Publishers and Printers Move to CIM City
Having won the "CTP wars," we now are onto the next technology front: "JDF" and "Prose/XML" will lead to computer integrated manufacturing, or "CIM". Yet, aren’t these just software tools your printer uses to automate its internal production processes? What do these mean to you and your job? Most importantly, why should you get involved in something that benefits your printer, but with no apparent benefit to you and your company?
A Distribution Primer: A Guide to Determining the Best Distribution Plan for YOU
There are two basic types of distribution plans. The type of plan used is often determined jointly by the mailer and printer, based on the mailer’s defined goals using cost, volume, and time guidelines.
A Buying Co-Op for Smaller Publishers Gains Traction in Production Cost Area The industry’s one major buying co-op, the Integrated Media Consortium, is seeing returns for members. Launched in February 2005 by publishing veterans Bill Walker and Alan Douglas, the co-op was designed to give small to mid-sized ($3 million to $200 million in annual revenue) publishers the benefits of lower costs on printing, paper, shipping and general office expenses by consolidating volume purchasing.
SWOP Updates Specs
SWOP (Specifications for Web Offset Publications) has announced plans to modernize SWOP Specification by addressing the industry’s shift toward virtual proofing workflows.
Tales from the Folded: Budget Living co-founder Speaks at MPA-IMAG Conference Co-founder of the recently folded Budget Living, Eric Rayman remained poised recently as he answered questions as to why his publication failed. The quality of paper and cover stock used for Budget Living, along with printing costs and postal hikes also took a toll on the magazine.
Postmaster: Postal Rates Will Continue to Rise Until Postal Reform is Enacted
Speaking recently at ABM’s Spring Meeting about a proposed postal rate hike that would raise rates some 11.7 percent, an unapologetic U.S. Postmaster General John E. Potter said the postal service will continue to raise rates until Congress enacts reform.
Co-Mailing or Co-Palletization: What works best for you?
There’s been a lot of talk in the industry about co-mailing and co-palletization as two ways to combat potential postal increases in the coming years. Both are ways to save money on postage, how do they compare? Which is right for you?