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August 2012 Issue

Printing Impressions August 2012 cover
Industry Benchmarks : Measuring Performance
InfoTrends’ recent “Emerging Trends” survey was designed to create performance and value innovation benchmarks for the production printing market. There were a total of 10 data points developed from this survey that a company can use to evaluate its performance....
Ripon Printers : A Midwestern Delight
Ripon Printers is a company on the move, bolstered by the digital and commercial printing assets it acquired from Sells Printing—including a 10-color Heidelberg sheetfed offset press and two Xerox iGen4 digital presses. Customer "delight" and education have become...
Web-to-Print : Easy Does It for Customers
New York-based Mimeo.com is one of the first online printing companies, having debuted in 1998. Its market position gives the firm a unique perspective on the concept of online ordering interfaces. Web-to-print is an ongoing quest for the perfect...
PrimeNet Direct Marketing Solutions : Addressing the Environment
PrimeNet Direct Marketing Solutions' facility is now hurricane Category 3 certified and its data center within the building is in a Category 5 certified bunker. Diesel generators provide a backup in the event of a power failure. A comprehensive...
The Printing Express : The Right Man for the Job
I t's difficult to believe that Michael Meredith has been at the helm for just 10 years, yet The Printing Express has experienced incredible growth. The company now employs 24 people and sales, which stood at roughly $300,000 in 2002,...
Island Pro Digital : The Problem Solvers
W hile most companies were trying to remain afloat during the recession in 2009, Hauppauge, NY-based trade printer Island Pro Digital was just getting started. By creating a physical and digital media platform, co-owners Kurt and Kyle Kubik poised...
A Printer's Nightmare : Unhappily Ever After
Every month, Steve Olson, owner of North Chicago-based Steve Olson Printing and Design, writes a check for $700 to pay for a glorified paper weight—a near-worthless CTP system acquired two years ago. At press time, Olson still owes $21,000...
A Tale of Two Challah Tables –Dana
Selling print is a tough line of work, I imagine, especially these days. What impresses print buyers? How do you, a sales rep, stand above the competition and get prospects' attention? I have an idea. You engage them. Here's a...
Is Broadcast E-mail DOA? –Farquharson/Tedesco
Printers must evolve the methods they use to communicate with their core markets. We recommend an integrated marketing strategy that involves direct mail, blogging, SEO and Web design, content marketing, social media and, you guessed it, broadcast e-mail. ...
Ellis' Final Days Made Colorful –Cagle
In May of 2009, I interviewed Dan Ellis, along with Frank Tantillo and Ray Cody, for the June cover story on C&S Press of Orlando, FL. Eight months after the article appeared, Ellis received life-altering news: He was suffering...
Docucopies.com's Revolt Seems Taxing –Michelson
An online digital printing company, Docucopies.com, is also taking a hard-line stand against California's sales tax. Headquartered in Wisconsin, Docucopies.com recently opened a production center in San Luis Obispo, CA, to drastically cut delivery times to West Coast clients....
PIA Announces Winners of InterTech Technology Awards
Printing Industries of America (PIA) has announced that a dozen technologies were recipients of its 2012 InterTech Technology Awards. The technologies receiving this award have been judged as “truly innovative and are expected to advance the performance of the graphic...
Postal Reform in 2012? Possibility Is Looking Bleak
The House of Representatives is putting Mr. ZIP on ice, and the many industries impacted by the U.S. Postal Service are up in arms by the lack of action on postal reform. A Capitol Hill source told the National...
Taylor Corp. Buys Financial Specialist Venture Encoding
Taylor Corp. has reached agreement to acquire Venture Encoding of Fort Worth, TX. Venture is being merged with Corporate Graphics Direct Marketing Solutions, a Taylor affiliate based in Arden Hills, MN, with the new company carrying the name Venture...
Transcontinental Sells Two Book Manufacturing Plants
Transcontinental Inc. announced that it is selling its Canadian book printing assets—namely its Transcontinental Gagné printing plant in Louiseville and Transcontinental Métrolitho printing plant in Sherbrooke—to Marquis Book Printing, of Cap-Saint-Ignace, which specializes in book printing. ...