Author: Bernd Zipper

Founder and CEO of zipcon consulting GmbH, one of the leading consulting companies for the print and media industry in Central Europe. The technology and strategy consultant and his team actively support practical implementation in a wide variety of customer projects. His work involves developing visions, concepts and strategies for the players active in the print production process across a wide range of industries. His areas of expertise include online print, mass customization, strategy and technological assessment for print, and the development of new strategies in the print and media environment. Bernd Zipper is the creator and chairman of Initiative Online Print e.V. and, in addition to his consulting activities, is an author, lecturer and sought-after speaker, orator and moderator. His visionary lectures are regarded worldwide as trend-setting management recommendations for the print and media industry. (Profiles also in Xing, LinkedIn).

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The Vienna-based start-up, Kaleido AI, has been acquired by the Australian design platform, Canva. Kaleido’s software has already been available for use via the platform for a year. The deal is described as one of the largest exits in the Austrian startup scene. Both sides have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

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Some time ago a friend told me that he would have given up his job as a publisher long ago if he still had to pay the printing prices of 2002. Over the years, he has kept the quotations and invoices from various printers where he had his title printed.

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The Online Print Symposium 2021 is full of news: Start-ups can apply to present at the OPS and take advantage of completely new opportunities. In addition, the first speakers have already been announced and the Early Bird ticket deadline is fast approaching.

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The beyond print team wishes all of its readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We’ll be taking a break and will be back with fresh news from the industry on January 4!

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Haeme Ulrich is a consultant. The Swiss native has focused on leadership, digital transformation and multi-channel publishing. The Covid 19 crisis hit the printing industry hard. How do you assess the current situation and how are the companies you work with doing?

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A printer has informed me that he has further developed the functional scope of his industry software with his own team from the prepress stage in the direction of CRM and has extended his EcoSystem for a customer to include subscriber management. Does that make sense?

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Since the date for the Online Print Symposium on 8th and 9th June 2021 in Munich was announced, a lot has taken place behind the scenes. First speakers and partners have confirmed their participation, but of course questions about the Corona Pandemic have also arisen. Therefore, the organizers will explain to all participants and interested parties how OPS 2021 is to be run.

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Fortunately, I was already sitting in my chair when I read the study prepared by Kearney and the German Society for Management Research with classification into digitization types. According to the survey of key decision-makers in German companies with sales in excess of €1 billion, 40 percent are “risk-averse standard digitalizers”.

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The annual Druck and Medien Awards has come and gone, with the coveted IOP Award results in. And Flyeralarm is the winner! Founded in 2002, Flyeralarm is a large German e-commerce company and one of the leading online printing companies in Europe in the B2B sector.