Rock Around the Block - The Blog of Rock LaManna

How Channeled Resources Overcame the 7 Challenges of Family-Owned Businesses

Posted by Rock LaManna on Sun, Oct 1, 2017 @ 16:10 PM



Family-owned businesses, when they work, draw tremendous strength from their emotional firepower.  Learn more about seven challenges of a family business, and how one family has persevered through them.

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Topics: Family Business

A One-Word Answer to Why a Valuation is Important

Posted by Rock LaManna on Fri, Sep 1, 2017 @ 08:09 AM

Why is a valuation important? The one-word answer comes from the previous owner of a print finishing company: SOLD. As in, if you want your company SOLD, you need a valuation. This is his story.

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Topics: Business Valuation

How Litigation Can Ruin More Than Just Your M&A

Posted by Rock LaManna on Tue, Aug 1, 2017 @ 08:08 AM

Litigation in the mergers and acquisition field typically occur when shareholders file a class-action suit against publicly-traded companies. However, merger litigation happens with private M&A transactions as well, often with detrimental results for both parties involved. Let’s take a look at how to stop a nightmare before it starts.

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Topics: M&A

How to Keep Pace With the Demand for Innovative Packaging for Specialty Foods

Posted by Rock LaManna on Mon, Jul 3, 2017 @ 08:07 AM

The specialty foods section is red-hot.  Just how hot? In this guest post by Thilo Henkes of L.E.K. Consulting, we delve into just how much an impact this can have on the packaging industry, and what you can do to take advantage of it.

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Topics: Packaging

Metallic Ink Printing Breakthrough: Find the Pain, Build a Company

Posted by Rock LaManna on Thu, Jun 1, 2017 @ 08:06 AM

We tend to overcomplicate our approach to business. For all the big data and financial metrics we use to make decisions, sometimes all it takes is finding a solution to a pain point. It’s what led Color-Logic to create their innovative metallic ink system.

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Topics: New Technologies, Printing Business

Selling Heavy Equipment in the Printing Industry: From Appraisal to Auction

Posted by Rock LaManna on Mon, May 1, 2017 @ 08:05 AM

Printing owners typically only think about buying equipment. But what happens when retirement or bankruptcy forces you to consider selling heavy equipment, such as printing presses? Working through an auction, you may be pleasantly surprised at your options.

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Topics: Selling Your Business

Changes in Contract Packaging Industry Sparking High Double-Digit Growth

Posted by Rock LaManna on Sat, Apr 1, 2017 @ 08:04 AM


Contract packaging was once a cottage industry. Now it has become a strategic component for global brands, and the players who understand and embrace this change can experience explosive growth.

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Topics: Strategy, Management

How Eye Tracking Market Research Can Reduce 90% Product Failure Rate

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 @ 08:03 AM


With on-the-shelf packaging products, the stakes and the rate of failure is ridiculously high. In America, 90% of new products fail after two years. Eye tracking insights can reverse that trend and save companies millions with accurate predictive data.

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Topics: Printing Industry, Label Industry, Management

Beyond Start-up: Scale-up Business Tips From Verne Harnish

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Feb 1, 2017 @ 08:02 AM

In a 76 trillion dollar economy, it should be easy to grow a company, right? Wrong. Many companies lack the ability to “scale up.” Business guru Verne Harnish explains why transitioning from big to bigger requires a completely different approach with these scale-up business tips.

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Topics: Strategy, Management

2017 Predictions for the Printing and Print-Related Industries

Posted by Rock LaManna on Sun, Jan 1, 2017 @ 08:01 AM

It is with a heavy heart we roll out our 2017 predictions. We are saddened by the loss of one of our longstanding prognosticators and good friend, Jim Hill.

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Topics: Strategy, Management