Meet Bernd Zipper

You can see Bernd Zipper live as a speaker and facilitator at e-business print events and workshops, organized in partnership with the relevant trade associations. He uses his expert knowledge and practical focus to highlight trends and developments, which are set to determine e-commerce success or failure in the future. Bernd Zipper is a highly regarded practice-focused and critical technology and strategy consultant, speaker and facilitator in German- and English-speaking countries. In addition to corporate events and client workshops, he also devises conferences and training courses for many well-known companies from the sub-contracting industry. His visionary presentations are regarded around the world as trend-setting management recommendations.

Current presentations by Bernd Zipper include:

  • “Future of Print – the print industry in 2020”
  • “Printed Electronics: a challenge for the print industry”
  • “How media of the future will change our world”
  • “From Gutenberg to Jobs – a history of the media”
  • “E-Business Print: generating success online”
  • “Web-to-Print & Remote Publishing”

Upcoming Events

Online Print Symposium 2022 (28.+29. April 2022)

The annual Online Print Symposium, which this time will take place for the 9th time in Munich on April 28 and 29, 2022, is dedicated to change. Naturally, the focus will remain on the development and future of the online print industry. The topic “Start Up and Print Online!” already gives an indication that there will be innovations. The “Insight Pitches” will give selected start-ups the opportunity to introduce themselves in a short presentation, report on the key to their success and highlight cooperation opportunities. This will make the range of offerings at the upcoming industry leading event even more diverse.

Past Events

BOPE 2021 Online Event (9.-11. February 2021)

Bernd Zipper with his keynote: Chances and Threats for Online Print in the Post-Covid-Aera
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Online Print Symposium 2020 (3.+4. March 2020)

The Online Print Symposium is without doubt one of the most successful trend events in the printing industry. No wonder, since the OPS tackles the latest topics every year and thus consolidates its reputation as the “think tank” of online printing – also internationally. This year’s symposium, which took place in Munich from 3 to 4 March, saw around 250 participants experience this at first hand. Review 2020

VIGC: Benelux Online Print Event #BOPE19 (09.05.2019)

Bernd Zipper with a lecture: Developments and trends in the online print industry 2019

09. May 2019 10:00 – 20:00 at Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Belgium

More information: VIGC: #BOPE19 – Insights for growth! 

Online Print Symposium 2019 (4.+5. April 2019)

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 on April 4 and 5, 2019 once again brought together leading players in the field of e-business print in Munich. The core topics of the symposium were strategies, future perspectives in the online print segment – and, of course, besides the stage, the profitable exchange between and for the participants.

VIGC: Benelux Online Print Event #BOPE18 (31.05.2018)

Bernd Zipper with a presentation: Developments and trends in the online print industry 2018

31 May 2018 10:00 am – 08:00 pm in the Atomium in Brussels.

More Informations: VIGC: #BOPE18 – Insights for growth! 

Online Print Symposium 2018 (15.+16. March 2018)

With almost 250 attendees from 10 countries, future-oriented topics, 14 talks and strong partners, the 6th Online Print Symposium once again brought together the leading players in e-business print to Munich on 15th and 16th March, 2018. The symposium’s core themes were strategies, future perspectives in the online print sector – and of course, in addition to the stage, the successful interaction between and for the participants.

Review 2018

viscom: Print 2020 – Onlineprint + Mass Customization = Print 4.0? (22.06.2017)

Viscom, Swizerland Agenda
Thursday, June 22, 2017 / 02.00 – 05.00 pm

Restaurant Volkshaus, Stauffacherstrasse 60, 8004 Zürich, Switzerland

Bernd Zipper – Print 2020 – Onlineprint + Mass Customization = Print 4.0?

VIGC: Online print, an engine for growth (21.06.2017)

Bernd Zipper with his presentation: Developments und Trends in the online print industry 2017

June 21, 2017 03.00 – 06.00 pm Canon Belgium, Berkenlaan 3, Diegem, Belgium

More information: VIGC: Online print, an engine for growth! 

Online Printing Conference (27 April 2017)


Bernd Zipper at the Online Printing Conference in Milan on April 27, 2017 with the keynote “Trends in the European online print market”

More than 80 participants were informed about the developments and trends in the onlineprinting industry.

More informations here: Online Printing Conference

Online Print Symposium 2017 (06.-07.April 2017)

Die drei Moderatoren

This year’s Online Print Symposium once again put the online print industry’s spotlight for two days on the almost 300 delegates from more than 15 countries attending the event.

