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CrawfordTech’s Weekly Reading List: July 6, 2012

Welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Reading List for the print, archiving and alternate formats industries.

In the news this week is an article from Document Boss that goes into detail about customer communications management and what it means for the future of dynamic document management. We take a look at Accenture’s report on high performance in the postal industry which answers the question “how can we make the right strategic choices to build a sustainable future?”.

We also want to invite our followers to two new webinars delivered in association with Xplor International and Xplor UK & Ireland. Both of these educational sessions aim to answer some important issues, including where the digital mailbox service industry is going and how to generate revenues from existing print streams.

Finally, following the recent news from HP and Agfa that they are not exhibiting at Ipex 2014, who else is considering their options?

Red Tag Revival? Royal Mail to Launch Their Intelligent Mail Barcode Solution

The UK’s national postal service is the latest to provide an ‘IMB’ system for tracking and tracing mail.

Royal Mail is a national institution in the United Kingdom. Responsible for universal mail delivery and collection in the UK, the organization delivers over 80 million items every working day. 

As you can imagine this creates a need for tracking and confirmation services for mailers. In the U.S.A., the USPS has offered an IMB solution for some time, while in contrast Royal Mail has been busy developing various alternative systems to meet the needs of the UK population. That work is about to come to fruition with the release of a new IMB solution.

CrawfordTech’s Weekly Reading List: July 13, 2012

Welcome to the Friday the 13th edition of the Crawford Technologies Weekly Reading List for the print, archive and alternate formats markets. On this rare Friday there are several bits of news we have gather from earlier in the week that speak to the future of digital printing and the rise of Digital Mailbox Services.

This week in the news we have a look at Benny Landa’s comments on drupa 2012  via a translated Hebrew article that might show the next direction digital production printing. Then we switch gears and look at an analysts take on the growing excitement in the Digital Mailbox Services market along with news from Europe on a new partnership to create the premier international mail B2C solution. Finally, we will have commentary on the investment being made in digital mail.

Which piece of news will move your business forward the most?

CrawfordTech’s Weekly Reading List: July 27, 2012


On this last full week in July we look toward August and the coming trade show season for the print and archive management industry. On the CrawfordTech roadmap is Cross Media, GRAPH EXPO, Document Strategy Forum, GITEX Technology Week, IBM Information OnDemand and DMS Expo (not necessarily in that order). And that is mostly in October!

It is indeed going to be a busy October, but as we head towards those shows and great customer interactions we continue to keep an eye out on what is happening in the news. This week we have a charitable story, a preview into a film about Linotype, color driving the production printing market and partnerships in the Digital Mailbox Services space.

Did you ever think there would be a movie about Linotype?

CrawfordTech’s Weekly Reading List: July 20, 2012

As we roll into late July I am sure the summer feels as though it is fleeting for many of us; right around the corner is back to school and not too far off the next set of trade shows. However, as we take in the beautiful days of summer, we must keep an eye on the trends taking us through toward third quarter.

Digital Mail continues to be a hot topic and we have some interesting news in the global arena including a strategy for India and a push for adoption that includes a video explanation of benefits. Looking at the document market, we have information on a new study released analyzing the Document Outsourcing Market. On the postal mail side of things the USPS looks at multi-channel for online merchants and GMC is acquired by a Pitney Bowes competitor.

What topics are moving your customers to engage with your company?

What a long-dead Italian economist can tell us about making new revenue from documents today.




The year is 1906 and an Italian economist is counting the peas he has grown in his garden. Who knew that over 100 years later this simple action would lead to an undeniable principle that can help all of us shape our profits in the 21st Century?