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WhatTheyThink’s Economics and Research Center (ERC) Adds Industry Commercial Printing Shipments Data for Premium Members

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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Exclusive ERC data set from Dr. Joe Webb includes U.S. printing shipments data, selected Canadian data

WhatTheyThink.com - WhatTheyThink today announced new additions to its Economics and Research Center (ERC). The Center now includes access for Premium Members to an Industry Snapshot, a downloadable spreadsheet with the U.S. printing industry shipments latest data and more than a decade of history, and more. 

“WhatTheyThink has become the go-to source for printing industry news and analysis,” said Eric Vessels, WhatTheyThink’s President. “And we are looking to add great value to the information that is already exclusively available to our Premium Members.  The historical industry data sets prepared by our own Dr. Joe Webb are a major step in that direction, providing easy access to government and proprietary data in one convenient location.  Log on to access this new data and stay tuned for more!”

New data sets now available include:

- U.S. commercial printing shipments data as published by the U.S. Department of Commerce in a downloadable spreadsheet that includes monthly data beginning in 2003

  • Data are both inflation-adjusted and in current dollars
  • A chart showing each year's data by month shows historical changes in industry seasonality

- Canadian printing shipments data from Statistics Canada in current dollars and also adjusted to the Canada Consumer Price Index

  • Additional data include the data adjusted by U.S. exchange-rates and exchange-rate inflation-adjusted data series 

“We have been tracking more than 700 data series for many years,” Dr. Webb explains. “The shipments data being made available to WhatTheyThink Premium Members is a subset of that work that we believe owners and managers of printing businesses, as well as suppliers to the industry, will find extremely valuable as they work through their own business planning processes. Over the next few weeks, additional data sets will be made available to Premium Members as we continue to build this valuable resource.”

Visit the WhatTheyThink Member Center to find out more about the benefits of Premium Membership as well as to subscribe to a wide range of free industry newsletters.

About Dr. Joe Webb

Dr. Joe Webb is one of the graphic arts industry's best-known consultants, forecasters, and commentators. He is director of WhatTheyThink's Economics and Research Center and president of Strategies for Management, Inc. A 35+ year veteran of the graphic arts industries, his forecast webinars and industry presentations assist C-level executives, owners, and analysts understand how changes in the economy, technology, and the industry affect their strategic decisions. He is a Ph.D. graduate of the NYU Center for Graphic Communications Management and Technology (1987) and served on the Center's Board of Advisors.

He holds an MBA in Management Information Systems from Iona College (1981) and was a magna cum laude graduate in Managerial Sciences and Marketing from Manhattan College (1978). He started in the industry with Agfa's Graphic Systems Division, was a marketing executive with Chemco Photoproducts, and entered consulting full time in 1987. In 1994, he founded the influential TrendWatch information service, sold to multinational publisher Reed Elsevier in 2000.

His book, This Point Forward, written with Richard Romano, is launching at Graph Expo 2014 and has received high praise from early reviewers.

About WhatTheyThink

WhatTheyThink is the printing and publishing industry's leading media organization. We offer a wide range of publications that deliver unbiased, real-time market intelligence, industry news, economic and trend analysis, peer-to-peer communication, and special reports on emerging technology and critical events. Special interest sections include Economics, Wide Format, Print Software, Labels & Packaging, Production Inkjet and Mergers & Acquisitions. 

WhatTheyThink hosts webinars and live events as well as providing content through a syndication program, delivering content directly to related websites. In addition, WhatTheyThink offers a wide range of lead generation and branding programs that help print- and publishing-related companies achieve business growth.

For more information about partnering with WhatTheyThink, contact eric@whattheythink.com.


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