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  • M&A Directions

    A Trade Show for M&As? In a Way, Yes

    September 26, 2014

    By Thomas J. Williams Readers of this blog probably won’t need to be reminded that GRAPH EXPO 2014 kicks off in Chicago on Sunday, Sept. 28. We think of the GRAPH EXPO and PRINT shows mostly as extravaganzas for the equipment vendors, but they’re also...

  • Systemic Success

    Philip Beyer

    Win Some, Lose Some

    Philip Beyer | September 22, 2014

    The old idiom, "You win some and you lose some," when applied to a business, can mean customers coming in the front door and going out the back door—in other words, the business is just running in place, going in circles, but not gaining ground—NOT GROWING.

  • Bill Prettyman

    Lifelong Learning Drives Print Revenue

    October 01, 2014

    Have you ever thought of the relationship between learning and print revenue for your business? There is a strong correlation because our customers want to do business with experts in the print industry, not just order takers. Order taking is easy. But customers often want creative thinking and product/service knowledge. How do you get there? You commit [...] The post Lifelong Learning Drives Print Revenue appeared first on Bill Prettyman.

  • Rock Around the Block

    The World’s Most Exalted Wide-Screen Digital Format Print Job

    September 24, 2014

    It was almost like a sign from above. I was traveling through Spain and Portugal when I saw this, a breathtaking example of the capabilities of wide-format printing. It serves as a perfect example of what’s working in a country that’s having problems working at all. I took this picture at the St. James Cathedral in Site of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in Spain. This wide-format digital printing replicates an image of what the St. James Cathedral will look like after it has been renovated.  It’s a brilliant use of printing technology. I wanted to share this picture not only to

  • Business Sense & Sensibility

    Carl Gerhardt

    It's OK to Spill a Little

    By Carl Gerhardt, Chairman, Alliance Franchise Brands | September 10, 2014

    Too often I find many small-business people to be too conservative. I don’t mean in the political sense. I mean they become too risk-adverse and afraid to take on new things because they are "too busy."

  • Mr. Magazine

    SME: A Print Slovakian Newspaper That Demands Attention. The Mr. Magazine™ Interview with Tomáš Bella, Deputy Editor in Chief

    October 01, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Last week I was speaking, interviewing and moderating at different types of conferences and seminars across three European countries. I started with the Czech Republic where I spoke at a Toray’s meeting, then Slovakia where I visited the Student Media Center of the Pan European University in Bratislava, a daily newspaper, a major […]

  • The Target Report

    August 2014 –Mergers, Acquisitions & Restructuring in the Printing, Packaging & Related Industries

    September 07, 2014

    Mailing and fulfillment service companies are aggressively moving upstream into printing, graphic design and data management services. Streamworks, in Arden Hills, Minnesota, jumped up the value ladder and acquired Imagewërks Marketing, a design and production boutique, also located in Arden Hills. The acquired company had itself evolved over three decades from a printing company into a “comprehensive marketing company.” The buyer, Streamworks, also has been a work-in-progress, having been formed just last year when Action, a direct mail and fulfillment company, joined with Expedite Direct Mail & Fulfillment, a provider of printing and direct mail services. The newly combined entities

  • Ussery Printing Blog

    Large Format Printing… Your Way To Success

    September 18, 2014

    With the prevalence of fall sales, festivals and trade shows, Large Format Printing is a logical choice to get attention. A well-designed poster can bring many more people to your booth, business or event. Printing guidelines and considerations are different than other types of printed materials, so keep in mind strategies like these when planning […]

  • Cup-a-Joe blog

    U.N.’s Climate Summit

    September 24, 2014

    I have been reading about the recent U.N. Climate Summit with a jaundiced eye. Was it going to be full of wild-eyed radical environmentalist who are willing to “save” the world at any cost, or believers that sustainability is going to take a lot of hard work AND compromise. It seems to have been “all-the-above” […]

  • Management Counts

    Ray Chambers

    Adapting to Change

    By Ray Chambers | May 28, 2014

    If you ever set type by hand, if you’ve ever operated a Linotype or a Ludlow, if the terms “slug” or “chase” or “foundry” or “Hell Box” bring back thoughts of “back in the day,” you may relate to this story. No, this isn’t a story of nostalgia, and I won’t try to convince you how great things used to be. In fact, if you are familiar enough with a letterpress shop to remember the heat and the noise, I don’t have to tell you how much things have improved as we evolved into today’s digital print technologies.