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Smithers Digital Textile Printing U.S. Adopts Hybrid Conference Model

As things start to return to normal, conference organizers are looking for creative ways to reengage with their audiences. In the case of Smithers Digital Textile Printing U.S. (and its sister conference, Digital Print for Packaging U.S.), they have chosen to adopt a hybrid virtual/in-person model for both presenters and attendees.

What’s Your Digital Transformation Quotient?

One of the more important movements in the print industry is the inevitable trend of digital transformation—the transition from offset to digital. In this article, sponsored by HP and written by HP Indigo's “Workflow Chef” Gershon Alon, learn how print service providers can tackle this transition. What does the roadmap look like, and where does one begin?

Inviting Innovation: International Inkjet Experts Came Together June 14–18th, 2021, to Discuss Innovation

Last week, Inkjet Insight hosted Inkjet Innovation Week, a five-webinar series that looked at new developments and trends in five areas of digital inkjet printing. In developing these sessions, which are available for download, Inkjet Insight focused on true innovators and their innovations, and drew on an international group of experts to determine makes something innovative rather than just new.

Directory and Mailing List Publishers—2010–2018

According to County Business Patterns, in 2010, there were 41,489 employees in NAICS 51114 (Directory and Mailing List Publishing). Over the course of the decade, employment had plummeted to a low of 14,379. In macro news, new business creation has been at record highs.

The Year of Frank: Many Happy Returns

We interrupt Frank’s weekly video to bring these birthday wishes from the team at WhatTheyThink and Inkjet Insight. Happy 80th, Frank!

Around the Web: Plexiglas Problems. Hat History. Dream Disturbance. Magnificent Material. Peace Portal. Hungry Humpback. Cocoon Calculator. Food Follies. Silly Slippers.

What is to be done with all those Plexiglas barriers when they come down? The history of the dunce cap. In-dream advertising? Graphene sensors can quickly detect COVID-19. A lobsterman is nearly eaten by a whale. Facemasks made of bread. When will you reach the Brimley/Cocoon Line (if you haven’t already)? An umbrella that converts into a poncho. Dyson’s new laser vacuum cleaner. The history of processed foods. Monty Python Dead Parrot slippers. All that and more in WhatTheyThink’s weekly miscellany.

COVID’s Long-Term Effects on Office Equipment Vendors and IT Resellers

According to a Keypoint Intelligence study of 300+ office equipment dealers and IT resellers that sell A3 print technology and provide servicing, 50% of respondents said their customers are actively planning to change their print environments after the pandemic. This article explores the changes that office equipment vendors and IT resellers are planning as they emerge from the pandemic.

Terry Raghunath of HP Shares His Insight and Experience for Printed Interior Decoration

There is a lot of focus on digital textile printing for apparel, but another great market opportunity for digital textile printing is interior décor. In this article, textiles expert and WhatTheyThink contributor Debbie McKeegan talks with Terry Raghunath, Business Development Manager for Printed Decorative Applications based at HP Barcelona, about market trends and how HP focuses its development efforts to meet 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
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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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Directory and Mailing List Publishers—2010–2018
Directory and Mailing List Publishers—2010–2018

According to County Business Patterns, in 2010, there were 41,489 employees in NAICS 51114 (Directory and Mailing List Publishing). Over the course of the decade, employment had plummeted to a low of 14,379. In macro news, new business creation has been at record highs. Full Analysis

Shipments: A New Season?
Shipments: A New Season?

April 2021 printing shipments came in at $6.80 billion, a slight downturn from March’s $6.98 billion, but is consistent with the pattern we have been tracking over the past five years. Full Analysis

European Print Industry Snapshot: Belgium
European Print Industry Snapshot: Belgium

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 a look at the printing industry in Belgium Full Analysis

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Ethan hm on What’s Your Digital Transformation Quotient?

A major roadblock most companies face when it comes to digital transformation success is the leadership buy-in and this boils down to understanding what exactly a CEO of or top C-level executives of a company. The real problem with most companies is … Full comment Reply

Noel Jeffrey on American Printer Editor-in-Chief Katherine O’Brien Passes Away

Katherine was always a pleasant traveling companion with a keen sense of humor and and precise insights into whatever it was we were covering. I'm honored to have been a colleague. My condolences and prayers to her family. Noel Jeffrey … Full comment Reply

Eric Vessels on American Printer Editor-in-Chief Katherine O’Brien Passes Away

What a big loss! Katherine was brilliant and always very nice and kind to me. She was quick to share her thoughts and perspective not for personal gain, but for the wider good. She will be deeply missed. Condolences to family and friends. We los… Full comment Reply

Kevin Karstedt on American Printer Editor-in-Chief Katherine O’Brien Passes Away

Katherine, you will be missed both professionally and personally... your contributions to our industry and to the lives of all those around you have been an inspiration. I thank God for giving you to us. Reply

David Murphy on American Printer Editor-in-Chief Katherine O’Brien Passes Away

I always enjoyed working with Katherine on numerous stories and I regularly following her published work. She was an excellent journalist and a real professional, but she is more importantly known and remembered as likable, kind-hearted, and genuine… Full comment Reply

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