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Audio versions of Select Articles, Interviews with Industry Executives, Commentary & Analysis from WhatTheyThink Contributors, and Videos.

Shroud of Turin (Audio)

When IT Drives Operational Decisions (Audio)

Needed: Quick-Turn Labels

A trio of OEMs share what to expect in label printing trends.

Print Franchise Review 2022

Print franchise networks struggled, like many businesses, in 2020. But most of them have bounced back almost to 2019 levels and are seeing good growth going into 2022.

Print Franchise Review 2022

Print franchise networks struggled, like many businesses, in 2020. But most of them have bounced back almost to 2019 levels and are seeing good growth going into 2022.

Your Package Has Been Delivered

Look outside your front door and the chances are that there is at least one, if not multiple cartons stacked up. They are not just stacked up by your front door. it is a growing global phenomenon.

ISA Sign Expo Preview

Innovative Fibers Are Set To Improve Textile Sustainability.

It is estimated that some 60% of apparel is made of petroleum-based polyester or polyester blends. As the world moves to diminish its reliance on petroleum, polyester fabrics are an attractive target.

Three Factors Driving Growth In Large-Format And Signage

When the pandemic first ensued, printers were left scratching their heads wondering how to keep business flowing. Many seized the opportunity to bounce back and stepped into the wide-format space, producing pandemic-related signage, floor graphics and face shields. Fast-forward to 2022 and these wide-format heroes find themselves facing a new set of issues - all threatening its continued growth.

Pre-Call Prep Leads To Better Prospect Meetings

Most salespeople agree that advance prep for important prospect meetings is a precursor for successful call outcomes. However, based on my observations from working with hundreds of salespeople over the years, many continue to just "wing it." Sales call after sales call, they leave the entire outcome to chance.

HP Indigo Brings New Products, New Energy to DSCOOP 2022

HP Indigo delivered strong performance in 2021, and the team headed out to Colorado for DSCOOP 2022 armed with enthusiasm and lots of news. In this sponsored interview created from written answers provided by HP Indigo, Senior Vice President and General Manager, HP Indigo and Industrial Go To Market, Haim Levit, shares an update and a look ahead.

Transforming the Learning Environment with Signs

No one could have predicted the effect a sustained pandemic would have on our workspace and learning environments. For many, after a prolonged hibernation at home, returning to the workplace or classroom was met with hesitation and anxiety. For some, working and learning from home gave us time to take a step back and reflect on priorities, spend more time with family and re-think our surroundings. Businesses, including our learning institutions, continue to pivot and change course to fit the needs of its students, parents, customers and staff.

The Cat and Mouse Game (Audio)

A Marketing Lesson from Walter the Cat

Houston Independent School District: An education in-plant success story
Houston Independent School District: An education in-plant success story

Chuck Werninger is a well-known name in in-plant circles as a successful in-plant professional and evangelist for print. We had the opportunity to speak with him on a wide range of topics regarding in-plant operations, how he has been able to drive change within the Houston Independent School District, and on the value of print in general. Listen

A Creative Journey in Fashion (Audio)
A Creative Journey in Fashion (Audio)

Lucy Swann has been designing beautiful surface patterns for the fashion industry for many years and has an extensive knowledge of the sector, particularly children’s wear. She is living the dream and doing what she loves. Having recently diversified to launch her own scarf collection, here she shares her inspiring creative journey and what the future holds. Listen

I Call Nonsense: Let's dissect some internet tropes (Audio)

I’m calling out some nonsense, and what better place to start than the internet? It is home of social media, which is unequalled for nonsense.

