That's a big mail bag 

Jan 01, 2011

Since 1930, the number of mail pieces handled by the U.S. Postal Service (formerly the Post Office Department, until 1971) grew steadily fromnearly 28 billion per year to 213 billion in 2006. Source: The United States Postal Service An American History 1775-2006, www.usps.gov.

People 

Jan 01, 2011

Antoine Fady has been appointed CEO of Flint Group, succeeding Charles Knott, who will continue as chairman. Fady most recently served as GM for Akzo Nobel Decorative Paints-Europe. Prior to that, he was CEO, ICI Packaging & Coatings. HubCast announces Tony Dolph has been promoted to president, following founder Toby LaVigne's decision to step down but continue as an active member of the board of

Make 'em laugh 

Jan 01, 2011

We have noted a real uptick in humor, reports IAPHC's Kevin Keane. Keane is one our favorite Facebook friends he's a wealth of fantastic (and often funny) links. He shared most of the following items with us, and we can't wait to read his next post. See Kevin's blog at www.IAPHC.org. The power of video CL Graphics' marketing guru Peter Gault reports outstanding customer response to his Social Media

Welcome to the virtual warehouse 

Jan 01, 2011

High-speed inkjet presses are changing the book manufacturing game. That's the message we heard loud and clear at Offset Paperback Manufacturers' (OPM) open house this past November in Laflin, PA. OPM, an Arvato US Bertelsmann Co., has been cranking out books on its monochrome Kodak Prosper 1000 since July 2010. On the color side, the latest addition is a Kodak Prosper 5000XL. Muller Martini's Sigmaline

Oce, manroland announce partnership 

Jan 01, 2011

Oce and manroland AG have teamed up to offer a single source for print data management, digital printing, offset printing and postpress solutions. The two companies will jointly advise customers selecting advanced technology and workflow solutions. The partnership's strategy on inkjet entails its use as a supplement to offset printing for small runs and just-in-time production. Oc recently joined the

Boarman sworn in as U.S. Public Printer 

Jan 01, 2011

President Obama has sworn in William J. Boarman as the 26th Public Printer of the United States. Boarman will serve as CEO of the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), leading more than 2,300 employees. This is a homecoming of sorts, as I began my career at GPO in the 1970s, says Boarman. For 150 years, GPO has been serving the information needs of Congress, federal agencies, and the public. I look

Sun Chem announces price hike 

Jan 01, 2011

Faced with continued increases in the costs of raw materials and volatility in the global supply chain, Sun Chemical will raise prices in North America on February 1, 2011. The increases: $0.14/lb. for sheetfed blending bases. $0.10/lb. for sheetfed blacks, whites and varnishes. $0.12/lb. for heatset process black and color inks. $0.07/lb. for solvent-based liquid inks. $0.10/lb. for all white liquid

Costco, Corbis team up on consumer products 

Jan 01, 2011

Costco Wholesale Corp. and Corbis Images have partnered to allow Costco members to purchase prints, posters and gicle canvas prints of thousands of Corbis Images of art, photographs and illustrations. The www.costco.com Photo Center features a collection of more than 20,000 digital images exclusively from the Corbis collection. Members have the copyright permission to use the images as they like.

Xerox to increase toner production 

Jan 01, 2011

Xerox Corp. (www.xerox.com) will invest $25 million in the coming year to expand its EA Toner plant to handle the increasing worldwide need for chemically grown toner used in Xerox printers and production presses. The project will increase Xerox's manufacturing capacity of EA Toner by 50% at its plant in Webster, NY.

RR Donnelley expands Internet services with acquisition 

Jan 01, 2011

R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. has acquired 8touches, an online provider of tools that allow real estate sales associates and other marketers to create customized communications materials such as direct mail, flyers and brochures. 8touches' branded online resources provide access to more than 1,000 customized templates into which profiles, MLS data and pictures for selected listings can auto-populate.

Green initiatives & common sense 

Jan 01, 2011

Many programs are hogwash, hence the term When someone does something that is both sensible and sustainable, it deserves to be recognized. Green is suddenly everywhere. Hardly a month goes by without an ecology minded group promoting a new green incentive. Kermit the Frog would be proud. Our story My company, Copresco, found ways to dramatically impact our energy consumption: A new lighting system

AMS introduces offset LED-UV perfecting system 

Jan 01, 2011

Air Motion Systems has announced an LED-UV based printing system, for offset printing and perfecting. It uses a UV LED light source to instantly dry inks and varnishes at top press speeds without marking, powder, heat or wasted energy. By instantly drying both the front and back-side sheets inline, the LED-UV printing process reportedly eliminates marking and dramatically speeds jobs through postpress.

