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Educating Yourself – And Your Clients – About Election Mail

Primaries and local elections are being held across the country. Here are some ways you can prepare for a successful election season.

If You Want Big Results, Set Big Goals

Without setting significant personal or business goals, it becomes difficult to achieve anything more than incremental improvements.

Are You Sure You Want to Quote That?

Do you win every pricing request? Of course not. Want to improve your chances of winning bids? Check out Bill’s blog for some tips.

From The Experts

The ‘Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act’ was signed into law on Nov. 15. Here’s what print and packaging manufacturers should note.

The Alliance calls on Congressional leaders to end Build Back Better Act talks, and to focus on more immediate economic challenges.

As this plan crumbles, the path to recovery will require a quick pivot to other key policies and successful crisis management.



Other Staff Bloggers
Mailing/Fulfillment

Primaries and local elections are being held across the country. Here are some ways you can prepare for a successful election season.

Judith Maloy of Polaris Direct, and Kurt Ruppel of IWCO Direct, share how their firms enable clients to leverage USPS 2022 Promotions.

Since the USPS has strict regulations on direct mail, take the time to learn the top five issues and how to avoid them.

Business Management

Without setting significant personal or business goals, it becomes difficult to achieve anything more than incremental improvements.

Do you win every pricing request? Of course not. Want to improve your chances of winning bids? Check out Bill’s blog for some tips.

What plagues most small print business owners, the world over, is the pain of being average. But “average” is a preventable condition.

Digital Printing - Wide Format

Expanding into wide-format is exciting, but requires creating a smart manufacturing layout to produce the printed items profitably.

If you haven’t delved into wide-format, it can be a significant new revenue stream for your commercial printing operation.

In part two, Green examines the impacts of e-commerce and trends that are driving the North American digital textile market forward.

Digital Printing - Production Inkjet

While digital is a choice among printing processes, it continues to provide change, new opportunity, and compelling advantages.

Printing and packaging industries benefit from influx of digital printing platforms across commercial, in-plant, packaging segments.

According to the research, roughly 6,000 printers are considering an investment in B2 inkjet printing over the next two years.

Interactive Print

The value it brings to all forms of print is significant, and if you’re not engaging with this medium then you should ask yourself why.

This holiday season marketers are leveraging augmented reality to drive both consumer engagement and purchases; some include print.

Marketers are targeting smartphone owners through mobile marketing techniques such as QR codes, blending print with digital.

Data Management

The Committee on House Administration held a hearing to discuss data privacy risks and reform needed in the public and private sectors.

As businesses and retailers adjust to new routines and marketing gears up, here are three reasons to consider programmatic printing.

Let’s look at four areas impacted by privacy and discuss pros and cons of these requirements to help you define a deployable strategy.

Consumables - Paper

Returning to the U.S. after 8 years, Hunter Bliss provides insight into American society and how this move impacts Pebble Printing.

Who in the U.S. could print a project like this? This project is uncompromising in quality and it must be printed in the U.S.

Hunter Bliss discusses what Pebble Paper offers in the matte and semi-gloss arena, and what’s next for Pebble Printing Group.

Training and Education

Joseph Truncale emphasizes the importance of company culture and why you should plan a comprehensive training program for your leaders.

Tune in to this episode of Million Dollar Monday to hear how EJ Carrion empowers others to accelerate their success.

The next step Congress can take to help revive this sector is passage of the bipartisan “Hospitality and Commerce Jobs Act of 2021.”

Color/Quality Control

With management systems, printers should be equipped with the proper hardware and software to ensure consistency of output.

Trying to achieve a shared visual appearance between products printed on different media with different printers can be challenging.

If you’ve been in the printing industry for any length of time, you’ve probably heard about G7. But what makes it so important?

Finishing

We’re in an exciting new era when it comes to embellishment services. Are these new developments really that big of a deal? Absolutely.

With contract printing, you can benefit from certain capabilities without housing them. Here is a low-risk approach to success.

Print creates strong connections, and one method of intensifying engagement with printed pieces is by adding embellishments.

