Rock Around the Block - The Blog of Rock LaManna

What 50 Years of Experience Can Teach the Label Industry

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Nov 1, 2017 @ 08:11 AM

You don’t succeed in the label industry for 50 years without learning from your mistakes. Lori Campbell of The Label Printers shared five lessons based on the company’s successful past, and how they will lead to an even more promising future.

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Topics: Label Industry

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: Management, Printing Industry, Label 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

The End is Near: You WILL Have to Sell Your Business

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Oct 14, 2015 @ 08:10 AM

Readers of the fine publication Label & Narrow Web will know that I’m a regular contributor with my column, “The Bottom Line.” In the September issue, I touch on a topic that’s all-too-real for Baby Boomers: You WILL have to sell your business.

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Topics: Selling Your Business, Label Industry

Experts’ 2015 Predictions for Print Label and Converting Industries

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 @ 08:01 AM

What awaits the print label and converting industries in 2015? I asked some of the fields’ experts to weigh in, and received a myriad of informative and intriguing responses. Take a look at what the industries’ top dogs are expecting in 2015.

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Topics: Label Industry

Label Printer Passes on Global, Focuses on Local

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Oct 8, 2014 @ 09:10 AM

The trend among big brands is to do business with a label printer that has multiple locations, providing global access to markets. One printer is doing just the opposite, carving out a unique niche based on local service in the process.

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Topics: Strategy, Label Industry

Why the Big Dogs Are Buying Smaller Packaging and Label Companies

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 @ 09:08 AM

Mergers and Acquisitions are no longer relegated to the big dogs.  In a terrific article, Jim Hill of Benesch explains why big packaging and label companies are in search of smaller companies. It’s a particularly enlightening insight - especially if you’re considering selling your company.

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Topics: Label Industry, Printing Industry

Why Owners of Label Printing Companies are Sitting Ducks

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, May 28, 2014 @ 09:05 AM

Two weeks ago, I presented at the AWA Executive M&A Forum in Chicago.  The room was filled with heavy hitters from around the pressure-sensitive materials industry.  Yet one of the attendees made a comment that surprised me about label business owners.

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Topics: Strategy, Label Industry, M&A

Why Wall Street Loves Printers of Pressure-Sensitive Labels

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, May 21, 2014 @ 09:05 AM

 

Earlier in May, I presented at the AWA Executive M&A Forum.  My big takeaway from all the presentations?  Multiples are up, and buyers are eager to find sellers in the pressure-sensitive materials industry.

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Topics: Strategy, Label Industry

Lessons in Success from a Pharmaceutical Labels Printer

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, May 7, 2014 @ 09:05 AM

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Topics: Label Industry