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November 2012

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Oxford, UK-based Macmillan Education announced it will stop producing printed dictionaries after the final edition rolls off the presses this month. Since 2009, the company has started to transition users to its Macmillan Dictionary Online service.

"The traditional book format is very limiting for any kind of reference work," said Editor-in-Chief Michael Rundell. "Books are out of date as soon as they're printed, and the space constraints they impose often compromise our goals of clarity and completeness. There is so much more we can do for our users in digital media."

“Our research tells us that most people today get their reference information via their computer, tablet, or phone,” added Stephen Bullon, Macmillan Education's Publisher for Dictionaries, “and the message is clear and unambiguous: the future of the dictionary is digital.”

This news from Macmillan follows a March announcement from the venerable Encyclopedia Britannica that, after 244 years, it will no longer produce a print edition. The Oxford English Dictionary, seen by some as the definitive record of the English language, is still available for purchase as a 20-volume complete set or as a single-volume compact edition.


October 2012

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By Victoria Gaitskell

I know you’re terribly busy. On most days, most printers are stretched so thin that squeezing in one more extra task seems next to impossible. Even so, it would be a prudent business decision to take the time to submit your achievements into the 7th-annual Canadian Printing Awards (CPAs). Any serious business owner or manager needs to make it a priority to enter awards programs in their field, particularly a Canadian-specific initiative, because of the multitude of astonishing benefits they’ll reap in return. Here are seven of the biggest:

1. Large-scale publicity

Arguably, awards are the most powerful and cost-effective marketing tool. The publication, association, or trade show that organizes an awards program will devote considerable resources to publicizing the awards and participants before, during, and after the event. Especially if you are a winner or finalist, you can continue to publicize your own participation and successes in the awards program to your customers, prospects, prospective investors, and trade media indefinitely. Many awards, including the CPAs, come with an impressive trophy you can display prominently at your company forever.

2. A record of your achievements

Awards contests help you review your own progress and evaluate your successes and the areas of your business that need improvement. Initially you’ll perform this process when deciding which projects and initiatives to submit to the contest. But also, while some of the CPAs' categories require you to submit only basic information with the entry fee, others require more detailed documentation. The latter categories not only help you document your progress but also result in a report you can recycle many times in many ways to broadcast your achievements and track your future progress.

3. Networking opportunities and peer recognition

Awards competitions and ceremonies attract the best companies and prominent business leaders. Thus they provide an opportunity for you to show off and discuss your best achievements and latest innovations with a discerning and appreciative audience. Additionally, by attending the presentation ceremony or even by connecting with fellow participants by phone, e-mail, or social media, you can build your relationships and network with a prestigious new pool of contacts.
 
4. A leg up on your competition 

Entries, recognition, or wins all give you a tangible edge over competitors and showcase your company as among the best in your field.

5. Support for your employer brand
Participants gain recognition in their industry as award-winning employers whose companies and products make them leaders in their field. This recognition makes your company a more attractive place to work for top-performing new hires.

6. Staff motivation, morale, and retention
Everyone wants to feel appreciated and part of a successful organization. Participating in awards competitions sends your staff the message that your company is worthy of recognition by a respected external body. This realization raises staff’s motivation and morale, especially if your company is astute enough to use your victories in awards competitions as platforms to stage internal celebrations recognizing the achievements of staff members who contributed to your success. It also helps to buy staff tickets for the dinner where prizes are announced, held in Toronto on November 29th.

7. A measure of your performance

Entering the awards gives you an unparalleled opportunity to assess the strength of your entry against others in the same category and gauge how your business stacks up against the very best. Frankly, you’d be crazy not to take advantage of this opportunity for an economically priced assessment from some of the industry’s most knowledgeable independent business experts who judge the entries.

But the craziest part is that you can reap all the above seven benefits for a cost of between $90 and $110 per contest submission. (The actual cost depends on the total number of submissions you make.) With 25 awards in three diverse categories, it’s hard to imagine why any printing company of any size wouldn’t take advantage of the opportunity to participate in the CPAs.

Entry information can found at printaction.com/cpa



Newsweek, the 79-year-old New York-based publication, has announced it will no longer produce a print version after December 31st. The company will instead move to an online-only model in a publication called Newsweek Global.

