Zaikio Blog

We feature exciting articles from the areas of New Work, change in the printing industry and give you insights and outlooks at Zaikio.

20. September 2021

Digitisation in the printing industry: There's still room for improvement!

The printing industry has been facing strong changes for many years now. While the level of sales is largely holding steady, apart from reasonable fluctuations, there are major shifts within the various sectors. The commercial business, for example, is becoming increasingly difficult - more modern media are increasingly outstripping classic commercials. On the other hand, the winners of the change are areas such as packaging and labels, which have been able to significantly increase their share of the total order volume over the past decade. The air is getting thinner for many printing companies in Germany that are already established - a fact that is also reflected in the number of companies that has been declining steadily for years. Every company in the printing industry should ask itself today what direction it would l...

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Olga Baginski
31. August 2021

Steuber becomes first supplier of consumables, such as plates and inks, on Zaikio Procurement

Steuber offers its range of products on Zaikio Procurement and is thus the first supplier for consumables such as plates and inks on the new platform. In the first step, this will be done in Germany, with the offer gradually being extended to other countries. Zaikio Procurement thus enables its customers to order other consumables besides paper digitally. With Heinrich Steuber GmbH + Co. another heavyweight in the German market becomes part of Zaikio. The Mönchengladbach-based company offers consumables as well as customised solutions for the entire spectrum of the printshop. In future, Steuber will offer printing plates, plate chemistry as well as inks in Germany via Zaikio Procurement and enable its customers to digitalise their internal ordering processes.  Stephan Uder, managing director at Steuber: "We see the coope...

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Olga Baginski
10. August 2021

Premier is UK’s first paper supplier on Zaikio Procurement

Premier is the first major paper supplier for the UK market that printers can access on Zaikio’s newest product called Procurement. Being part of OVOL Japan Pulp & Paper, the world’s leading specialist paper supplier and through Premier’s UK wide branch network, offers a wide choice of products and services.

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Olga Baginski
4. August 2021

Zaikio Interview with Managing Director Hubert Höger from Datamedia

Hubert Höger, Managing Director of Datamedia, answered Zaikio's questions and talked about the current project and also the goals with Zaikio.

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22. July 2021

Zaikio wins another big name for Zaikio Procurement with Antalis

Antalis makes up its mind to digitize customer processes with Zaikio Paper and material orders to be made as easy as possible Zaikio initially to offer customers in Germany access to Antalis  Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is adding Antalis, the leading European distributor of paper and industrial packaging, to its Zaikio Procurement platform. Zaikio, a Heidelberg subsidiary, is an open platform that enables the entire printing industry (printers, customers, brand owners, suppliers, software producers, and equipment manufacturers) to communicate and share data. By joining the platform, Antalis is looking to give existing and new customers digital access to company-specific procurement data. Other partners, such as MIS providers, are also set to benefit from easy access, meaning print shops can operate direct...

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6. May 2021

Ultimate Impostrip® Cloud Connector now available on Zaikio App Store

Ultimate TechnoGraphics, leader in imposition and finishing automation solutions, and Zaikio, the platform for the printing industry that gathers all market participants in one place and enables better communication and data exchange, are proud to announce the addition of Ultimate Impostrip® Cloud Connector on Zaikio App Store.

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Olga Baginski
15. April 2021

Zaikio Interview with CTO Sebastian Buck from rissc solutions

Today's interview was conducted with Sebastian Buck, CTO of rissc solutions. With their Web2Print application printformer they want to provide printers with a tool that will support them in their future printing projects.

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7. April 2021

Zaikio lays the foundation for a networked printing industry with its App Store

Zaikio App Store is now live and open to the public App Store includes all Zaikio integrations First step towards standardized data exchange between connected systems With the launch of the Zaikio App Store, Zaikio has taken a further step towards universal connectivity of the printing industry. The systems connected to Zaikio are now available in the App Store and can be viewed by interested customers.The Zaikio App Store forms the necessary basis for software providers to network with each other and exchange data in the future. With its own product Zaikio Procurement, Zaikio has already been demonstrating since March how MIS providers, print businesses and suppliers can successfully connect via the platform to save time and resources and drive digitization forward.The company based in Mainz (Germany) has already been ab...

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Olga Baginski
12. March 2021

Interview with CSO at Impressed Robert Zacherl

Zaikio invited Robert Zacherl from Impressed GmbH for an interview about topics such as the Impressed Workflow Server, connectivity and the future of the industry. What Impressed plans in collaboration with Zaikio and what Mission Control can do to support it, you can read in this article.

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Olga Baginski
11. March 2021

Interview with uTraxx about the cooperation | Zaikio Procurement

Urs Vogel is the managing director and founder of uTraxx AG and is also responsible for the architecture of the software solutions. We asked him about the challenges facing the industry, his collaboration with Zaikio and his solutions for printers as well as software and press providers in the industry.

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Olga Baginski
18. February 2021

The printing industry becomes a software industry

A Review of the Procurement Process in Printing CompaniesI have been working at Zaikio in product marketing for three months – my first station in the printing industry. Before that, I spent several years in the software environment, where digitisation and automation were a given.In the first weeks of my time at Zaikio I realised that the printing industry has a lot of catching up to do in this area. I learned a lot about the processes in printing companies and how they actually work. Coming from an industry that automated everything that could be automated, I first had to get used to the fact that printers, for example, increasingly use the phone to order paper and other materials. I can only imagine what a time-consuming and often nerve-wracking process this is - with double entries of the same data into different system...

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18. February 2021

Metapaper connects with Zaikio right at the very start

Metapaper is the first e-commerce platform for paper and print in Europe. Zaikio is the new digitization platform for the printing industry and connects print businesses with their suppliers.  Metapaper is now connected to Zaikio Procurement and can thus directly process orders from almost all common MIS and ERP systems of printers. Metapaper and Zaikio are both driven by the passion for digitization in the printing industry, so the collaboration was an obvious choice at an early stage in the development of the Zaikio platform.Zaikio networks all parties in the printing industry on an open platform so that they can exchange data quickly and in a standardized way, without the need for any individual integration. This has enabled Zaikio to quickly connect Metapaper with all MIS and ERP solutions already participating in th...

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Christian Weyer
5. February 2021

Does Mission Control make JDF obsolete?

During the last couple of months, as the work on Mission Control takes shape and many partners already have joined us in our efforts, and we’ve been asked repeatedly about Zaikio’s role in connectivity in general and also in regards to JDF.But before we get to that, let’s start with a piece of history. Where we come fromPrint shops aren’t islands. And inside a single print shop, all the different departments and people aren’t islands either. This truth will become even more pronounced in the future. Printers will have to foster internal and external collaboration, team work, and streamlined, meaningful end-to-end processes to be successful.When we started Keyline - our MIS product - six years ago, we build it in such a way that it connects to others through APIs. We did this more by accident than by strategic planning. The...

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