.


Health Care Reform: How Will It Affect Your Business?

Published April 3, 2010


Francis McMahon Departing HP for Oce

Published March 26, 2010


Premium Content Positive Signs for the Printing Industry? Standard Register and a review of Global Document Solutions and Astoria Graphics

Published March 26, 2010

There is no question that 2008 and 2009 were difficult years for our industry.  It seemed that every week, we received news of another plant closing.  This week, Dr. Joe Webb, Director of WhatTheyThink’s Economics and Research Center, indicated that we are “climbing out of the swamp” and may be getting a little closer to the safety of economic high ground. We have a ways to go, but there are positive signs if you look for them.


Premium Content EFI’s Marc Olin Speaks about EFI Connect

Published March 12, 2010

EFI Connect, one of the larger user groups in our industry, will be taking place in April at the Wynn in Las Vegas.  Since the event overlaps with the On Demand Conference in Philadelphia, WhatTheyThink is splitting its forces to cover both events.  Marc Olin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Advanced Professional Print Software, of EFI, shared his thoughts with WhatTheyThink about what attendees can expect to experience at the 11th Annual Connect conference.


Premium Content IPA/IDEAlliance Merger: What does it mean for members and for the industry?

Published March 1, 2010

Although there has been much discussion in the industry about whether we have too many associations and how much consolidation is needed, IPA and IDEAlliance seem to rarely come up in those discussions. WhatTheyThink spoke with the Executive Directors of both organizations to learn what brought them together and the benefits they believe will come from the new integrated organization. It is a fascinating discussion. David Steinhardt: “We don’t want to be fighting or addressing past issues. We want to be moving forward with a new model and new definition…we have to get out of our bubble to get reengaged where [the market] is moving.”


Just when we thought we were safe ...

Published February 22, 2010


Heidelberg & Komori pass on Graph Expo 2010; KBA, manroland and Presstek to exhibit

Published February 17, 2010

As the 2010 show season begins, the emphasis has shifted increasingly toward digital solutions, including printing equipment as well as workflow. WhatTheyThink spoke with several offset press manufacturers to find out more about their plans for the most significant North American printing show, Graph Expo, scheduled for October 3-6, 2010, at Chicago’s McCormick Place.


FUJIFILM Appoints President & CEO

Published February 16, 2010

In November, FUJIFILM announced a merger of its FUJIFILM U.S.A. and FUJIFILM Graphic Systems organizations to create FUJIFILM North America Corporation. At that time, the company had not made a final determination about who would lead the new organization. Today, Ryutaro Hosoda was named as President & CEO of FUJIFILM North America.


Premium Content Pitney Bowes President, Document Messaging Technologies, Ramesh Ratan Shares PB Strategy, Industry Outlook

Published February 15, 2010

In September 2009, Ramesh Ratan left his position as COO at The DMA (Direct Marketing Association) to become President of Pitney Bowes’ Document Messaging Technologies (DMT). In this interview with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne, Ratan talks about his reasons for joining Pitney Bowes, his top strategic initiatives for the organization, the role printers can play in the age of digital media, and much more. 


Neither Sleet nor Snow ... GPO Open During Blizzard

Published February 11, 2010


Pat Brand of Pitney Bowes on integrating mailing into print production workflows

Published February 11, 2010


Xerox Completes Acquisition of ACS

Published February 8, 2010

Xerox announced that its acquisition of ACS was completed today, transforming Xerox into a $22 billion global enterprise, tripling the size of Xerox’s service business to $10 billion, with annuity revenue representing 80% of total revenue.


Premium Content Printing in the Dominican Republic

Published February 1, 2010

I had the opportunity recently to visit one of the largest printing operations in the Dominican Republic, in a visit arranged by Executive Vice President Fernando A. León. I have visited many printing operations in the U.S., and I was interested to see how this compared—it was quite impressive. I thought our readers might enjoy sharing a virtual walk-through.


CMO Council Releases Study on Customer Loyalty Program Effectiveness

Published January 28, 2010


Think Visual: EFI Brings Interesting Printing Ease-of-Use to Desktops

Published January 26, 2010


Quad/Graphics' Worldcolor Acquisition Details

Published January 26, 2010


Quad/Graphics Acquires Worldcolor, will Rival RR Donnelley in Size

Published January 26, 2010


Adobe Discontinues Worldwide Adobe Partner Connection Print Service Provider Program

Published January 22, 2010

On January 4th, we posted a PrintCEO blog notice that Adobe had decided to discontinue the worldwide Adobe Partner Connection Print Service Provider program, effective February 4th. Since that time, we spoke with Adobe and connected with a number of people in the field, both through live conversations and dialog on the blog. This was important, since the Adobe announcement came as an email through its PR agency, rather than letters to customers or a formal press release, although we do understand that all authorized and premium members received an email about the program closure. We wondered, as did many of our readers, what was behind this, why Adobe chose to do this now and what it means for Adobe’s commitment to the printing industry.


