Reprographics professionals who want to learn how to keep their businesses a vital part of the modern AEC world should mark October 11-12 on their calendar and register today for the APDSP 2017 Convention. more

Apr 27, 2017 4:36 PM

Four reprographics shop owners/managers discussed their experiences with reprographics software during a webinar on Wednesday, June 21. The panelists shared their frank observations about MVS Profits Plus, Cyrious Control, e-Automate, and Thoroughbre more

Jun 22, 2017 3:06 PM

When David Fox started Fox Blueprinting in Salem, Oregon, in 1993, the world was different. Running a blueprint shop in those days meant making lots and lots of black & white prints for AEC clients. Fox, who was in his late 20s then, dove into his bu more

Jun 8, 2017 3:06 PM

The APDSP Index was slightly down for AEC business in the first quarter of 2017, but it jumped significantly for non-AEC business. The Index was 60 for AEC business, compared to 62 in the fourth quarter of 2016; and 75 for non-AEC business, compared more

Jun 8, 2017 5:47 PM

Drytac recently rejoined APDSP as a vendor member after a brief absence. In this Q&A, Drytac President Marc Oosterhuis explains what the company has been up to lately. more

Apr 24, 2017 11:59 AM

Sometimes when the owner of a reprographics shop retires, the doors close for good. In happier cases, new owners pick up where the retiree left off. That’s the case with Blue Print Service Co. in Wisconsin. more

Apr 13, 2017 2:40 PM 1 Comments

Reprographics firms have specific needs for their business operations software. In an ideal world, this software would easily create accurate bids and invoices based on the variety of pricing structures in the industry – square feet, by-the-sheet, more

Feb 16, 2017 7:32 PM 1 Comments

“There are two kinds of salesmen in the world,” the printer said, “there’s the good ones, and then there’s all the ones I’ve hired. I wish I could figure out what makes a good salesman tick.” more

Apr 13, 2017 5:31 PM

What’s your “guilty little secret?” Come on, everyone has one. Ok, I’ll go first. As a printing company owner, I know that my “job one” needs to be working “on” my business. You know, writing mission statements, business plans, succession schemes, ba more

Mar 30, 2017 11:24 AM

Intelligent job site technology, and what role reprographics shops can play in it, will be the focus of the 2017 APDSP Convention in New Orleans on October 11-12. The event will be held concurrently with SGIA, more

Mar 16, 2017 8:56 PM

Are you looking for a fun way to get more customers? You might want to follow the example of Cushing in Chicago, which routinely runs clever promotions to grab the attention of current and potential clients. more

Mar 16, 2017 8:12 PM

Many APDSP members probably have used Poly-Pak Industries products before, even if you didn’t realize it. Poly-Pak’s Regal Envelope division makes, among other things, blueprint bags, those plastic tube-like sleeves that protect your prints when they more

Feb 28, 2017 8:54 PM

When Zane Sharpe looks at the prospects for his market in 2017, he’s enthused. “In the Southeast and in North Carolina particularly, the market has been good the last couple of years,” says Sharpe more

Jan 5, 2017 9:07 PM

At Franz Reprographics in Minnesota, a delivery driver who has been with the company for 43 years is retiring in December with a hefty 401K that will let him enjoy retirement comfortably. more

Oct 13, 2016 7:44 PM

The APDSP Index was essentially flat for AEC business in the fourth quarter of 2016, but it dropped significantly for non-AEC business. The index was 62 for AEC business, compared to 63 in the third quarter; and 54 for non-AEC business more

Feb 16, 2017 7:54 PM

Don Razinsky spent 33 years working for Ridgways, and retired from ARC in 2011. But within a couple of years he wanted to get back into the business, and has since launched two new reprographics firms. His latest, ACE Digital in Shreveport, LA, opene more

Feb 2, 2017 8:51 PM 1 Comments

I presented a seminar at a conference last weekend. Immediately afterward, I had a table set up alongside the stage to sell books. I processed a few sales with cash and credit cards and finally there was only one person standing in front of me, with more

Jan 19, 2017 9:06 PM

Many libraries are like vaults of history, packed with old books, maps, works of art, and other historic documents. That’s great for preservation of these important items, but like with any other kind of vault, a limited number of people can physica more

