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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...Continue reading
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...Continue reading
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...Continue reading