Michael Murphy

MINNEAPOLIS—To enhance the speed and quality of the in-line printing capabilities on its web offset presses, Japs-Olson Co. has ordered 24 Kodak Prosper S10 imprinting systems. The inkjet printheads will be used to produce high-volume direct mail and other variable data applications.

PARAMUS, NJ—9/30/2008—Joan B. Davidson, group president of The Sheridan Group, headquartered in Hunt Valley, Md., has been named the 48th Walter E. Soderstrom Award recipient. Davidson will receive the award, one of the graphic communications industry’s most prestigious honors, at the annual NAPL Soderstrom Society Dinner on Monday, Oct. 27, 2008, at the Mid-America Club in Chicago. NAPL (www.napl.org), the industry’s association for excellence in the printing and graphic communications industry, will also induct 13 industry leaders into the Walter E. Soderstrom Society at the event.

THE FIRST decade in the 21st century has become known for its lists of Top 10s, 50s, 100s—you name it. We have assembled 20 of the printing industry’s finest young executives for your consideration.

By Erik Cagle Senior Editor Issues abound for the direct marketing printer, and some of the high impact ones involve the federal government. Given this, there is but one absolute: don't expect hard and fast resolutions anytime soon. One topic centers on postal reform for the United States Postal Service (USPS); another deals with the possible redirection of marketing efforts from customers who may no longer believe that telemarketing is a viable answer in light of the federal Do-Not-Call (DNC) Registry. Top 10 Direct Mail Printers*  CompanySegmentSales(millions)TotalSales(millions) 1Quebecor WorldMontreal$624$6,242 2Vertis Inc.Baltimore$335$1,675 3Banta Corp.Menasha, WI$191$1,366 4RR DonnelleyChicago$142$4,754 5The Instant Web Cos.Chanhassen, MN$93$98 6Von Hoffmann(Lehigh Direct)St.

Once upon a time, electronic desktop publishing seemed miraculous. No more awkward cameras, no more messy paste-ups. Put all of your work on a disk, then overnight a package to the printer. Simple. Nowadays, electronic desktop is trite. Everybody's got it. Everybody's using it. And the ability to accept a disk delivered overnight doesn't impress print buyers who want their jobs yesterday. Today's removable media, such as SyQuests and Zips, may boast high memory capacity, but you can't ship them any faster than floppies. If you want quicker delivery, you need the speed of digital file transfer. Digital file transfer performs new miracles in

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