Author: Maximilian Spies

Max Spies, a true professional, is a printing technician and business economist. As an ERP specialist at zipcon consulting GmbH, he researches throughout the entire value-added chain and delves into the depths of the company's divisions. People, processes, and tools are equally important to him in his observations. With curiosity, backbone, and a healthy dose of the Allgäu's fighting spirit, he is able to gather information. His comprehensible expertise is the basis for result-oriented concepts in customer projects. Max Spies has been in the printing industry for 35 years, worked as a journalist for "Deutscher Drucker" and writes guest articles for the trade magazines "Druckmarkt" and "Grafische Revue Österreich". Prior to joining zipcon, he worked for an ERP software provider in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland and is an active networker in this economic region. (Profiles also at Xing, LinkedIn)

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Who would go into the jungle without a guide or try to climb a mountain without any experience? Why do people do in the digital world what they would not do in real life? Those who go without confidants and without security can only fail, whether in real or virtual life! In the printing industry, this affects large and small companies. Let’s take a look at the situation and give you a framework for the solution approach to more security.

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Only those who measure and check their results will be able to improve. Whether it is Kaizen, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Total Quality Management or Continuous Improvement, in order to optimize processes, the “Key Performance Indicators” (KPIs) must be considered. Performance data is a sensitive area and KPIs and visual management must be understood as an overarching project and developed with stakeholder participation.

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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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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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Is packaging a business segment for all companies in the printing industry? Certainly, it is a business area with a compelling physical end product and great potential, as was demonstrated with impressive figures at Packaging Congress 2021. However, the print shop has to get involved in the supply chain and deal with the megatrend of sustainability in the process.

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There are said to be people who stick “Please no advertising” on their mailboxes. However, according to a representative survey by the Market and Opinion Research Institute Civey, 75 percent of households say they agree with the voluntary delivery of informative and advertising mail. Therefore, I immediately set off on foot to the office and carefully observed every mailbox.

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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.

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I see the pictures of the flood and I am speechless. The appeals from WDR and aid organizations are following and Alena Buyx from the German Ethics Council is also calling for donations via Twitter. A post from a friend, Haeme Ulrich, snapped me out of my work and notified me of the appeal from the Verband Druck + Medien Nord-West (Northwest Printing and Media Association).

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While scientific journalism is not a side effect of the pandemic, its popularity is. Marketing departments are taking advantage of this popularity:  When lean or agile don’t quite catch on as buzzwords, products and services are advertised as “scientifically proven.” But what is actually scientific? In some cases, universities have quite clear definitions.

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A chat with an artificial intelligence – a gimmick or accessible machine learning? Our author wants to know whether the app “Replika” really is a virtual friend as advertised or just a chatbot. In a self-experiment, he puts the AI app to the test.  Influenced by my research into AI methods, I came across a report about the app, Replika. Replika is an instant messaging app that lets you chat 24/7 supposedly with an AI.

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