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.
Join Eric Vessels, Richard Romano, and Jessica Taylor as they have a jam session on the latest magazine issue (Issue 4—Leadership). The crew talks about all the great content in the mag as well as the far out cover design that was inspired by our interview with Francis McMahon in this issue. Thanks to Canon Solutions America for being the Issue Sponsor this time around. We appreciate their support of the work we do! Watch Video
In this video, sponsored by HP, Brad Clarke, President of DCG ONE, talks about how DCG ONE supports its customers’ marketing supply chain, including print, direct mail, fulfillment, as well as developing technologies that help customers. Digital printing plays a strong role in the company’s efforts. Watch Video
Michael McDonald, President of SPESA, chats with Senior Editor Cary Sherburne about the challenges and opportunities facing the sewn products industry, the importance of changing mindsets for brands and consumers and the progress the industry needs to make in automation. Watch Video
In this video sponsored by HP, David Zwang talks with Debbie Sylva, Creative Director for Adhinflex. Based in Ecuador, Adhinflex is a 32-year old family-owned label and packaging production business that supports virtually all vertical markets. The company operates flexo equipment has been adding digital capabilities, including an HP Indigo 6900 and a forthcoming HP Indigo 25K. Watch Video
In this three-part episode of The Target Report Interview, Janice Tippett, VP of Strategic Business Development at Ironmark, talks with Jules Van Sant about selling her business Millennium Marketing Solutions to Ironmark. In Part 3, Tippett identifies some potential potholes and disasters that were avoided during the acquisition process. Watch Video
David Zwang talks with Tonya Spiers of Knight Abbey, a 40-year-old Biloxi, Miss.-based commercial printer that produces direct mail marketing, invitations, scratch-off cards, and other materials for the gaming industry. Once primarily an offset shop with some digital equipment, it has recently expanded into rollfed inkjet with a Canon Prostream. Watch Video
In this interview, Minuteman President Nick Titus provides an overview of the network's performance in 2022, including achievement of the largest systemwide gross sales the network has ever seen at more than $536 million, 125+ centers with revenues over $1 million, and 24 net new centers over the past two years. The company is also focused on employee acquisition and retention, including cross-training and ensuring a career path for center employees and owners. Watch Video
Rich Lowe, Chief Operating Officer at Franchise Services, is very bullish on the future of their business and offers great insight on the future of franchises in the industry as well as some of the things the company is doing to grow its talent base. This informative interview has something for everyone. Watch Video
Alliance Franchise Brands delivered 18% year-over-year revenue growth in print and 10% in signs in 2022, exceeding 2019 levels. Its new COO Ray Palmer notes that the sign business had already reached that level in 2021. The company also has effective recruitment programs in place, both for employees and new franchisees, with leadership training programs in place both to establish career paths for high-talent employees and to ensure new franchisees get off to a good start. Palmer explains these strategies in this interview with Sr. Editor Cary Sherburne. Watch Video
Not only did AlphaGraphics have a record year in 2022 revenue-wise, but the company also say 23% year-over-year growth, added 12 new centers and 17 new owners, and had an average store performance of $1.3 million. In this interview, CEO Ryan Farris also describes some of the programs in place to help alleviate the recruiting issues in a tight labor market. Watch Video
While Fortusis ended up with two less centers in 2022, revenues overall were up by 11%. The company is investing in infrastructure, with all of its centers now using a new ecommerce enabled website and making good progress on developing content for its learning management system. Also high on the agenda is recruiting new owners who are interested in opening new centers. Watch Video
Frank joins the chorus supporting Print Across America, a day celebrating print. Print Across America is the brainchild of Deborah Corn, who has done more to promote print than any other person. Mark your calendar for October 25, 2023. Get more information at www.printacrossamerica.com and join the party. Watch Video
Debbie McKeegan, Texintel CEO and WhatTheyThink contributor, talks to Theo Van Bruggen of Optimum Digital to discover the latest developments for digitally printed textiles using pigment Inks. Watch Video
This week, Warren catches up with Garry Gunter of Mitchell Press about the recent installation of a Landa Digital Nanographic Press and the growth applications the press has given the company. Watch Video
In this three-part episode of The Target Report Interview, Janice Tippett, VP of Strategic Business Development at Ironmark, talks with Jules Van Sant about selling her business Millennium Marketing Solutions to Ironmark. In Part 2, Tippett explains how Graphic Arts Advisors helped her navigate some of the challenges of the process. Watch Video
David Zwang talks with Pete Studer, CEO of Impact, a 39-year-old company that started in the direct mail business and has expanded into other types of printing. The company operates all-digital equipment, and started working with Canon in 2015 to add production inkjet. Watch Video
David Zwang talks with Broadridge’s Naveed Choudry about his 30 years with the company and Broadridge’s early adoption of production inkjet printing technology. Watch Video
Jessica Taylor, WhatTheyThink mutimedia production editor, sits down with Matt Redbear, creative director for Taktiful, to talk about AI, its impact on the print industry, and the inspiration behind the cover of WhatTheyThink's Finishing and Embellishment Issue. Watch Video
Frank thinks outside the box as he notes that we are all online and thus buying online and this requires shipping which requires boxes. Thus, he opines, packaging in all its forms is a growth market that all printers should consider, especially digital packaging. Watch Video
David Zwang talks to Canon Solutions America’s Ed Jansen at the recent thINK Ahead 23 conference about Canon’s “customer-first” philosophy and how it affects how they interact with customers, as well as where the company sees the growth in today’s market. Watch Video
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