RN: Yes, but they’ve all been “reimagined” for freshness, so they’re definitely worth checking out if they’re up your revenue alley, so to speak. For printers who mail, we again have ‘DELIVER,’ the new Mailing & Fulfillment Center which is for the first time, this year, sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service and the Association of Marketing Service Providers (AMSP). The popular MARKETING PAVILION, sponsored by the Chicago American Marketing Association and Canvas Magazine, is back.
Plus there are eight other special-interest sections on the show floor: 1) NEWS PRINT—the newspaper pavilion, sponsored by News & Tech, is dedicated to newspaper printers and production executives; 2) THE IN-PLANT PLACE, sponsored by IPMA; 3) FUTURE PRINT, sponsored by Flex Tech Alliance, features today’s hottest technologies including printed electronics, RFID, and 3D printing; 4) GREENspace, a showcase on sustainability and eco-friendly products and services; 5) the Prepress/Software: Workflow & Design section; 6) Press/Finishing; 7) the Printerverse, sponsored by PrintMediaCentr; and, 8) Education Main Street, for attendees seeking well-educated, talented industry newcomers to augment their company’s workforce.
SD: Is there anything else you’d like to mention, Ralph, as the show begins?
RN: Yes, I’d like to comment about the last day, Thursday, which is our annual Career Awareness Day. As usual, there will be 1,000 or so students from vo-techs and high schools, from a five- to six-state area, walking the floor and collecting posters and samples. I know a lot of attendees and exhibitors think this scene is a major distraction, but I ask everyone to please keep in mind: These kids are our future.
I’m encouraged because enthusiasm among young people has not diminished. We have the same numbers coming here as we did at PRINT 09 and even going back to GRAPH EXPO 2008, which bodes well for the future of our industry. It means that teenage students still view print as a place to be; it’s still “cool”! And we should welcome them with open arms.