Graphicstart Copyright (c) 2009, MyFeedPortal.com http://graphicstart.com en Graphic design, publishing and print news - your Graphic Arts watch list... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 22:28:07 +0000 Print Media, PDF Standards and InDesign http://graphicstart.com/i/print-media-pdf-standards-indesign <font size="4"><b>Print Media, PDF Standards and Adobe InDesign</b><br><br><i>How can we edit PDF's in InDesign for print?</i></font><br><br>In print media, we all have them. PDF files. We export PDFs. We receive them in, in various ways and methods. And we have many PDFs in our archives. We tag PDFs. We print PDFs. And we even preflight PDFs, although that’s, of course, a post-flight. This is all relatively easy, even if a PDF/X or PDF Ghent Workgroup standard type PDF flavor. 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So, as the admit card will be released on online portal of JEE Main, all the candidates must make sure that they download it by providing the requisite details and hence generate its printed copy. It is extremely necessary to bring the hard copy of the admit card to appear in the exam. <br><br>Go through the following write-up to know the explicit details about the <a class="bburl" href="http://engg.entrancecorner.com/jee-main-2015-admit-card/">JEE Main 2015 Admit Card</a> and the procedure to download it.<br><br>Candidates are suggested to visit the website of entrancecorner.com to be able to access the direct link for downloading the admit card. Moreover, the steps indicated below will guide you in downloading the admit card.<br><br><b>How to download JEE Main 2015 Admit Card</b><br><br>i. First step you are required to perform is to open any of the internet browser on your computer/ laptop<br>ii. 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Check the details mentioned on your admit card and proceed to print the same by giving the print command and you may download it as well to be printed later.<br><br><b>Useful Information</b><br><br>1) Candidates are strictly instructed to reach their respective exam centre at least 30 minutes prior to the commencement of the entrance exam as the examination centre will be closed for the candidates who reach later than the reporting time<br>2) Candidates must not forget to bring their JEE Main 2015 Admit Card to the exam centre failing which you would not be permitted to enter the examination hall.<br>3) Candidates must also bring with them a xerox copy of their Admit Card or Hall Ticket of their 12th class along with the admit card.<br>4) Candidates who are supposed to give the JEE Main Paper 2 i.e. for the B.Architecture/ B.Planning, are suggested to bring their own requirements such as geometry box set, pencils, erasers and colored pencils or crayons etc.<br>5) Students are required to carry good quality Black or Blue Ball Point Pens for examination.<br><br><b>More Information-</b><br><br>The candidates are advised to be keep an eye on the JEE Main website regularly for latest updates. Moreover, there is a dedicated Call centre, to provide assistance, facilitation to the candidates and is functional on all working days from 10.00 AM to 5.30 PM. While facing any kind of trouble in downloading the JEE Main 2015 Admit Card, candidates are free to seek assistance at the following CBSE Helpline Number: 8506061071 – 78 on working days only during the timings mentioned above. Wed, 07 Jan 2015 09:01:15 +0000 A Guide To The Different Adhesive Label Types http://graphicstart.com/i/a_guide_to_the_different_adhesive_label_types Did you know that there is more than one type of adhesive label? Depending on the intended application of your labels, there is a type of adhesive that will ensure it remains stuck to the surface. In this article, we have outlined the many different types that you can choose from, including how they work and what they are commonly used for, to help you come to a final decision. Your printer should be equipped to provide you with all these types.<br><br><b>Types of Label</b><br><br>•<b>Economy Thermal</b><br>The paper used for these adhesive labels has been covered with a thermal coating that turns black when it has been subjected to a heat source. This type is commonly used for information cataloguing on a short-term basis where contamination is at a minimum. They are also used for point-of-sale cataloguing in store, weigh scales, logistics, address tagging and box end descriptions (to name a few).<br><br>•<b>Thermal Top Coated</b><br>The paper used for these labels has been given a protective coating to defend the thermal sensitive coating image area from contamination due to fats, grease, solvents and plasticisers (usually from packaging films that they may come into contact with during storage or transportation). This type is commonly used in freezer environments for pre-packaged foods (such as meat and cheese) in supermarkets.<br><br>•<b>Semi-Gloss</b><br>The paper used for these labels involves a wood-free glossy coating of whiteness. This is a universal paper that is commonly used in thermal transfer and multi-colour printing (where fine details are required).<br><br>•<b>Vellum</b><br>The paper used for these labels is both smooth and white. It is machine finished and wood-free. This type is commonly used for general-purpose applications (such as barcoding and general information cataloguing).<br><br>•<b>Polypropylene</b><br>The paper used for these labels features a clear or white gloss coated film that is used for rigid and durable applications. It incorporates waterproof materials that enable them to be used for cosmetics, toiletries and other promotional applications. A special thermal transfer ribbon is required to print onto this material, but any reputable printer should have quite easy access to this ribbon.<br><br><b>Types of Adhesive</b><br><br>•<b>Permanent</b><br>This is the most common glue used in <a class="bburl" href="http://www.mpressivelabels.com/adhesive-labels">adhesive labels</a> and, as its name suggests, is permanent (meaning that, when it is applied with pressure, it cannot be removed). This type is commonly used where information is important and should not be removed. The glue has a shelf life of around 12 months (subject to normal conditions). These conditions will be cool and dry for most applications.<br><br>•<b>Removable</b><br>This is a less common adhesive and, as its name suggests, can be easily peeled from the surface it has been applied to. This type is commonly used in promotional price marketing, as labels with price information often need to be removed without leaving a mark. When the glue has been left to sit, however, you will find that it cures (which makes it much more difficult to peel away without marks).<br><br>•<b>Freezer</b><br>This adhesive is best suited to environments with cold temperatures, although it also provides tack at room temperatures. The type is commonly used for food applications in freezer environments.<br><br>We hope that this article has provided you with a clear and concise overview of the many different adhesive labels that you could invest in. We also feel it is important to note that any of the papers listed can be combined with any of the adhesives listed in order to create the perfect label for your application. If you are still unsure how to proceed, make sure you speak with your printer – they will be able to offer you plenty of advice.<br><br><b>About Author</b><br>Andrew Mark has been working as a freelance writer for <a class="bburl" href="http://www.mpressivelabels.com">Mpressive Label Creations</a>. 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If you are a teacher or learner and want to explore more about tech tools, then you should take a look at the information shared below.<br><br><b>Enhance Collaboration</b><br><br>In the present time, students can collaborative with their friends and teachers to develop perfect assignments. Now, with the invention of powerful apps like Google Drive and One-drive, student could easily interact with their friends and share helpful study resources. By using these smart apps students not need to meet as they could easily talk face to face to produce an inspiring assignment. In addition students could use cloud storage to store their study materials in an online platform that could be easily reached from anywhere. Therefore engage tech tools in your study time to begin a group study session anytime from anywhere through tech tools collaboration facilities.