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Dr. Joe: Effects of Digitization, the “Haves and Have-mores” and Not the “Haves and Have-nots”

By Dr. Joe Webb on Thursday, January 28, 2016

Two topics caught my eye this past week. The first is that digitization is now characterized as the “haves and have-mores” and not the “haves and have-nots.” The latter may be referring to Venezuela's economic problems with high inflation and shortages of goods.


Globalsoft Digital Now Part of the Creel Family

By Cary Sherburne on Thursday, 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.


Recession Fears and Other Media Ramblings

By Dr. Joe Webb on Thursday, January 21, 2016

Recession Fears and Other Media Ramblings: Recession Watch, Buybacks are Bad: I've Always Said It, Sniglets for the Digital Age, Courtesy of Mr. Tree, Duh! Tax Rates Make a Difference!


Dr. Joe Recommends: Finding International Economic Data

By Dr. Joe Webb on Thursday, January 14, 2016

Need a global perspective of world economics and world events? Many of our readers do, especially those who sell equipment, supplies, software, and other products around the world.


Tidings Are Good and Not So Good for Ever-Popular Greeting Cards

By Patrick Henry on Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The greeting card, a tradition and an industry in one, is struggling in its present form but faces no shortage of creative possibilities for the future.


Dr. Joe Recommends: USC's Digital Future 2015 Report, New Rules of Marketing and PR Book

By Dr. Joe Webb on Friday, December 18, 2015

Dr. Joe Recommends: USC's Center for the Digital Future 2015 Report (PDF), e21's “Social Media Is Making Some Regulators Obsolete”, Content Marketing Institute Says “Lincoln Electric Believes Print is Relevant”, and “New Rules of Marketing and PR” Now in its Fifth Edition.


Jack Klasnic Passes

By Frank Romano on Monday, December 14, 2015

My friend and partner, Jack Klasnic, is gone. We met in the 1970s and partnered to perform audits of inplant printing facilities.


Dr Joe : Effective Nonprofit Marketing, Kauffman Index of Startup Activity

By Dr. Joe Webb on Friday, November 13, 2015

Dr Joe on: Five Things That Can Make Nonprofit Marketers More Effective, Apple Customers Are Older Than You Think, Kauffman Index of Startup Activity


Dr Joe: Fed Has Hurt Business Investment, Open Textbook Network, Economics for Real People

By Dr. Joe Webb on Friday, October 30, 2015

Dr Joe on Fed Has Hurt Business Investment, an "Open Textbook" initiative launching at the University of Minnesota, and a free economics textbook from Mises Institute called “Economics for Real People” by Gene Callahan.


Craftsmen’s Club Visits NYT Plant and Comes Away Suitably Impressed

By Patrick Henry on Tuesday, October 13, 2015

As long as The New York Times remains in print, it will print on a massive scale. This is exactly what takes place every evening at the paper’s main plant in College Point, Queens.


Franklin Luminaire Awards: the Industry at Its Best and Brightest

By Patrick Henry on Monday, October 05, 2015

Among printers, honors and awards signal deep bonds of friendship and respect. In New York City, it’s a tradition that industry members still turn out in force to celebrate.


Tax Foundation Report on the Postal Service and Other Resources

By Dr. Joe Webb on Friday, October 02, 2015


The Might and the Memory of “Mr. Univers”

By Patrick Henry on Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Millions—perhaps billions—have seen his font creations. Those quoted here understand their lasting significance for the art of typography.


Reinventing Swatch Books

By Cary Sherburne on Tuesday, 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.


Dr. Joe Recommends: CMO Survey, What's Happened with China's Currency, Canada's Economy Slips into Recession

By Dr. Joe Webb on Friday, September 04, 2015

Dr Joe Webb comments on potpourri of news items: CMO Survey, What's Happened with China's Currency, Canada's Economy Slips into Recession


Of Politics, Printing, and Innocence Lost

By Patrick Henry on Thursday, September 03, 2015

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Americans will go to the polls to elect 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, 34 U.S. Senators, 11 state Governors, and one President. It’s been widely reported that next year’s election cycle will be the costliest in history, with spending by candidates, parties, outside groups, and individuals expected to be as high as $10 billion.


Reports that Captured Dr. Joe's Attention

By Dr. Joe Webb on Thursday, August 27, 2015

Recent reports that caught Dr. Joe's Attention: GE's Employment Review System Has Left to Pursue Other Interests; Our Toolbox is Empty: Maybe Hitting it With a Rock Will Work; There's Nothing to See Here in Venezuela... Please Move On..; Quantitative Zero Results


UK's Royal Post Effectiveness of Mail Reports

By Dr. Joe Webb on Thursday, August 27, 2015

There are many resources to use that support the contention that direct mail is a highly effective medium. Some of the research indicates that personal mail makes people feel more valuable. As odd as that may seem, that's been the approach of many mail proponents.


In Other News, OSHA Citations Still Cost Money

By Patrick Henry on Wednesday, August 12, 2015

For printing and printing-related businesses, penalties for safety citations in OHA’s most recent reporting period came to $735,464—not a huge sum, relatively speaking, but a number worth thinking about all the same.


New Report from Two Sides Answers Misleading “Green” Claims

By Patrick Henry on Friday, August 07, 2015

Not sure how to frame the argument about the environmental impact of paper and print? A new collection of facts dispels the myths.


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