Software

A recent report identifies five key reasons to invest in tools to automate workflow.

Taking advantage of many of the available technological capabilities requires transforming digital and production workflows.

Look at the workflow solutions you have and then look at the emerging solutions that can help you become more efficient.

Consumables - Ink

The printing industry is shifting toward inkjet printing. As such, more companies should evaluate the benefits of insourcing.

Lack of information can cause designers to miss out on exploiting new technologies or create unnecessary expense.

Slowing down and following a "Best Practices" method to paper trials and qualification will save you time and ink costs by focusing on ink and paper surface compatibility. As your cost for a better inkjet paper and print quality go up, your ink usage should go down. But only if there are best practices in place.

Digital Printing - Toner

The centerpiece was the virtual debut of a new, dry-toner digital press: the SX30000, a B2-format, continuous-feed device from Xeikon.

The imagePRESS C850 offers print speeds of up to 85 letter-size images per minute, duplex, long-sheet printing, and can handle heavier, coated or textured stock. The imagePRESS C850 also features in-line finishing options including creasing and trimming. PRINTING United Booth 7016.

Xerox recently unveiled the Iridesse. Now that the glitter has settled, there are a few questions to explore about its possibilities.

Consumables - General

The last couple of times we discussed how paper and then finishing can enhance your direct mail ROI, now let’s look at coatings.

The new, high-gloss printable laminate film from Nobelus offers scratch-resistance and can be used for gluing, foil stamping, UV coating and more. It is intended for direct mail, magazines, folding cartons and other applications. PRINTING United Booth 10141.

We have seen lots of advances in adhesives for bookbinding over the years, with PUR (polyurethane reactive) adhesive being the last major game changer. But there is now a revived interest in protein-based adhesives.

Digital Printing - Digital Offset

HP’s Indigo 12000 HD system is increasingly being used for applications such as professional and wedding photo prints. The system’s high-definition writing head doubles print resolution and outperforms the quality of most offset printing. PRINTING United Booth 6407.

What follows is an interview with Rosemarie Breske Garvey, VP at Blooming Color in Lombard, Ill. Blooming Color is doing some pretty spectacular work beyond traditional four-color printing and I wanted to learn more.

Dscoop is part tradeshow and part education event, with an agenda that included A-List keynotes and mentalist Lior Suchard as emcee. The sessions were the expected array of customer success stories, successful selling solutions and product reviews, but there were also a variety of sessions covering finishing, packaging and 3D printing.

Offset Printing

Heidelberg’s Speedmaster XL 106-5 press is the machine of choice for a Canadian sheetfed printer: Its integrated LED drying technology gives companies additional product options, as well as a way to access higher-margin printing opportunities. PRINTING United Booth 10143.

Citing the need to increase capacity and gain a competitive advantage, the perfecting press from RMGT was the perfect choice for a growing business. This and other solutions from the company will be represented in Dallas. PRINTING United Booth 9551.

OK, I digress from my usual finishing tech. discussion this week. Although I’m on the digital finishing side, I spent enough time in the high-volume offset world to become quite familiar with publication, periodical and catalog production.

Binding

Don Piontek shares some of the diverse finishing applications and systems he’s come across in his career.

During a recent trade show, Don Piontek looked for the newest finishing technology and he found innovations in mechanical binding.

In the search for new finishing developments, Don Piontek received a LinkedIn press release alert on something called “Vpaper.”

Mergers and Acquisitions

It looked like a good fit. The seller, unfortunately, didn’t see it that way.

As a trade association president, I knew that one of my most important jobs was to offer our members a friendly, well informed, third-party perspective on strategic business issues. Today, our New Direction Partners clients want the same thing: not just information about the mechanics of M&As, but also a genuine understanding of the industry and the mindsets of the people who own those companies.

For many years, I had the privilege of serving in leadership positions with Printing Industries of New England (PINE), the largest printing trade association in the Northeast. Then as now, I was greatly impressed by the resiliency of our members and their ability to adapt to changing business circumstances.