What trends are driving printing industry consolidation? Besides the positive U.S. economy, some trends stand out as indicative of underlying shifts in the printing industry which transcend the moment.Read More
The first day of the inaugural PRINTING United trade show kicked off with a bang, with the excitement continuing into the Opening Night Party at Gilley’s Dallas. But the conversations were only getting started, with two more days for attendees to explore the event’s show floor, education and special events. This was especially the case for the apparel decorators community, who came together to connect with their peers at the Apparel Decorators Luncheon on Thursday, October 24. For some, it was a time to network within their industry and put faces to names, while for others, it was all about learning.Read More
I’ve been in a decompression phase this past week — mentally unpacking everything I saw and experienced during PRINTING United in Dallas. It was a phenomenal event, loaded with exhibitors busy in their booths, and energy running high. It also presented a new model for viewing (and describing) the printing industry as it is today and in the near term. Profitability and opportunity loom large, as well as efficiency and effective action on all levels.Read More
Think globally, act locally.
That was the attitude at TLMI’s Saving Dollars by Avoiding Landfill Avoidance pilot event in St. Louis last week. Global sustainable waste management is a huge feat that begins with strategic local actions. For instance, referring to leftover materials as “by-product” instead of “waste” is a necessary mindset shift to insinuate that the materials left over after use of a product are in fact valuable and should not just be tossed away. The logistics involved in actually extracting the value from by-products is the complex part. This is why a personal atmosphere with local recyclers and local businesses in the same industry is so valuable.
Each of us in life has what we would call our “harshest critic.” It may be a spouse or a painfully honest friend — the kind of person who could honestly answer, “Does this look good on me?” From a business standpoint, this person might be your most persnickety customer — not unreasonable, but also very hard to please. Despite the ongoing challenge of serving this person, it is important to consider that he/she may be deeply valuable to your business. The suggestions outlined here may not be for the faint of heart, because the truth can hurt. But strong, constructive criticism is invaluable for any business seeking to grow.