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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 David Briggs, vice president of sales & marketing at Lane Press
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
If you are trying to budget key price changes for 2015, forget recent history and put away the economics textbook. The monopolistic U.S. Postal Service will forego its usual January rate increase and may have to reduce rates during 2015. But publishers will pay higher prices for paper in spite of—and perhaps because of—federal antitrust regulators' efforts to maintain a competitive market
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
Digital disruption in the industry has spurred a healthy amount of soul searching, and what seems to have come from that self-analysis are some truths about what it means to be a publisher and where new business opportunities exist. When we tapped our network of publishers and technologists to see what wisdom they had to share, what they came up weren't outlandish pipe dreams. Rather, these industry thinkers are compelling us to revisit the core services publisher have always provided and reapply them to a new canvas
Maybe it was the election. Maybe it was the economy. Maybe it was even a sign that an organization that was left for dead is bouncing back.
Whatever the reason, the U.S. Postal Service revealed today it had a bang-up October, with domestic mail volume up nearly 7% over the same month last year, rather than the 2% decrease USPS was expecting.
The beleaguered agency had "controllable operating income" of $647 million in the first month of Fiscal Year 2015, more than double what it budgeted or what it earned last October.
In mid-October, I wrote about the New York Times offer to refund overpayments to customers who fell for an unauthorized third-party renewal solicitation. The Times also warned subscribers in print and via e-mail not to fall for the scam. I noted that the same company had been blanketing magazine subscribers with these notices for years before broadening to newspapers as well in 2013 and 2014. I couldn't immediately get a comment from magazines. Three inquiries later, spokespersons for top publishers Time Inc. and Conde Nast are still stonewalling me.
In just two and a half years, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has gone from hero to villain in the eyes of a leading publishing-industry magazine. Folio: named the U.S. Postal Service's CEO this week to its Folio: 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the magazine industry, in the "disruptor" category. "Donahoe raised postal rates by 6 percent in December, making magazine delivery more expensive at a time publishers are carefully managing their print costs," Folio: noted.
October began with both good news and bad news on the cost front for publishers of magazines and catalogs.
Because of announcements made on Wednesday, publishers can scratch the usual January postage rate increase from their 2015 budgets but should probably count on price increases for coated paper.
The U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors announced it would not raises prices on "market-dominant" mail classes early next year, contrary to its usual practice of implementing inflation-based price hikes in January.
The outlook for changes in postal rates for the next 12 months is murkier than it's been in years.
A rate hike, a decrease, an extension of the temporary "exigent" increase, and even an increase and decrease a few months apart are all plausible 2015 scenarios for First Class, Standard, and Periodicals mailers. That uncertainty is a far cry from the past few years, when "market-dominant" postal rates inched up each January based on the rate of inflation.