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.
ISCOrp’s Tim Roloff talks about how ISCOrp works with software companies—such as ePS—to “SaaSify” or “cloudify” their applications. ISCOrp is a “private” cloud—they own all their own equipment and data centers, which means stronger security and compliance and that companies always know where their data is. Watch Video
David Zwang talks to Tom Peire, CEO of Four Pees, about how, as print and packaging continue on the journey toward a more automated and connected value chain, integration and support are key. Watch Video
Agfa’s Erik Peeters talks about two major challenges facing the industry—decreasing profit margins for print providers and finding qualified employees—and how Agfa is helping their customers react and respond to these challenges. Watch Video
Printing presses used to last almost forever—typical of mechanical devices—and used presses always found a market, often overseas. Until recently; there is now such a glut of used equipment that for the first time in history, presses are going to scrap. At the same time, digital devices do not have the same life spans which is why most are leased. Watch Video
Spoonflower, and its parent company, Shutterfly, originated as digital printing operations, and both have made significant technological advantages, Kerry King, Senior Director, Process Innovation for Textiles & Wallpaper, Spoonflower/Shutterfly, shares her thoughts on the changes and advances we have seen in 2022 in textiles and home decor, and what we might expect to see in 2023 and beyond. Watch Video
As a hardware provider to the printing industry, Heidelberg also has a robust software offering. In this interview, John O'Donnell, Vice President of Product Management for Prinect and Print Analytics, Heidelberg, explains the company's software strategy moving forward, including migration to the cloud, increased modularity, and growing the number of third-party software integrations. Watch Video
Alison Keane, President and CEO of the Flexible Packaging Association, talks about the sustainability features of flexible packaging, and identifies that the next step is to integrate flexible packaging into the circular economy. Watch Video
Adam Toqe, Application Sales Manager for Esko, talks about such industry trends as an increased number of SKUs, faster turnaround times, and staffing challenges, and how Esko’s software automation features can help packaging creators solve these challenges. Watch Video
This week, Warren talks to Michael Neil, Strategic Partner at Schooley Mitchell, the Cost Reduction Specialists, about how print businesses need to look at all potential savings opportunities and how they can find cost savings that they may not know existed. Watch Video
eProductivity Software, the result of EFI spinning out its software business, is arguably one of the longest standing print software companies in the industry, with its roots dating back to 1989 when Marc Olin founded ProGraph. Now as an independent software vendor, eProductivity Software is looking at ways to make its solutions more open and modular, and to partner with others that may have been challenging to partner with in the past. In this interview, Nick Benkovich, Vice President of Portfolio Product Management, eProductivity Software, explains where the company is headed and the industry trends it is working to capitalize on. Watch Video
Ricoh’s Joe Ferrara talks about increased demand for workflow automation that Ricoh has been observing post-COVID, and the solutions the company offers, as well as Ricoh’s partnership with ePS. Watch Video
In this interview, Aleyant founder and CEO Greg Salzman talks about trends in the world of print software and explains how Aleyant, founded as a cloud-based software company, is continuing to address those trends with a modular, cloud-based approach. Watch Video
Stewart Emerson, President and CEO of SupremeX, discusses their recent acquisition of Vista Graphic Communications with Rod Bristol, a Director with Graphic Arts Advisors. Stewart shares SupremeX's business growth and history, the unique aspects of what they were looking for in a potential business to acquire, the due diligence and process throughout the transaction, unique challenges and opportunities to address, and the outcomes. Included is a checklist of what Stewart feels made this particular acquisition a success. Watch Video
David Lunardi talks about the workflow automation features in OneVision’s software solutions and how they benefit wide-format, commercial book, and label printers. Watch Video
One benefit of a newspaper is the paper. Frank repeats himself as he bemoans the loss of newspapers and the paper that he gets as a residual benefit. He envisions a world in which we must purchase waste paper for packing, starting fires, and lining bird cages. Watch Video
APTech’s Julie Shaffer talks to Kendra Roberson, a second-year student in CalPoly’s Graphic Communication program, who is attending her first-ever industry conference at EPS Connect. The demographics of the program are changing and Kendra estimates that the CalPoly program is about 75-80% female this year. Watch Video
In this video, sponsored by Plan Prophet, Pat McGrew and Ryan McAbee talk with Plan Prophet’s Lemay Sanchez about the company’s growth, feedback from customers, the latest additions and enhancements to the platform, and the company’s annual Champion Summit users event. Watch Video
This week, watch part 2 of Warren’s two-part interview with Graphic Arts Advisors Executive Director, Special Situations, John Hyde. They have a long and honest conversation about current economic conditions, the forces underlying them, recession fears, and what 2023 could mean for print business owners. Watch Video
EFI and Fiery have been one company under Siris Capital for a while now, and the time has come to let each of them grow to their individual potential. David Zwang talks to Jeff Jacobson, former CEO of EFI and now the Executive Chairman of both companies, about how he will help support the new growth. Watch Video
At last week’s ePS Connect, HP’s Bob Raus discusses how automation and integration have become top-of-mind issues for HP and its customers. Watch Video
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