In the near future, customers will generate most new product or service ideas.
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Paper shipments are a pretty good indicator of the health of the industry, so the figures coming out of the American Forest & Paper Association are on the gloomy side.
More than 3.5 million Americans have jobs that are directly or indirectly supported by advertising mail. Banning advertising mail would be a bad idea in good economic times, but it is a terrible idea during the economic crises currently facing the United States.
Regular readers know Doc's a big fan of the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) and all the research they provide on the subject of direct marketing. So I've been following the DMA's programs that try to get members to use more sustainable marketing practices. The DMA has put in place a number of environmental programs that, on the surface, seem like great ideas.
Despite a strong recommendation from the Postmaster General that the USPS eliminate Saturday mail delivery (along with other cost-cutting moves and a rate increase), the issue is far from settled. In late July, Senator Jon Testor (D-Mont) said that the senators who oversee the US Postal Service's budget will block the proposal to stop delivering mail on Saturdays. The USPS cannot cut services without agreement from Congress.
We've all heard plenty of buzzwords about the areas of Managed Print and Managed Document Services. But in the end, it all comes down to change management and how well your partner handles the transitions necessary for your team to implement new work procedures and habits.
I had a jolt of enthusiasm the other day when drinking my Red Bull and thinking of President Barack Obama’s push for real electronic records management.