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SwagCycle: It’s All About Landfill Divergence for Textiles

Among the many sustainability issues the textiles and apparel industry is facing, textile waste in landfills is near the top of the list. In this article, we talk with Ben Grossman about SwagCycle, his attempt to give back with a goal of landfill divergence for textile-based products, contributing to a reduced footprint and increased circularity.

Print and Automotive: Two Industries Driving Innovation in Customer Engagement

During the pandemic last year, auto sales dropped radically and innovative auto direct mail campaigns geared down. Fast-forward 16 months and the situation is very different, as more and more people head back out on the road. Joanne Gore looks at how printers, automobile brands/dealers, media agencies, and tech companies are teaming up to create engaging and innovative marketing campaigns for automobiles—and driving business.

Other Paperboard Container Manufacturing Employment—2010–2019

According to County Business Patterns, in 2019, there were 18,741 employees in NAICS 322219 (Other Paperboard Container Manufacturing establishments), a drop from 21,954 employees a year earlier, and the lowest ebb for this NAICS category. In macro news, new business formation goes “bezonkers.”

Leveraging EFI Technology to Enter New Markets

Frank talks Ken Hanulec, VP of WW Marketing for EFI, at their recent “Ignite” press event. EFI inkjet printers print on plastics, ceramics, corrugated board, fabric, and other materials. These print systems—some of which are the size of a small house—allow commercial printers to enter new markets.

Around the Web: Fruit First. Font Follies. Public Papers. Graphene Gums. Android Artist. Resignation Reality. Pulling Plastic. Citation Silliness. Toy Telephony. Venerable Venue. Spider Sleepwear.

Fun facts about the word “orange.” A 1909 patent for a font that can be read either from left to right or right to left. How typeface choice can impact learning and comprehension. Public radio may help save newspapers. Graphene’s uses in dental applications. Meet the Flingbot and its approach to abstract art. What’s behind The Great Resignation? An approach to removing ocean plastic that just might work. A traffic camera confuses a T-shirt with a license plate. Fisher Price’s classic Chatter Telephone can now make real calls, terrifyingly. A new book celebrates the Fillmore East. Get comfy in (or terrified by) giant tarantula pillows. All that and more in WhatTheyThink’s weekly miscellany.

Tilia Labs: Reaching Maximum Velocity with Intelligent Printing

Small print jobs have been on the rise, even as many of the pre-production processes have remained unchanged. This article explores how intelligent planning software solutions like those from Tilia Labs can help PSPs better manage the influx of smaller jobs and optimize print production.

When to Use Rotary Screen Printing and When to Choose Digital Textile Printing with SPGPrints

As more companies in the textile and apparel industry look to digital printing for more efficiency and a smaller environmental footprint, it can be confusing to determine exactly where digital textile printing fits. In this guest post from SPGPrints, compliments of Debbie McKeegan and Texintel, Jos Notermans highlights seven different factors that help with that decision process.

Improving Profits through Employee Engagement

You already measure important KPIs in your business. You look at your financials and monitor things like cash position, inventories, age of receivables, maintenance records, equipment productivity, daily production output, etc. When was the last time you measured employee engagement? Wayne Lynn explains how people are the core asset of your business, and why it may be time you started learning much more about them.

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
INDUSTRY INSIGHT
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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Other Paperboard Container Manufacturing Employment—2010–2019
Other Paperboard Container Manufacturing Employment—2010–2019

According to County Business Patterns, in 2019, there were 18,741 employees in NAICS 322219 (Other Paperboard Container Manufacturing establishments), a drop from 21,954 employees a year earlier, and the lowest ebb for this NAICS category. In macro news, new business formation goes “bezonkers.” Full Analysis

August Shipments: Summer Ends on a High Note
August Shipments: Summer Ends on a High Note

August 2021 printing shipments came in at $6.87 billion, up from July’s $6.47 billion. Year to date, January-to-August shipments are $53.42 billion, not far off 2020’s January-to-August number of $53.68. Full Analysis

European Print Industry Snapshot: Austria
European Print Industry Snapshot: Austria

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 Austria. Full Analysis

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Heidi Tolliver-Walker on USPS’ Informed Delivery Full-Color Marketing Option: Is it Worth It?

Wow! Thanks. I'd love to see it! When writing this post, I was using the most recent report from USPS. If there is a new one out, would you mind posting a link? Reply

Maeghan Nicholson on USPS’ Informed Delivery Full-Color Marketing Option: Is it Worth It?

I believe in the USPS' latest report on Informed Delivery they said the reverse is now true and color representative images are outperforming the black and white scans. Reply

Jamie Walsh on Assessing the Validity of a “Must-Have” Software Feature

Bravo, the workflow panacea. Just been through this situation - our solution delivered 90% enhancement to the customer scenario but they got caught up on the missing 10% leading to debate, deliberation and maybe some procrastination. Finally when w… Full comment Reply

Richard Wright on Frank Buys Textbooks

Harvey, I can attest the book from you and John is excellent. It's so good, it was 'borrowed' form a colleague and since past around. It's not gathering dust on a shelf. Reply

HARVEY LEVENSON on Frank Buys Textbooks

Excellent video, and I concur with Frank’s observation about student preference for printed textbooks to online or e-books. I’ve been following this preference for years; it’s been consistent. Students, recognize that of all media, print is the most … Full comment Reply

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