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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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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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The photo software manufacturer Printbox has revised its image editor: The new version supports responsive websites even more effectively. The Polish company is thus taking the mobile trend under consideration. According to Printbox, up to 70 percent of customers of photo printing providers access the corresponding websites from mobile devices.

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Online print market leader Cimpress has presented its latest quarterly report. In view of the ongoing pandemic situation, this is not just about figures, but also about strategy. Cimpress CEO Robert Keane addressed investors in a letter.  Overall, the company has so far weathered the Covid 19 pandemic well, emphasized Keane.

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In the third and (for the time being) last part of our chatbot series, we demonstrate how the bots can be used within a company. In the first two parts of our series on the chatbot trend, we looked at the AI app, Replika, and specific use cases in customer service. As service employees or emotional support, chatbots can be in use around the clock – as our first two articles on the subject have already shown.