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The IMAGINE Group Ranks #1 in Wide-Format Impressions 100
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The IMAGINE Group is proud to be listed at #1 in Wide-Format Impressions’ 100 List, which is the annual ranking of the Top 100 wide-format printers in the United States and Canada. The 2019 Top 100 rankings represent a comprehensive list of the industry’s leading wide-format converters as ranked by annual sales performance.

The IMAGINE Group has long been a driving force in the wide-format print industry, pioneering new technology and advancing innovation to deliver impactful and high-quality print products. The company’s impressive fleet now includes more than 80 presses across the family of companies. The IMAGINE Group is honored to be named once again to this inaugural list of leading printers. We are especially grateful to our valued clients and business partners, who entrust us to deliver best-in-class print execution.


About IMAGINE

IMAGINE delivers innovative and insight-driven visual communications solutions to brands across the Retail, Entertainment/Gaming, Food Service, and CPG industries. Through the holistic, connected capabilities of our family of companies, we deploy impactful visual communications that help our clients drive consumer outcomes. Our collaborative end-to-end process helps brands identify opportunities, create engaging campaigns, deliver effective solutions, and measure Return on Visual Communications to ensure the most optimized marketing approach. The IMAGINE family of companies includes Imagine! Print Solutions, Imagine! Express, Classic Graphics, Midnight Oil Agency, and GFX International. Learn more and be inspired at www.theimaginegroup.com.

Cris Bengis Joins IMAGINE as Senior Vice President, Sales
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IMAGINE is excited to announce the recent hire of Cris Bengis to serve as Senior Vice President, Sales. Cris is a CPG Executive with over 24 years of proven Sales and Marketing experience and leadership roles in Fortune 50, small company, and start-up enterprises. As a motivational leader, Cris will work closely alongside IMAGINE’s senior leadership team to support clients across multiple channels. Cris strongly believes in a customer-first approach and looks forward to strategically helping his clients meet and exceed their business priorities while building meaningful long-term successful partnerships at IMAGINE.

Following a 12-year career at PepsiCo where Cris ran major national accounts such as Pizza Hut, Cris then worked across most retail channels and with U.S. distributors to build national distribution for Chicago-based Argo Tea and subsequently created and launched a brand-new CPG platform for Omaha-based Scooter’s Coffee.

Cris joins over one hundred sales professionals at IMAGINE and will work out of Frisco, Texas. Cris and his wife Beth have been married for 20 years and have two children, Dylan (18) and Lauren (15).

“We are very fortunate to add Cris to the IMAGINE team and we look forward to the contributions he will bring to our company. Cris is an experienced sales leader and his ability to build strong client relationships will be a great asset to IMAGINE and our clients,” stated Craig Reese, Chief Executive Officer of IMAGINE.


About IMAGINE

IMAGINE delivers innovative and insight-driven visual communications solutions to brands across the Retail, Entertainment/Gaming, QSR, and CPG industries. Through the holistic, connected capabilities of our family of companies, we deploy impactful out-of-home, digital, and in-store campaigns that help our clients drive consumer outcomes. Our collaborative end-to-end process helps brands identify opportunities, create engaging campaigns, deliver effective solutions, and measure Return on Visual Communications to ensure the most optimized marketing approach. The IMAGINE family of companies includes Imagine! Print Solutions, Imagine! Express, Classic Graphics, Midnight Oil Agency, and GFX International. Learn more and be inspired at www.theimaginegroup.com.

IMAGINE PI 400
IMAGINE Holds #12 Spot in PI 400 2019
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IMAGINE holds a top ranking in Printing Impressions Magazine’s annual list of the Top 400 Printing companies. Now in its 36th consecutive year, the Top 400 represents the industry’s most comprehensive list of leading print companies in the United States and Canada as ranked by annual sales volume. IMAGINE is placed at #12 for 2019, demonstrating ongoing market demand for innovative point-of-purchase, visual, and variable marketing solutions and IMAGINE’s leading capability in these sectors.

IMAGINE is honored to be named once again to this list of leading commercial printers. We are especially grateful to our valued clients who trust us to create impactful visual communications that help drive brand loyalty and convert shoppers into buyers. IMAGINE continually strives to exemplify our customer-focused mission to deliver innovative and best-in-class visual solutions.


