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Mail Volumes Grow for Quantum Group

Quantum Group’s Cheryl Kahanek talks with Kelley Holmes about the company’s evolution from a commercial printer into more of a direct mail company. Based in Morton Grove, Ill., Quantum Group celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and as it continues to grow its digital platform, it recently acquired a Canon ProStream. Watch Video

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Bobst’s Doug Herr on Folding Carton Production Trends

Bobst’s Doug Herr talks with Kelley Holmes about some of the recent trends in the folding carton market, and areas where Bobst has been seeing growth. Watch Video

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From "Narc" to Queen of Weed Packaging

Kary Radestock of Hippo Premium Packaging talks with Kelley Holmes about building a print and packaging business serving the growing cannabis industry. Watch Video

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Jon Buddington on the Challenges of Expanding the Focus of a Print Business

Jon Buddington of More Vang talks about the challenges he encountered as he expanded his business beyond print to offering creative services and software development. Watch Video

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Frank On Paper

Frank discovers a study that says offices still run on paper, and harkens back to the predictions of a paperless office. Copiers and printers increased paper use just as personal computers and the Internet decreased the need for paper. Watch Video

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Taylor Corp.’s Nick Gawrulek on Cultivating Printing’s Next Generation

Taylor Corp.’s Nick Gawrulek talks to Kelley Holmes talks about his entry into the printing industry. He is a strong advocate for bringing young people into the industry and discusses his efforts in attracting the next generation of workers, and the responsibility of the industry to mentor that next generation. Watch Video

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Americas Print Show Kicks Off in Columbus, Ohio!

WhatTheyThink's Richard Romano speaks with Americas Print Show President Jim Cunningham on the opening day of the show in Columbus Ohio Hear Jim talk about how the show came about, what's happening in Columbus, and plans for the future. Watch Video

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Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with Smartpress’ Mike Lewis

This week Warren talks to Mike Lewis, Managed Services Account Executive for Smartpress, the online division of The Bernard Group. One hundred percent of Smartpress’ orders come through their web-to-print portal; he and Warren talk about the advantages of web-to-print. Watch Video

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NextPage Leverages Customer Data for Clients

Gina Danner of NextPage talks to Kelley Holmes about NextPage’s data analysis services. NextPage is a high-volume direct mail provider based in Kansas City, Mo., that helps brands use their customers’ data to enhance their relationships with those customers. Watch Video

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Jon Buddington Talks About Expanding Print Business to Include Software and Apps

Jon Buddington of More Vang talks to Kelley Holmes about transitioning his printing business over the past 30 years to include a creative agency, software development, and marketing automation apps. Watch Video

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Invitation to Frank

Frank found two books of engraved invitations that graced the counters of small printers throughout America from the 1960s through the 1980s. For weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, confirmations, and other memorable events, you went to the printer down the street and ordered them from these books. Today, much of the printed engraved invitation world is ordered online. Unless you use Evite. Watch Video

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Ecofoil: Fully Recyclable, OEM-Certified Metallized Media Optimized for Digital Printing

Mark Kempster of Ecofoil/Crystal Press, talks with Kelley Holmes about Ecofoil, the world’s first, fully recyclable, OEM-certified metallized board media optimized for digital printing. It has been certified for HP Indigo, Ricoh, and Xerox. Watch Video

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Spoonflower and Shutterfly: One Year Later

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Spoonflower's acquisition by Shutterfly. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne interviews Michael Jones, Spoonflower General Manager, to discuss what the acquisition has meant for both companies and their respective customer bases, as well as what he sees happening moving forward. Watch Video

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thINK Forum Platinum Partners Talk About the Event

Standard Finishing’s Mark Hunt, Tecnau’s Scott Peterson, Müller Martini’s Michael Wing, and Solimar Systems’ Jonathan Malone-McGrew, talk about their participation in this year’s thINK Forum. Watch Video

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Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with ABG Print’s Jesse Safir

This week, Warren talks to Jesse Safir of New York City’s ABG Print. ABG Print produces marketing and sales materials for financial markets, ad agencies, and Fortune 500 companies in the NYC area. Jesse is 38 years old, bought the company a year before pandemic, and had no background in print—but was eager to be a small business owner. He talks with Warren about his journey. Watch Video

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IPG Expands from Publishing and Distribution into Printing

Joe Matthews, CEO of Independent Publishers Group, talks to David Zwang. IPG is a 50-year-old, family-owned book distribution business, the first to bring an alliance of small publishers together to act like one big publisher. IPG also operates two publishing companies: Chicago Review Press, which publishes adult nonfiction, and Triumph Books, which publishes sports titles. They recently added a print manufacturing facility which has become their biggest profit center. Watch Video

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Digital Signage in the Print World

Richard Romano talks to Fred Collins of Mood Media about the benefits of digital signage for print and sign business customers, as well as the revenue opportunities for print and sign providers. Watch Video

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Freedom Graphic Systems’ Migration to Digital

Eric Blohm, President of Freedom Graphic Systems, talks to David Zwang at the recent thINK Forum. Founded in 1986, Freedom is a data-driven direct marketing company serving the financial services, insurance, telecom, and health care industries. The company has been primarily litho printing with inline inkjet imprinting, but has been migrating to digital. Watch Video

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Frank: The Man in Black[letter]

Not since "Quark On Broadway"... The world may not be ready for this. Frank channels his inner Johnny Cash in a rendition of "I've Been Every Place Man" re-imagined as "I've Set Every Face Man." Rob Romano did the editing and his counseling bills have been paid. Watch Video

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Amado Lara on New Additions to Roland's Wide-Format Printer Portfolio

Richard Romano talks to Amado Lara, Director of Sales for Roland DGA Corporation, about some of the company's recent wide-format product releases, and how the company has been helping customers stay productive amidst the recent supply chain disruptions. Watch Video