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The Brand Energy blog is ALitho's take on marketing in a competitive world and how we can do it better together. Every couple of weeks, we'll send you sparks of inspiration on topics ranging from retail merchandising strategies to direct mail ROI to the newest developments in printing technology and their value in building your brand. Look for our thoughts on industry trends, lots of success stories and lessons learned that can help all of us think and work smarter.

Our 2nd year on Chicago Tribune’s prestigious list of Top Workplaces for all Midwest companies

American Litho Top WP 2019

American Litho is celebrating the news that our company has been voted one of the best places to work in the Chicago area for a second straight year. This annual honor comes from the Chicago Tribune and is based on independent research by Energage, a workplace improvement specialist. We are very proud to be on… [Read More]

VIDEO: Our HP T240 HD press will transform your next print project

American Litho HP T240 HD Press

At American Litho, we’re tech freaks. That’s because we know that innovation opens the door to exciting new possibilities for you and your brand. Our search for new print tech that delivers more speed, accuracy and quality led us to the HP PageWide Web Press T240 HD. And since this new system hit our production… [Read More]

Why direct mail is the power tool in your customer acquisition strategy

Direct mail is surging - American Litho September 2019

Advances in the way that marketers use direct mail are paying BIG dividends. Did you know that response rates seen with the typical house list reached an amazing 9% in 2018? This figure comes from the Direct Marketing Association (now part of the ANA, Data Marketing & Analytics), and it represents giant leap from the… [Read More]

How rich, consistent color builds your brand’s image

G7 Certification for American Litho in 2019

Posted by Tony Ferruzza Accurate color reproduction is absolutely essential to the way the world sees your brand. This is why the American Litho team strives to meet the highest possible standards of color management in our industry. We are very proud that our company has met the G7 Master Facility Colorspace standards set by… [Read More]

PI World, Print Hall of Fame Inductees Announced. Congrats ALitho Leadership!

Hall of Fame, PI World Mike Fontana

Everyone who works at American Litho knows Mike Fontana as a visionary leader and a strong, supportive presence in the workplace. He champions an open-door leadership style and a devotion to employee growth and development that have helped us evolve from a small print shop in Addison, Illinois to the fast-growing, multifaceted company we are… [Read More]

World-class honors for our clients in 2019 PIA Awards

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Every year, print companies from across the globe submit their best work to the Printing Industries of America’s Premier Print Awards competition. As the largest graphic arts trade association, PIA is devoted to the advancement of the graphic communications industry worldwide. Receiving a Best in Category Award – also known as a “Benny” – from… [Read More]

VIDEO: Powered by USPS, We Will Make Your Direct Mail Results Soar

Last week at the National Postal Forum, our video crew talked with Matt Menconi, Executive VP of Sales, about the value of American Litho’s long-standing partnership with USPS. There’s nothing like having the Post Office in your corner, Matt says –explaining how having USPS experts at the table solves complex problems and maximizes value for… [Read More]

We’ve added MORE digital firepower to elevate your next print project

American Litho HP T240

American Litho never stops investing in new print technologies that will help you engage thousands, even millions of new customers with greater efficiency and impact. We are thrilled to announce the arrival of HP’s PageWide Web Press T240 HD on our production floor, as recently reported in What They Think. HP’s state-of-the-art system opens the… [Read More]

Sharing our passion for graphic design excellence 

COD Student Tour Alitho

This week, American Litho hosted 60 students from the College of DuPage Graphic Design program to give the aspiring designers an inside look at how printed pieces are produced. “The tour has always been the highlight of the semester,” says College of DuPage Graphic Design Professor Dave Rogers. “Seeing how print professionals work remains the best way… [Read More]

CONGRATULATIONS! ALitho shares 15 Graphics Excellence Awards with clients in diverse industries

American Litho 2019 GLGA Awards

Each year the Great Lakes Graphic Association recognizes leading companies in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin who meet the highest standards for superb craftsmanship in design, creation and production of print materials for their clients. American Litho has been a perennial winner of the GLGA’s Graphics Excellence Award, with more than 8 accolades received in 2018…. [Read More]

Double down on direct mail effectiveness with USPS Informed Delivery

Informed Delivery with American Litho

We’re always looking for new ways to expand the power of your direct marketing dollars – and we love it when the Postal Service joins in with new services and discounts. As 2019 gets underway, we’re especially excited about Informed Delivery, a digital notification service that lets residential customers preview their mail even before it… [Read More]

Grateful for the recognition from Printing Impressions Magazine!

