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On 23 and 24 March 2023, the Online Print Symposium will celebrate a milestone birthday: for the 10th time, the OPS will take place as usual in Munich at the Science Congress Center Munich.
The event, which is well established in the online print industry, attracts industry leaders and newcomers alike and offers an international platform for exchange. There will be presentations from all relevant areas on stage: Mass customisation, digital commerce, digital transformation, web-to-print and crisis management are just some of the buzzwords here.
Top-class speakers will provide insights into their companies and strategies, highlight trends and share their knowledge with the audience. Current business strategies and the handling of challenges serve as impulse generators and inspire new ways of thinking. The focus is on exchanging experiences and making new contacts. The unique industry event is attended annually by 300 international participants who are interested in a lively exchange on current topics and developments.
Founded in 2007, the IOP actively promotes fair competition in online printing services and the visibility of the online print industry as a distinct sector. The IOP is represented by the honorary board of directors, consisting of the chairman Bernd Zipper (zipcon consulting GmbH), and the two vice-chairmen, Wilhelm A. Soll (WAS Consulting) and Thomas Masselink (QUBUS media GmbH).
Twice a year, the representatives of IOP companies meet at member events at an IOP member’s premises. The members use these meetings as an independent communication and networking platform and discuss future topics, including with external specialists who are usually invited to the meetings.
Bernd Zipper regularly makes podcasts on various topics relevant to the online print industry. On Zippers Insights he interviews industry leaders and discusses current trends and future prospects. On Jabberfish, a podcast together with Haeme Ulrich from Switzerland, the two take on a new challenge in each episode. Listeners are invited to send in suggestions for topics for future discussions. Topic: “something with media”. Talking Overseas is an English-language podcast with John Parsons. The topics are focused on new technologies and workflows for the print industry, including online print.
Twelve top-class speakers, six innovative start-ups, 13 partner businesses in the exhibition – and 250 participants from all over Europe and the world: The Online Print Symposium returned with a “big bang” after the forced break in 2021 due to corona and celebrated a thoroughly successful event in the Science Congress Center Munich. True to the motto “Start Up and Print Online!”, the leading event of the online print industry was not only about the lessons learned from the last two years, but above all about how a successful “restart” after the pandemic can be achieved.
Bernd Zipper with the lecture: Print tomorrow – how, what, why? in Aarau / Switzerland
Bernd Zipper gives an overview of the current state, evaluates the facts and gives an outlook for the online print industry. He addresses the turbo-digitisation, the influence on the industry of the Covid19 effects and points out trends.
Without a doubt, the Online Print Symposium is one of the most successful trendsetting events in the printing industry. It comes as no surprise, because every year the OPS tackles cutting-edge topics and thus consolidates its reputation as the “think tank” of online print – also internationally. The 250 or so participants at 2020’s symposium in Munich on 3-4 March experienced this first hand.
Bernd Zipper with a lecture: Developments and trends in the online print industry 2019
09. May 2019 10am – 8pm at Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Belgium.
Further information: VIGC: #BOPE19 – Insights for growth!
With over 280 participants from more than 12 countries, future-oriented topics and trends, 12 exclusive lectures and strong partners, the 7th Online Print Symposium once again brought together leading players in the e-business print in Munich on 7 and 5 April 2019. Core topics of the symposium were strategies, future perspectives in the online print segment – and besides the stage, of course, the profitable exchange between and for the participants.
Bernd Zipper with a lecture: Developments and trends in the online print industry 2018
31. May 2018 10am – 8pm at Atomium in Brussels
Further information: VIGC: #BOPE18 – Insights for growth!
With over 250 participants from more than 10 countries, future-oriented topics and trends, 14 exclusive lectures and strong partners, the 6th Online Print Symposium once again brought together leading players in the e-business print in Munich on 15 and 16 March 2018. Core topics of the symposium were strategies, future perspectives in the online print segment – and besides the stage, of course, the profitable exchange between and for the participants.
Viscom, Schwiss Agenda
22. June 2017 / 2pm – 5pm
Restaurant Volkshaus, Stauffacherstrasse 60, 8004 Zürich, Switzerland
Bernd Zipper with a lecture: Developments and Trends in the online print industry 2017
21. June 2017 3pm – 6pm
Canon Belgium, Berkenlaan 3, Diegem, Belgium
Bernd Zipper at the Online Printing Conference in Milan with the presentation: „Trends in the European online print market“
More than 80 participants learned about the developments and trends in the online print industry.
In 2017 Online Print Symposium was once again the focus of the online print industry with almost 300 participants from over 15 countries worldwide over two days.
The 5th Online Print Symposium once again met all expectations and we were true to our word: Inspiring presentations, top speakers, excellent networking and guests, from over 15 countries made the 5th OPS on 6. + 7. April the “place to be” for the online print industry. More information about the industry event in Zipper’s Insider Report.
Bernd Zipper @drupa – Daily Talkshow at the CloudLab Booth Hall 07a / F30
On 10. May, participants were able to gather information a few weeks before drupa through two interesting presentations with a special focus on their personal preparation for drupa – with Bernd Zipper and Dr Markus Heering as speakers. The whole event was organised by the VSD.
Bernd Zipper, zipcon consulting GmbH, Technology and strategy consultant
“Inkjet-drupa? Business-drupa! Expectations for the flagship event of the printing industry 2016”
For two days, the Online Print Symposium was “the place to be” for every online printer. Inspiring presentations, top speakers, excellent networking and great guests made the 4th OPS the focus of the online print industry for two days.
The 222 participants made the 4th Online Print Symposium in Munich-Unterschleißheim, organised by the bvdm, Fogra and zipcon consulting, a complete success.
Under this motto, the vdmb and zipcon consulting organised the 2nd Management Retreat E-Business Print in Wirsberg (Upper Franconia).
During the two days, the participants, with decision-makers from management, were presented with how they will manage to open up new markets in the future with customer-specific or target group-oriented e-business solutions. The focus was on valuable decision-maker knowledge around the topic of e-business print, with a special focus on strategy, marketing and commercial processes/finances.
With the 1st edition, the Management Retreat E-Business Print took place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
The biggest growth rates in the printing industry are currently in online business. Customer approach and sales success work differently online than in classic sales. The 15 participants of the two-day management retreat learned from TOP expert, Bernd Zipper, how to achieve a successful online shop with the right strategy. New impressions, opportunities and risks as well as the diverse possibilities made for interesting discussions during the retreat and at the joint business evening.
In the joint seminar “E-Business Print is a Matter for the Boss – Creating Value Online with Print”, Katharina Matters and Bernd Zipper show how the Internet can be used successfully as a sales channel for print products.
The internet is the most important medium for customers – around 80 percent search online for companies, services, restaurants, products, etc. before making their purchase decision. Companies that are not found on the internet do not exist for many potential customers. Digital identity determines success and failure in today’s business world.