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
Xerox Corp. (www.xerox.com) will invest $25 million in the coming year to expand its EA Toner plant to handle the increasing worldwide need for chemically grown toner used in Xerox printers and production presses. The project will increase Xerox's manufacturing capacity of EA Toner by 50% at its plant in Webster, NY.
Sherri Buxton is one of the most successful Coldwell Banker Realtors in North Carolina, consistently listed among the top 2% of agents nationwide. Knowing what it takes to stand out in a competitive environment, she understood she had to increase branding efforts and create a look that was exclusively her own to take sales to the next level. This meant moving from the popular but generic web-to-print
Many programs are hogwash, hence the term When someone does something that is both sensible and sustainable, it deserves to be recognized. Green is suddenly everywhere. Hardly a month goes by without an ecology minded group promoting a new green incentive. Kermit the Frog would be proud. Our story My company, Copresco, found ways to dramatically impact our energy consumption: A new lighting system
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Appleton, WI printer JP Graphics Inc. (www.jpinc.com) won Best Process Automation Implementation, North America in the 2010 Jrgen Schnhut Memorial CIP4 International Print Production Innovation (CIPPI) Awards. CIP4 (www.cip4.org) annually honors printers, publishers and/or prepress services that apply with the most compelling case study in three topical categories and four regions. Additional 2010
Dallas-based KBA North America (www.kba.com) promoted KBA Service Select for its entire line of presses from the small footprint Genius 20-inch to the large-format Rapida 205 81-inch press. Programs maximize the customer's return on investment and minimize downtime. CardPak (Solon, OH) is installing at KBA Rapida 106 41-inch, 10-color perfecting press with coating tower and 12-ft. extended delivery.
As our economy begins to show signs of emerging from a brutal recession, there is a bright spot, because the downturn has encouraged many printers to make long-overdue changes in their business. Most traditional printers had seen their businesses steadily eroding over the past few years, yet somehow the alarm bells didn't ring loudly enough. It took a sharp fall-off in sales to prove that the old