Printing Impressions February 2014 edition


Across the Nation

Commercial printer equipment installations and other news from Printing Impressions’ February 2014 edition, featuring Marshall & Bruce Printing, BPI Media Group, Mountain Ink Printing and Melcher Printing, Primary Color

Allegra Castleton: A Wide-Open Opportunity

John and Doreen Long own Allegra Castleton, a commercial printing company in Indianapolis. Since founding their franchise in 1986, they have made a number of important strategic decisions for their business. Among the most beneficial to its bottom line was their decision to incorporate digital printing.

Bindery Matters

Commercial printing industry supplier company and personnel news from Printing Impressions’ February 2014 edition, featuring Great Lakes Bindery, Anro Inc., Prestige Graphics, Graphic Arts Studio and Elk River Systems.

Bits and Pieces: Riches Found In Shark Tank

Brian Whiteman, owner of Dot Graphics, a Los Angeles-area firm that provides custom in-house design, printing, bindery and fulfillment services for clients throughout California, appeared with his wife, Julie, on the Jan. 10 episode of ABC-TV's "Shark Tank."

Brown's Bindery: Trade Shop: Bound to Please

Brown's Bindery in Columbia, SC, has remained successful for nearly three decades, providing overflow work along with specialized binding and finishing. "What sets Brown's Bindery apart is that there is a family member ensuring the job is done efficiently and on time at every stage of the customer's job," explains Tara Allison, CFO at Brown's Bindery and daughter of the founder.

Dana on Marketing Messages: Changing Role Of Print Buyers

The role of print buyers in corporate America is evolving, and it's doing so in ways that printers need to understand in order to deliver the products and services that the new buyers need.

Differentiation Is A Key for Success –Michelson

Intricately shaped, dimensional direct mailers. In-line cold foiling. Digital printing with special UV texture effects or glitter. Several print shops profiled in this issue have built unique business models to separate themselves from the pack.

Digital Finishing: Different Paths to Success

The range of finishing available, combined with increasing customer demands for differentiation, has meant that for many shops, creating the balance between offerings and profitability remains delicate. Let's look at five digital printing establishments and how they've created the balance between meeting customer expectations and maintaining profitability.

Farquharson/Tedesco on Business Development: Presidents Day Sales Analogies

Lincoln and Washington were intelligent, strong-willed, near-fearless leaders. They made decisions their constituents hated, as well as making mistakes. Being a great sales leader is less about possessing gobs of admirable, deity-like qualities and more about just working smart and doing the right thing. That's a message of which both Washington and Lincoln would eagerly approve.

Foster Printing: A Happy, Productive Place

While Foster Printing of Santa Ana, CA, does not feel compelled to rule the world, the executive leadership team is fairly happy with dominating their small corner of it. Tim Blackburn, company president, is proud of how far the company has come since it was acquired by his father, Dennis, in 1988. "The last six years have really been amazing for Foster," he notes. "The growth we have experienced has surpassed what we'd done prior to that in the history of the company. And we feel like we've hit our mark for where we need to be—we've improved on turnaround, quality and capacity."

Is Your Print Shop Compliant with New OSHA Hazard Communication Standard?

As part of your business impact analysis, you should assign recovery time objectives to each activity to help determine your basic recovery requirements. Your business impact analysis will help you develop your recovery plan, which will help you get your business running again if an incident does happen.

On the Road: EFI 'Connects' With Clients at Record-Turnout Event

The record 1,000 customers at the EFI Connect 2014 users conference in Las Vegas last month went home to their plants ready to incorporate knowledge gleaned from 180 educational sessions, keynote and panel discussions, partner exhibits and peer-to-peer networking opportunities.

Printer News

Commercial printer company and personnel news from Printing Impressions’ February 2014 edition, featuring Gill Studios, IDEAlliance and Quad/Graphics.

Ringing of NYSE Bell Signifies A 'New Beginning' for Kodak

With nearly 60 customers from across the United States present, Kodak President and CEO Antonio Perez rang the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Jan. 8 to celebrate Kodak's recent relisting.

Special Effects/Finishes: Turn How Into Wow!

Chasing technology can be time consuming, expensive and frustrating. Imagine being the first tenant in an exclusive, gated community—the quiet, the beauty, the excitement of it all—then, within a year, you become knee-deep in neighbors. It no longer seems special when the masses join the party, does it?

Supplier News

Commercial printing industry supplier company and personnel news from Printing Impressions’ February 2014 edition, featuring Eagle Systems, Xerox, xpedx, EFI, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A.


Commercial Printing Industry News Briefs from Printing Impressions’ February 2014 edition, including Verso Acquiring NewPage, RR Donnelley Buying Esselte