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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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Product Strategy: GEW’s Gary Doman on UV Ink Curing for Sheetfed Offset

GEW’s Gary Doman discusses trends in sheetfed offset and how UV curing can address these trends. Watch Video

Product Strategy: Fujifilm’s Chris Cohara on Employee Turnover in the Wide-Format Industry

Fujifilm’s Chris Cohara talks about how employee turnover has been a big challenge for firms producing display graphics and how the automation and ease-of-use features on Fujifilm’s wide-format equipment have helped mitigate this challenge. Watch Video

Product Strategy: Zünd’s Bill Richards on Lights Out Automated Finishing

Zünd America’s Bill Richards talks about the challenges of keeping employees, and how the automation features on Zünd’s wide-format cutting equipment can help streamline workflows through data integration, metadata manipulation, and robotics. Watch Video

Pleasant Air “Made it Happen” in Recent AlphaGraphics Contest

Pat McGrew talks to David and Bryant Crawford from N.C. HVAC company Pleasant Air, one of the winners of AlphaGraphics’ “Make It Happen” contest. As a result of its efforts in giving back to the community, the long-time AlphaGraphics clients were awarded an AlphaGraphics business brand makeover. Watch Video

John Berthelsen Honored with Annual Recognition Award for Service to Furtherance of Education for the Graphic Arts

The Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) is recently announced the inauguration of an award honoring the unending service of John Berthelsen to the Education of Students interested in the Graphic Arts. The award, in his name, will be given out each year to a deserving individual or organization that exemplifies the ideals and practices of John over his many years of dedicated service to the industry and affiliated organizations. John was the first recipient. We had the opportunity to interview him and gain an understanding of the many contributions he has made over 50 years in the industry. Watch Video

Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with David Sasson

This week, Warren talks with David Sasson of Hubschercorp—formerly Hubscher Ribbon—a 75-year-old, third-generation family-owned business. The company started out producing labels for the garment industry, evolved into ribbon, and further evolved into packaging. They are now a one-stop shop for retailers. Watch Video

Product Strategy: FASTSIGNS’ Mark Jameson on the Co-Brand and Conversion Programs

Mark Jameson, Chief Development Officer for FASTSIGNS, talks about how print businesses want to expand into signage, and how FASTSIGNS’ Co-Brand and Conversion programs can help optimize the move into signage and grow that part of the business. Watch Video

Product Strategy: PageDNA’s Steve Enstad on Printing Software Trends

PageDNA’s Steve Enstad talks about PageDNA’s print software solutions and implementation process, and how they address the challenges that printers and print customers have when using print software. Watch Video

Product Strategy: Ultimate’s Eve Petroni on End-to-End Workflow Automation

Ultimate TechnoGraphics’ Eve Petroni talks about the increased need for print production workflow automation and how Ultimate’s imposition and bindery software provides end-to-end automation. Watch Video

Product Strategy: Ricoh’s Arron Robinson on Software Integration

Ricoh’s Arron Robinson talks about how Ricoh’s integrated and "holistic" approach to print software allows different components to communicate with each other regardless of whether they are cloud-based or on-premises. Watch Video

Product Strategy: GMG’s Marc Levine on Remote Workflow Tools

Marc Levine of GMG talks about how the automation and remote workflow features in GMG’s software solutions can help companies overcome the workforce challenges the industry is experiencing. Watch Video

Product Strategy: Infigo’s Douglas Gibson on Expanding W2P Job Types

Douglas Gibson of Infigo Software talks about how, as part of Infigo’s efforts to help customers speed jobs through their factories, the software is expanding the types of jobs that can be accepted via Web-to-print: wide format, labels, packaging, and more. Watch Video

Product Strategy: Tharstern’s Lee Ward on Divergence

Lee Ward of Tharstern talks about how customers are starting to diverge into different sectors—wide format, packaging, etc.—and how Tharstern’s MIS can cater to all those new sectors. Watch Video

Stefan Hunkeler Talks About the Upcoming Hunkeler Innovationdays 2023

Stefan Hunkeler spoke with David Zwang about the Hunkeler Innovationdays 2023 event happening early next year in Lucerne, Switzerland. Hunkeler Innovationdays is the place to see “next level automation” from over 100 exhibitors covering digital printing, software, finishing and related processes. Watch Video

Product Strategy: Amir Shalev on Landa’s Nanography Printing Technology

Amir Shalev, Market Development Director for Landa, talks about how the capabilities of Landa’s Nanography printing technology can help print businesses address some of the challenges facing the industry, such as labor and paper shortages. Watch Video

A Kid's View on Print

In the latest installment of our new Marketing Digital Embellishment Capabilities video series, Taktiful's Kevin Abergel talks with Aaron, Taktiful's 7 year old VP and Chief Toy Officer, as he unboxes a print sample kit from swissQprint. Watch Video

Shutterfly’s Dwayne Black on the HP Indigo 100K

David Zwang talks with Dwayne Black, COO of Shutterfly. Founded in 1999, Shutterfly started out producing 4x6-inch prints, then expanded into cards, photo books, and gifts, and now can produce whatever the customer wants to personalize. The company has installed more than 30 HP Indigo 100K Digital Presses. Watch Video

Product Strategy: Kim Hajec on HP’s End-to-End Production Automation

HP’s Kim Hajec talks about the increasing emphasis on both hardware and software automation as well as a growing trend for commercial printers to get into labels and packaging—trends that HP hardware and software solutions are helping printers navigate. Watch Video

Product Strategy: Canon’s Ed Jansen and Tonya Powers on the Importance of Media Flexibility and Automation

Canon Solutions Americas’ Ed Jansen and Tonya Powers identify the top challenges facing the industry—specifically paper and labor shortages—and how the media flexibility and automation capabilities of Canon’s inkjet equipment are helping printers cope with these issues. Watch Video

Product Strategy: Ricoh’s Mike Herold on Production Inkjet Quality, Speed, Flexibility, and Automation

Ricoh’s Mike Herold talks about how Ricoh is addressing the need for improved image quality, faster speeds, media flexibility, and automation by improving the capabilities of its continuous-feed VC70000 and VC70000e production inkjet presses as well as the new Ricoh Pro Z75 sheetfed platform. Watch Video