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  • What GREENGUARD Gold Certification Means for Print Professionals

    Certified Inks are Low in VOCs and Even Safe for Schools and Hospitals

    , Manager, Product Marketing, Specialty and Wide Format Products

    Commercial printing and sustainability are not something that people would put together. In fact, too often commercial and industrial print are seen as NOT environmentally friendly. However, this is not the case at Konica Minolta. As a global corporation with a large footprint in manufacturing, we have taken great steps to ensure we have a minimal impact on our environment. This also extends to the output of our production print product lines, where volatile organic compounds (VOC) have been part of the challenge for print providers for decades. Konica Minolta is committed to sustainability and we are following our long-term environmental plan: EcoVision 2050, for which we recently changed the target year to achieve Carbon Minus status from 2050 to 2030. (more…)

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    The Importance of Sustainable Action in a Changing World

    Forging Ahead in a Year of Unprecedented Transformation

    , CSR Communications Specialist

    It seems like an understatement to say that 2020 has been a transformative year. The global disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has forced society to pause and closely examine our daily activities, reevaluating the ways we live and work. (more…)

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    Coronavirus has Changed How we Collaborate, for Good

    How our Attitudes Toward Collaboration and Communication have been Impacted by Remote Work

    , Marketing Communications Director, North America and Global Research and Development

    A recent survey conducted by Citrix found that 78 percent of office workers believe full-time remote working will become more common after the COVID crisis has resolved. For the Marketing Communications team at Konica Minolta, we’re in month five of remote work, and as a group built on creativity, collaboration – and of course, communication – it was a jarring change to have this as our foreseeable future. (more…)

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    Five Packaging and Design Trends for 2020

    Thinking Inside and Outside the Box

    , Senior Manager, Creative Services

    As 2020 looks set to hold the title for the year of uncertainty and economic distress, now more than ever, creatives are being challenged to push design boundaries that address not only aesthetics, but more importantly, maximize form and function. At the same time, continuing concern for the environment is becoming more and more prevalent, and so the need for smart packaging is becoming less of a trend and more the requirement. (more…)

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    Managing Brand Culture In Distributed Workplaces

    , Assistant Manager for Marketing Communications

    When you hear the words ‘brand culture’, it’s not uncommon to conjure images of wacky campuses, team-building events and pictures of smiling teams. Over the last five years, particularly as Silicon Valley firms expanded like never before, there has been this unwritten rule that if you don’t have a physical representation of your brand, it’s not strong enough. But then COVID-19 hit, and that physical element was removed. So how do you manage brand culture when everyone is working remotely? (more…)

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    How Print Providers Can Go Wide For New Business Opportunities

    Wide Format Trends To Consider Now And In The Future

    , Manager, Product Marketing, Specialty and Wide Format Products

    Wide-format digital printers have been around for some time now. Capabilities range from printing sign and display applications like banners, posters and point of purchase materials to technical applications such as charts, maps and engineering drawings. Over the years, manufacturers have continued to engineer advances in these digital printers to provide a greater assortment of widths, higher output quality, different ink technology and wider substrate capability such as printing to acrylic, metal, glass and textiles. (more…)

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    Unpacking The Top 4 Myths Around How Workplaces Will (Or Will Not) Change Through 2020 And Beyond

    What does the post-COVID return to work really look like?

    , Assistant Manager for Marketing Communications

    With the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions starting to relax in many countries and states, there is a renewed focus on getting ‘back to normal’. For many, this signifies a return to the office – but it’s not as simple as picking up old habits. Preparing for a safe and efficient way to bring employees back to the workplace is a complex topic, and there are a lot of conflicting opinions out there. So let’s take a look at what we should be expecting for the return to work…and what not to. (more…)

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    The Importance of Industry Affinity Groups

    How Print Providers Can Benefits from Membership and Events

    , Industrial Print/Production Print, Business Development Manager

    Human beings, by nature, are not solitary animals. Rather, they are among the most social creatures in existence, and have a very strong tendency to partner with others where there are common interests. People with a strong interest in music will attend concerts, and even if only for a few hours, will tend to align in behaviors, excitement and fun at the same points of the performance. This, too, is the human inclination that can bring thousands of people in a stadium to their feet during a sporting event in a perfectly synchronized “wave” of standing and sitting again. This is just how we humans are. (more…)

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    Lessons Learned From COVID-19: Tips For CEOs To Successfully Navigate The New Normal

    An Essential Checklist For Surviving A Pandemic And Beyond

    , Executive Vice President, Sales and Business Development

    There is no denying it: the first half of 2020 has been rife with uncertainty. Leaving businesses, employees, and leaders having to adapt to working in the unknown, and yet still be accountable to find ways to thrive. For myself and the fellow Konica Minolta leadership team, it was a strong ‘wake-up call’ to take an analytical look at what we have been prioritizing, and to make sure the decisions we make can support not only our customers, but our employees, dealers, and partners too, through these trying times. (more…)

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    7 Lessons and Resources for Higher Education

    Pivoting to Online Learning from In-class Experiences is Complex but Doable

    , Manager, Government and Education Solutions

    As campuses across the country closed and sent students home to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, faculty members moved their classes online at an unprecedented pace. Online courses and distance education were once thought of as the opposite of what a college experience should be, with “sub-par learning experiences” or for-profit companies acting as educational institutions. But now, online learning has quickly become a necessity to keep classes going and colleges and universities alive. (more…)

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