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What Would Peter Drucker Recommend Today?

Peter Drucker’s timeless advice can still help steer any operation through challenging market conditions. His insights and recommendations are still relevant and can be applied in making business decisions in today’s unprecedented COVID-19 business environment.

Change will be the new normal as you return to work: HRPA survey

The Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA, Toronto) has released the results of its second COVID-19 member survey. Representing dozens of sectors and industries, 1,127 respondents revealed that HR professionals are actively planning returning to work – and the majority said they anticipate significant changes throughout the workplace. Respondents confirm that the first wave of employees returning to work will happen quickly, with the majority of organizations starting the process within the next three months. Looking at return-to-work trends in Ontario, HR professionals revealed the following: 86% have started to plan for employees to return to work 89% plan to recall…

Great Little Box Company acquires Ideon Packaging

Great Little Box Company (GLBC – Richmond, British Columbia) and Ideon Packaging (also based in Richmond), have joined forces in one of the most significant acquisitions the Canadian packaging industry has seen in recent years. The acquisition of Ideon by GLBC – an award-winning manufacturer and distributor of packaging solutions since 1982 – brings together two independent and locally-owned businesses with “a shared focus on quality, innovation, people and culture.” Ideon, a fast-growing leader in custom packaging, had expanded to excel and differentiate itself in an extremely competitive packaging industry landscape. As both companies entered their second generation of leadership,…

Fisher Textiles introduces Disenfectex antiviral and antibacterial treated fabrics

Fisher Textiles (Matthews, North Carolina), a leading U.S.-based supplier of fabrics for digital printing applications, has introduced Disenfectex, a new line of printable fabrics treated with HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03. HeiQ Viroblock is an antiviral and antibacterial textile treatment that uses a unique combination of silver and vesicle technologies to trap and immediately kill viruses and bacteria – on contact! Restaurant table barriers printed on Fisher Textiles’ Disenfectex DFX 5000 Soft Knit Fabric. Disenfectex fabrics promote antiviral and antibacterial protection for healthy environments and are also flame-retardant for additioinal indoor safety. They have a wide variety of uses for Personal Protective…

Change will be the new normal as you return to work: HRPA survey

The Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA, Toronto) has released the results of its second COVID-19 member survey. Representing dozens of sectors and industries, 1,127 respondents revealed that HR professionals are actively planning returning to work – and the majority said they anticipate significant changes throughout the workplace. Respondents confirm that the first wave of employees returning to work will happen quickly, with the majority of organizations starting the process within the next three months. Looking at return-to-work trends in Ontario, HR professionals revealed the following: 86% have started to plan for employees to return to work 89% plan to recall…

Auction: Major Commercial Printing Operation

Online Bidding Closes Thursday, June 25. Inspection Location: 555 E. Business Center Drive, Mt. Prospect, IL, Featuring: 2015 Heidelberg CD102-5+L 5/c 40” offset press; 2007 Heidelberg XL105-6+L 6/c 41” ; Heidelberg SM102ZP 2/c 40” Speedmaster perfector ; Paper Cutters, Folders & Much More! For complete information, go to: pplauctions.com

Michael Aumann Joins LasX as New Senior VP

As senior VP, Mike Aumann will ensure company growth is aligned with a focus on strategy, optimization, and execution. Former CEO and president of Brandtjen & Kluge, he will work closely with LasX President Ryan Falch to grow and expand the LasX brand.

Selling Into Uncertainty

If there’s one thing certain about these uncertain times, it’s our clients’ collective uncertainty. That is, companies know they must do something but they’re not sure what to do. As such, they wait and think and reconsider. Meanwhile, you sit across town looking for a differentiator. Good news! This week’s Short Attention Spanned Sales Tip, Bill Farquharson gives you one.

Lessons Learned: A Visit to the Museum Plantin-Moretus in Antwerp

The Plantin-Moretus Museum is the only museum in the world on the UNESCO World Heritage list, a testament to its importance to the collective interest of humanity. And in visiting and subsequent research into the Officina Plantiniana, it is noteworthy to draw parallels that today’s printing enterprises should consider.

Augmented Print Textbook Used to Facilitate the Virtual Classroom

“Introduction to Graphic Communication” uses Ricoh’s Clickable Paper technology to add customized links to the University of Houston’s virtual lecture and lab sessions. In addition to the links to related video and other online resources, the book now provides immediate smartphone or tablet access to Microsoft Teams.

Why Employees Stop Using Company Procedures

When company standards and procedures are ignored, the result is lost revenue that might have gone toward employee raises, equipment upgrades, and continual business improvement for the benefit of all. There’s a fix for that!

Using Roll-Fed Finishing to Produce Meaningful and Targeted Marketing Campaigns

Intellus, a fully integrated marketing organization, found itself rapidly expanding: not just in facilities, but in capabilities as well. As a result, they needed an arsenal of equipment to maintain their forward momentum. After purchasing multiple new digital presses from Canon, Intellus followed up with smart investments in finishing from MBO America. Whether your plant is installing its first digital press or is adding more digital printing equipment, you need to make the right decisions about finishing. This webinar has the answers you’re looking for – register today!

Mactac launches Wet Strength CHILL AT Labels

Mactac CHILL AT label samples. Mactac (Stow, Ohio) has unveiled its new Wet Strength CHILL AT labels designed for high-quality prime labeling applications for cold-food packaging and cold, damp substrates. The new labels significantly improve wet strength in moist environments. They also feature a 54# bright white facestock with a semi-gloss finish, and built-in wet-strength properties for harsh environments during the application process – as well as after-market life in coolers or food and beverage packaging. The facestock is paired with Mactac’s custom-engineered, all-temperature CHILL AT adhesive, which “offers higher tack than other all-temperature adhesives to quickly grab to the…

Mutoh launches MS41 ink in 300ml bags

Mutoh America (Phoenix, Arizona), an industry leader in wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, has launched a new ink pack size for the MS41 inks for its XpertJet 1641SR and XpertJet 1682SR Printers. “The 300ml MS41 ink packs are a great economical solution for print service providers to purchase just the right amount of ink that they need, and offer them more options than they have today,” said Chris Padilla, Eco-Solvent Product Manager at Mutoh America. The new ink packs are currently available through authorized Mutoh resellers across Canada, the U.S. and Latin America. Features include: Greenguard Gold Certified Inks Prints…

How Will Printing Change for In-plants After COVID-19?

Print buying habits are going to change as a result of COVID-19, says analyst Marco Boer. Print will get more expensive as paper costs rise, short runs will dominate, and print will need to provide more value. But there are opportunities for in-plants to thrive in this new environment.