Allen Filson, Sr., director of professional services at Canon Solutions America, talks about how customers can automate processes and implement technologies that ready them for whatever the future holds.
Right now, printing industry stakeholders expect a stronger commitment to sustainability than ever. Read how using more environmentally responsible printing technologies like production inkjet can be both good for the planet and good for business.
An overview of the most recent NAPCO research on the demand for production digital printing, plus recommended actions PSPs should take this year.
Color-management has come a long way. Discover next-level solutions for color-managed inkjet production.
Digital inkjet’s chemical-free production, lower energy consumption, and adaptability to sustainable business models can bolster your environmental reputation in the eyes of customers.
Printing shorter runs and even “book of one” jobs with speed and efficiency becomes not just viable but profitable with the technology these book publishers say makes all the difference.
The first generation of Industry 4.0 has rapidly made automation essential for any print service provider who’s gearing up to be the smart print factory that evolving industry conditions demand. While the need for an automated workflow that simplifies, streamlines, and increases productivity is universal, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Book manufacturers like you certainly face distinct and complex workflow requirements, but you also face a growing range of potentially profitable new opportunities presented by custom and on-demand book production.
As was the case for many other industries, 2020 proved to be a year of uncertainty for book printers and publishers. Plans for strategic growth were abandoned as wide shifts in business practices were adopted just to get orders out the door. Some felt the tension and discomfort of not even having a white fog line to serve as a guide through these uncharted roads. Others were able to take comfort in the guardrails they’d had the foresight to install, which enabled them to adapt quickly and carve out new business opportunities.
Book manufacturers typically face tough decisions when buying digital printing equipment. Not anymore! Canon Solutions America launched the varioPRINT iX-series high-speed, sheetfed inkjet press in April 2020. Already taking the industry by storm, this inkjet platform is significantly changing the game and setting PSPs up for a more profitable 2021 and beyond.
Printed books remain as popular as ever, but now’s not the time to stand still. Know where the market is going and confidently make your next step with high-quality inkjet.
In response to environmental challenges, Canon Solutions America has strengthened its commitment to sustainable sourcing, product development, and manufacturing practices. It’s not only the environment that benefits—you can too!
Print experiences are making a resurgence in new and surprising ways. With digital print technologies, magazines and catalogs can make these experiences even more engaging.
Prioritize your operation’s success with insights for how shifts in processes and practices can lead to higher efficiencies and more opportunities for growth.
The growing number of inkjet devices, applications, and configurations means more opportunities in digital book production. Discover the advantages of a transition to production inkjet.
Read about an all-in-one workflow, press, and finishing solution designed to increase the efficiency of digital book production. Customize it to your needs to add valuable offerings and boost flexibility.
Gain insight into industry trends and how advances to production inkjet technology provide new opportunities for increased color, more personalization, and on-demand prints without sacrificing quality.
Gain insight into the industry trends that your business can use to craft and refine innovative strategies that will generate successful communications solutions.
Savvy print service providers are reaping the benefits of adopting web-to-print solutions. Discover the reasons why in this informative article.
Digital book printing is expected to grow at a 10.6% compound annual growth rate to reach 129.7 billion impressions by 2019. Find out how you can grab your share of the digital book printing boom while still achieving balanced economies of scale.
Explore how to leverage new technology for greater success by keeping the customer experience at the forefront of your innovation strategy. Learn why “business as usual” isn’t good enough anymore in this inspiring article.
Gain a better understanding of all the latest options available to optimize your operation for greater success from the book, Inkjet Workflow: How to Make Your Work Flow… Efficiently. Learn more about this informative new industry resource.
Will 2017 be a year of transformation for your business? Discover the three questions that could redirect your business to keep pace with today’s ever-changing market, and how to plan accordingly.
The drive toward digital content is growing. With the introduction of newer, more flexible platforms, distributing high-quality information can be a more user-friendly experience for your prospects and customers. Learn more in this introduction into digital publishing for cross-channel media consumption.
There are two words everyone loves to hear — thank you. From a happy client, these words can be the key to converting prospects into customers, transforming existing customers into a loyal client base, and in turn, expanding your business. For print service providers with a strong customer focus, the ability to consistently exceed expectations is dependent on having the capabilities and resources to deliver successful outcomes.
