Tag Archive: Commercial printing

Aug 13

The Dynamic Growth of Social Media—Time to Pay Attention, Part 5: Getting connected through LinkedIn

LinkedIn_Logo 2015

So far in this blog series, I’ve shared about the important roles that Twitter, Facebook and blogging can play as part of an integrated marketing plan for your print business. Another social media platform that  deserves attention—and one we probably all use, but maybe not to the max— is LinkedIn. Although it started out essentially …

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Jun 30

The Dynamic Growth of Social Media—Time to Pay Attention, Part 3: What is going on with Facebook for business?


In this blog series, I have been sharing what role social media can—and should—play in your  integrated marketing plan, as well as clueing you in on a few changes that have taken place since our first white paper on the subject. In the last blog posted, I wrote about the tremendous power of Twitter to …

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Nov 19

The String Theory of Leadership

In creating your company’s value stream, planning, assessing and determining practical and useful benchmarks and goals for improvement is important, but the hardest part is making it all actually work. Your employees may believe “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” A new program or new incentive is posted on a bulletin …

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Nov 05

Lean, Mean Value Stream

Toyota Motor Corp. has given manufacturers in all fields—and all over the world—a model of efficient, value stream production. While producing automobiles is quite a different thing than producing printed materials, much can be learned from Toyota’s philosophy. The Toyota system originally identified seven sources of waste:

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Oct 22

Waste by Any Other Name

Lean Printing means operational efficiency with the goal of identifying and weeding out wasteful processes and resources that do not add value, but rather, reduce a print company’s profits. Operational efficiency also involves implementing new work processes and the latest technologies that improve quality, productivity and environmental sustainability. Typically, “waste” in a printing company is …

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Oct 08

The End of the Age of Gutenberg?

Perhaps 200 years from now, historians will be calling the 21st Century the “End of the Age of Gutenberg.” The development of movable type in the 1400s slowly nudged knowledge and information past the gates of shadowy cloisters into the public, commercial realm. With (lots of) time and further innovation, Gutenberg’s vision of standardized and …

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Mar 22

Counting Down the Days Until drupa 2012


drupa 2012 is rapidly approaching—are you attending? For me, this drupa already feels different. There have been a host of announcements from a wide range of exhibitors touting a number of interesting and exciting new products. It seems to me that drupa will be “springtime” in more ways than one—new products introduced, new alliances being …

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Jul 12

Are You Ready For Automation? Real Automation?

I wanted to offer some perspective to all those who are considering a new press. The entry dialogue is and has been “how fast will it make-ready?” After all, hasn’t the mantra always been to produce print “better, faster, cheaper?” All the focus has been on the machine and the software to improve your profit …

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May 23

Industry Leaders Come Together at Emerge


Komori participated in Consolidated Graphics (CGX) Emerge conference last week in Dallas, TX. What is so impressive about this event, other than the fact that it is flawlessly coordinated and first class all the way, is the staggering number of attendees. The nearly 1,000 participants were exposed to seminar content covering topics in print management, …

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May 02

A Future for Growth – A Look at the 2011 Association of College and University Printers

A couple of weeks ago, I attended my very first ACUP conference. If you’re  asking yourself what ACUP is, you are not alone. With Komori’s focus on the in-plant market, we quickly discovered that one organization and conference you cannot miss is the Association of College and University Printers. This year’s session was held in …

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