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Successful Sign & Digital UK propels GPT into HP Scitex flatbed arena

Successful Sign & Digital UK propels GPT into HP Scitex flatbed arena

Following a highly successful Sign & Digital UK show, HP has awarded GPT as a key reseller for its new range of flatbed printers, the HP Scitex FB550 and FB750.Shaun...

Change of show date and move to larger halls for Sign & Digital 2016

Change of show date and move to larger halls for Sign & Digital 2016

Due to exceptional demand, Sign & Digital UK has moved location within the NEC to for its 2016 event to halls 17 and 18 to accommodate a significant increase in...

Dowson talks balls, rugby, and the number of leads gained at Sign & Digital UK

Dowson talks balls, rugby, and the number of leads gained at Sign & Digital UK

Nth Degree Imaging is already seeing the benefits of its recent appointment as a Roland DG Dealer, with a successful attendance at Sign & Digital UK and a strong sales...

ATG Spectrum goes large thanks to Mimaki JV5 320S ordered at Sign & Digital UK

ATG Spectrum goes large thanks to Mimaki JV5 320S ordered at Sign & Digital UK

ATG Spectrum can now print graphics up to a massive 3.2m x 20m thanks to its new Mimaki JV5 320S grand format printer from i-Sub Digital, ordered at Sign and...

Raccoon grabs a Zünd G3 at Sign & Digital

Raccoon grabs a Zünd G3 at Sign & Digital

Zünd UK took an official order for a G3 digital cutting system on the first morning of Sign and Digital UK, which took place at Birmingham's NEC last month. Th...

Hardware

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Roland DG introduces its UV flatbed to Australian printers

Roland DG introduces its UV flatbed to Australian printers

Fans of Roland wide format printers in Australia have something to cheer about today as Roland DG Australia introduces the Aussie market to its VersaUV LEJ-640FT UV-LED flatbed printer, capable...

Hybrid announce summer savings up to £5k cashback on Mimaki CJV300 Series

Hybrid announce summer savings up to £5k cashback on Mimaki CJV300 Series

Hybrid Services has announced that Mimaki’s flagship CJV300 Series integrated printer/cutter now forms an integral part of the company’s summer special – The Great £5k Print & Cut Giveaway.With up...

Personalise your world with Roland DG

Personalise your world with Roland DG

Roland DG will be attending Newtech’s upcoming Wide Format, Screen, Digital & Display Show on the 14th and 15th of July 2015, at the Paintworks, Bristol – just 15 miles...

Refurbished Roland proves bold move for Boldens

Refurbished Roland proves bold move for Boldens

It’s not very often we hear stories of refurbished wide format printers but Essex based Boldens Signage Solutions recently invested in a Roland RS640 to enable them to offer a...

Roland adds Virtual Reality Zone for FESPA

Roland adds Virtual Reality Zone for FESPA

Roland DG is planning to create a further ‘zone’ for FESPA 2015 with the Virtual Reality Zone. The news comes on the back of the recent announcement that Roland is...

Wideformat

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Hybrid Services offers up to £4,000 cashback on Mimaki UJF LED UV printers

Hybrid Services offers up to £4,000 cashback on Mimaki UJF LED UV printers

There’s never been a better time to invest in the smaller format Mimaki UV range as Mimaki’s UK and Irish distributor, Hybrid Services is offering up to £4,000 cashback with the purchase of a Mimaki UJF flatbed LED UV printer...

Mimaki printer trio puts cut sheet digital PSP on the path to wider success

Mimaki printer trio puts cut sheet digital PSP on the path to wider success

Cut sheet digital printing specialist Print On has invested heavily in Mimaki wide format printers including a JFX200 LED UV flatbed and a pair of high performance JV300 solvent machines. The move has enabled the Cheshire based company to enjoying...

CMYUK set to transform the way we print

CMYUK set to transform the way we print

CMYUK is a specialist UK provider of super-wide digital printing solutions and is the UK dealer for EFI super-wide format VUTEk, Mimaki and Zünd digital production solutions. The company recently opened a new showroom and technical facility in Shrewsbury, Shropshire...

Hybrid helps design students to bring ideas to fruition with Mimaki

Hybrid helps design students to bring ideas to fruition with Mimaki

For the second year running Hybrid Services has played host to graphic design students from South Cheshire College. After a complete showroom rebrand from the students in 2014, this year the 16-18 year olds were given an exclusive free run of...

