• 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…

  • Manifest Destiny

    Steve Katz, Editor || March 7, 2012
    My favorite school subject was always history. Mr. Feldstein, my 7th grade teacher, was particularly good, and his lesson on how the United States expanded west of the Mississippi will be one that I’ll never forget. He really hammered home the…

  • Change

    Steve Katz || January 18, 2012
    As the cliché goes, “change is inevitable.” But it’s also true, and it’s everywhere. Take a look at our industry. In the grand scheme of things, a decade is not a very long period of time, but in the labeling industry i…

  • A show to remember

    Jack Kenny, Editor || November 17, 2011
    If anyone doubted that people need labels, that doubt was buried in Brussels this year. The need for top quality labels and packaging drove thousands of label manufacturers from every corner of the world to invest in the trip to Labelexpo Europe, whe…

  • Gathering

    Jack Kenny || October 4, 2011
    A crowd of label industry people can offer the equivalent of a college course. Around the world, small groups of converters and suppliers mingle at open house events, product roadshows, educational forums, and regional association meetings. Larger ev…

  • Six roofs

    Jack Kenny || September 8, 2011
    The build-up to Labelexpo Europe is always enjoyable, and the show itself is exciting. For anyone who has not been there – and I strongly encourage you to go – it is the ne plus ultra of label industry events. Networking, education, new m…

  • The cheese has moved

    Jack Kenny || July 12, 2011
    What a list of challenges: Customers who don't want to – or can't – pay more for labels, rising energy costs, rising demands for service, competition from low-ballers, competition from other continents, restricted availability of…

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