How To Use Augmented Reality To Generate Revenue (Audio)
How To Use Augmented Reality To Generate Revenue (Audio)

Augmented reality has hit a milestone. It is no longer a niche technology used primarily for entertainment and brand-building. Thanks to simple games on fast food packaging or the ability to take selfies with virtual celebrities and share them on social media, it has evolved into a true revenue-generating tool. For printers looking for opportunities to build new revenue streams, AR has arrived. Listen

2022 FASTSIGNS/Wide Format & Signage Project of the Year (Audio)
2022 FASTSIGNS/Wide Format & Signage Project of the Year (Audio)

The winner of this year’s FASTSIGNS/Wide Format & Signage Project of the Year is FASTSIGNS York (Pa.), whose major rebranding of the Shippensburg University football team’s training facility caught the judges’ eyes. Listen

The Book-Of-One Produced On Site (Audio)
The Book-Of-One Produced On Site (Audio)

Entering a location, maybe a book shop, and having the book you want printed and bound within a few minutes -- this is the promise of Gutenberg One. Listen

How To Educate The Next Generation In Apparel (Audio)
How To Educate The Next Generation In Apparel (Audio)

The U.S. January jobs report was surprisingly strong, adding 467,000 positions. In addition to the "Great Resignation" phenomenon, it was expected that jobs numbers would be more in the 150,000 range. In addition, average wages rose 5.7%. This has led some pundits describing the trend as "The Great Upgrade" – many employees leaving existing jobs not to stay home, but rather, to find jobs with higher pay and a better work/life balance. But the job growth is not equal across all industry segments. And many in the textiles and apparel industry still struggle to find enough workers. There is a lack of skilled workers in North America due to the outsourcing to Asia and other parts of the world that began in the 1970s. Listen

Did We Learn Anything?

It's all about quality, not quantity, when it comes to human resources.

Up with Higher Education (Audio)
Up with Higher Education (Audio)

Finding signage opportunities in academic applications. Listen

Self-Service Resistance in the Print Industry (Audio)
Self-Service Resistance in the Print Industry (Audio)

If you’ve been paying attention at all, self-service is a critical trend in almost every industry. We are doing things for ourselves that our parents would never have dreamed of. Complex financial transactions, complex real estate dealings, and complex ordering of expensive and custom manufactured items - all online, all in a self-service fashion. It's starting to look like we might only interact with software to procure just about anything. Listen

Printing Outlook 2022: Back to the Future or Groundhog Day? (Audio)
Printing Outlook 2022: Back to the Future or Groundhog Day? (Audio)

Digging into the results of our "Business Outlook Survey" for the our annual "Printing Outlook 2022" report, they showed an industry that has largely recovered from 2020, but faces some new challenges and some older challenges now writ large. We’re not exactly back to normal, but we’re closer than we thought possible in a long time. Listen

The Bridge Between Under-Served Students And The Printing Industry Workforce (Audio)
The Bridge Between Under-Served Students And The Printing Industry Workforce (Audio)

Founded by Yankees Hall-of-Fame pitcher Mariano Rivera, the Mariano Rivera Foundation provides youth in under-served communities with one-to-one mentorship, vocational training, college preparedness and STEM learning. Its flagship training program, "Print, Design, and Packaging Development," is run out of a church property in Gainesville, Fla. Listen

How To Engage And Educate Tomorrow's Print And Packaging Workforce (Audio)
How To Engage And Educate Tomorrow's Print And Packaging Workforce (Audio)

For the most part, print and packaging service providers today are busy again. In fact, some of those I have spoken with say they are too busy. Is that a thing? However, they all to seem to have the same two problems; available paper and available personnel. These problems were already gaining some visibility under the surface pre-pandemic, but became severe and more obvious post-pandemic. Listen

Sign Design UX Dos & Don’ts (Audio)

Employ a functional graphic approach for positive way-finding user experiences, top designers advise.

Core Publishing Solutions: A Dramatic Shift In Application Mix Enables Ongoing Business Growth (Audio)

Core Publishing Solutions offers publishers the convenience of seamlessly switching titles between offset and digital runs, and has installed two sheetfed inkjet presses and three wide-format web-fed inkjet presses, having nearly four billion pages on its digital presses.

