Interviews with Industry Executives, Commentary & Analysis from WhatTheyThink Contributors and other video features.
Published: October 27, 2016
Christine Soward, President and Owner at DMS Ink in Ohio, has grown the business from $2 million to $20 million since 2005. The company introduced inkjet as a means to continue to scale the business and increase uptime. Two Canon roll-to-roll production inkjet presses and a Canon VarioPrint i300 sheetfed inkjet press replaced 7 toner devices, delivering more than 90% uptime.
Published: October 26, 2016
Rich Lloyd, VP of Sales for GMC, shares the company's strategy to help customers bridge the gap between printed and digital communications and to service the enterprise on multiple levels. He cites the industry skills that ideally position service providers to be a single source communciations services provider.
Published: October 25, 2016
Mike Schliesmann, Senior Vice President at Wisconsin-Based Great Northern Corporation, talks about why the company is interested in digital direct-to-corrugated printing and how this will bring disruptive technology to corrugated.
Published: October 23, 2016
"We believe in the printed word". So declares Claus Bolza-Schünemann, president of KBA, as he reviews the state of the industry as a whole and his company's position within it. He says that the success of drupa 2016—an event he traveled the world to promote as chairman of its executive committee—proves that there is no longer any excuse for "whining and crying about how bad the industry is." He also discusses how KBA regained its strength and forward momentum after several tough years of post-recession restructuring.
Published: October 21, 2016
Frank found a list of the largest printers from 1992. It documents the significant changes in the industry through merger, acquisition, and bankruptcy.
Published: October 20, 2016
Jen Mitchell, Marketing Director at Harding Poorman, talks about the value of the thINK conference in terms of staying abreast of industry developments and being able to network with peers. The company has not yet invested in inkjet and views the thINK platform as an excellent part of the education and due diligence process.
Published: October 19, 2016
John Foley, CEO of interlinkONE, talks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about the opportunities for printing firms in the association market, helping associations with strategic marketing plans, printed materials, multi-channel and more. "They are starving for this help," he says.
Published: October 18, 2016
Mark DeBoer, Director of Customer Experience at Darwill and thINK conference chair, talks about the maturation of the conversation about production inkjet "beyond the box." He sees more emphasis on data at the thINK conference, as an example, "stretching our imaginations as to what is possible with data." He also touches on the advances that have taken place in finishing for production inkjet.
Published: October 16, 2016
Bob Radzis, Chief Customer Officer at SG360 and a founding member of the thINK community, discusses this year's conference and how he foresees a bright future ahead.
Published: October 14, 2016
Phil Riebel, President of Two Sides North America, shares the results of a global survey designed to understand how consumers value paper. 88% of respondents in the U.S. felt it was acceptable to use trees from well managed forests to make lumber for construction or pulp for paper for printing, reflecting that their primary concern is that the industry does things responsibly. Watch the video for more details, including changes in messaging about paper from Starbucks.
Published: October 13, 2016
Canon executive Francis McMahon shares his thoughts about the evolution of thINK, the Canon production inkjet users' group whose annual conference just concluded. He speaks about the importance of community and selflessness in supporting the growth of the industry. A demonstration of this is the fact that 60 customers presented at this conference, openly sharing experiences and advice.
Published: October 12, 2016
Marco Boer of I.T. Strategies and Senior Editor Cary Sherburne discuss the second year of the thINK Conference, the Canon production inkjet users, as well as the overall value of users groups to the industry. Boer emphasizes how these groups provide the opportunity for users to share ideas and experiences with each other, which helps their businesses, increases their confidence in making new technology investments, and spurs industry growth.
Published: October 11, 2016
Over 450 people are attending the thINK inkjet conference this week in Boca Raton, Florida. Dave Johannes, Senior Vice President, Operations at IWCO Direct and Eric Hawkinson, Senior Director of Marketing at Canon Solutions America talk about how the conference is structured to focus on peer-based education.
Published: October 10, 2016
Quad/Graphics CEO Joel Quadracci speaks with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about the company's book printing strategy. He reports that digital printing is important for book printing, as well as other parts of the business and shares his thoughts about how it and other technologies help the company bring innovative solutions to its customers across multiple industries.
Published: October 7, 2016
TIME magazine moved its entire archive from its New York City headquarters. This archive represents the history of most of the 20th Century.
Published: October 7, 2016
If you’re intrigued by the idea of a conference where the presentations are capped at 25 minutes and the proceedings are enlivened by 15-minute “inspiration bursts” in which speakers can deliver “hard-hitting rants,” pencil in December 6 at the Princeton Club in New York City. That will be the premiere of INKredible, a new event hosted by Idealliance for printing, publishing, and advertising professionals. Here, conference organizer Steven Schnoll explains what will make the program special.
Published: October 6, 2016
WhatTheyThink Senior Analyst Richard Romano talks to FastSigns CEO Catherine Monson about recent expansion into 5 countries in Central America, activity in Brazil and Mexico, and development in Southeast Asia.
Published: October 5, 2016
Ivor Jacobs, Director of UK-based Print Evolved, a print software company providing Web2Print and MIS solutions, discusses the need for an integrated end-to-end workflow for trade printers to be able to achieve maximum efficiency, claiming a minimum of 20 to 30% improvement in efficiency.
Published: October 5, 2016
Michele Brennan, Vice President of Business Development and MarComm at Bridgeport National Bindery, talks with WhatTheyThink President Eric Vessels about the company's transformation from a library bindery to a printing company that also does binding, including the support from HP that has made it possible. Adding an HP PageWide T230 inkjet press offers new options for the company's customers. The company has added a second press and is considering a third.
Published: October 4, 2016
John Carrington, CEO of ZVerse, shares his thoughts on his first experience exhibiting at Graph Expo and talks about how his company can help printing firms add 3D printing solutions as a new revenue-generating offering with little investment. ZVerse exhibited in the Konica Minolta booth at the show.