Litho printer gets into wide format to diversify service offering

Litho printer gets into wide format to diversify service offering

Preston based Kaymar Print offers customers a mix of both litho, cut sheet digital and screen printing services, and has now added wide format printing to its portfolio of services with the addition of the latest Mimaki CJV150-107 integrated printer/cutter.Originally...

Textile Printing

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Roland’s dye sub transfer ink tech gains OEKO-TEX Standard 100, product class I

Roland’s dye sub transfer ink tech gains OEKO-TEX Standard 100, product class I

Roland DG’s dye sublimation transfer technology has achieved certification of OEKO-TEX Standard 100, product class I. The certification has been given for inkjet printing on polyester fabric with the company’s Texart ink, which is used for the Texart RT-640, the...

New MTEX for Colour Graphics adds textile print production

New MTEX for Colour Graphics adds textile print production

Walsall based Colour Graphics is a one-stop-shop digital print service provider offering the full gamut of digitally printed products - including textiles - following the company’s recent investment in an MTEX 5032Pro digital textile printer.Established in 1980 as a soft...

Indian textile shows to co-locate in New Delhi

Indian textile shows to co-locate in New Delhi

The Indian textile buying season has started and with it a host of interior decor, home textile and furnishing manufacturers are set to present their new collections, made-to-order product ranges and high-end designs at the country’s two top trade fairs...

Epson set to launch cost efficient dye sub textile printer

Epson set to launch cost efficient dye sub textile printer

Hot on the heels of Mimaki announcing its latest textile dye sublimation printer is Epson who announced a new SureColor SC-F9200 printer and HDK Black ink to help manufacturers produce high-quality, mass-production textiles quickly and consistently, while keeping costs low.Epson...

Mimaki kicks off its FESPA campaign with launch of new dye-sub textile printer

Mimaki kicks off its FESPA campaign with launch of new dye-sub textile printer

It’s the opening day of FESPA 2015 and Mimaki has announced the availability of its latest wide format printer - the TS300P-1800, a 1.8m wide roll-to-roll sublimation inkjet printer that Mimaki says will be available from July.“With the textile market...

Materials

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Drytac launch SureTac dual coated polyester mounting film

Drytac launch SureTac dual coated polyester mounting film

Drytac Europe has launched SureTac, a 23µ clear polyester mounting film coated on both sides with a pressure-sensitive solvent acrylic adhesive that bonds to a wide variety of substrates.The product, which is available exclusively from Antalis, has been developed as...

Premium diffuser films from ORAFOL

Premium diffuser films from ORAFOL

The typical application for diffuser films is inside light box displays, where they will ensure even distribution of the light, as well as prevent any unwanted external visibility of the internal light sources. They provide an easy means of getting...

Vivid’s new range of Boss vinyl gets 'Big Pete' Colman’s approval

Vivid’s new range of Boss vinyl gets 'Big Pete' Colman’s approval

Mansfield based Classic Print offers a full range of printing services to its customers from outdoor and indoor banners, flags and POS graphics to car wraps, garment personalisation, soft signage, personalised furniture and décor, 3D engraving and promotional products.The company...

Draw attention to the floor

Draw attention to the floor

News America Marketing reports that the use of traditional small-format floor advertising in front of a product can yield a 7 to 16 percent increase in lift rates.Floor graphics have traditionally been used in big-box stores, however, these graphics can...

Motivation and creation in sports arenas using Landor Phototex digital wallpaper

Motivation and creation in sports arenas using Landor Phototex digital wallpaper

Leeds based Conrad Davies is not your typical design and graphics business. Specialising in every aspect of design with a mix of graphic styles, and underpinned by a vast range of experience with key household brands, Davies is always questioning...

Wrapping World

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Avery Dennison sponsors Team LottoNL-Jumbo cycling team

Avery Dennison sponsors Team LottoNL-Jumbo cycling team

Avery Dennison is to sponsor Team LottoNL-Jumbo cycling team for the next two seasons. The team has an extensive fleet of team cars, trucks and busses, which all need to be supplied with the team colours and various sponsor logos.The...

