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Video preview: Hunkeler AG Looks Ahead to drupa 2020

Hunkeler AG Looks Ahead to drupa 2020

Published: April 18, 2019

Hans Gut, VP of Marketing for Hunkeler AG, talks about the importance of drupa 2020 as a showcase for the industry, and Hunkeler's innovations in automation, workflow, and systems integration.

 

Video preview: FASTSIGNS of Helena's Unique Showroom Honors the City's Rich History

FASTSIGNS of Helena's Unique Showroom Honors the City's Rich History

Published: April 17, 2019

Greg Painter, owner of FASTSIGNS of Helena (Mont.), takes us on a tour of his unconventional showroom complete with an upstairs diner and other iconic elements from Helen's storied past. All of it is designed to pay tribute to the history of the town and show customers many of the applications available.

 

Video preview: Bluecrest Blends Production Print and Direct Mail

Bluecrest Blends Production Print and Direct Mail

Published: April 16, 2019

Kevin Marks, VP of Global Production Print for Bluecrest, talks about the company's involvement in production print and direct mail, as communication continues to change.

 

Video preview: The Ecommerce Trend in Labels and Packaging

The Ecommerce Trend in Labels and Packaging

Published: April 15, 2019

Dawn Olson of Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S., helps customers who have invested in industrial print solutions profit from their investment as quickly as possible. She encourages those in the label and packaging world to take advantage of the opportunities in packaging for ecommerce.

 

Video preview: From the Corporate World to FASTSIGNS

From the Corporate World to FASTSIGNS

Published: April 15, 2019

Div Bhingradia, owner of FASTSIGNS Mooresville (N.C.), left his corporate job to open his own sign shop and take advantage of the fast-growing North Carolina business environment. FASTSIGNS helped him navigate an industry with which he was unfamiliar.

 

Video preview: Frank Looks at

Frank Looks at "Printing Outlook 2019"

Published: April 12, 2019

Frank talks about the new WhatTheyThink “Printing Outlook 2019” report. There are no leading indicators for the printing industry, government data need a lot of interpretation, and yet printers need insight in order to make intelligent business decisions. This report will give printers meaningful information on where the industry is—and where it may be going.

 

Video preview: InPrint 2019 is Off to the Races

InPrint 2019 is Off to the Races

Published: April 11, 2019

Frazer Chesterman, co-founder of InPrint, talks with Kelley Holmes about this year's event, the move to Louisville, Ky., and what the future holds for the organization.

 

Video preview: HP Builds on HDNA to Give Customers a More Diverse Platform

HP Builds on HDNA to Give Customers a More Diverse Platform

Published: April 11, 2019

Carles Farre, Director of Commercial Business for PageWide Industrial at HP, talks about new features and capabilities that build on HP's High Definition Nozzle Architecture (HDNA) platform to give customers more productivity and versatility.

 

Video preview: Steve Kouroupas Transitions from Commercial Printing to Signage

Steve Kouroupas Transitions from Commercial Printing to Signage

Published: April 10, 2019

Steve Kouroupas, owner of FASTSIGNS of Greenville (N.C.), spent 10 years in the commercial printing industry and in 2016 looked into opening his own sign business by purchasing a FASTSIGNS franchise. He's found the sign business to be a "mashup of printing, graphics, and construction."

 

Video preview: For IWCO Direct, Direct Mail is a Mix of Offset and Digital

For IWCO Direct, Direct Mail is a Mix of Offset and Digital

Published: April 9, 2019

Steve Myrvold, EVP of Operations for IWCO Direct, talks about the fully-integrated direct mail company and their mix of digital and offset equipment.

 

Video preview: Co-Branding with FASTSIGNS to Expand Business Opportunities

Co-Branding with FASTSIGNS to Expand Business Opportunities

Published: April 8, 2019

Mike Richardson, a FASTSIGNS franchisee from Bloomington, Ind., owns and operates Midwest Color Printing. Five years ago, after seeing increased demand for wide-format and signage work, joined the FASTSIGNS family, and today the two companies are co-branded, which has enabled him to greatly expand his business.

 

Video preview: Smooth Operators

Smooth Operators

Published: April 5, 2019

Frank opines about printing press operators. The number of legacy presses has created a need for operators because they are all somewhat different and at any rate schools don't graduate operators of specific machines. Recognizing this problem, the state of Minnesota has created a grant program to help train press operators.

 

Video preview: Bookmasters Utilizes Both Offset and Digital for Book Manufacturing

Bookmasters Utilizes Both Offset and Digital for Book Manufacturing

Published: April 4, 2019

Brad Sharp, Director of Manufacturing for Ashland, Ohio's Bookmasters, talks about offset and digital on-demand book manufacturing. The past 10 years has seen an increase in demand for short-run and book-of-one book printing, which has driven growth in the company's digital printing capabilities.

 

Video preview: NPOA Grows with its Members

NPOA Grows with its Members

Published: April 3, 2019

Scott Capel, President of Sorrento Mesa Printing and one of the founders of the National Print Owners Association (NPOA), talks about the evolution of the association and his company.

 

Video preview: Improving Competitiveness by Being Part of FASTSIGNS

Improving Competitiveness by Being Part of FASTSIGNS

Published: April 2, 2019

Rod Thompson, a brand new FASTSIGNS franchisee based in Orlando, Fla., had a long background in digital printing, and felt that signage was the next step for his business. Becoming part of the FASTSIGNS family helped him immediately become competitive. Thompson talks with Kelley Holmes about his journey.

 

Video preview: The WhatTheyThink Blooper Reel

The WhatTheyThink Blooper Reel

Published: April 1, 2019

It's April 1, and that can only mean one thing: the annual WhatTheyThink video blooper reel!

 

Video preview: Otava Book Printing Invests in New Technology

Otava Book Printing Invests in New Technology

Published: April 1, 2019

Marko Silventoinen, Managing Director of Otava Book Printing in Finland, talks about the company's transition to digital and on-demand printing.

 

Video preview: Frank On How to Get Rich Selling Printing

Frank On How to Get Rich Selling Printing

Published: March 29, 2019

Frank found an archive of books on sales and marketing at CalPoly. He is surprised by how many there are and enumerates a few titles. He especially likes “How to Grow Rich Selling Printing.”

 

Video preview: Ipskamp Printing B.V. Transitions to Digital

Ipskamp Printing B.V. Transitions to Digital

Published: March 28, 2019

Bob Olde Hampsink, Director of Ipskamp Printing B.V., a book manufacturer in the Netherlands, talks about how the company has adapted over the years and switched to digital production as customers transition to smaller-quantity printing.

 

Video preview: FASTSIGNS Dayton, Ohio: Never the Same Day Twice

FASTSIGNS Dayton, Ohio: Never the Same Day Twice

Published: March 27, 2019

Dayton, Ohio's Larry Miller converted his Ham Signs vehicle lettering and sign shop to a FASTSIGNS franchise in 2013. He talks with Kelley Holmes about his nearly three decades in the industry, the fun of running a FASTSIGNS franchise, and how they never have the same day twice.

 

 

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Latest Printing Industry and Economic Analysis

By all accounts, the economy is humming along. GDP growth has been positive, with unemployment being at historic lows-and even the labor force participation rate is getting closer to its pre-recession level. As for the printing industry, shipments have been good and bad throughout 2018, but the overall trend is that the industry is losing whatever seasonality it once had.

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