<br><br><b>Digital Educational Resources</b> <br><br>We all know that there are multiple online educational resources that are engaged in facilitating students to enhance their knowledge. You can easily access Wikipedia through your smart phone, tablets and notebooks when you require an open source to bring material for preparing assignments. Whether you are a college student or university, you could easily avail information from many credible open source platforms. If you are a teacher, then you will get an opportunity to educate students through digital learning sources. It is observed that the student learns effectively when they are surrounded by digital educational resources.<br><br><b>Distance Learning Programs</b> <br><br>Perhaps the greatest revolution in the educational world is the advent of distance learning program. Now students could easily connect with online institutions that offer distance learning programs. In the current days, online courses are offered by many valued college and universities. It has made higher education easy for both full-time and part-time students. From online education flexibility, especial students could also learn and grow through modernized way. Honestly distance learning program has allowed the every student to learn and grow even if s/he is employed or not able to attend the class. <br><br><b>Social Networking</b><br><br>Though the introduction of Facebook and other social networking platforms, students become more powerful. Now students could easily watch their professor’s upload tutorials and use chat services to interact with them even in unofficial hours. They could also share new announcements and events through academic calendar provided by their educational organisation social media pages. Moreover the greatest advantage of social media is free of cost membership of professional groups that assists in creating assignments. As a student, you could easily interact with classmates and teachers via social media platforms to learn in an innovative manner. <br><br>It could be said now that with the availability of powerful tech tools students could upload any information and easily connect with their classmates to enhance their knowledge and skills.<br><br><br><b>About Writer:</b> Amelie John is a talented writer of the <a class="bburl" href="http://www.mightyessays.co.uk">Mighty Essays</a>, a hub of expert writers. She is a Master's degree holder, have already satisfied countless students during the last six years. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:08:12 +0000 Challenges for the Printing Industry Globally in 2015 http://graphicstart.com/i/challenges-printing-industry-globally-2015 <font size="3"><i>Challenges for the Printing Industry Globally in 2015</i><br> <br> <br><b>WHAT IS AFFECTING THE DEMAND IN PRINTING?</b><br> <br>Economy, Technology and Management of Change!</font><br><br>Ø There are a number of important factors affecting demand for printing globally. These include:<br><br>Ø Trends in consumer spending<br>Ø The state of the global economy<br>Ø New technology and the speed of change<br>Ø Changing customer expectations<br>Ø Globalisation<br>Ø Environmental concerns<br><br><img src="http://www.graphicstart.com/images/Printing-Industry.jpg"><br><br>More info on - <a class="bburl" href=http://graphicstart.com/i/printing-industry>printing industry</a> on hot link.<br><br>One of the most important factors affecting demand for printing is a trend in consumer spending (rapid increase in internet shopping and a rapid decline in high street retail shopping). Indeed, this factor affects demand in a number of significant ways. Levels of disposable income and consumer spending have a direct impact on the amount of money companies invest in advertising, impacting a range of printing markets from advertising literature, catalogues and direct mail through to the number of pages - magazines and newspapers. There is a vast increase in website retailing/advertising with `no` printing involved!<br><br>The more people are spending, the more companies spend on advertising (rapid increase in electronic advertising), resulting in an increase in demand for digital printing/electronic POS. But, people are spending less rapidly, month by month so far in 2014 globally and this will continue in 2015 and beyond. Also, there is a major switch to Document/Print Management Programmes by corporate organisations with hard and soft documents.<br><br>Consumer services companies are suffering a massive loss of sales, profits and confidence that will intensify fears that house-holds are cutting their spending budgets across the board. A large range of services in the entertainment, catering, leisure and travel industries said sales had stagnated over the past three months. The worst fall was among personal and leisure services companies.<br><br>We must bear in mind that retail sales make up 40%+ of total consumer spending, with the rest going on cars and services of which are being hit with decline. Therefore, manufacturers are struggling in the face of softer demand.<br><br>Furthermore, trends in the way in which people spend their money are also important in terms of generating demand for printing. For example, the increasing number of both elderly people and people under the age of 30 has meant that there is more spending on leisure activities. This results in increased demand for the printing of items such as tickets and programmes for venues. On demand printing by Digital operations is increasing due to rapid turnarounds and personalisation.<br><br>The economy also impacts on the <a class="bburl" href=http://graphicstart.com/i/printing-industry>printing industry</a> in a number of other ways. Adverse economic conditions result in companies cutting back on advertising expenditure, as well as food manufacturers cutting back on packaging costs. This will have a negative impact on the printing industry, resulting in fewer orders, and more basic work. Also, the import of printed products into the UK/Europe/USA is increasing day by day due to lower costs from other countries.<br><br>The strength of currency in each country has had a considerable impact on the demand for printing globally, this is why the Asia countries can be more competitive. Plus, when the UK as a strong pound, coupled with the weak Euro has/can enabled European companies to win valuable print jobs.<br><br>The development of new technology continuously and the rapid speed of change has had an important impact on demand, and will continue to play a major role throughout the this and the next decade.<br><br>The world - wide - web, in particular is regarded by trade sources as an important factor generating demand for digital printing in many areas. Also, the vast developments in new technology have resulted in changing customer expectations. As printers are able to produce printed material faster, more cheaply and more efficiently, customers expect a better product and service. The customer will continue to `demand innovative` ways of being efficient and cost effective, this can be achieved by a `Solutions/Print Management Service` programme. This service is lead by experts with close customer relationships that keep supplier and customer working together in harmony.<br><br>The <a class="bburl" href=http://graphicstart.com/i/printing-industry>printing industry</a> is a major sector globally. It is affected by a number of key issues. These issues are also world-wide concerns.<br><br>The principal issues are;<br><br>Ø Over- capacity world wide<br><br>Ø Economy<br><br>Ø Rising Costs (materials/energy)<br><br>Ø New Technology and the speed of change<br><br>Ø The Environment<br><br>Ø Postal Deregulation<br><br>These factors have had and will continue to be very important on the development of the industry. In the immediate/medium term there will a reduced print manufacturing availability due to mergers/alliances and companies `going out of business` globally!