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A career as a bookbinder

Apr 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By Werner Rebsamen

Excerpt: At the HBI/LBI Fall Conference, we learned that there are only 19 certified library binding establishments left. One owner is abandoning library binding altogether for more profitable endeavors like on-demand and photo book printing and binding. It looks like the expansion of our trade association to include other, similar segments of our industry was timed just right. We live in a world

Picture perfect

Apr 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By Don Piontek

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

Pitney Bowes calls for entries in ‘Brilliant Communication Awards’

Mar 10, 2011 12:00 AM,

Pitney Bowes Inc. announces a call for entries in the “Brilliant Communication Awards” to honor leading, high-volume production printing and mailing customers around the world.

Other people's mail

Mar 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By Elizabeth Lombard

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

Do the right thing

Mar 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By AP staff

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.

Pitney Bowes launches Enterprise Return Mail Services

Feb 28, 2011 12:00 AM,

Pitney Bowes Management Services Inc. (PBMS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Pitney Bowes Inc. has announced an integrated return mail management service offering that can update 60% to 80% of incorrect addresses, which can help companies significantly reduce the costs associated with return mail and reconnect with customers.

BBH to present at Mailcom 2011

Feb 24, 2011 12:00 AM,

Bowe Bell + Howell (BBH) announces its lineup of speakers for this year’s Mailcom conference in Washington, D.C., Feb. 28 - March 3.

Mailing essentials

Feb 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By Nsenga Thompson

Whether it's management software, conversion and presort systems or the right tabber or inserter, the foundation of any efficient mailing service center starts with good equipment. The following equipment and software can help keep your mailing operation productive and profitable. Dual-head tabber The Pitney Bowes (www.pb.com) W360 multifunction tabber system provides several tabbing applications

Bindery news & installations

Feb 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Smyth sewing for the digital age Smyth USA recently debuted the Digital Sewing Line for inline production of digitally printed books. It can process roll fed or flat sheets from any digital press. The Digital Sewing Line folds, inserts and produces Smyth sewn books in one operation. It's a dual use machine capable of producing hybrid books in any configuration of conventional and

Standard’s David Reny receives 2010 Gegenheimer Award

Jan 27, 2011 12:00 AM,

David Reny, executive vice president, Standard Finishing Systems, has received the 2010 Gegenheimer Award for industry service from NPES, the Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies.

Postal prices to increase in April

Jan 19, 2011 12:00 AM,

The United States Postal Service has announced postage increases effective April 17, 2011.

Dear Postmaster General

Jan 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By Kurt Ruppel

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

Volly lets mailers do more for consumers

Jan 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By AP staff

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

That's a big mail bag

Jan 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Since 1930, the number of mail pieces handled by the U.S. Postal Service (formerly the Post Office Department, until 1971) grew steadily fromnearly 28 billion per year to 213 billion in 2006. Source: The United States Postal Service An American History 1775-2006, www.usps.gov.

New Products

Jan 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By AP staff

More suggestions for the PMG

Jan 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By AP staff

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

Are you ready for May 2011? Here are some often overlooked IMb angles

Jan 1, 2011 12:00 AM,

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.

Southwest Plastic Binding changes name

Dec 8, 2010 12:00 AM,

Southwest Plastic Binding Company Inc., a national manufacturer and distributor of binding, laminating and presentation supplies and equipment, has changed its name to Southwest Binding and Laminating.

2011 BIA conference offers finishing expertise

Dec 8, 2010 12:00 AM,

Printing Industries of America announces the 2011 Binding Industries Assn. (BIA)’s annual conference will take place May 23-25, 2011, at the Omni ChampionsGate hotel in ChampionsGate, FL.

Standard partner Hunkeler to host Innovationdays in Switzerland

Nov 23, 2010 12:00 AM,

Standard partner Hunkeler will host “Innovationdays 2011” February 14-17 in Lucerne, Switzerland, where over 5,000 international experts and professionals from the areas of print on demand, data center, mailroom and web finishing will gather to see live demonstrations of the latest digital print applications and paper processing solutions.