IPA Leadership Conference Takes Fresh Approach

Published January 19, 2010

The IPA Leadership Conference is taking a different route and it looks like a not-to-be-missed event where you can hear from and hobnob with thought leaders from the marketing discipline, including the former CMO of Walmart.  If you think you know what marketers want, you may want to think again and take advantage of this opportunity.  As a special offer for our readers, IPA is offering a $100 discount off the cost of conference attendance.


Xerox Gives Book Publishers One More Thing to Think About

Published January 16, 2010


Premium Content What Happened to LVI?

Published January 11, 2010

As a follow-up to Gail Nickel-Kailing’s post on PrintCEO about DS Graphics’ acquisition of LVI (formerly Lavigne Inc.), I spoke to DS Graphics’ Vice President, Jack McGrath, to find out how the integration of the two companies was proceeding, and to gain more detail about the actual events that occurred leading up to DSG’s acquisition of the assets of the company.


Adobe Discontinues worldwide Adobe Partner Connection Print Service Provider Program

Published January 4, 2010


Tekgraf Suddenly Closes Doors on December 16th

Published December 30, 2009


Premium Content Coleman Kane Shares Printable Update, Industry Thoughts, Getting Marketers Hooked

Published December 14, 2009

It has been some time since WhatTheyThink has hooked up with Coleman Kane, CEO of Printable. Following a flurry of press releases on new integrations, WhatTheyThink checked in with Coleman to get more detail, and to get his perspective on the industry as we exit what has been a difficult 2009 for the industry.


Delay eBooks by four months? What are they thinking?

Published December 11, 2009


The Truth About the Institute for Graphics and Imaging

Published December 10, 2009


Premium Content FedEx Office and UPS Face Off with Online Offerings

Published December 1, 2009

We recently spoke with The UPS Store's Christa Martin (VP of Product Development & Management) and FedEx Offices Anthony Norris (VP of Digital Access Marketing) about their businesses and competitive positioning in the marketplace.


FujiFilm North America Reorganization: A Few More Details

Published November 30, 2009


Consolidated Graphics’ Jim Cohen on the State of the Industry and CGX

Published November 30, 2009

As this recession drags on, WhatTheyThink is reaching out to various companies to see how they are doing, and what they are doing to survive and thrive.  We had the pleasure of speaking recently with Jim Cohen, Executive Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions at Consolidated Graphics.  He had some very interesting insights to share.


Presstek Sells Lasertel

Published November 23, 2009


Premium Content How Valuable Are You in the Marketing Supply Chain?

Published November 23, 2009

I recently read two reports issued by the CMO Council that are definitely a must-read for anyone in our industry. Taken together, the two will arm innovative print service providers (dare I say marketing services providers??) with much of the ammunition they need to start a conversation at the highest levels in customer marketing organizations. Here are a few highlights, and some of them are pretty scary!


Canon and Océ: More Details

Published November 19, 2009


Premium Content Canon's Acquisition of Océ: The Details

Published November 17, 2009

Following Canon’s announcement that it would acquire Océ, WhatTheyThink spoke with a number of sources to get more detail on this significant acquisition and continued sign of industry consolidation. While Canon proposes to purchase Océ at a 70% premium on the stock value, it works out to about 50% of Océ’s annual revenues. The press release is fairly detailed about the terms and conditions.


Premium Content Following the Prinergy Saga

Published November 16, 2009

There was quite a firestorm of online activity following a post at Prepress Pilgrim indicating that Kodak was moving its Prinergy development efforts to Israel and laying off everyone at the Willingdon Avenue plant in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. This started rumors that Kodak was shutting down development of Prinergy.  PrintCEO blog posted a Kodak statement with the company’s assurances that Prinergy is alive and well, and fully supported by Kodak.  WhatTheyThink contacted Jon Bracken, Kodak’s General Manager, Unified Workflow Solutions, in the Burnaby location to get more details on the company’s move.


Xerox Launches Enterprise Print Services

Published October 29, 2009


Premium Content Felt and Wire: Mohawk Creates Buzz in the Designer Community

Published October 27, 2009

Mohawk Paper Mills Create Buzz in the Designer Community Do a Google search for “felt and wire” and most of the hits on the first two pages refer to Mohawk’s recently launched Felt and Wire blog, and even more recently launched Felt and Wire Shop.