<br><br><b>Over- capacity</b><br><br>As a result of the fragmented nature of the printing sector in the developed countries globally, the industry has been affected `big-time` by surplus capacity. This excess capacity has increased over the last few years, despite continued retrenchment of employment, closures and failures among small, medium and large sized companies in the UK, Europe and the USA. Also, the starting up of new print manufacturers in China, the Middle East and the `new` European countries. The investments in the `new print manufacturers`(mainly digital) are exceptional high, due to low `overheads` and a higher return in a global trading environment. These investments in foreign manufacturers will impact on the UK /European and USA `big time`, companies/people need to wake up to very skilled and experienced people of all ages from these countries. Many UK personnel work for these foreign manufacturers who are highly skilled and experienced.<br><br>The <a class="bburl" href=http://graphicstart.com/i/printing-industry>printing industry</a> is currently believed that over capacity in the UK/Europe/USA printing industries runs at approximately 40% +, affecting every sector. The effect of this over capacity has been substantial pressure on margins, forcing companies to look for alternative ways to increase profits, through moving into different or niche sectors or looking for these new sectors by mergers with other synergy companies.<br><br>Again, this has led printers to strive for efficiency through cutting costs, resulting in redundancies and cuts in other business activities. But, utilisation of both expensive equipment and people are the major criteria.<br><br><b>Economy</b><br><br>The economy is an extremely important factor for the printing industry in a number of ways.<br><br>Ø Economic conditions have a significant impact on investment.<br>Ø Affects not only expenditure on advertising but on all printed material.<br>Ø Levels of disposable income have impact on `commercial`/`traditional` printing.<br>Ø Small changes in the economy globally have a significant effect.<br>Ø Rising costs erode margins.<br>Ø Strength of Currencies globally <br> <br>The biggest factor pulling down economic growth will be the `high street`, with consumer spending growth down (no growth) this year. Plus, the switch from retail shopping to internet shopping that is in rapid growth year-on-year. This will mean less demand for printed products which will then impact on printing generally on traditional and digital printed material. There is a growth in electronic POS material which brings innovation to the retail shopping arena!<br> <br>The future in <i>printing</i> is to `wake-up` to the facts;<br> <br><b>Rising Costs</b><br>Ø Rising raw material costs.<br>Ø Paper mills facing `untenable pressure`.<br>Ø Increasing customer requirements/demands.<br>Ø A move from paper to printing on synthetic substrates.<br>New Technology<br><br>The rapid development of new technology in the <a class="bburl" href=http://graphicstart.com/i/printing-industry>printing industry</a> is one of the most important issues impacting on the global printing industry. New developments in improving productivity and efficiency as well as enabling printers to create new products for the customer have enabled many companies to forge ahead of their competitors.<br><br>Ø Digital printing is the most important development since Litho. Digital presses have been available since 1995, so the technology is no longer in its infancy. The Digital market is expanding rapidly as more companies are seeing the advantages of Digital in terms of increased productivity and lower costs. Digital is taking market share from conventional printing by cost savings being a major key factor.<br><br>Ø The development of waterless printing has also been important, but not as important as Digital in terms of reducing overall cost.<br>Ø Another impact on saving costs is single fluid ink.<br>Ø Other developments designed to increase productivity and cost effectiveness include the creation of new types of paper.<br>Ø The development of print portals has enabled printers to bid for jobs on-line and allowed print buyers to deal direct via their web-site worldwide. This has increased productivity and efficiency in terms of time management.<br><br><u>The Environment</u><br><br><b>Key factors to impact on the printing industry.</b><br><br>Ø Legislation-Global Directive on Packaging Waste/Waste Strategy.<br>Ø The Climate Charge Levy-new energy tax on business.<br>Ø Energy and fuel costs will increase by more than 20% + annually.<br>Ø ISO 14001 certification benefits-lower costs by using less energy and economic incentives such as taxes, charges and trade permits.<br><br><b>The Future Keys to Success in Printing</b><br>The future in printing is about offering `solutions` to customers by operating a Document/Print/Solutions Management/Workflow Solutions Programme and methodically looking at how you manage your business with the `right` people. Take on board a Non-Executive Director of many years experience and skills, training programmes, business models, skilled and experienced people of any age, because that is what most of the world are investing into, by making their organisations successful by investing into people, business models, technology and managing the management of change. Also, keeping a close eye on the speed of change, that will affect your business. Building very close working relationships with your customers by supplying their needs, knowing your customers strategy, looking at innovation and at all times looking at the rapidly changing world so you and your customers stay in business successfully.<br>Fresh thinking requires a vision to see beyond the conventional. When you combine excellent quality with outstanding value for money you will begin to realise the full potential of creative and well presented business solutions. Together, the sky`s the limit. 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Plus, International Speaker/Visiting University Professor. <br><br>Colin Thompson<br><br>Strategist | Mentor | Speaker | Author<br>Managing Partner - Cavendish<br> <br>DDL: + 44 (0) 121 247 4589<br>Mobile: 07831 588310<br>Main T: + 44 (0) 121 244 1802<br>email:colin@cavendish-mr.org.uk<br>Skype:colin.thompson384<br><a class="bburl" href="http://www.cavendish-mr.org.uk">http://www.cavendish-mr.org.uk</a><br><a class="bburl" href="http://www.colinthompson.org.uk">http://www.colinthompson.org.uk</a><br><br><i>Challenges for the Printing Industry Globally in 2015</i> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:03:42 +0000 Industrial Printers To Print MRP, Batch codes on products http://graphicstart.com/i/industrial_printers_to_print_mrp_batch_codes_on_products <b><i>Industrial Printers</i></b><br><br>The Videojet® 1510 small-character continuous industrial inkjet printer sets a higher standard in marking and coding performance for maximum uptime. 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In addition, Videojet’s distribution network includes more than 400 distributors and OEMs, serving 135 countries.<br>For more information, visit <a class="bburl" href="http://www.videojet.in">http://www.videojet.in</a> or mail us at marketing.india@videojet.com.<br><br><i>Industrial Printers</i> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:39:20 +0000 The Future of the Printing and Communications Industry Globally http://graphicstart.com/i/future-printing-communications-industry-globally <font size="3"><i>The Future of the Printing and Communications Industry Globally</i><br><br>August 2014<br><br><b>Key Issues and Overview of the<br><i>Printing and Communications Industry</i></b></font><br> <br> <br>The <a href=http://graphicstart.com/i/printing-industry><i>Printing Industry</i></a> is a major <i>communications tool</i> and is viewed as a bellwether of trends in the economy as a whole.<br><br><img src="http://www.graphicstart.com/images/Printing-Industry.jpg"><br> <br>The key issues continue to hamper the Print Manufacturing organisations that do not change in this global trading environment. These organisations need to wake up to the reality of life, listen to experienced/skilled successful people who can help, take on board business models to help you operate more efficiently and manage the management of change. To be successful in this global trading environment you need all these business tools to survive, so take them on board and find success!