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Profiles in Print Premier Press
Profiles in Print
Premier Press (Portland, Oregon)

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.

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Future.Green's FutureCardVisa Promotes Green Shopping Habits

Gen Zer Eunice Jung is passionate about sustainability, and that passion really comes out in this interview, where she explains what is behind FutureCardVisa and how it can help consumers become more aware of their shopping habits, give more consideration to end-of-life for things they buy, and especially in fashion, using rental or resale to extend the life of garments with less ending up in the landfill. Watch Video

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Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with Jim Tomblinson

This week, Warren talks to Jim Tomblinson, VP Operations at Modern Litho, about how the company leverages both technology and people to link its five Missouri plants. The company has offset and digital equipment, wide-format, and other print capabilities. Sponsored by Graphic Arts Alliance. Watch Video

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FLOCUS Takes a Sustainable Approach to Fibers for Textiles and Other Uses

FLOCUS was founded by Sara Cicognani and Jeroen Muijsers to leverage the unique characteristics of Kapok as a fiber for multiple uses, ranging from stuffing for toys and other soft products to yarns and fabrics. Muijsers, a textile engineer, learned about Kapok about 10 years ago and recognized its role in delivering a more sustainable textile industry and its link to regenerative agriculture for a holistic approach that not only delivers sustainable fibers but also benefits farmers in subtropical countries. Learn more in this informative interview. Watch Video

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Regenerative Fashion: An Exit Strategy For Fashion’s Troubled Relationship with the Planet?

Paul Foulkes-Arellano of Circuthon Consulting is an expert in regenerative agriculture and regenerative fashion. In this interview, he shares his thoughts on the future of the textiles industry, and how regenerative fashion is an important element of making the industry more sustainable. And he discussed the link between agriculture and fashion as we move to a more circular economy. Watch Video

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Frank Indulges

Frank goes historic. Before Gutenberg printed the Bible he printed indulgences. These were “passports to Heaven” which allowed you to bypass Purgatory if enough money was paid. There were blank spaces for the variable data. The first thing that Gutenberg printed was a form! Watch Video

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ePS’s Nick Benkovich on the Company’s Extensive Software Portfolio

Nick Benkovich, VP Global Portfolio Product Management for eProductivity Software, runs down the current ePS software portfolio, comprising solutions for print businesses of all sizes and application specialties. Watch Video

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Kevin Duffy on Vycom’s Display Graphics Recycling Program

Kevin Duffy, VP of Sales and Marketing at Vycom, provides an update on Vycom’s Recycling Program, through which Vycom collects waste material from the sign and display graphics production process and incorporates it into the company’s decking materials. Watch Video

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Frank Reads Like the Dickens

For your holiday reading pleasure, Frank reviews “The Man Who Invented Christmas,” a book about Charles Dickens and the creation of “A Christmas Carol” by Les Standiford. Watch Video

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Printful Adds Coloreel On-Demand Embroidery for Increased Design Flexibility

Printful, who has 10 factories worldwide producing on-demand garments, is beta testing Coloreel on-demand embroidery. In this interview, Elina Kruze from Printful explains why the company was excited about the ability to offer customers more design flexibility in embroidery. Coloreel CEO Torbjörn Bäck shares his thoughts on how Coloreel on-demand embroidery changes the market and delivers a more sustainable solution. Watch Video

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HP Industrial Is Prepped and Ready for Market Shifts

HP Industrial has been continuing to grow and the new General Manager, Fernando Alperowitch, shares some of his observations with David Zwang. Watch Video

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Kongsberg’s Stuart Fox and Matt Thackray on Wide-Format Cutting Systems

Stuart Fox and Matt Thackray of Kongsberg talk about the history of the 57-year-old company and showcase some of the precision cutting tables in its own portfolio, as well as that of the recently-acquired Multicam. Watch Video

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Venn Holdings/John Dollin Printing Ramps Up Its Digital Platform with HP Indigo

Anthony Thirlby, owner of London’s Venn Holdings, talks about Venn’s acquisition of John Dollin Printing, the second company in the UK to purchase an HP Indigo 100K. In the 12 months following the purchase of the HP Indigo platform, the company went from 0 to 45 million digital impressions. Watch Video

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Flora Graphics Grows Its Display Graphics Business with an EFI Pro 30h

Konica Minolta’s Mike Wildbore talks with Flora Graphics principal Indy Flora. Flora Graphics is an Ontario-based sign and display graphics printer. Starting out in cut sheet and label printing, the company expanded into wide format and recently purchased an EFI Pro 30h to expand its capabilities. Watch Video

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EFI Pro 30h Wide-Format Flatbed Helps SpeedPro Chicago Loop Expand

Rebecca Considine, co-principal of SpeedPro Chicago Loop, talks about how the sign and display graphics provider has expanded by investing in technology—in particular, the EFI Pro 30h wide-format flatbed printer, of which they were the first US installation Watch Video

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Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with Kexino

This week, Gee Ranasinha, CEO of Kexino, returns to Printer to Printer to talk with Warren about risk. Business owners take chances to achieve success, but then become risk-averse and as a result miss opportunities for further gain. Watch Video

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Bobst oneLabel Inkjet/Hybrid Press Finds Wide Acceptance in N.A. Market

David Zwang talks to Matt Bennett, Bobst's General Mgr. Label and Mid Web Business NA, about how Bobst has found the sweet spot between digital and flexo for label production, and how the market acceptance has been encouraging. Watch Video

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eProductivity Software Addresses Customer Challenges

Charlotte Tueckmantel, GM Global Enterprise Print & eCommerce for eProductivity Software (ePS), talks with David Bentley, ePS’s GM Global Midmarket Print, about how ePS is addressing current market trends and customer challenges. Watch Video

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EFI Addresses Changes and Challenges in the Sign and Display Market

EFI’s Ken Hanulec identifies the top trends affecting sign and display businesses, namely the need for hyperefficiency and lowering costs, as well as enabling new applications using new technologies like clear ink, white ink, and other things they haven’t been able to do before. Watch Video

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BookBaby Is the Democratization of Publishing

With the rise of the digital generation and social media, BookBaby has created the perfect role in the publishing and promoting of independent content creators. David Zwang talks with President James Foley as the company celebrates its 10th anniversary. Watch Video

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Lois Ritarossi and Joanne Gore on the Changing Role of Print

Lois Ritarossi and Joanne Gore talk about the changing nature of print, and the increased need for printed materials to be repurposed into different channels and media. Watch Video