Are You Touched by CCPA?

Pat McGrew
 Jan 2, 2020

You might be surprised at how much data is flowing through your company. Accounting data, bank accounts, EDI accounts, names and addresses are all data. In the eyes of the State of California that data is now subject to the California Consumer Privacy Act  (CCPA) and it poses some challenges companies doing business in California, but also companies who do business with constituents in California.

Let’s start with the baseline. CCPA only applies to companies that earn more than $25 million in gross revenue. The other hurdle is that it applies to companies who have data on more than 50,000 people or who earn more than 50 percent of their revenue from selling (or bartering or exchanging for advertising) consumer data. For every company that meets these criteria there are myriad paths to compliance. In fact, because the law is so new, there is some disagreement on who has to comply and how.

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Diversity on Display at PRINTING United 2019

Pat McGrew
 Nov 12, 2019

A show like the first edition of PRINTING United, hosted by SGIA in partnership with NAPCO Media, brings optimism to the print community. It was a large show that filled 6 halls and 720,000 square feet. Over 600 exhibitors gathered at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, and the event attracted printers from a diverse range of segments. The show floor was divided in to three main areas, including decorative printing (screen printing and direct-to-garment), sign & graphics printing, and document printing and finishing (new to the SGIA visitors but right at home for PRINTING United).

A view of the show floor at PRINTING United
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Happy Anniversary Prinergy!

Pat McGrew
 Nov 6, 2019

Kodak GUA Europe Celebrates!

Bringing together a group of passionate workflow people, Kodak hosted the European edition of the Graphic Users’ Association in Berlin from the 29th to the 31st of October. Together with their partners IC3D, Callas, and Arden Software, the event was designed to celebrate the innovations Prinergy has brought to market over two decades as well as to provide lab experience and knowledge sharing opportunities.

Todd Bigger at the Opening Gala welcoming GUA attendees.

The Gala kicked off with KODAK Chairman Jim Continenza reinforcing the message that KODAK is in the Print business, and Prinergy is an essential element of that commitment. That message came through in all of the messaging from Todd Bigger, President of the KODAK software division, and the many Kodak speakers.

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The Soft(ware) Side of LabelExpo Europe 2019

Pat McGrew
 Sep 30, 2019

Every two years LabelExpo Europe occupies the majestic buildings of Brussels Expo. It is a large venue with multiple halls capable of handling the variety of analog and digital print hardware and supporting accessories, finishing, media and software that enable the label printing industry. This year the show vibrated with software, AI and IIoT solutions in support of making label and packaging more efficient. While other team members will bring the hardware analysis, this is a quick review of some of the trends at this year’s show.

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Getting Ready for Print 19: The Keypoint Intelligence Pre-show Guide

Pat McGrew
 Sep 23, 2019

Each year the schedule of shows changes slightly. Some shows merge, others grow organically, and still others disappear from the calendar. This year Print 19 closes out is long run with more than 80 education sessions, the Red Hot Technology awards, TechTalk panels, TechWalk guided tours, and a keynote from Nick Thomson of WIRED Magazine that should be on everyone’s agenda. Once again, Keypoint Intelligence will host the InfoLunch at noon on Thursday, reviewing the most impactful insights you can use to guide your business. Four members of the Keypoint Intelligence staff will also be presenting in the education forums. Print19 promises three days of opportunity for print service providers, in-plant printers, marketing service providers, and the users of those services.

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Good News for Mailers from USPS

Pat McGrew
 Apr 9, 2019

US Mailers have been waiting for the USPS to release its findings from a request for feedback initiated last summer, and the answer has now arrived. The USPS will not be making changes to the Marketing Mail category. This is good news for mailers because the USPS was considering changes in the standards for Marketing Mail letters and flat that would limit the definition of Marketing Mail to paper-based, non-merchandise content. By definition, flats processed by the USPS can be no thinner than a quarter of an inch and no thicker than three-quarters of an inch, with dimensions between 6 1/8 and 12 inches in height and 11 ½ and 15 inches in length. Length is parallel to the address.

