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Top Three Sales Mistakes to Avoid for 2022

The coming year will be one of rebuilding for everyone in your supply chain, including your most regular customers. They may be taking time to look carefully at all their relationships and their budgets, so you need to be visible to remain in consideration as they update their plans. Pat McGrew offers some tips for ensuring that your most loyal customers stay that way.

European Print Industry Snapshot: Turkey

In this bimonthly series, WhatTheyThink is presenting the state of the printing industry in different European countries based on the latest monthly production numbers. This week, we take an updated look at the printing industry in Turkey.

Opportunities for Signs and Display Graphics in a Changing World of Retail

Much has been written about the Great Resignation and how worker shortages are affecting many businesses, a situation exacerbated by the pandemic. The retail industry is one that has clearly been heavily affected, leading to an increase in cashier-less checkout to help these businesses stay viable. This is a dramatic trend that also offers interesting opportunities for sign and display graphics businesses.

Interruptions vs. Opportunities: Know the Difference in Order to Make the Most of Your Day

There’s a maxim in the military which states that “no plan survives first contact with the enemy.” The practical application of that is simply that you plan based on what you know now, and then change your plan based on what you learn later. Dave Fellman explains how, If your priorities change, your plan must change.

November Shipments: Reversion to the Mean

November 2021 printing shipments came in at $6.99 billion, down from $7.29 billion in October, and the first month that shipments dropped since early summer. Year to date, January-to-November shipments are $75.56 billion, only a bit off 2020’s January-to-November number of $76.36. If we have a really good December, 2021 could come in slightly above 2020.

Frank's Ship Comes In

Frank was on Cunard's Queen Mary II recently, and what does he talk about—printing! Cruise ships run on paper. From the daily program, to daily newspapers, to menus, to promotional and informational material, passengers are bombarded with paper.

Around the Web: Conquering Corrosion. Spent Signage. Talking Tech. Shambling Shelves. Periodic Poetry. Gone Games. Mechanical Masterpieces. Dish Delight.

Graphene-based anti-corrosion primer applied in the UK. Reverse-engineering Wordle. Las Vegas’s Neon Boneyard is a sign-based history of the city. What technology will invade our lives in 2022? Useful robots are simply self-driving shelves. A periodic table of haiku. What happened to Atari? Mechanical versions of classic paintings make art interactive. A useful feature of Starlink’s satellite dishes has an unforeseen consequence. All that and more in WhatTheyThink’s New Year’s miscellany.

Survey Says! Wide-Format in 2022

Every year round about this time, as we are going through the data from our annual Business Outlook Survey for the forthcoming Printing Outlook report, Richard Romano breaks out some wide-format-specific data to see what trends we can quantitatively gauge—and, specifically, what new application areas look the most promising.

A moment of levity. View Today's Dilbert Dilbert Cartoon Strip

Life in print isn’t easy, right? You deserve a laugh. That's why MindFire brings you Dilbert. And why we help Printers & Agencies of all sizes grow sales with 'OptiChannel'. Learn more now.

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Printing Outlook 2021
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Printing Outlook 2021 - The WhatTheyThink Overview of the Current State of the Printing Industry

The new Printing Outlook 2021 report provides detailed analysis of the latest WhatTheyThink Business Outlook Survey, the latest industry economic data and macroeconomic trends, as well as industry and cultural technological trends to look out for in 2021.

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European Print Industry Snapshot: Turkey
European Print Industry Snapshot: Turkey

In this bimonthly series, WhatTheyThink is presenting the state of the printing industry in different European countries based on the latest monthly production numbers. This week, we take an updated look at the printing industry in Turkey. Full Analysis

November Shipments: Reversion to the Mean
November Shipments: Reversion to the Mean

November 2021 printing shipments came in at $6.99 billion, down from $7.29 billion in October, and the first month that shipments dropped since early summer. Year to date, January-to-November shipments are $75.56 billion, only a bit off 2020’s January-to-November number of $76.36. If we have a really good December, 2021 could come in slightly above 2020. Full Analysis

Sanitary Paper Product Manufacturing Employment—2010–2019
Sanitary Paper Product Manufacturing Employment—2010–2019

According to County Business Patterns, in 2010, there were 19,221 employees in NAICS 322291 (Sanitary Paper Product Manufacturing establishments). This NAICS category bounced up and down over the course of the 2010s, ending with 19,593 employees in 2019. In macro news: CPI increased 0.5% in December. Full Analysis

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Recent Discussion

Maeghan Nicholson on Frank's Ship Comes In

Hate to burst your bubble Frank but on my last Disney Cruise there was not much printing/paper to be found on board! The schedule and show/dining times for each day were all found in the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app on your smart phone. No paper … Full comment Reply

Eric Vessels on Frank's Ship Comes In

Did we bury the lede here not titling this "Frank FLIES!!!"??? ...on a big old jet airliner? Reply

Richard Wright on Frank's Ship Comes In

Impressive, Cunard really does go all out to accommodate their guests. I can highly recommend it, good comedy. It's available on YouTube. Reply

Frank Romano on Frank's Ship Comes In

Richard I recall it on the schedule because it was English among all other listings in German. Reply

Richard Wright on Frank's Ship Comes In

Enjoyed the presentation, my sympathies for enduring the air travel for all our benefit. Just a curiosity, for New Years Eve, did they offer "Dinner for One" on the German Channel? It's a bit of tradition in Germany to watch it in English. Reply

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