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Winds of change continue to buffet the world of retail. With more choice, 24/7 access, and aggressive pricing, online retailers siphon increasing amounts of business away from their bricks-and-mortar counterparts.

Long past are the days when consumer goods were packaged in nothing but rigid containers, like cans, boxes, or bottles.

Commercial printing is among the dominant categories in the print industry, generating revenue of US$332 billion – 36% of the total global revenue of $US901 billion.

The global publishing industry generates US$166 billion in annual sales, about 18% of the total worldwide print revenue of US$901 billion. Publishing applications – including books, magazines, directories, and manuals – also collectively account for a whopping 56% of the total number of printed pages. While volume should stay steady through 2016, analysts foresee a 1.5% decline in publishing page value.

Since their advent in the early 1990s, digital sheetfed presses have made consistent, incremental strides in technology and performance. Today, however, we’re witnessing a magnitude change in improvement.

We’ve all heard claims that digital presses are “fast.” Of course, “fast” is a relative term. Digital press manufacturers who cite their models’ rapid throughput rates are usually comparing them to other digital devices.

Since its arrival in the early 1990s, digital printing has tried to stake its claim as the successor to offset. But the numbers to date would suggest otherwise. Over two decades, digital printing has become a billion dollar industry, but it has achieved only about 2% of total global page output.

Since its arrival in the early 1990s, digital printing has tried to stake its claim as the successor to offset. But the numbers to date would suggest otherwise. Over two decades, digital printing has become a billion dollar industry, but it has achieved only about 2% of total global page output.