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The Side Stories from Hunkeler Innovationdays

Pat McGrew
 Mar 7, 2019

By now you have read about the highly capable printing equipment that supported the Hunkeler Innovationdays demonstrations of Hunkeler, Horizon, Meccanotecnica, Kern, Bowe, Muller Martini, GUK, Sitma and others. You have probably read about the Agilox Intelligent Guided Vehicle that traveled the floor among the attendees moving paper and finished work among the stands.  But what you may not have read about are some of the other solutions worthy of your attention. They range from real-time shop floor monitoring to service, to accessibility, and all have a place in print production environments.


Agilox IGV getting ready to pickup finished work at Hunkeler Innovationdays.
Source: Keypoint Intelligence

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More Consolidation as Fiserv Acquires First Data

Pat McGrew
 Jan 18, 2019

Billing and statement processing outsourcers with payment capabilities are continuing to consolidate in an attempt to dominate both the global payment and FinTech markets. On January 14th, 2019, Fiserv and First Data announced that they plan to consolidate their complementary technologies through a $22 billion deal that unites their strong merchant payment platforms, digital banking/billing solutions, and risk management options. Once the acquisition is complete (planned for 2H2019), Fiserv intends to refinance approximately $17 billion in First Data debt and to operate the combined business under the Fiserv name.

Fiserv and First Data

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Adobe’s New Plug-ins for Digital Textile Now in Beta!

Pat McGrew
 Oct 29, 2018

Earlier this year Mike Scrutton of Adobe stood on a small stage at FESPA in Berlin to talk about the needs of designers in the digital textile space. The challenge, as Scrutton defined it, was that building patterns was time consuming. Fitting, turning segments, and setting colors for elements was time consuming. Changes required going back to the original files and making changes, and then pulling another proof. The growth of fast fashion and fast décor has put a laser focus on the need for faster time-to-market and a different design-to-product requirement than traditional design in the Textile space. Add the word “digital” to anything and the requirement becomes to turn projects around faster and with more efficiency. At FESPA there was the hint that something was coming, from Adobe, that would address the needs of digital textile designers. In fact, something so cool, it might be of use to anyone who designs patterns.

Roll the calendar forward a few months and Adobe has now released the public beta for Project Paras, a new plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CC that makes the process of design prints easier. From adding repeats to changing sizes of elements, the Project Paras plug-in includes tools for previewing, editing, defining separations, and setting colorways. By keeping every element editable up until you save the final manufacturing-ready file, textile designers can get the design just right without the usual rounds of testing, re-editing, and testing again.

Screen Shot Adobe Photoshop CC Project Paras Plug-in
Source: Adobe Project Paras

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The Ricoh Ecosystem: Interact 2018

Pat McGrew
 Jul 11, 2018

Do you go to vendor open houses and networking events? If you are a customer of any of the big hardware vendors or many of the independent software vendors you are likely to receive a cheery invitation to one or more events each year that give you an opportunity to hear from the company executives and listen to technical presentations on current and future products. They usually bring in a few industry speakers and try to create an environment where everyone has an opportunity to network. These are valuable experiences for the vendors who host them, the customers who attend them, and the journalists and analysts to attend, as well.

Ricoh recently hosted their Interact 2018 meeting in Westminster, Colorado, just a short ride form their plant in Boulder. The event was full of interesting insights from Ricoh staff, customers, and industry speakers, but that wasn’t the most interesting thing about Interact. For a company like Ricoh there are a lot of moving parts. Even inside of Commercial and Industrial Printing, led in the US by John Fulena, there are production cut sheet, production web, wide format, and a variety of industrial print devices worthy of your attention. Staging a conference where attendees can get a sense of Ricoh – One Ricoh – is difficult. How many sessions do you run concurrently? how do you give everyone podium time to talk about their innovations?

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