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U.S. Public Printer names Chief of Staff

Jan 19, 2011 12:00 AM,

Public Printer Bill Boarman has named Davita Vance-Cooks as Chief of Staff for the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). Vance-Cooks is Boarman’s principal advisor on overall management of the agency, responsible for formulation and coordination of all internal and external agency policies.

Postal prices to increase in April

Jan 19, 2011 12:00 AM,

The United States Postal Service has announced postage increases effective April 17, 2011.

Survey Advantage releases ‘Print Buyer Satisfaction’ results

Jan 18, 2011 12:00 AM,

Survey Advantage announces the print buyer satisfaction ratings for Q4, 2010. Top performing printers achieved over 84% print buyer satisfaction, average performers 74% to 83%, and low performers under 74%.

Graphics of the Americas announces keynote speaker

Jan 7, 2011 12:00 AM,

Graphics of the Americas today announces John S. Bracken, director of digital media and the Knight News Challenge for the Knight Foundation, will lead the show's keynote address, “Inspiring Digital Innovation.”

Boarman sworn in as U.S. Public Printer

Jan 5, 2011 12:00 AM,

William J. “Bill” Boarman has been sworn in as the 26th Public Printer of the United States. President Obama announced his appointment on December 29, 2010.

Vision 3 Summit to highlight ‘New Rules of Economic Recovery’

Jan 5, 2011 12:00 AM,

The Vision 3 Summit, March 13-16 in Palm Desert, CA, will feature a session titled "2011—What's Ahead for the Industry?"

Cal Poly to present 2011 International Printing Week this month

Jan 5, 2011 12:00 AM,

Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department has announced the lineup for its 2011 International Printing Week, set for Jan. 25-28.

Landmark Impressions joins DIG Peer Group Program

Jan 4, 2011 12:00 AM,

Digital Innovations Group announces Boston-based Landmark Impressions l has joined its DIG Peer Group Program. President Dana Wilson and vice president of sales and marketing Robert Pease will participate.

President Obama to appoint Public Printer

Jan 4, 2011 12:00 AM,

President Obama has announced plans to appoint William J. Boarman as the nation's 26th Public Printer. Boarman will lead more than 2,300 employees at the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).

Make 'em laugh

Jan 1, 2011 12:00 AM,

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 The power of video CL Graphics' marketing guru Peter Gault reports outstanding customer response to his Social Media

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

Jan 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By Raymond J. Prince

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

The fundamental question

Jan 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By Dick Gorelick

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

A trusted resource

Jan 1, 2011 12:00 AM, Katherine O'Brien

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

Green initiatives & common sense

Jan 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By Steve Johnson

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

Mastering LinkedIn

Jan 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By Paul Castain

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

QR Codes vs. MS Tags: let the code war begin

Jan 1, 2011 12:00 AM,

The QR Code is one of many 2D code formats. Others include Microsoft Tag, EZCode, JagTag, Digimarc and Wikkit. Having recently spotted a few MS Tags in some national magazines, we wanted to revisit Quick Response: The Road Ahead for QR Codes, July 2010. Keep it simple At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is making it easy for people to learn about our company, products and services.

5 steps to get a handle on your customer database

Dec 17, 2010 12:00 AM, By Michael Casey

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

Total Immersion shares vision for AR in 2011

Dec 17, 2010 12:00 AM,

According to Bruno Uzzan, cofounder and CEO of Total Immersion, “Twelve years of innovation in video capture and video resolution have supported our vision to transform passive consumers into active participants.”

HubCast appoints Tony Dolph as president

Dec 17, 2010 12:00 AM,

HubCast announces Tony Dolph will assume the role of the company’s president.

PIA announces 2011 Continuous Improvement Conference

Dec 10, 2010 12:00 AM,

Printing Industries of America announces its plans for the 2011 Continuous Improvement Conference, focused on operational excellence and lean manufacturing. It will take place April 10–13 in Kansas City, MO, and will feature a tour of Harley-Davidson and Hallmark factories, as well as case studies, a new "how-to" tutorial track and keynote addresses.