Blockchain’s Role in Empowering Survivors
Print (and the World) Needs Collaboration, not Division
A Hybrid World: Print and Extended Reality
Print, Technology and the Circular Economy
Turning Coronavirus Misfortune into Cardboard Magic
The Future of Work, the Future of Print
Understanding the Total Cost of Ownership
How the Largest Ever Labelexpo Europe Extended Beyond the Label Segment
The Omnichannel Generation – How Young People are Getting Social With Print
Strategies for Print Success: Marco Boer
4 Ways Emerging Tech Can Help You Manage Supply Chain Risk
COVID-19: European Printers and Converters Share Their Stories
Industry 5.0: Machine meets human for intelligent, customer-driven automation
Print, Design, and Cities of the Future
The Future of Direct-to-Shape
From Inkjet to Organs: A Look at Bioprinting
A Career in Print: Pat McGrew
Shopping in the Time of Corona: How Print and Tech Give Retail a Lifeline
Turning the Page for Women in Print: Rosie Whitelock
Raise Your Voice: Conversational AI in a Multisensory World
Blockchain’s Role in Empowering SurvivorsIf the internet democratizes information, blockchain goes some way toward safeguarding it. Not every survivor seeking access to justice and support wants to be the latest poster child for rape victims in the media. Nobody is obligated to speak up before they are ready or even at all, particular in cultures in which stigmatization is more prevalent. So how do we ensure that survivors aren’t facing a choice between waiving anonymity or waiving access to support and justice?
Print (and the World) Needs Collaboration, not DivisionPrint (and the World) Needs Collaboration, not Division by Karis Copp | #ElevatePrint, Augmented Reality, Digital Marketing, Elevate Print, Events, Future of Print, Marketing, Print & Digital | 0 commentsWe are close to closing the book on a strange and difficult year. The pandemic, politics, and social issues seem to be forcing an already divided world further apart. But in the face of economic and personal hardships, there have been examples of humanity at its best, from frontline workers going above and beyond the call of duty to everyday people helping out their fellow neighbours when it’s needed most.
A Hybrid World: Print and Extended RealityWell, we’re not together again just yet. Who else is nostalgic for the naivety of spring, when we thought the situation might be short-lived? Now we’re in autumn, and I think many of us are a bit more pragmatic about the short-term and long-term impact of the pandemic.
Print, Technology and the Circular EconomyAt the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, some lauded a positive of the widespread virus – a win for sustainability, a chance for our natural habitat to ‘heal’ as people stayed home, factories closed their doors, cars stayed off the roads, and flights were grounded.However, on the other side of the coin, the pandemic is threatening the incredible inroads being made with regards to single-use items as we seek to limit physical interactions with products as much as possible, not to mention widespread supply chain disruption that meant simply getting products on the shelves was the main priority.
Turning Coronavirus Misfortune into Cardboard Magic"There was work one day, then not the next." This comment from Dave Fogarty, marketing and prepress manager at McGowans Print in Dublin, Ireland, is likely familiar to so many businesses as COVID-19 turned their world upside down earlier this year. Wide-format printers were hit hard, with many having pivoting to producing COVID-19-related items such as safety signage and even PPE to try and make up some of the lost work as regular business dropped dramatically.
The Future of Work, the Future of PrintHow do you define the ‘print industry?’ To borrow a lyric from The Sound of Music, how do you catch a cloud and pin it down? So vast is its context and so far-reaching is its impact, exploring the future of work in relation to the print industry has its challenges. The long-term effects on the way we work being caused by the pandemic are already showing signs that they’re sticking around – many corporate giants such as Facebook, Google, and American Express are extending home working policies into 2021, with Twitter pretty much telling employees they can work from home ‘forever’ if they so choose.
Understanding the Total Cost of OwnershipYou have to spend money to make money, as the saying goes. However, that snappy phrase neglects to mention that the spending must be highly methodical, and the making must offer a satisfactory return on investment. When it comes to calculating the total cost of ownership (TCO) of your inkjet equipment, a ‘one size fits all’ approach may prove unsatisfactory, and result in your business doing more of the ‘spending’ and less of the ‘making’.
How the Largest Ever Labelexpo Europe Extended Beyond the Label SegmentLabelexpo, the biennial label and package printing event, returned to Brussels Expo from Sept. 23-27, as the event celebrated its 40th anniversary with the tagline “Move your business forward.” Organizers report that 37,903 attendees from 140 countries braved the drizzly Belgian weather to be a part of what they are hailing as “the largest, most international show to date.”The fact that this was the biggest Labelexpo so far can be attributed in part to the fact that package printing beyond labels is an increasingly pivotal element of the event. Flexible packaging was higher than ever on the agenda, as label converters explore their options in the growing market.
The Omnichannel Generation – How Young People are Getting Social With PrintHas anyone checked their Screen Time report on their phone lately? I was deeply shamed by my iPhone this week. I’d like to say it was all long-form journalism and educational podcasts, but to be honest, too much of it is pointless scrolling through social media thanks to lockdown-induced boredom. I love being at home and even I am climbing the walls, so I’ve been wondering how it might have affected me in my early twenties, and how people that age must be taking it. Judging from my highly technical anthropological research (doing some social media stalking), it seems that many aren’t taking it too well!