American Litho Printing Impressons Top 40

We are grateful for the holiday present from Printing Impressions Magazine, listing American Litho for the 25th year in a row as in the Top 400 best print firms in U.S. & Canada. Alitho is proud to be a member of the elite TOP 40, placing us in the top 10% for 2018!

Thanks for Making ALitho the #1 Mid-Sized Employer in Chicagoland

American Litho takes Tribune Top 100 Workplace Award

I’m overcome with gratitude. For our employees … for our clients … for all our partners in the direct mail and printing industries. You are the reason for the great news we received last week via the Chicago Tribune. Thanks to you, American Litho has been recognized as the #1 mid-sized employer in the Chicago… [Read More]

Doing the math: how financial institutions can transform direct marketing ROI

Doing the Math Financial Vertical

By ALitho Financial Vertical Team OUCH. That’s what a lot of financial services companies are saying when they look at the rising costs associated with their direct mail campaigns. Trucking and paper expenses have gone through the roof this year, and sadly, there’s no sign that things will improve in 2019. So how are leading… [Read More]

ALitho received 9 awards at the 2018 GLGA Printers Awards Dinner

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We are pleased to have been awarded honors from the Great Lakes Graphics Association for another year of hard work, dedication to the craft and high-quality printing. The ceremony (May 2018) and recognition puts us in some excellent company and we are truly grateful to have been awarded the following honors: Best of Category Award– for… [Read More]

Our new Paper Market Trends portal helps you manage total printing costs

Volatility in paper prices or supplies can disrupt the timely, cost-effective completion of any print project. Empowerment comes from knowing what’s happening in the paper markets so you can make the right strategic decisions. As your full-service print partner, American Litho seeks to share paper industry news that can affect campaign timelines and costs. Our… [Read More]

Top 5 ranking reflects 5 points of commitment to catalog success

ALitho PI World Top Five Catalog

Everyone here at American Litho is thrilled to see that Printing Impressions has ranked our company among the top 5 catalog producers in the nation. We are very proud of this recognition, along with our double-digit growth in catalog and direct mail production. The way we see it, our success reflects the strategic conversations we have with… [Read More]

Our strategic response to paper supply threats

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Getting your message into the hands of target customers at the lowest possible cost demands a constant eye on supplies of the goods we use to manufacture your direct mail appeals. This is why we make it our business to track trends in local and global paper markets, anticipating shifts that will affect budgets and… [Read More]

Teamwork, caring and commitment make 2017 our best year yet

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This has been one amazing year here at American Litho! We have set, reached and in many cases exceeded some very ambitious goals – and this past Monday, our sales team gathered to celebrate everything we’ve achieved in the past 12 months. In serving top brands in virtually all industries, we seek to create true… [Read More]

Can we read your customer’s mind?

ALitho Crystal Ball

If you’re thinking American Litho has gone into the business of fortune-telling, let me set you straight. We’re still working hard to be your #1 resource for omnichannel and direct marketing solutions. But when it comes to predicting who, among the millions of potential customers out there, might be ready to buy your products and… [Read More]

ALitho earns 9 new awards from the Great Lakes Graphics Association

Congratulations to the entire American Litho team!   We’ve just been notified that we have won several new awards from the Great Lakes Graphics Association, including 3 best-in-show awards for projects delivered on behalf of our clients in 2016.   The awards ceremony will be held May 24 at Medinah Shrine Center, Addison, Illinois and… [Read More]

9 reasons we’re thrilled to be #9 in direct mail rankings

On March 21, Bell and Howell published the new DM200 – the first-ever ranking of companies like ours based exclusively on direct mail revenue. All of us here in Carol Stream sent up a gigantic cheer to see American Litho at #9 on the list of top-flight direct marketers across the U.S. Why are we… [Read More]