About IMAGINE

IMAGINE delivers innovative and insight-driven visual communications solutions to brands across the Retail, Entertainment/Gaming, QSR, and CPG industries. Through the holistic, connected capabilities of our family of companies, we deploy impactful out-of-home, digital, and in-store campaigns that help our clients drive consumer outcomes. Our collaborative end-to-end process helps brands identify opportunities, create engaging campaigns, deliver effective solutions, and measure Return on Visual Communications to ensure the most optimized marketing approach. The IMAGINE family of companies includes Imagine! Print Solutions, Imagine! Express, Classic Graphics, Midnight Oil Agency, and GFX International. Learn more and be inspired at www.theimaginegroup.com.

IMAGINE at NRF
IMAGINE to Exhibit at NRF 2020: Retail’s Big Show
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IMAGINE is pleased to announce the company is exhibiting at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Retail’s Big Show, taking place January 12-14, 2020 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

NRF 2020: Retail’s Big Show will bring together 38,000 industry professionals to take part in a three-day Conference and Expo to learn how retail is evolving. Marketed as the World’s Largest Retail Expo, this massive marketplace for retail innovation will allow attendees to explore new technologies and learn about groundbreaking solutions that will help shape tomorrow’s shopping experience.

The consumer journey has taken on a new form in today’s retail world. Innovative technology, new communication channels, and changing consumer demands have greatly influenced how and why we shop today. IMAGINE is equipped to help you meet these challenges head-on. Armed with industry-leading innovation, world-class execution, and a passionate team of creative experts, we enable brands to elevate their marketing approach and optimize their visual communication effectiveness.

IMAGINE representatives will be on hand to showcase its Symphony campaign management technology and IMAGINE Optimize service offerings. Attendees can visit IMAGINE booth #1335 on Level 1 to see firsthand how we deliver impactful visual solutions that convert shoppers into buyers. Retailers can register for free admission to the Expo and receive a 20% discount off a full conference pass by using the IMAGINE promo code 8107.


About IMAGINE

IMAGINE delivers innovative and insight-driven visual communications solutions to brands across the Retail, Entertainment/Gaming, QSR, and CPG industries. Through the holistic, connected capabilities of our family of companies, we deploy impactful out-of-home, digital, and in-store campaigns that help our clients drive consumer outcomes. Our collaborative end-to-end process helps brands identify opportunities, create engaging campaigns, deliver effective solutions, and measure Return on Visual Communications to ensure the most optimized marketing approach. The IMAGINE family of companies includes Imagine! Print Solutions, Imagine! Express, Classic Graphics, Midnight Oil Agency, and GFX International. Learn more and be inspired at www.theimaginegroup.com.

IMAGINE Maintains #2 Spot in Top 50 P.O.P. Companies
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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (May 22, 2019) – IMAGINE is pleased to announce it has been named one of Creative Magazine’s Top 50 P.O.P. Companies in America for 2019. This year, IMAGINE maintains its ranking at 2nd overall on the annual list, validating its robust leadership in the point-of-purchase sector.

Point-of-purchase has long been at the heart of IMAGINE’s core focus. Serving Fortune 1000 companies nationwide, IMAGINE delivers insight-driven visual communications solutions to savvy retail brands. Through the holistic, connected capabilities of its family of companies, IMAGINE enables clients to optimize brand performance, provide game-changing experiences, and drive consumer outcomes.

Creative’s Top 50 list is based on annual sales volume, financial figures, tradeshow participation, awards, and number of employees. IMAGINE, along with the full list of companies recognized by Creative Magazine, can be found in their Digital Editions


About IMAGINE

IMAGINE delivers innovative and insight-driven visual communications solutions to brands across the Retail, Entertainment/Gaming, QSR, and CPG industries. Through the holistic, connected capabilities of our family of companies, we help our clients drive consumer outcomes by deploying impactful out-of-home, digital, and in-store marketing campaigns. Our collaborative end-to-end process helps brands identify opportunities, create engaging campaigns, deliver effective solutions, and measure Return on Visual Communications™ to ensure the most impactful, optimized marketing approach. The IMAGINE Group includes Imagine! Print Solutions, Imagine! Express, Classic Graphics, Midnight Oil Agency, and GFX International. Learn more at www.theimaginegroup.com.

IMAGINE Acquires High-Speed EFI Nozomi Press
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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (April 18, 2019)–IMAGINE and Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq: EFII) are pleased to announce the addition of a new EFI™ Nozomi C18000 single-pass inkjet press to IMAGINE’s expansive lineup of print technology. The new press will bring exciting new capabilities and enhance speed-to-market efficiencies for the wide range of applications and visual communications solutions produced by IMAGINE.

