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

Taylor Corp., one of the U.S.'s largest privately held companies, has completed its acquisition of the assets of Standard Register. The combined company has more than 12,000 employees working in more than 80 companies with operations in 32 states and nine countries.

EFI, Fremont, Calif., recently acquired Group Rhapso S.A. (Rhapso), a printing and packaging software solutions developer based in Les Ulis, France.

Kern, a world leader in high-performance inserting and mailing systems, has launched two new cutting lines to the international market, the Kern 130 rotary cutter and the MK33. The new lines were unveiled at Take Off Days in Niederhergheim, France in October.

Chicago-based InnerWorkings, Inc., a leading provider of global print management solutions, has acquired Productions Graphics. Headquartered in Paris, Productions Graphics is a leading international print management firm with particular strength in Continental Europe. Productions Graphics has offices in countries such as France, Hungary, Germany, Spain and Italy.

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.

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