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December 2014

December 2014

Managed Print Services: Document Solution or Cash Cow?

Managed Print Services (MPS) is becoming mainstream. Ever since a large IT research organization published a "study" a few years ago in which it estimated that organizations spend 1 percent to 3 percent of total revenue on printing, an entire...

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Entangled in Managed Print Services

Several years ago, I had an opportunity to visit my friend John in Thailand. While there, John thought I might enjoy a unique shopping experience. He took me to something called a "floating market" where we bought fresh tropical produce,...

Every In-plant Should Consider 3D Printing

One of the biggest challenges in-plant departments face is remaining relevant within the parent organization. Regardless of the industry vertical, in-plant managers are constantly looking for ways to demonstrate their value and contribute to the overall success of the organization....

Progressive Thinking in a Regressing Industry

A pretty catchy headline, don't you think? I chose it for many reasons—some you might not have considered. First, I firmly believe that printing, particularly in-plant printing, is viable and capable of amazing things. Second, if we are not open-minded...

Myths and Reality

At my first job, I was a programmer for an insurance company. While there, my first boss told anybody who would listen that the Internet was "just a fad." As you may be aware, his assessment was slightly off-base....

Is There Sanity in Vanity?

About two years ago a student, who was majoring in education and working on her senior project, came to Misericordia University Print and Mail Services looking for help. Her assignment was to write a children's book. She had completed the...

From the Editor: Out and About in NYC

Here's something you probably didn't know: there is an in-plant in the Empire State Building. It's not in the basement either; it's way up on the 34th floor, where the view of lower Manhattan is spectacular....

The Largest In-plants

North America is home to some very large in-plants. We surveyed our readership to find out who they are. Not all of the largest in-plants replied, but most of them did, allowing us to create two lists....

Refocus Your In-plant

In-plant operations that are surviving and thriving in today's market are expanding their offerings beyond print and adding services that enhance value to the overall communications process....

Keeping up with Trends

As we head into 2015, the road that printers are driving down looks wide and bright. Offset technologies and digital print solutions have found a balanced co-existence, and print communication has solidified its place in the overall marketing and media...

Keys to Developing Good Relationships

People are naturally social creatures—we crave friendship and positive interactions, just as we do food and water. The better relationships we have in life—including in the workplace—the happier and more successful we will be. President Teddy Roosevelt was on the...