<br> <br><b>Key Issues for the <i>Printing and Communications Industry</i>:</b><br> <br>· Overall market conditions continue to be tough. The corporate market in particular has suffered from the decline in company profitability, lower levels of merger and acquisition activity and from the continuing downturn in manufacturing within the UK, Europe, USA and other developed countries.<br> <br>· Customers are continuing to be ever more demanding in terms of customer service and printers who follow a pure` manufacturing` business model will struggle to sustain adequate profitability. In most cases increased losses are at a level, which will not be accepted by lenders/stakeholders. Prospects are brighter for those organisations, which see themselves as a `wider communications chain` and can offer customers an enhanced range of value-added services. The offerings by `Print Management Service` organisations are very appealing to large/medium/ and even SME`s due to a total package of customer service driven activities.<br> <br>· The Print Industry serves a very wide range of customers and is viewed as a bellwether for trends in the economy as a whole. The outlook remains very mixed, with the prospect of no growth in the manufacturing recovery together with growing pressure on household spending. The impact on household spending totally affects the Print and Communication Industry together with shorter print runs and a rapid move to Digital operations.<br> <br>· For a high value-added business the print industry exhibits relatively very low profit margins and in many cases losses. This largely reflects intense global competition in a very highly fragmented industry, which restricts the ability of organisations to raise prices. Therefore, print organisations should look very closely at improvements in operational processes. There are experienced/skilled people available with vast knowledge of managing successful organisations, which have developed business models especially for the print/communications industry. Use them and you will be successful in this global trading environment.<br> <br>· Mergers and acquisitions have occurred among large organisations (Equipment Manufacturers /Print Manufacturers /Print Management Service Organisations) with only a few SME`s being acquired by other businesses to try and stay profitable. Pressure on margins and the need for constant investment in new equipment and R & D will drive further consolidation within the industry.<br> <br>· The growth of electronic media represents a threat to print products, but some sectors are more at risk than others are.<br> <br><b>THE DYNAMICS OF THE PRINT INDUSTRY</b><br> <br><b>The Suppliers</b><br> <br>The <a href=http://graphicstart.com/i/printing-industry><i>printing industry</i></a> encompasses a `wide` range of activities and products. It includes printers who receive most of their work in the form of individual jobs (job shop mentality) to produce printed matter.<br> <br>It is difficult to measure the size of the printing industry with great accuracy, largely because of the overlap with publishing and packaging. Also, the change of industrial classification by some printers to move into other classified areas so they do not register as `print` organisations. The UK printing industry contributes only 1% of the country’s total GDP and represents around 3% of manufacturing turnover. Printing provides employment for about 180,000 people in a market that has annual sales of around £14 billion and declining. Global statistics and comprehensive information are available in the publication - `The European Printing Industry and the Impact of China on the World` available from www.cavendish-mr.org.uk<br> <br>The number of organisations in the sector has declined rapidly in the past few years. According to UK VAT registration data there are currently almost 17,500 print businesses, a fall of over 6% from 2002 and rapidly in decline year-on-year. Nevertheless, this still represents more than a tenth of all manufacturing organisations, reflecting the fact that most printing organisations are very small businesses.<br> <br>Despite moves towards consolidation during the 1990`s, printing is still one of the most highly fragmented manufacturing activities. Over 60% of printing businesses report an annual turnover of less than £250,000 (compared to 55% for manufacturing as a whole), and four fifths of printing organisations employ fewer than ten people. Many printing organisations are single-outlet enterprises operating from workshop units or, to a lesser extent, high street print shops (there are thousands of these operations). A fifth of printers, moreover, achieve annual sales of less than £50,000.<br> <br>On the other hand, large organisations dominate the sector for the printing of newspapers, magazines and security products. Among the major organisations are, RR Donnelley, De La Rue, Chesapeake UK Holdings, Clondalkin Group, Communisis, Polestar Group, St. Ives and a few others.<br> <br>In contrast to other manufacturing industries, printing organisations are geographically spread right across the country. There is little or no training for succession planning in the people arena, therefore the rapid change is to Digital printing with keyboard skills against craft skills. The traditional printing industry is killing itself by no training/use of business models and therefore can only cast blame on the lack of management strategy to see the future.<br> <br><b>The Customers</b><br> <br>The print industry serves `all` parts of the economy, including the public sector, financial services, manufacturing (in rapid decline) and service organisations. Customers range from major national institutions to the very smallest businesses. Revenue is generated from a combination of work carried out purely for business use, which accounts for over 50% of the country’s total sales and the production of printed matter for sale to customers.<br> <br>By far the largest single market is the production of `advertising literature` (including brochures, direct mail and commercial catalogues) which at present accounts for 50% total sales (but this sector is in decline). Elsewhere within the business printing market other specialist sectors include labels, business stationery and security printing. Packaging is also very important, contributing 10% of sales.<br> <br>Meanwhile, over 25% of revenue is derived from published retail material such as books, periodicals, greeting cards, maps, calendars. diaries and postcards. The remaining 15% comes from ancillary services, including binding and finishing, pre-press work and graphic services.<br> <br>Demand for certain kinds of printed material is subject to `heavy` seasonal variation. Workloads often peak during the late summer and early autumn in response to orders for the pre-Christmas period. The industry is highly localised in general printed products with most customers situated within 50 miles of their suppliers. A wide spread of customers over a short distance means that printers can be highly sensitive to local economic conditions. Also, react to customer’s late orders. The transactional/security printing industry is based on very experienced organisations that can be located anywhere in the country, close to a Royal Mail major sorting operation.<br> <br>In general, printers are less reliant on overseas trade than many manufacturing industries. In value terms, the industry exports about a tenth of its output compared to around two-fifths for all manufacturing industries. Imported printing is on the increase, particularly for the major players and in niche markets. Major imports are in the sectors of magazines, labels, envelopes and other major printed niche products. Digital Display Printing is a major threat in the future to traditional media printed products, whether home produced or imported.