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Smartpress’s Matt Chapman on Attending Dscoop

Matt Chapman, Vice President of Smartpress, an online printing business founded in 2009 and based outside Minneapolis, talks about the benefits of attending last week’s Dscoop. Watch Video

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Point B Solutions Produces Highly Variable Direct Mail

Joe Avery, Owner of Point B Solutions, talks about some new initiatives his company is pursuing following the recent acquisition of another company, such as expanding into packaging. Point B Solutions also produces a lot of highly variable direct mail for food clients. Watch Video

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MA^EN Studio's Myrna Gutierrez Geeks Out Over Textile Design

In the latest edition of the Print Geeks interview series, Jim and Shelby have a conversation with Myrna Gutierrez in which they discuss what goes into textile design projects. One of the best takeaways was to go walk the aisles of Home Depot looking for things to print on. Watch Video

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Frank Looks Out

Frank finds a stash of old research reports on the printing industry and segues into the new WhatTheyThink PRINTING OUTLOOK 2022 report. Printing and communications executives were surveyed to ascertain the industry's print and service offerings. The results are always enlightening. Watch Video

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Smoothie Shop Leverages FASTSIGNS for Relocation Project

Joel Miller, Owner of FASTSIGNS of Manchester, CT & FASTSIGNS Newington, CT, talks about his two businesses, their history, and the benefit of being a franchisee of FASTSIGNS. Joel also shares details of an interesting project for a smoothie shop that leveraged financing for his customer through FASTSIGNS enabling them to spend more on the project and achieve better results. Watch Video

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What It Means to Be a FASTSIGNS Franchisee

Kevin Hebert, FASTSIGNS Franchise Owner from St. Charles Parish, La., speaks with WhatTheyThink VP Kelley Holmes at the FASTSIGNS Annual Convention about what it means to be a part of the FASTSIGNS network. Watch Video

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Xeikon's CEO Bullish About the Future

In this sponsored video, Xeikon CEO Benoit Chatelard shares an update on Xeikon's 2021 performance and a bullish 2022 outlook. He also provides an update on company's strategic objectives, sustainability position, and its corrugated business. North America Director of Marketing Donna Covannon chimes in with some very interesting and innovative customer applications. Chatelard also teased some exciting announcements for the upcoming Labelexpo Europe event. Watch Video

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9FIBER Brings Sustainability to Hemp Processing

There has been a great deal of interest in hemp as a renewable source of fiber. But conventional processing uses toxic chemicals and results in a lot of waste. What if hemp could be sustainably processed, using the entire plant and reducing waste materials post-processing—AND could help save trees. Sound too good to be true? 9FIBER doesn't think so! Watch Video

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Frankly Speaking

Frank talks about Ben Franklin's 1789 codicil to his will, where he left money to the cities of Boston and Philadelphia. He focuses on Boston and the Franklin Institute, a vocational college, which does not teach printing. The tale takes 200 years to tell. (Don't worry, the video is not that long.) Watch Video

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SPESA and Messe Frankfurt Gearing Up for TexProcess Americas in Atlanta

SPESA and Messe Frankfurt are excited to be getting back to an in-person show. This year's event, scheduled for May 17-19, 2022, in Atlanta, Ga., will feature the latest technology for the sewn products industry. In this interview, Michael McDonald, SPESA's president, and Nina McCormick, SPESA’s past Chairwoman and CFO at DAP America, Inc. and the show's largest exhibitor, give us a preview of what to expect. Watch Video

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Dan Uress and Scott Adams Geek Out Over Mobile Color Solutions

In the latest edition of the Print Geeks interview series, Jim and Shelby have a conversation about mobile color measurement and verification solutions with Dan Uress of MeasureColor and Scott Adams of JM Fry Printing Inks. This discussion explores the trend toward mobile-first in the color measurement and verification space. Watch Video

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Warren Werbitt Goes Printer to Printer with Jennifer Pettinger

This week, Warren talks with Jennifer Pettinger, co-owner of Sun Print Solutions in Utah, which specializes in both folding cartons and c commercial printing. Sun Print is a union shop and is 100% women-owned. Watch Video

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The Journey to Becoming a FASTSIGNS Franchisee

Clint Ehlers, franchise owner from Willow Grove, Pa., discusses how he became a FASTSIGNS franchise and the research he conducted for the decision to start this business. Clint also discusses being elected to the International Franchise Association board. Watch Video

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EFI Reggiani TERRA Gold Digital Textile Printing Technology for Prestigious Shroud of Turin Replica Project

When The International Center of Sindonology in Turin, Italy, was seeking a way to create realistic replicas of the Shroud of Turin for distribution to selected churches and museums around the globe, EFI's sustainable pigment-based digital textile printing technology was selected. In this interview, Adele Genoni, Senior Vice President and General Manager, EFI Reggiani, shares the story. WhatTheyThink filmed exclusive video at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, so our members can experience this amazing replica. Watch Video

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HeiQ AeoniQ Aims for a More Sustainable Textile Industry

Last October, HeiQ, a company known for its many fabric treatment solutions, announced its first foray into fiber development with a 100% cellulosic filament yarn called AeoniQ. The goal is to be in full production by 2025 and enable the textiles industry to begin to move away from petroleum-based fibers such as polyester. Carmen Danner, Director Business Development, and Enrique Herrero Acero, Chief Technology Officer, provide details. Watch Video

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Behind the Scenes at the Heidelberg Print Media Center

As Heidelberg continues to broaden their press and postpress offerings, keeping up with the constantly changing Print Media Center is challenging and fun. David Zwang catches up with Jeff Powalisz, Director of Demo Room Operations, Heidelberg US, from the Demo Room. Watch Video

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WhatTheyThink Member and FASTSIGNS Co-Brand Owner Richard Helmey

Richard Helmey, a co-branded FASTSIGNS Owner from Houston, Tex., talks about being a member of WhatTheyThink and how he got started as a FASTSIGNS co-brand location. Richard also talks about some of the applications his business has worked on. Watch Video

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All Frank's Almanacs

Frank talks about almanacs (or almanacks) and shows a collection of them from the 1800s to the 2000s. Almanacs became popular in England in the 1700s and were published in the Colonies by the likes of James Franklin and his brother, Ben. These were well-thumbed publications and few have survived fully intact. Watch Video

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Getting to Know Budget INKS at the FASTSIGNS Annual Convention

Budget INKS President James Schall talks all things color and inks with WhatTheyThink President Eric Vessels. James was an exhibitor at the recent FASTSIGNS Annual Convention and talks about the event and the new product they brought and launched at the show. Watch Video

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Subscription-Based Graphic Design?

easel.ly Founder and CEO Vernon Southward talks to Eric Vessels about his unique business model of providing graphic design services by subscription and how he is helping small print business thrive with professional design services they may otherwise not be able to afford. Watch Video