Mastering LinkedIn 

Jan 01, 2011

In the spring of 2008, I addressed the Consolidated Graphics (CGX) national sales force and told them they needed to get on LinkedIn. I told them it was the best thing since sliced bread, and their personal brand depended on a venue like it. Within two months, I wondered what all the fuss was about, decided to write it off and moved on. I had shown up on LinkedIn, sat on the sidelines and expected

What's your maintenance budget for a 4-year-old press? 

Jan 01, 2011

How electronic is the press? The more electronics, the more maintenance is required. In a large printing company that charted cost of maintence as a percentage of sales, the percentage kept increasing over a 30-year period. Look at your press today you need an electrical expert as well as a mechanic. Is it UV or conventional? A full UV press will last longer than a conventional press, due to not having

More suggestions for the PMG 

Jan 01, 2011

My somewhat simplistic advice is for Patrick Donahoe to stay on the course he's set: customer focus, business development and a leaner operation. Also, get the USPS into a more proactive stance on public and legislative issues. Be more out-front with its own story about what it needs to do, or needs from Congress. The agency has a long history of silence and that does it a disservice when so many

A trusted resource 

Jan 01, 2011

Put the reader first. That's our goal at AMERICAN PRINTER. We've been a trusted resource for commercial printers since 1883. We are proud to enter our 128th year of serving the commercial printing industry. But we are prouder still to be innovators rather than curators. In 2011, we have a fresh look and renewed commitment to bringing senior executives cutting edge content across all media. We have

The fundamental question 

Jan 01, 2011

I hate to deal in but I believe there is one overwhelming truth in industries such as print that largely involve customized products and services: Nothing counts not equipment, technology, demeanor, experience of staff, physical facility, size of staff, anything unless it can be converted into perceived value to customers. Business is all about formation and retention of customers. Determining customer

Are you ready for May 2011? Here are some often overlooked IMb angles 

Jan 01, 2011

As of May 2011, mailers need to use the Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) with either Full Service or Basic options to be eligible for automation discounts on letter-size and flat-size mail pieces. Although the USPS will still accept mail printed with POSTNET barcodes, mail printed with POSTNET barcodes will be ineligible for automation discounts. Mailing software provider Window Book offers these tips.

PODi highlights digital print best practices 

Jan 01, 2011

PODi, the Digital Printing Initiative, has awarded its 2011 Best Practices for digital printing, which recognize outstanding examples of digital printing and relevant marketing strategies. PODi accepts case studies for the competition throughout the year, and entries are judged on measured results, value proposition, functionality, scalability, relevance, creativity and innovation. The winners: Direct

A robust group of student organizations 

Dec 17, 2010

There are three primary graphic communications organizations that recognize and organize student chapters.

5 steps to get a handle on your customer database 

Dec 17, 2010

How many customer e-mail addresses do you have in your database?

Recent tweets 

Dec 01, 2010

No more photobook gutter clutter: Mohawk debuts Panoramic papers certified for the HP Indigo and featuring TRU-Flat binding technology: www.mohawkpaper.com. Weko showcased the Procoat system for the application of surface protection chemicals for digital webs. See www.weko.net. Graph Expo first timer: Dallas-based Multicam (maybe you saw the Foam Cor weaponry) solutions for signage/wide format cutting:

The A to Z of W2P 

Dec 01, 2010

At Print 09, it was obvious that web-to-print (W2P) was becoming so ubiquitous that it was difficult to find vendors that didn't offer it. This year was no different. Some of last year's players did not exhibit, while others sent only individual representatives to roam the hall. Still, there was a strong presence by companies vying for printers' online presence. The state of W2P For business-to-business

Earning customer loyalty 

Dec 01, 2010

Do you know how loyal your customers are? Or, do you just feel in your gut that you're doing great and customers push as much your way as they can? Last year a printing company owner in Colorado shared that he almost lost a longtime customer. What surprised him most was that the two sat together each month at a local business meeting. The customer could not tell him face-to-face that he was blowing

Balancing document, BPO business 

Dec 01, 2010

Following recent changes at Xerox, including its acquisition of business process outsourcing (BPO) firm Affiliated Computer Services, chairman and CEO Ursula Burns says the company is focused is on being in the document management business and the business process management business. In the commercial print realm, Burns is open to partnership not a merger/acquisition with an offset vendor, if customers'