“We are excited to add the Nozomi’s impressive technology to our production fleet,” commented Mark Popp, VP of Manufacturing at IMAGINE. “IMAGINE is continuing to invest in industry-leading innovation as we further our mission to create impactful brand experiences and drive consumer outcomes.”

The award-winning Nozomi press platform has quickly become one of the world’s leading ultra-high-speed digital press technologies for high-quality graphic corrugated board printing. The 71-inch-wide press prints at speeds up to 75 meters per minute—equivalent to 1,800 50″ x 100” sheets per hour—providing a level of digital productivity unmatched in the industry. IMAGINE is working in partnership with EFI to establish new capabilities for the press to further enhance its output.

“The Nozomi line has an impressive record of delivering high-impact, high-quality results, and we are excited for the opportunity to broaden its capabilities in support of our business and the needs of our customers,” remarked Michael Moore, Chief Customer Officer at IMAGINE.

The Nozomi C18000 is also expected to create tremendous efficiencies in rigid-board display production for IMAGINE and its customers by transitioning to direct-to-board digital printing and away from litho-laminate mounting of analog offset-printed sheets.

“The Nozomi C18000 is truly a game-changer,” stated Mark Popp. “Not only will this digital press offer speed-to-market efficiencies using single-pass technology, but graphically rich jobs will have litho-like quality.”

As one of North America’s leading print providers, IMAGINE does a sizable volume of corrugated board printing. When evaluating the latest single-pass digital production platforms, the company was looking for a press that could execute that work and more. The high-end print quality and high-productivity capabilities of the Nozomi will provide IMAGINE with another industry-leading technology that delivers impactful visual marketing to its retail and CPG clients.

“IMAGINE is an innovative leader in our industry, and we are excited to partner with them on this next phase of growth across so many of their key print applications,” said Frank Mallozzi, Chief Revenue Officer at EFI. “The new Nozomi capabilities coming to IMAGINE speak to the tremendous potential that single-pass inkjet has to re-shape and re-define digital’s essential and central role in the future of print.”

IMAGINE purchased its EFI Nozomi press in 2018. The press is being installed on site at the company’s Shakopee, Minn., facility this month, with testing planned throughout May and full operation targeted in late June 2019.


About IMAGINE

IMAGINE delivers innovative and insight-driven visual communications solutions to brands across the Retail, Entertainment/Gaming, QSR, and CPG industries. Through the holistic, connected capabilities of our family of companies, we help our clients drive consumer outcomes by deploying impactful out-of-home, digital, and in-store marketing campaigns. Our collaborative end-to-end process helps brands identify opportunities, create engaging campaigns, deliver effective solutions, and measure Return on Visual Communications™ to ensure the most impactful, optimized marketing approach. The IMAGINE Group includes Imagine! Print Solutions, Imagine! Express, Classic Graphics, Midnight Oil Agency, and GFX International. Learn more at www.theimaginegroup.com.

About EFI

EFI is a global technology company, based in Silicon Valley, and is leading the worldwide transformation from analog to digital imaging. We are passionate about fueling customer success with products that increase competitiveness and boost productivity. To do that, we develop breakthrough technologies for the manufacturing of signage, packaging, textiles, ceramic tiles, and personalized documents, with a wide range of printers, inks, digital front ends, and a comprehensive business and production workflow suite that transforms and streamlines the entire production process. (www.efi.com).

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Imagine - Driving Consumer Outcomes. Global Shop 2019
IMAGINE to Exhibit at GlobalShop 2019
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IMAGINE is pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at the upcoming GlobalShop 2019 @ RetailX trade show, taking place June 25-27 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.

For nearly 30 years, GlobalShop has served as the world’s largest trade show dedicated to retail design, visual merchandising, and shopper marketing. This year’s expo will be part of RetailX, an all-encompassing retail event combining GlobalShop, Internet Retail Conference and Exhibition (IRCE) and RFID Journal LIVE! Retail. Attendees to GlobalShop 2019 will have access to all three trade shows, providing an exceptional opportunity to expand professional networks, grow brands, and gain valuable insights from the entire retail community.

Today’s consumer landscape is complex and full of challenges, with ever-increasing demands for convenience, multi-channel connectivity, and unique brand experiences. Brands that are winning are savvy innovators who deliver a disruptive and rewarding consumer experience, connect through relevancy and personalization all while maintaining operational efficiency. IMAGINE is equipped to help you meet these challenges head-on. Armed with industry-leading innovation, world-class production capabilities, and a passionate team of creative experts, we empower brands to enhance their marketing approach and optimize effectiveness of their visual communications to drive consumer outcomes.

