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The Week That Was With Julie G (03/23/2015)
March 27, 2015 at 1:46 pm

This week Julie Greenbaum highlights industry news, including Mark Michelson’s PI Xchange Live interview with Bruce Mandell, President of Data-Mail, yesterday. Other major announcements this week came from RR Donnelley, NPES and PIA, PIA MidAmerica, J.B. Kenehan, FutureMark, manroland sheetfed, Sun Chemical and NAPIM, Olmedo Printing and Xanté, Standard Press and Komori.

Agfa Graphics to Launch New Duratex Media Solutions at the ISA Sign Expo
March 27, 2015 at 1:38 pm

In April, Agfa Graphics will be launching new media under its Duratex brand at the 2015 ISA Sign Expo in Las Vegas. Additions include PVC Backlit Banner, Composite Blockout film, Super White Foamboard and Foam PVC Board. "We have a few substrate surprises up our sleeves at ISA," said Larry Salomon, of Agfa Graphics.

A PIXLive Interview with Data-Mail's Bruce Mandell on the Efficiencies, Cost Savings That High-Speed Production Inkjet Provide His Direct Mail Business
March 27, 2015 at 10:57 am

In a PI Xchange Live interview, Bruce Mandell, president of Data-Mail in Hartford, CT, explains why his direct mail printing and lettershop business transitioned to high-speed production inkjet printing, and how this added inkjet capacity fits with his existing web and sheetfed offset and cut-sheet digital capabilities. A new Océ ColorStream 3900 inkjet press from Canon Solutions America is enabling Data-Mail to shift to a more efficient, "white paper in" workflow, rather than digitally personalizing preprinted offset shells.

For Sales and Production People, Trading Places is Enlightening
March 27, 2015

The reality is that you are only as good as the last job you shipped in. You need to continually prove yourself to your client. Back at the plant, your CSR is yearning for some recognition. The production team would like to see some humility. And the boss wants to remind you that part of your job is to generate new business.

Say Goodbye to the 'One-and-Done' News or Press Release
March 27, 2015

Say goodbye to the "one-and-done" news or press release. Say hello to the news item that gets tailored to different uses. It then gets shared across multiple channels, where it can do your company much more good.

Why This New Wave of Independent Magazines is Thriving
March 26, 2015 at 9:28 pm

“If you believe what you read,” writes Rana Niamh Smith in The Telegraph, “the print media has been on its deathbed ever since the birth of the internet.” “But someone… read more →

Clarification on Web-to-Print Article
March 26, 2015 at 1:28 pm

In our March 2015 article, "Unlocking the W2P Potential," which appeared in Wednesday's newsletter, the statement was made that AlphaGraphics is transitioning away from the use of Four51 software.

Standout Gate Fold - Tulip Fold Hybrid Format: 60-second Fold of the Week (Video)
March 26, 2015 at 11:40 am

This week's selection is a real standout. It's a holiday card for the Kellogg School of Management, and it's a hybrid format that combines the strongest characteristics of both the gate fold and the tulip fold to create a new and exciting format—with beautiful design by Lindsay C Anderson and impeccable production by Lake County Press.

Expanding Your Business through Fulfillment Services
March 26, 2015 at 10:11 am

Before becoming a fulfillment provider, think about how it will affect your business. As with any business decision, it makes sense to put all parts of the problem to scrutiny before jumping into a new situation. If becoming a fulfillment provider can help your company, then the math will often show the numbers right away.

Canon Solutions America Announces First Océ VarioPrint i300 Shipments to Customers
March 26, 2015 at 9:12 am

Canon Solutions America recently held a second anniversary press and analyst meeting in Florida, marking two years that the former Océ has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A. The event gave Canon Solutions America executives the opportunity to provide an update on its new midrange cutsheet color inkjet press—the Océ VarioPrint i300—which will be commercially available later this summer and is currently shipping to the first customer installation sites.

The Curious (and Vital) Power of Print
March 26, 2015 at 8:55 am

The Public Editor of the New York Times reflects on the importance of the print edition of the newspaper, including the fact that more than 70% of all revenue came from print last year.