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July 2014

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Standard Register: Where Innovation Has Lead to a Century of Success

Standard Register, the Dayton, OH-based firm founded 102 years ago on the strength of Theodore Schirmer's pinfeed autographic register, has survived through the years, written and rewritten its business plan, and continues on the path of relevancy, as evidenced by...

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Digital or Offset: Not a Clear Choice—Mark Michelson

The growth of digital printing has been a boon for many printing establishments in terms of on-demand output with less skilled labor, and personalization capabilities to increase response rates. But some printers still long for the comparative simplicity of large-quantity...

Printers Share Crossover Points for Running Shorter-Run Static Print Jobs Offset vs. Digital

When it comes to variable data work, digital printers are the ones doing touchdown dances. And on the long-run end of the spectrum, offset printing still reigns supreme. But in the realm of short-run, static work, where digital and offset...

Hybrid Workflows: Master Process Integration

Given the pace of business today, printing firms have to transform to stay ahead of client needs. Savvy shops are moving quickly to integrate and automate business and production systems across their operations. Leveraging process integration in a hybrid environment...

Optimizing PDF/VT: Turbo Charge VDP Output

Constructing PDF files properly—"optimizing" them—has become critical to production efficiency. Poorly constructed PDF files can impact print service providers in two ways. Firstly, the additional processing they require slows down the digital press, reducing the return on investment (ROI) and...

FCL Graphics: Anchored in the Windy City

Nestled between O'Hare International Airport and Chicago in Harwood Heights, IL, FCL Graphics has been pumping out printed products for more than 40 years—and at the same address, no less (although it has expanded). Even amidst an uncertain future for...

Inserts East: FSIs Fuel Continued Success

Grocery store circulars, fashion flyers, furniture and appliance advertisements. One usually thinks of these as smaller parts of a larger whole, like a daily or weekly newspaper. But, for Nicholas Maiale and his crew at Pennsauken, NJ-based Inserts East, these...

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Dana on Marketing Messages: What Is 'Value' To Print Buyers?

Customers who truly value a printer want to maintain a long-term relationship with that printer. They'll sing the printer's praises to their managers and refer them to others. It's the sort of WOM (Word of Mouth) marketing that all businesses...

Farquharson/Tedesco on Businesss Development: A Translation Guide for Sales

As salespeople, we hope that the meaning of our words are completely clear to our customers. However, it's not always easy to understand and be understood due to misunderstandings being misunderstood. As a service, we present the following: a guide...

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Commercial Printing Industry News Briefs from Printing Impressions’ July 2014 edition, including Sheridan Books, Evolution Impressions, Heidelberg, Gallus, InnerWorkings, Pacemaker Press, Ennis Inc., Zoo Printing and Graphic Packaging....

CA Printer Break-In Possibly Related to Federal Court Case

A printer tasked with handling 10,000 pages of sensitive evidence, plus audio and video recordings related to a federal court case, was the victim of a May 25 break-in, according to KTVU-TV, although it appears none of the evidence was...

RPI Expands Photo Book, Collateral Manufacturing

RPI, a provider of personalized print services for businesses worldwide based here, announced it is expanding its Atlanta-area facilities by 70 percent in order to accommodate growth in its printed photo merchandise and corporate communications business units....

Standard Register Awarded A Patent for Anti-Fraud Ink

Standard Register, a provider of workflow, content and analytics solutions, announced that it has been awarded a patent for a chemically-reactive security ink that helps mitigate or reveal certain types of document fraud by preventing the chemical alteration or "washing"...

AMSP/NAPL/NAQP Summit, EFI Connect to Be Co-Located

Digital printing and software technology specialist EFI and graphic communications industry association AMSP/NAPL/NAQP have announced that EFI Connect and the AMSP/NAPL/NAQP Executive Leadership Summit (formerly the AMSP Winter Conference and NAPL Top Management Conference) will hold concurrent events in 2015....

Across the Nation

Commercial printer equipment installations and other news from Printing Impressions’ July 2014 edition, featuring Signature Flexible Packaging, OEC Graphics, Topweb, Paddock Publishing, HardingPoorman, J.S. McCarthy Printers, The Flesh Co., The Charlotte Observer, Victory Press, Trust Franklin Press and Avalanche Services....

Bits and Pieces: SpongeBob Takes a Ride

Trivia time, folks. Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Hint: Apparently, he drives a 2014 Toyota Highlander, as well. Anyone who has spent any amount of time absorbing the escapades of the happy little sea sponge—known as SpongeBob...

Digital Digest: Project Niagara Headlines 'Canon for Business' Event

To demonstrate its numerous printing systems to the European market, Canon recently held a two-week event at its Customer Experience Center in Germany, called Canon for Business 2014. More than 2,600 customers visited the facility, where they attended seminars and...

Bindery Matters

Commercial printing industry supplier company and personnel news from Printing Impressions’ July 2014 edition, featuring SunDance Marketing Solutions, Taylor Graphics, Photo Cru, The McClung Cos., American Greetings, MBM Packaging Labs and Prisma....

Printer News

Commercial printer company and personnel news from Printing Impressions’ July 2014 edition, featuring, Bookmasters, Mossberg & Co., Quad/Graphics, Multi-Craft, Maestro Media Print Solutions, GLS Cos....

Supplier News

Commercial printing industry supplier company and personnel news from Printing Impressions’ July 2014 edition, featuring xpedx and Unisource Worldwide, EFI, eLynxx Solutions, AmeriLam Supply Group, Saint Clair Systems, Norcross Corp....