Rock Around the Block - The Blog of Rock LaManna

Smart Packaging: The Future of Packaging is Here

Posted by Rock LaManna on Fri, May 20, 2016 @ 11:05 AM

Smart Packaging is one of the hot new trends that both excite and confuse owners. The more you understand about this emerging industry, the more you’ll see how it fits into your current - and future - packaging strategy.

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Topics: Converting Industry

Experts’ 2016 Predictions for the Printing, Label and Converting Industries

Posted by Rock LaManna on Thu, Jan 7, 2016 @ 15:01 PM

 

As we assembled this year’s contributions to our 2016 industry predictions, we found fewer submissions. Perhaps the end of the year is too busy of a time, perhaps people are a bit uncertain of what the future will hold. However, the submissions we did receive are in-depth, interesting and insightful. It’s definitely quality over quantity - enjoy!

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Topics: Business Development, Converting Industry, Printing Industry, Label Industry

3 Keys to Restructuring My Business Amidst Looming Uncertainty

Posted by Rock LaManna on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 @ 08:03 AM

At the age of 26, I was named President of a converting business - a company about to lose 90 percent of its revenue. Here’s the story of how I came out on the other side a more enlightened, innovative business owner. 

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Topics: Business Development, Selling Your Business, Converting Industry, Strategy, Rock's Story, Management

How Working with Trade Printers Formed a Reseller’s Niche

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Dec 3, 2014 @ 08:12 AM

 


One of the more successful businesses in the label printing industry doesn’t own a single press. NTI Data has carved out a highly successful niche as a reseller, but it’s their expertise in the products they deliver that differentiates them from the rest.

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Topics: Converting Industry, Printing Industry

Five Ways Label Companies Can Create a Niche

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Apr 16, 2014 @ 09:04 AM

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Topics: Converting Industry, Printing Industry, Strategy, Label Industry

Experts' 2014 Predictions for the Printing and Converting Industries

Posted by Rock LaManna on Thu, Jan 2, 2014 @ 09:01 AM

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Topics: Business Development, Converting Industry, Printing Industry

What History Tells Us About the Threat of Consolidation to Converters

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 @ 09:07 AM

I recently highlighted the industry consolidation trends that could pose a threat to owners in the converting industry.  I was discussing these trends with a friend in the business, and answered with what you’d consider natural skepticism.  Natural, but when you consider consolidation history in the US, not healthy.

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Topics: Converting Industry, Strategy

How Consolidation is Poised to Transform the Converting Industry

Posted by Rock LaManna on Thu, Jul 11, 2013 @ 09:07 AM

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Topics: Converting Industry, Strategy

In a Global Marketplace, Regional Converters Rule

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 @ 09:04 AM

If there’s one thing I gleaned from the recent International Converting Expo (ICE) in Orlando, it’s that there are a lot of regional players in the converting global market.  And these regional players have a lot of potential – but only if they understand how to take advantage of it.

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Topics: Converting Industry

Interview with a Banker – The Cash Flow Conundrum Surfaces Again

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 @ 09:02 AM

I recently spoke with Rory Johnson, a Vice President of Commercial Lending at Central Bank.  Rory and I have been long-time friends, so I thought I’d ask him for his perspective on what’s hindering many businesses.  It was no surprise that we eventually drifted to an old familiar theme:  Managing cash flow.

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Topics: Converting Industry, Management