My somewhat simplistic advice is for Patrick Donahoe to stay on the course he's set: customer focus, business development and a leaner operation. Also, get the USPS into a more proactive stance on public and legislative issues. Be more out-front with its own story about what it needs to do, or needs from Congress. The agency has a long history of silence and that does it a disservice when so many
President Obama has sworn in William J. Boarman as the 26th Public Printer of the United States. Boarman will serve as CEO of the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), leading more than 2,300 employees. This is a homecoming of sorts, as I began my career at GPO in the 1970s, says Boarman. For 150 years, GPO has been serving the information needs of Congress, federal agencies, and the public. I look
Put the reader first. That's our goal at AMERICAN PRINTER. We've been a trusted resource for commercial printers since 1883. We are proud to enter our 128th year of serving the commercial printing industry. But we are prouder still to be innovators rather than curators. In 2011, we have a fresh look and renewed commitment to bringing senior executives cutting edge content across all media. We have
As of May 2011, mailers need to use the Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) with either Full Service or Basic options to be eligible for automation discounts on letter-size and flat-size mail pieces. Although the USPS will still accept mail printed with POSTNET barcodes, mail printed with POSTNET barcodes will be ineligible for automation discounts. Mailing software provider Window Book offers these tips.
Costco Wholesale Corp. and Corbis Images have partnered to allow Costco members to purchase prints, posters and gicle canvas prints of thousands of Corbis Images of art, photographs and illustrations. The www.costco.com Photo Center features a collection of more than 20,000 digital images exclusively from the Corbis collection. Members have the copyright permission to use the images as they like.
PODi, the Digital Printing Initiative, has awarded its 2011 Best Practices for digital printing, which recognize outstanding examples of digital printing and relevant marketing strategies. PODi accepts case studies for the competition throughout the year, and entries are judged on measured results, value proposition, functionality, scalability, relevance, creativity and innovation. The winners: Direct
The QR Code is one of many 2D code formats. Others include Microsoft Tag, EZCode, JagTag, Digimarc and Wikkit. Having recently spotted a few MS Tags in some national magazines, we wanted to revisit Quick Response: The Road Ahead for QR Codes, July 2010. Keep it simple At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is making it easy for people to learn about our company, products and services.
R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. has acquired 8touches, an online provider of tools that allow real estate sales associates and other marketers to create customized communications materials such as direct mail, flyers and brochures. 8touches' branded online resources provide access to more than 1,000 customized templates into which profiles, MLS data and pictures for selected listings can auto-populate.
The Vision 3 Summit (www.vision3summit.org), March 13-16 in Palm Desert, CA, will feature a session titled 2011 What's Ahead for the Industry? NAPL senior vice president and chief economist Andrew Paparozzi will pinpoint the drivers of the printing industry and highlight the new rules of recovery. The summit will feature a variety of educational sessions on topics ranging from future growth markets
You might call Rose McShane, 54, a press operator. But she prefers the term McShane worked for R.R. Donnelley NYC from 1987 until 2008 when the plant closed. She is currently studying for her masters in occupational safety. McShane earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Columbia Southern University and Cooper Union. I experimented with drawing, painting, bronze casting, photography and printmaking,
Air Motion Systems has announced an LED-UV based printing system, for offset printing and perfecting. It uses a UV LED light source to instantly dry inks and varnishes at top press speeds without marking, powder, heat or wasted energy. By instantly drying both the front and back-side sheets inline, the LED-UV printing process reportedly eliminates marking and dramatically speeds jobs through postpress.
How electronic is the press? The more electronics, the more maintenance is required. In a large printing company that charted cost of maintence as a percentage of sales, the percentage kept increasing over a 30-year period. Look at your press today you need an electrical expert as well as a mechanic. Is it UV or conventional? A full UV press will last longer than a conventional press, due to not having
Antoine Fady has been appointed CEO of Flint Group, succeeding Charles Knott, who will continue as chairman. Fady most recently served as GM for Akzo Nobel Decorative Paints-Europe. Prior to that, he was CEO, ICI Packaging & Coatings. HubCast announces Tony Dolph has been promoted to president, following founder Toby LaVigne's decision to step down but continue as an active member of the board of
I hate to deal in but I believe there is one overwhelming truth in industries such as print that largely involve customized products and services: Nothing counts not equipment, technology, demeanor, experience of staff, physical facility, size of staff, anything unless it can be converted into perceived value to customers. Business is all about formation and retention of customers. Determining customer
Oce and manroland AG have teamed up to offer a single source for print data management, digital printing, offset printing and postpress solutions. The two companies will jointly advise customers selecting advanced technology and workflow solutions. The partnership's strategy on inkjet entails its use as a supplement to offset printing for small runs and just-in-time production. Oc recently joined the
December 2, 2010, marked Jack Potter's last day as Postmaster General. We would like to thank Jack for his 32 years of service with the USPS, particularly the past nine as PMG. During the longest tenure as PMG since the early 1800s, Potter dealt with many tough circumstances, including 9/11, the anthrax scare and declining mail volumes. He was an ally to the mailing community and his leadership has
Faced with continued increases in the costs of raw materials and volatility in the global supply chain, Sun Chemical will raise prices in North America on February 1, 2011. The increases: $0.14/lb. for sheetfed blending bases. $0.10/lb. for sheetfed blacks, whites and varnishes. $0.12/lb. for heatset process black and color inks. $0.07/lb. for solvent-based liquid inks. $0.10/lb. for all white liquid
Pitney Bowes recently announced the Volly secure digital delivery service. It integrates digital delivery and electronic payments into existing production mail workflows. The cloud-based digital mail communications platform lets consumers receive, view, organize and manage bills, statements, direct marketing, catalogs, coupons and other content from multiple providers using a single application. This
There are three primary graphic communications organizations that recognize and organize student chapters.
How many customer e-mail addresses do you have in your database?
What were some of the key trends of 2010? Well, leggings made an unfortunate comeback. There's even something called an unfortunate combination of jeans and leggings best left to middle school girls. Men and women, generally on the younger side, took to wearing snap brim hats not seen since the Eisenhower administration. (Unless you are Bear Bryant, Frank Sinatra or Karl Malden, it's a difficult look
Long Beach, CA-based Epson (www.epson.com) combines an Epson Stylus Pro 7900 printer with a plate curing device, RIP and plate guide attachment. The high-resolution aluminum press plate is chemically coated to work with the standard Epson UltraChrome Ink Technology. Once imaged at up to 175 lpi and heat cured, the Epson DirectPlate Technology is recommended for up to 20,000 impressions. The Epson
Do you know how loyal your customers are? Or, do you just feel in your gut that you're doing great and customers push as much your way as they can? Last year a printing company owner in Colorado shared that he almost lost a longtime customer. What surprised him most was that the two sat together each month at a local business meeting. The customer could not tell him face-to-face that he was blowing