Aug 6, 2015
As part of its investor presentation earlier this week, R.R. Donnelley announced plans to split into three publicly traded companies, each with a different focus. These companies will be Customized Multi-Channel Communications (CMCo), Financial Communications Services (FinancialCo), and Publishing & Retail-Centric Print (PRSCo). Describing the move as a “transformative separation,” R.R. Donnelley positions this as the next stage in the company’s evolution from a print & ship model to a multi-channel communication services model that leverages data analytics, content optimization, and multi-channel marketing. The transaction will take the form of a tax-free spin-off of the financial and publishing/retail components and is expected to be completed by the end of 2016. The customized multi-channel media communications component will retain R.R. Donnelley’s outstanding notes/debt and will receive cash proceeds from the sales of the two other components. Existing R.R. Donnelley shareholders will end up owning shares in all three companies. No specifics were provided in regard to the management teams for each component. That will come later.
Source: R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company Investor Presentation, August 4, 2015
R.R. Donnelley has net sales of about eleven and a half billion dollars. The three planned companies break out as follows: Read more »
Jan 22, 2015
EFI Connect, EFI’s annual user conference is currently underway in Las Vegas. Over the years it has grown in size and importance, but has never been as big as this year. An estimated 1,500 attendees have taken three days out of their work schedule to meet and discuss trends in the industry and be educated on EFI and partner offerings. The conference has also attracted a record number of media and analysts; over 70 representatives from 17 countries came to Las Vegas; about 20 of them from Europe. This blog provides an update on some of the interesting happenings and identifies what InfoTrends sees as the biggest news at EFI Connect: the announcement of EFI’s Productivity Suite.
EFI CEO Guy Gecht talking to RR Donnelley CEO Thomas Quinlan III
EFI CEO Guy Gecht’s keynote is always an anticipated event Read more »
Feb 17, 2012
InfoTrends recently completed “The 2011 China POD Market,” a multi-client study focusing on the traditional and digital production print markets in China. In this blog I’d like to provide a view of the size of the Chinese print market and show how it is split out among the regions on the mainland.
The Print Geography of China
Source: The Printing and Printing Equipment Industries Association of China, summarized by PrintToday and with InfoTrends estimates on the border region areas Read more »
Jan 20, 2012
I attended the Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc. (JEGI) Media & Technology Conference yesterday in New York City along with over 200 CEOs, CMOs and other executives from leading publishers, marketing service providers and technology vendors. For those who don’t know JEGI they are the leading independent investment bank focusing on media, information and marketing services sector.Â The program was outstanding covering critical issues including:
- Getting Closer to the Consumer with Smarter Data
- The Continuing Rise of Big Data
- The Talent Imperative
- The Media Equation: Paid + Owned + Earned
There were also presentations about the active M&A scene in the industry by JEGI, G.E. Capital and others. The main messages were deals are up and valuations are rising since lows back in 2009. The only grey cloud is the European sovereign debt situation which is mostly hampering large deals.
The highlight of the program were keynote presentations from:
- Thomas Quinlan, CEO, R.R. Donnelley & Sons
- David Williams, CEO, Merkle (largestÂ customer relationship marketing agency in the U.S.)
- George Colony, CEO, Forrester Research
Apr 14, 2011
Earlier this month I/O Data Centers opened their latest modular data center facility at the former site of the New York Times printing plant in Edison, NJ. Apparently printing plants and paper mills have many characteristics that are desired for mega-sized data centers being constructed around the world. How ironic.
The New York Times Co. originally opened the state-of-the-art printing plant in 1992, less than one year after Tim Berners-Lee posted a short summary of the World Wide Web project he had been working on at CERN. Noted Berners-Lee in his post, “The WWW project merges the techniques of information retrieval and hypertext to make an easy but powerful global information system.”
