Bigger and more international – the Online Print Symposium is setting standards and bringing the who’s who of the online print industry together for the seventh year in a row.
The 7th Online Print Symposium’s succinct motto is “Think Global – Print Online”, and it encapsulates the ongoing internationalization trend in the online print industry. Successful online print providers are highly efficient technology businesses that not only print but also harness and successfully apply eBusiness strengths. What appears to be a matter of course for print product manufacturers is in truth concentrated IT skills coupled with production and logistics efficiency.
In the last six years the Online Print Symposium has evolved into the online print industry’s leading international event – and that makes me and my team particularly proud. Plenty of highlights, captivating speakers from the business world and the print and media industry as well as an exclusive partner exhibition mean that delegates also rate the Symposium very highly as a networking platform. And if you then notice that many “recidivists” have already secured their tickets, then you realize just what status the Symposium has achieved in the online print industry.
There are just under four months to go, but people have been hard at work behind the scenes for some time now! We have thus decided to return to the heart of Bavaria’s Silicon Valley next year, and switch to the brand-new Infinity Hotel & Conference Resort in Unterschleissheim. A top location and for two days in spring 2019 home to top online print industry executives from all over the world.
I am particularly delighted that we have signed up Robert Keane, CEO of Cimpress, one of the world’s leading online print companies, to deliver the opening keynote at next year’s Symposium. By setting out his vision of coopetition during his last appearance at the Online Print Symposium in 2015, Keane already put down a milestone marker that changed the entire industry.
A great deal has happened since then – the industry has evolved further and many new collaborative ventures have been established, like the one between Onlineprinters and Letterjazz, for instance. This is only one of many, but it demonstrates how energetic and agile the world of eBusiness print is. In this particular case, Letterjazz, a “craft business” that produces haptic-effect print products on letterpress presses, is partnering with a print provider that operates on an industrial scale, because they complement each other and both use eBusiness print tools.
In his keynote at the 7th Online Print Symposium Robert Keane will once again address the issue of online print as the engine of growth, will highlight key technologies and processes of the future and sketch out new business models that new technologies could make happen. In this respect artificial intelligence and robotics will play a very important role. I already stated that at the last Symposium and forecast that all this is going to happen much quicker than some people might imagine. The next wave of transformation is getting started – Cimpress, for example, is already investing in these new technologies, including new production facilities.
And the program at the upcoming event is nothing to sneeze at – the list of speakers at the 7th Online Print Symposium reads like a who’s who of the international online print industry, including Jim Cunliffe, Head of Customer Love at UK market leader, Face Media Group; Jürgen Geiger, founder and CEO of mypromo.com – an eCommerce solution for the digitalization of the promotional products industry; Yasukane Matsumoto, CEO of Raksul and one of the pioneers in the Japanese and Asian online print market; Rene de Heij, CEO of the Dutch online LFP specialist Probo, Onur Durmuş, founder of the Turkish online print start-up, bidolubaski.com; Paul Adriaans: Executive Vice President of RPI Europe, the Dutch personalized online print product specialist – to name just a few.
So, in 2019 the Online Print Symposium will again be providing that effective blend of established major industry players, successful print and other commercial start-ups that print entrepreneurs need to help them turn their visions into reality. More details will be provided here at a later stage, or if you always want to keep up-to-date, why not simply register for the OPS Newsletter – it’s worth it.
Oh yes, and before I forget it – you can still get your hands on one of those sought-after Early Bird Tickets priced at 900 Euros until December 31, 2018 and be there next year when our motto is “Think Global – Print Online” – I look forward to seeing you.
My take: 2019 is a comparatively quiet year as far as trade fairs, conferences and events are concerned. But that’s not the reason why the Online Print Symposium 2019 is so important, but because markers for the “next big online print things” will be laid down in 2019. Many people may perhaps regard artificial intelligence and robotics as specters, because they could replace humans one day. But I don’t subscribe to all this doom-mongering. If algorithms send us recommendations, we can follow them up but there’s no obligation to do so. You just have to assume that adults are intelligent enough to decide for themselves. Nevertheless, AI and robotics represent a massive opportunity to automate processes in the online print industry, if you regard both as assistants that make your work easier or take it off your hands. And that’s just exactly what we need in these times of digital transformation. And whatever else is required will be revealed in Munich. So, see you then!