Howie Fenton is InfoTrends' Associate Director of Operational Consulting. For over 25 years, he has focused on benchmarking operational and financial performance in in-plants and commercial printers. He can be reached via e-mail at Howie.Fenton@infotrends.com.
Lately, we have been discussing the trend of newspaper, book and magazine publishers to convert their content for e-readers. This trend is hoped to reverse the decline in readership and attract new readership. But the glacial decline in readership is not slowing or thawing. For example, the Pew Center for People & the Press recently reported that only 31% of Americans today get their news from the newspaper, as compared to 56% in 1991.
As the Graph Expo show approaches, I’ve had people ask if they should go and if they go what they should see. First, the answer is yes – you should go. Even if it’s just for one day – you should go. There is no better way to research equipment and learn about money saving and money making strategies than by seeing the equipment and hearing from the industry experts at the show.
Agfa Graphics announced last week that it signed an agreement to purchase the assets of Pitman, one of the few remaining independent dealers of equipment including prepress, inkjet, pressroom and packaging printing products. This was not a total surprise as speculation of a Pitman sale grew a few weeks ago after Kodak announced it would cut distribution ties with the company, which had been its largest U.S. reseller of prepress products since 2007.
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