Business Management - Industry Trends

Opportunities with Backlit Signage
October 27, 2021 at 9:08 am

In recent years, opportunities in backlit signage and silicon edge graphics (SEG) have exploded due to advancements in the necessary inks, equipment, and substrates and increasing creativity applications for the format. Is this upward trajectory set to continue?

Canadian School to Teachers: ‘Avoid Printing’
October 22, 2021 at 11:05 am

Toner shortages are complicating the ability of teachers at one Canadian district to provide students with photocopied assignments. Some are questioning whether supply chain disruptions are fueling an ill-advised push toward digital distribution.

Detecting the Risk in Software Investments
October 19, 2021 at 1:46 pm

In a new blog, Consultant Howie Fenton discusses how in-plants can assess the risks in new software investments and then mitigate or minimize those risks.

Top 5 Trends in Wide-Format for 2021
October 15, 2021 at 9:49 am

We took a closer look at the top trends impacting the wide-format market right now, everything from supply chain issues to staffing problems.

Is the Printing Industry Embracing Industry 4.0?
October 12, 2021 at 2:25 pm

There are four major components to defining Industry 4.0, aside from simply calling it the Fourth Industrial Revolution. How has the print industry, as a whole, done with embracing this new wave of technology?

IPI Visits Five In-plants in Central PA
October 8, 2021 at 12:47 pm

I spent two days last week doing something I haven’t done in a long time: visiting in-plants. I took a drive Philadelphia to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and stopped in at five in-plants to see how things have been going.

Supply Chain Challenges for Wide-Format Media
October 8, 2021 at 12:05 pm

While wide-format producers say orders are back to pre-pandemic levels, sourcing the materials they need is proving to be a major challenge due to a variety of factors.

Gloomy Paper Forecast: Availability, Pricing Remain Concerns
October 5, 2021 at 3:14 pm

Though improvements to the current paper supply and delivery challenges are likely in 2022, that isn’t the same as a return to pre-COVID-19 business practices. It may be nearly impossible for printers looking to enter new markets to obtain paper inventory.