Fast forward 16 years and the publisher announced it was shutting down the facility, reducing the size of the paper by one and a half inches and consolidating production operations at its College Point facility in Queens New York. Read more »
Mar 9, 2011
What if instead of using inkjet heads to jet ink they were used to apply an ink-resistant substance to subtract part of an offset litho produced image (like a photographic negative blocks light) as it was being printed?
It would combine the economic cost benefits of offset with variable data. Such a development could completely transform the printing market.
It may sound like science fiction, but according to R.R. Donnelley (RRD) it will soon be printing fact and the firm will begin producing direct mail using the process later this year.
RRD calls this process Apollo and it is part of the firm’s agreement with KBA. In fact the further details about Apollo are the most significant news to emerge from this announcement, and of the recent digital developments from major litho press manufacturers this is the most noteworthy because it goes beyond distribution and addresses technology development. Read more »
Dec 15, 2010
According to a press release from yesterday, RR Donnelley acquired the assets of Nimblefish Technologies, a provider of marketing automation software and solutions. From the press release:
R. R. Donnelley & Sons CompanyÂ announced today that it has acquired the assets of San Francisco-based Nimblefish Technologies, a provider of multi-channel marketing services to leading retail, technology, telecom, hospitality and other customers. Nimblefish’s innovative software services include integrating direct mail, email, web, PURL and variable video components into multi-touch, multi-channel customer prospecting and engagement programs.
“Nimblefish will increase the range of multi-channel solutions that we provide to our customers,” said Thomas J. Quinlan III, RR Donnelley’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The addition of Nimblefish’s innovative products will enable our customers to draw on RR Donnelley for automated programs that touch customers and prospects with intelligent rules-based messaging that is responsive to their interests and actions. This will leverage our extensive digital platform which offers the ability to personalize communications in quantities from one to millions.”
As stated in the press release, RR Donnelley intends to leverage Nimblefish and its marketing automation technology to offer additional cross-media capabilities and services to its customers. This is an area that has been of increasing interest to print service providers of all sizes that are trying to offer more comprehensive multi-channel and digital marketing services. Read more »
Nov 3, 2009
What is it about magnetic ink character recognition (MICR) that has made it such a hot topic recently? There have been at least five MICR announcements involving high-speed color inkjet in recent memory:
- Océ started the trend with its announcement of MICR capability for JetStream in October of 2008. The JetStream implementation was the first in a high-speed color inkjet device to use a fifth color implementation of a MICR inkjet ink.
- In September of 2009 HP announced a technology alliance with R.R. Donnelley that includes joint development around inkjet MICR. This will assure that a MICR option will be available for HP’s T300 Inkjet Web Press.
- At Print 09 InfoPrint added MICR inkjet ink capability for the black station of the InfoPrint 5000 (InfoPrint also had other MICR activity at the show with cut-sheet toner products through its partner Rosetta Technologies).
- At Print 09 RISO (in partnership with Kirk-Rudy) announced an in-line MICR accessory for the HC5500. This new accessory was announced at the same time as a new envelope feeder.
- In October Kodak announced a MICR option for the Versamark VL series that will be available in the first half of 2010 (more on this below).
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May 7, 2009
With strobe lights flashing and loud music blaring, HP unveiled the Inkjet Web Press this past Tuesday at O’Neil Data Systems in Los Angeles. The device, first seen at drupa 2008 is about the size of two tour buses end to end. With a 30-inch (762 millimeter) web width and speeds of up to 400 feet per minute (122 meters per minute) it was the star of a three-day event sponsored by HP and hosted at O’Neil Data Systems.
HP Inkjet Web Press at O'Neil Data Systems
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Apr 6, 2009
Whether through systems like HP’s Inkjet Web Press, Océ’s JetStream 2800, or even R.R. Donnelley and Sons’ IPS 3, companies are creating digital printing systems that are expanding beyond the typical 20″ web width of many offerings. In addition, it is clear that some of these wider web systems are required for monochrome or spot color applications rather than full color. Therefore the modular ability to start with a monochrome system and move up to spot or full color system is becoming more commonplace. Read more »