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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...

MiMtec takes advantage of Fujifilm thermoforming solution at Sign & Digital

MiMtec takes advantage of Fujifilm thermoforming solution at Sign & Digital

UK based plastic former MiMtec placed an order for Fujifilm’s Acuity Advance Select wide format printer with Uvijet KV inks at Sign & Digital UK to create bespoke, branded objects...

Roland launch MAC OS X RIP at Sign & Digital

Roland launch MAC OS X RIP at Sign & Digital

Roland DG UK launched a powerful new RIP and print management solution for Mac OS X operating systems at Sign & Digital.Described as the perfect counterpart to VersaWorks, Roland’s highly...

New low cost finishing table launched by Vivid at Sign & Digital UK

New low cost finishing table launched by Vivid at Sign & Digital UK

Vivid Laminating Technologies launched an entirely new product line at this year’s Sign & Digital UK show.The Leicestershire-based firm introduced the £395 Easymount Flow, a finishing table designed specifically to...

MTEX makes textiles popular at Sign & Digital

MTEX makes textiles popular at Sign & Digital

MTEX Technologies says the UK first showing of the newly launched MTEX Vision with direct disperse inks and the MTEX 1800 direct disperse dye sublimation printer really drew the crowds...

Hardware

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New HP Latex 370 for unattended remote printing

New HP Latex 370 for unattended remote printing

Designed for unattended printing in high production PSP environments, HP’s new 64 inch HP Latex 370 printer enables more unattended printing at lower operational costs with higher capacity ink cartridges...

RGBuk joins Roland DG UK dealer network

RGBuk joins Roland DG UK dealer network

Roland DG UK has appointed RGBuk to its dealer network. Based in Wokingham and with a nationwide reach, RGBuk is a large format and digital printing solutions provider, specialising in...

Display print specialist installs Josero supplied Ricoh latex printer

Display print specialist installs Josero supplied Ricoh latex printer

The Larger Profile, a display print specialist based in Letchworth, has invested in a Ricoh Pro L4160 latex wide format printer supplied by Josero.The team at The Larger Profile has...

Perfect Colours puts a photo production printer into PNG

Perfect Colours puts a photo production printer into PNG

Lancashire based PNG Digital has invested in an HP Z6200 Photo Production wide format printer from Perfect Colours. Just over one year old, the Blackpool firm has expanded so fast that it...

Roland DG to attend the Glasgow Wide Format, Screen, Digital and Displays Show

Roland DG to attend the Glasgow Wide Format, Screen, Digital and Displays Show

Roland DG has confirmed its attendance at The Wide Format, Screen, Digital and Displays Show in Glasgow; the next in the series of regional wide format roadshows.The event will be...

Wideformat

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Gandy comes to Cologne

Gandy comes to Cologne

Gandy Digital will launch its latest UV flatbed printer at FESPA 2015 which the company says will enable customers to dramatically increase productivity, application variety and job profitability – all with a very short return on investment time.Gandy will also...

New Onset R50i looks set to tick all the right boxes

New Onset R50i looks set to tick all the right boxes

Inca Digital has launched another Inca Onset wide-format, flatbed UV printer. The firm says the R50i is positioned between the high-quality 400m2/hr, six-colour Onset R40i and the high-speed 720m2/hr Onset S50i. Inca says this new Onset meets the needs of...

Océ Arizona flatbed broadens window film specialists service offering

Océ Arizona flatbed broadens window film specialists service offering

Printed graphics are becoming an increasingly important part of the The Window Film Company’s business which has led the firm to expand into a new two-storey facility in Chesham, Buckinghamshire along with the installation of an Océ Arizona 460GT flat-bed...

Hong Kong print service provider sets the pace with Inca Onset Q40i

Hong Kong print service provider sets the pace with Inca Onset Q40i

Sin Fung is one of the largest and most renowned digital print service providers operating in the sign and advertising industry in South East Asia. Founded as a family business in 1985, the Hong Kong-based printer has established itself as...

Irish plastics specialist adds direct to board printing with Mimaki JFX-200

Irish plastics specialist adds direct to board printing with Mimaki JFX-200

McMordie Bros of Belfast has invested in the first Mimaki JFX200-2513 in Ireland through long-standing Mimaki reseller, Dennis D Evans, as it looks to expand upon its trade service offering to include direct to board printing.The company has a 60...

