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  • M&A Directions

    With Our 'Complements'

    October 10, 2014

    By Albert J. Reijmer In the first part of this discussion about what motivates owners of print and packaging companies in transacting mergers and acquisitions, we noted that every buyer and seller needs to have a clearly defined “why” in mind whether a...

  • Systemic Success

    Philip Beyer

    The Incentive Plans of Mice and Men

    By Philip Beyer | December 08, 2014

    Implementing proper systems for operating a business—and MEASURING incentive programs that are fair to the employee AND to the employer—is not for "mice," or the faint of heart.

  • 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

    Three Important Lessons for Sellers from a Buyer

    October 15, 2014

    What do I see the most at trade shows like this year’s GRAPH EXPO?  Besides new equipment and old friends, I see a lot of buyers.  Not of big iron, but of companies.  One individual had some pretty specific advice about what today’s buyers are looking for from sellers. He is a large strategic buyer, constantly on the prowl for the right business. Like Warren Buffett, he sees hundreds of deals a year, and only moves on a select few. Why?  Probably because there are so many businesses that are not ready to sell, despite what they think.  From the financials to

  • Business Sense & Sensibility

    Carl Gerhardt

    We Reap What We Sow – Honesty Rules

    By Carl Gerhardt, Chairman, Alliance Franchise Brands | November 25, 2014

    You may be familiar with one of several versions of the following story; the original author is unknown. It carries a powerful message that I want to share. Look for the employees like "Jim" in this message and you might find your successor and certainly employees that are keepers.

  • Mr. Magazine

    Going the Distance: The Story of AFAR as Told by Its Co-Founder/CEO Greg Sullivan. An ACT 5 Presentation.

    October 16, 2014

    Greg Sullivan,Co-founder/CEO of AFAR Media, publisher of AFAR magazine delivered the second keynote of day three of the ACT 5 Experience. You can view his Oct. 9 presentation by clicking the video below.

  • The Target Report

    Mark Cuban and Print Shop Owners Score with Shark Tank Investment – November 2014 M&A Activity

    December 07, 2014

    Digital Printing – Photobooks / Mobile AppsLess than a year after swimming with the sharks on the popular TV show Shark Tank in January 2014, husband-and-wife team and printing company owners, Julie and Brian Whiteman, sold their digital photobook app, GrooveBook, to Shutterfly for $14.5 million. When the Whiteman’s pitched their concept on the show, two of the “sharks” bowed out of the bidding because they were concerned that the GrooveBook deliverable is an old-fashioned printed product and also that the production was tied to the Whiteman’s printing operation. (I suspect that the two reticent sharks regret not taking the

  • 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

    Read This Book!

    October 15, 2014

    First a disclaimer. I’m an abashed Joe Webb fan. Yes, some people seem him as a guy looking through dark and gloomy glasses, but Joe tells it like he sees it. And over the past several years, he’s been more right than wrong. If you are involved with sales in our industry (and who isn’t […]

  • 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.