Interviews with Industry Executives, Commentary & Analysis from WhatTheyThink Contributors and other video features.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Published: July 14, 2016
Dieter Niederstadt, Technical Marketing Manager for Asahi Photoproducts, discusses the company's Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer that reduces flexo press stops for plate cleaning while delivering very high quality. These plates are primarily used in flexible packaging and are ideal for fixed color palette printing due to precise registration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”