Internet Service Providers--Speed of Light
The GABNet technology is also utilized at the GraphicsResourceCenter.com Website. GraphicsResourceCenter, which owns GABNet, is an industry portal that offers news, job postings, virtual trade shows and a host of Webcast demonstrations, trade show seminars and news conferences. It also provides access to industry experts and a large online library of research, case studies and white papers, according to Hawkins.
One GABNet user is the Research & Engineering Council of the Graphic Arts Industry. The R&E Council has been using GABNet to increase its membership reach by recording its annual binding, finishing and distribution seminars. Now, members who cannot attend the workshop have the ability to access the seminar by logging onto the R&E Council's Website and downloading it to their computers, says Ron Mihills, R&E Council managing director. "Our membership response has been very positive," remarks Mihills. "In today's business environment, it's becoming more and more difficult to find the time to travel to seminars. Really, our biggest competitor is time. By putting these presentations on the Website, we increase our reach—because members can view them at their leisure."
Printers looking to "e-enable" their businesses should look no further than httprint.com, says httprint President and Ceo Mark Porter. httprint enables the customer to manage the entire print-buying process of bidding, checking proofs, reordering and managing schedules. These core services are combined with a number of additional services, such as industry news feeds, design center and job postings.
httprint provides a branded offering called Private Labels that enables printers to take httprint.com's tools and add them to their existing Website. "The Private Label sites really give printers the ability to take charge of what's going on in the industry. Many printers are upset that Internet software companies are invading the industry and changing all the rules."
However, Porter says that httprint differs from its competitors in the sense that they do not step into existing relationships. "What we're trying to do is put some power back in their hands, and let them go out and deal with their customers as they've always have," Porter says.