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The Extra Mile: Why Doing More For Customers Matters

Peloton used to have a recurring customer engagement issue. The high-end stationary bike maker's products were delivered by a third party vendor that did not embrace any of Peloton's customer-centric values. In the customer feedback data that Peloton pored over, the insight was invaluable: "I don't like Peloton because I had a bad delivery experience." "I'm not going to recommend Peloton to my friends." The criticism struck a nerve with [...]

August 14th, 2019|Categories: Inklings Blog|Comments Off on The Extra Mile: Why Doing More For Customers Matters

GAME ON: Printers Talk What’s Driving Today’s Competitive Landscape

No matter what story you are telling, print is always in the mix. In a time when visual marketing is key to engaging with people and brands everywhere, the companies winning at the game know how to make print a tangible part of the experience. We sat down with a handful of industry printers to get their thoughts on the market, what is hot and where things are heading. Our [...]

July 30th, 2019|Categories: Inklings Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on GAME ON: Printers Talk What’s Driving Today’s Competitive Landscape

Welcome to the Xtended Family

THERE IS A NEW KID IN TOWN. The OnsetX HS, the latest addition to the OnsetX printer series, offers increased print productivity, greater automation and reduced operator intervention, resulting in a significantly more productive printer. The OnsetX HS’s presence is driven by three main attributes: quality, productivity and price. On the quality side, for our core customer base, the 14 picoliter FUJIFILM Dimatix QS14 printheads offer the “sweet-spot” in print [...]

July 25th, 2019|Categories: Inklings Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Welcome to the Xtended Family

Easily Integrate Into An Existing Printing Process: Samba Printbar Systems

If you are looking to take your commercial print process to the next level, you need a strategy. Here’s a good place to start. The Samba® PS4300 by FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division is a compact printbar system designed to be easily integrated into most existing print equipment or manufacturing processes. The move will add variable inkjet imprinting capabilities with unsurpassed print quality at revolutionary speeds and industry-leading reliability. [...]

July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Inklings Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Easily Integrate Into An Existing Printing Process: Samba Printbar Systems

The Wright Stuff: First J Press 750S Install in the US

Omaha Printer Lands First U.S. Install of Fujifilm's New J Press 750S In today's competitive landscape, one of the secrets to sustainability is being able to deliver what your clients expect, when they want it. This is the kind of promise that Mark Wright and his team at Wright Printing stand behind with every job. And for a company that has posted double-digit growth over the past two years, the [...]

July 18th, 2019|Categories: Inklings Blog, J Press, J Press 750|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The Wright Stuff: First J Press 750S Install in the US

MULTIPLE DIMENSIONS: How Printers Continue to Redefine

The print industry is changing. Not really a news flash, right? But here's the thing about change. It can be a daunting task. Today's printers, many of which continue to sift through the ever-shifting dynamics of technology and customer behaviors, have come to accept that you must, forgive the honesty here, adapt or die. When the topic of change comes up with Thanh Nguyen, he likes to repeat an old [...]

June 10th, 2019|Categories: Inklings Blog|Tags: , |Comments Off on MULTIPLE DIMENSIONS: How Printers Continue to Redefine

Why the Acuity LED 40 Series is Worth a Look

A variety of productive print modes. Light and white ink options. An LED UV curing system. The benefits of Fujifilm's new Acuity LED 40 Series are many. And if those qualities are not enough to catch the eye of today's print service providers looking for innovative solutions for customers in the sign and display graphics industry, there is much more. For starters, the mid-volume UV LED flatbed printer can output [...]

June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Acuity, Inklings Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Why the Acuity LED 40 Series is Worth a Look

California’s Proposition 65 New Warning Requirements . . . it’s a SIGN

Many of us in the printing industry print unique signs and labels.   The reason for signs and labels is to educate and inform. Effective August 30, 2018, the state of California amended a measure adopted by voters in 1986.  Designated as Proposition 65 on the ballot, the actual title is “Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act.” To be compliant to this law, California requires business owners in California and [...]

February 15th, 2019|Categories: Inklings Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on California’s Proposition 65 New Warning Requirements . . . it’s a SIGN

Taking Advantage of Trends in our Industry

The world of commercial print is facing new challenges every day and commercial print owners are continually looking for creative, and cutting edge ways, to meet the ever changing tides.  And, at the very same time, looking for new revenue streams and ways to grow their businesses in a space that is shrinking by consolidation and seeing margins for commodity work stagnate. Being able to face both the market trends [...]

December 4th, 2018|Categories: Inklings Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Taking Advantage of Trends in our Industry

Driving Future Wide Format Sales with “Print Packages”

It might be cliché to say it’s important to stand out from the crowd, but it’s especially important when standing out could mean higher profits and a stable future, right? Following the SGIA 2018 Expo in Vegas, I was reading the SGIA Journal and came across a great piece written by Deborah Corn (Intergalactic Ambassador to the Printerverse, Print Media Centr) about ways to profit as a print provider in [...]

November 20th, 2018|Categories: Inklings Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Driving Future Wide Format Sales with “Print Packages”

Next Generation LED for Narrow Web Flexo Printing

It has been clear for more than a decade that LED curing for flexographic printing should be a very good fit due to the many benefits it provides. While the adoption rate has slowly accelerated recently, overall it remains to be a niche solution due to high cost and limitations of the equipment and inks. The transition to LED may well be at a tipping point to becoming the preferred [...]

September 6th, 2018|Categories: Inklings Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Next Generation LED for Narrow Web Flexo Printing

Aluminum—Did You Know?

Aluminum has been in the news a lot lately.  For something we all interact with daily, here is a bit more you might not know.  Aluminum is probably the widest used metal on Earth and is particularly important to the printing industry.  It is true, inkjet and toner based printing is growing and has consumed many offset produced pages and products, but the vast majority are still produced using aluminum [...]

A Strategic Look at Your Customer Base

Orders are coming in and you’re busy with production. But, do you know what percentage of revenues are coming from your biggest clients? The 80/20 rule is an old business adage that states about 20% of your customers produce 80% of your sales. Does this rule apply when reviewing your client portfolio? Is 80% of your revenue coming from 20% of your customers, or is 80% of your revenue coming [...]

April 30th, 2018|Categories: Inklings Blog|Comments Off on A Strategic Look at Your Customer Base

Leap Forward and Embrace Change

Let’s face it, there are many things in our lives we don’t want to change. Change can be difficult. It can be messy and disruptive. Unless there is a compelling reason to change many people opt for the status quo. Doing what you’ve always done is predictable. It’s safe. Or is it? Do you remember this old saying? If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what [...]

February 15th, 2018|Categories: Inklings Blog|Comments Off on Leap Forward and Embrace Change

Inkjet and Corrugated: Innovative and Untraditional Solutions

Corrugated printers are being challenged to produce shorter runs. Fortunately, new innovations in digital inkjet printing have been developed to meet the challenge and respond to shifting market demands and industry trends. The Drive to Digital Customers are demanding faster turnaround and shorter runs due to customization and localization. Corrugated printers are now able to respond with an economically viable solution. At this point in time, digital inkjet printing for [...]

January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Inklings Blog|Comments Off on Inkjet and Corrugated: Innovative and Untraditional Solutions