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  • M&A Directions

    Seeing It Your Way—and Theirs—In an M&A

    April 11, 2014

    By Albert J. Reijmer If you've decided to grow your business by acquisition, it follows that you're thinking like a buyer. But, can you think like a seller as well? You'll need to move nimbly from one mindset to another as you strategize the purchase that...

  • Systemic Success

    Philip Beyer

    The Customer Complaint System

    By Philip Beyer | April 07, 2014

    Misplaced something? It has always puzzled me that the Airlines, for example, will spend millions on systems to get lost luggage back to passengers—no matter where they are—yet, their rate of lost luggage is often so high, they seem to lack systems to address the problem of losing it in the FIRST place!

  • Bill Prettyman

    The Value of a Stewardship Attitude

    April 17, 2014

    What is stewardship? In its simplest form it is managing what we have for someone else. In other words, it is the management of something or someone entrusted into our care. We are given many gifts and abilities that we are to use to help others whether customers, employees or suppliers. From a personal and [...] The post The Value of a Stewardship Attitude appeared first on Bill Prettyman.

  • Rock Around the Block

    Five Ways Label Companies Can Create a Niche

    April 16, 2014

      When people refer to Sohn Manufacturing, they tend to lump them in with other label companies, but don’t be misled.  You can experience growth in the label or printing industry – often explosive growth – and you don’t have to be a “label company” at all.  It’s all based on finding the right niche. My colleagues and I use broad-based terms like “label company” and “printing industry” quite a bit, but companies like Sohn fall outside that purview.  They’re lumped into the mix when they provide ancillary businesses related to label printing.    If the name didn’t give it away, Sohn Manufacturing

  • Business Sense & Sensibility

    Carl Gerhardt

    Shrinking Your Way to Prosperity

    By Carl Gerhardt, Chairman, Alliance Franchise Brands | April 15, 2014

    I have said often that I think there is more fun and opportunity in this industry now than when I started in 1985; it’s just different. You have a big advantage in owning your own business and understanding this market. It simply takes action, hard work and the willingness to get some help and to think differently than in the past.

  • Mr. Magazine

    The Evolution of Change – How a Newspaper Metamorphosed Into A Multimedia Institution – The William (Billy) S. Morris III Story. The Mr. Magazine™ Interview

    April 17, 2014

    In the life of any media company change is the only constant. But change doesn’t happen by itself; change is always searching for an innovative, passionate visionary who can ensure a successful present, based on a solid past with an eye for an even more successful future. And change needs a leader who knows what […]

  • The Target Report

    March 2014 – Deals, Court Filings & Closures in the Printing, Packaging, Paper & Related Industries

    April 07, 2014

    Significant transactions were announced throughout the spectrum of packaging technologies in March, from the basics - paper making for packaging products, to the sophisticated - global management of brand identity at multiple print providers across the globe, many using different printing technologies. The traditional divide between commercial and packaging printers continues to blur as commercial printers seek opportunities in packaging where they can apply their talents, utilize their capital equipment investments, and transition to the packaging industry where they view a brighter long term future in the business of putting ink on substrate. One way to move into packaging is to

  • Ussery Printing Blog

    Link Print And Social Media For Results You’ll “Like.”

    March 31, 2014

    While social media is growing by leaps and bounds, it will not take the place of print advertising. In fact, print and social media advertising can successfully be done in tandem…and often for just a modest cost over print advertising alone. Both medias have strengths that, when combined, can produce results that are very profitable. […]

  • Cup-a-Joe blog

    Baseball in Australia?

    March 25, 2014

    The grass is just starting to green up in North Texas and trees are beginning to blossom – and I’m coughing and my nose is running. And that must mean that opening day is just around the corner. Well, not really. It already opened – in Australia. Australia? Yup, MLB is trying to attract a […]

  • Management Counts

    Ray Chambers

    ACUP: Coming up on 50 years

    | January 30, 2014

    Joe Goss, long-time printing director at Indiana University until he retired a year ago, introduced me to the Association of College and University Printers (ACUP) when I moved from the Texas Department of Human Resources to the University of Iowa in 1986 (I know, I’m showing my age), and I’ve been a member ever since. During that time ACUP has been a valuable resource, primarily by opening the door to its members’ knowledge and expertise. I also get to hang out with some really cool people.