Randy Davidson: Hi, I'm Randy Davidson, CEO of What They Think. We’re in Chicago at the University Club at our annual Print CEO Forum event.
Joe Morgan: I think the interaction amongst all the CEOs has been fantastic. We’re talking about the pertinent issues that are affecting all of us today. I think that the key now is for people to link all these items that we’ve been speaking about in the forum in their own business, so that we can really take advantage of the changes around us.
Randy Davidson: We’ve got content that is packed and exclusive for printing CEOs and leaders in the industry.
Lisa Arsenault: I think it’s not necessarily a shortcut to the changes, but people here have made some of those changes already, so it’s nice to hear from them what worked and what didn’t and so you get to find out what you need to do.
Randy Davidson: We’ve got great speakers, Dr. Joe Webb, Frank Romano, David Swang and even industry executives like Joe Morgan CEO of Standard Register and Wendy Cebula president of Vista Print.
Morris Shaw: Overall they are very knowledgeable. Lots of good approach. The only thing is how we’re going implement it to our business. This is something we have to weigh on, which one is more important than the other one and which way is easier for us to implement. Lots of things to think about.
Randy Davidson: We also handed out our Print CEO of the Year Award. Among the five excellent finalists the winner this year was Joe Davis, CEO of Consolidate Graphics. This award is very unique because it was voted on by industry CEOs and executives, so it’s really an award selected by industry peers and not an exclusive elite committee, so we’re very proud of Mr. Davis and the other finalists as well.
I think the people that have been nominated for the award and the finalists are outstanding leaders in our industry and my company and the industry at large has benefited from the things that those leaders have brought.
Barb Pellow: Just like the Academy Awards.
Cary Sherburne: Just like the Academy Awards.
Frank Mallozzi Reports on EFI Connect 2017
Published: January 24, 2017
Frank Mallozzi, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for EFI, shares his thoughts about EFI Connect 2017, the 17th year of the conference. Highlights included a fireside chat between CEO Guy Gecht and Joel Quadracci, as well as a fireside chat with Xerox CEO Jeff Jacobson. The conference featured new products, a large number of eduational sessions and lots of opportunity to network among peers, with EFI executives and technical staff, as well as EFI partners.
Guy Gecht's Advice to the Industry: Keep An Eye on Artificial Intelligence Developments
Published: January 23, 2017
Guy Gecht, EFI's CEO, typically includes a thought leadership segment in his opening talk. In 2017, he put the industry on notice that artifice intelligence is almost upon us, with a convergence of technology and market demand that will bring this to mainstream in the foreseeable future. Artificial intelligence (AI) is a technology that will have an impact on the printing industry, and printing owners and managers should keep tabs on its progress, understanding both eh risks and the opportunities for their businesses.
What Color is Consistent?
Published: January 20, 2017
Color management works, and it has been available to designers and printers for more than 25 years. Why then do we still make mistakes in color reproduction? Shoshana Burgett of X-Rite Pantone notes that CM has to be understood as something more than calibrating a monitor. It is a set of steps, processes, and tools that must be in place across the entire production workflow, always with monitoring for continuous improvement. Designers who want color to be consistent in all the channels they are now responsible for can find the help they need in CM, Burgett says.
Frank on Pre-VDP Personalized Direct Mail
Published: January 20, 2017
Frank Romano keeps EVERYTHING. This week he shares his collection of pre-VDP personalized direct mail when everyone was a winner. Direct marketers tried every trick to get you to open the envelope.
The Challenges of Managing Color in a Global Supply Chain at Canadian Tire Retail
Published: January 19, 2017
Angela Stone, Manager of Packaging Optimization at Canadian Tire Retail, is responsible for all of the private label packaging that is used for the wide range of products it offers. It covers all types of packaging, from folding carton to flexible to sewn-in labels. She talks about how she handles color management across this disparate array of packaging applications.
What PDF 2.0 Will Mean for the Printing Industry
Published: January 17, 2017
Mark Lewiecki, Senior Product Manager at Adobe, talks about PDF 2.0, now being developed through the International Standards Organization which has responsibility for the PDF standard. A key new attribute is the ability to put page-level media-specific information directly into the PDF file. The ISO is also defining the metadata as it relates to media, especial for variable data printing, and is incorporating CxF spectral data into the PDF file.