RRD Launches Cloud Direct by RRD™ to Help Omnichannel Marketers Integrate Online and Offline Personalization

R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company announced the launch of Cloud Direct by RRD, a trigger-based direct marketing application — housed within Salesforce Marketing Cloud — that improves targeting and extends the Marketing Cloud platform by fully integrating digital and direct mail channels. Available within Journey Builder, Marketing Cloud’s cross-channel customer engagement solution, Cloud Direct by RRD, allows businesses to connect customer interactions across email, mobile, advertising, and the web. Cloud Direct by RRD leverages Marketing Cloud to drive customer engagement and response through the most meaningful communications channel. Click read more below for additional detail.
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EFI Announces Preliminary Results for Fourth Quarter 2018

Electronics For Imaging, Inc. announced preliminary financial results for the three months ended December 31, 2018: •Revenues are expected to be between $255 million to $257 million, •GAAP earnings per share for the period are expected to be $(0.20)-$0.00, while non-GAAP earnings per share are expected to be $0.45-$0.47, and •Cash flow from operating activities is expected to be $30 million to $33 million for the quarter or approximately 93-98% of non-GAAP net income for the full year. The Company indicated that its results were impacted by weakening economic conditions experienced across its direct businesses, with customers delaying spend on capital equipment and software, which materially reduced the Company’s close rates at quarter end. Click read more below for additional detail.
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Global Imaging Systems Rebranded as Xerox Business Solutions

Xerox is focused on better serving the small-to-medium size business (SMB) market with a more client-centric, simplified and integrated approach across the company. This approach will include better leveraging enterprise-wide our capabilities in the areas of technical services, eCommerce, marketing and IT, to deliver more value to customers. An element of this change includes a rebrand of Global Imaging Systems (GIS) to become Xerox Business Solutions (XBS). XBS is a leading provider of business technology solutions. Its companies sell and service document management systems, including printers, multifunction devices and copiers, network integration services and software solutions. “XBS is an important piece of our growth strategy, as we continue to penetrate the lucrative and growing SMB market,” said Mike Feldman, president, Xerox Americas Operations. “By better leveraging the strengths of XBS and sharing best practices in areas such as software and IT services opportunities, we believe we can grow share with SMB customers.” Click read more below for additional detail.
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RRD Recognized for Excellence in Technological Innovation at ITC InfoTech Annual Codeathon Event

R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company announced that it ranked among the winners at iTech, ITC InfoTech’s flagship annual event, hosted in Bangalore, India. iTech welcomes students, professional developers, and early stage technology startups to pitch innovative solutions to leaders of global companies. RRD achieved third place among more than 3,500 participating teams for creating a recruitment tool that leverages Intelligent Process Automation to reduce overall lead times for recruiting efforts from weeks to days. “Many companies are seeking ways to leverage emerging technologies to improve efficiencies and solve business challenges,” said Ken O’Brien, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, RRD. “What sets us apart is our ability to take these technologies — from artificial intelligence, to business process automation, to machine learning — and demonstrate meaningful business results that improve our own internal processes and do the same for our clients. Click read more below for additional detail.
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New Heidelberg Versafire digital printing generation successfully launched

The European launch of the new Versafire digital printing generation took place last past spring. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG launched two new models on the market: the Versafire EV is a flexible production system that is ideally tailored to the requirements of the graphics industry thanks to its creative applications, and enables extended business models, while the high-performance Versafire EP production system scores with stability and maximum performance at high volumes. In summer 2018, the new Versafire models celebrated their premiere in Heidelberg USA’s Print Media Center Atlanta. The visitors were enthusiastic about the new functions, and impressed by the two presses’ price-performance ratio. The Commercial Days in the Print Media Center Shanghai in October 2018 marked the launch of the presses on the Asian market, where there was also great interest in the Versafire EV and EP. The new presses are now installed and in operation worldwide at many Heidelberg customers. One of the first production Versafire EV presses has been in use at Druckerei Rindt GmbH & Co.KG in Fulda (Hesse) since April 2018. Managing Director Sebastian Jerabeck had spent years looking for a suitable digital printing system to round off the offset printing offering and provide extended services to customers. Click read more below for additional detail.
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GPO Names Acting Inspector General

