May Editorial

What an action packed issue we have for you! Our lead article this month by Christopher Smyth is about 3D printing. This is an exciting topic not only within our industry, but much more broadly. Thanks to all of the media attention and techno-geek-initiated hype it seems that everybody wants to know what 3D printing … Read more →

The 3D printing industry

Introduction 3D printing has garnered extensive attention of late – touted as the coming of the next industrial revolution, able to both bring manufacturing back to North America and Europe and ignite innovation on a global scale. Similar to what happened with the advent of the Internet, which saw everyone become an author and publisher, … Read more →

View from the publisher – May 2014

April was a very busy month. I attended a wonderful open house at family-owned Cober Evolving Solutions at its main 86,000 sq. ft. facility in Kitchener, Ontario. The event was co-hosted by equipment partner HP. The highlight was Cober’s new HP Indigo 10000 – the first install in Canada. And while the 10000 is now … Read more →

How to battle the big companies

Before the Internet, small companies didn’t stand a chance against the Goliaths, says Corrine Sandler, a globally recognized leader in business intelligence and market research. That’s because no war can be won without intelligence and, before the digital era, collecting actionable data and information about one’s competitors, market and customers cost a lot more than … Read more →

For the record – Mike Meshkati

Mike Meshkati is a straight shooting young entrepreneur and the President of Sina Printing/ Sina empowers 5,000 printing companies across Canada annually with affordable, professional print and digital solutions by leading the way in marketing, technologies and lean manufacturing excellence. Mike joined this family business in 2001, working his way up from estimating and customer … Read more →

Selling large format printing services

Large format posters and banners are all around us, everywhere we go! And so, this large format printing business is unquestionably a great business opportunity for commercial printers, quick printers and graphic art providers. IT Strategies projects that the worldwide retail value of wide-format inkjet output will increase at a CAGR of 8% until 2015, … Read more →

You need a stable core

About a year ago, I added Pilates training to my workout regimen. Pilates is all about building a strong and stable core; it focuses on the muscles of the upper legs, hips, abdominals and lower back. Like yoga, Pilates requires flexibility to get the maximum benefit. I actually started it because I wanted to increase … Read more →

The state of digital books in Canada

Canadian publishing companies are becoming increasingly enamoured with digital. In fact, close to 90% of publishers currently produce eBooks, and the remainder are either in the process of starting to produce eBooks, or plan to produce them in the future. Digital books are big business in Canada with major publishing companies reporting that 10% of … Read more →

Sales and customer relationship management

Customer relationship management (CRM) is an integral part of new business generation and customer service. Sales staff can rely on CRM tools for discovering trends, forecasting, and selecting business growth opportunities. Support staff can rely on CRM tools for quick access to client contacts, up-to-date information on active projects, and business continuance purposes (i.e. getting … Read more →

Delicious Packaging

Non-traditional and stylish honey packaging is a wonderfully delicious trend! In recent years, several honey producers have taken great care in packaging their sweet product in even sweeter packaging. Both structural and graphic design trends have evolved into packaging that’s downright appetizing. Below are four examples of fantastic honey packaging, two of which are conceptual … Read more →

The News Business Innovation Access Program

The newly announced Business Innovation Access Program (BIAP) is a $20 million funded program from the federal government with the objective of providing entrepreneurial small- to medium-sized companies (SMEs) with resources, both intellectual and monetary, to help them move past barriers, various hurdles and capital constraints to bring a new product or service to market. … Read more →

Printing terms demystified

Did you hear about the printer who received an e-mail asking for a PDF ASAP about MIS, CTP and UV? He visited a URL where he downloaded an RGB TIFF, but really needed a CMYK EPS. Don’t you just love printing acronyms? Below are some printing and printing-related terms that you may not be that … Read more →