Trust me, print is alive and well

Last month I attended Agfa Graphics’ wide-format open house at its Canadian headquarters and production facility in Mississauga, Ontario. Live demos of its Jeti Tauro, Jeti Mira and Anapurna models left no doubt as to the high quality of output from these sophisticated flatbeds. The next day I went to the opening of Epson’s first … Read more →

Crawl before you walk – and before you run

This month, Jay Mandarino, President of the CJ Graphics Group of Companies, discusses the complicated twists and turns that can occur during a merger or acquisition. He includes some fascinating personal observations while commenting on the current state of our industry. His advice: crawl before you walk and especially before you run in these matters. … Read more →

Another successful Graphics Canada

Another Graphics Canada is in the books! This year the biennial tradeshow drew over 7,000 visitors to Mississauga’s International Centre April 11-13. More than 150 leading industry suppliers occupied over 100,000 sq. ft. of floor space. “This was our most successful event in recent years,” said show Manager Dan Mustata. “Our tradeshow floor sold out … Read more →

Stretch your marketing team – and its budget

How lean marketing departments thrive Today’s B2B corporate marketing departments are lean – while expectations and requirements grow large. Digital strategies, content strategies and overall data management have become all-consuming – as marketers feed a voracious appetite for leads, awareness, authenticity and authority. The hats corporate/in-house marketers wear change frequently. At any given point your … Read more →

The Best of Bindery

Part 4: Price flexibility a huge benefit in the binding books and booklets Bookbinding technology today is a specialized trade that relies on the basic operations of measuring, cutting, assembling and gluing. The fact is that a finished book might require dozens of operations to complete, depending on the specific style and materials the customer … Read more →

A case study: You have a way with words

We humans are such a narcissistic, self-absorbed bunch, aren’t we? When there’s something to say, we just can’t help talking about ourselves – even when we try to focus on others, In the movie Beaches, Bette Midler’s character, CC Bloom, reveals this characteristic when she says: “But enough about me, let’s talk about you…what do … Read more →

Is Adobe the only Choice?

Let’s be honest; software is an expensive, yet essential, part of many production workflows. Chances are, if you’re working on a design project, you are using an Adobe product. There’s no doubt the software giant has become an indispensable asset in the design industry, dominating the digital graphic creation market with competitors like CorelDraw, Freehand, … Read more →

Oh My GAAD: Digital Access for All

If you’re the owner of a printing company, you’ve got a lot on your plate. Your days are likely spent focused on the necessary details to ensure jobs get out the back door on time and are up to quality standards. Your days are also probably spent on the big picture, strategic next steps to … Read more →

Sales Solve Most Problems

Tactics to Strengthen Business in 2019 Johannes Gutenberg may have invented the printing press in the 1450s and Alois Senefelder invented lithography in 1796,  but it’s a sure bet they had no idea how the printing industry would change so dynamically into what is now, the most competitive ‘global’ marketplace the world has ever seen … Read more →