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Packaging Salutes America’s Military Personnel in “Hops for Heroes” Campaign

By Patrick Henry on Friday, May 22, 2015

You can honor those who serve, have served, and will serve in America’s armed forces by buying and quaffing “Homefront IPA” this Memorial Day.

 

How much would an iPhone have cost in 1991?

By Dr. Joe Webb on Friday, May 08, 2015

Based on the computer technologies of the time, an iPhone in 1991 would have cost $3.5 million. The memory alone is a cost marvel. In 1991, 1GB of flash memory was $45,000. Today, it's 55 cents. An iPhone with 32GB has more than $1.4 million of 1991 memory in it.

 

Read Any Good Books, etc., Lately?

By Patrick Henry on Thursday, May 07, 2015

The concept of what a “book” is means more than it used to—and not just because of the rise of e-reading devices.

 

Dr. Joe Recommends: Goldman Sachs “Two-Speed Economy” Report

By Dr. Joe Webb on Thursday, April 30, 2015

 

Smithers Pira Survey Measures Impact of Digital on In-Store Signage and PoP

By Patrick Henry on Monday, April 20, 2015

Screen-based advertising technologies are gaining ground in outdoor locations, but the prospects for in-store digital media are less clear. New research aims to find out what they mean for conventionally produced store signage and PoP.

 

Dr. Joe Recommends: Janet Yellen's Labor Market Dashboard

By Dr. Joe Webb on Friday, April 17, 2015

Bloomberg.com has created a web page that summarizes labor market data in one convenient place. In Congressional testimony and in public discussions, Dr. Yellen has stated that she watches a “dashboard” of labor market indicators. I'm of the age that the mention of “dashboard” is a reminder of the Meat Loaf hit of the 1970s.

 

Does the U.S. Postal Service Have an Unfair Economic Edge?

By Patrick Henry on Monday, April 06, 2015

A new study contends that the U.S. Postal Service significantly understates the value of the economic advantages it enjoys as a government-mandated monopoly—advantages it can and does leverage in the markets where it competes with private services.

 

Blue Not Just Blue During March Madness

By Eric Vessels on Friday, April 03, 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.

 

Taking A Look Back, and Ahead, at E-ink

By Patrick Henry on Friday, March 27, 2015

E-ink may not have eclipsed conventional ink-on-paper publishing, but it is far from having run out of applications that showcase its unique capabilities.

 

Dr. Joe on the Sales Funnel

By Dr. Joe Webb on Thursday, March 26, 2015

There's a lot to be said for the funnel idea because it describes the sales process, creating order out of many sales prospects and suspects matching their needs, interests, and motivations with your sales offerings. But it tends impose the structure of an orderly assembly-line manufacturing process into sales management, and inadvertently creates the impression that sales and marketing are simple and unchaotic.

 

A Dr. Joe Sighting on St. Patrick’s Day at CRON-ECRM Open House

By Patrick Henry on Thursday, March 19, 2015

He may or may not be Irish, but he leads the parade when it comes to straight-talking printers about their obstacles, options, and opportunities.

 

BoSacks Speaks Out: Why Print Magazines are Not Necessarily Facing Armageddon

By Bob Sacks on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

I recently had a conversation with a University of Virginia media student about the future of journalism and falls on the heels of a webinar I did recently with journalism students at the Missouri School of Journalism. My advice to those students and to those entering our field is, and always has been, decidedly optimistic. Media and publishing is still a great career. It's not like it was, but perhaps, now it is something more, something bigger and very global.

 

Sliding Back to 2008: a drupa Retrospective

By Patrick Henry on Friday, March 13, 2015

An almost-discarded memory stick turns the clock back to 2008 and thoughts to what was important at drupa that year—and now.

 

BoSacks Speaks Out: On PRIMEX, and the Important Nuts and Bolts of the Magazine Industry

By Bob Sacks on Thursday, March 12, 2015

Yesterday I attended the annual Idealliance conference PRIMEX East in New York City. PRIMEX is a one-day conference that brings together media executives on key topics-of-interest that impact our business today.

 

“Boggs Bills” and the Power of Print in Your Pocket

By Patrick Henry on Monday, March 09, 2015

Quick: what’s the one form of printed matter that most of us are likeliest to have in our possession at any given moment of the day?

 

IDEAlliance Makes A Little Knowledge “Just Enough”

By Patrick Henry on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

IDEAlliance has a handy information resource it calls the Just Enough Video Knowledge Bank. It’s a visual glossary of print and publishing technology terms that offers exactly what the name says: “just enough” information about these topics to get a conversation started or to serve as a starting point for deeper research.

 

Toxic Sales Training

By Wayne Peterson on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Some of what passes for “sales training” is just plain dangerous. Actually, I would label it: Highly Toxic. It is toxic to sustained improvement, to sustained sales growth, and to the careers of those who recommend, endorse, buy and implement it. It is chosen with the very best of intentions, but it is worse than ineffective. It isn’t harmless; it is poisonous and sometimes deadly.

 

Yes, You Do Need Stinking Badges

By Wayne Peterson on Thursday, February 19, 2015

It isn't difficult to identify when a business development process is missing or badly damaged. Here are five telltale signs.

 

Regis Delmontagne Comments on Outlook for U.S. Shows

By Patrick Henry on Wednesday, February 18, 2015

We heard from Regis Delmontagne in response to a post about the impact of the drupa decision on the timing and planning of U.S. printing trade shows operated by the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC). Delmontagne was president of the National Printing and Equipment Association (NPES), as it was called during his tenure, from 1976 to 2005. He also was president of GASC in the years when the Print and Graph Expo shows reached their peaks of attendance and exhibitor participation.

 

Canon Solutions America Celebrates Its Second Anniversary

By Richard Romano on Tuesday, February 17, 2015

As you may have read elsewhere on WhatTheyThink, last week, CSA—né Océ—celebrated its second anniversary with a much-needed (for those of us encased in the frozen tundra of the Northeast) event in Boca Raton, Fla. CSA execs shared updates in the various business groups (Enterprise Managed Services Division, formerly Business Services Division; Large Format Solutions; and Production Printing Division).

 

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