Editorial


  • Drunk on digital?

    During Labelexpo, I had the honor of participating in a panel discussion titled “Bringing the Supply Chain Together.” Joining me on the panel was a handful of editors representing various trade publications covering the labels, flexible p…
    Steve Katz, Editor 10.10.14

  • Transition

    Transition. The dictionary defines the term as “the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.” At some point, just about any entity – whether it’s an individual, company or industry – experi…
    Steve Katz, Editor 09.09.14

  • L&FP&NW?

    Label & Narrow Web has always prided itself as being “the most targeted magazine in the industry,” targeting, as our name suggests, the label industry specifically. While we have no plans to change the name of this publication, there…
    Steve Katz, Editor 07.21.14

  • Paying for it

    I really enjoy the candid conversations I have with label printers, especially the ones where they preface what they’re about to say with an “off the record,” or conclude their thought with a “you can’t print that.&rdquo…
    Steve Katz, Editor 06.02.14

  • Synergy

    Synergy is defined as the interaction of multiple elements in a system to produce an effect different from or greater than the sum of their individual effects. The word comes from the Greek word synergia, which translates to “working together.&…
    Steve Katz, Editor 04.15.14

  • Community

    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…
    Steve Katz, Editor 03.13.14

  • No exception

    “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…
    Steve Katz, Editor 11.21.13

  • Overwhelming

    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…
    Steve Katz, Editor 10.14.13

  • Sending a message

    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…
    Steve Katz, Editor 09.13.13

  • Twenty Years

    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…
    Kathleen Scully, Publisher 07.17.13

  • See you in September

    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…
    Steve Katz, Editor 05.31.13

  • One-stop-shop

    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…
    Steve Katz, Editor 04.10.13

  • Money

    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…
    Steve Katz, Editor 03.12.13

  • Surprise

    "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…
    Steve Katz, Editor 01.23.13

  • Unthinkable

    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…
    Steve Katz, Editor 11.29.12

  • Customer-driven

    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…
    Steve Katz, Editor 10.09.12

  • Game planning

    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…
    Steve Katz, Editor 09.01.12

  • Sign of the times

    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…
    Steve Katz, Editor 07.10.12

  • What’s your story?

    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…
    Steve Katz, Editor 05.22.12

  • Gettin’ busy

    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…
    Steve Katz, Editor 04.19.12