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What’s in Your Mailbox?

Last updated: Thursday, November 16, 2017

The USPS just reported their results for 2017, (their fiscal year ends in September). For the year ended September 30, 2017, Marketing Mail revenue decreased $1.0 billion, or 5.7%, on a volume decline of 3.2%, compared to the prior year. The percentage of decline in revenue was greater than the percentage of decline in volume [...]

Magazines continue steep decline

Last updated: Wednesday, November 1, 2017

One of the industry’s largest players, Quad Graphics reported third quarter results that showed steady profits, however revenue declined by $50 million or 4.8% versus the same period in 2016. Keep in mind that a printer with $50 million in revenue is a top 100 printer in the US. Quad didn’t announce where the decrease [...]

Digital Printing Dominates at Print 17

Last updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Once again digital printing dominated the show. Booths from Xerox, HP, Canon, Konica Minolta/MGI, Ricoh, Screen and Fujifilm were prominent. And offset stalwart Komori was showing off the Impressia I29, their version of the Accurio KM-1, a B2 digital inkjet press. Graphic Systems North America (GSNA) brought the only offset press (RMGT Series 9 LED [...]

KODAK NEXPRESS Presses Drive Long Term Customer Relationships

Last updated: Thursday, September 7, 2017

Over the last 10 years there have three main players in the very heavy duty cycle, high quality production color cutsheet market: Indigo, iGen, and Kodak NEXPRESS.  With Print 17 coming up it’s a good time to catch up on new developments. In this blog I’ll focus on the NEXPRESS. The NEXPRESS was originally designed [...]

Offset Printing Trends

Last updated: Thursday, July 27, 2017

A recent Caslon survey shows offset run lengths are stabilizing. The graphs below show results from two segments: Commercial Printers with more than 10 employees and Quick/Small Commercial Printers. In each case the majority of respondents indicated that offset run lengths are not changing and in each case the number of respondents who reported increasing [...]

Digital Publishing – A New Revenue Opportunity

Last updated: Thursday, June 29, 2017

Most publishers have seen a steady decline in print volumes of their publications due to a shift towards delivery via various digital and online channels. This in turn has led to declining revenue streams for publication printers. The old saying “If you can’t beat them, join them” now applies to publication printers who are adding [...]

Retail value of color digital printing grows again

Last updated: Thursday, June 1, 2017

The retail value of digital pages was up 3% in 2016 to $34.7 billion. The increase was driven by color page volumes, which were up by 15%, however, just like in 2015, most of the increase in print volume was from transactional and direct mail inkjet pages, which have a lower price per page than [...]

VDP Software Adoption Rates are High

Last updated: Thursday, May 18, 2017

Caslon has surveyed the marketplace to learn about adoption rates of VDP software for direct mail. Except for the In-Plant segment, adoption rates in North America can’t get much higher. Most of the larger companies have multiple VDP software packages. The data from the survey is sorted by 4 segments in the production digital printing [...]

Direct Mail Volume Up in 2016

Last updated: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

USPS data shows that the volume of Standard A mail rose by 2.3% in 2016 vs 2015.  Volumes rose from 79.4 billion to 81.2 billion pieces. This compares to no change from 2015 to 2016. (Note this is data for the calendar year and not the USPS fiscal year). Each year Target Marketing does a [...]

EFI Productivity Suites on Display at Connect

Last updated: Thursday, January 26, 2017

Just last week I attended EFI’s Connect conference. It’s their annual conference where EFI customers can come and learn how to better utilize their existing EFI products and find out what’s new for 2017. A record crowd of roughly 1000 customers was on hand. With revenues of $1 billion EFI is a great success story. [...]