Vincent Mallardi, C.M.C., is a the chairman of the Printing Brokerage/Buyers Association International (PBBA) and is a Certified Management Consultant in the paper, printing and converting industries. He is also an adjunct professor in economics. Contact him via email at

BIC Advertising & Promotional Products (BIC APP), the promotional products division of BIC Group that operates under the BIC Graphic and Norwood trade names, on November 30 announced that CEO Nicolas Paillot will leave the company to pursue external business interests, effective Dec. 31, 2012.

Net income for Staples Inc. took a significant hit in the second quarter of 2012. The parent company to Staples Advantage reported last week that earnings fell 31.8 percent for the period ended July 28, 2012, a result of a slowdown in U.S. retail sales and difficulties in international markets.

Chicago-based Dscoop (Digital Solutions Cooperative), an independent global community of HP Graphic Arts customers, recently expanded into Asia-Pacific; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); and Latin America, prompting the formation of a global board of directors. This board will bring together leaders from each region to oversee the actions and events that affect the 6,000 Dscoop members worldwide.

New global e-commerce research from Pitney Bowes Inc. reveals that one size does not fit all when it comes to consumers’ online shopping preferences around the world. While international shoppers share some characteristics, the survey reveals key differences among consumers in many countries. U.S. retailers looking to expand their businesses online to international markets should consider the unique consumer shopping behaviors and preferences in each country.

Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (EFI), a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, has acquired privately-held Prism Group Holdings ("Prism"). Prism, with headquarters in Australia, is a provider of MIS/ERP (management information systems and enterprise resource planning) software products for the printing and packaging industry, including Prism WIN MIS and Prism QTMS automated shop floor management and work in progress tracking software.

Online printing used to be for the few, the wealthy, the proud. But, because it's gotten less expensive it has opened the door for others, the little guys, to get into the game.

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