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EFI Produktions-Software MIS ERP eProducticity Software
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Metrix, Directsmile, Dims!, Lector, Gamsys, Alphagraph, Printleader, Technique: it is almost ten years ago that EFI took over all these software houses and integrated their solutions into its own portfolio. Since then, the American company has been considered a real heavyweight in production software for print and packaging service providers. Now EFI has spun off the entire division and sold it to the private equity firm Symphony Technology Group (STG). 

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What do reimagined, customised textile production, individual drinks and AI in logistics have in common? These – and three other topics – will be the focus of the Insight Pitches at the Online Print Symposium on 28 and 29 April 2022 in Munich. The winning start-ups that will present their innovative business ideas as part of the new programme on the first day of the event have already been selected. However, for the time being, the names of the winners remain a secret.

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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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The ongoing shortage of paper and the additional rise in prices for printing inks, printing plates and energy have presented online print shops with major challenges in the last quarter of 2021. Although most of them were able to keep their prices stable for a long time during the year, there are now signs of a turnaround: Online print prices are on the rise, across almost all product groups and suppliers.

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The share value of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG has risen by almost 250 percent in recent months. This means that the company has not only returned to the SDAX but, as boerse-online.de reports, is now already one of the “share price leaders” of the year. Heidelberg’s business with charging stations for electric vehicles in particular is listed as an important driver of the positive development.

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It used to be simple: an online shop was an online shop and social media was primarily used for private purposes. Today, this distinction no longer exists, as social media and online shopping are increasingly merging into what e-commerce professionals call “social shopping”. According to a recent whitepaper by YouGov, the trend has what it takes to become the “new normal”. (Online) printers should also take note of this.

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Complaining is not my thing – and surrendering to one’s fate without resistance is even less so. What is my thing is the printing industry and the question of how it will continue to develop. I’d like to explain to you how we at zipcon see the future of the printing industry. But I must warn you in advance: this article contains not only bitter realizations, but also numerous facts and forecasts that genuinely hurt.

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Only a handful of clicks, including data verification and a 3D preview even before the order is placed. Printing can be this easy – at least if Printkit has its way. For its approach to making online printing customer-centric and thus even more intuitive, the online printing startup from Berlin received the IOP Award for Most Innovative Online Printer of the Year at this year’s Druck&Medien Awards.

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Do you know how much your business is worth? Or what you should look out for when it comes to buying or selling a business? No? Then you should definitely tune into the latest episode of the Beyond Print podcast! Because that’s exactly what Bernd Zipper discusses with Jens Freyler, Managing Director of the Hamburg-based consultancy, Knox, and initiator of print-eXchange.de, the new business exchange for the printing industry.

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