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  • Pandemic-proof

    Who saw this coming? I know I didn’t, and unless you’re an infectious disease expert, or had intel from within China, you probably didn’t either. Sure, terrible things do happen from time-to-time – natural disasters, school sh…
    Steve Katz 07.13.20

  • Pick up your keys

    Pick up your keys

    In good times or bad, you must take control and make the big decisions, especially about the future of your business. You may want to throw your keys down on the table and say, “I’m done with this.” If you’re done, go. If not…
    Rock LaManna 07.10.20

  • War – Part One

    War – Part One

    I read somewhere that Mark Twain and Helen Keller were good friends and wrote each other on a regular basis. In one of her letters to Twain, Keller ridiculed her work as not very original.  Twain replied, “Don’t worry, there is very…
    Calvin Frost 07.10.20

  • A tide of debt keeps Europe afloat

    A tide of debt keeps Europe afloat

    Still groggy, Europe is picking itself up and starting to count the cost of the COVID-19 pandemic. The figures are so enormous they beggar belief. Germany, always the most tight-fisted of European countries, passed a supplementary budget of around $1…
    John Penhallow 07.10.20

  • Paying close attention to labels is critical right now

    COVID-19 and all its ramifications have severely shaken public confidence about what to believe and trust. Now is the time for product manufacturers to double down on all quality issues related to their products – including labels. In the pr…
    Mark Lusky 06.04.20

  • Multi-Color helps Dasani go green

    Multi-Color helps Dasani go green

    Since sustainability is becoming an increasingly important topic in today’s packaging world, Multi-Color is striving to find ways to make labels as environmentally friendly as possible for its customers. Knowing that Coca-Cola has interest in r…
    06.04.20

  • Ready for the burn?

    Ready for the burn?

    Enjoyed a good couple of years? Happy customers? Irrelevant. New press and plenty of capacity? Good luck. Had a generous offer to buy your business? Feeling regretful? The past is past. What matters now is cash. Lots and lots of cash. For 12 month…
    Rock LaManna 06.04.20

  • What will tomorrow bring?

    Today’s challenges are sudden and relentless.
    Jack Kenny 06.04.20

  • Golden opportunity

    Golden opportunity

    The one positive aspect of COVID-19 is a slowdown in climate change. Think about it: fewer cars mean less pollution, less manufacturing means less waste, and less human activity means less environmental disruption.  On the other hand, stay-at…
    Calvin Frost 06.04.20

  • Too big to fail – will European governments step in to help COVID-stricken giants?

    Too big to fail – will European governments step in to help COVID-stricken giants?

    The German business magazine Handelsblatt has no time for sensationalism. It was all the more surprising to read its recent analysis of Heidelberg, the German print machinery maker often described as “too big to fail.” The recent departur…
    John Penhallo 06.04.20

  • Review, rethink label claims in light of coronavirus

    One of the most important customer service functions a product manufacturer can perform is to provide accurate, clear and complete information about what the product can and can’t do. However, manufacturers sometimes stretch claims and use hype…
    Mark Lusky 04.03.20

  • Seven ways to let go when you lose your job

    If you’ve lost your job recently, you may have noticed that the world of job loss and job search is very different than it was 10 or 20 years ago. These days, employees in the narrow web and label manufacturing sector can lose their jobs for ma…
    Rock LaManna 04.03.20

  • Planning for recovery

    When the virus abates, how will you rebuild?
    Jack Kenny 04.03.20

  • All roads lead to China

    Do you remember reading about the Silk Road in geography in the fifth or sixth grade? The Silk Road was not an imaginary road. It was real, even though my imagination flowed to camels loaded with goods from China. It was a trade route that connected…
    Calvin Frost 04.03.20

  • Who will bet on offset?

    Who will bet on offset?

    With elections coming up in France (municipal) and in Germany (regional), there is much talk about front-runners and who will gain if so-and-so pulls out. In the narrow web printing world, flexo and digital make the running, outdistancing all other t…
    John Pennhallow 04.03.20

  • Capitalize on the FDA’s push for bigger, bolder labels

    Giving people easily deciphered and digested information about what they’re consuming has become key to health and safety.
    Mark Lusky 03.05.20

  • Voice activation targets labels and packaging

    Respond Fast Voice Activated Calls To Action (VACTA) are changing the way consumers interact with labels and packaging. People increasingly are requesting and responding via smart speakers and voice assistants instead of going to a website, texting o…
    03.05.20

  • Letting go when the timeline is short

    Letting go when the timeline is short

    Family businesses have complex personal dynamics that affect how big decisions are made, especially when the timeline is short and the stakes are high.
    Rock LaManna 03.05.20

  • Fun facts about packaging

    Fun facts about packaging

    Impress your friends and colleagues with these industry gems.
    Jack Kenny 03.05.20

  • Turning waste into gold

    A new process could potentially change the waste and recycling markets.
    Calvin Frost 03.05.20