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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. [...]

Top Printing Companies see Growth in Packaging, Direct Mail, and Commercial Printing

Last updated: Thursday, January 12, 2017

In December of 2016 Printing Impressions magazine published its list of the top 400 printing companies in North America.  The ranking includes the most recent annual revenue figures and the previous year revenues. The ranking also provides information on what segment or specialties the companies produce such as commercial print, direct mail, packaging, business forms, [...]

A Close Look at EFI’s Fiery Color Profiler Suite

Last updated: Thursday, October 6, 2016

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, Caslon & Company Color management is the hot topic in printing workflow solutions this year, so I’ve been looking at several of the solutions out there. Just before Graph Expo I had the opportunity to take a close look at EFI’s Fiery Color Profiler Suite and have created a [...]

Four Way Battle for Light Production Color Market

Last updated: Thursday, September 22, 2016

In my last two blog articles (click here) I discussed the heavy and mid-duty cycle segments of the color digital printing market. Now let’s take a look at the light production duty cycle segment, which has print engines that print up to 100K simplex, letter size impressions per month.  The following print engines are included: Xerox [...]

New Features on Ricoh Pro C7110X Drive Mid-Range Color Digital Press Market

Last updated: Thursday, September 8, 2016

In my last blog article (click here)  I discussed the heavy duty cycle segment of the color digital printing market. Now let’s take a look at the mid duty cycle segment, which has print engines that can routinely print between 100K and 300K simplex, letter size impressions per month and the print engines run at rated [...]

One Printer’s Method to Successfully Grow Business with Marketing Portals

Last updated: Thursday, September 8, 2016

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, Caslon & Company The other day I had an interview with Walter Payne, who is the CEO of ImageMark Business Services, Inc. What a fascinating conversation! As you can imagine, I’ve spoken to dozens of people from print and marketing services providers who’ve installed web portals and, usually, they’re [...]

See Impossible at the Canon Analyst & Media Event

Last updated: Thursday, August 25, 2016

by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, Caslon & Company Last week I had the pleasure of attending Canon’s #canonsummit media and analyst event in Melville, NY and I’d like to share my key takeaways from that event. Don’t worry, I’m not going to drag you through four hours of PowerPoint slides, but they did have [...]