Interviews with Industry Executives, Commentary & Analysis from WhatTheyThink Contributors and other video features.
WhatTheyThink traveled to Seattle to visit DCG ONE to learn more about their business, how they operate, and what makes them unique. This film is the 2nd in an ongoing series of Profiles in Print.
WhatTheyThink traveled to Portland to visit Premier Press to learn more about their business, how they operate, and what makes them unique. This film is the first in an ongoing series of Profiles in Print.
Frank interviews type expert Allan Haley, who has spent a lifetime with letters. From Compugraphic to ITC to Monotype Imaging, he has been involved in and reported on typographic developments. As the number of typefaces grows, his job is getting bigger. Watch Video
Robert Rae, Managing Director, Sales, at GEW talks about its approach to UV curing systems for label converting. GEW specializes in the design and installation of UV LED systems including new installations and retrofitting into existing press systems. Watch Video
This week, Warren talks with Matthew Noonan of J.S. McCarthy Printers about his career change from a commercial printing sales rep to a packaging sales rep—and how he almost left the industry. When he started, he had no clients, and after nine months he is about to hit his budget with three months to go. Watch Video
In this wide-ranging interview, EFI's Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Ken Hanulec, talks about RR Donnelley's acquisition of its first Nozomi, the growth in worldwide Nozomi installations, a description of the four models—two for corrugated and two for display graphics—and a look ahead at what EFI has planned for PRINTING United. Watch Video
In this video, sponsored by HP, David Zwang talks with David Bennett, President of Bennett Graphics, about his recent installation of an HP PageWide Advantage 2200 press. The 2200 is Bennett Graphics’ first production inkjet press, and was acquired to increase capacity for the company’s growing direct mail work. Watch Video
In this video, sponsored by HP, David Zwang talks with Joseph Marro, VP of Operations at Cris Ray Printing. Based in Farmingdale, N.Y. and founded more than 50 years ago by Farro’s grandfather, Cris Ray Printing is a longtime flexo-based label-printing shop. The company added its first HP Indigo press in 2006. In the past year and a half, the company has expanded into packaging. Watch Video
Brian Adam, President and Owner of Olympus Group joins Jules VanSant in this first of two Target Report Interviews. In this video they discuss how the organization went from being the leader in producing flags and mascot costumes to a multi-location, custom printing solutions company, offering a wide variety of promotional and branding projects for some of the most demanding companies in the U.S. Brian explains how their focus over the past 10+ years on expanding their presence in the trade show, event, sports, and amusement park markets has driven strategic acquisitions and geographic growth to better serve key customers. Watch Video
Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989, seeing it as a portal to a world of knowledge. His model was an 1856 British book “Enquire Within Upon Everything.” Of course, Frank had to have a copy...or two. Watch Video
David Zwang talks with Jade Grace, Managing Director of Labelexpo, about Labelexpo Europe 2023, running this week in Brussels, Belgium. Though called "Labelexpo Europe," the Brussels event is the global event for the labels and packaging market, drawing attendees from 140 countries. Watch Video
This week, Warren talks with Lisa Brooks, President of Brooks Litho and Digital Group Inc., a family-owned and operated full-service printer founded in 1998 by Brooks’ father David. Projects range from anything from basic print jobs to more complex projects—they’ll “put ink or toner on anything.” Watch Video
In the latest episode of The Digital Embellishment Podcast, host Kevin Abergel from Taktiful interviews Jose Gerardo, a trailblazer in the digital embellishment industry from Felicitos Leal in Monterrey, Mexico. The century-old, family-founded business has managed to stand out in a modern world, thanks to its early adoption of digital print embellishments. The episode covers a range of topics including the business's rich history, competitive edge, and strategies for success. Watch Video
Kirby Best is a veteran of on-demand, including his days running an on-demand book printing business, and now with a successful cut-and-sew factory in Arizona. Best shares the latest updates, including an exciting project in the bridal industry. Watch Video
Frank discusses the most printed book in the world: the Bible. He talks about some of the rare Bibles at the Museum of Printing. There is one leaf from every Bible printed in Colonial America and complete originals of about 50 Bibles. A number of reference books are also available. Watch Video
In this video, sponsored by HP, Kevin Abergel talks with Paul Sproule, President and Owner of Maritime Labels and Packaging, a family-owned business founded in 1970. Initially flexo-based and specializing in labels, Maritime bought its first HP Indigo press in 2003, and has grown their digital capabilities since. They recently acquired an HP Indigo 25K to expand into digital flexible packaging. Watch Video
This week, Warren catches up with Al Kennickell, President and CEO of Savannah, Ga.’s The Kennickell Group. It had been two years since Warren and Al last spoke—and The Kennickell Group has been up to a lot in that time. The biggest challenge had been the year of supply chain disruptions, and he talks about some of the lessons learned. Watch Video
David Zwang talks with Ari Vonderwalde, Director General of Etiflex, a 42-year-old Mexican label printer that has expanded into many different verticals, including food, pharmaceutical, and automotive. The company has 21 flexo presses and has added three digital presses as the company transitions to digital. Watch Video
Frank looks into statistics reporting the number of printing establishments. Government data for NAICS 323 does not include Staples and FedEx Office, about 3,000 U.S. sites. Very small printers may self-categorize. We need more accurate industry sizing. Watch Video
Signarama President A.J. Titus talks about how the franchise network fared in 2022, where they see growth in 2023 and beyond, and how their leadership approach is "lead by example." Watch Video
In a departure from his normal format, this week Warren stresses the importance of protecting your bottom line—and that starts with not lowering your price. Watch Video
Label Source started in a basement in 1991 and has since expanded organically and through acquisition with a host of different types of printing equipment, including production inkjet. David Zwang talks with COO Michael Wrigley about the company's journey. Watch Video
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