<br> <br><b>The Market Trends in Print</b><br> <br>Despite the huge variety of work undertaken, the print industry is still exposed to the economic cycle. For consumers, many printed products represent discretionary spending; that is, purchases can be easily delayed or forgone. In the business market, likewise, advertising expenditure is often one of the first areas to be cut back when times are hard, and that time is coming.<br> <br><b>Output of Printed Products</b><br> <br>The direct mail market has been among the most successful sectors in recent years, having grown by more than 150% over the past 12 years. But, lower company profitability and confidence has hit spending on advertising and promotions, the largest single source of printing industry revenue. Also, there has been a rapid rise in Digital Display Printing In POP/POS and large personal wrap’s on buildings.<br> <br>Elsewhere in the corporate market, three years of stock market weakness has created challenging conditions for financial printers. Fewer company floatation’s and lower levels of mergers and acquisitions activity mean that there is less demand for the specialist documentation that accompanies big city deals. Also, city firms are more cost-conscious.<br> <br>In the market sector for packaging and labels, excess capacity has generated intense competition; indeed, this is just one sector where global competition exists. At the same time, major purchasers such as supermarkets, are seeking to contain packaging costs, either by using less of it or by squeezing their suppliers globally.<br> <br>Consumer demand for printed retail products is tracked by official spending data on printed publications and stationery, However, it should be remembered that part of this printing, particularly national newspapers, is carried out `in-house` by the publishers, rather than by commercial printers.<br> <br>Spending on books, newspapers, magazines and stationery has been one of the `weakest` areas of household expenditure in recent years and will continue to decline. Spending fell in 2001 and continues to fall year-on-year. Within this, the strongest subsection has been books, although the pattern of growth tends to be somewhat erratic and will decline in the future. Newspapers and periodicals have generally exhibited slower growth and indeed spending in this segment has declined in each of the past four years and is still predicted to decline further.<br> <br>In addition, to no growth of consumer spending, printers in the magazine sector have had to contend with the effects of a complete slump in advertising. Advertising expenditure in business magazines, for instance, was down by 8% in the second quarter of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012. Further decline as been year-on-year. This has often resulted in a reduction in the number of pages printed. Meanwhile leading publishers have sought to rationalise the number of print manufacturers that they work with. This will mean, cost cutting - which will push print manufacturers further into decline? This of course is a great opening for foreign print organisations to step in with even more economical prices!<br> <br><b>Possible Prospects for the Print Industry</b><br> <br>The print industry serves a broad range of customers, embracing business and consumer markets; it is viewed as a bellwether of trends in the economy as a whole. Given the current background, the outlook of the print industry over the next twelve months is very challenging. There will be a slower growth of consumer spending that implies a less buoyant outlook for organisations involved in the production of books, magazines and other printed retail products.<br> <br>In an industry plagued by over capacity and chronically thin margins and in most cases heavy losses, it is inevitable that some printers will continue to struggle. Print organisations should look close to home at their operation processes to cut costs, by using business models to help them raise the `bottom-line`. Plus, take on board experienced/skilled people in `management of change` to introduce best practise.<br> <br>Consolidation will continue to take place among SME`s as it has become clear that a certain critical mass is sometimes necessary for survival. But only if the SME`s wake up to the `true` value of their organisations. The consolidation of the large corporations will also continue on a global scale.<br> <br>Pressure on margins, the need for capital investment and the desire to build market share will continue to drive further acquisition activity. Continuing rationalisation either though mergers or plant closures, while painful to some in the short-term, may provide a firmer financial footing for the industry if some `below-cost` organisations are squeezed out!<br> <br>There is no doubt that the growth of electronic media, including the Internet, is the single most important threat to the printing industry. Some parts of the print industry are less immediately threatened by these developments. Direct Mail and Transactional Billing for example, is expected to see further growth over the next few years, while most manufactured products will still require packaging.<br> <br>Elsewhere, however, publishers will be looking to use other media, as well as print, to distribute their content. Likewise, major organisations are seeking to communicate with shareholders and the public by electronic means. Printing of newspapers, magazines, and business communications will therefore be more vulnerable to the threat posed by new media. Plus, shorter runs and Digital processes will dominate.<br> <br>It is not all doom and gloom. Printing is just one part of a complex communications process and print organisations may be able to undertake other activities and capture some of the value associated with other parts of the process. The development of variable data printing, where print jobs are linked to information held on databases, may afford opportunities for printers to become involved in managing data on behalf of customers. This is potentially highly profitable work, although it requires frequent contact with clients to keep the content up-to-date. It also requires in-house staff with appropriate database management expertise.<br> <br>Customers are becoming even more demanding in terms of customer service. The traditional two-week turnaround is largely a thing of the past and speed of response, from initial estimates to final delivery, is essential. Success in such a market requires more than just the latest equipment-also demands a `skilled and flexible` workforce.<br> <br><b>Conclusion</b><br> <br>From primitive times the main feature that has differentiated man/woman from the animals is his/her ability to `communicate` on a complex level.<br> <br>Some historians suggest that print was instrumental in bringing about all the major skills in science, religion, politics and all modes of thought that are associated with culture in the developed world.<br> <br>As readily available books helped expand the collective body of knowledge, indexing and cross-referencing emerged as ways of managing volumes of information and of making creative associations between seemingly unrelated ideas.<br> <br>Print along with spoken language and electronic media is one of the key historical shifts in communication.<br> <br>The Internet and interactive multimedia are providing ways of employing the printed word that add new possibilities to prints role in culture. The printed word is now used for real-time social interaction and for individualised navigation through interactive documents. It is difficult to gauge the social and cultural impact of new media without historical distance but these innovations will most likely prove to signal major transformation in the use, influence and character of human communication.<br> <br>We live in a world of `High Technology`, a world that places great emphasis on effective management; a world where communication is one of the most talked about business subjects.<br> <br><b>What's Changed? Is the speed of change!</b><br> <br>Since the time when people first learnt to write, businesses have kept records of their transactions. Ancient Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian and other merchants recorded their transactions on all sorts of media from walls of buildings to papyrus.