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Day 14: Charting Wide-Format Printing’s Course – Advice for 2012

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14 days of critical information to prepare your business for 2012.

BPIC: Any parting observations on the market and/or industry as our readers are set to wrap up 2011 and make plans for 2012?

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Day 14: Charting Wide-Format Printing’s Course – Advice for 2012

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14 days of critical information to prepare your business for 2012.

BPIC: Any parting observations on the market and/or industry as our readers are set to wrap up 2011 and make plans for 2012?

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Day 13: Charting Wide-Format Printing’s Course – Profit Centers Beyond Print

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14 days of critical information to prepare your business for 2012.

BPIC: What about profit centers beyond pure print work? Electronic digital displays? Fulfillment? Design? Other?

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Day 11: Charting Wide-Format Printing’s Course – Social Media and QR Codes

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14 days of critical information to prepare your business for 2012.

BPIC: Social media and QR codes have certainly grabbed a lot of headlines the past 12 months, from the standpoint of print shops marketing their own businesses, and in helping clients market their products. Are shops – and their clients – seeing an ROI here? Will shops continue to pursue these opportunities?

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Day 12: Charting Wide-Format Printing’s Course – the 'Hottest' Applications for 2012

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14 days of critical information to prepare your business for 2012.

BPIC: Here’s our readers’ favorite question every year in our Roundtable discussion: What are you seeing as the “hottest” applications for wide-format print in the past 12 months? And for 2012?

Art Wynne, BERTL: Our research shows that P-O-S and P-O-P continue to be very popular for print service providers. We’re also seeing an increased demand for vehicle wraps and soft signage.

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Day 10: Charting Wide-Format Printing’s Course – Bringing More Production In-House

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14 days of critical information to prepare your business for 2012.

BPIC: One print provider our publication recently profiled [Graphic Systems Group, see here] indicated that his company was aggressively pursuing a “de-coupling” trend – pulling the production away from advertising agencies and bringing it in-house to his shop, so the client becomes his client and he’s not simply an outsource for the ad agency. Have you seen this in action? And do you agree it’s becoming a trend?

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Day 9: Charting Wide-Format Printing’s Course – Sustainability

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14 days of critical information to prepare your business for 2012.

BPIC: Although it did not only take wide-format print providers into account, a recent Printing Industry Center at RIT survey indicated that 37 percent of print shops had a formal sustainability policy in place, while another 17 percent had an “informal” policy in place. Do you think that’s representative of our market as well? Do shops still endeavor to be green?

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Day 8: Charting Wide-Format Printing’s Course – JDF

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14 days of critical information to prepare your business for 2012.

BPIC: Like the proverbial phoenix, JDF is back. Isn’t it? Or did it ever really go away?

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Day 7: Charting Wide-Format Printing’s Course – Printer Specs

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14 days of critical information to prepare your business for 2012.

BPIC: In our July 2011 issue, The Big Picture garnered specs on 130 rollfed printers sold here in the US, and there were some interesting numbers. Any thoughts on any of the following stats from those charts:
* More than a third of all printers listed were introduced in 2010 or 2011 – relatively new introductions to the market. That was also true with the flatbeds we charted the following month, by the way;
* Just over 20 (or 15 percent) utilize UV technologies – that’s double the number since 2008;

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'Vehicle Wrapping' Debuts

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Craig Campbell's new book takes readers step-by-step through the vehicle-wrap process.

ST Books, a division of ST Media Group International, has released Vehicle Wrapping by Craig Campbell.

Craig Campbell offers the benefits of his years of experience with vinyl products, covering every detail you need to know to understand, sell and install vehicle wraps – in nearly 250 full-color, step-by-step photos:

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