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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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    High-speed Inkjet: More than just Direct Mail

    9 Applications that Offer a Host of Business Building Opportunities for Savvy Print Shops

    , Senior Vice President, Strategic Business Development

    When many people think of high-speed inkjet, they think about production speeds ideally suited for direct mail and transactional documents. But today’s high-speed inkjet technology is capable of a lot more than that. (more…)

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    The Optimized Workplace

    Innovative Solutions For Your People, Processes And Assets

    , Director, Business Intelligence Services

    When you read the word ‘solutions’, what comes to mind? Software?  It’s much more than that; solutions are fixes, a means of solving a problem. In chemistry, a solution is known as a mixture of two or more substances that result in an interaction. For Konica Minolta, solutions are a combination of software, hardware and services, all looking for a chemist to deliver the potion. We are your chemists! (more…)

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    Haptic Printing And Consumer Marketing

    How Decorative Embellishment Can Enhance Perceived Value

    , MGI Marketing Manager

    As human beings who must learn to live, love, work and connect with each other in a modern technological society, we all seek a natural framework of reference to structure our thoughts and feelings. The physical, biological vehicle of our bodies (including our eyes, hands, skin and brains) provides the field of gravity that grounds the sensory perception that fuels our minds. This element of subjective material existence is paralleled by the awareness and influence of our environmental settings, such as homes, offices or stores. (more…)

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    The Real Estate Opportunity

    Improving Brokers’ Businesses By Addressing Their Distinct Challenges

    , Global Client Executive

    Residential real estate is a large industry which generates billions of dollars in revenue per year. Last year, there were approximately 210,000 companies operating in the residential brokerage field, which generated $200 billion in revenue. Not bad for an industry that was teetering on the brink of disaster just ten years ago. (more…)

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