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Video preview: Frank on Company Slogans and Taglines

Frank on Company Slogans and Taglines

Published: July 22, 2016

Frank looks back at slogans and taglines from printing industry suppliers at drupa 2016.

 

Video preview: Where is the

Where is the "True North" of Print Business Performance?

Published: July 22, 2016

John Falconetti, a printer in Jacksonville, FL, says he keeps his company pointed at it by taking part in Leading Indicators™, a benchmarking program launched last year by Epicomm (now part of IDEAlliance). As a member of the Leading Indicators reporting group, Drummond Press gets monthly updates on how its business performance compares with that of other printing companies in the database. Falconetti also has good things to say about the association's apprenticeship and peer networking programs.

 

Video preview: Merrill Corporation an Early Adopter of Sheetfed Production Inkjet

Merrill Corporation an Early Adopter of Sheetfed Production Inkjet

Published: July 21, 2016

Patrick Foley, Senior Vice President Operations at Merrill Corporation talks to WhatTheyThink about being an early adopter of the Océ VarioPrint i300 sheetfed production inkjet platform. Patrick shares how the platform fits Merrill's business.

 

Video preview: The Trade Association Connection: Better and Stronger Together

The Trade Association Connection: Better and Stronger Together

Published: July 20, 2016

As president of the trade association Printing Industries Alliance, Tim Freeman sees his job as helping printers help each other by bringing them together in productive programs such as the guided tour he organized for his members at drupa 2016. He says that when printers take part in trade shows and other association-sponsored activities, they coalesce as an industry and find new ways to solve common problems. Printing Industries Alliance has an admirable record of making this happen in the membership territory it serves.

 

Video preview: Adobe PDF Print Engine Celebrates 10 Years with Release of Enhancements

Adobe PDF Print Engine Celebrates 10 Years with Release of Enhancements

Published: July 19, 2016

Adobe Product Manager Mark Lewiecki shares the latest APPE news in this tenth year of its existence. APPE 4.0 includes enhancements in performance, color and quality, including tiled parallel processing that enables breaking up images, processing them and reassembling seamlessly. Products featuring APPE 4.0 are already hitting the market.

 

Video preview: Mike Kellogg on the Role and the Rewards of Trade Shows

Mike Kellogg on the Role and the Rewards of Trade Shows

Published: July 18, 2016

As a former chairman of Epicomm, Mike Kellogg served as an advisor to the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC), producer of the Graph Expo and Print events. He observes that because of the rise of digitization, data, and the convergence of technologies, print industry trade shows now are less about showcasing heavy equipment and more about exchanging innovative ideas. He's optimistic about Graph Expo 2016, moving for the first time from Chicago to a new venue in Orlando.

 

Video preview: Frank on Counterfeiting and Promotions that Suck

Frank on Counterfeiting and Promotions that Suck

Published: July 15, 2016

Frank comments on counterfeiting in a hotel room, a golden anniversary for an industry icon, and e-mail “promotion promotion” that sucks. All are totally unrelated.

 

Video preview: When Associations Combine,

When Associations Combine, "Seamless" Is Another Word for "Success"

Published: July 14, 2016

As a member of IDEAlliance's board of directors, marketing services expert Wes Powell witnessed the group's merger with Epicomm from the inside. He praises the board members and professional staff of both associations for working "in lock step" to make the new arrangement—which took full effect on July 1—a success. He says that the process was "pretty seamless" and that the result will be a broader range of services for all IDEAlliance members.

 

Video preview: Business Transformation by the Book

Business Transformation by the Book

Published: July 13, 2016

Five years ago, John Foley published Business Transformation: a New Path to Profit for the Printing Industry. The work was and is a handbook for strategic planning, sales and marketing development, team building, operations management, and more. In the just-published second edition, Foley adds case studies from print service providers that have succeeded by putting the book's advice into practice.

 

Video preview: Taking Print to the Future with HP Print OS at Creel Printing

Taking Print to the Future with HP Print OS at Creel Printing

Published: July 12, 2016

Bill Wieners, President of Digital Lizard, a Creel Printing company, talks about how the company's extensive installed base of digital presses is being completely refreshed, and the impact that HP PrintOS is having on production efficiencies. With 17 HP presses on the floor across three plants, the company has the most presses installed on PrintOS. Creel will also be a beta site for the new HP Indigo 50000.

