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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.

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

“Must-have” features typically are not worthy of holding up a launch or delaying the utilization of software. The best way to assess the importance of features is to start using the software, then you stop assessing “theoretical” importance.

Print Production Outlook: Takeaways from the October 6 Webinar (Part 1)

Part 1 of a two-part series based on the WhatTheyThink webinar “Print Production Outlook: Tracking the Turning Points.” In Part 1, presenter German Sacristan of Keypoint Intelligence analyzes Keypoint and other industry data on the state of the industry’s growth and key turning points.  

Haunting Tales of Sales

As we enter the final months of the calendar year, companies are wrapping up their fiscal year and trying to get sales to close—which can lay the infrastructure for misunderstandings and mistakes. Pat McGrew identifies two common scenarios that can haunt you for a long time after the sale.

Reanimating the Customer Experience: Like a Good Movie, Give Your Customers an Immersive Experience

Customers seek an immersive experience orchestrated by authentic people that consistently delivers. Do this well and you will build long-lasting, predictable customer relationships. Do this poorly and the discontinuity of an unpredictable experience will churn customers out of your portfolio. Contributor Preston Herrin evaluates two types of customer context: “New” and “Nurtured.”

The New Convergence: Trends in the Maturing Online Print Market

Online printers have carved out a big share of the print business today and their revenue share is set to increase. This is partly driven by new companies starting up with an online business model, and partly by traditional printing companies moving into online print. European section editor Ralf Schlözer looks the post-pandemic status of online print.

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.

Industry Data
Printing Outlook 2021
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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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

Folding Paperboard Box Manufacturing Employment—2010–2019
Folding Paperboard Box Manufacturing Employment—2010–2019

According to County Business Patterns, in 2010, there were 30,048 employees in NAICS 322212 (Folding Paperboard Box Manufacturing establishments). Employment in this category stayed fairly steady throughout the decade, then spiked in 2019 to 47,980 employees. In macro news, sales of light vehicle sales plummeted in September 2021, even as profits reached record highs. Full Analysis

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Recent Discussion

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

Elizabeth Gooding on Paper’s Role in the Growth Potential for Production Color Inkjet

There is a lot of good information covered at a high level in this article - but the devil is in the details. In addition to options for advanced ink and drying systems, there are also OEMs offering priming/precoating to improve compatibility. There… Full comment Reply

Richard Wright on Frank Buys Textbooks

Frank, Great topic. My personal fav is a treasured Frank Romano autographed Pocket Pal. You and I may agree on how we would value / price printed vs E-Books. The publishers, however, value the content, not the presentation medium. And here lies … Full comment Reply


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