Following Adobe Forum, NAPL, NAQP and Coalition for Open Competition Remain Firm: Adobe Should Dissolve Agreement With FedEx Kinko’s ad Remove FedEx Kinko’s Logo and Link from Software
PARAMUS, NJ—JULY 24, 2007—In a July 20, 2007, letter to Adobe Systems, Inc. CEO Bruce Chizen, Joseph P. Truncale, president and chief executive officer of NAPL (www.napl.org), the trade association for excellence in graphic communications management, and Steve Johnson, president and chief executive officer of the National Association of Quick Printers (NAQP), stated that their position regarding the Adobe/FedEx Kinko’s agreement remains as follows: Adobe should extricate itself from the agreement and remove the FedEx Kinko’s logo and embedded link from Adobe software in a timely manner.
The letter followed a July 17, 2007, Print Advisory Forum held in San Francisco, CA, and called by Adobe to explore the issue. NAPL and NAQP sent the letter on behalf of NAPL Network members and of the Graphic Communications Coalition for Open Competition. In addition to NAPL and NAQP, Coalition participants as of July 20 when the letter was mailed (additional firms have joined since) were Kevin Cushing, chief executive officer, AlphaGraphics, Inc.; Andrew Hrywnak, president, Print Three Franchising Corp.; Michael Jutt, executive vice president and director of Training, Minuteman Press International, Inc.; Richard Lowe, president, Sir Speedy; Carl Gerhardt, president and chief executive officer, Allegra Network; Bob Metzger, vice chairman, International Center for Entrepreneurial Development (ICED); Catherine Monson, president, PIP; and Steve Morris, chief executive officer, Signal Graphics (SAMPA Corp).
NAQP’s Steve Johnson and several members of the Graphic Communications Coalition for Open Competition participated by invitation from Adobe in the company’s July 17, 2007, Print Advisory Forum, which Adobe had called to “facilitate a dialog.”
At that Print Advisory Forum, Adobe indicated it would communicate a solution to the situation in two weeks. In their July 20, 2007, letter, NAPL’s Truncale and NAQP’s Johnson stated that “during that period, we will continue to examine any and all options open to us—legal and otherwise—should Adobe’s solution fall short of our expectations.”