We’re adding serious talent to grow our sheet-fed and digital operations

This week we caught up with Tony Ferruzza, new Senior VP of the Sheet-Fed and Digital Division at American Litho. Here, Tony reflects on where the print industry has been and where it’s going, and introduces the new team members (ABOVE, left to right – Mike Ferruzza, Tony Ferruzza, Eugene “Corky” Czech, Daniella Tucci, Chris… [Read More]

Gold Ink Award for Weber’s sizzling new cookbook

Earlier this year we had the privilege of producing the 212-page Summit Charcoal Grill Cookbook for Weber-Stephens Products Corporation, the maker of iconic Weber Grills. This was an exciting project from the get-go, and we knew it would demand the best from our entire crew. Ron Weeks, our National Accounts Director, started off by searching… [Read More]

Internet retailers: what’s your number?

We’re thrilled to be on the scene today as the Internet Retailer Conference + Expo kicks off at Chicago’s McCormick Place West. While we put the finishing touches on Booth #1968, attendees are getting fired up in dozens of pre-conference workshops offered by industry experts. Wish we could join all of them, too – these… [Read More]

Are you engaging your customers in real time?

We were blown away by the findings of this recent Accenture survey. Who would have guessed there’d be such a huge gap between what leading U.S. retailers deliver and what shoppers actually want? The survey shows that 47% of all customers want up-to-the-minute information on new products, discounts and special orders while they’re in the… [Read More]

And the winners are…

Last night we had the pleasure of attending the Graphics Excellence Awards celebration hosted by the Great Lakes Graphics Association (GLGA) at the Medinah Shrine Center in Addison, Illinois.   This is an event we look forward to all year long. It’s an honor to be nominated for a GLGA award and an even greater… [Read More]

VIDEO: How can we improve your next direct mail campaign?

At American Litho (ALitho), we’re not afraid to take on a challenge. That’s the theme behind this digital case study with Sam Dentino, the latest in a series we will share with you this year. Sam walks us through the process of reworking a direct mail piece, coming up with creative, cost-effective ways to manufacture… [Read More]

VIDEO: Why all-in pricing makes sense for our direct mail clients

Print costs alone won’t tell you the whole story when it comes to evaluating the total cost-efficiency of your direct mail campaign. That’s why American Litho now offers all-in cost estimates for brands that want to see the bigger picture. This approach takes into account every step involved in creating your mailing, from list cleansing… [Read More]

Perspectives on the USPS rate rollback

Unless Congress or the courts intervene, a postal rate surcharge in place since January 2014 will be rolled back on Sunday, April 10, giving us the first rate decline in nearly a century. Sounds like great news for direct marketers, right? And in many ways it is. But what about the Postal Service’s claim that… [Read More]

VIDEO: Why run in circles? We’ve got you covered

A few months back I shared some thoughts on growth with you, explaining why American Litho has expanded at a time when so many others say the printing industry is shrinking. The reasons we’re growing are simple – and they have everything to do with your brand. In a multichannel world, print remains an indispensable… [Read More]

Boot camp for brand builders

Ever heard of the 7 P’s that are part of the preparedness strategy used by the U.S. Marines? It’s all about being ready when the big challenges come your way. Success with any print-based marketing campaign depends on having a detailed map of where you’re headed and the best tools and strategies to help you… [Read More]

What the hockey greats know about building your brand

The closest I’ve ever come to actually playing hockey is the occasional pick-up game with the neighborhood kids every winter. Still, thanks to my famous-sounding name, people often ask if I’m related to Hall of Famer Chris Chelios, the Blackhawks superstar who also helped Team USA win… [Read More]

Bulldozing the envelope

I consider myself a pretty level-headed guy. But when I heard the news about Stuart Scott on Monday morning, I’m not ashamed to say I started to cry. As I read about his life, his family and all he’d achieved in 22 years with ESPN, questions were running through my mind, probably the same ones… [Read More]

How do you define growth?

I’ve been thinking about that question a lot as the year comes to a close. What does success look like – especially in a business that’s changed so much in recent years and shows no signs of slowing down? People say the printing business is shrinking. I hear this almost every day. But at ALitho,… [Read More]

Do you have a minute?

Think how many times you hear this question in the course of a business day. Ever noticed how differently you respond, depending on who’s doing the asking? The people we make time for are trusted partners and friends. We know that a quick exchange will help us do our work better, avoid pitfalls or understand… [Read More]