Gelato today announces that it has successfully launched operations in Japan, Mexico, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In addition they will start to deliver to the Caribbean, expanding to local production in 29 countries, reaching over 6.3 billion people across 111 countries.

The continuous growth of e-commerce offers interesting opportunities for those who operate in the web-to-print world. "We are in a favorable situation from an economic and cultural perspective for those who, like us, offer online professional services, but we need to remember that the growing popularity of online shopping is not the only requirement for successful growth. The market is filling up with competitors and the battle cannot be won only with promotions and low-cost offers", says Vincenzo Cirimele - CEO of PressUP, a leading online printing company in Italy. This is also the premise for the announcement of PressUP’s new strategy for the next three years: "We intend to achieve the growth objectives that we have set for ourselves by providing holistic solution based on the client-oriented philosophy that distinguishes our business focus", explains Cirimele. "The fusion of the traditional online product catalogs implies a simpler offer, in order to grow we need to differentiate ourselves from the rest". Selling online implies an impersonality in the relationship with the customer but PressUP overcomes it in a prominent way thanks to the unique customer service they offer through their Customer Care and the special management of requests that go beyond what is offered in the catalog.

Senior industry expert Simon Cooper will join Solopress as managing director in February 2019 as part of the planned transition of Solopress’ founders Aron Priest and Andy Smith to new roles. With long-term executive roles at Cimpress subsidiaries Tradeprint and Exaprint, Cooper is one of the most experienced online printing executives in the UK. Michael Fries, CEO of the Onlineprinters Group which Solopress is part of, commented on the development: “We are very happy to have Simon join the Onlineprinters family. With his experience in printing and e-commerce, his leadership skills and a strong entrepreneurial background, Simon will be key in developing and growing Solopress.”

Arizona State University (ASU) has implemented the Tharstern MIS to create an integrated print environment. The Print and Imaging Lab at ASU is a unique print operation - their employees are composed of mainly students at the university, who are enrolled in the Graphic Information Technology program.

Onlineprinters has continued its support of Refugio, a non-profit counselling and treatment centre for traumatised refugees, by donating EUR 5,000 this year. Along with the donation, Onlineprinters printed exhibition catalogues of project pictures made in art therapy class. The catalogue highlights the healing effect of art to process traumatic experiences. This makes the catalogue a valuable tool for Refugio to support their public relations and as a gift to donors and sponsors. The centre offers various services to help young refugees find their way back to a normal life after suffering traumatic experiences.

CEWE is the leading online print service provider in Europe and a prolific producer of photobooks, calendars, posters and a huge range of other personalised print products. With more than 20 factories across 14 European countries, the company serves customers throughout the continent, producing around six million photobooks in 2017 alone.

Travelling through the north-western part of the Netherlands, you cannot fail to notice Probo, one of the largest printing houses for resellers in Europe and still growing, nestled amongst the meadows just outside the old city of Dokkum. Inside the new buildings an extensive range of new printing and finishing equipment is now available to handle the approximately 2200 orders arriving daily from resellers in the Benelux, resulting in around 15 to 20 thousand files per day.

The printing industry continues to grow and to change at speed. Helping drive this change across the various print and packaging arenas is the demand for personalisation, the expectation for self-service and on-demand 24/7 access to print quotes, document set-up and more.

Cimpress have announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire BuildASign, a fast-growing internet-based provider of canvas-print wall décor, business signage and other large-format printed products.

In the connective, converging world of omni-channel customer communications, Brodnax 21C Printers of Dallas, TX has established a special unique expertise to help brands and print buyers create highly customized marketing campaigns based around sophisticated use of information technology (IT), market data analytic models and customer knowledge.

Since January 2017, Onlineprinters has acquired more than 400,000 new customers and is now proud to welcome the millionth customer. "One million customers - this number stands for an abundance of creative printing products we have implemented for our customers over the past 14 years," says Dr. Michael Fries, CEO of Onlineprinters, and unveils the art print "Customer Globe" that has been randomised with the "Mosaic" software by the technology partner HP in collaboration with the gyro advertising agency. 1,000 individual copies of it will be produced and presented to the long-standing customers. "Nowadays, there are no limits to creativity in online printing. Our art print stands for the diversity of our customers and their projects. Each of one thousand printed copies of the series is based on the same draft, yet it is one of a kind," as Dr. Michael Fries puts it.

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