Representatives from the IMAGINE family of companies will be on hand at GlobalShop to showcase unique executions, demo our Visual Optimization Platform, and discuss new project opportunities. We invite you to visit the IMAGINE booth #5522–located in the GlobalShop Shopper Marketing Pavilion–to discover how we are elevating brand experiences, delivering game-changing solutions, and driving consumer outcomes. Attendees can register for free admission to the expo through the IMAGINE landing page using the promo code EXIV168663.


About IMAGINE

IMAGINE delivers innovative and insight-driven visual communications solutions to brands across the Retail, Entertainment/Gaming, QSR, and CPG industries. Through the holistic, connected capabilities of our family of companies, we deploy impactful out-of-home, digital, and in-store campaigns that help our clients drive consumer outcomes. Our collaborative end-to-end process helps brands identify opportunities, create engaging campaigns, deliver effective solutions, and measure Return on Visual Communications to ensure the most optimized marketing approach. The IMAGINE family of companies includes Imagine! Print Solutions, Imagine! Express, Classic Graphics, Midnight Oil Agency, and GFX International. Learn more and be inspired at www.theimaginegroup.com.

The IMAGINE Group Ranks #1 in Wide-Format Impressions 50
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The IMAGINE Group is proud to be listed at #1 in Wide-Format Impressions50 List: the first annual ranking of the Top 50 wide-format printers in the United States and Canada. The 2018 Top 50 rankings represent a comprehensive list of the industry’s leading wide-format providers as ranked by annual sales volume.

The IMAGINE Group has long been a driving force in the wide-format industry, pioneering new technology and advancing innovation to deliver impactful and high-quality print production.  In 2005 the company became the first in North America to acquire a six-color 81-inch press; its impressive fleet now includes more than 80 presses across the family of companies.

The IMAGINE Group is both pleased and honored to be named #1 in Wide-Format Impressions‘ inaugural list of leading printers. We are especially grateful to our valued clients and business partners, who entrust us to create breakthrough visual communications and deliver game-changing consumer experiences for their most important marketing campaigns. The IMAGINE Group continually strives to exemplify our mission statement:

We are fearless allies and innovators, strengthening our clients’ brands and driving outcomes. 


The IMAGINE Group delivers innovative and insight-driven visual communications that enable our clients to optimize brand performance and drive consumer outcomes. Through our family of companies, we provide a big-picture perspective and holistic, connected solutions that empower brands to succeed in a rapidly-changing consumer landscape.

The IMAGINE Group includes Imagine! Print Solutions (Minneapolis, MN), Imagine! EXPRESS (Minneapolis, MN), Classic Graphics (Charlotte and Morrisville, NC), Midnight Oil (Burbank, CA), and GFX International (Grayslake, IL). Learn more at www.theimaginegroup.com.

The IMAGINE Group Gains #12 Spot in PI 400 2018
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The IMAGINE Group has moved up in Printing Impressions Magazine’s annual ranking of the Top 400 Printing companies. Now in its 35th consecutive year, the Top 400 represents the industry’s most comprehensive list of leading print companies in the United States and Canada as ranked by annual sales volume. The IMAGINE Group is placed at #12 for 2018, demonstrating ongoing market demand for innovative point-of-purchase, visual, and variable marketing solutions and The IMAGINE Group’s leading capability in these sectors.

The IMAGINE Group is both pleased and honored to be named once again in this list of leading printers. We are especially grateful to our valued clients and business partners, who entrust us to create breakthrough visual communications and deliver game-changing consumer experiences for their most important marketing campaigns. The IMAGINE Group continually strives to exemplify our mission statement:

We are fearless allies and innovators, strengthening our clients’ brands and driving outcomes. 


The IMAGINE Group delivers innovative and insight-driven visual communications that enable our clients to optimize brand performance and drive consumer outcomes. Through our family of companies, we provide a big-picture perspective and holistic, connected solutions that empower brands to succeed in a rapidly-changing consumer landscape.

The IMAGINE Group includes Imagine! Print Solutions (Minneapolis, MN), Imagine! EXPRESS (Minneapolis, MN), Classic Graphics (Charlotte and Morrisville, NC), Midnight Oil (Burbank, CA), and GFX International (Grayslake, IL). Learn more at www.theimaginegroup.com.