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Long-time Marketing Expert David Murphy Shares Digital Marketing Strategies

David Murphy, who has run marketing for a number of industry companies including most recently HP, has founded a digital marketing agency, Nvent Marketing. In this video, he discusses the various ways smaller to mid-sized companies can leverage increased Internet usage to keep leads coming into the business during the pandemic and beyond. Watch Video

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Frank Goes Down Read-Only Memory Lane

The Museum of Printing gets tons of donations, and Frank shows some recent computer hardware equipment that the Museum recently acquired. There were three smaller-than-laptop computers and a host of plugs, cables, connectors, and converters to get you from SCSI to USB to even FireWire (if you need a cable, give him a call). A ZIP drive and even a CD-ROM unit were included. Watch Video

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Attracting New Talent: A 2020 Imperative

Jeff White, Director of Development for the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF), provides an update on the status and activities of the organization in its efforts to educate students about the benefits of a career in print and graphics (including textiles), as well as the scholarships that are granted to those students. PGSF awarded 226 scholarships this year! Watch Video

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Mohawk Paper's Chris Harrold Explains the Renewal Line of Papers

Mohawk Paper, which has a long history of working toward sustainable manufacturing of fine papers, has introduced its Renewal line of papers. It is using hemp and straw fibers in two paper lines, with 30% hemp or straw content. Even more interesting is its 100% cotton fiber Renewal paper. Senior Vice President of Marketing & Creative explains how the line came about and its contribution to Mohawk's sustainability footprint. Watch Video

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Frank’s Mysteries at the Print Museum: Print and the Pandemic

Why did the Ludlow Typograph Company see an 800% increase in sales to printing companies in 1919, right in the middle of the Spanish Flu pandemic? While researching a book on the history of the Ludlow Typograph, Frank gains some insight into the 1918–1920 influenza pandemic and connects the dots between that pandemic and the printing industry. Watch Video

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Sewing Automation: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?

Frank Henderson of the Henderson Sewing Company is the third generation running this family business and has been doing so for the last 40 years. He has an extensive amount of experience to share, including what's being done to accelerate reshoring of manufacturing of sewn products, how his company interacts with others in the industry to create innovative workflows, and what he sees as future developments in sewing, robotics, and workforce development. Watch Video

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Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with Jubels’ Jeroen van Druenen

In this installment of Warren Werbitt’s new Printer to Printer video series, he talks to Jeroen van Druenen, CEO of 80-year-old Jubels in Amsterdam, about how Jubels handled the COVID-19 crisis, how it rebounded from the depths of the spring, and what products are and are not in demand from customers. Watch Video

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Industry Veteran Aviv Ratzman Founds Compack, a New Web-to-Pack Portal

Aviv Ratzman, who spent time at HP Indigo and co-founded Highcon, starts a new venture today. Compack (Com-Pack.net) is an online solution that enables brand owners to compare and choose suppliers who provide on-demand custom packaging services for both primary and secondary packaging. Ratzman explains the strategy behind the business in this video discussion. Watch Video

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Frank Visits Waltham’s HPGprint

Frank visits Greg Wallace at HPGprint in Waltham, Mass. HPGprint is a trade printer, a descendent of the “gang” printers of the past, and specializes in “value-added” printing, such as gold and silver, spot UV, etc. HPGprint is all digital and also acts as a dealer or reseller for equipment. Take a look. Watch Video

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Canon Responds to the Pandemic

Canon Solutions America EVP Francis McMahon and and thINK Executive Director Eric Hawkinson talk about how the company took actions in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic and reached out to customers to ensure that their needs were being met and supply chain disruptions were minimized. Canon has also not slowed down its introduction of new hardware—and all through the pandemic, sales have been robust. Watch Video

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thINK Board Members on This Year’s Event

David Zwang talks to thINK Board members Todd Roth and Pete Studer about how the Board made the decision to hold thINK as a virtual event, how they went about putting the event together, and how they approached the selection of specific programs and new topics to cover. Watch Video

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thINK Conference Goes Virtual

Canon Solutions America EVP Francis McMahon and and thINK Executive Director Eric Hawkinson, preview the sixth annual thINK Ahead conference, this time held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Well over 1,000 people have registered for this event which will feature 35 sessions and 80 customer speakers, explaining their successes not only with production inkjet but also in running their businesses during the pandemic. The thINK Ahead conference takes place Wednesday, September 2. Watch Video

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Tailored Industry: Revitalizing Knitting in Brooklyn

Alex Tschopp founded Tailored Industry with the vision of using 3D knitting machines to produce knitted garments on demand. After a period of educating brands and retailers about they benefit of on-demand production, they are now starting to take advantage of the service. He talks about progress to date and plans for the future. Watch Video

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Frank's Flashback: 1995

2020 marks the 25th anniversary of what was a watershed year for the printing industry. 1995 was the year that the industry was at its peak (65,000 commercial printing establishments!), but the advent of the first Web browser and the maturation of the Acrobat PDF combined in that year to change the very nature of communication. Meanwhile, a paper shortage—which led to the Paperwork Reduction Act—hastened a switch to electronic media, especially among government agencies. Watch Video

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Michael McDonald Shares Insights on Current and Future Sewn Products

Michael McDonald, President of Sewn Products Equipment and Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA), provides background on the organization and discusses the latest developments in cut-and-sew automation with an emphasis on the "last mile" of sewing. He also discusses the need to attract new talent to the industry and cites some of the activities that are helping to do so. Watch Video

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Target Report Interview—Buyers are On The Move and On Track

Rod Bristol talks with Mark Hahn of Graphic Arts Advisors about how M&A activity is not as high as it was pre-COVID, but there is still a steady drumbeat of activity and buyers are not veering off the strategic path they had been on. Watch Video

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Pete Santora Shares Insight into the Future of Apparel Automation

Pete Santora has been working across a variety of industries to examine how automation can help reshore manufacturing and strengthen supply chains, especially post-pandemic. He shares his thoughts on automation in textiles and apparel in this video interview. Watch Video

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Frank’s Back to the Future

Frank was perusing an issue of “Inland Printer” from June, 1973, and discovered an article that he had written. In it, he summarized many of the typesetting trends that were taking place at the time as hot metal was transitioning to phototypesetting. Many of the technologies emerging at that time would play increased roles in the printing industry—and lay the groundwork for today. Watch Video

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More Innovation from Tom O'Brien: Flexible Packaging On Demand

Tom O'Brien, founder of AccuLink, now has a new business added to the mix. AccuFlex Packaging is producing flexible packaging on demand with a unique combination of an HP Indigo 20000, Color-Logic print embellishments, E-Beam lamination and pouching. This is a must-watch video for anyone in the packaging industry or any brands looking to produce vibrant and sustainable flexible packaging. Watch Video

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Frank’s Mysteries at the Print Museum

While poking around the Museum of Printing’s archive of more than 5,000 Linotype Company font designs, Frank discovered that they had once created a font for Cree, the only Native American language for which there was a Linotype font. Why Cree? The search for the answer takes Frank back to World War II and the US military’s use of Native American “code talkers” to convey classified military information. Watch Video