ORAFOL launch two-tone shade shifter wrap films

ORAFOL launch two-tone shade shifter wrap films

We think there is going to be a big demand in the UK for this new ‘Mod Look’ ORAFOL line of premium car wrapping films – ORACAL 970 Premium Shift Effect Cast shade shifter films. All the old Mod’s are...

Stig gives Arlon a bash through a Mimaki to create garage wall wraps

Stig gives Arlon a bash through a Mimaki to create garage wall wraps

Here’s something a little bit different. I got a call from a certain David Bartrum (team principal at the quite famous Motorbase team) who wanted me to add a little flair to the walling within the team’s garage at Silverstone....

Avery Dennison puts another four on the floor

Avery Dennison puts another four on the floor

Avery Dennison has added a further four new colours to its Supreme Wrapping Film range, including two new ‘spark’ films and a really cool looking hidden gold.The four new colours now brings the total of Supreme Wrapping Films to 86...

FESPA World Wrap Master wins again

FESPA World Wrap Master wins again

Kiss Lajos from Hungary has retained his title of FESPA World Wrap Master for the second year running, at FESPA 2015 Global Expo (18-22 May 2015) in Cologne. Marco Dittl from Germany and Jeremy Gayet from France, took second and...

Finishing World

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Vivid appoints DataBind as United States distributor

Vivid appoints DataBind as United States distributor

Vivid Laminating Technologies has announced a new distribution partnership with Connecticut-based DataBind Corporation for the distribution of a number of Vivid’s best-selling laminating systems in the United States.DataBind is already the exclusive North American distributor for Renz Punching and Binding Systems, and has over 50 years of experience in the...

Bubble Free Applicator beats buying a flatbed

Bubble Free Applicator beats buying a flatbed

Based on Medway City Estate in Rochester, Kent, Signs & Imaging (South East) is a family run sign making business producing signage for pretty much everything such as shops and warehouses, petrol stations, shopping centres, building sites, temporary signs and mobile events.Keen to avoid the expense of buying a flatbed...

Morgana moves into wide format finishing with Valiani

Morgana moves into wide format finishing with Valiani

Morgana Systems has added the Italian range of Valiani Mat Pro flatbed automated cutting tables to its UK range of post-press finishing products to meet increasing demand from cut-sheet digital printers who also provide wide format and display printing services.Morgana, who has led the way in developing new and innovative...

Kala’s deal with Fastsigns will put a laminator in every new store location

Kala’s deal with Fastsigns will put a laminator in every new store location

Fastsigns International has struck an exclusive laminator deal with Kala following an extensive evaluation of the Kala Mistral and has selected it as the company’s laminator of choice. All new UK Fastsigns locations will have a Kala Mistral 1650 with LED lights and antistatic wire in their starting franchise package,...

AXYZ launch hybrid digital finishing solution

AXYZ launch hybrid digital finishing solution

Canadian manufacturer AXYZ International is best known for its CNC routers which come highly praised by the global sign making community. Now the company has launched a hybrid digital finishing solution that is said to be the most innovative and versatile combined CNC routing and knife-cutting solution currently available.Called the...

Business

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Is print dead?

Is print dead?

Every now and again somebody makes good use of Xtranormal video animation to amusingly highlight common issues found within our industry, and this Is Print Dead video is certainly a very good example. The animation shows a print salesman calling...

Canon revamps graphic arts business analysis audit tool

Canon revamps graphic arts business analysis audit tool

In the modern economy complacency can kill a business almost overnight, therefore innovation and knowledge are watchwords for growth and future success. This is why Canon is introducing a revamped version of its Business and Innovation Scan for the graphic...

UK companies can secure £500K or more in regional government grants via the UK2China Market Expansion Programme

UK companies can secure £500K or more in regional government grants via the UK2China Market Expansion Programme

The UK2China Market Expansion Programme provides practical assistance to UK companies who are aiming to expand their businesses into China. The pilot programme is focused on Jiangsu province, one of China’s most innovative product manufacturing economies.The programme will help UK...

FESPA releases attendance stats for Global Expo 2015

FESPA releases attendance stats for Global Expo 2015

According to FESPA, of the 23,137 visitors to FESPA Global Expo 2015, some 88% were from Europe, 5% from Asia, 4% from the Middle East and Africa and 3% from the Americas. As anticipated, Germany had the largest visitor delegation,...

