Paul Strack enjoys change, a characteristic that has helped him successfully lead his family's print business through very competitive times. After five years as a certified public accountant, learning about business through auditing work, he joined his parents' company in 1990 as a print sales and business development manager. One of the conditions when I came to work for my folks was that I didn't
Thumb Media Group (TMG) is a division of Fry Communications and National Publisher Services. TMG's mobile publishing platform provides a rich media presentation on almost any smart phone. NYLON magazine's mobile edition incorporates Mozine 4.0 and features integrated advertising campaigns from Fortune 500 brands. TMG partnered with mobile ad agency iVdopia
John F. Jacobson, Jr., is a busy man, thanks to photo books. His travels have taken him from Dscoop, the annual conference for HP press users, to the trade shows of the Photo Marketing Assn. (PMA) and Wedding and Portrait Photographers Assn. Jacobson, the president of On Demand Machinery (ODM) in Elizabeth, NJ, also is logging plenty of international air miles Asia is a fast growing market for his
Photo book categories include general albums, wedding albums and specialty books. All-purpose albums are big business for Blurb, Lulu, MyPublisher.com, Kodak Gallery (orginally Ofoto), Shutterfly and Snapfish. Wedding albums command a premium price, thanks to leather cases, gold foil, special papers and other extras. Specialty books are another high-end market, with museums and real estate companies
Los Angeles-based Warbasse Design CEO and art director Philip Warbasse recently announced an important shift in integrated media, based on his firm's partnership with machine vision company WiMO Reality. Warbasse is known for integrating printed 2-D codes with mobile web applications in projects such as Disney's TRON Legacy and HBO's True Blood (see Quick Response, July 2010). This new alliance brings
Founded in 2005, Dscoop (the Digital Solutions Cooperative) is an independent global community of graphic arts business owners and technical professionals who use HP Indigo and Scitex equipment and related solutions. The group held its sixth annual conference in Orlando this February. The numbers were impressive: 2,000+ total attendees, 95 exhibitors and 120 educational sessions. Last year's event
Spontaneous and outrageous dancing broke out during Don Goldman's 2009 trip to Senegal with his Salem, MA, drum circle. Goldman, an MIS guru, supports humanitarian projects via African Development through Drum and Dance (A3D). The group has provided computers and sewing machines to two schools near Dakar. A $6,000 A3D donation funded the construction of 100 badly needed desks. Incorporating a welded
Using image recognition and OCR technology, WiMO Reality provides a unique platform for Warbasse and his elite group of mobile designers and developers to bring new marketing strategies to their clients and share their experiences with Wimo. Wimo Reality has impressed us from the start as an extremely forward-thinking company that is focused on long-range opportunities with both 2-D codes and image
Good thing they didn't give him a gold watch When Mike Stinnett retired from Royal Oak High in Michigan, his fellow graphic arts teachers presented him with the perfect gift: a section from a California Job Case. The case contents reflect Stinnett's eight years of service to the school. Charlie Chard, a fellow retiree, helped Stinnett convert the job case into an end table. The red oak table, complete
Sorrento Mesa Printing is a six-employee, $1 million shop. From its industrial park address to its pragmatic approach to equipment acquisitions, there's nothing fancy about this 24-year-old operation. Scott Cappel, Sorrento Mesa's owner and founder, was the NAPL/NAQP 2010 Printer of the Year. Success is a combination of hard work and lucky breaks, he says. Sometimes you make your own luck and sometimes
Printing Industries of America and the CIP4 organization have announced the availability of JDF Product Certification for Integrated Digital Printing. It applies to color, highlight color and duplex monochrome digital printing systems, including those with inline finishing capabilities. Certified integrated digital printers have the ability to count every event performed by an integrated digital printer
On Demand Expo, colocated with AIIM Intl.'s info360 conference and expo, will take place March 22-24, 2011, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. A new Publishing Xchange conference program is designed to bring together the combined shows' digital print, publishing, multichannel marketing and enterprise information management professionals.
Print buyers are becoming more numerous, many with little print experience. Here are six problems I have heard about recently: Fronting postage for a customer standard operating procedure (SOP) not followed. I have heard of three instances in which the printers found themselves bearing the cost due to nonpayment. With electronic transfer of funds, there is no reason to ever front postage money. Keep
On January 13, 2011, the United States Postal Service (USPS) notified the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of its intent to change prices for Mailing Services products, which includes First-Class Mail (FCM), Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services and Extra Services. Upon PRC approval, the new prices will take effect on April 17, 2011. New pricing for Shipping Services, including Priority Mail
There's a difference between a magazine column and an article. This is a column. It incorporates opinion and experience. An article, on the other hand, is intended to be impartial, helpful and informational. Of course, writers interpret various content differently. There's the debate surrounding the possibility or impossibility of achieving impartiality in an article, try as one might. Some writers
Carl Gerhardt, president and CEO of Allegra Network and Mike Stevens are well known to quick and small commercial printers. Both are former shop owners: Carl and his wife, Judy, opened an American Sir Speedy center in Colorado Springs in 1985. Stevens launched Express Press in Fargo, ND, in 1983.
A typical complaint I hear from print managers across the industry is, People do not do things consistently, citing reasons such as: The problem is with the people. They just do what is comfortable. They are lazy. They feel they know more than everyone else. They don't care. People don't come to work trying to cause problems. They want to do a good job. People apply their own best practices when: there
The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) announces the appointment of Shannon Palmer as executive director. Finch Paper has appointed Dr. Peter J. Veverka to senior product development engineer. A published scholar and author of several patent applications, Dr. Veverka comes to Finch after a 15-year tenure with International Paper.
No matter how sophisticated your equipment, quality printing begins with the right paper.
RR Donnelley lands major international contract RR Donnelley & Sons Co. has secured a multimillion-dollar, multiyear contract with Shop Direct Group (SDG), the United Kingdom's largest online and home shopping retailer. Under the terms of the contract anticipated to start in March, RR Donnelley will provide a broad range of services, including premedia, print management, transactional print, fulfillment
FedEx Office (formerly FedEx Kinko's) has introduced FedEx Office Print & Go, which enables customers to print documents directly from BlackBerry smartphones and USB flash drives on its digital copy machines. It is enabled by the HP ePrint mobile printing application and can be found on some Canon devices in the self-service area of the company's retail locations. Diamond Packaging's (www.diamondpackaging.com)
Ray Prince should change the spelling of his surname to Because there is no in Prince. Donate your personal collection of graphic arts and printing related books to Cal Poly's Graphic Communication Special Collection, he suggests. The Graphic Communication program is alive and well. They are in need of a great printing library. Dick Popp, Roger Ynostroza and Prince already have made arrangements to
A few years ago, Bruce Boyarsky was waiting to disembark from a cruise ship. I can't wait to get back to work, Boyarsky told his family. A fellow passenger overheard this remark and demanded to know Boyarsky's occupation. I told him that I owned a bindery and that I loved what I did, Boyarsky recalled. He didn't understand how someone could love a job. But I love this business.
Joe the printer puts in way too much time at the shop. As owner of a commercial printing facility, he always seems to have too much work but never quite enough business. His family doesn't think he takes enough vacation, and his wife Fanny long ago cultivated other interests to keep herself busy. Joe has a cell phone and a Facebook account, although he doesn't use them much. His kids are more up on
Educate your customers when you miss their deadline. Often it is not your fault, but the customer is always right.