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The dropshipping trend seems to be made for the print industry: Here, the processes and structures of modern online retailing have already been anticipated to some extent in the past. A new Shopify tutorial explains how print-on-demand processes work - and also shows what print shops need to bear in mind. With dropshipping, an online retailer sells goods that are produced on-demand and then shipped directly from the manufacturer to the customer.

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The photo service provider CEWE has been able to increase its dividend for the twelfth time in succession. As the company reported at its Annual General Meeting, the dividend has increased by 30 cents per share to €2.30 in comparison to the previous year."Our sustained growth with increasing corporate earnings and our very solid financial situation enable us to distribute a higher dividend for the twelfth year in succession," said Dr. Christian Friege

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Almost everything is becoming more expensive - but not print products: this is the conclusion of a survey by the Ifo Institute. A survey of 9,000 companies showed that, with the exception of the automotive industry, the clothing/textiles sector and the printing industry, all sectors are planning to raise their prices in the short term: "It's like an economic domino: a supplier passes on rising costs to an intermediate producer, who in turn passes on the higher prices to his customers," Ifo economist Klaus Wohlrabe told WirtschaftsWoche.

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A new week, a new challenge for Haeme Ulrich and Bernd Zipper: "Do you always have to be part of the platform hype?" is what Thomas Kramer from censhare wanted to know this time around. He got the idea for his question from the recent "Clubhouse" hype. Whether you find every new trend funny or are quickly annoyed by it, is a question of personal preference for Haeme.

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Onlineprinters has been using robotic exoskeletons in logistics since February. The mechanical lifting aids support the lifting of heavy loads. However, the electronic exoskeletons not only increase the user's strength, but also make sense from a health point of view: the lower back of the person lifting is protected from overload.

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How can you measure the digitization of an economy? The data service provider Euler Hermes uses five criteria in its Enabling Digitalization Index. Germany scores well in the current ranking. That shows: We can digitize! Nevertheless, there is still a lot to be done. This applies to the economy and society as well as to the printing industry. Despite all the prophecies of doom, digitization in Germany is no longer a #newterritory.

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Targeting niches is the key to success in the megatrend of mass customization. A current campaign by Designbomb shows what this can look like in practice: The portal offers business cards for furniture stores - which is actually a mass product, but in this case tailored to a very specific target group.

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The Initiative Online Print brings together 41 companies from the online printing industry. Below, we report on what's new in the network. BVD Druck + Verlag AG has once again been awarded the "Certified CO2 neutral" seal of approval by Swiss Climate. Achieving this label requires recording of the CO2 footprint in accordance with ISO 14064, continuous reduction of CO2 emissions and complete CO2 neutralization.

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René Theiler from the Swiss Printing Industry Association (VSD) has set the current challenge for the Jabberfish podcast: "Can printers also be agencies?" In the new episode, Haeme Ulrich and Bernd Zipper discuss the topic as usual. "Then, conversely, an agency could also set up a copying machine and say 'We're printers now,'" says Zipper.