Regulating the next green packaging

Legal cannabis is coming to Canada. What will the packaging look like? On April 20 2016, the Liberal government formally announced their plans to legalize cannabis for medical and recreational use. On that day, Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott said in a speech to the United Nations that Canada would introduce legislation in the spring … Read more →

Graphics Canada 2017 earns positive reviews

The tradeshow was one of the best in recent years, according to the majority of exhibitors I spoke to. While final numbers were not available at press time, attendance was up the first two days by 5% over the 2015 event. “Early comments and post-show impressions from exhibitors indicated quality leads and prospects,” said show … Read more →

New in packaging

On the coattails of a successful Graphics Canada we are preparing for our visit to Interpack this month. Interpack is the largest packaging industry tradeshow in the world, taking over Messe Düsseldorf (the same location as drupa). By the time you read this article, I will likely already be on location trying not to burn … Read more →

View from the publisher – May 2017

Canada’s largest and longest-running showcase for the graphic communications and printing industry, Graphics Canada, took place April 6-8, 2017 at the International Centre in Mississauga, ON. The biennial event, now in its 53rd year, featured well-attended conferences and panels – and of course, the latest technology, equipment and services from over 170 exhibitors. From all … Read more →

Sappi’s Neoterix ST release paper earns interzum 2017 Intelligent Material & Design Award

Sappi North America’s Neoterix ST, the first release paper to create surfaces that resist bacterial attachment and growth without the use of toxic additives or chemicals, has won the interzum 2017 Intelligent Material & Design Award. Interzum is the world’s leading tradeshow for furniture production and interior design. Interzum’s annual awards highlight visionary technologies, innovative … Read more →

Maximizing the value of your database

Are you looking for new leads? Do you know what the average cost per lead is based on the prospect lifecycle? Are you hearing terms like MQL (Marketing Qualified Leads) and SQL (Sales Qualified Leads)? Are you aligning data sources, such as Google Analytics and your CRM, to map out your prospect-to-customer journey? Are you … Read more →

Print CEOs: nail your business development messaging

Small and midsize print company owners or CEOs who take ownership of business development messaging typically drive success for three reasons: Business strategy is the ultimate domain of the owner/CEO. They’re often close with top customers. They are often the ones most intensely focused on profitable new growth. Customer-centered managers and employees certainly should be … Read more →

Get new capital to grow your business

Canada’s biggest banks and insurance companies have recently launched the Canadian Business Growth Fund, a private-sector fund of up to $1 billion to provide long-term financing to burgeoning high-growth businesses. The initial commitment of funds is more than $500 million. Initial participants include BMO Financial Group, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Royal Bank of Canada, … Read more →

Click here to unsubscribe: Part 2

This is the second installment in the Click Here to Unsubscribe series. Last issue, we looked at “Level 1 Solutions” which offered low-tech, easy to implement ideas for dealing with email overwhelm. In this issue we’ll explore “Level 2 Solutions” which make use of the software applications you’re probably already using, but with tips to … Read more →

Are you messing up your marketing?

Small business owners tend to believe that marketing is easy. Why, all we need to do is create social media accounts, buy some ad space, and it’s good…right? There are so many articles online about how to market that no one really needs help outside of reading another article, right? This concept is far from … Read more →

Digital printing update – a look at the past, present and future

Digital printing has entered a golden age of possibility. With advancements in technologies, changes in the marketplace, and increasingly innovative applications, digital printing has established its place as a complement to traditional printing methods. In order to understand the perspectives of both the vendor and the user about how the digital printing industry has evolved … Read more →