SUSSEX, WI-April 20, 2015-Quad/Graphics Inc. will continue to be the primary printer for Hearst Magazines' through 2020 under a new agreement valued at more than $500 million. Quad produces 20 of Hearst's 21 U.S. magazine titles, including Cosmopolitan, ELLE,Esquire, Good Housekeeping, O, The Oprah Magazine, Popular Mechanics and Car and Driver, as well as inserts and custom print products.
Quad/Graphics has been Hearst Magazines' largest print supplier since 2011, when it began printing Good Housekeeping, Harper's BAZAAR, House Beautiful, O, The Oprah Magazine,Woman's Day, ELLE, ELLE DECOR, Car and Driver and Road & Track in addition to Veranda, which the company has printed since 2007.
R.R. Donnelley and Quad/Graphics, the USA's two largest printing companies, apparently have their sights set on gobbling up more competitors -- but not each other. Quad's CEO, Joel Quadracci, was caught off guard on Tuesday by a question from a Goldman Sachs analyst at the end of Quad's quarterlyearnings conference call. "I'd kind of love to hear your thoughts on potential regulatory pushback or maybe lack thereof on a tie-up between your company and your biggest competitor," said Fred Krom. Quadracci at first thought the question was about Courier Corp., which Quad recently planned to acquire until Donnelley stepped in.
Quad/Graphics, Inc. today announced a three-year strategy to transform its book platform to give publishers a full range of options for producing and delivering books on demand, bringing zero inventory and just-in-time delivery closer to reality. The plan includes investing in:
OK, fellow publishing fans, you can't be ready to face this new year without understanding what happened in 2014. Here are the 10 words (yes, "magazine media" and "native advertising" are single words) that summarize the year that just was, along with links that provide further information:
The December Issue Publishing Executive featured the re-launch of the Top 20 Magazine Printers, a ranking that lists the largest printers in the U.S. and Canada by revenue. To accompany that ranking, we interviewed top printing executives to find out how the printing industry has changed and the issues they think publishers should be most mindful of in the future. Printing experts shared insights on custom publishing, automated workflows, and the importance of high-quality print content. The Q&As we published in the December issue were just snapshots, but following you'll find the full-length interview with Tim Ohnmacht, general manager of magazine and catalog at Quad/Graphics
Ranking of largest magazine printers in the U.S. and Canada is based on each company's revenue earned within the magazine sector. This data was compiled by our sister publication Printing Impressions. Some notable organizations, such as RR Donnelley, choose not to disclose financial information on a per-sector basis.
Publishing Executive has tapped five printing executives to share their insights on the continually evolving print industry. Leaders from The Sheridan Group, Lane Press, Publication Printers Corp., Quad/Graphics, and Freeport Press discuss the enduring importance of efficient workflows, custom printing options, and high-quality print content. These Q&As accompany the 2014 Publishing Executive Top 20 Magazine Printers, which ranks the largest printers in the U.S. and Canada
Although Wall Street mostly yawned when Quad/Graphics announced this week it is acquiring Brown Printing, the pending transaction is a big deal for many major publishers. And it provides some interesting insights into the U.S. printing and publishing industries and even into the U.S. Postal Service.
For publishers of major magazines and catalogs - those with a print order of at least, say, 200,000 copies - the country's third largest magazine printer has been the chief supplier of Duopoly Insurance.
The two largest American printing companies recently presented similar lists of the major challenges they face -- and similar strategies for growing in the face of declining demand.
"The highly competitive market conditions and unused industry capacity will continue to put price pressure on both transactional work and contract renewals across all segments," R.R. Donnelley stated in its 2013 annual report. Translation: Underused presses + shrinking demand = lower print prices.
SUSSEX, WI, February 4, 2014 - Quad/Graphics, Inc. (NYSE: QUAD) ("Quad/Graphics" or the "Company"), a global printer and media channel integrator, announces several executive-level promotions to support its strategic business initiatives. The promotions are effective March 1, 2014.