Jan 19, 2017 8:14 AM

Are you getting "nickeled and dimed" by clients clawing for discounts? Try some of these tips to bring in a few more dollars in 2017, and make some clients happier at the same time. more

Jan 5, 2017 8:59 PM

We printing company owners often seem to have a dichotomy when it comes to pricing philosophy. We complain and gnash our teeth, griping about the customer who will drive ten miles to save a dollar. “Don’t they understand?!,” we rail. more

Dec 8, 2016 8:07 PM

The APDSP Index (formerly the IRgA Index), showing slowing growth, was down during the third quarter of 2016 -- it was 63 for AEC business, compared to 71 in the second quarter; and 69 for non-AEC business, compared to 73 during the first quarter. more

Dec 22, 2016 9:05 PM

In the sales community, we talk about hunters and farmers. Hunters find new customers. Farmers maintain and service existing customers. It’s generally assumed that one salesperson can’t be great at both things. more

Dec 22, 2016 8:40 PM 1 Comments

When people picture the interior of The Drafting Clinic in Mississauga, Ontario, they probably envision rows of green eye-shaded men hunched over drafting tables. Of course, that image is completely outdated – the company’s catalog doesn’t contain a more

Dec 8, 2016 7:26 PM

SJ Digital Services in Greensboro, North Carolina, which joined APDSP just a couple of months ago, has grown its business from a bedroom to a 2,700-square-foot office by focusing on top quality service and one-call resolution of issues. more

Nov 23, 2016 2:03 PM

Joel Salus, a long-time reprographics company owner and consultant and proprietor of the Reprographics 101 blog, recently surveyed the industry about their plans for buying new large-format imaging equipment. Below is his analysis of the survey resul more

Nov 23, 2016 2:48 PM 1 Comments

Name changes are common in the reprographics industry, since the technology and market positioning of many firms is always shifting. But few companies go through as rigorous a process as NRI did over the past couple of years. more

Nov 10, 2016 5:52 PM

Are things going well in your shop? Then you better start thinking about the next big thing you're going to do, because your downward curve is just ahead, according to expert Marcus Timson. more

Nov 8, 2016 10:00 AM

Memjet inkjet heads are found in Canon ColorWave 810/910 printers and Xerox IJP 2000 printers, but a new Memjet-driven printer may be on the horizon. Peter Barton, formerly sales director (until 2015) for RTI in Europe, is working on importing the Me more

Oct 27, 2016 9:09 AM 1 Comments

Association of Printing and Data Solutions Professionals – what a mouthful that is! It’s been almost two months since we officially changed the name of the organization, and I thought it would be interesting to give you a report from the front lines. more

Oct 27, 2016 3:45 PM

Digital reprographics issues was the focus of the 2016 German reprographics conference in Gelsenkirchen on October 7-8. Motio, the German reprographics association, organized a two-day event that encouraged members to consider the impact of digital r more

Oct 13, 2016 9:26 PM

The APDSP Index (formerly the IRgA Index), showing continuing strength, was virtually flat during the second quarter of 2016 -- it was 71 for AEC business, compared to 72 in the first quarter; and 73 for non-AEC business, compared to 70 during the fi more

Sep 29, 2016 10:02 PM

IRgA member Printastic wants to ease other members’ entry into large-format vinyl printing with a new wholesale service that’s launching September 1. The service, called Printtrader.com, will offer prices to IRgA members that are substantially lower more

Aug 18, 2016 9:43 AM

Mark Beilman is retiring at the end of this year as executive director of the Reprographic Services Association (RSA) after a 14-year stint there. He replied to a series of questions from IRgA below. more

Aug 18, 2016 11:11 AM

When employees of SE Blueprint watch a blockbuster movie, sometimes they get to see their own handiwork amidst the action. The company has created graphics for movies filmed in Cleveland for the past seven years. more

Jun 16, 2016 9:19 AM

IRgA member Brand Decor has found a new market by focusing on permanent AEC graphics, including for a supermarket built inside a historic Cleveland building. more

Jul 7, 2016 11:20 AM

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