<br> <br>By the beginning of the twentieth century it was still rare to find identical printed documents. But as the many small, sole-proprietor businesses expanded departments and sections sprang up; supervisors were needed; more documentation was needed to help the supervisors do their work; more clerical staff were needed to help the supervisors process the increase documentation; and these extra staff needed even more documentation to help them do the processing.<br> <br><b>The Result:</b><br> <br><b>More documents! More Reports! More Confusion!</b><br> <br>The last 50 years have seen more significant changes in the development of print processes than ever before.<br> <br>The World is Digital, The pace of Change is Quicker<br> <br>Globalisation of Digital printing is hard to ignore, and will certainly take a larger proportion of the world printing work currently led by offset litho, flexography and screen printing. Digital printing is fast becoming a popular choice for convenience, speed and cost. Also, linked to convenience, speed and cost is the change to short-run, on-demand digital colour printing, which is going at a fierce pace. The market valuation is always hard to prove, but the figures banded around are growth by 1000% between 1997 and 2012, i.e. £330 M to a possible £3B market values. The speed of change depends on cost, speed and convenience.<br> <br>Also, the worlds growing reception of Digital and wide-format print processes, which now make up 10.3% of the market. Digital is not just for high tech people anymore - it`s part of the printers` armoury, if not, being successful in the future will be very difficult for Commercial Printers. The in-depth report on `It`s a Digital Future` produced on a CD - is a comprehensive view of over 720 pages, including graphs, diagrams, charts, suppliers and customers interviews on the Digital Print World. To obtain comprehensive details visit www.cavendish-mr.org.uk<br> <br> <br><b>The Business Outlook-Take Advantage of Technology</b><br> <br>Ø Today's technology opens new doors to increased productivity and effectiveness in producing digital print. The latest software and document production technologies can dramatically increase the functionality and value of digitally printed documents.<br> <br>Ø High-level platform integration lets organisations merge data from multiple sources and create communications with increased value.<br> <br>Ø Automated process controls systems, featuring the latest logic and coding technologies, ensure data and document integrity for each communication. Automatic process checks and balances at every stage of production can help eliminate communication error made by humans.<br> <br>Ø Digital colour document readability and eye appeal. As new colour and digital technologies become easier and more economical to integrate into the high-volume communication manufacturing and distribution environment, they will be key to the communication process.<br> <br>Ø The future is variable-data imaging, which is the unique capability of digital printers. The growth of database-driven marketing and in particular database-driven web sites is leading to precise targeting of the marketing message to individuals.<br> <br>Ø As time goes by the e-commerce and email explosion will effect printing, but by how much and in what time frame, depends on technology, cost and human acceptance. But the investment priorities are in both categories as company's gamble with their future. `Think before you leap`.<br> <br>Ø Acquisitions and mergers will be gathering momentum in the future, not just printing companies but industry in general on a global scale. Organic growth is very difficult, the way to survive and hold up the profit margin is to acquire companies and companies with synergies as well as partnerships (alliances) with other companies to offer the `total solution`.<br> <br>Ø Print Management Service - A global communications solution for printing and distribution of information.<br> <br>The object of a Print Management Service is to provide an organisation with the means of managing the flow of information and paperwork, using efficient and essential business documents at the lowest possible printing and processing costs and controlled by an effective reporting system.<br> <br>That might sound impressive on paper, but is such a service really necessary? And, if so, will it actually achieve tangible benefits for an organisation? An obvious question that springs to mind is, will any savings realised by effective print control be swallowed up by the cost of the Print Management Service?<br> <br>Firstly, an organisation will want to satisfy itself that it needs a Print Management Service.<br> <br>In most cases, they will because the country is currently experiencing a paperwork explosion with organisations each year tending to increase the number of different printed documents they use.<br> <br>Print Management Service is `partnering` sourcing, which is essentially the opposite of traditional buying philosophies. The supplier is an equal partner, with access to confidential information and a sharer of knowledge and ideas at the design stage of a project. The supplier takes the initiative in seeking design improvements in order to give his customer the most advanced product, and is willing to invest in training, technology and facilities to help him achieve this. In return, the customer helps the supplier to learn and work the contract, provided the supplier has demonstrated his commitment. Print Management is about long-term relationships and mutual trust; prices are agreed at the outset, with in-built acceptable margins to both parties and customers and supplies then work together to achieve the results they both desire. The result is a product that is customer-led; of a consistently high quality with zero defect targets, and is produced at continuously reducing costs.<br> <br>Print Management Service has been described as resembling the relationship between conductor and orchestra, both sides working together for a common goal, with the supplier delivering the product in perfect harmony. For today's most successful companies, these principles underpin their whole corporate philosophy; print dot.coms do not adhere to such principles.<br> <br>Today's users need to create printed documents faster and change them more often, multi-purpose usage has made many documents more complex. Quality linked with flexibility and customisation has become important factors.<br> <br><b>The Bottom line-Bringing value to the Customer</b><br> <br>The biggest factor in winning or losing the business is the customer's perception of the value you provide. This requires analysis, education for the customer and communication of the benefits of digital `on demand` printing solution. You need to show the customer that you have the best, total solution and provide the level of support required achieving cost savings and improving operational efficiency.<br> <br>In most cases you will not be the lowest price per unit alternative, but will need to demonstrate that you provide the greatest value for the customer price pound.<br> <br>In today's business world, it is not about selling products; it is providing the customer with solutions. This is the way to develop long-term relationships and retain customers for life-this is why the `Print Management Service` is the way forward. Also, over the past thirty years the Print Management Service organisations have gained about 50% of the print available globally.<br> <br><b>Future Directions</b><br> <br>Ø Digital printing systems vendors will continue to push speed and increase resolutions of their machines as well as introduce new colour systems.<br> <br>Ø Paper documents will become more `intelligent` through the creation of efficient coding systems.<br> <br>Ø The ability to view, archive, search. retrieve, distribute electronically in any format, and print any document, at any time, and from any platform will be key in the future.<br> <br>Organisations will be successful, if they have the `right` people with the passion, experience/skills together with the business models to forge the way ahead in the world of change.