Textile Printing

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Onyx to preview Onyx 12 Textile Edition software at FESPA

Onyx to preview Onyx 12 Textile Edition software at FESPA

Onyx Graphics will show its latest production and colour management solutions for a wide variety of graphics, textile, décor and industrial print applications at FESPA next month.The company will give an exclusive preview of its new Onyx 12 software prior...

Myth busting printed textiles - Part 2

Myth busting printed textiles - Part 2

Regular readers of this esteemed website will perhaps have seen my recent observations on the current trend towards the use of textile media in sign and graphics printing for retail, PoS and many other applications.Following on from my earlier musings,...

Mutoh announce entry level dye sublimation printer ahead of FESPA

Mutoh announce  entry level dye sublimation printer ahead of FESPA

Mutoh Belgium has announced the launch of the €3,990 DrafStation RJ-900XG, a low cost entry level 42” (1080 mm) wide dye sublimation printer for those wanting to further extend their service offering with digital transfer applications.The company says the new...

Free video series for textile designers ‘Manufacturing Your Way’

Free video series for textile designers ‘Manufacturing Your Way’

As a designer, manufacturing your own products is a fantastic way to grow your own label, get more visibility and be in control of the quality of products with your name on. But it can be a high-risk strategy, so...

De-bunking the myths surrounding printing onto textiles

De-bunking the myths surrounding printing onto textiles

The Sign and Graphics industry is experiencing some really exciting developments at the present time, and none more so than the huge interest currently being shown in the use of textile media, particularly in the run up Sign & Digital...

Materials

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Guandong gets going for FESPA

Guandong gets going for FESPA

Guandong is set to show a wide range of media for digital printing a FESPA including the LUS Range, part of the Textile Collection designed by Guandong for HP Latex 300 series.The firm will also spotlight its Nano-Tack cling film...

Drytac announce Polar HiGrab PVC wall film

Drytac announce Polar HiGrab PVC wall film

Drytac Europe has announced Polar HiGrab. Available from Antalis, this is a printable white monomeric PVC wall film suitable for variety of indoor and outdoor graphic applications.The film is compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, latex and UV inkjet technologies and has...

Premier Paper adds Boss laminating films

Premier Paper adds Boss laminating films

Premier Paper, having recently launched a wide range of aqueous, solvent, eco-solvent, UV and latex media, has added Vivid Laminating’s Boss range of premium brand laminating films to its wide format materials portfolio.The Boss range is suitable for laminating and...

ATP Adhesive Systems AG appoints CMYUK as exclusive UK dealer

ATP Adhesive Systems AG appoints CMYUK as exclusive UK dealer

ATP Adhesive Systems AG has announced that it has signed an exclusive deal with CMYUK to distribute its range of ATP branded self-adhesive Mount, Guard and Print media for the digital print and display graphics market throughout the UK.The announcement...

Coala Supertack industrial grade wall film mural transformation

Coala Supertack industrial grade wall film mural transformation

Creative design and print service company adverset media solutions, based in Scarborough, has used Coala Supertack, supplied by Antalis UK, to transform the dull, unwelcoming reception of a complex of local luxury holiday apartments into a striking, tropical statement piece...

Wrapping World

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These aren’t the droids you’re looking for…

These aren’t the droids you’re looking for…

If you are going to wrap something as large and as expensive as an airplane you had better make sure you have a catchy hook to get you noticed, but All Nippon Airways (ANA) has that covered with an official...

Arlon launches social media photo contest #PrintItWrapIt

Arlon launches social media photo contest #PrintItWrapIt

Arlon has launched a new social media photo contest focusing on Arlon’s digital films for applications including exterior and interior wall wraps and full and partial vehicle wraps.The company wants its social media followers and customers to submit high resolution...

Richard Childress Racing rolls out Roland printed NASCAR race car wraps

Richard Childress Racing rolls out Roland printed NASCAR race car wraps

Richard Childress Racing (RCR) has kicked off the 2015 NASCAR season with new race car wraps and a high level of confidence. Although the new wraps aren’t likely to create wins on the track; the bold, vibrant graphics are certain...

Wrap Cup Americas competition announced

Wrap Cup Americas competition announced

American vehicle wrappers look set to have a field day come February 2015 when the Graphics of the Americas (GOA) printing trade show presents the Wrap Cup Americas, a vehicle wrap competition where the best of the Americas will be...