Put on your Smart Glasses: Remote Equipment Monitoring Is Here to Stay (Audio)
Put on your Smart Glasses: Remote Equipment Monitoring Is Here to Stay (Audio)

Remote monitoring of all types of equipment used in printing operations has been around for some time. However, its value became even more evident during the pandemic, when it was not possible – or at least difficult – to send technicians on site when a customer had a problem. Listen

Throwing Shades - What you need to know about textiles and color management (Audio)
Throwing Shades - What you need to know about textiles and color management (Audio)

Color management continues to be a hot topic in commercial print, packaging and display graphics. But what about textiles? Listen

Alon Bar-Shany Q&A – Transformations; the keys to success
Alon Bar-Shany Q&A – Transformations; the keys to success

Alon Bar-Shany has been on the front line of this transformation for over 25 years at HP, rising to general manager of HP Indigo, one of the leaders in the transformation to digital printing. Since leaving HP, he has continued his journey in industry transformations, most recently as the Chairman of Highcon, Executive Chairman of Redefine Meat Ltd. and Chairman and CEO of Twine Solutions. Listen

I'm Sorry, Dave: The rise of AI in print and packaging (Audio)
I'm Sorry, Dave: The rise of AI in print and packaging (Audio)

We have all read about or seen lots of Sci Fi stories in our lifetime. While they are fascinating and capture the imagination, they have always seemed somewhat detached from our day-to-day lives. Listen

Automation Starts with Your Print MIS/ERP (Audio)
Automation Starts with Your Print MIS/ERP (Audio)

Automation is about finding those recurring patterns and then taking them out of the hands of humans and into the realm of software, so that repetitive tasks can be done programmatically. Listen

Packaging Boom and What it Means for PSP's
Packaging Boom and What it Means for PSP's

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Ceramic Tiles & the Recirculation Revolution (Audio)
Ceramic Tiles & the Recirculation Revolution (Audio)

Ceramics tile decoration has become a crucial application for industrial inkjet. A brief retrospective on the market can set the stage for the technology advances that enabled the success in ceramics, particularly with respect to the importance of nozzle-based recirculation in print heads. Listen

Take Out the Laborious Part of Labor with Metrics (Audio)
Take Out the Laborious Part of Labor with Metrics (Audio)

How to use observational platforms to keep your business running smoothly. Listen

Arms of Love: New automation options for wide format (Audio)
Arms of Love: New automation options for wide format (Audio)

It took some time, but automation is gradually creeping into wide-format printing, especially on the flatbed side. Many wide-format printers pride themselves on producing bespoke projects and specialty “one of a kind” applications. And, after all, haven’t us industry pundits and analysts—and vendors—been pushing this kind of approach? Listen

Talent and Culture as a Competitive Advantage (Audio)
Talent and Culture as a Competitive Advantage (Audio)

Talent and culture have not been given the deep attention that strategy and capital have historically had. The printing industry is no exception. However, competition grows stiffer with the passage of time. Rapidly changing technology has created a transparent world where any sort of advantage rapidly deteriorates. Listen

Resizing our Carbon Footprint - Is Sustainability in reach for Textiles and Apparel? (Audio)
Resizing our Carbon Footprint - Is Sustainability in reach for Textiles and Apparel? (Audio)

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Customers Demand Greener Options: A Guide to Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Fabric and Textile Printing—Print Customers Are Increasingly Requesting Greener Materials (Audio)
Customers Demand Greener Options: A Guide to Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Fabric and Textile Printing—Print Customers Are Increasingly Requesting Greener Materials (Audio)

Print customers are increasingly requesting and specifying greener materials, helping their supply chains become more sustainable. Large-format printing is no exception; and the industry has responded by providing machines that use less electricity, processes that use less water, curing that utilizes less heating, while also focusing on developing newer, greener substrates and materials. Listen

Observability 101 - Audio
Observability 101 - Audio

From the halls of MIT to the command lines of Silicon Valley, observability has morphed to include tools and techniques that take system monitoring, such as how long a process takes to complete, exceptions, errors and failures, to a new level that creates a single source of truth and instrumentation to provide actionable insights and business intelligence. Listen