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NEW REPORT: Business Outlook and Forecast 2017

The centerpiece of the report is a detailed analysis of the results of the WhatTheyThink/ERC Printing Industry Survey conducted in Fall 2016. Data obtained in this survey of more than 400 industry executives include current and expected business conditions, top business challenges, top business opportunities, and planned investments for 2017.


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Back to the Future of Print
Frank and his students have been predicting the future of print for over 20 years. He shows us five books that students have produced as class projects, with one done in two weekends.

Closing Out 2016 with Color Inspiration
2016 marked my first visit to the Color Conference. Over recent years, the conference has broadened its audience to include more content for designers and brand owners while still sticking to its color technology heritage. Read more to find out why this conference was a great way to end 2016.

It’s Time to Lead with Data
As we move into 2017 and beyond, data-driven marketing is going to get bigger, better, and more integrated into the consumer experience. Technology-savvy, data-driven marketers want to get the right message in front of the right audience at the right time to drive the desired behavior. This article leverages information from InfoTrends’ latest Multi-Client study entitled Lead with Data: Follow with Print to explore some areas of key importance as we enter a new year.

What to Look for in 2017: Insurance
Overview of the first in a new series of reports from Mintel Comperemedia that looks at trends for 2017 in six key market sectors: insurance, financial services, retail, telecom, travel, and automotive. This article looks at opportunities in insurance, with key takeaways for how MSPs can help.

Web-to-Print Solution Frustration
When people get frustrated with software, they are looking for an easy answer to get closure. One of the most common reactions to web-to-print frustration is to shop for a different solution. Before you start shopping, take a long hard look at your investment in really learning the web-to-print solution you already have.

Printing Industry 2016: A drupa Year to Remember
2016 was a very busy year in the printing industry, but the highlight of the year was drupa … it marked what appears to be a turning point in the industry energy level. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne revisits drupa and other key events that occurred during 2016.

3 Success Factors for Print MIS Implementations
Implementing a Print MIS is challenging, it requires a focus on end results without an attachment to “the way things have always been done”, persistence, and adaptability. Look for these personality traits in the people you assign to lead your Print MIS implementation.

Inside Shutterfly’s Highly Automated Production Platform
Visiting Shutterfly was an amazing experience. The company produces hundreds of thousands of orders per day during peak periods across its three U.S. production sites in a highly architected and efficient manufacturing process. Read the article to find out more.


Back to the Future of Print
Frank and his students have been predicting the future of print for over 20 years. He shows us five books that students have produced as class projects, with one done in two weekends.

Thomson Reuters Leverages Core Competencies to Drive Insourcing of Third Party Work
Tim Hughes, Director of Manufacturing Client Services for Thomson Reuters Core Publishing Solutions, explains how in-sourcing work has helped the company balance workload peaks and valleys. Insourcing now comprises about 20% of the company’s revenues, with clients taking advantage of CPS’s unique niche in black & white printing. Hear what Tim has to say about how insourcing work has benefited CPS business.

Print and the Quest for Content
It’s getting hard to think about marketing without also thinking about content: the practical, motivational, or just plain enjoyable information products that marketers increasingly rely upon to engage audiences with brands. Content marketing pro Michael Chase talks about where print fits into the engagement strategy. He says that in order to build successful “ecosystems based on content,” it’s necessary to operate like the protagonists of Moneyball—always with an eye on data analytics and the opportunities it reveals to make the most of the spend.

What to Expect from the Printing Industries of America in 2017 and Beyond
Michael Makin, CEO of the Printing Industries of America, shares the latest developments at the association and highlights where he plans to take the organization in the coming months. He highlights educational and certification opportunities offered by the association, as well as its role as the national voice for the industry on Capitol Hill.

Frank’s Chest of Gutenbergian Junk
Frank shows his collection of Gutenbergian souvenirs. He may be keeping the Gutenberg Museum souvenir shop in business single handed. If you’re looking for a holiday gift to give Frank, may we suggest two tickets to “Gutenberg: The Musical.”

The Secret to Success at Shutterfly
Dwayne Black, COO of Shutterfly, talks about the key to success at the company. They are both innovators and fast followers. They know how to scale. They are focused on a single business. Hear what he has to say about the secret of their success.

Top News This Week (View All)

Fujifilm’s J Press 720S Helps Transform Quad/Graphics’ Short-Run and Print-On-Demand Capabilities in Dallas

Deluxe Corporation Announces Acquisition of First Manhattan Consulting Group and Provides Updated Financial Outlook

RR Donnelley Receives Attestation of Compliance with HITRUST CSF Information Security Framework

Pazazz First in Canada to Offer HP Indigo Electroink Fluorescent Pink

Xerox Launches with a Modern Day Version of the Iconic Brother Dominic Commercial

Communication technology drives changes in the $16.3 billion print equipment market, according to Smithers Pira 

Diamond Packaging Achieves Idealliance G7 Master Qualification

Xerox Completes Separation of Conduent

Bell and Howell Acquires Sensible Technologies

KBA remains no. 1 in high-performance newspaper printing

Packaging printer achieves high environmental efficiency and saves costs with technology from Heidelberg

InnerWorkings Expands Partnership with McKesson

Springett Named Manroland Sheetfed CEO for U.S. and Canada

Komori President Shares Company Aspirations for 2017 in New Letter

Streamline Cartons brings printing in-house with a KBA Rapida 105

Latest Packaging Technology at Empack 2017

manroland web systems sets a new benchmark for webfed printing presses

Fiery DFEs and Workflows Flawlessly Process the new Ghent PDF Output Suite Version 5.0

Solo Printing Opens First Digital Print Department With Xerox Products and Solutions

X-Rite Expands PantoneLIVE with New Color Libraries and Software for Packaging Applications

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3Q-2016 Real GDP Revised Up Again; Did US Just Emerge from an Unrecognized Recession?

3Q-2016 Real GDP Revised Up Again; Did US Just Emerge from an Unrecognized Recession?

The Bureau of Economic Analysis released its third report of real Gross Domestic Product, at an annualized +3.5% over the second quarter. This is considered the final report, revising the advance report of +2.9% two months ago, and +3.2% in last month’s preliminary report. This is important because each release of GDP data is based on increasing amounts of actual reported data. The advance report relies the most on estimates and models. More info

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