Showtime in Chicago
May 2, 2014

Effective April 23, the show's opening day, Rob Whitman will begin his term as PSDA board president, a position most recently occupied by IBF president and COO Tressa McLaughlin.

Web-to-Print Update
August 1, 2013

A strong e-commerce platform is becoming more and more of a necessity to compete in today's printing world. And by "strong," we mean "more than just an online store."

EMA Launches EMA Digital
April 20, 2010

Headquartered in Austell, Ga., EMA - Printed Solutions For Distributors announced the launch of "EMA Digital," the company's new line of exciting digitally printed products. The line includes short-run envelopes, letterheads, business cards, note cards, carbonless forms and Crack N Peel labels—with barely no minimums.

BIG in Baltimore
September 1, 2008

A little change never hurt anyone. With that in mind, this year’s big show promises a change of pace, a change of scenery and a change in demand. The newly revamped PSDA (formerly DMIA) will host its annual Print Solutions Conference and Exposition on Oct. 23-25 at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore. This year’s featured general session keynote speaker will be Charlie Pesko, founder and president of InfoTrends, a leading market research and consulting firm in the digital imaging and document solutions industries. Technological advances and refined marketing strategies are just some of the issues gaining momentum in a slowing economy. To encourage print

Vision33 Provides Sales and Customer Support for Four51’s New SAP Business One Edition
December 4, 2007

Minneapolis-based Four51 has partnered with Vision33, a full-service IT consulting firm and an SAP gold partner, to provide development, sales, implementation and customer support services for the new Four51 Edition for SAPBusiness One. The Four51 Edition is a single integrated application that joins the business-management functionality of SAP Business One with Four51’s Web-based print procurement network. Vision 33 is working with Four51 to complete the integration of Four51’s e-commerce platform with SAP Business One. Vision 33 works exclusively with the SAP Business One platform and has extensive experience in working with small and midsize businesses, the target market for SAP Business One and for the

Four51 Announces Upgrade
August 29, 2006

Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based Four51 has launched the newest upgrade to its application, including several important new features to help Four51 customers do business more quickly and efficiently. Primary application features of the recent upgrade include integrated shipping, improved direct mail, the ability to store favorite orders and clone products, improved quick-print usability and increased credit card functionality. The most major enhancement, credit card functionality, will expand customers’ ability to safely use many different payment options, such as PayPal and WorldPay, in addition to making credit card rules more manageable. Administrative users can now create and store credit cards without displaying the actual credit

PrintXcel Now Offers Stock Products Online
August 19, 2003

Prompted by feedback from its distributors, PrintXcel, Englewood, Colo., found it necessary to develop a tool that enables them to conduct business easier. "In the past, distributors would have to contact specific plants to order certain products," said Janet Kramer, communications manager at PrintXcel. "Now, it's all done through on back end. They place the order, and it automatically flows to the right plant." With the help of Four51 technology, PrintXcel's customers are now able to order its stock products online through an e-store, which took two months to plan and three weeks to develop. The Four51 software can also customize orders. "Pricing, products and other features

Move into a More Modern E-Commerce
May 17, 2002

Print experts report that business and e-commerce evolve together. The bar for good business within the print industry has been raised for some time now. Since e-commerce opportunities infiltrated the print arena in the 1990s, many distributors have felt compelled to utilize Internet technologies in order to conform to modern business practices—a logical decision since so many consumers are demanding faster, more efficient print solutions. Still, e-commerce is considered to be a new application, and those who use it continue to adapt to its ongoing evolution while those deciding to use it search for suitable modules. The question for those who do utilize e-commerce,

Labels Prevail in a Modern Market
April 2, 2002

Distributors stick with labels to lick market woes. The birth of modern labeling technology can be traced back to the 1700s, when labels began appearing on Guinness bottled ale and stout in Ireland, and on wine and liqueur produced in France. Eventually, canned food processing caused label usage to soar. In the 1920s, 3M developed masking and cellophane tape, which resulted in various pressure-sensitive applications, and universal product codes introduced in the late '70s spawned a multitude of bar-coded label solutions. Clearly, labels are one traditional product group that is thriving in our information-crazed, technology-obsessed society. Here, four executives discuss the impact of