Callprint acquires Manchester based PPS

Callprint acquires Manchester based PPS

Print and visual communications specialist Callprint has acquired the business operations of Manchester based PPS Print Communications. PPS will act as a Manchester hub for Callprint’s operations in the north before converting to a full Callprint operation during the summer.The...

Technology

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EFI brings a new level of productivity to the market with Fiery FS200 Pro

EFI brings a new level of productivity to the market with Fiery FS200 Pro

EFI has given its Fiery digital front ends (DFE) for digital printing systems a significant boost with the latest EFI Fiery FS200 Pro by giving users what it calls an extremely productive, intuitive platform with expanded colour capability.According to Kaspar...

Workflow automation partnership announced between Caldera and Enfocus

Workflow automation partnership announced between Caldera and Enfocus

An efficient and well managed workflow is paramount with wide-format businesses now seeking to streamline their internal data-based communications. Therefore FESPA 2015 is host to the first partnership between major software manufacturers Enfocus and Caldera, offering wide-format houses job submission...

Avery launch online virtual trade-show booth

Avery launch online virtual trade-show booth

Avery Dennison has introduced an online virtual trade-show booth which for the duration of FESPA will focus on products from its Graphics Solutions portfolio. The company says the move aims to allow more and more people around the world to experience...

ONYX adds support for Mimaki JFX 200 and JV300 printers

ONYX adds support for Mimaki JFX 200 and JV300 printers

ONYX Graphics has added support for both the Mimaki JFX200-2513 and Mimaki JV300 series printers. The drivers, and twelve other Mimaki drivers, are now available for all ONYX Graphics version 11.1.2 rip and workflow software products.The company recommends ONYX ThriveTM...

Enfocus PitStop 13 now shipping

Enfocus PitStop 13 now shipping

Enfocus has announced that following a successful beta test period, PDF workflow software PitStop 13 is now in general release.As part of this product release, Enfocus has created a series of videos that provide a first-hand look at the powerful...

Outdoor Display

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Tata adds sauce to Heathrow Express fleet with train wrap campaign

Tata adds sauce to Heathrow Express fleet with train wrap campaign

Tata Communications is fronting an OOH campaign that will see the company wrap Heathrow Express’s entire fleet of trains. The designs of the train wraps and advertising executions feature bold, colourful photography and facts and statistics about Tata Communications’ capabilities,...

Outdoor wide format printed art exhibition claims to be largest ever

Outdoor wide format printed art exhibition claims to be largest ever

An art exhibition of 13 images by iconic rock photographer Nick Elliott, measuring a massive eight meters high, has made its first public appearance to create what is believed to be the largest outside art exhibition ever.The exhibition ‘Size Matters’,...

JCDecaux transforms Waterloo station into immersive Jurassic World experience

JCDecaux transforms Waterloo station into immersive Jurassic World experience

Universal Pictures has deployed a world-first outdoor campaign with JCDecaux, transforming London Waterloo into the Jurassic World theme park in the lead-up to the movie’s release. The campaign is dominating every outdoor advertising location in the station and includes a...

Long live rock

Long live rock

An outside art exhibition displaying images of some of the world’s most famous musicians taken by iconic rock photographer Nick Elliott, has been digitally printed by Structure-flex Limited to create what is believed to be the largest outside art exhibition...

Marvel creates tiny billboard campaign for Ant Man movie

Marvel creates tiny billboard campaign for Ant Man movie

The Australian cities of Brisbane, Melbourne and Queensland have seen the arrival of tiny billboards around town as Marvel kick starts what looks to be a slow burn campaign for its upcoming summer blockbuster movie Ant Man which launches on...

Labels & Packaging

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Zünd release new packaging routing module

Zünd release new packaging routing module

Zünd has released a new RM-120 routing module specifically for packaging manufacturers with a need for routing foam packaging and protective inserts. Packaging producers can now efficiently and economically create complete packaging systems –including protective inserts – on the same...

Mimaki gets set for Labelexpo Europe 2015

Mimaki gets set for Labelexpo Europe 2015

Mimaki says it is set to participate in Labelexpo Europe 2015 this September where the company will display a range of unique new products for the label market that can be created with the Mimaki family of printers.Highlighted at the...

