On the road with Esko and Ricoh user conferences

The digital transformations of packaging and commercial printing  We were on the road in June, attending two user conferences: EskoWorld in broiling (40°C) San Antonio, TX, and Ricoh Interact, in more temperate Boulder, CO.  These industry user groups always present a good opportunity to gauge certain sectors of the industry. Unlike industry-wide tradeshows, which give … Read more →

Printing and politics dominate in another good news/bad news month

I attended a wonderful open house at Spicers in Vaughan, Ontario last month. About 50 exhibitors participated and the event attracted over 200 professionals from several industry sectors. Congratulations to Andre-Levin Marcon, Paul Tasker, and their hard working staff for putting on such a well-received event. Further congratulations go out to 2018 Gutenberg Gala president … Read more →

Market yourself like a pro and land that next job

Use these strategies to set yourself apart Finding a job today is not what it used to be. It’s been 20 years since Hotjobs.com launched in 1998, while Monster.com launched in 1999 (remember them?) Before that, you attended career fairs, scanned the classified ads of newspapers, magazines and trade publications or heard about an opening … Read more →

Be lean: reduce waste, improve margins, sell more

How to make continuous improvement part of your business strategy With this article we begin a four-part series on lean manufacturing for printers. Our first installment focuses on implementing a sales and continuous-improvement culture in your company. In subsequent articles, we’ll look at how lean principles can improve your prepress and project management, logistics and … Read more →

Innovations in smart packaging

It’s all about boxes with more information, safety, convenience and influence At its core, packaging serves to preserve, protect, and provide information about its contents. However, packaging must contend with the pressures of commerce: limited shelf space, finite design area, accessibility and environmental considerations, consumer experience, and other factors that play a role in whether … Read more →

Digital textile printing set to take off

If you’re looking to expand, give it serious thought Digital garment printing has been making its mark on the digital wide-format industry and has enjoyed significant growth in recent years. The market is expected to grow at an impressive CAGR of more than 18% globally until 2021. In 2016 digital textiles market share was about … Read more →

How to attract top talent

Technology is changing how you hire, but the basics are still worth remembering The world is changing and so is the field of recruiting. As the number of students graduating from universities each year grows, so does the talent pool of highly educated, employable workers. However, a 2017 ManpowerGroup study found that a staggering 40% … Read more →

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