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Q&A with Brittany Whitestone, Two-Time SkillsUSA National Champion

Q&A with Brittany Whitestone, Two-Time SkillsUSA National Champion

November 28, 2018

If you would have asked Brittany Whitestone, a junior at the California University of Pennsylvania, if she knew she was going to win the 2016 and 2017 SkillsUSA national competition, she would have said no. To her surprise, she did and now she's preparing to compete at the WorldSkills Competition this August in Russia. We sat down with this college junior to talk about what it takes to compete and how she feels being an up-and-coming woman in... Read More

4 Ways to Increase Millennial Retention

4 Ways to Increase Millennial Retention

November 15, 2018

"...at least 40% of millennials see themselves staying at their current organization for a minimum of nine years."Jennifer Deal and Alec Levenson (2016) I know what you're thinking. "That cannot be right. Millennials staying with their current employer for nine years?" We hear it frequently, Millennials are smart, talented, and ambitious--and constantly misunderstood by those of us responsible for selecting, hiring, developing and retaining them... Read More

Kodak Plates: Made in the U.S.A.

November 12, 2018

Kodak has a long history of making printing plates in the U.S. out of our Columbus, Georgia, manufacturing plant. It's all part of our strategy of having local manufacturing to provide the best possible service to our customers. Local manufacturing means that we can provide what our customers need, when they need it. We've been making plates in Columbus since 1991, originally as a Polychrome Graphics site. Since then the Columbus site has... Read More

Become Inkjet Ready!

November 7, 2018

Production inkjet presses are already on many shop floors--how about yours? Whether you've already invested or are on the path to purchase a new press, you'll want to be Inkjet Ready! Printing Industries of America's Inkjet Ready! virtual conference event is all about the money. We'll delve deep with a focus on production inkjet applications and growth areas, job and ink estimating accuracy, ink reduction for cost savings, and much more. Plus,... Read More

Add Some Sparkle with KODAK Metallic Clear Dry Ink

October 26, 2018

Looking for new ways to add value to print? Add some sparkle with KODAK Metallic Clear Dry Ink, the newest addition to the NEXPRESS Fifth Imaging Unit solution family. With an iridescent fleck that makes print shimmer and shine, this unique ink expands your palette of metallic effects. A transparent material that can be combined with CMYK inks to achieve silver, bronze, copper and countless more effects, Metallic Clear Dry Ink will enhance... Read More

Maximizing Printer Profitability—Even as Consumable Prices Rise

October 9, 2018

As competition increases for Print Service Providers (PSPs) and environmental regulations become more stringent, the price of ink, plates, paper, film, and other pressroom consumables continue to rise, creating a perfect storm. As a result of raw material price increases, many major manufacturers like Sun Chemical, Flint Group, Siegwerk, and BASF have recently increased the price of their ink, and unfortunately, as editor of Ink World Magazine... Read More

Nothing Beats Seeing A Production Print Product Firsthand!

Nothing Beats Seeing A Production Print Product Firsthand!

September 24, 2018

Dino Pagliarello, Vice President, Product Management and Planning With PRINT 18 just weeks away, this is an opportune time to mention which products Konica Minolta will have on display in our 9,000-square-foot exhibit. Our team aims to impress by showcasing our broad range of capabilities in digital printing, decorative embellishment, packaging, wide-format printing, and finishing. It's no small effort to get these colossal machines out to... Read More

Don’t Go Halfway to Green

Don’t Go Halfway to Green

September 18, 2018

Traditional plate processing uses chemistry, water, and energy to develop the printing plate and get it ready for press. Process free plates eliminate all the cost and waste of plate processing, and thousands of printers worldwide have taken their prepress departments green by switching to process free plates. However, some printers are nervous about switching, and for them, there is a halfway option. These printers can use a low-chemistry (also... Read More

A Holistic Approach to Selling Print

A Holistic Approach to Selling Print

September 17, 2018

By Hampton Hale, Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA, Inc. holistic /ho'listik/ adjective:  Relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts. With the wide breadth of products and services available in today's print shop, there exists an inherent challenge: bandwidth. Not in the traditional, data-flow sense of the word, but time--as in a customer's bandwidth... Read More

Open the Door to Hiring Successful Salespeople

Open the Door to Hiring Successful Salespeople

September 5, 2018

Every business owner has the same basic goal: sell at a profit. And every business owner faces the same challenge: finding someone to sell. No matter what new technologies, innovations, and market advances take place, the quest to find good salespeople remains constant, no less so in the printing industry. Now, imagine the process of hiring a salesperson were simplified down to this: There are three doors, and you have to take a chance on... Read More

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