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Video preview: The Future of Digital Packaging

The Future of Digital Packaging

Published: August 2, 2018

Amy Machado, Research Manager for Imaging, Printing and Document Solutions at IDC, discusses a study she's been working on that looks into the breadth of digital packaging production—why people are and aren't adopting digital and their future plans.

 

Video preview: Customization is Key for Carriage House Printery

Customization is Key for Carriage House Printery

Published: August 1, 2018

Michael Frankhauser, Owner of Carriage House Printery, shares his inspiring personal story, from designing equipment for a manufacturing company to starting his own custom textile printing company.

 

Video preview: When Fads Fade

When Fads Fade

Published: July 31, 2018

Tim Brule, Vice President of Disruptive Technologies for Fanatics Inc., shares how this company has grown its business via online stores. From fast fashion and fad fashion, to micro moments, the world of fashion is rapidly changing.

 

Video preview: EFI CEO Guy Gecht to Step Down after 19 Years as CEO

Premium Content EFI CEO Guy Gecht to Step Down after 19 Years as CEO

Published: July 31, 2018

EFI CEO Guy Gecht surprised many industry watchers by announcing during the company's 2nd Quarter Earnings Call that he would be stepping down as CEO after nearly two decades in the role. WhatTheyThink Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with Gecht to find out why he took this decision, what the process is for replacing him, and what might be on the horizon for him in the future.

 

Video preview: The Future of Web-to-Print

The Future of Web-to-Print

Published: July 30, 2018

Dr. Sean Smyth, consultant for Smithers Pira, discusses a study he is working on that takes a look at the current state of web-to print—specifically, systems designed to allow print customers to create professional documents without being print professionals.

 

Video preview: HOW Now: Frank Recaps HOW DESIGN LIVE

HOW Now: Frank Recaps HOW DESIGN LIVE

Published: July 27, 2018

Frank opines about the recent HOW DESIGN LIVE conference in Boston. It has passed, but the memory lingers on about the changing nature of design and of designers and its move to the web and social media.

 

Video preview: Spoonflower Celebrates 10 Years

Spoonflower Celebrates 10 Years

Published: July 26, 2018

Gart Davis, CEO of Spoonflower, takes us through the history of a company that has grown its business largely through digital textile printing and e-commerce and now celebrates its 10-year anniversary.

 

Video preview: AR on Corrugated Packaging

AR on Corrugated Packaging

Published: July 25, 2018

Chuck Slingerland, Vice President of Sales and Digital Operations for Abbott-Action, is excited about the potential for augmented reality (AR) in corrugated packaging.

 

Video preview: Google Takes On Smart Packaging

Google Takes On Smart Packaging

Published: July 24, 2018

David Hogue, UX Design Leader for Google, talks about the future of packaging and some of the applications Google has been introducing—not only as packaging but as an integral part of the company's AIY kits.

 

Video preview: New Facility for IT Supplies

New Facility for IT Supplies

Published: July 23, 2018

Jeff Lucido, General Manager for IT Supplies, celebrates the 20th anniversary of the company with a new facility and shares how it will help the industry.

 

Video preview: Kelley Holmes Talks About Printing News Joining WhatTheyThink

Kelley Holmes Talks About Printing News Joining WhatTheyThink

Published: July 23, 2018

WhatTheyThink today announced that the Printing News Group is joining the organization to strengthen the industry’s most extensive independent news and analysis platform with both print and digital media covering commercial printing, wide format, labels, packaging, signage, specialty graphics, textiles and other industrial applications of print technology.

 

Video preview: Frank Has Some Cross Words for Arial

Frank Has Some Cross Words for Arial

Published: July 20, 2018

Arial is Helvetica in sheep’s clothing. The subject came up because Frank was doing a crossword puzzle and the clue was “Popular sans serif font” and Helvetica would not fit.

 

Video preview: The Advantages of EFI InNova Pigment Inks for Textiles

The Advantages of EFI InNova Pigment Inks for Textiles

Published: July 19, 2018

Paolo Torricella, Textiles Segment Manager for EFI Reggiani, describes the benefits of EFI InNova pigment inks for direct-to-fabric printing from vibrant colors to a lower impact on the environment.

 

Video preview: Champion Thread Company Brings Manufacturing Back to the U.S.

Champion Thread Company Brings Manufacturing Back to the U.S.

Published: July 18, 2018

Matt Poovey, President of Champion Thread Company, discusses the importance of automation in bringing textile and garment manufacturing back to the United States. This industrial sewing thread manufacturer is leading the way with a number of innovations.

 

Video preview: The Future of Digital Print for Packaging

The Future of Digital Print for Packaging

Published: July 17, 2018

Sean Smyth with Smithers Pira discusses the value of the Digital Print and Packaging show and shares some data on packaging forecasts for digital print.

 

Video preview: Speed Outweighs Cost in Textiles

Speed Outweighs Cost in Textiles

Published: July 16, 2018

Karsten Newbury, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Software for Gerber Technology, discusses the trends driving change in the textiles industry. Now more than ever, the industry is about speed with pressure on brands and manufacturers for faster time to market.

 

Video preview: Frank Interviews Echo Communications Owner Howard Hoke

Frank Interviews Echo Communications Owner Howard Hoke

Published: July 13, 2018

Frank interviews Howard Hoke, COO and Owner of Echo Communications, a 14-employee print shop based in New London, N.H. Howard is an RIT grad who wound up owning his own printing company. Even though he has digital printing, he still uses offset presses, including a recently acquired used Heidelberg. Where did he find a press operator? Wal-Mart!

 

Video preview: The Multi-Faceted World of Kohler's In-Plant

The Multi-Faceted World of Kohler's In-Plant

Published: July 12, 2018

Christopher Donlon, Associate Communications Manager of Print Production for Kohler, talks about the excitement and challenges of running an in-plant for a wide variety of products and services, ranging from plumbing fixtures to hospitality services.

 

Video preview: Solutions that “Stick” Around: Five Opportunities in Synthetic Print Media

Premium Content Solutions that “Stick” Around: Five Opportunities in Synthetic Print Media

Published: July 12, 2018

Trish's video this week features five different products that utilize “sticky” synthetic substrates for marketing communications. Each product uses completely different techniques and technologies, and she’ll demonstrate and compare them all.

 

Video preview: From Traditional to Digital in Corrugated

From Traditional to Digital in Corrugated

Published: July 11, 2018

Chuck Slingerland, Vice President of Sales and Digital Operations for Abbott-Action, takes us through the digital journey for a traditional corrugated converter.

 

 

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