Xeikon launch premium silver metallic colour toners

Xeikon launch premium silver metallic colour toners

Xeikon has launched two new premium silver metallic toner colours, MatteSilver and PalladiumSilver, for label and packaging printers and converters using Xeikon’s digital printing technologies.The company says these luxury-look silver metallic toners are the first products in the new Xeikon...

Antalis picks up the pace in packaging

Antalis picks up the pace in packaging

Antalis says it is stepping up the pace of its development in the growing packaging and visual communication distribution markets, acquiring a range of European companies representing total sales of around €130 million. The announcement comes off the back of...

Xeikon’s Cheetah technology breaks new ground for digital label producer

Xeikon’s Cheetah technology breaks new ground for digital label producer

With production sites spread over nine countries in Europe, the Telrol - Schades Group produces close to a billion square meters per annum of self-adhesive labels and paper rolls. With five Xeikon 3300s – the most recent one installed earlier...

Environment

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PVC free film printed with Mutoh UMS inks gains Indoor Air Comfort Certificate

PVC free film printed with Mutoh UMS inks gains Indoor Air Comfort Certificate

Eurofins - an independent organisation for Volatile Organic Chemical (VOC) product emission testing – has awarded Mutoh and Grafityp an Indoor Air Comfort Certificate (IAC) for the Grafityp Ecological non-PVC self-adhesive film (GEF-ES) printed with Mutoh Universal Mild Solvent (UMS)...

Free biodegradable gloves for World Environment Day

Free biodegradable gloves for World Environment Day

Globus is helping companies in the UK and Ireland to protect and preserve the environment for World Environment Day  on 5 June 2015 with a free trial pair of biodegradable nitrile grip gloves.The United Nations’ ‘World Environment Day’ is promoted...

Mimaki awarded Greenguard Gold Certification for its inks

Mimaki awarded Greenguard Gold Certification for its inks

Mimaki has been awarded the Greenguard Gold Certification for its inks thereby making the inks entirely suitable for a wide range of applications, including those in schools, healthcare or similarly sensitive environments.Greenguard Certification requires stringent emissions criteria to be met...

Nordic Swan environmental recognition for Seiko SX wide format ink

Nordic Swan environmental recognition for Seiko SX wide format ink

Seiko Instruments has had its SX ink -used primarily with its ColorPainter M-64s printer - accepted into the list of materials that meet the chemical requirements of Nordic Eco label certification for printing companies.The Nordic Eco label, also known as...

Save money and reduce carbon footprint with ‘plug-in’ hybrid vehicles

Save money and reduce carbon footprint with ‘plug-in’ hybrid vehicles

GDW’s printing company of the year for 2014, Hollywood Monster, has made a commitment to lowering its carbon footprint by taking delivery of two plug-in hybrid company cars. The Birmingham-based company says it will make significant savings and reduce its...

Industrial Printing

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Fender brings rapid prototyping industrial 3d printing in-house

Fender brings rapid prototyping industrial 3d printing in-house

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation designs and manufactures stringed instruments and amplifiers, such as solid-body electric guitars including the world famous Stratocaster and Telecaster. The company also makes acoustic guitars, electric basses, mandolins, banjos and violins, as well as guitar and...

Willow Graphics finds a cool solution for printing onto ice

Willow Graphics finds a cool solution for printing onto ice

London based Willow Graphics is a large format printing company that revels in producing the unusual, the urgent, as well as the unexpected, and when it was asked to produce bespoke menus for the iconic London venue The Icebar, the...

FESPA initiative puts 3D printing into perspective with 3DION

FESPA initiative puts 3D printing into perspective with 3DION

FESPA is partnering with non-profit 3D industry initiative, 3DION, to bring the 2D printing and 3D printing industry together at FESPA 2015, which takes place in Cologne, Germany, from 18 - 22 May 2015.As its slogan '2D Printing meets 3D...

What if 3D printing was 100x faster?

What if 3D printing was 100x faster?

With an outstanding live display Carbon3D took the main stage of the recent TED technology conference by storm with an innovative approach to polymer-based 3D printing that promises to advance the industry beyond basic prototyping to 3D manufacturing using Continuous...

Free seminars to show how 3D printing can help your business

Free seminars to show how 3D printing can help your business

If you want to know how 3D printing might improve your print business then this short series of breakfast seminars might be worth a look. The events are run by CADSPEC, part of the Stanford Marsh Group, and are designed...

