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Only a handful of clicks, including data verification and a 3D preview even before the order is placed. Printing can be this easy - at least if Printkit has its way. For its approach to making online printing customer-centric and thus even more intuitive, the online printing startup from Berlin received the IOP Award for Most Innovative Online Printer of the Year at this year's Druck&Medien Awards.

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Do you know how much your business is worth? Or what you should look out for when it comes to buying or selling a business? No? Then you should definitely tune into the latest episode of the Beyond Print podcast! Because that's exactly what Bernd Zipper discusses with Jens Freyler, Managing Director of the Hamburg-based consultancy, Knox, and initiator of print-eXchange.de, the new business exchange for the printing industry.

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In the absence of a successor, what should be done? Or what if the economic situation is so tense that change is urgently needed in order to remain viable in the future? In any event, "closing up stop" is the worst of all solutions, says Jens Freyler, Managing Director of the Hamburg-based management consultancy Knox.

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Networking under Corona conditions: After the spring conference of the Initiative Online Print e.V. (IOP) had to be held virtually due to corona conditions, the fall conference 2021 - in compliance with 3G rules - took place once again in person. The host for the event on 26 and 27 October was Koenig & Bauer AG in Radebeul, Saxony. In addition, the IOP welcomed a new member company, mypromo AG.

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The online packaging specialists, Labelprint24 and Packaging Warehouse, are now part of the All4Labels Global Packaging Group. With the acquisition of the companies based in Zeithain and Weingarten, the group of companies specializing in labels is further expanding its production network as well as its portfolio. According to All4Labels, the goal is to "build a leading group of online service providers."

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"We print your newspaper," says Presse-Druck- und Verlags-GmbH Augsburg, the print shop of the Augsburger Allgemeine, the second-largest regional daily newspaper in Germany, offering customer magazines with a newspaper look. Flyeralarm has also expanded its range of corporate publishing services. Which is clever, because a customer magazine is an excellent tool for corporate communications.

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"Just let them carry on sleeping!" - said an internationally positioned online printer half-jokingly a few years ago. He was convinced that our industry of 3.5 billion euros had completely slept through the entry into digitization. Instead, he saw a largely untapped field and sensed huge potential for his online business.

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With dropshipping, customers order from the online retailer as usual, but are supplied directly by the manufacturer or wholesaler. In other words, the online retailer offers products without having them in stock or manufacturing them in-house. Customers want security. In the entire process, in quality, in payment and in delivery.

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The zipcon consulting team has a new accomplice: Judith Grajewski is the new face within the consulting team of the Essen-based consulting company for the print and media industry. She will be taking over the duties of Sabrina Tenschert, Senior Consultant and member of the zipcon management team, who will be going on maternity leave in mid-November and taking a one-year maternity leave.

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This takeover has the potential to cause a "big bang" in the printing industry: Following the recent discussions surrounding the Canva design platform and its "dealings" with the major online printers, Cimpress has just taken over Crello and Depositphotos, an equally powerful design tool and an internationally renowned brand for stock photos and videos. And so, the battle for design supremacy in web-to-print has begun.