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Redefining Print: Joel Quadracci Discusses Quad/Graphics and the View from the Industry’s Front Ranks

At the recent PRIMEX East leadership conference by IDEAlliance, Quad/Graphics Chairman, President and CEO Joel Quadracci gave a keynote presentation in which he reviewed the state of the industry, discussed the impact of new technologies, and commented on Quad’s rise to the number two position among all U.S. printing firms.

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About Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry is a journalist and an educator who has covered the graphic communications industry since 1984. The author of many hundreds of articles on business trends and technological developments in graphic communications, he has been published in most of the leading trade media in the field. He also has taught graphic communications as an adjunct lecturer for New York University and New York City College of Technology. The holder of numerous awards for industry service and education, Henry is currently the managing director of Liberty or Death Communications, a content consultancy.

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By Michael Jahn on Aug 25, 2014

Not one word about storefronts or Web2Print portals ? That is odd.

 

By Les Csonge on Aug 25, 2014

Excellent overview, I was particularly impressed by the visionary comment -

"The whole digital space for us, as a part of our company, is never going to be bigger than the print side, because of revenue differences. But it’s probably one of the most important things to make the core product very healthy. And then, we’ll continue to migrate where we migrate"

 

By Charles Gehman on Aug 26, 2014

Very interesting.

The idea that the industry has been "using big data for years, especially on the publishing and catalog side" seems like he's trying to reassure "the industry" that we aren't that far behind in this new ever changing digital world.

However, the industry has a very limited experiencing with data processing. We have been more of an end point, an output device, being driven by customer's use of data. And, even the most sophisticated print customers have never used the the amounts of data that actual "Big Data" companies are processing and acting upon with digital initiatives, for print applications.

Finally, it concerns me that such an important industry leader thinks "the whole digital space for us, as a part of our company, is never going to be bigger than the print side, because of revenue differences".

Is this a conscious decision not to be a player in Digital, ceding the massive, incredibly fast growing digital space to "startup" companies who can move more quickly? Amazon is mentioned... what use do they have for print, besides packaging materials?

I do not find that inspirational.

 

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