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Successful renewal or innovation only succeeds by action. What makes the printing industry tick? A new press, a modern, cooperative corporate culture, sustainable production or a completely new print product? Being innovative is a matter of point of view and is based on the actual purpose of the company. Innovative can be the artistic letterpress printer as well as the fully automated online printer. In the printing industry, innovation can be seen from many sides.

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The Australian design platform Canva has achieved something that only a few companies manage: less than ten years after its founding, it is - as of today - in use with a good 60 million users in more than 190 countries around the world, making it a real heavyweight in the design market.

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As previously announced, the Online Print Symposium 2022 will take place on 28 and 29 April 2022. This means that the industry flagship event will be the kick-off event for the online printing industry next year.  A new venue has also been found, which can be used perfectly both under pandemic conditions and during regular periods.

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The Bundestag elections mark the end of the Merkel era, and a new government is getting underway in Berlin - possibly with a digital ministry at the federal level. Even though there was hardly any talk of it in the first TV coverage, all parties are discussing the idea, and the business community is clearly in favour of a digital ministry. It would suit the printing industry as long as the bureaucracy is kept in check.

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Online retailing is booming. Yet it does so almost entirely without direct mail and printed advertising brochures. Providers such as the Dutch company, Publitas, enable retailers to publish dynamic and digital catalogues. The printing industry is nevertheless benefiting from the strong growth in e-commerce. The printing of packaging and a wide variety of inserts is worth its weight in gold.

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In the past we have observed the path of Cimpress and have had intensive discussions with Robert Keane about the industry and his company. At the Online Print Symposium, Robert Keane gave a much-noticed lecture. He has experienced and moved a lot and acts like a metronome in the online print world.

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I had hoped right up until the end that there would be something in store for the German summer - but somehow it has really let us down this year. Nevertheless, we have earned a little break. We will make the best of it (even when it rains) and recharge our batteries, even if Corona continues to interfere with our (international) travel plans. Personally, I'm drawn to Germany's north - I'm ready for the island.

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Cimpress recently presented its latest quarterly figures. In the accompanying letter, Robert Keane, the CEO of the online print market leader, was extremely confident about the future of his company. However, a close look at the figures shows that perhaps the overly euphoric sentiment may not be entirely appropriate. As the market leader, Cimpress is broadly positioned and covers various customer groups and business models with its subsidiaries.

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It was already evident before Corona; however, it has been reinforced by the pandemic: The trend toward homemaking. More and more people are putting time and money into furnishing their own four walls. The online print industry can support this trend perfectly with individual products. Home is not just a place, but a feeling - and this feeling should be visible.

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A process-oriented quality management system is an effective tool for securing and increasing the success of a company. For small and medium-sized companies, simple instructions with practical aids for implementation are often lacking. Our article offers a preliminary orientation on the way to achieving optimization. There is a standard for effective and comprehensive quality management.