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Eric Vessels

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Kodak's Brad Kruchten Talks Sonora Plates at Open House Event

Published September 11, 2015

WhatTheyThink's Eric Vessels sits down with Kodak Print Systems President Brad Kruchten at a recent open house event to discuss the importance of the Sonora process free plate business to Kodak's print systems group.


Blue Not Just Blue During March Madness

Published April 3, 2015

The New York Times ran an interesting article on college basketball that talks about the importance of color when it comes to school colors.


The Future Has Been Disrupted...What Now?

Published September 26, 2014

Dr. Joe Webb and Richard Romano, authors of Disrupting the Future and Getting Business, are out with their latest release This Point Forward. I just finished reading it and wanted to let you know what I think and share some details on the WhatTheyThink teams activities at this years Graph Expo.


How the Digital Transformation has Impacted Webcrafters' Book Manufacturing

Published December 12, 2013

Brad Koch, VP of Sales for Webcrafters, talks to Eric Vessels about how the digital transformation has impacted their book manufacturing business and how Kodak has contributed to those changes.


xpedx Goes Wide with Series of Summits

Published July 3, 2013

WhatTheyThink's Eric Vessels made a short trip from his home in Ohio down to the xpedx headquarters in Cincinnati for one of fourteen Wide Format Summits being put on by the company in 2013. This piece gives his impressions as well as thoughts from those who attended the event.


WhatTheyThink on the Road Again at GOA and Dscoop

Published February 20, 2013

The tireless WhatTheyThink crew is on the road again. This time in both Orlando and Nashville attending Graphics of the Americas as well as Dscoop. Yes, simultaneously! How do they do it?


Digital Leaders Gathering in Las Vegas for AppForum 2013

Published January 25, 2013

Over the weekend, those blazing a virtual trail in the industry relative to digital printing and its applications will be blazing a different kind of trail on their way to Las Vegas to attend the 2013 PODi AppForum. WhatTheyThink will be there as a long time supporter of the event and here’s what to expect.


A Tour of Canon’s Suzhou facility

Published July 2, 2012

WhatTheyThink recently joined other editors and analysts on a media tour of Canon’s production facility in Suzhou, China.  The visit was part of a second leg of a trip that included a visit to the company’s Tokyo headquarters.  The plant tour in Suzhou was an opportunity to see the Canon production system up close.


CEO Fujio Mitarai and Canon Host US Media Tour

Published June 29, 2012

WhatTheyThink recently joined other editors and analysts on a media tour to Canon’s headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. There, we were given a unique opportunity to hear from Canon Chairman & CEO Fujio Mitarai on his “5 Year Plan” strategy that focuses on reforming production and a profitable position in the markets they serve.


What I Learned at the Océ Direct Mail Summit

Published April 27, 2012

We were invited as the guest of Océ to participate in their recent Direct Mail Summit in Boca Raton, Florida. The agenda was focused on understanding how to generate more direct mail business and included both Océ executives and industry experts.


A View Up and Down Print’s Value Chain with HP and O’Neil Data Systems

Published March 12, 2012

We had a unique opportunity recently to get a look at the entire printing industry’s value chain by attending two separate events at O’Neil Data Systems new plant in Plano, Texas.  First was HP’s First Look event, which previewed for their customers technology they will be officially in the next few weeks.  Second was O’Neil Data Systems’ grand opening of their Plano facility, which gave us an opportunity to meet their customers as well.


Who is your pick for CEO of the Year?

Published May 11, 2011


Think Open House! Dayton's Think Patented holds "Visual Innovations Days 2010"

Published November 24, 2010

Dayton Ohio's Think Patented held an "Visual Innovations Days 2010" open house event and I made the short trip from home to see what was happening. Invited down by long time friend of WhatTheyThink Niels Winther, Think Patented Chairman & Managing Partner, I got a first hand view of what today's successful printer is doing to engage and inspire their customers with innovations and consultative solutions.


OPM Arvato leverages Kodak for digital book production

Published November 15, 2010

WhatTheyThink visits a Kodak open house at OPM in Scranton Pennsylvania to see their Prosper 1000 and 5000XL in action and hear from both Kodak and OPM executives on this new installation which is producing digitally printed books.


Catching Lightning in a Bottle...Twice?

Published October 25, 2010

Long time readers of Print CEO will remember seeing Pazazz Printing CEO Warren Werbitt in the hysterical video "Printing's Alive". We wrote about this nearly 3 years ago now (time flies!) and were obviously big fans of the video and the message. The video currently has over 200,000 views and is still talked about. You could probably consider it a YouTube viral hit within the industry. If you haven't seen it yet, you probably know someone who has and will recommend you watching. Warren and Pazazz are back at it with Printing's Alive 2...but can they catch the same lightning in another bottle?


WhatTheyThink celebrates 10 years!

Published July 12, 2010

WhatTheyThink started 10 years ago this year and we've been reflecting on it and sharing this fact with people in the industry. Most doubted it could be that long, but you know what they say about "overnight successes". They take years! We recently told some of our members that we were celebrating 10 years this year and got their reaction.


Graphic Arts Monthly among titles to be closed by RBI

Published April 16, 2010

In a press release today, Reed Business Information announced the intent to complete the divestment process started in July 2009 by by shuttering 23 remaining titles. Included in the list is the printing industry’s Graphic Arts Monthly and Graphic Arts Blue Book.


USPS delivers for you...but not on weekends?

Published March 3, 2010

The US Postal Service announced several cost cutting initiatives brought on by what they called "unprecedented volume declines" and a projected $238 billion shortfall over the next decade. One item that has people buzzing is a hint at the discontinuation of Saturday delivery. The only question I have is what took them so long?


E&P Finds a Buyer, Nixes Long Time Editor Mitchell

Published January 14, 2010


PIA Announces Further Progress in Cooperation with NAPL

Published November 16, 2009


Is Prinergy Dead? Kodak Says No

Published November 6, 2009


XMPie Twitter Campaign Takes One Extra Step...Too Far? (Updated)

Published November 3, 2009


Can Design Save the Newspaper?

Published October 22, 2009


UPS entering web-to-print space

Published September 14, 2009


New xpedx tech center a good mix of facility and people

Published May 7, 2009


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