Printing World

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Healeys continues to invest in Ricoh cut-sheet digital solutions

Healeys continues to invest in Ricoh cut-sheet digital solutions

Ipswich based Healeys Print Group has invested in a Ricoh Pro C7100 which builds on its current suite of Ricoh cut-sheet digital printing solutions. According to Ricoh, the move has increased the number of creative solutions that Healeys can now...

Callprint continues its investment in Xerox graphic arts cut-sheet printers

Callprint continues its investment in Xerox graphic arts cut-sheet printers

Callprint has announced further investment in its cut sheet digital printing fleet with the purchase of three new Xerox Versant 2100’s, an upgrade to an existing Xerox iGen 4, the installation of a Xerox Colour J75, and RIP upgrades across...

Interprint bolsters its cut sheet digital fleet with a duo from Ricoh

Interprint bolsters its cut sheet digital fleet with a duo from Ricoh

For over 25 years Interprint in Swindon has concentrated on building a detailed understanding of its clients’ print needs, and as such has moved with technology to diversify its plant and production to provide its customers with a one stop...

BBC Dr Who wallpaper license has Blag Dog reaching for the stars

BBC Dr Who wallpaper license has Blag Dog reaching for the stars

Black Dog Digital Print has installed its second Xeikon digital print engine to expand productivity as the Hertfordshire commercial printer looks to broaden its service offering into new markets after gaining a licence for the printing of Dr Who themed...

Old dogs, new tricks...

Old dogs, new tricks...

Packaging designer, kitchen company, artist, photographer, litho printer – which is the odd one out? The litho printer because everyone else was in evidence at Sign & Digital UK this year. There were litho printers present, but they were thin...

Colin flipNo matter what's happening with the economy, you can take action to become more financially successful than you have in the past. Learn how to increase your income, get out of debt, reduce your taxes and achieve financial independence.

Sales are only `one` barometer for success. Your ultimate goal is to `increase profits` in order to achieve the greatest possible return on your investment of money, time, and energy. Every customer, activity, product, or service yields a specific profit of a specific amount. In some cases, you may actually be losing money in one or more of these three areas. One of the most important things you can do for your growing business is to determine where to focus the investment of your time and money based on the return thrown off by this investment.

To truly analyze the profitability of your business, you must first examine your personal rate of return. From this personal perspective, what is your major expense? It's your time. By now, you should have developed the habit of continually asking yourself this basic question: Would I pay someone else my hourly rate to perform this task? If not, you are failing to maximise the return on your time. In other words, you are investing your time in an area that yields less than the optimum rate of return. You are incurring a "loss of opportunity" cost. This, in turn, affects the overall profitability of your business.

One of the largest expense items for most businesses is payroll. As a business grows, it typically hires additional staff according to the most pressing need at the moment. Once a person has been hired, often she or he can become a permanent fixture, even when the company's needs change. Many entrepreneurs are too busy creating products, designing services, and generating revenues to pay close attention to employee performance. Over time, the result can be an inefficient and ineffective staff and a bloated payroll.

Some customers are more profitable than others; some may actually be costing you money. Can you identify your most profitable customers? Do you know any who are unprofitable? There is not necessarily any connection between the size of the customer or the volume of business he produces and his profitability. There are several questions you should ask as you examine your customers’ profitability: How often does each customer purchase from you? What is the average size of each purchase? What is the profit margin of the product(s) purchased? How much time is spent providing customer service after the sale? What is the "product returns" record of each customer?

Concentrate on profitable customers. Many companies regularly “fire” the top 10 percent of their customers. They stop doing business with those who generate the least revenues or yield the lowest on their return purchases, choosing to concentrate on their more profitable customers and attracting more like them. At the very least, be diligent in rooting out those customers who actually cost you money—regardless of the revenues they generate. You cannot afford to carry this unprofitable load.

Therefore I leave you with this thought for the New Year: Learn to identify your most and your least profitable customers and learn to focus on only the most profitable.

Colin Thompson
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Movers & Shakers

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Andy Middleton promoted to President of Stratasys EMEA

Andy Middleton promoted to President of Stratasys EMEA

Stratasys has appointed Andy Middleton to President of Stratasys EMEA following his previous role as Senior VP and General Manager. Middleton will assume responsibility for Stratasys' EMEA team along with overall responsibility for driving the expansion and development of the...

