The Best of Bindery

Part 1 – Types of Binding This article begins a 10-part series by Norm Beange, owner of Toronto-based Specialties Graphic Finishers, who brings 40 years of experience and expertise as a leader in binding and finishing technology. He can be reached at norm@sgfteam.ca. I’ve always believed that the dozens of binding techniques out there are … Read more →

Executive overview of printing trends

Digital inkjet printing of textiles is one of the fastest growing industry segments. The global market for printed signage will rise to $46.7 billion by 2022. The worldwide label printing market will be worth $45.22 billion by then, and printed packaging will grow to $22.4 billion in that year. IT will emerge as a more … Read more →

Getting a handle on group benefit costs

Traditional Group Benefits Most companies that offer group benefits to their employees use an insurance company for coverage. The plan offers medical and dental coverage, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment and perhaps other types of coverage. Most companies find that when renewing their group benefits, insurance rates always seem to increase. The reasoning by … Read more →

The importance of defining your ideal customer

Avatar, muse, ideal customer profile, customer persona – whatever you call it, putting a face to your ideal customer is not only a smart marketing tactic, but a strategic move for your entire organization. The word ‘avatar’ (which is the term I’ll be using) is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning ‘descent’, referring to the … Read more →

Beyond inkjet versus offset: Changing your commercial printing model

This issue welcomes Alec Couckuyt as a new columnist. An experienced printing executive, he spent 10 years with Canon Canada where he transformed its Production Printing Systems Division (formerly Océ) to become a market leader in high-volume digital colour inkjet systems. He began his career with Agfa Graphics in Belgium, with subsequent assignments in Canada … Read more →

A closer look at regulated cannabis packaging and labelling in Canada’s legal market

In the May 2017 issue, a few months before Canada’s cannabis regulations were released, I predicted what regulated cannabis packaging could look like in Canada’s legal market. Since then, legalization has come and gone and Canada is now the largest legal marketplace for cannabis in the world. Professionally, I’ve been fortunate to witness and participate … Read more →

Chasing profitability in 2019

Pierre Cléroux, VP of research and chief economist at BDC, believes that 2019 will see great opportunities to expand markets and diversify product lines. But there are two huge threats:  labour shortages and technological advancements. Hugo Sarrazin, Senior Partner and co-author of the December McKinsey Quarterly 2018, predicts that the critical enabler of future success … Read more →

Women are on track to earn the same as men

It’ll only take about 200 years or more! A December 2018 Bloomberg report said that the global pay gap between men and women “has improved slightly.” Isn’t that heartwarming after several decades? The reality is that pay levels are still so far apart, that it’ll take 202 years to reach equity, according to the World … Read more →

It’s showtime on many fronts

I attended Mimaki Canada’s Future of Fabrics seminar January 17 at its showroom in Concord, Ontario. The inaugural event had over 80 pre-registered attendees, but many more showed up during the day. Officials from Mimaki and Imaging Alignment Corporation (IMAC) discussed how to expand a printer’s business opportunities with the OEM’s products. There were live … Read more →

Life lessons learned from my internship in Canada

Last summer the School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM) at Ryerson University in Toronto, together with the Ted Rogers School of Management, hosted Mariana Kozar – an international research student from Ukraine. This was part of a 12-week program funded by Mitacs, a Canadian not-for-profit organization. Kozar is a senior undergraduate student at Taras Shevchenko … Read more →

2018: The year in review

From presses to postal strikes, from technology to tariffs, from multi-million-dollar deals to multi-million-dollar investor tantrums – 2018 will go down as a year that featured just about everything. Here’s my annual look at the top stories of the year. My apologies to those deserving news items (including ones from December that occurred after our … Read more →