Printing and Manufacturing

'Weak' Quad and LSC Offered to Shed Assets, But Feds Said No
July 23, 2019 at 7:48 am

Quad and LSC Communications offered to divest assets to win approval of their proposed merger but were unable to reach a deal with the U.S. Justice Department. Quad (AKA Quad/Graphics) revealed the offer last week in its response to Justice’s lawsuit that seeks to block the merger of the two large printing companies on antitrust…

Judge Delays Quad-LSC Merger
July 15, 2019 at 9:08 am

In another sign that Quad’s proposed acquisition of rival printer LSC Communications isn't going as planned, a federal judge has rejected the printers' request for an expedited trial. That could delay the deal’s closing until next year, months after the “mid-2019” date the companies’ leaders projected when they announced the deal on October 31, 2018.…

Are Fully Personalized Magazines in Our Future? It’s Complicated.
July 10, 2019 at 9:28 am

With its flexibility and its ability to produce small batches, digital printing is transforming book publishing, direct mail, product packaging, and even the garment industry. But it has hardly laid a finger on magazine publishing. The technology enables publishers who have sufficient content and subscriber data to create “a unique magazine for every reader,” fellow…

Pay Attention, Publishers: Outsiders Are Redefining What a Magazine Can Be
June 11, 2019 at 11:31 am

Software mogul, golf equipment manufacturer, movie-streaming service, mattress maker, actress, social media behemoth: It seems everyone wants to get into the magazine-publishing business these days. Everyone, that is, except for “real” magazine-media publishers. Whenever a well-known digital-native brand comes out with a print magazine, you can count on a wave of rah-rah “print isn’t dead”…

Why Paper Prices Are Likely to Remain High for Publishers
May 15, 2019 at 8:37 am

Decades of historical precedent suggest that, now that the shortages and price increases of 2018 have ended, publishers should soon benefit from lower paper costs. But don’t hold your breath waiting for history to repeat itself. Prices for publication papers have stabilized since late last year, and the usual post-peak glut and price slashing don’t…

Analysis: Will Quad Acquisition of LSC Communication Pass DOJ Antitrust Review, Negatively Impact Competitors?
April 25, 2019 at 11:37 am

Peter Schaefer, a principal at New Direction Partners, and Mark Michelson, editor-in-chief of Printing Impressions, predict how the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Div., will rule on the pending acquisition of LSC by Quad. They also discuss — assuming the deal gets finalized — how it will ultimately impact the magazine and book printing landscape, and…

8 Ways Media Sales Reps Can Increase Print’s Value in an RFP
March 13, 2019 at 2:49 pm

Remember back in the good old days, say, about 2015, when ad agencies had separate media-buying teams for print and digital? That made it easy for the sales team to specialize. The old codgers sold print, while the “kids” sold digital. But the world is no longer so simple. From what I see, based especially…