 

Video preview: XMPie Users Group Changes Membership Model to Spur Growth

XMPie Users Group Changes Membership Model to Spur Growth

Published: July 11, 2016

Jeroen van Druenen of Amsterdam-based Jubels talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about the XMPie User Group, of which he is President, including the decision to make membership in the group free for all XMPie users. The next conference will be held in November in Atlanta.

 

Video preview: Frankentype:  Growing Type in a Petri Dish

Premium Content Frankentype: Growing Type in a Petri Dish

Published: July 8, 2016

Growing type in a petri dish. Yes, scientists in Israel have created frankentype in the lab. This may be how Comic Sans was created.

 

Video preview: drupa Provides a Snapshot of the Future for The World Bank

drupa Provides a Snapshot of the Future for The World Bank

Published: July 7, 2016

World Bank Senior Project Manager Jimmy Vainstein talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne talks about how drupa provides an opportunity to shift focus from short-term to long-term goals, ensuring that the organization takes advantages of all opportunities to support the organizations poverty reduction mission.

 

Video preview: First-time drupa attendees describe the show as

First-time drupa attendees describe the show as "mindblowing"

Published: July 6, 2016

Nate and Vanessa Quigley, co-owners of Chatbooks.com, talk about their first drupa experience and why it was important for them to attend, even though they outsource all of their printing. They were particularly interested in post-print embellishment techniques for photobooks.

 

Video preview: C.J. Graphics CEO Saw Phenomenal Innovation at drupa 2016

C.J. Graphics CEO Saw Phenomenal Innovation at drupa 2016

Published: July 5, 2016

Jay Mandarino, CEO & President of Canada-based C.J. Graphics, traveled all the way to Dusseldorf for drupa 2016. He was amazed and overwhelmed by the level of innovation at the show and recommends visitors allow several days if they plan to attend drupa 2020. C.J. Graphics will be the first Canadian install of a Landa Nanographic press.

 

Video preview: Frank on Print Publications Declines

Frank on Print Publications Declines

Published: July 1, 2016

As the number of print publications declines, the number of places where you can buy them declines as well. We may be running out of places to buy printed pubs.

 

Video preview: IDEAlliance Welcomes Epicomm: the Chairman's Report

IDEAlliance Welcomes Epicomm: the Chairman's Report

Published: June 30, 2016

On July 1, Tim Johnson will officially step into his role as chairman of the board of IDEAlliance, a trade association that has incorporated Epicomm and welcomed the members of the three former trade groups of which Epicomm was composed. With the work of blending staffs, cultures, and management procedures satisfactorily under way, says Johnson, members can look forward to obtaining all of the advisory services they need from a single source.

 

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"Bucket List" Trip Turns into Cornucopia of Info

Published: June 29, 2016

What could make a busy printer travel all the way from Buffalo, New York, to Düsseldorf, Germany? drupa 2016, of course, and Steve Zenger, president of the Zenger Group, says that the big show—his first drupa—gave him all the trend and technical information he was looking for. Zenger came to the fair as a member of a productively organized "drupa experience" tour organized by Printing Industries Alliance, a trade association representing his state and part of Pennsylvania.

 

Video preview: Xerox Technology President Jeff Jacobson Touts Xerox Diversification

Premium Content Xerox Technology President Jeff Jacobson Touts Xerox Diversification

Published: June 28, 2016

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne speaks with Jeff Jacobson, President of the Xerox Technology business (and tapped to become CEO when Xerox separates into two companies). Jacobson contrasts the Xerox drupa 2016 presence with that at drupa 2012, reflecting a significant amount of diversification the company has achieved in the past four years.

 

Video preview: What’s the Story? Ask a Package

What’s the Story? Ask a Package

Published: June 28, 2016

Packages used to have just two principal functions: to protect their contents and convey them safely to the point of sale. Now they also have to be “brand narrators” that hold consumers in sustained post-sale engagements with the brands. Digimarc Corp.’s Larry Logan explains how technology can ensure that packaging remains “the most salient touch point between the consumer and the product.”

 

 

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