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Identifying Important Data Decisions

Data decisions get made everyday in your print business. Here are three examples of important data decisions that we can all learn from.

Software Makes Personalization Easy...But We Still Have to Think

Just because certain types of personalization have become easier to implement doesn’t mean that the human element isn’t important. On the contrary, it’s more important than ever. Software makes it easier to spit out “personalized” documents, but the people behind those documents still have to think. 

Sustainability: The Great Reset—What Can We Do?

The planet earth and its natural resources have not grown in over 4 billion years, yet the population has increased from 800 million in 1700 to almost 8 billion in 2020, all competing for their share and putting great stress on the environment and the population. It is obvious that this rate of growth can’t be sustained without some proactive behavioral changes.

Partnering! Canva Brings the Creative to Office Depot Customers

Thanks to a new collaboration between the global design platform Canva and the robust workplace solutions team at Office Depot, small businesses can quickly and easily develop creative content for different kinds of print and non-print applications—everything from reports and posters to menus and yard signs, even social media marketing campaigns.

Buyers are On The Move and On Track—July 2020 M&A Activity

CJK Acquires Quad Book Plant, Mittera Executes on Strategy (Again), and more…

Printing Plants and Robots After the Coronavirus

This article addresses how to protect the labor force in printing plants from being infected by viruses and get a better and more profitable company structure by implementing Industry 4.0.

EU Graphene Flagship Initiative Explores Innovative Graphene Uses

We’ve been following some of the research on graphene for some time now. Developments and innovations are continuing, especially in the European Union. Here we review the EU Graphene Flagship Initiative and some of the developments related to the textiles and apparel industry, including how graphene can affect advances in wearables.

May Printing Shipments—Now It’s Serious

Printing shipments for May 2020 came in at $6.42 billion, down from $6.51 in April and way down from $7.21 billion back in January. This may be as dire as shipments get, but we don’t expect to break $7 billion again for a long while.

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May Printing Shipments—Now It’s Serious

Printing shipments for May 2020 came in at $6.42 billion, down from $6.51 in April and way down from $7.21 billion back in January. This may be as dire as shipments get, but we don’t expect to break $7 billion again for a long while. Full Analysis

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Graphic Design Services—2010–2018

In 2010, there were 15,390 establishments in NAICS 54143 (Graphic Design Services). After something of a contraction due to the Great Recession, graphic design establishments started to grow again, peaking at 15,776 establishments in 2018. In addition, we estimate there were an additional 119,037 freelance graphic design establishments in 2018. In macro news: GDP falls off the cliff. Full Analysis

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Graphic Arts Employment—June 2020

As the song goes, “getting better all the time (can’t get any worse)”: in June 2020, overall printing employment is up +1.1% from May, although down -15.5% from June 2019. So a lot of the April damage is continuing to reverse itself. Full Analysis

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Printing Outlook 2020 - The WhatTheyThink Overview of the Current State of the Printing Industry

The Printing Outlook 2020 report provides detailed analysis of the latest WhatTheyThink Printing Industry Survey, the latest industry economic data and macroeconomic trends, as well as industry and cultural technological trends to look out for in 2020 and beyond.

Updated April 28, 2020 to include a COVID-19 Survey that we conducted Late March/Early April 2020.

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Brian Regan on Sad News: RIP Chuck Gehman

Very sad when I learned of Chucks passing. He brought energy and passion into the things he delivered. Our FaceBook debates were many and often. Our shared love for Spartan Races never quite saw us together to do one. Guess we will have to wait until… Full comment Reply

Robert Lindgren on Sustainability: The Great Reset—What Can We Do?

We both know of the evils that humans have worked on themselves of the eons. We also know that humans are extraordinary intelligent and resourceful animals who have sustained the present level of population and development. Why should we not expect h… Full comment Reply

Rich Ramirez on Sustainability: The Great Reset—What Can We Do?

It has been noticed for several years the declining birth rates around the world, and this is a good thing. But to Mr. Lindgren, only humans can sustain or increase their population numbers with increased food production and better technology; the pl… Full comment Reply

Robert Lindgren on Sustainability: The Great Reset—What Can We Do?

The author's assumption of ever increasing human population seems to fly in the face of declining birth rates world wide. It also ignores the ability of the planet to sustain its population at ever higher levels because of vastly improved food produc… Full comment Reply

Paul Dormer on Rigid Plastic Packaging Market Growing at a CAGR of 5.6% from 2019 to 2026

Good to see some of the key players according to thier websites are investing more effort into sustainable materials otherwise I would want to see that % growth in plastic! Reply

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