I have recently returned from my annual holiday to the beautiful west coast of Ireland and for the first time in a long time this year was very different. For a start there was not one drop of rain which must rate as a record for Mrs Mulvaney and me on an Irish holiday. However the biggest difference we saw was the resurgence of the Irish economy.
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If I tell you that my wife only ever turns her phone on when she wants to send a text or make a call and then turns it off again, you will see how staggering her conversion to her Kindle reader has been. From flatly refusing to use one last year, she has now become one of their biggest advocates. She reckons that when we travel, her book consumption has gone up at the same rate as our suitcase weight (now lightened by the lack of printed material) has gone down.
Monday, 12 May 2014 | By Gerry Mulvaney
Benny Landa’s next generation of Nanographic Printing® presses are going to provide a great opportunity for printers to improve their profit margins, but they will only achieve it if they educate their sales and marketing teams in the ways to do it. Rather than competing in a price driven, commodity market, the sales and marketing team will need to focus their efforts to show how the new technology can increase sales and profits of their customers.
Sunday the 13th April found me in Greenwich Park, London at the unearthly hour of 7.30 am. I was there because it was the day of the Virgin Money London Marathon 2014 and my youngest daughter was running in the race. Now six months ago she had not so much put a running shoe on but here she was with 26.2 miles in front of her – the 0.2 is incredibly important she says as it is the last few steps to the finish.
Monday, 28 April 2014 | By Gerry Mulvaney
Supermarket wars have broken out in the UK with Morrisons, the smallest of the dominant big four groups, announcing a permanent profits warning with their quarterly results and plans to take on the discount retailers like Aldi and Lidl in a price war. The recent period of austerity has changed the shopping habits of UK housewives and instead of doing a loyal and regular weekly shop at one of the big four, they are now shopping online and in local convenience stores, combined with visits to the German discounters. Morrisons CEO suggested that this change in habits is now permanent and he is redefining his strategy to take into account this new marketplace.
Monday, 07 April 2014 | By Gerry Mulvaney
Sitting in a London cab with Benny Landa and Guy Gecht – CEO of EFI, for the forty minute journey to IPEX 2014 was an exhausting experience. These guys have so much energy, ideas and innovation it just sparks off them and leaves you breathless in their wake. I got a special preview of what was to come and the audience at the IPEX World Print Summit got the same feeling judging by the response to their presentation and chat, hosted by the venerable Frank Romano.
Monday, 07 April 2014 | By Benny Landa
NanoIsrael Conference, March 24, 2014
The power of new technologies is everywhere. They change how we live and work, sometimes with amazing speed. Social media was practically unknown a decade ago, yet today one billion people use Facebook and interact with friends, family and colleagues in an entirely new way that no one could have predicted. That’s the thing about technology: its impact is unpredictable.
Monday, 31 March 2014 | By Louis Gordon
When you stop to think of our many sources for retail product information – newspaper inserts, mobile couponing, e-marketing, etc. – wouldn’t you assume that most of us know what we plan to buy before we walk in the store? The facts, however, don’t support that assumption.