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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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    Advantages of B2+ Format Printing

    , Senior Vice President, Strategic Business Development

    Investing in technologies that improve operating efficiency, lower production costs and expand capabilities are top of mind for most print service providers (PSPs.) According to a recent NAPCO Research survey, 65 percent of PSPs report that competing against low-cost producers is a critical/moderate challenge. At the same time, more than three-quarters of these providers are expanding the print applications they offer customers. These trends have many providers investigating the benefits of a B2+ format press. (more…)

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    A Different Kind Of Disruption

    Navigating The Workplace During Challenging Times

    , President and Chief Executive Officer

    We’ve been talking about disruption for years. With technological advances accelerating at an ever-increasing pace, digital disruption has been causing companies to rethink how they run their businesses in order to maintain profitability. (more…)

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    Lean Manufacturing

    Defining Value

    , National Integrated Solutions Manager

    I was introduced to Lean Manufacturing several years ago by my manager. When I first reviewed the information, my impression was that it’s the common sense approach to manufacturing. Why would someone go to the trouble of writing a book about it? Then my manager encouraged me to use the tools by Lean to map out workflows and manufacturing processes. At this point, I began to see how this could provide a competitive advantage. Value Stream Mapping, a Lean tool, defines each production step’s value within a manufacturing process and references it to the customer’s value perspective. Lean classifies each step in a workflow by its value, as a value-add or a non-value add step. Value-add steps are those which can be charged for as a line item on an invoice. Non-value add actions often occur to accommodate equipment restrictions, physical ability and may appear “easier” on the surface. However, studies of the printing industry have revealed that 85% to 90% of all processes deliver no value to the customer. In other words, in a ten-step manufacturing process, eight to nine of the steps provide no direct benefit to the customer. (more…)

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    9 Benefits of LED UV Inks for High-speed Inkjet Printing

    , Senior Vice President, Strategic Business Development

    Today’s print customers expect providers to offer them options to enhance their printed communications. According to a recent NAPCO research study Adding Value to Digital Printing, 94 percent of marketers surveyed report that when selecting print providers, it is important that they offer print enhancement ideas. Substrate selection is one method of enhancing print and over half print providers participating in the research indicate customer demand for special substrate use is increasing.

    But when printing on plastic or non-porous materials, the ink and the process of drying of the ink is a vital part that needs to be taken into account for the finished result to be a high-quality print. If care isn’t taken, the resulting graphic can be smeared and lack sharpness. (more…)

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