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Coping with your worst nightmare

Those images on Monday 28 December were horrifying, and remain unforgettable. Like most people, Chris Milner had been tuning into TV news channels over the Christmas period, gripped with cold fascination as the rising waters of flood-hit Britain made news headlines across the UK.

How the humble mobile phone will conquer W2P

On Valentines Day this year, a landmark moment in retail was reached: according to the IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark, the proportion of online retail traffic coming from mobile devices broke the 50% mark.

Apply an aptitude for apps

Ethan Nicholas built one and it earned him $600,000 in a single month. Steve Demeter built one and he netted $250,000 profit in two months. Nicholas did it with a small military tank. Demeter did it with some floating triangles. Both did it on the iPhone. Clearly, the business of building applications, or 'apps', for Apple's game-changing smart phone handset can be a nice little earner.

Next-level file flow

There are a host of pre-press products on the market to automate file processing and improve file checking and approval, ganging, imposition, image correction and ink optimisation

Is repro having a sudden renaissance?

Things change. Just look at the UK repro sector. A year or so ago, consolidation was rife and rarely did a month go by (or so it seemed) without an industry-shaking merger or a headline-grabbing closure. Anyone considering launching a repro company would have been seen as hopelessly optimistic, ridiculously brave, or seriously deranged. Fast forward to the present, however, and there are signs that repro or pre-media to give it its current title is back in fashion. Within the space of a month, we have seen both overseas investment in the recent Keenes and Wellcom deal and that rarest of breeds: a pre-media start-up.

Taming colour’s Wild West

Most wide-format printers are capable of producing a very wide colour gamut so that it’s relatively easy to print a pleasing image with vibrant colours that appear to be just what the client ordered. That said, most wide-format users are working with a wide variety of different media, each with their own characteristics, so it’s essential to use ICC profiles to put down the optimum amount of ink to ensure consistent output.

Security gets tougher for online sales

Europe has, for some time, been worried about the problem of card fraud. As part of the fight back, a new process known as Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) made under the Revised Directive on Payment Services (PSD2) will be in place.

Open up sociable channels for better reach and impact

You don’t need me to tell you how big a deal social media has become. You’ve probably already read that somewhere... like Facebook. Or maybe LinkedIn or Twitter. Or possibly on some other platform, sandwiched between puppy GIFs, selfies and random shots of a stranger’s dinner.

Picking the right route to success

Printers are facing a perfect storm with rising job numbers, shrinking average order values, a less clear-cut distinction between the most appropriate production methods and the ever-present spectre of downward price pressure.

An integrated MIS helps keep eyes on the prize

Regardless of size, one thing that every print business should bear in mind at all times is how profitable a job is likely to be as, after all, making profit is essential for any company that wants to continue to grow, thrive and move forwards.

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