Jeff Platt of Pitney Bowes talks about mailing list accuracy

Published October 27, 2009


Premium Content “Recession, Schmecession,” says EFI’s Guy Gecht

Published October 20, 2009

At the EFI press conference at Print 09, CEO Guy Gecht took a very different approach, using the “Recession, Schmecession” theme and tying a top ten attributes for success into the value of various EFI products. While we won’t be talking about the products specifically here, we thought his top ten attributes for success were worth delving into and took the opportunity to speak to Guy directly, hoping he would share his thoughts with our readers. Herewith the results!


Bob Doyle of Superior Mailing Services talks about direct mail and information integrity

Published October 20, 2009


Premium Content The Rise and Fall of Mallard Press Part 2

Published October 14, 2009

The recent closure of Mallard Press caught our eye. While I don’t know Bob Gay or the company personally, a review of its web site revealed a company that appeared to be on the right track and making the right investments for the future. Bob Gay was kind enough to speak frankly with us about the factors that led to the demise of the company.


Kevin Marks of Pitney Bowes on the Intellijet System

Published October 14, 2009


Premium Content The Rise and Fall of Mallard Press

Published October 12, 2009

The recent closure of Mallard Press caught our eye. While I don’t know Bob Gay or the company personally, a review of its web site revealed a company that appeared to be on the right track and making the right investments for the future. Bob Gay was kind enough to speak frankly with us about the factors that led to the demise of the company. Perhaps there are lessons here for others in the industry who may be teetering on the edge or worried about the future.


Romano’s Association Consolidation Piece is Well Worth Reading

Published October 9, 2009


Mallard Press has Closed

Published October 6, 2009


Premium Content Remember DAX and Sprockets?

Published October 2, 2009

I recently ran into Patrick White, an industry veteran I had not seen a long time. In the late 1990’s, Patrick was regarded as one of the industry’s leading prepress consultants and was the recipient of NAPL’s 1998 Technical Leadership Award. In 1995, he founded Digital Art Exchange, known as DAX, as an integrator of ISDN (remember that??) and related technologies for prepress connectivity applications.


PrintLink HR Bible Must-Read for Printing Owners/Managers

Published October 1, 2009


Xerox's “Game Changing” ACS Acquisition

Published September 28, 2009


Premium Content Education and Integration the Name of the Game at Print 09

Published September 25, 2009

Last week, Barb Pellow wrote an article on WhatTheyThink about Print 09 emphasizing that people came to the event with a purpose, and much of that revolved around education. She highlighted Executive Outlook and the conference sessions, as well as WhatTheyThink’s first-ever in-person educational event, the Print CEO Forum, along with the significant networking opportunities attending a show like Print 09 offers. I wanted to add to that perspective. I think many of the exhibitors also did an excellent job of providing in-booth educational opportunities. Of course, they were there to sell products and services, but they also put forth extraordinary efforts to emphasize the educational element.


RR Donnelley, HP Announce Innovative Technology Alliance to “Revolutionize Printing”

Published September 10, 2009


Premium Content A Few Hot Items to Check Out at Print 09

Published September 8, 2009

Print 09 is just around the corner, and exhibitors have been busy ensuring that they have the right mix of information, hardware, software, education and entertainment to make this an outstanding show.


Premium Content A Sea Change in Printing Trade Shows?

Published August 28, 2009

Print 09 is shaping up to be an interesting show. The Graphic Arts Show Company has continued to shift the shape of the show based on changing industry dynamics. In case you haven’t visited the show site, it is being billed as myPRINT and has lots of great features to help attendees plan their show experience and navigate once they get there. The show company is even doing a cross-media campaign with mailings linked to personalized URLs. Visitors to the show site can customize their experience there as well, by specifying the type of visitor they are: commercial printer, in-plant printer, print buyer, etc., and being presented with the most relevant content.


2009’s Top Ten Technologies for Survival

Published August 21, 2009

Each year for the last several years, I have taken the time to speak with Bill Lamparter, who coordinates Executive Outlook and the Must See ‘ems program for Graph Expo/Print, to learn more about what went into the Must See ‘ems panel decision about top technologies. This year was no exception.


Premium Content TransPromo: A B2B Twist

Published August 11, 2009

Yesterday, InfoPrint Solutions and Sinclair Oil announced a TransPromo partnership that has a slightly different twist than the programs we normally hear about. Most of the TransPromo case studies tend to focus on business-to-consumer applications: Companies who place marketing or educational messages on statements, invoices, notifications and other consumer (customer) communications, reducing costs and often converting these mundane documents from a cost center into revenue generators.


Premium Content Ink Optimization Made Easy

Published August 7, 2009

At the recent IPA Technical Conference, Chromaticity introduced an ink optimization solution that, according to the company, reinvents the way color separations are produced, a process that has remained relatively unchanged for decades. WhatTheyThink spoke to Ian MacKenzie, Chromaticity’s Vice President of Marketing, to get more detail about this bold statement and what it might mean to the industry.


