Sappi’s Neoterix ST release paper earns interzum 2017 Intelligent Material & Design Award

Sappi North America’s Neoterix ST, the first release paper to create surfaces that resist bacterial attachment and growth without the use of toxic additives or chemicals, has won the interzum 2017 Intelligent Material & Design Award. Interzum is the world’s leading tradeshow for furniture production and interior design. Interzum’s annual awards highlight visionary technologies, innovative … Read more →

Maximizing the value of your database

Are you looking for new leads? Do you know what the average cost per lead is based on the prospect lifecycle? Are you hearing terms like MQL (Marketing Qualified Leads) and SQL (Sales Qualified Leads)? Are you aligning data sources, such as Google Analytics and your CRM, to map out your prospect-to-customer journey? Are you … Read more →

Print CEOs: nail your business development messaging

Small and midsize print company owners or CEOs who take ownership of business development messaging typically drive success for three reasons: Business strategy is the ultimate domain of the owner/CEO. They’re often close with top customers. They are often the ones most intensely focused on profitable new growth. Customer-centered managers and employees certainly should be … Read more →

Get new capital to grow your business

Canada’s biggest banks and insurance companies have recently launched the Canadian Business Growth Fund, a private-sector fund of up to $1 billion to provide long-term financing to burgeoning high-growth businesses. The initial commitment of funds is more than $500 million. Initial participants include BMO Financial Group, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Royal Bank of Canada, … Read more →

Click here to unsubscribe: Part 2

This is the second installment in the Click Here to Unsubscribe series. Last issue, we looked at “Level 1 Solutions” which offered low-tech, easy to implement ideas for dealing with email overwhelm. In this issue we’ll explore “Level 2 Solutions” which make use of the software applications you’re probably already using, but with tips to … Read more →

Are you messing up your marketing?

Small business owners tend to believe that marketing is easy. Why, all we need to do is create social media accounts, buy some ad space, and it’s good…right? There are so many articles online about how to market that no one really needs help outside of reading another article, right? This concept is far from … Read more →

Digital printing update – a look at the past, present and future

Digital printing has entered a golden age of possibility. With advancements in technologies, changes in the marketplace, and increasingly innovative applications, digital printing has established its place as a complement to traditional printing methods. In order to understand the perspectives of both the vendor and the user about how the digital printing industry has evolved … Read more →

The Jetsons’ world of 3D print

When I was a kid I always wondered about how cool it would be if we could live in the world of the popular American animated sitcom The Jetsons. The show aired from 1962 to 1963, but the cartoon was set 100 years in the future. As it sometimes turns out with sci-fi stories, the … Read more →

Redefine your project management “solution”

While the promise of project management methodologies is improved efficiency and higher profitability, implementing and sticking to one can be an extremely frustrating endeavour. How often do we observe a “by the book” operation whose participants have completely bought-in to the process and have smiles on their faces?! The issue we’re faced with is twofold. … Read more →

Thank goodness for automated proofreading

I’m constantly amazed at the seemingly unending advances in automation in virtually every sector of the printing industry today. I find it mind-boggling. Everything from colour management to finishing to billing and even delivery of the final printed product can now be automated from one easy-to-use platform. Yes, print MIS definitely rules. Dreaded downtime, touchpoints, … Read more →

The nature of ‘work’

This month’s issue is about the nature of work. In the lead article, columnist Mark Corrigan shares his insights about different approaches to project management. Also in the issue, we have a couple of great articles about funding opportunities. Government funding columnist Elliot Schiller discusses government grants aimed at helping small- to mid-sized companies reduce … Read more →

View from the publisher – April 2017

This year marks our 20th anniversary. So how did we get here? Well, we began as an 8-page, 2-colour newsprint tabloid printed from our Newmarket, Ontario location with a circulation of about 4,500. We were one of eight competing publications at that time. Today we’re one of the leading trade publications for the printing and … Read more →

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