Toshiba Puts ‘No Print Day’ on Hold, Reports Printing Industries of America

PITTSBURGH—June 20, 2012—According to a special announcement sent out by Michael Makin, president and CEO of Printing Industries of America, “Toshiba has agreed to abort its National No Print Day!” Makin shared details of of his correspondence with Toshiba in the following letter to association members:

June 20, 2012

Dear Member:

I am pleased to report that as a result of protests by Printing Industries of America, its members, and the industry as a whole, Toshiba has agreed to abort its National No Print Day!

Last evening I had a lengthy conversation with Bill Melo, Toshiba USA’s senior vice president of marketing, services and solutions regarding its ill-conceived initiative.

Mr. Melo was quite “concerned” with how the campaign had been received by the commercial printing industry and stressed it was never the intent of his company to disenfranchise or insult our industry. He explained that the campaign was always directed at the office marketplace where he opined there was needless waste.

My retort to Mr. Melo was that if this was truly the case, his campaign should have been more specific. It was not promoted as “lets save office waste day” but rather National No-Print Day. I argued this was tantamount to having a “Do Not Walk” day or “Do Not Eat” day and that the grassroots response from our industry was only to be expected.

I reiterated our position that Toshiba abandon the notion of a No-Print day. If it wants to focus its eyes on the office marketplace, its campaign should be centered there and not by extension implicate or disparage America’s printing industry.

Mr. Melo did commit to going back to the drawing board and assured me the promotion on its website will be removed and that any relaunch of a campaign directed at office waste will explicitly explain that this in no way references the legitimate commercial printing industry and its importance to the American economy. I thanked Mr. Melo for his swift response to our concerns but cautioned that any follow-up campaign containing misleading statements regarding paper would be subject to similar scrutiny, particularly from the paper industry. He indicated he would be making an outreach to this sector as well.

Thank you to everyone who joined in our effort to protest this initiative. This is a major victory for PRINT IN AMERICA!

Sincerely,

Michael Makin
President & CEO
Printing Industries of America

Source: Printing Industries of America.

Comments
  • accuchris

    So glad to hear Toshiba has come to their senses. Thanks to all in the Print and Paper industry that made our voice heard load and clear. Perhaps together now we can dispel some of the other myths and falsehoods plaguing our industry. I spoke of this in a recent blog post: http://goo.gl/M6jSD

  • Jeffrey Guevara

    Thanks to the PIA for getting directly involved. Their backing down is all fine and good but it doesn’t really undo the damage already done. I think a little community service is in order to try to make all of this good. I still won’t be purchasing any Toshiba products either way. They need to pay for putting forth some positive initiatives about printing and proper paper use and even talking about how good printing is for the economy. Just sayin…

  • Patrushka

    Mr. Melo ought to be "quite concerned." As far as "I’m concerned" my company will NEVER purchase a Toshiba product, or even allow a Toshiba sales rep in our building. Some people should be permanently banned for sheer stupidity.

  • Guest

    To me, it seemed like more of a knock on paper and disinformation about the idea of "killing trees". We, the print industry, were just affected by association. I think these execs need some education about paper being a renewable resource. It sounds like Toshiba is still missing the point…

  • Bobzilla

    Let’s take that same date and have a "Don’t Buy Toshiba Day"!