<br> <br>COLIN THOMPSON: Colin Thompson is the author of `<b>Becoming the Best</b>`, a publication with support from the DTI in 1994. This publication is a positive approach to customer care throughout the business environment and empowering people to deliver quality and service excellence, these are the principals behind this publication. Also, a further publication, `The Guide to Print/Forms Management Service` was published to help businesses implement workflow solutions and save thousands of pounds. Plus, a top DTI (UK Government division) accolade was presented by the Rt. Hon. Michael Heseltine MP when he was the President of the Board of Trade to Colin Thompson, Managing Director of Forms UK plc, at that time.<br> <br>New publication: `<b>The Hidden Overhead in the 21st Century</b>`<br> <br>The modern world is full of awe-inspiring technology capable of sending information instantly around the globe at the push of a button. In this environment, one might think that data bound to physical pieces of paper is a relic of the past. However, Dr Colin Thompson, Managing Partner of Cavendish research indicates that organisations in industries like healthcare, banking, insurance, manufacturing and the public sector, plus any business globally, are struggling to reconcile the worlds of digital and physical data.<br> <br>This publication shares with you successful ways of reducing costs immediately and improving the efficiency of the business process with excellent results that raise the `bottom-line` profit continuously. This publication is the `total package` to improve your business.<br> <br>Discover how Best-in-Class companies...<br> <br>Ø Reduce Document Capture Costs<br>Ø Decrease Document Search Times<br>Ø Cut Operational Expenses<br>Ø Implement a `Content Management System` to increase efficiency<br>Ø And `Leading Change` to increase the `bottom-line` rewards and benefit your business long-term<br> <br> <br>In this extract from his e-book, `<b>The Hidden Overhead</b>`, Colin Thompson argues that more companies should operate more comprehensive control systems to bring big savings in time and money.<br> <br>"In this publication Colin covers in great detail the issues related to Hidden Overheads, an often forgotten consideration which does need some thought, so suspend your disbelief, you may well find that you question what you do within your own business and how you actually explain this issue to your clients, also with this publication you receive ideas on how to implement a Content Management System with practical ideas on how Leading Change can benefit your organisation, once you have grasped this nettle and developed an open mind the ideas and practical advice given will in my opinion help you develop your business and increase your Net Profit".<br> <br>Paul Scanlon<br>Chairman IPIA<br> <br>"Wise men agree that there are certain times when circumstances combine to produce the conditions in which a book is published at the exact moment when there is a need for it.<br> <br>With all the changes going on within the graphic communications industry globally, general financial uncertainty this is the time for such a publication. A time, when business owners and managers need to reflect, analyse their operations and take action in order to ensure their survival and success. Adherence to the advice and guidance presented within the pages of this excellent book will certainly go some way to help in attaining that success.<br> <br>There is of course no secret to success, those who achieved it will tell you that success comes through a variety of sources not the least being the advice and guidance provided from those in the know .<br> <br>The author, Dr. Colin Thompson is such an individual, he has many years experience of senior management positions with a number of companies and has written many articles, books and formal papers on industry. A much respected business person and commentator who has his fingers on the pulse of business. 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Have passion to learn and let the knowledge help you to be successful in life.<br><br><b>About the Author Colin Thompson</b><br><br>Colin is a former successful Managing Director of Transactional/Document Manufacturing Plants, Document Management/Workflow Solutions companies and other organisations, former Group Chairman of the Academy for Chief Executives, Non-Executive Director, Mentor - RFU Leadership Academy, Mentor - Coventry University, Mentor - The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, author/writer Business Advice Section for IPEX, Graphic Display World, NewsUSA, GraphicStart, many others globally, helping companies raise their `bottom-line` and `increase cash flow`. Plus, helping individuals to be successful in business and life in general. Author of several publications, research reports, guides, business and educational models on CD-ROM/Software/PDF and over 2000 articles and 35 books published on business and educational subjects worldwide. Plus, International Speaker/Visiting University Professor. <br><br>Colin Thompson<br><br>Strategist | Mentor | Speaker | Author<br>Managing Partner - Cavendish<br> <br>DDL: + 44 (0) 121 247 4589<br>Mobile: 07831 588310<br>Main T: + 44 (0) 121 244 1802<br>email:colin@cavendish-mr.org.uk<br>Skype:colin.thompson384<br><a class="bburl" href="http://www.cavendish-mr.org.uk">http://www.cavendish-mr.org.uk</a><br><a class="bburl" href="http://www.colinthompson.org.uk">http://www.colinthompson.org.uk</a><br><br><i>The Future of the Printing and Communications Industry Globally</i> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:12:59 +0000 Introduction to 3ds Max http://graphicstart.com/i/tutorial-bone-yard25 Interested in 3D design? Don't know where to start or which software to begin? Well read this thorough article on 3ds Max. A premier 3D software.<br><br>Here you will get a good understanding of 3D modeling, animation and CGI (Computer Graphics Imagery) used in video games, Movie and TV effects. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:08:39 +0000 How to Identify Your Goals for Success! http://graphicstart.com/i/identify-goals-success <font size="3"><i>How to Identify Your Goals for Success!</i><br> <br>* Would you like to be more successful?<br>* Would you like to improve the net profit for your company?<br>* Would you like to increase the opportunities for/with your company?<br>* Do you need help to achieve more success, raise the `Bottom-line` and increase the opportunities with/for your company?</font><br><br> <br><b>-->>></b> Right then, you are at the right place for us to share with you how to -<br> <br>Prepare for Your Journey to Success with my tips on - `Raise the Bottom-line for `Your` Success`<br> <br>* <b>Remember: Success is a Journey - Not a Destination...</b><br> <br>Now let us go on that journey `together`.<br> <br><br><b>Maximise Profits the Ultimate Aim</b><br>Sales are only `one` barometer for success. Your ultimate goal is to increase profits in order to achieve the greatest possible return on your investment of money, time, and energy. Every customer, activity, product, or service yields a specific profit of a specific amount. In some cases, you may actually be losing money in one or more of these three areas. One of the most important things you can do for your growing business is to determine where to focus the investment of your time and money based on the return thrown off by this investment. Every job/every customer should be measured by `net profit return` and `positive cash flow` payments.<br><br><b>Personal Profitability</b><br>To truly analyse the profitability of your business, you must first examine your personal rate of return. From this personal perspective, what is your major expense? It's your time. By now, you should have developed the habit of continually asking yourself this basic question: Would I pay someone else my hourly rate to perform this task? If not, you are failing to maximise the return on your time. In other words, you are investing your time in an area that yields less than the optimum rate of return. You are incurring a "loss of opportunity" cost. This, in turn, affects the overall profitability of your business. This method also is how to measure personal profitability for every employee.