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  • M&A Directions

    Your Business: What’s It Worth to You?

    July 21, 2014

    By Frank D. Steenburgh As we’ve seen more than once in recent years, well-off political figures can embarrass themselves when they give mushy answers to questions about how much personal wealth they actually have. The printing business, thankfully, doesn’t...

  • Systemic Success

    Philip Beyer

    Scoreboarding: Planning to Win! Part 2 (Includes Video)

    Philip Beyer | July 14, 2014

    Hope you were able to read our last blog: "Scoreboarding: Planning to Win! (Part 1 - Benchmarking Lean Manufacturing)...and that you also watched the video linked to that blog. If not, after you read this blog, I dare say, you’ll want to go back and catch Part 1.

  • Bill Prettyman

    Leverage the 5S Process

    July 24, 2014

    Do you want to improve productivity, organize your workspace, and simplify your life? If so, leverage the power of 5S. This is a process by which you can get rid of what you do not need and organize what remains so you spend the least amount of time retrieving the item. This process can be [...] The post Leverage the 5S Process appeared first on Bill Prettyman.

  • Rock Around the Block

    Ten Amazing Things to Do After Selling Your Printing Business

    July 23, 2014

    Why do many business owners refuse to sell their businesses?  It’s not because they don’t want to retire.  It’s because they don’t know what to do after they retire.  Which is why we’ve created a list of 10 ways you can create a magical life after selling your business. Isn’t it funny that when you’re younger, all you want to do is sell your business and retire to the easy life?  But when that time arrives, as it has for many baby boomers, that doesn’t seem like such a great idea? This occurs because a business is a huge part of an

  • Business Sense & Sensibility

    Carl Gerhardt

    Seven Words You Can’t Say

    By Carl Gerhardt, Chairman, Alliance Franchise Brands | June 30, 2014

    I’ve heard the following seven words a time or two when visiting our franchise members: "We have never done it that way." It’s human nature to continue doing the things we believe will work rather than something that requires taking a risk...or something suggested by a staff member, a fellow shop owner or business advisor.

  • Mr. Magazine

    The Most Effective Use of Checkout Space. Saving the Newsstands with Mr. Magazine’s™ MagNet Exclusive Series of Interviews with Luke Magerko.

    July 06, 2014

    This week we focus on the most effective use of checkout space for the publishing industry, analyzing the value of multiple titles sharing checkout space, and how this can benefit small publishers and large publishers equally. YOU WANTED TO ADDRESS ANOTHER READER’S COMMENTS THIS WEEK? A newsstand consultant told me that “none of your analytics […]

  • The Target Report

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

    July 06, 2014

    The newest old company, Time Inc., was very busy in June. The venerable publisher of magazines, including household names such as Time, Fortune, People, and Sports Illustrated, was spun off from Time Warner, separating the aging print-centric parent from its progeny’s profitable entertainment and programming businesses. As its retirement gift, the new Time Inc. has been saddled with $1.3 billion of debt, as well as responsibility for a group of underperforming British magazines. With more than 90 titles in print, Time Inc. is challenged by the continuing and steady decline in magazine circulation which in turn has driven revenue down

  • Ussery Printing Blog

    Impressive Examples Of Creative Print Ad Campaigns

    June 20, 2014

    Our printing colleagues at SaxoPrint, in the UK, came up with this wonderful, exhaustive, list of ‘Impressive Examples Of Creative Print Ad Campaigns’ based on Creative Advertising by Mario Pricken. We could spend all day admiring some of the best examples in the printing world! Crossword Bookstores, Audio books 3M Lint Roller Toyota FJ Cruiser 4×4   Combine and connect […]

  • Cup-a-Joe blog

    The Cost Vs. Price Conundrum

    July 10, 2014

    My associate in Southern California, Bob Lindgren, has been extremely vocal through the years/decades about the myths of budgeted hourly rates, and he recently wrote these thoughts, “If we accept that we are revenue maximizers and also accept (regretfully) that we don’t have perfect knowledge, we ned a systematic approach to predict the maximum price […]

  • 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.