Author: Redaktion

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Today, we’re going to talk out of our own experience. As a service provider, we of course know how important it is to deal with mistakes properly. Mistakes happen, after all we are all only human. But how one behaves in case something goes wrong can be decisive for whether a business relationship continues or breaks up. With the following example, in which we were a customer, we not only want to sensitise people to the topic, but above all show them what they should pay attention to.

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Albelli (owned by Gilde Buy Out Partners) and Photobox (owned by Exponent) announced yesterday that they have joined forces. The goal is to establish a leading company in the European online market for photo products and gifts. Gilde and Exponent, along with the management teams of both companies, will retain ownership of the combined company.

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Druckerei Bender is gearing up for the future by implementing a new software ecosystem. To accomplish this, the company took a new approach: The experts from zipcon consulting assisted the team with the decision, which was finally made in favor of a combination of the Ninox platform and Keyline from Zaikio. As part of the individual implementation, the stage was set for the future in collaboration with Druckhaus Bechtel.

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Networking under Corona conditions: After the spring conference of the Initiative Online Print e.V. (IOP) had to be held virtually due to corona conditions, the fall conference 2021 – in compliance with 3G rules – took place once again in person. The host for the event on 26 and 27 October was Koenig & Bauer AG in Radebeul, Saxony. In addition, the IOP welcomed a new member company, mypromo AG.

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The online packaging specialists, Labelprint24 and Packaging Warehouse, are now part of the All4Labels Global Packaging Group. With the acquisition of the companies based in Zeithain and Weingarten, the group of companies specializing in labels is further expanding its production network as well as its portfolio. According to All4Labels, the goal is to “build a leading group of online service providers.”

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“Just let them carry on sleeping!” – said an internationally positioned online printer half-jokingly a few years ago. He was convinced that our industry of 3.5 billion euros had completely slept through the entry into digitization. Instead, he saw a largely untapped field and sensed huge potential for his online business.

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The zipcon consulting team has a new accomplice: Judith Grajewski is the new face within the consulting team of the Essen-based consulting company for the print and media industry. She will be taking over the duties of Sabrina Tenschert, Senior Consultant and member of the zipcon management team, who will be going on maternity leave in mid-November and taking a one-year maternity leave.

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There are projects that require a high degree of know-how, professionalism and confidentiality. Company succession, the sale of a company or even an investment in a company are among such projects. After all, it is not a matter of trivialities, but of values, assets and employees that have been built up over decades. With print-eXchange, the Hamburg-based management consultancy, Knox, has now launched an online portal.

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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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