<br><br><b>People Profitability</b><br>Payroll represents one of the largest expense items for most businesses. As a business grows, it typically hires additional staff according to the most pressing need at the moment. Once a person has been hired, often she or he can become a `permanent fixture`, even when the company's needs change. Many entrepreneurs are too busy creating products, designing services, and generating revenues to pay close attention to employee performance. Over time, the result can be an inefficient and ineffective staff and a bloated payroll. Every employee should be measured by the `net return of profit` to the business he/she contributes in their job performance.<br><br><b>Customer Profitability</b><br>Some customers are more profitable than others; some may actually be costing you money. Can you identify your most profitable customers? Do you know any who are unprofitable? There is not necessarily any connection between the size of the customer or the volume of business he produces and his profitability. There are several questions you should ask as you examine your customers profitability: How often does each customer purchase from you? What is the average size of each purchase? What is the net profit margin of the product(s) purchased/service(s) provided? How much time is spent providing customer service after the sale? What is the "product returns" record of each customer? What is the overall `net profit return` from each customer each month/year?<br><br><b>Concentrate on Profitable Customers</b><br>Many companies regularly “fire” the top 10 percent of their customers. They stop doing business with those who generate the least revenues or yield the lowest on their return purchases, choosing to concentrate on their more profitable customers and attracting more like them. At the very least, be diligent in rooting out those customers who actually cost you money—regardless of the revenues they generate. You cannot afford to carry this unprofitable load. Every customer should be measured by `net profit return` by job/by month/by year!<br><b><br>Building Long Term Relationships Brings Success</b><br><br>Did you know that building and maintaining long-term selling relationships is the key behaviour and skill of the top ten percent of the money earners in sales. If you could take everything we know about communications, put it all in a large pot, boil it and distill it down into its critical essence, it is about the importance of `relationships` in successful selling. Building and maintaining long-term selling relationships is the key behaviour and skill of the top ten percent of the money earners in sales, in every field, selling every product and service. Concentrate on building these customer relationships and they will bring more `net profit return` to the company.<br><br><b>The Reason for Success</b><br>Most of your success in life will depend on your ability to get along well with other people (customers/employees/suppliers), and on the quality of your relationships. Psychologist Sidney Jourard, found that 85 percent of a person's happiness in life comes from happy interactions with other people. The reverse holds true as well: 85 percent of a person's unhappiness or problems/issues in life comes from difficulties in getting along with others. So measure your success at all times to be happy and raise the `net profit return` for your company.<br><br><b>Sell to Lots of People</b><br>Anyone can sell to a few people, some of the time. But only the very best human relations experts can sell to a wide variety of people, and sell to them repeatedly. The only way that you can make the kind of big money that you are capable of is by selling more easily, and more often, to the prospects you talk to, and by having those prospects open doors to others through testimonials and referrals. All top salespeople build and maintain high quality business relationships with their customers and sell to them repeatedly year after year. Measure all activity by `net profit return` at all times and implement the `right` business models in your business to measure all activities.<br><br><b>Decide Emotionally, Justify Logically</b><br>We are all sensitive to the quality of our relationships with other people. We are primarily emotional and we make most of our decisions on the basis of how we feel inside. We may carefully consider all of the logical and practical reasons why or why not with regard to buying a product or service, but in the final analysis we tend to go with our gut feeling. We listen to our inner voices. We obey the dictates of our hearts. We buy on the basis of how we feel about the relationship that we have with the other person. Where there is no relationship, there is no sale. Also, we measure all sales by `net profit return` as this is how all excellent business relationships work long term.<br><br><b>Focus on the Key Variable</b><br>Everything that you ever learned of value in the profession of selling, regarding your product or service, or personality, is only helpful to the degree to which it contributes to the building of high quality relationships with customers. Remember, we are only in business because our customers allow us to be! Measurement of your business is all about `net profit return`, therefore you must have the `right` ingredients to be successful in business at all times as follows;<br><br>* Have an open learning mind at all times to be successful<br><br>* Employ the `right` people with the `right` attitude and they will return you the `right` net profit return<br><br>* Everyone within the business builds long term relationships with the customers/suppliers/and fellow employees<br><br>* Implement the `right` business models to measure the business at all times<br><br>* Everybody within the business is an expert in their job area and continues that learning curve to improve at all times<br><br>Preparing for `Your` Journey to Success with my tips is only the start, as business is for life and therefore I share with you - "Learn Faster. Read Faster. Remember More."<br><br>`<b>Accelerate with Impact</b>`<br> <br>Get Started on Your Own Personal Success Journey Today!<br>Invest in the comprehensive publication `Accelerate with Impact` - YOU will benefit from reading this book to make you success.<br><br>`<b>Accelerate with Impact</b>` -<br>by Colin Thompson ISBN: 978-1-84549-289-2<br> <br>Invest in this publication which will help you to be successful in business life and in general life.<br><br><image010.jpg><br>Vision:<br><br>Changing Limited People into Limitless People<br><br>and<br><br>Turning Limited Companies into Limitless Companies<br><br>About the Author Colin Thompson<br><br>Colin is a former successful Managing Director of Transactional/Document Manufacturing Plants, Document Management/Workflow Solutions companies and other organisations, former Group Chairman of the Academy for Chief Executives, Non-Executive Director, Mentor - RFU Leadership Academy, Mentor - Coventry University, Mentor - The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, author/writer Business Advice Section for IPEX, Graphic Display World, NewsUSA, GraphicStart, many others globally, helping companies raise their `bottom-line` and `increase cash flow`. Plus, helping individuals to be successful in business and life in general. Author of several publications, research reports, guides, business and educational models on CD-ROM/Software/PDF and over 2000 articles and 35 books published on business and educational subjects worldwide. Plus, International Speaker/Visiting University Professor. <br><br>--- --- ---<br>Written and submitted by:<br><br><b>Dr Colin Thompson</b><br>Managing Partner<br>Direct: + 44 (0) 121 247 4589<br>Mobile: 07831 588310<br>Office: + 44 (0) 121 244 1802<br>email: colin@cavendish-mr.org.uk<br>Skype: colin.thompson384<br><br> <br><a class="bburl" href="http://www.cavendish-mr.org.uk">http://www.cavendish-mr.org.uk</a><br> <br><b>The Cavendish Academy</b><br><a class="bburl" href="http://www.linkedin.com/e/-tc85tw-gbkla9w4-1f/vgh/3212542/">http://www.linkedin.com/e/-tc85tw-gbkla9w4-1f/vgh/3212542/</a><br>--- --- ---<br><br><b>How to <i>Identify Your Goals for Success</i>!</b><br> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:56:25 +0000