First published in February 1933, the magazine faced turmoil during the 2008 financial crisis which saw it restructure its business significantly. Between early 2008 and mid 2009, its subscriber base fell from 3.1 million to 1.9 million. The publication was sold by its parent company of 40 years, the Washington Post Co.

With the rise of online media, the news magazine changed its editorial focus from news coverage to more of opinion and analysis within the last decade. In 2010, it merged with online publication The Daily Beast, with the aim of having the online arm cover the daily news while the print edition providing more insightful analysis.

Quad Graphics, which has been printing Newsweek since 1977, announced that there will be no job cuts as a result of Newsweek's online transition.

"We have printed Newsweek for many years and are sad to see this venerable newsweekly end its print edition," said Claire Ho, a spokesperson for Quad. "Today's announcement will have negligible financial impact on our company. The work we performed for Newsweek was insignificant to our overall business." Quad, earlier this month, announced a new US$900 million agreement to produce 85 percent of Time Inc.'s print work.

An error by Chicago-based printing giant RR Donnelley on behalf of its client Google, sent the tech giant's stock price down nine percent today.

Google blames RR Donnelley for filing a draft version of its third-quarter financial results to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The error caused Google to temporarily halt the trading of its shares on the NASDAQ.

Google shares fell US$68.19 per share before trading was halted, representing US$19 billion in value, after the draft report showed the company had missed expectations by a wide margin. The error also caused RR Donnelley's stock to fall six percent, but soon recovered. The company files reports to the SEC on behalf of many customers as part of its Regulatory Compliance services.

The draft document, dated today, clearly shows placeholder material awaiting a comment from company CEO Larry Page. Representatives from both companies say the cause for the error is being investigated.

RR Donnelley, founded in 1864, reported over US$10.6 billion in sales for 2011 and employs over 58,000 employees worldwide. Around the world, it operates over 100 web presses, over 135 sheetfed presses and over 40 digital presses.


The production of Canadian passport covers will now be based in Europe after Columbia Finishing Mills of Cornwall, Ontario, lost the contract to Ottawa's Canadian Bank Note.

The subcontracting of the production was revealed by Columbia Finishing Mills, which also claims the covers have been subcontracted to a Dutch firm with a fabric mill in the Czech Republic.

Canadian Bank Note will be producing the next generation of Canadian passports which will feature electronic security features, joining 90 countries in the world already using such a system. Canadian Bank Note provides security printing for over 60 countries.

According to the Toronto Star, the contract to produce passport covers was put to tender two years ago, with Canadian Bank Note winning the contract. The contract was valued at $1 million. Columbia Finishing Mills had produced the gold-stamped covers for over 30 years, producing on average 4.5 million a year. The loss of the contract means the elimination of at least three positions at Columbia Finishing Mills, an operation with just 12 employees.

As is common with most security printing contracts, no official details about where or how the new ePassports would be produced have been released.


Among the 62 Kwik Kopy Design & Print Centre franchise locations across Canada, the corporation has presented its Franchisee of the Year for 2012 award to Barb and Doug Bower.

The Bowers operate the Kwik Kopy Design & Print Centre located in Don Mills, Toronto. The quick-printing shop has been in business for the past 26 years. When the Bowers started out, they were focused on providing black-and-white photocopying services and printing jobs with a maximum of two colours.

The Don Mills Kwik Kopy location now provides design and a range of digital production, including high-speed colour, as well as mobile Website design and hosting for clients. The location also recently expended into a range of indoor and outdoor signage production.


Kwik Kopy Printing Canada Corporation, one of the country’s largest printing networks, has been operating in Canada for more than 30 years.


September 2012

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Printext, a small offset and digital shop in West Melbourne, Australia recently created a video highlighting its operation and posted it to YouTube. Hayden Dickson, the proprietor, describes a little about his own history in the printing field and how it has changed over the years.

Composed of beautiful videography, the piece is a prime example of the new generation online marketing, one which puts a face back into the somewhat impersonal online world. 


PrintAction magazine is proud to be running the 7th annual Canadian Printing Awards, which is to be celebrated on November 29 at the Palais Royale in Toronto. The CBC’s Dianne Buckner, who is an award-winning business journalist and host of the hit television show about entrepreneurialism, Dragon’s Den, will again lead this year’s gala, featuring a sit-down dinner.

