View From The Publisher

Welcome to the summer of 2004! It’s already had its moments of excitement with the federal election, the intense soccer competition for the European Cup and the momentum that’s building for the Olympic Games in Athens. The results of the recent federal election have changed the political landscape of Canada. With a minority Liberal government, … Read more →

Business Succession Strategies

The key to a successful transfer depends on the recruitment of skilled outside advisors, such as a lawyer, accountant and estate planner. And with the general aging of the Canadian population – the first baby boomers are approaching 60 years old – more family businesses will be passed on during the next two decades than … Read more →

Go Forth and Diversify

The bank would likely have a backup system, so a single server malfunction wouldn’t be enough to bring the bank to its technological knees. I suspect that this was a coordinated attack by one or several disgruntled insiders who could have crashed the system with a can of coke! That’s right, they could have spilled … Read more →

Computer to Plate Proofing

Digital proofing considerations There are some basic considerations to consider before deciding on which proofing device to buy as a part of your direct to plate workflow. The first question to ask is whether you really need to obtain the exact same halftone screen dot on the proof as in the final print. In the … Read more →

Keeping Customers When Things Go Wrong

On the other hand, by applying just a few critical people skills, front line employees can create such positive feelings – for both themselves and their customers, that an upset customer will become even more loyal. They’ll be transformed from being a critic to becoming an advocate. Here are five key strategies: 1. Focus on … Read more →

Why Write a Business Plan?

The product or service offering of the company. The competition, and their aggressiveness. Life expectancy of the product or services of the company. Technological changes pending within the business or industry. New products and services being contemplated for the future. Employee competency and retention. Competence of management. Challenges facing the company and their plan to … Read more →

SOS to all Involved in Graphics, Printing and Prepress

Our industry is changing and those responsible for file preparation, colour correction and colour space conversions are often not the printer or the scanner operator but the graphic designer and digital photographer. Art directors, clients, prepress and printers are all frustrated due to the excess array of colour spaces, file formats, levels of sharpening, various … Read more →

Printlink Announcement

PrintLink has built a trustworthy reputation by following a strong work ethic. They do not recruit candidates from existing employers but qualify candidates who contact the agency directly. Most candidates are actively employed and want to explore new opportunities discreetly – a situation that gives employers the benefit of accessing hard-to-reach, motivated employees. Company’s president … Read more →

Industry Profile – Ken Hartshorn

Over the years, Houghton Boston has evolved into a specialized printer offering high quality book production to publishers in Western Canada and the Northwest United States. Their expertise and years of print excellence also includes corporate printing, magazines, catalogues and publications for the tourism, agriculture and educational sectors. The company also designs and manufactures a … Read more →