The 5th Online Print Symposium once again met all expectations and we kept our word – inspirational presentations, top speakers, superb networking opportunities and great guests from more than 15 countries made the 5th OPS the online print industry’s “place to be” on April 6 +7. More information to the leading event Zipper´s Insider report.

Daily Talkshow @drupa 2016 (30.05.-10.06.2016)

Bernd Zipper @drupa – Daily Talkshow at the CloudLab Booth Halle 07a / F30 (31. Mai – 10. June 2016)

Pre-drupa Event 2016: Zukunftstechnologien bieten neue Geschäftsideen (10.05.2016)

On May 10, a couple of weeks before drupa, the participants could inform about a special Focus on helping you prepare for drupa event with two interesting speakers  – Bernd Zipper and Dr. Markus Heering, organized from the VSD.

Review – Program

  • Markus Staub, President VSD
    Welcome and Introduction to the Topic
  • Bernd Zipper, zipcon consulting GmbH, technology and strategy consultant
    Inkjet drupa? Business drupa! Expectations of the print industry’s leading event in 2016
  • Markus Heering, CEO VDMA Printing and Paper Technology, Germany
    Economic situation and global market trends

Online Print Symposium 2016 (17.-18. March 2016)


For two days the Online Print Symposium was “the place to be” for every online print provider. Inspirational presentations, top speakers, superb networking opportunities and great guests all made the 4th OPS the center of the online print industry for two days.

222 delegates filled the Dolce in Munich-Unterschleissheim on March 17/18, 2016 and made the 4th Online Print Symposium, organized by bvdm, Fogra and zipcon consulting, a resounding success. More information to the leading event Zipper´s Insider report.

2. Management Klausur - Mit der richtigen Strategie zum erfolgreichen Online-Shop (8.-9. May 2015)


This was the motto of the 2nd E-Business Print Management Retreat organized by the vdmb and zipcon consulting from 8-9 May 2015 in Wirsberg (Upper Franconia)

On both days executive decision-makers explained to the delegates how they can in future tap into new markets by providing customer-specific or target-audience-focused e-business solutions. The key objective was to provide valuable e-business print knowledge to aid decision-making and there was a particular focus on strategy, marketing and commercial processes/finance.

1. Management Klausur - Mit der richtigen Strategie zum erfolgreichen Online-Shop (6.-7. November 2014)

The first edition of the E-Business Print Management Retreat took place from 6 to 7 November 2014 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

The fastest growth rates in the print industry are currently to be found in the online business. Customer sales pitches and sales success function differently online compared to conventional sales channels. Finding the right strategy to create a successful online store was what the 15 participants in this 2-day management retreat learned from TOP expert, Bernd Zipper. New impressions, opportunities and risks as well as a wide range of different options provided plenty of material for interesting conversations during the retreat and the entrepreneurs’ evening event.

E-Business Print ist Chefsache (01.04. und 30.10.2014)

Katharina Matters and Bernd Zipper demonstrated in their joint “E-Business Print is a Top Priority – Adding Value Online using Print as a Tool” seminar 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 the make their buying decisions. Companies that can’t be found on the Internet do not exist in the eyes of many potential customers. In today’s business world your digital identity is the difference between success and failure.

Here’s what our clients have to say

Stephan Bühler

Head of Online Print Sales, Germany

Always a good-humored and popular guy – a networker, who is at home in the online print world, who patently feels comfortable in this environment and is held in high esteem. In his presentations, which are liberally peppered with facts and figures and to some extent with provocative statements and challenges, he attempts to waken the print community from its deep slumber. I think the speed at which he delivers his presentations is his way of saying that time is of the essence!

Hans Scheffer

Co-Founder and CEO helloprint, Netherlands

Bernd Zipper is an icon in the European online print industry. As one of the few, Bernd is extremely well informed about the latest trends and facts and has a clear view on the future of the online printindustry, unlike others. Therefore, i highly recommend Bernd Zipper and Zipcon as a strategic partner.

Jens Meyer

CEO printXmedia Süd GmbH, Germany

Working together with Bernd Zipper is like riding the excitement express. Immensely inspirational, extremely motivational and consistently hands-on. And he is always a very approachable guy!

Norbert Hettrich

CEO Druckhaus Weppert Schweinfurt GmbH, Germany

During our joint “Target Audiences in the Online Print Sector” workshop in the ‘Neumühle’ in Hammelburg, he provided us with plenty of food for thought on actioning new strategies. I really enjoy joining with him to debate issues in this industry.