HBP’s roots go back to 1903 when the company was founded to produce stationery, notices, posters, and other materials using hand-fed letter presses. It is as hard for me to imagine operating a business in an environment where horses were still the primary means of transportation as it is for my kids to imagine a world without the Internet. The Internet has revolutionized the way our products and services are distributed in much the same way that trucks and airplanes did in the last century.
HBP has a history of being an early adopter of technology. Throughout the 20th century, technological innovation created exponential change in society and business practices. Adapting and remaining relevant in this rapidly changing environment has been fun, as well as a business necessity.
I grew up in the commercial printing industry at a time when applying computer technologies to applications in the graphic arts industry was experimental and evolving. These technologies continue to evolve. Our challenge is to think outside the box as we look for new and innovative ways to apply these resources to the challenges that our customers are solving.