Flying home for Christmas in an ORAFOL wrapped Boeing 737

Flying home for Christmas in an ORAFOL wrapped Boeing 737

Air Berlin has unveiled its Christmas themed Boeing 737-800, wrapped in ORAJET Aircraft Graphic Film, to set passengers in the Christmas mood. The 2014 Christmas aircraft continues an Air Berlin tradition that goes back to 2011. A digital Christmas plane on...

Finishing World

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Fast prints need fast cuts

Fast prints need fast cuts

Xerox has hooked up with Fotoba for the provision of in-line finishing for its IJP 2000 high speed printer to provide what Xerox is calling the industry’s fastest production of full-bleed and multi-up posters, banners and signage.The Fotoba FHS42 Cutter can operate at speeds as fast as five seconds per...

Kongsberg V brings flatbed cutting in-house at Fastsigns Vancouver

Kongsberg V brings flatbed cutting in-house at Fastsigns Vancouver

Fastsigns of Vancouver has recently invested in a new Esko Kongsberg V finishing table, bringing in-house many of the cutting and routing tasks it once had to subcontract to complete."In the history of our business, success has come through technology," says Paul LeBlanc, owner of Fastsigns Vancouver. "In the early...

SMGG adds entry level automated flatbed cutting table

SMGG adds entry level automated flatbed cutting table

SMGG has expanded its cutting solutions line with the addition of the £55k Colex Sharpcut machine.According to SMGG’s Steve Guest, the Colex Sharpcut has been designed to serve all markets with a requirement for mechanised cutting, creasing and routing operations. “We’re marketing the machines at a very competitive price-point –...

Speedscreen adds Kongsberg C digital finishing system

Speedscreen adds Kongsberg C digital finishing system

As part of an overall £1m investment strategy, Kent based Speedscreen has added a fully-featured super-wide Kongsberg C digital finishing system to its finishing department.Specialising in posters, POP displays, POS and signage, the company is experiencing year-on-year growth of over 30% during the last 12 months and, according to managing...

Compact flatbed cutting plotter for short run and packaging prototyping

Compact flatbed cutting plotter for short run and packaging prototyping

Mimaki has announced the launch of the CFL-605RT compact flatbed cutting plotter which offers both creasing and cutting capabilities and enables the creation and delivery of high quality, cost-effective output. The new CFL-605RT is designed with Mimaki’s established technology to support immediate finishing of packaging and prototypes with multiple functions.The...

Business

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Spandex global expansion continues with Dutch rigid materials firm

Spandex global expansion continues with Dutch rigid materials firm

Spandex  continues its global expansion with the latest in a series of acquisitions, the latest being Proga Plastics, a Dutch supplier of rigid materials for graphics producers, thereby adding rigid media products to Spandex's portfolio of materials as well as...

Business is booming for Octink

Business is booming for Octink

Congratulations to marketing suite and display specialist Octink who is celebrating its strongest ever first quarter, with a 33 per cent increase in revenues compared with the same period in 2014. This marks the West London-based company's busiest start to the...

Papergraphics picks up PaperlinX Digital Solutions Team along with Jetrix printers

Papergraphics picks up PaperlinX Digital Solutions Team along with Jetrix printers

It can’t be an easy time for many of those left with an uncertain future following the recent disintegration of PaperlinX in the UK, and we hope those seeking employment are picked up ASAP. However, there is some light on...

Drupa publishes second Global Trends report

Drupa publishes second Global Trends report

This is interesting. Drupa has published the second ‘Drupa Global Trends’ report where some 1100 international decision-makers from the print industry and their suppliers responded to a comprehensive survey in October 2014 with some surprising insights and positive feedback.The independent...

Rocket ready for lift off

Rocket ready for lift off

Exhibition and event project management specialist Rocket Graphics has announced its intention to expand its salesforce this year, with the company revealing a 17% growth in turnover for 2014, as it gears up for further expansion and development in the...

Technology

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CIC looks to GMG for streamlined production and colour consistency

CIC looks to GMG for streamlined production and colour consistency

CIC (Clever Ideas Corporation) has invested in GMG ColorServer, GMG ColorProof and GMG ProofControl software to streamline its production process and ensure total colour consistency from creative to proof to print.CIC provides creative solutions for brand development, imagery and marketing...

New SAi interface announced for HP WallArt 3.0 custom wallcovering application

New SAi interface announced for HP WallArt 3.0 custom wallcovering application

SA International (SAi) has introduced a new interface for large format print providers to operate the popular HP WallArt 3.0 custom wallcovering application.SAi says WallArt 3.0 helps large format print providers with HP Latex Printers, wallcovering manufacturers and designers to...