Premium Content Web-to-Print: We need a new name

Published July 30, 2009


Premium Content Beyond Web-to-Print, Drew Swankie of R and R Images

Published July 24, 2009

A year ago at drupa, HP announced an OEM relationship with Press-sense to bring to market HP’s SmartStream Director Web-to-fulfillment workflow solution, citing key benefits, components and features including:


Fired Up by the Kindle

Published July 20, 2009


Recessionary Marketing Practices Provide Opportunity for Savvy Print and Marketing Services Providers

Published July 14, 2009


Premium Content Colorado Firm Recognized for Environmental Excellence

Published July 14, 2009


Premium Content Digital Printing Coming of Age

Published July 9, 2009


GPO Updating Business Systems: Glitches May Affect Customers, Vendors

Published June 29, 2009


How Effective Are Your Digital Press Operators?

Published June 24, 2009


Premium Content Kodak and Xeikon: Ring and Miller Talk About the Alliance

Published June 22, 2009


Premium Content Partnering for Success, Interview with Tim Graham, President of OTC Systems

Published June 19, 2009


Premium Content It’s Almost Showtime …

Published June 11, 2009


Premium Content ad:tech San Francisco

Published June 2, 2009


Ingram Reorganization: A Sign of the Times

Published May 29, 2009


The Role of Print in the New Media Mix

Published May 28, 2009


Making the Most of Industry Resources

Published May 26, 2009


'Tis the Season for Web Innovation

Published May 21, 2009


Getting Inside the Brand Owner's Head

Published May 15, 2009


Premium Content Mohawk Fine Papers Launches New eCommerce Site

Published May 15, 2009


Premium Content Cultivating Efficiency in Package Design

Published May 14, 2009


Premium Content Marketing Services Provider: What Does It Mean?

Published May 5, 2009


Premium Content Are You Heading to the IPA Tech Conference?

Published May 1, 2009


Premium Content Environmental Sustainability: Paper Companies Leading the Way

Published April 23, 2009


Premium Content Environmental Sustainability: More than Paper Considerations

Published April 21, 2009


Cenveo Closing Southern California Icon Anderson Lithograph

Published April 20, 2009


Premium Content Sustainable Environmental Stewardship at the U.S. Government Printing Office

Published April 20, 2009


Premium Content BCT: A Trade Force to be Reckoned With?

Published April 15, 2009


In Demand at On Demand

Published March 30, 2009


Premium Content Where in the World is Adobe Going with Print Strategies?

Published March 30, 2009


Premium Content Kodak’s Jim Aust Provides Advice for Troubled Times - Part 2

Published March 27, 2009


Premium Content Kodak’s Jim Aust Provides Advice for Troubled Times

Published March 26, 2009


Premium Content AlphaGraphics On the Move

Published March 13, 2009


Print 2, Internet 19: The effect of the stimulus on the printing industry

Published March 10, 2009


Premium Content InfoPrint TransPromo Pilots, Shanghai Printing Innovation Center

Published March 10, 2009


Premium Content Mohawk Continues Acquisition Strategy

Published March 5, 2009


What is a PSP?

Published February 23, 2009


Premium Content Dscoop4 Exceeds Expectations

Published February 23, 2009


Premium Content Industry Executives Share Their Thoughts

Published February 5, 2009


Premium Content Agfa’s Peter Wilkens Speaks Out on Weathering the Downturn

Published February 4, 2009


Don’t Skimp on Training - What Do You Think?

Published January 30, 2009


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Published March 17, 2003


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Published February 21, 2003


Premium Content PART TWO: Bob Lieber, CEO, LLKFB - a subsidiary of Omnicom

Published February 18, 2003


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Published February 11, 2003


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Published February 10, 2003


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Published January 21, 2003


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Published January 15, 2003


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Published January 14, 2003


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Published January 13, 2003


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Published December 17, 2002


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Published December 3, 2002


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Published December 2, 2002


Premium Content Refusing to Participate in the Down Economy: Mimeo's CEO, John Lyons

Published November 14, 2002


Premium Content PART TWO - Lightning Source Inc: J. Kirby Best is the company's new CEO

Published November 8, 2002


Premium Content PART ONE - Lightning Source has printed 5 million books on demand: J. Kirby Best is the company’s new CEO

Published November 7, 2002


Premium Content Mr. Edward Schmid, President & CEO of eCopy: A no-brainer solution for corporations, right?

Published August 23, 2002


Premium Content Part Two - POD Guru, Keith Nickoloff, discusses Standard Register’s acquisition of his company.

Published August 6, 2002


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Published August 5, 2002


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Published June 18, 2002


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