Interviewer: Hi, Cary Sherburne, Senior Editor at WhatTheyThink.com and I’m here with Wade Kellett who’s the Vice President of Sales and Marketing from Weatherall Printing, Tupelo, Mississippi where Elvis was born.
Wade Kellett: Excellent you finally got it.
Interviewer: Finally got it. So you mentioned earlier when we spoke that offset is a dying business and so obviously you and your business came to that conclusion at some point, what was sort of the driving force that made you say, “We got to get into digital and start doing some different stuff?”
Wade Kellett: Oh well, that’s a lot of stuff. Printing is the only thing I’ve ever done. I’ve never drawn a paycheck from another industry so about seven or eight years ago, I mean, it was pretty evident because our business was built around short run color. And so it’s pretty much eaten into that business, so we made that investment about five years ago in the Indigo product. And it’s just so much easier. It’s the intangible part that you can’t put your finger on.
You see crossover points from digital offset but it’s the stuff that you can’t really quanitify, it’s just easier and so our business every year moves that direction.
Interviewer: Moves more and more towards digital?
Wade Kellett: Moves more and more towards digital. We’ve bought our last offset press and it pains me to say that because I’m a printer but it’s over with. And so really we’re just in the information delivery business. We don’t care how we deliver information we just want to deliver information. And so that’s – digital is part of that for us.
Interviewer: You know, it may not feel like it to you but that’s a very forward looking attitude and I think it’s probably a minority of your colleagues in the industry that think that way, so congratulations. That’s really good.
Wade Kellet: Thank you, I appreciate that.
Hiring Software Programmers That Understand Your Print Business
Published: June 29, 2017
Most printers have at some point hired a software programmer. Jennifer Matt interviews Chris Reisz-Hanson about why thinking about software programming with a single resource filling all the roles. Software is combination of user interface, defining the requirements, coding and testing - think about who is going to play all those roles before you start your next custom development project.
How does a Ph.D. Petroleum Engineer become a printer?
Published: June 27, 2017
Fadal Iskander, VP of TPSi in Tulsa OK, reports his company has been offering digital printing since 1978. Today, the company has a robust portfolio of HP Indigo and wide format presses it uses to produce a variety of applications, from transactional printing to wedding invitations. Despite his Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering, Iskander has dedicated his career over the last 40 years to printing!
HD Flexo Wins Awards, Customer Approval, for ProAmpac
Published: June 26, 2017
Joe Lydic, Art Director at packaging converter ProAmpac, talks about how Esko HD Flexo has benefited the company in its analog to digital platemaking transformation. Its first commercial job earned the company a Print & Packaging award. ProAmpac was the first printer in the Western Hemisphere to be HD Flexo certified. He also talks about how Esko workflow helps the company be more efficient.
Romano Review of Books: "Brand Luther"
Published: June 23, 2017
Frank reviews a book called “Brand Luther” that tells the true story of an unknown monk who used printing to challenge the mightiest force on earth at the time.
Who is Running Your Business? People or Software
Published: June 22, 2017
Your software should run your business, your people should run your software. Can you easily get to the trusted data of your business? Is it in a trusted system of record (Print MIS/ERP)? Or do you have to gather up data from many different sources to get to a version of the truth? Jennifer Matt interviews Jane Mugford about helping printers transition from people run business to a software run business.