Stand out – create your own category of one

A message that resonates with customers is a valuable investment  Companies promise a lot of things. How often have you heard messages like, “We have great service,” “You’ll get quality printing with us,” or “We’re number one at [blank].” Of course, no one wants to advertise that they rank number three at something, but at … Read more →

An update on consumables and substrates

Pressroom chemicals Like oil and gas in your vehicle, pressroom chemicals are absolutely essential to the efficient running of an offset press. These can include fountain solutions and additives, alcohol replacements, press wash-up products (including roller and blanket washes) silicones (for heatset web presses) and specialty products such as roller deglazers, plate desensitizers, chrome roller … Read more →

Be lean: reduce waste, improve margins, sell more

How to make continuous improvement part of your business strategy This is the final article in our series on lean manufacturing for printers. This installment focuses on the structures and processes that reinforce production efficiency. In the first three articles we explored ways to identify and reduce some of the practical waste that occurs in … Read more →

Provincial funds available for businesses in Ontario

The Eastern Ontario Development Fund is a source of funds for business expansion The Eastern Ontario Development Fund (EODF) gives money to businesses, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations for economic development in eastern Ontario. Likewise, the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF) gives money for economic development in southwestern Ontario. Both funds are similar, so, in this … Read more →

Sign Expo Canada draws steady crowds

Sign Expo Canada, the Sign Association of Canada’s national trade show took over the International Centre in Mississauga on Sept. 21-22. The event attracted about 3,000 visitors to see the latest technology and products that the Canadian sign industry has to offer, showcased by about 100 exhibitors. Special events this year included the 2018 Sign … Read more →

Brave new manufacturing world

3D printing delivers new processes for creators and inventors Imagine a world where a replacement part for an in-home gadget could be created by simply turning on your computer, downloading an online file, and 3D-printing the part. Would this be disruptive to manufacturing industries, or would it lead to innovations benefiting the greater good? Or … Read more →

Decision fatigue can clog your brain

Here’s how you can overcome the thief of good decisions Before you lift your head off the pillow in the morning and plant your feet on the floor, how many decisions have you made? Internet sources estimate that an adult makes about 35,000 remotely conscious decisions each day. Cornell University researchers estimate that individuals make 226.7 … Read more →

Consider the rise and joy of unitasking

When we try to multitask all we’re doing is becoming less efficient Take a second to put down your phone and take a break from anything you’re currently working on. Really, do it. I dare you. You’re about to experience the joys of unitasking.  What is unitasking? Unitasking is the simple art of doing one … Read more →

Plenty of good news to share in October

Trade shows, trade agreements and acquisitions make headlines With two major industry trade shows in the rear-view mirror, we’re finally getting back to normal – almost! The Sign Association of Canada’s Sign Expo Canada Sept. 21-22 at the International Centre in Mississauga saw steady traffic during its entire two days. Booths were busy and I … Read more →

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