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DAY 1 – April 3, 2019

9:45 – 10:30 am

Keynote: Print 2.0 – Cimpress 2.0? Online print as growth engine for print

Robert Keane

President & Chief Executive Officer

The past few years have shown that online companies are driving transformation in many parts of the printing industry through “e-commerce first” business models that leverage the Internet and aggregate standardized products prior to production. Cimpress has been one of the leaders in this revolution. But what are the key technologies and processes of the future? Robotics? Artificial intelligence? Which business models can be expected to emerge in in light of these technologies? How will Cimpress participate in the next wave of transformation of the industry?

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Like almost no other company, Cimpress is currently investing heavily in the establishment of new production sites and the development of new technologies. Of course, Cimpress is a competitor but, at the same time, it is also an engine of innovation in the printing industry. Robert Keane, founder and CEO of Cimpress, shares his visions and insights from the perspective of the global market leader for online print with the participants of the 7th Online Print Symposium.

About Robert Keane

Robert is the founder and CEO of Cimpress, a strategically-focused corporate group that invests in and builds customer-focused, entrepreneurial, mass customization businesses for the long term.

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10:30 – 11:00 am

Online print industry developments and trends in 2019

Bernd Zipper

CEO zipcon consulting GmbH

Digital transformation, new ways of reaching out to customers, new technologies and new production processes – many companies face major challenges, especially in terms of how to integrate online and print. Yet what are the key trends? What spheres of activity does a company that’s “willing to transform” need to concern itself with? Which print technologies help companies to exploit new potential in what areas?  In his presentation Bernd Zipper, CEO of zipcon consulting GmbH, provides insights into the trends and developments that are currently dominating international markets, into the methods that successful start-ups are applying in order to earn money in the eBusiness print segment, into those developments that will in future provide new growth opportunities. Delegates to the Online Print Symposium can look forward both to clear-cut assessments and a wide range of suggestions and tips for their “online print day-to-day”.

About Bernd Zipper

Bernd is a consultant, lecturer and speaker as well as founder and CEO of zipcon consulting GmbH (founded 1999) based in Essen, Germany. His specialisms mass customization, e-business print, web-to-print, online print and interdisciplinary transformation. 

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11:40 am – 12:10 pm

Raksul: Big in Japan

Yasukane Matsumoto & Kozo Fukushima

CEO & COO Raksul Inc.

Raksul redefining traditional industry and creates a new B2B Sharing Platform that aggregates and connects supply directly with demand. As a uniquely positioned as next-gen B2B platform leader is Raksul is a technology company with operational know-how and marketing expertise – that is how Raksul clearly differentiate from other pure-internet players and legacy industry incumbents. In the presentation, Yasukane Matsumoto, CEO and Kozo Fukushima, COO at Raksul will show how recording sustainable growth through B2B platform with print -> advertising -> logistics and how Raksul with the one-stop service further expanded opportunities, in the interplay of Printing + Advertising, room to further expand Japan SME customer base.

About Yasukane Matsumoto

Yasukane started his career as a consultant in A.T. Kearny. While working on cost-cutting projects there, he realized the inefficiencies existed in the Japanese printing industry. In 2009, he founded Raksul Inc. with the vision to bring innovation to the printing industry.


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About Kozo Fukushima

Kozo serves as COO and is responsible for the printing business of Raksul.

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12:15 – 12:45 pm

mypromo – platform economy vs. traditional advertising media sales model

Jürgen Geiger

CEO and founder of

Everybody is talking about eCommerce platforms – but usually in connection with intangibles. Initiator Geiger Notes is breaking the mold with mypromo: linking a market that has traditionally operated offline with new online business models. While new economy business models can be established quickly and seamlessly, the model developed by Geiger Notes skillfully links advertising media distributors with advertising media producers and consumers. Jürgen Geiger, the entrepreneur behind mypromo, tells the platform’s development and implementation story– and provides Online Print Symposium delegates with an exclusive glimpse “behind the scenes”.

About Jürgen Geiger

Jürgen is founder and CEO of Geiger-Notes AG, a mid-sized producer of promotional calendars, notebooks and adhesive post-it notes. Geiger-Notes is one of the market leaders in Germany and for more than 30 years has been selling its paper-based promotional products via distributors, now including plenty of online print providers. Jürgen has been a member of the GWW (Gesamtverband der Werbeartikelwirtschaft) Board since 2015, where he represents manufacturers.

