Quad/Graphics

The New Role of the Magazine Printer
September 1, 2006

It’s ironic that when selecting a printer today, printing may be one of the least important criterion. More and more, publishers are choosing printers based on their distribution capabilities, management tools and proactive customer service reps. “The trend overall seems to be that print vendors are providing additional services …,” says John Sartoris, group production director at VNU Business Publications. “Whether it’s workflow solutions or specific project solutions, print vendors are relied upon as partners to provide resources and even marketing solutions that may cover print, direct marketing, e-media and logistics.” Examples of printers helping publishers in areas other than printing have always happened,

Trends to Track in the Paper Market
June 1, 2006

The publishing industry has changed dramatically in every area, from the way pages are created to virtual proofing to computer-controlled presses to highly sophisticated finishing equipment. Even paper, the low-tech part of our industry, has changed. How has paper been affected in this highly technical world we work in, and how have those changes affected the way we use paper to produce magazines and catalogs? In my opinion, there have been four distinct areas of notable change. Paper Characteristics Paper specifications have been slowly changing toward more “hybrid” options. The standards of grading papers, e.g., #2, #3, #4, etc., have blurred—papers are

Trends to Track in the Paper Market
June 1, 2006

The publishing industry has changed dramatically in every area, from the way pages are created to virtual proofing to computer-controlled presses to highly sophisticated finishing equipment. Even paper, the low-tech part of our industry, has changed. How has paper been affected in this highly technical world we work in, and how have those changes affected the way we use paper to produce magazines and catalogs? In my opinion, there have been four distinct areas of notable change. Paper Characteristics Paper specifications have been slowly changing toward more “hybrid” options. The standards of grading papers, e.g., #2, #3, #4, etc., have blurred—papers are

Quad/Graphics' New Unit Advances Client-Facing Software Tools
February 1, 2006

SUSSEX, Wis. -- Quad/Graphics, a printer of magazines, catalogs, books, direct mail and other commercial products, has merged several client-facing tool sets into a new business unit. Operating as a separate business unit, QuadSystems (www.QuadSystems.com) focuses on developing, marketing and supporting industry-leading publication management systems designed to help magazine publishing, book publishing, advertising and catalog businesses improve operational and cost efficiencies. The software solutions QuadSystems currently offers are: • AdSync, which manages all aspects of the magazine advertising process, including sales forecasting, account management, order entry, materials handling and billing. • Impoze, which manages publishing processes throughout planning, production/manufacturing, printing and distribution. • PlanSystem3, which integrates

Can Co-Distribution Save You Money?
August 1, 2005

One of the biggest changes in the publication printing industry today has been in mailing. Mailing used to consist of applying customer-furnished labels to the publications, and printers would drop them into the closest Bulk Mailing Center (BMC). As the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) created more complex sortation rules and subsequent pricing structures, printers have begun offering services to take advantage of potential discounts for their customers. You've most likely heard printers offering savings through co-palletizing or co-mailing, or even co-mingling. These "co-distribution" strategies attempt to combine different publications/mail together to reduce postage costs and increase discounts. Co-Palletization In co-palletizing, the mailer places

Quadracci Remembered as an Industry Icon
June 1, 2005

I'm writing this on July 30 when I and most of the industry received the shocking and sad news of the passing of Harry V. "Larry" Quadracci, 66, the president and founder of Quad/Graphics. Few dispute he has been the single biggest icon in the printing industry for nearly three decades. History will prove his influence even much more enduring than a mere 30 years. He was the epitome of the American success story, founding the company on July 13, 1971, in an abandoned factory in Pewaukee, WI with 11 employees, using a $35,000 second mortgage on his home and capital raised from a

The Missing Piece
February 1, 2005

Some estimates suggest that as much as 10 percent of the wood fiber flowing through the global marketplace originated from an illegal harvest. So having a trusted mechanism for sorting out the good from the bad is more important than ever. In recent years, major companies such as The Home Depot, Lowe's, Starbucks, Nike, and other large wood and paper buyers have begun to prefer wood and paper that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) over alternative products in the marketplace. With members from over 70 countries and more than 30 national initiatives, the FSC-certification program sets high standards for protecting

Top 25 Magazine Printers
February 1, 2005

It's no surprise that the companies that come to mind when one strikes up a conversation about publication printers are at the top of PrintMedia's list of printers ranked by 2004 magazine revenue. Giant RR Donnelley tops the list, posting $1.88 billion. This figure, however, includes catalog sales and inserts, which is how it reports its earnings to its investors. Quebecor World was second ($1.66 million), followed by Quad Graphics ($740 million), and Brown Printing ($320 million). Most magazine printers enter 2005 bolstered by encouraging news from the Publishers Information Bureau, which reported ad pages for 2004 up 3.8 percent compared to 2003, despite

It's Easy Being Green
January 1, 2005

The myths about environmentally preferable papers are being dispelled by a growing number of publishers, paper experts, suppliers and environmental advocates. Environmentally preferable papers, or ecopapers, are delivering what the market demands: choice and availability, high quality and cost-competitiveness. Ecopapers refer to papers with postconsumer recycled content, with cleaner manufacturing processes, and with virgin-fiber components that have been credibly certified as forest-friendly. Recently, Natural Health and part of Shape's circulation have joined the ranks of E/The Environmental Magazine and National Wildlife Federation's Ranger Rick by switching to a paper that is roughly 40-percent postconsumer recycled (PCR)—paper that has been previously used and recycled

Quad/Graphics Veterans Assume New Roles for 2005
December 1, 2004

SUSSEX, Wis. -- Quad/Graphics announces the appointment of Thomas A. Quadracci to Chairman and chief executive officer of Quad/Graphics, and J. Joel Quadracci to president and chief Operating Officer of Quad/Graphics, effective January 1, 2005. Currently, Thomas Quadracci serves as president and CEO, and Joel Quadracci serves as senior vice president of sales and administration. Both executives are members of Quad/Graphics' board of directors. "We are making these appointments to further bolster company management and success while preparing for the next generation of Quadracci family leadership," says Richard A. Burke, who has served as Quad/Graphics' Chairman of the Board for the past