HP’s WallArt application now benefits from direct integration with Onyx software

HP’s WallArt application now benefits from direct integration with Onyx software

Onyx Graphics has announced that its ONYX software can be directly integrated with the new HP WallArt application to provide seamless and efficient workflow for décor applications.An ONYX/HP WallArt workflow gives users the ability to expand their business by offering...

Enfocus offers customers software licence subscription option

Enfocus offers customers software licence subscription option

Enfocus has established a new software subscription option that gives users a low-cost way to license software, while providing more flexibility and control over where and how the software is used.The first product to be available with this subscription option...

Canon's Calibration Management Console solves satellite proofing problems

Canon's Calibration Management Console solves satellite proofing problems

Canon large-format printer re-seller and litho printing specialist M Partners, Surrey, believes the latest version of Canon's Calibration Management Console (CCMC) software for its large format devices is the breakthrough that printers seeking the answer to accurate, consistent satellite proofing...

Outdoor Display

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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...

Hollywood Monster has Westfield’s extension covered

Hollywood Monster has Westfield’s extension covered

Signs and graphics giant Hollywood Monster has printed and designed a 440-metre-long hoarding in double quick time for Westfield London as the retail giant embarks on a £1 billion extension.The Tyseley-based firm used its new Vutek superwide flatbed printer to...

Fortress England gets ready for 2015 World Cup with KAPAtech from Antalis

Fortress England gets ready for 2015 World Cup with KAPAtech from Antalis

With Great Britain hosting the Rugby World Cup later this year, Twickenham Stadium, the home of English rugby will become the focal point for the world’s media and a mecca for rugby fans from around the globe. Being such a...

Mini strip retail display solution for the digital retail world

Mini strip retail display solution for the digital retail world

Display Solution AG has announced the 2nd generation of its ShelfVision E-Shelf mini strip retail display solution.ShelfVision works by visually attracting passers-by with colourful eye-catching moving promotions or videos, and the content of the display can be easily updated in...

Doddle transforms 27 UK rail stations in first major outdoor campaign

Doddle transforms 27 UK rail stations in first major outdoor campaign

Doddle, the new parcel collection, returning and sending service located in and around train stations across Britain, kicked off the festive season with a major nationwide outdoor campaign using digital, wraps and banners to create an immersive experience for time-pressed...

Labels & Packaging

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Ultrachem launch Fastbond clear ultra violet curing adhesive

Ultrachem launch Fastbond clear ultra violet curing adhesive

Ultrachem has launched Fastbond clear ultra violet curing adhesive which is formulated for use on film to board and film to film bonding. The company says its Fastbond Adhesive gives high bond strength when used with suitable boards and treated/coated...

VTT develops a method for printing WORM memories

VTT develops a method for printing WORM memories

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (VTT) has developed a cost effective breakthrough method for printing memory circuits directly, e.g. onto consumer packaging. VTT says because the required production technology is quite simple, no major investments are required.The write-once-read-many...

Major breakthrough in Active and Intelligent Packaging with NFC security tag on Johnnie Walker Blue Label bottles

Major breakthrough in Active and Intelligent Packaging with NFC security tag on Johnnie Walker Blue Label bottles

AIPIA, a worldwide association promoting high tech packaging solutions, has announced that its member Thin Film Electronics, in conjunction with global drinks company Diageo, has launched a fully printed Near Field Communication (NFC) sensor tag known as OpenSense, designed for...

Bramwell steps up to digital label production with HP Indigo

Bramwell steps up to digital label production with HP Indigo

Due to a seeing a steady decline in the wet glue label market, The Bramwell Label Company has gone digital, adding an HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Press alongside an A B Graphic Digicon Series 2 seven-colour narrow web digital press...

CS Labels reveals new peel and reveal labels

CS Labels reveals new peel and reveal labels

CS Labels has revealed its latest ‘alternative’ label product – the wraparound peel and reveal label.According to Production director Adam James, peel and reveal labels offer clients the ability to fit extra information on to their products or offer a...

Environment

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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...

Hats off to Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems

Hats off to Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems

Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems Limited (FSIS), the manufacturing facility for screen and UV wide format ink based in Broadstairs, UK recently won the 2014 ‘Sustainable Innovation’ and ‘Manufacturing Champions’ awards.Now in its fifth year, the British Coatings Federation (BCF) ‘Sustainable...