The structure of this year’s printing awards program has changed little, beyond some fine-tuning of the categories. We have introduced five categories in a new business development section, which we hope to grow in future years. Much like PrintAction’s preceding Environmental Printing Awards program, we have included these new business categories in an effort to better understand the direction of printing companies in the age of integrated graphic communications.

PrintAction, as part of the awards program, will also determine three key industry leaders in the categories of Printing Leader of the Year, Emerging Leader of the Year (under the age of 35), and the John A. Young Lifetime Achievement Award. Please refer to the list of this year’s Canadian Printing Awards categories below and let us know if you have any questions about participating at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Entry guidelines can be downloaded from the Canadian Printing Awards website at www.printaction.com/CPA Entries must be received by October 26.


Industry Achievement categories

Printing Leader of the Year
Emerging Leader of the Year (under age 35)
John A. Young Lifetime Achievement Award

Environmental Printing categories
Most Environmentally Progressive Printer in Canada
Most Environmentally Progressive Vendor
Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Technology
Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Project
Most Environmentally Progressive Packaging Project

Business Development categories
Best Online Presence, printing company
Best Online Presence, vendor
Best Community Program
Best Marketing Campaign

Quality Printing categories
Best of Show
Self Promotion
Brochures & Booklets
Business & Annual Reports
Direct Mail
Magazines
Catalogues
Newspapers
Books
Calendars
Packaging (all processes)
Labels
Stationery
Finishing


TC Transcontinental Printing has announced it has extended two contracts with Rogers Communications which will see up to $250 million change hands to print Rogers' marketing products and magazines.

The extension of these contracts will be until 2019 and covers the printing of the entire Rogers' portolio of publications for consumers, the business community and professions, the printing of Rogers' marketing products as well as the direct-mail delivery of Rogers marketing products.

"We are very proud of the fact that Rogers has shown its confidence in us by extending these contracts to 2019," said Brian Reid, President of Transcontinental Printing. "This confidence is built on a relationship developed over time, based on customer satisfaction with the products delivered and on the common desire of both companies to take innovation further, to offer new products and services, and to remain leaders in our respective niches."

A Globe Investor piece published on Monday described the printing and paper industries as being value traps for investors, meaning that while low share values may attract investors, they may never rise again.

Author David Milstead pointed to Lexmark's recent decision to divest from consumer inkjet as an example of a company floundering in today's digital age. Milstead also looks at forestry players such as Domtar as an underperformer and publishing giants such as RR Donnelley, Torstar, and Glacier Media.

"I still think the 'all-digital life' has a later ETA than the digerati claim," writes Milstead. "But it doesn’t matter what I think or if I’m right; sometimes, in investing, perception is reality. And the perception is that these companies’ earnings are on a steady path to oblivion. No matter the profits from paper right now; it’s all turning out to be very real losses for investors."

Read the full Globe story here.

The Campbell Soup Company, in celebration of Andy Warhol's iconic art piece from 1962, has launched a series of colourful soup cans.

"Campbell's Condensed soup is an iconic brand. And thanks to Andy Warhol's inspired paintings, Campbell's soup will always be linked to the Pop Art movement," said Ed Carolan, Vice President & General Manager, Campbell North America. "This Fall, to honour the golden anniversary of his first gallery exhibit, we'll celebrate Warhol and soup by releasing limited-edition Campbell's Tomato soup cans and making Andy's art available in the soup aisle of grocery stores."

Warhol famously exhibited a painting of 32 Campbell's Soup Cans in a variety of colours, a move which helped launch his career.

The limited edition cans are produced under license from the Andy Warhol Foundation, a non-profit organization which promotes visual arts.

According to The Campbell's Soup Company, the then-company President William Beverly Murphy, had some initial concerns with Warhol's art, but decided to adopt a wait-and-see approach. Eventually, the company became a supporter of Warhol's work and helped the artist establish the Andy Warhol Scholarship Fund with the New York Art Academy.

More recently, Campbell's partnered with the The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as a sponsor of the education, concert and lecture programs associated with the exhibition Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years, opening later this month.

Campbell's Tomato Soup, with its famous red and white can, was first introduced to the public in 1897 and continues to sell over 25 million cans each week.

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