• Community

    Steve Katz, Editor March 13, 2014
    || This past winter has been brutal. Here in the Northeast, people will remember a frigid, unrelenting season, with temperatures struggling to get above freezing. There were several snowstorms, or “significant weather events,” as newscasters…

  • No exception

    Steve Katz, Editor November 21, 2013
    || “Everything that can become digital will become digital. Printing is no exception.” The above statement made in 1993 by Indigo founder Benny Landa, who sold his company to HP in 2001, was probably scoffed at by some in the printing indus…

  • Overwhelming

    Steve Katz, Editor October 14, 2013
    || I’m fresh back from Brussels, and while our post-show report will wait for our November/December issue, I want to share my take on the 2013 edition of Labelexpo while it’s fresh on my mind. Especially for those traveling some distance to…

  • Sending a message

    Steve Katz, Editor September 13, 2013
    || Washington State is turning into the figurative, national battleground over “genetically altered foods,” and the push for foods that contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms) to be labeled as such. In 2013, 28 states introduced bills…

  • Twenty Years

    Kathleen Scully, Publisher July 17, 2013
    || In October, I will be married to my husband Bill for 20 years, and January 2014 will mark my 20th anniversary here at Rodman Media Corp. For those of you that know my husband, you know this is quite an accomplishment! Meanwhile, staying with one empl…

  • See you in September

    Steve Katz, Editor May 31, 2013
    || Trade shows come in all shapes and sizes. Some are big and broad in scope, while others are targeted, niche affairs. You can’t be at all of them, or even most of them, but you have us – the media – and the L&NW staff has logged…

  • One-stop-shop

    Steve Katz, Editor April 10, 2013
    || Walmart often gets thrown around conversations people have about retail, and there ‘s good reason for it – the store sells everything. From food to clothes to flat screen TVs, you can get it all at Walmart. Consumers like convenience, and…

  • Money

    Steve Katz, Editor March 12, 2013
    || If you listen carefully, you can hear the cash register sound effects of Pink Floyd’s iconic song “Money.” Money, get away Get a good job with more pay And you’re okay Though it’s not my favorite Floyd song (I prefer T…

  • Surprise

    Steve Katz, Editor January 23, 2013
    || "There’s a magazine for that?”  That was my first reaction upon entering the label printing industry. Of course, I’ve since learned that there truly is a magazine for everything, but at the time, it sure came as a surprise…

  • Unthinkable

    Steve Katz, Editor November 29, 2012
    || In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina devastated the US Gulf Coast I sat transfixed by the live images on my television. To me, what I seeing was unimaginable – a major US city was essentially underwater. This was unthinkable. Nearly 2,000 pe…

  • Customer-driven

    Steve Katz, Editor October 9, 2012
    || As I go over my piles of notes, press kits and photos from Labelexpo, there is something that stands out. In talking with exhibitors and attending press conferences, I noticed a particular emphasis on the customer – getting to know who you are…

  • Game planning

    Steve Katz, Editor September 1, 2012
    || Labelexpo exhibitors don’t have it so easy. Setting up a booth can be a logistical nightmare, not to mention expensive. I don’t pretend to know how much these things cost, but I imagine, taking into account the number of people needed to…

  • Sign of the times

    Steve Katz, Editor July 10, 2012
    || At the recent FINAT Congress in Athens, a speaker addressing the audience made the requisite request that attendees switch their cell phones and mobile devices to “silent” mode. He didn’t say to turn them off. In fact, as he made th…

  • What’s your story?

    Steve Katz, Editor May 22, 2012
    || When I told a friend of mine I was heading to Florida to write an article about a label company, he said, “I guess every company has a story.” While that may be obvious, it sure holds true. Whether a business’s front door is attache…

  • Gettin’ busy

    Steve Katz, Editor April 19, 2012
    || The readers of Label and Narrow Web – label converters and their suppliers – drive our editorial content. After all, you are the experts. Often times we reach out to you for article input, whether it’s about how you’re convert…

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