Antalis sets the standard in social and environmental responsibility

Antalis sets the standard in social and environmental responsibility

Paper merchant Antalis is set to prove its commitment to setting the standard in social and environmental responsibility with its Myrmex supplier platform. The platform aims to strengthen traceability of the entire Antalis supply chain by gathering together exhaustive information...

The ‘green economy’ can encourage jobs and innovation

The ‘green economy’ can encourage jobs and innovation

The European Environment Agency (EEA) says Europe can create jobs and encourage innovation by using resources much more efficiently, according to a new report which describes a range of policies with proven environmental and economic benefits.'Resource-efficient green economy and EU...

Industrial Printing

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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...

It’s light Jim, but not as we know it

It’s light Jim, but not as we know it

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) has developed a printable light emitting film using Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) technology.Users can create patterned and flexible light-emitting surfaces on advertising displays, info signs and lighting fixtures, for example. The method also...

Why the industrial print sector is booming

Why the industrial print sector is booming

The successful launch and establishment of the InPrint Show proves that industrial print is key growth sector for the development and integration of print technology for manufacturing. But why is the timing right for industrial printing? What trends are assisting...

MakerBot signs European distribution deal with Datech

MakerBot signs European distribution deal with Datech

MakerBot Europe, a subsidiary of Stratasys, and Datech, Tech Data Europe's specialist brand for the value-added distribution of Autodesk design software, will work together in distributing MakerBot 3D printing and scanning products in the European countries of Austria, Belgium, Czech...

Printing World

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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...

Clicks Print orders a second LumeJet S200 within six months of the first

Clicks Print orders a second LumeJet S200 within six months of the first

Central London based printer Clicks Print Limited has ordered a second LumeJet S200 printer, less than 6 months after installing its first, following growth in demand for the LumeJet’s unique output.The firm has been steadily building new, high margin, revenue...

Drupa moves to three-year cycle due to Internet and digital technologies

Drupa moves to three-year cycle due to Internet and digital technologies

Drupa has announced it will now switch to a three-year cycle after 2016, when it runs from 31 May to 10 June, and has also been shortened from its usual 14 day cycle to just 11 days.“The entire print process...

Callprint set to move into new central print hub

Callprint set to move into new central print hub

Birmingham based print and visual communications specialist Callprint is set to move into a new 12,000sq ft. city centre location, double the size of its current base.The Birmingham facility, currently situated in Smallbrook Queensway, will move to a site near...

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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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...

Newman assumes helm at Roland DG UK as Davies spearheads European operations

Newman assumes helm at Roland DG UK as Davies spearheads European operations

Roland DG has announced that Brett Newman has been appointed to the role of managing director of Roland DG, UK & Ireland. Newman replaces Jerry Davies, who after 14 years as UK managing director, has stepped up to the position...

YPS gets behind project-based learning school Studio West

YPS gets behind project-based learning school Studio West

Your Print Specialists (YPS) has been appointed as a learning partner at Studio West Newcastle after installing a laser-engraver and wide-format inkjet printer into the ‘project-based learning’ school.The brand new school, which had its first intake of students in September...

Martin Cole moves to printMAX

Martin Cole moves to printMAX

Wide format re seller printMAX has appointed Martin Cole as a technical consultant. Cole joins the company from GPT where he gained valuable working knowledge of Mimaki products. At printMAX he will be responsible for both Roland and Mimaki solutions.“We’ve...

The Thompson Report

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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...

Invest in leadership success

Invest in leadership success

Most of the companies I work with dedicate some percentage of their revenue toward developing the leaders in their business. One of the discussions we often have up front is the difference between spending money to train leaders and investing...

Peter Davidson

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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...

When was the last time you had fun at an industry exhibition?

When was the last time you had fun at an industry exhibition?

We have look to have lost some exhibitions recently, and I am also hearing noises of new shows to come, but for what it’s worth I think that both organisers and exhibitors should spend a little more time considering as...

Think before you ink

Think before you ink

When it comes to holidays I love to go to Gran Canaria, and it always amazes me when I go to the tourist eating areas just how green the burgers look on the signage at the entrance to the restaurants....

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Productivity and diversity the name of the game at Sign & Digital UK

Productivity and diversity the name of the game at Sign & Digital UK

Now that the dust has had time to settle on last week’s Sign & Digital UK show I have had time to gather my thoughts and reflect on what was, for me, one of the most upbeat UK industry events for a couple of years.In terms of numbers the event...

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