InfoTrends has been acquired by Buyers Lab, a provider of analytical information to the global digital imaging industry. The business combination will create a global team of over 125 subject matter experts and a large portfolio of products and services. “We are excited about the many opportunities created by the combination of these two great companies," commented Jeff Hayes, president of InfoTrends.
The legacy continues for local business owners Kent and Julie Phillips. As the owners of Sir Speedy Printing in Naperville and Oakbrook, Illinois, they are celebrating 30 years in business. These locations are some of the longest-running, family-owned businesses in the Sir Speedy franchise network. Kent and Julie recently renewed their franchise agreement for another 10 years.
On Oct. 24, RIT’s Cary Arts Collection will honor Jerry Kelly, a leading calligrapher, book designer, type designer and typographer, with the 2015 Frederic W. Goudy Award. "Jerry Kelly’s career exemplifies the values of the Goudy Award,” said Steven Galbraith, curator of RIT’s Cary Collection.
Ink & Main is a new print-on-demand service from Hallmark, uniting Hallmark's collection of sentiments and artwork with the ease of online customization. Shoppers simply choose a card, personalize the design, and place the order. Ink & Main personalized greeting cards start at $1.99 for a single card.
Boosting its labels and packaging leadership, RAKO-GROUP (RAKO) has purchased two HP Indigo 20000 digital presses and nine HP Indigo WS6800 digital presses, making it the largest labels and packaging deal in HP Indigo history. The purchase builds on RAKO’s existing fleet of HP Indigo digital presses and expands its multi-press, multi-site labels and packaging digital offerings while providing increased capacity to help meet customer demands.
As a pioneer in the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) industry, interlinkONE has acquired AwarenessHUB, a social media software for sales. The data-powered social software platform is a powerful sales tool that intelligently identifies prospects across the social Web to boost revenue.
Attendance was up 46 percent at the Avanti 2015 User Group Conference. “Our ‘first-timers’, who made up nearly half of our attendees, were quickly made to feel a welcome member of the Avanti family," relayed Patrick Bolan, president and CEO, Avanti. This year, the company introduced Avanti Slingshot educational sessions.
Reading is a remarkably human process of decoding, navigating, visualizing, and formulating new constructs. In any format, words are just abstract representations of real things. Books can transport us and all of our past experience into a very private space. It is our collective job to facilitate this process and to give the author an audience, but given the stormy climate, we’re forced to reexamine the best strategy to thrive.
A new verification system for in-line testing of barcode quality has been installed at Flesh Co. The new system will verify readability while matching multiple codes on label products and can check for repeat codes or check against a data file.
Record-breaking results were reported from the floor at Labelexpo Europe 2015 in Brussels. This year, the show enjoyed its largest edition as it marked its 35th anniversary. Attendance was up 12.4 percent from last year, attracting 35,739 visitors. Covering 34,566 square meters, the show’s footprint also increased by 11.65 percent on 2013, while exhibitor numbers rose from 600 to just over 650.
The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued a new White Paper in which it calls on the USPS to "associate itself with 3D printing in the minds of the public." The OIG report suggests that USPS could follow the lead of other logistics companies such as UPS which—as reported in the Autumn issue of the Mail & Express Review—has recently partnered with the company CloudDDM to open a 3D printing mini-factory at its Worldport facility in Louisville, Kentucky.
One of the major attractions at LabelExpo Europe was Nilpeter's new PANORAMA digital solution. "Nilpeter is best known for flexo, offset and combination presses, but also our previous digital printing solutions," remarked Nilpeter COO Peter Eriksen. "By only displaying the PANORAMA line at this year’s LabelExpo, Nilpeter strongly stresses its commitment to this new digital product line."
Havertown, Pennsylvania-based Nuss Printing has expanded its fleet with the recent installation of a Canon varioPRINT DP 110 digital production press. This purchase marks the 1,000th varioPRINT DP unit sold by Canon Solutions America’s Enterprise Services and Solutions division. "I am excited to see where our business will go with our newest addition," stated David Nuss, president.
The upcoming Social Media & Inbound Marketing Master Class in New York City will be held Friday, Oct. 16. Produced by NAPCO Media and Grow Socially, Canon U.S.A. will be a Gold Sponsor of the event. "As a leader in the print industry, Canon understands the need to embrace various mediums to be successful. They have been doing so themselves, and encourage their customers to embrace social media and inbound marketing as well," said John Foley, CEO and CMO of Boston-based Grow Socially.
Two key senior management appointments have been announced at Veritiv Corp. Adam Taylor has been named senior vice president and chief strategy officer, and Dave Hudson is the company's new chief information officer.