May 4, 2016
As part of our continuing coverage of the rapidly growing print management market, InfoTrends is conducting a series of interviews with leading industry professionals in 2016. These innovators and the providers they represent are helping the market evolve from basic print procurement to a more comprehensive marketing supply chain management solution. We chose to focus our first blog post in this series on a lesser known company in the North American market. Though it manages more than $100 million of print for its clients in North America alone, Arvato may not be familiar to many outside Europe. Arvato is a white label provider of call center support, financial and IT solutions, as well as print and supply chain management. As part of an initiative to broaden its print management presence in North America, the German firm recently re-located Stephan Hackert, Vice President of Business Development in North America, to San Francisco.
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Nov 18, 2013
Many readers know that two of the biggest paper merchants in the U.S. (xpedx & Unisource) are planning to merge. The combination of xpedx (about $6 billion in revenue) and Unisource (about $4 billion in annual revenue) would create a giant in the U.S. distribution business. Whatever you think you know about Xpedx and Unisource, they are definitely not JUST paper merchants, those days are way over. Both companies have important initiatives in packaging, digital printing and yes, wide format.
As the big paper merchants come together we see other companies organizing to compete. Read more »
May 22, 2013
One of the key findings from our new “Wide Format in the Communications Mix” study is that over 60% of wide format graphics need to be fulfilled within 2 days. This dynamic has vital implications for vendors up-and-down the wide format digital print supply chain. It means that equipment and supplies distributors with the best warehousing and logistics capabilities, and the best vision into product and technology portfolio, will have a huge advantage.
Many of the conversations I have with wide format digital print supplies manufacturers indicate that finding and maintaining great distribution partners is one of their biggest challenges. Read more »
Mar 15, 2011
The 9.0 magnitude earthquake of March 11, 2011 has wreaked havoc with all aspects of the Japanese economy, and the digital imaging industry will not be immune to the immediate and long lasting repercussions. Even though many digital imaging companies were not directly affected by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami, they will certainly be affected by the disruptions to the Japanese power and transportation infrastructure and their supply chains.
One company directly affected is Nikon who has digital camera and lenses manufacturing sites in the Sendai area. Nikon produces its professional grade DSLR bodies, the D700, D3s, and D3x cameras, in its Sendai factory, just south of Sendai in Natori and about four miles from the coastline. The area was hard hit by the high walls of water but it is reported that the Nikon plant just suffered some building and equipment damage as well as injuries to some employees (satellite photos show that the water did not make it that far inland, though the water did reach up to six miles inland in other areas). With the destruction that the tsunami left in its wake, there will certainly be issues with personnel, power, water, components, and transportation that will directly impact this plant and others across Japan. Nikon is not able to say when the factory will reopen. Read more »