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02:00 – 02:30 pm

PIX – Changing the print industry in Israel

Eyal Ben-Zvi & Haran Kislev

CTO and leading PIX Be’eri Printers

Eyal Ben-Zvi, CTO and Haran Kislev, leading PIX will introduce on the presentation at OPS 2019 BeeriPrint, from 1950 until today. Major historical landmarks as well as current position. Additionally they will give an overview about E-Commerce in Israel: Trends, penetration rates and growth and also about the online printing in Israel: Current major players and trends.

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Penetration rates and the abnormality comparing to other e-commerce in Israel and to online printing in Europe and US. Highlight of the presentation is the online print shop PIX and the online print revolution in Israel:  About PIX, how it was built and its main strength vs other Israeli competitors. Plans of PIX and for the future of the Israeli print industry.

About Eyal Ben-Zvi

In 2003 Eyal Ben-Zvi join BeeriPrint and in various managerial positions since 2008.

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About Haran Kislev

Haran Kislev has previously been strategic accounts manager in BeeriPrint. 

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02:30 – 03:00 pm

The personalized reality

Paul Adriaans

Executive Vice President RPI Europe 

Paul Adriaans, EVP of RPI Europe, will be one of the presenters on the 7. Online Print Symposium giving insights on how a provider of personalized print services for businesses around the world stays ahead of the game.

Personalization of products and services is a strong trend in digital reality. The changing consumer behavior, the rapid technical development of technology and the increasing importance of social media offer great opportunities. To create new business models, entrepreneurs must constantly rethink their strategy and adapt to new realities.

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As a specialized provider of personalized printing services to businesses around the world, RPI has developed a culture that enables customers to enter new markets and offer personalized image products under their own brand.

About Paul Adriaans

Building highly effective and result driven teams, Paul has been instrumental in growing RPI Europe into a solid international business. He has helped meeting the organization’s key growth goals. Always focusing on the future, trying to be one step ahead of the game.

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03:00 – 03:30 pm

New avenues are created by going down them – Schmid goes Industry 4.0

Sven Burkhard

Managing Director

Mailshots, packaging, sophisticated special print products – these are the things SCHMID Druck+Medien GmbH, part of the Elanders Group, does best. However, Sven Burkhard – CEO of this long-established provider – is faced with a major challenge: how can you make the processes and production chains in a company that is to a large extent dominated by analog machinery fit for the future? How can you sell faster and more effectively?

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How can you sell the company’s many non-standard products online? Sven Burkhard deliberately chose a new avenue to go down by getting involved in a software project to gear his company up gradually to face the future. In his presentation he will explain his approach, advantages and disadvantages and why he took the bold step of heading down the agile software development route.

Über Sven Burkhard

Sven Burkhard, Managing Director of Schmid Druck&Medien GmbH has worked in the print industry for more than 15 years.

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04:00 – 04:30 pm

Print Next Generation – Merchandising via. YouTube


Social Media Influencer / “YouTuber”

The 20-year-old Austrian, Florian J., has been managing his gaming related YouTube channel for almost 10 years and could not be more successful. Social media platforms such as YouTube and Instagram are becoming increasingly important in the everyday lives of young people. Because of YouTubers like Chaosflo44 many young people pursue the career path of becoming a “YouTuber”: He enjoys what he does and earns a decent enough income to make a living from it. It is perfect if you consider it from this point of view, but there is a lot more behind it. As Florian aka. Chaosflo44 will explain in his lecture at the OPS, he has in addition, via YouTube, built up his own successful online merchandise shop with print products over the past 3 years and will also briefly describe, based of his experiences, strategies and tips on what makes a good merch shop within the influencer & social media sector.

About Chaosflo44

Florian was born on December 13, 1998 in Lower Austria and created his YouTube channel “Chaosflo44” over 9 years ago. With almost 1.2 million subscribers and over 780 million hits, he is the most successful YouTuber in Austria.

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DAY 2 – April 4, 2019

09:45 – 10:30 am

Keynote: Game changer: digital economy platforms – opportunities for the online print industry?

Dr. Holger Schmidt

Digital Economist

Platforms are successfully playing a superior business model role in many digital markets. Their abilities to exploit further competitive advantages using the data they obtain and continuous entry into new markets makes them powerful players. If you understand and can harness the mechanisms of the platform economy to benefit your business, not only can you compete with them on equal terms, but you can also be as successful by establishing your own models. Company size is however not a prerequisite for success – the key thing is putting your company on the map in targeted market segments by coming up with smart ideas and agile business models. Dr. Holger Schmidt, Internet economist at TU Darmstadt, presents the most important facts as well as ideas about how the online print industry can establish its own identity within the platform environment.

