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Inspiring Commitment as Leaders

Posted by Jamie Parker on 8/14/19 10:00 AM

How do we address the personal, human side of business and leadership with our inherent management expectations of delivering results?

As managers and leaders, our jobs are multifaceted. We play different functions in our interactions with team members. These functions exist on a continuum, ranging from directing to connecting.

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Topics: Printing Industry, Leadership and Culture, Employee Management, Business Operations

The Sustainable Packaging Loop

Posted by Heather Nortz on 8/5/19 7:05 AM

What is one thing online shopping and takeout food have in common? Packaging. The convenience of clothes, furniture or whatever your heart’s desire being delivered to your door comes with the cost of the protective layer wrapped around it. We have cast aside this foam peanut-filled cardboard or plastic time and time again — into the garbage bin it goes, to be forgotten while the long-awaited prize inside is revealed and gazed at. Gone are the days of the milkman when the package was valued — carefully emptied and returned to its original sender to be refilled again — or are they?

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Topics: Packaging, Printed Packaging, Sustainability, Business Operations

Be Above the Baseline

Posted by Dan Marx on 7/29/19 7:07 AM

Quick: What are three things all printers claim to offer their customers? A quick look at the website of the perfectly average but totally fictitious company, “No-Name Graphics,” will tell you. To quote: “We pride ourselves on excellent customer service, quality printing and on-time delivery.”

Perhaps your company’s website says something similar. While all of these things may be true, it is first important to understand that such a claim is like saying, “We are committed to meeting your expectations by providing exactly what you expect, and nothing more.”

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Topics: Printing Industry, Business Operations, Marketing

Kirk Green Discusses Signs.com's Ferrari Color Acquisition

Posted by Eileen Fritsch on 7/22/19 7:01 AM

Earlier this spring, Ferrari Color was acquired by Signs.com, a fast-growing online seller of large-format graphics. The news attracted attention, in part because Ferrari Color was such a well-known pioneer in the large-format graphics business.

But this isn’t a typical acquisition story. Entrepreneur Kirk Green has been serving as CEO of both Ferrari Color and Signs.com for the past 12 years.

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Topics: Wide Format, Customer Service, Business Operations

Food AND Thought for Functional and Industrial Printers

Posted by Dan Marx on 7/15/19 11:37 AM

Let’s face it: The functional/industrial printing sector is diverse. Printing everything from circuit boards to skateboards and everything in between, the sector is joined, mostly, by a handful of common imaging technologies. What makes them different is the extensive variety of materials and processes these companies use to mark or manufacture products. For this year’s Functional and Industrial Printing Luncheon at PRINTING United, we’ve chosen to address what all of these companies have in common: The quest for profitability.

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Topics: Industrial Printing, Functional Printing, Printing United, Networking, Business Operations