Today’s book printers and publishers are faced with changing technologies, adapting business models, and shifting customer expectations. A smart, strategic response is key to moving with the market rather than against it. Learn about best practices and the need-to-know approaches from three leaders in the field.
The emergence of e-readers has caused many printers to compare the benefits and drawbacks of printed books versus their digital counterparts. Considering reader preferences, industry motivations, and collected research and insights is critical when diving deeper into these changing formats.
Canon Solutions America was voted “Company to Watch” at this year’s Inkjet Summit for the third time. This honor comes directly from Inkjet Summit attendees. This can’t-miss event for production inkjet, brings together industry members, experts, and leaders to share insight about the growth of the inkjet movement.
The leading international trade show for print and cross-media services, drupa 2016, is almost here. With the theme Touch the Future, this year’s show is sure to include some of the most innovative, cutting-edge technologies, all ready for you to discover. Get a sneak peek of what’s in store from Canon Solutions America.
Changes within the book printing market may be causing you to consider incorporating inkjet printing into your operation. "The Inkjet Edge: How to Transition Your Business to Inkjet" is a comprehensive guide to successfully implementing these new technologies, featuring advice and insight from peers and experts.
Looking for a more flexible book printing solution for short runs and better control of book inventories? One that will accommodate both light and heavy weight media – like leatherettes, textured stocks, and plastic substrates?
With the emergence of new technology, major shifts are taking place in the print marketplace — in everything from content and media channels to revenue and consumer expectations. Knowing how to use today’s technology, as well as these pivotal changes, to your advantage is key.
Value is at the core of building long-lasting relationships with your customers. Increasingly, value is not in the final product you deliver, but in the end-to-end service you provide. Your customers are looking for personalized attention at all touchpoints. Embrace the power of customer experience and watch your bottom line grow.
Held this fall, the thINK Forum User Conference, thINK’s very first event, shared the top trends and techniques in inkjet, while Canon EXPO 2015 revealed a variety of engaging and exciting technologies — including four brand new production digital devices.
Digital print production has been changing book manufacturing, and the trends are expected to continue. Digitally printed books are expected to grow at double-digit rates per year while offset produced books are expected to decline each year.
Reaching consumers on as many platforms as possible can result in significantly higher reader engagement. However, if you’re not among the top tier players in the publishing industry this can seem like an impossible task. Industry experts agree, though, that digital tactics MUST be in your marketing toolbox. They also suggest starting out small and building your multi-channel efforts over time.
We’re sure you have noticed that book production is changing with shorter run lengths and on-demand publishing becoming more the norm than the niche. Recent advancements in digital color production inkjet technology, workflow software, and integrated finishing options enable book printers to offer a smarter, cost saving approach to book production.
Nadine Vassallo, Project Manager of Research & Information at Book Industry Study Group; Angela Bole, Executive Director of the Independent Book Publishers Association; and John Edwards, President and CEO of the fifth-largest book manufacturer in the U.S., Edwards Brothers Malloy, tell it like it is — adapting to industry changes is the path to becoming more successful in the book market.
For the past few years, the publishing industry has been anticipating the shift to digital print production in book manufacturing. The challenge has been finding digital printing technology options that are capable of achieving the quality, speed, flexibility, and affordability of offset printing. These challenges have finally met their match.
It’s prediction season again... but it doesn’t take a crystal ball to know that the coming months will have no shortage of industry pundits contemplating your future—at least your future for print and marketing services. Three forces are expected to converge during 2015, potentially creating a “perfect storm” for service providers.
Together, Canon Solutions America and Graph Expo 2014 inspired several conversations about the industry’s future direction, challenges, and opportunities. Canon Solutions America showcased its expanding portfolio, including cutsheet electrophotographic color, cutsheet inkjet, and roll-fed inkjet, addressing the exciting and prevailing shift to inkjet printing.
We understand that book printers today face many challenges--shorter runs, pressure to keep unit costs down, and the need for an integrated workflow with as little manual interaction as possible. Many are turning to digital inkjet printing technology to meet these challenges head on.
At Graph Expo this year, Canon Solutions America, in addition to showcasing new products, will show you how to improve your business with traditional offset applications that can be affordably produced by leveraging inkjet technologies, while adding digital print benefits such as versioning, personalization, process automation, and just-in-time manufacturing.