About Dr. Holger Schmidt

Dr. Holger Schmidt has been monitoring the digitalization of the economy for two decades now.

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10:30 – 11:00 am

The future of a print broker in the UK, and the Brexit Bomb

Jim Cunliffe

Managing Director (Head of Customer Love) Face Media Group

Jim Cunliffe is Head of Customer Love from Face Media Group and gives in his presentation, his take on where print brokering in the UK is going, what a broker expects from a good trade supplier and what impact Brexit could have on exporting into the UK. Jim is a prolific networker, small business mentor and a supporter of anything ‘community’. He is an ambassador for the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS/SFA) and Young Enterprise on the South Coast and loves to spend his time encouraging entrepreneurial spirit in everyone he meets.

About Jim Cunliffe

Jim has been involved in print since the late 90’s, from magazine publishing, to event promotion, which led into print. Print brokering to be clear. Those gentle hands have never touched an image plate or pot of ink – Why would they need to…

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11:00 – 11:30 am

Probo – printing provider to resellers only

René de Heij

CEO Probo 

Probo is founded in 2001 and is an exception in the world of online printing companies. Probo started as a manufacturing company and early adopter of  innovations in Large Format Printing (LFP). It combines e-commerce and fulfilment with inhouse manufacturing exclusively for resellers. Today Probo is one of the fastest growing production companies in our segment and market leader in the Benelux.

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Too many online companies are depending on a small group of products that sell. In online printing we already experience the first traditional online printing companies who depend for the most on Google and a legacy of IT systems.

In his presentation, Rene de Heij, CEO Probo will show that Probo takes a complete different approach, as Europe’s only uncompromised printing model exclusively for resellers. Rather than becoming the next Google junkie, the company finds inspiration in the Amazon model. By focussing on fulfilment, product and service innovation, Probo adds value to the business of thousands of resellers.

About René de Heij

René de Heij has a proven track record in the printing industry starting as a managing director at in 2012 and transitioning to Probo in 2015, where he joined founder Erwin Postma to take the company to the next level.

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12:00  12:30 pm – Online Print made in Turkey

Onur Durmuş


Onur Durmuş, CEO of, considers his company “as a bridge to the online print in Turkey”. He will figure out in his speach details of the offline/online print market and the size of the Turkish market. In his analysis he will present to the audience his perspective of the chances and growth of Web-to-Print. As well Onur will talk about the growth phases of, the business model and the company culture under the influence of the geographical position of Turkey and its impact on the online print business in Middel East. Onur has a clear goal: has to become a competitive Manufacturer to Europe and a strong regional brand in Middle East, North Africa and Caucasia.

About Onur Durmuş

Onur Durmuş is one of the 3 founders of the leading web2print company in Turkey. After high school, he had a long Germany experience where he finished University Paderborn and sought for the opportunities.

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12:30 – 1:00 pm

Experience-driven Commerce – What can we expect from Magento in the future?

Brian Green

Head of EMEA Sales Magento

“Experience-driven” means that an organization is ambitious enough to redefine its business based on customer experiences. Brands that have a focus on delivering outstanding personalized experiences decide which products are most successful in their online sales. Magento is now a part of the Adobe Experience Cloud and brings e-commerce, order management, and predictive functions together on a unified experience platform in order to support businesses in all areas of retailing. At the Online Print Symposium, hosted by Brian Green, Head of EMEA Sales at Magento, you will learn what trends drive experience-driven commerce and what you can do to make your business sustainable for the future.

About Brian Green

Brian is a successful Sales and Marketing Leader with over 25 years experience in IT, primarily in Enterprise Software. For 15 of those years, Brian has promoted Open Source Software into businesses across EMEA.

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01:00  01:30 pm

Future of the Internet’s infrastructure – how expensive will the future be?

Jörg Schieb

ARD digital expert and specialist author

Jörg Schieb, WDR and ARD online and IT expert, is regarded as a reliable analyst and observer of the online industry. He not only questions existing systems like Google, Facebook et al, but also gives plenty of thought to how the infrastructure of the Internet is set to evolve. In this context there are currently a number of interesting developments – the “you get free usage and in exchange you give me your data” formula is increasingly missing the mark. New solutions are required to prevent the foundations for Industry 4.0 and online print from imploding. Jörg Schieb will present the range of different approaches to Online Print Symposium delegates in an exclusive pre-note and share his vision of the “Internet of the future”.

About Jörg Schieb

Jörg Schieb is the ARD’s (1st German TV channel) digital expert and a well-known specialist author on digital topics.

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