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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Ulrich Stetter is seeing red, but in a very positive sense: Redprintgroup.com is the new brand from Druckhaus Mainfranken, launched with a clear commitment to be the most affordable online printer in Europe. Is now the right time to start such a project? “Yes, absolutely,” says Ulrich Stetter, CEO of Druckhaus Mainfranken.

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It is not so easy to reconcile commercial and production workflows. Kodak is currently trying to do this with the software providers Microsoft, PrintVis and VPress. The goal is to develop a comprehensive software solution for applications of all sizes.

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Connecting software and ensuring data exchange between existing systems is one objective of the Industry 4.0 concepts. One difficulty encountered in practice is the automation of processes, as software packages are often incompatible. Interfaces between ERP system and production workflow are often non-existent or very expensive.

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Why are you a publishing freak? In other words, someone who, by Duden’s definition, is enthusiastic about something in a way that seems excessive. Editors, media designers and publishers of all kinds have probably asked themselves this question at some point in the night while sitting at their desk in front of half-finished work.

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Following Philip Rooke’s announcement in an exclusive interview with Bernd Zipper, the Spread Group has now revealed the name of the new CEO. Dr. Julian de Grahl (47) will be the new CEO of the Spread Group. He will succeed Philip Rooke (52) on April 1, 2021, who, as he announced in the interview, is taking on a new professional challenge after 10 years at the helm of the Spread Group.

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The brands Spreadshirt Create Your Own, Spreadshirt Marketplace, Spreadshop, TeamShirts as well as SPOD (Spreadshirt Print-On-Demand) came under one roof in the Spread Group. The company has invested heavily in production capacity. Does the business model still work and what has the pandemic done to the Shooting Star of merchandising?

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It has been hard times for all of us, there is no question about that. However, chickening out is not an option – and we will all stand our ground – this is how Bernd’s message can be described in the current episode of zippers Insights. It’s also a little bit about proportionality – and about the fact that we, in Germany, are actually still doing quite well compared to the rest of the world.

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Since the beginning of November, their e-mail inboxes have been filled with messages regarding the renaming of Spreadshirt to Spread Group. Under Spread Group, the five brands Spreadshirt Create Your Own, Spreadshirt Marketplace, Spreadshop, TeamShirts and Spreadshirt Print-On-Demand were brought under one roof.

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Jabberfish (chatterbox) is the name of the Swiss-German podcast by Haeme Ulrich and Bernd Zipper. Their approach is interesting: it is neither about technology nor directly about the print industry – it is about “…something with media”. Why have the two consultants chosen such an offbeat title?

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