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3 Virtues Every Team Member Needs to Be Successful

Patrick Lencioni, the author of “The Ideal Team Player,” posits that to have an effective team…

Multi-Channel Shouldn’t Be Multi-Department

In-plants do much more than “just” print. Many provide variable data, text messaging, email and social media services. If customers don’t know this, they may be bringing the print component of campaigns to your in-plant and handing off the other deliverables, to other departments/outside resources. That approach fragments messaging, compromising color consistency and campaign effectiveness.

Printers and Their MIS: A Love/Hate Relationship

In the world of print production software there is no better example of a love/hate relationship than between print service providers and their print MIS solution. Print MIS solutions are, or should be, the one record of truth for the business which means the solution touches every function and every employee within the shop. Therein lies the problem.

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Management

In-plants do much more than “just” print. Many provide variable data, text messaging, email and social media services. If customers don’t know this, they may be bringing the print component of campaigns to your in-plant and handing off the other deliverables, to other departments/outside resources. That approach fragments messaging, compromising color consistency and campaign effectiveness.

They called him “Tricky Beam.” He was my great uncle. He was a schemer. He earned his name “tricking” people out of their money.

In-plants often feel like underdogs. But are you unwittingly contributing to the perception that your in-plant isn’t valuable?

Workflow/Web-to-Print

In the world of print production software there is no better example of a love/hate relationship than between print service providers and their print MIS solution. Print MIS solutions are, or should be, the one record of truth for the business which means the solution touches every function and every employee within the shop. Therein lies the problem.

Blue Valley Schools automated 86% of its in-plant's orders and saved the organization more than $1.4 million in the last seven years.

Trevecca Nazarene University’s in-plant went from an offset shop at risk of being closed to an organization that manages the fleet of printers across campus with a central digital print shop. IPG Blogger Greg Cholmondeley explores this success story.

Sustainability

Each year since 1960, the third week in October has been proclaimed National Forest Products Week in…

The North American pulp and paper industry has made great progress in reducing energy use and…

Two Sides has published the key results of a global survey on the attractiveness and sustainability of paper and print. The following article concludes that there is a clear preference for print on paper across all countries and regions analyzed, likely indicating a more fundamental and human way that people react to the physicality of print on paper.

Wide-Format Printing

Managing the diversity of work possible within a wide-format shop is challenging.

No one predicted that wide-format inkjet would open a new market for printers for signage, vehicle wraps, building wraps and more.

Digital Printing

With Canon’s announcement of the Océ VarioPrint 6000 Titan, it’s a good time to revisit the cut-sheet monochrome digital market.

InfoTrends defined the Zone of Disruption as an opportunity for products with price points below $1…

The key to winning over marketing is to understand their goals, help them achieve them, and show how you can deliver them services.

In-plant Justification

Years ago, after partnering with a vendor to implement one of the first all-inclusive copier management programs in higher-ed, I was shocked when that same vendor approached our administration with the news that we had too many copiers, too many printers and too many copy centers. 20 years later, nothing’s changed.

University in-plants are very different from corporate and other in-house printing operations. For one, their goals are different, and they can frequently shift as administrative focuses change from year to year.

Often, the VP and the in-plant manager have different perceptions of which data is important to measure and report on. The in-plant manager needs hard numbers to guide shop performance. But the VP needs to know why these metrics are important. Make sure you ask which metrics management wants to see.

Binding & Finishing

Broadside accordion folds, or single sheet accordion folds on cover stock, each require scoring in the first section before the right angle fold.

Even the simplest bindery department can be a complicated operation with a mix of post-press machinery, procedures and materials. No matter how well-trained an operator or manager, it's easy to miss something that leads to a mistake. A checklist can prevent mistakes with surprising results.

Nearly all of the successful marketing strategies were inspired by ideas from outside the printing industry.

Mailing/Postal

“Told you so. Now don’t try to slap us with a Stupidity Tax.” That, in essence, is the magazine industry’s response to the USPS.

Since USPS has made mailing complicated, there are many times that a design element causes a mailing to go at a higher rate of postage.

Sheetfed Offset Printing

IPG blogger Dwayne Magee takes a trip down printing’s memory lane by sharing an amusing collection of tips for printers.

Consumables

Using paper has the same impact on the world’s oxygen supply as using deodorant. Here are some ways in-plants can be more sustainable.