With only four months to go until the most significant overhaul of postage rates in years, four out of five executives are unprepared for proposed price and rule changes destined to have a large impact on their business operations and marketing strategies. A recent survey of more than 500 business executives nationwide indicated that 79 percent of respondents are unaware of the forecast changes in postal rates and regulations. The widespread lack of knowledge about an important business event cuts across all organizational sizes and all regions of the country. The proposed overall 8.4 percent rate increase would bring the full cost of first
Pitney Bowes, Stamford, Conn., recently announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100 percent of the stock of Print, Inc., Bellvue, Wash., for approximately $47 million, net of cash and debt. Print, Inc. is a leader in a rapidly growing component of the print management market that provides bundled offerings of printer supplies, service and equipment to manage document production. These operations will be integrated into a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company, and operate as part of its Pitney Bowes Direct group led by Neil Metviner, executive vice president and president of Pitney Bowes Direct. The acquisition helps the company add
Pitney Bowes, Stamford, Conn., recently launched an automated mail folding and inserting system that helps businesses improve the speed, accuracy and efficiency of preparing outgoing mail communications. The new Pitney Bowes DI500 / DI600 FastPac Inserting System is an integrated desktop solution that combines advanced software with paper-handling technology to reduce the costs of preparing business communications, such as bills, statements, direct mail, newsletters and paychecks. For medium-sized companies, the system offers advanced capabilities previously available only on high-volume machines. For more information, call (800) 672-6937or visit www.pb.com.
At the Graphic Expo in Chicago last month, The Print Council—a business development alliance dedicated to promoting the greater use of print media—publicly announced its formation. The council's goal is to develop, maintain and increase the printed goods market through education, awareness, market development, advocacy and research. The Print Council also named its founding members, who represent some of the most recognizable names in the printing industry, including Agfa-Gevaert Group; Electronics for Imaging; Franchise Services, Inc.; Heidelberg; IBM; International Paper; Mail-Well; MAN Roland; Pitney Bowes; PressTek; Quad Graphics; Roll Systems; Sandy Alexander; Scitex Digital Printing; The Sheridan Group; Sun Chemical; Williamson Printing Corporation and