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Well, you can't really call it summer outside - but as always, we are optimistic and hope that the sun will finally visit us a little more often. And so we hope for all NRW students who are enjoying their first day of vacation today that it will be a really nice few weeks. We are joining the students and also taking a break until the beginning of August.

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The Bundesverband E-Commerce und Versandhandel Deutschland (German E-Commerce and Distance Selling Trade Association - bevh) and the Initiative Online Print (IOP) have concluded a cooperation agreement. In the future, they will work closely together on political lobbying, public relations and specialized topics.

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Those who believe that sending postcards is "out" in the face of modern messenger services have been proven wrong by the app-to-print provider mypostcard.com for years. Now the company, which creates and sends personalized postcards from selfies and individual pictures, has expanded its portfolio - and is showing how to remain innovative in vertical markets.

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My house, my car, my yacht. I don't give a damn about status symbols - but I like the "mine" in them! Not because I'm selfish, but simply because I love mass customization - preferably in combination with print! So, my wine label, my cereal box, my individually designed and printed sneakers. The trend has been apparent in society for a long time - and a lot has also been happening on the technology side recently, especially in the form of the numerous integrators that are currently entering the market.

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The Munich-based company group has now acquired the remaining 49 percent of the French brand ArtPhotoLimited. However, this is not the only way in which the company is driving its international growth forward: myposter also launched its own online store in the USA a few weeks ago. But first things first: Who is in fact ArtPhotoLimited? The Bordeaux-based company specializes in iconic photos and photographic art with a collection that now comprises more than 22,600 images.

Dr. Hannes Steiner
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"In the digital age, storytelling has changed dramatically," says Dr. Hannes Steiner, founder of the start-up story.one. But the publishing world has not adapted to this and has not changed either, he noted at the Online Print Symposium 2024 in Munich - not without a vision of how this could be changed. For example, books have not yet followed the trend towards "short formats" - as can be seen on tiktok or even on YouTube with the "shorts".

René Ruhland
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The number of corporate insolvencies in Germany is once again on the rise: in the first three months of the current year, 5,209 companies have filed for insolvency, according to the Federal Statistical Office (Statistisches Bundesamt) - 26.5% more than in the same quarter of the previous year. This could be the result of a catch-up effect, as the number of insolvencies was comparatively low due to special regulations during and after the coronavirus crisis. So do we need to bury our heads in the sand now? Certainly not!

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Mixam is a technology start-up with a leading printing platform that makes customizable products for a global audience. We make print easy, accessible, and affordable with competitive pricing, exceptional materials and professional customer service. Our printing solutions combine expert knowledge with the latest technology to give individuals and businesses unparalleled online shopping experiences.

José Salgado
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There is still a certain amount of confusion when people talk about mass customization. Not just because it is difficult to pronounce, but also because there seems to be a lack of understanding. But this is understandable, because mass customization is basically a paradox: individual production with the efficiency of mass production.

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Recently I had the opportunity to present my drupa analysis at the Intergraf "Print Matters" conference in Bucharest, and I noticed a number of offbeat comments on various online channels. As a "drupa veteran" (my first visit was in 1990), I'll add my two cents. But before anyone here thinks this is going to be a "general reckoning": absolutely not. I love drupa! But the trade fair, which has set the pace for the industry for many decades, will soon - in my view - need a pacemaker itself.