With total digital production print page impressions expected to grow more than 60% by 2017, it’s time to develop a strategy that is focused on your customers’ needs. Tonya Powers, Segment Marketing Manager for Commercial Print and Books at Canon Solutions America, discusses the benefits of a focused approach to marketing.
As the book industry continues to evolve, print operations face mounting challenges. Building a system that optimizes efficiency and profitability requires real production printing expertise. Today, book printers and publishers are seeking professional services that support the development of integrated solutions.
Investigate the many opportunities available in custom book publishing and how today’s digital print and content management technologies facilitate its production. Discover the many ways you can provide new services and solutions to your customers.
Looking for new application opportunities to grow revenue? Canon Solutions America has just introduced a Long-Sheet Feeder and Catch Tray for its popular Canon imagePRESS series that enables book printers to offer more digitally printed applications that were once outsourced or more challenging to print.
Converting a warehouse full of inventory into a pressroom and production facility, this world-wide provider of teaching, learning, and research solutions is helping its customers by offering a custom, cutting-edge learning experience.
After a full year of integrating resources and production organizations, we can confidently say that we’re ready for the future. Mal Baboyian provides details on a promising future.2014: It’s Time to Embrace Change
Barb Pellow, industry expert from InfoTrends, presents the top 10 trends that will likely fuel the direction of our industry all this year and beyond. Barb also demonstrates the importance of embracing change now rather than playing catch up later.
A look back at 2013 and a look forward to 2014 through the eyes of Canon Solutions America’s Vice President of Marketing, Francis A. McMahon.From Print 13 to 2014... We Are Looking to the Future!
Gearing up for 2014 with high-impact print solutions, Canon Solutions America is ready to lead the way toward a bright future for the print industry.
Customer-centric companies constantly try to innovate and manage based on what their customers need to be successful – not just on what they can sell to those customers. These are firms that work to help customers leverage their technology to drive business results and create a rich customer experience with a focus on excellent service.
That’s the word on the street and around water coolers all over the world. New technologies, innovations and amazing demonstrations dominated the show and in particular, the Canon booth. Interest, curiosity, and discovery were at high levels every day of the show. We’ve never seen anything like it. The crowds were stunning. Like many exhibitors, Canon Solutions America was ready to show “What’s New” to a global audience and we believe everyone walked away satisfied and hungering for more.
PRINT 13 (September 8-12 in Chicago) is focused on educating attendees about how to drive profits through innovation and integration. Building on those themes, Canon Solutions America will be holding live demonstrations of its latest graphic communications technologies and partnerships to share profit-making opportunities for you and your business. This article provides a brief summary of what you can look forward to seeing when you visit the Canon booth.
Helping customers put their “best book forward,” expert book manufacturer Thomson-Shore is making significant investments in technology and integration to grow in this rapidly changing industry. They have refocused their efforts from just-in-case (inventory) to just-in-time production, from print volume to print value, and most importantly from sourcing print to sourcing solutions.
Looking for a partner to team with for success? Canon Solutions America offers customers PressGo!, a FREE, robust business development program. With tools including educational webinars, informational white papers, training, marketing templates, and more, we make it easier for our customers to build their business.
Networking, sharing, and strategic partnerships are key factors in building a better business. To help you reach your goals we are now more focused than ever on providing you with the tools you need to solve your toughest business challenges.
In an industry where consolidation is the rule and not the exception, providing the right customer solutions and supporting workflow is critical. Larry Vaughn and Steve Johns understood the importance of getting this right as they consolidated their operations to form Seebridge Media.
In our last Graphic Arts Summit meeting we heard a great deal about what our customers look for in a partner and what they think about Océ’s transition to the new Canon Solutions America. It’s great hearing from the representatives on the GA Summit – but we’d like to hear from all of our customers and non-customers alike.
For publishers, digital printing technology is an industry-transforming initiative. Instead of printing more books than they sell, publishers can order smaller quantities, minimizing risk by reducing inventory and distribution costs. Savvy managers know that it’s the total cost divided over a title’s life cycle that counts – not just the initial cost of printing the book. With digital technology, publishers can adapt to fluctuations in demand over a title’s entire life cycle.
As you know, Canon and Océ are now one company as of January 1, 2013. Together, we will lead the industry into the future with one vision. We will continue to offer all of our customers – old and new – a spirit of collaboration and the focused service and support that is our hallmark. Read the following FAQ for some answers to questions you may have.