Significant increase in enquiries prompts key sales appointment at Zünd UK

Significant increase in enquiries prompts key sales appointment at Zünd UK

Zünd UK has expanded its sales team with the appointment of a new Sales account manager in Greg Heather who joins the company from Esko. The appointment follows what the company describes as ‘a significant increase’ in enquiries following Sign...

Spandex appoints Camiel Bosma as Group VP and general manager Netherlands

Spandex appoints Camiel Bosma as Group VP and general manager Netherlands

Spandex has appointed Camiel Bosma to the dual roles of Group vice president, and general manager, Netherlands, with immediate effect. He will be based from the Spandex Netherlands offices in Veenendaal.Bosma brings over 30 years' experience in the signage and...

David Snaith named as new MD at Jupiter Visual Communications

David Snaith named as new MD at Jupiter Visual Communications

Print and visual communications specialist Callprint has announced the appointment of David Snaith, who will join the new team at Jupiter Visual Communications, part of the Callprint group, as its managing director, where he will head up the stand-alone business.This...

Onyx appoints Verbeem to support EMEA region

Onyx appoints Verbeem to support EMEA region

Marc Verbeem has joined wide format RIP manufacturer Onyx Graphics as Technical Sales and Support manager for the EMEA region providing strategic support to the sales team, as well as technical support and sales consulting to the ONYX channel. In...

The Thompson Report

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How to be a better leader

How to be a better leader

The following is a series of handy hints to becoming a more effective leader. Some you will already be using, while others are perhaps not so obvious.Be generous with praise. Everyone wants it and it's one of the easiest things...

Be a motivational leader

Be a motivational leader

As a leader, your job is to be excellent at what you do, to be the best in your chosen field of endeavour. Your job is to have high standards in serving people. You not only exemplify excellence in your...

The 22 step plan for survival in business

The 22 step plan for survival in business

Times are generally tough for most print businesses, and the reasons for the demise of so many print companies during the recent economic downtown was probably weak management, lack of management accountancy information, lack of adequate response to change, over...

Keeping yourself positive will bring success in 2015

Keeping yourself positive will bring success in 2015

The most important thing you do for your success is to take control of the suggestive elements in your environment. Be sure that what you are seeing and listening to is consistent with the goals you want to achieve.Listen your...

Do you measure up?

Do you measure up?

Company leaders always want to motivate, inspire, and support their people to the absolute fullest. But most go to bed at night suspecting that they’re coming up a little short. Maybe more than a little. However, take heart: You can...

Peter Davidson

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Fespa Cologne – something current, new and surreal for everyone

Fespa Cologne – something current, new and surreal for everyone

This year’s FESPA 2015 show in Cologne proved to be most refreshing. Upon arrival at the airport I boarded the free transfer bus to the Messe, and when we arrived I was pleasantly surprised to be given a very comprehensive...

The future for wide format printer reseller channels is looking bleak

The future for wide format printer reseller channels is looking bleak

I cut my fledgling sales teeth, and almost lost a few, on direct hardware sales in to the litho market. An initiation by fire under the guidance of two tremendous professionals and owners of a little company at the time,...

Finding a cure for exhibition fatigue

Finding a cure for exhibition fatigue

Exhibitions, in my opinion, are not a great thing to work at. This year I was given some “exhibition retribution” for my opinions by arriving home on the last day of the Sign & Digital exhibition with a nasty virus...

Looking at exhibitions through beer tinted glasses

Looking at exhibitions through beer tinted glasses

It’s not that I try to be grumpy old man but I fell out of love with exhibitions quite a few years ago. I guess it must be the amount of shows I have done in Europe over the years,...

Acquisition trends

Acquisition trends

Large businesses or corporations seem to have an unquenchable thirst to “buy into” new business by way of acquiring other smaller companies and integrating them into their structures. It is clear that by doing this it is meant to bring...

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What lies behind the name

What lies behind the name

Unless your printing company is running either litho or cut sheet digital I doubt very much if you will have heard of the name Morgana before, and for those of you who haven’t, please allow me to enlighten you.Morgana is a preferred finishing partner of all the leading manufacturers of...

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