Strategies for Print Success: Marco BoerMarco Boer is Vice President at I.T. Strategies, a custom consultancy house serving the digital print vendor community. Karis Copp speaks to Marco about his career in print, conducting research in a COVID-19 world, and challenges and opportunities in the inkjet market.
4 Ways Emerging Tech Can Help You Manage Supply Chain RiskI didn’t plan on writing something that adds to the coronavirus information overload, but unfortunately, it continues to be at the forefront of my mind both personally and professionally, whether I like it or not! From a business perspective, there’s no doubt that COVID-19 is wreaking havoc around the world. Axios reports almost three-quarters of US companies are experiencing supply chain disruptions, and a number of businesses are already pricing in revenue losses for the year.
COVID-19: European Printers and Converters Share Their StoriesThe COVID-19 pandemic may be a global crisis, but the damage and challenges it is causing have distinct geographical differences. Across Europe, government responses have differed, and economic impacts, although negative across the board, are differing with it. Print, like many industries, is feeling the pinch. A coronavirus impact survey from the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) makes for discouraging reading, with close to three-quarters of respondents reporting a ‘considerable downturn’ in order levels, more than three-quarters stating that they required some degree of emergency assistance to maintain cashflow, and just over one-third are ‘extremely concerned’ about the short-term survival of their business.
Industry 5.0: Machine meets human for intelligent, customer-driven automationWhere Industry 4.0 was about smart manufacturing, there’s now widespread talk of a new trend – Industry 5.0. It recognises the importance of human involvement to generate ideas, enable change and build mutually rewarding customer relationships. You could see it as the ‘rehumanisation’ of automation. It’s about bringing the human touch back to manufacturing and increasing collaboration between people and smart systems for long-term success. It’s not anti-automation, but it emphasises the intelligent use of automation, enhancing the roles of both humans and machines.
Print, Design, and Cities of the FutureWalking around my neighbourhood has been very strange for a while now, and I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to it. I live right in the heart of my city (Bristol in the UK), which is usually bustling with people in the bars, restaurants and cafés, especially at this time of year. But since lockdown it’s been eerie, signs in every window with some variation of ‘Closed Indefinitely’, the people usually milling around replaced by hungry seagulls. I even missed the drunken revellers as I try to sleep on a Saturday night.
The Future of Direct-to-ShapeDigital innovation in labels and flexible packaging continues to open new doors for brands looking to better engage with customers and drive stronger customer retention and brand loyalty. And, though it may seem impractical to ponder a label-free future, there is a strong focus on how direct-to-shape printing can add value to the packaging market.
From Inkjet to Organs: A Look at BioprintingAs I write this, I can’t help but feel a little sad. Instead of packing up my comfiest footwear and getting ready to stomp the halls of Messe Dusseldorf, I remain stuck at home, only able to interact with industry peers through a screen. No witnessing new technology launches. No beer hall debriefs with friends and colleagues. No currywurst!I was so excited to be a part of PMC’s Printerverse at drupa, set to take place alongside many forward-thinking, innovative businesses in the drupa next age (dna) hall. dna’s ethos is all about ‘disruptive developments’ and exploring the print industry of tomorrow, so I thought it would be fitting to this month write a blog about one of the key technologies listed by drupa as a focus for dna that really interests me. With the world’s attention on medical solutions due to the continuing epidemic, I’m taking a look at bioprinting.
A Career in Print: Pat McGrewPat McGrew is Managing Director of McGrewGroup, providing guidance and triage for printing, marketing service, workflow, and companies supporting the print and communication industry. Karis Copp speaks to Pat about her storied career in print, how she helps her diverse client set to be successful, and how print businesses can weather the COVID-19 storm.
Shopping in the Time of Corona: How Print and Tech Give Retail a LifelineMost of us are living very different lives than we were a few months ago. Even though the priorities in the grand scheme of things are stopping the spread of the virus, keeping people safe, and caring for those who are sick, it’s OK to miss the little things. Some of mine are: strolling around the supermarket thinking about nothing other than what to have for dinner. Being drawn into a clothing store by a window display and trying on a new outfit. Shamelessly trying out countless make-up, perfume, and beauty product testers in a department store. Hmm, it seems like my ‘little things’ can be boiled down to one thing…shopping!
Turning the Page for Women in Print: Rosie WhitelockRosie Whitelock is Managing Director of book printing business Bonacia and founder of Women in Print UK. In this interview, Rosie speaks to Karis Copp about leading and growing a business, how Bonacia champions young writers and entrepreneurs through publishing, the importance of a fun company culture, and why she founded the initiative Women in Print UK.
Raise Your Voice: Conversational AI in a Multisensory WorldSince joining the print industry as a trade journalist in 2015, I have walked many trade shows, attended many conferences, and experienced many incredible innovations. I look forward to a print event every time, and I love seeing technology both familiar and unfamiliar, faces both old and new. Earlier this year I had the pleasure of attending Project Voice with Print Media Centr. Project Voice is an event for voice technology and artificial intelligence produced by Bradley Metrock, CEO of Score Publishing and held in Chattanooga, Tennessee – this experience was something different.