Why that dash (above) is so important at this time of year This is not a column about our crazy and compelling industry, but rather a holiday message. I’m not a morose person. But at least once a week in my travels here in east Toronto, I pass by a cemetery. All those gravestones remind … Read more →

Why smart people fail

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. – Vince Lombardi, Former Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi got it only half right. Persistence, knowledge and willpower increase the odds that one will be successful. But, if one … Read more →

Futurpreneur – is it for you?

How to access a $15,000 federal loan Futurpreneur Canada is the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. So if you’re launching, mentoring or becoming a partner in a start-up, you could access a loan of $15,000 to start or buy a business. To be … Read more →

Print MIS: What’s on the horizon and how software providers are adapting

Speed, integration and customization will be key as printers diversify In most companies today, MIS (management information systems) control the hardware and software systems used for business-critical decision making. But did you know that the MIS department originally comprised the entirety of so-called information technology (IT)? From the 1960s to the early 1980s, firms and … Read more →

Five SEO trends to still consider in 2019

Make sure your company has a notable presence on major social-media sites SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is as important as it’s ever been and will continue to play a major role in the success of marketing your printing business. Many of the Fortune 500 companies implement all kinds of SEO enhancing strategies, and get hold … Read more →

A sustainability tour with Asia Pulp and Paper

In 2013, Asia Pulp and Paper, one of the largest paper producers in the world, released its Sustainability Roadmap Vision 2020, a comprehensive strategy structured around 10 key touchpoints for sustainably managing its sprawling operations. These included fibre sourcing, reforestation, conservation and biodiversity, community empowerment and human rights. That roadmap will conclude in about a … Read more →

Grade your prospects, prioritize your time

Understand which leads will turn into sales and which are a waste of time We could all use more time. Particularly in a sales role—which tends to be more autonomous than other roles in an organization—time can slip away if you’re not attuned to prospects that are more or less likely to lead to a … Read more →

SGIA draws over 24,000 to Las Vegas

As organizers prepare for Printing United trade show next year in Dallas The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA) 2018 SGIA Expo (the last event before launching its much-anticipated Printing United tradeshow with NAPCO Media in 2019) attracted over 24,000 people to the Las Vegas Convention Center October 18–20. With 612 suppliers on the sold-out exhibit … Read more →