U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) Acting Deputy Director Herbert H. Jackson, Jr. appoints James R. Ives as the Acting Inspector General for GPO. Ives will oversee the agency’s Office of Inspector General (OIG), which provides an independent and objective means of keeping the Agency Director and Congress informed about problems and deficiencies relating to the administration and operations of GPO. Ives has been detailed to GPO while the agency searches for a permanent Inspector General, following the departure of Melinda Miguel. Ives has over 25 years of Inspector General experience, including nine years of senior executive experience. He is currently the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Office of Inspector General. “James brings a wealth of Inspector General experience to GPO,” said Acting GPO Deputy Director Herbert H. Jackson, Jr. “I look forward to working with James and welcome his ideas for improving efficiency to GPO’s operations.” Click read more below for additional detail.
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RRD Awarded $114 Million Contract for Production of 2020 Census Materials

R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company announced that the U.S. Government Publishing Office awarded RRD a $114 million contract to coordinate and produce 2020 Census printing materials and mailing services. RRD will utilize its leading data, logistics, print and operational platforms to manage one of the largest and most complex communication programs in the world. The program will include more than 600 million documents mailed to more than 130 million households across the United States. “We are honored to have the opportunity to execute materials and services for the upcoming 2020 Census,” said Dan Knotts, RRD’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We will draw upon a combination of our leading data analytics capabilities and our long-standing expertise adhering to the strictest data and security requirements across highly regulated industries to execute this critical communications initiative. We are excited to get started and look forward to completing this important work with the same high standards and impeccable production quality that we employ every day for our clients around the world.” Click read more below for additional detail.
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James Lanman joins Arandell as Senior Vice President of Manufacturing

Arandell, the trusted leader in premier catalog printing and omni-channel solutions, announced that James Lanman has joined the Executive Management team as the company’s Senior Vice President of Manufacturing. In this role, Lanman will oversee production operations across both its Wisconsin and Kentucky plants to further advance the company’s integrated manufacturing platform. “Jim’s extensive experience and diverse background will be a definite asset to the executive team,” said Bradley Hoffman, president and chief executive officer. “He is a knowledgeable, industry-savvy leader who has a list of accomplishments in print manufacturing that will play an important role in advancing Arandell’s already fine production quality tradition.” Click read more below for additional detail.
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New press to bring new opportunities to Royle

Royle Printing, an independently owned and managed printing company located in Sun Prairie, WI is celebrating its 70th anniversary with the announcement of the addition of an eight unit Manroland press. “Royle continues its commitment to investments in new technologies and equipment, keeping our clients and Royle on the forefront of the evolution of print,” says Chris Carpenter, President and Owner of Royle Printing. “Our equipment and outstanding team will put this new asset to good use, helping us meet the demanding needs of the publication and catalog markets. This new press will play an important role in contributing to our continued growth for many years to come.” Utilizing the latest in Manroland technology, the 8-unit Rotoman printing press enhances Royle’s manufacturing platform. The high-yield press runs at 65,000 impressions per hour and is capable of producing a variety of formats, including; standard upright, tabloid and digest publications. Click read more below for additional detail.
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Mittera Group Buys Select Assets of 80-Year-Old Henry Wurst Inc. Printing Operation in Kansas City (piworld.com)

Mittera Group, a Des Moines, Iowa-based, multi-platform communications provider that operates 11 facilities in six states, announced the purchase of select assets of Henry Wurst Inc.’s (HWI) Kansas City division. In the coming weeks, work from the North Kansas City, Mo., manufacturing operation will reportedly be absorbed into the Mittera Group facilities. However, the Henry Wurst Denver facility will continue operating as an independent company led by the Henry Wurst management team. “Henry Wurst’s Kansas City business is a great fit for our organization," pointed out Jon Troen, CEO of Mittera. "Their customers will now be able to utilize Mittera’s complete suite of marketing solutions and robust manufacturing platform.” This includes services such as direct mail printing; data analytics and reporting; application development; design; photography; videography; strategic analysis; and social and digital marketing. Click read more below for additional detail.
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