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Trends in the Print Industry for 2021

Marked by a year of massive change, 2021 brings new opportunities and challenges, influenced by the paradigm shift in consumer purchasing patterns and business models. Moving out from a state of paralysis, businesses now need to focus on rising above the crisis to meet new demands.

Signaling Trends

Covid-19 has not only disrupted how organisations globally conduct business, but also effected a cascading chain of impact down to the specifics, of which print production is one. Approximately 70% confirm that the pandemic is severely disrupting the digital printing industry.1 No longer can a defense of past successes support future ways of working, the printing industry will reflect transformative change necessary for relevancy and survival.

Provisioning of touchless technology

Touchless technology – from printers to common office equipment – will be part of back-to-office strategies. In balancing the need for profitability and employee safety, the importance of a digital printer that leverages touchless tech will be pervasive as general concern over cleanliness permeates.

Offering touchless technology to operate the digital printers is a step ahead in mitigating future virus transmission risks. A post-crisis workplace spells new demand for more secure, remote printing capabilities.2 Konica Minolta’s range of multifunction peripherals (MFP), such as the bizhub C650i/C550i/C450i3 offers touchless connectivity, allowing users to use their mobile devices to access the printer through bizhub Remote Access.

Provisioning of touchless technology

Leveraging Variable Data Printing

Despite dips in physical retail shopping and in-person experiences, there are some industries that still rely on print production capabilities during the pandemic. Labels for healthcare products such as masks and medication are where digital printers continue to subsist.

Variable data printing (VDP) technologies employ customised messaging for different recipients. Examples include personalised mailers with individual customer names, headers and images used. The AccurioLabel 2304 lets you produce high quality labels and stickers at incredible speeds and flexibility, without compromising efficiency and quality.

Leveraging Variable Data Printing

Relying on Artificial Intelligence

Stockpiling food items and toilet supplies indicate a growing demand for more flexible print management. With these items flying off shelves at remarkable speed, producers need to keep pace with short run print production.

In fact, printing social distancing stickers and banners became an essential need for specific industries, such as supermarkets and clinics, around the world. Printers still need to continue their work, while keeping workers safe at the workplace. Using the Intelligent Quality Optimizer IQ-501 with the AccurioPress C14000, businesses can leverage on Artificial Intelligence to reduce human intervention and while helping to achieve high quality short run prints productively without print wastage.5

With digital printers, businesses can carry out short-run print jobs without compromising on cost and labour. This allows industries, like healthcare and food companies, to continue printing on-demand at lower costs, all while keeping their workers safe.

 

Redefining The Future of Printing

With Covid-19 having affected most industries, businesses globally are undergoing dramatic transformation and the digital printing industry is no exception. Speak with one of our consultants to see how Konica Minolta’s solutions can help you navigate the new normal.

 

Source

1https://www.rolandberger.com/en/Point-of-View/Digital-workplace-in-the-era-of-Covid-19.html

2https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/6827-file-sharing-security.html

3https://www.konicaminolta.sg/business/product/bizhub-c650i-c550i-c450i/

4https://www.konicaminolta.sg/business/product/accuriolabel-230/

5https://www.konicaminolta.sg/business/product/accuriopress-c14000-c12000/

As the crisis progress, it is evident that some businesses are better prepared for a digital workplace than others. For example, Google, Microsoft, and many other large tech firms remained unscathed when the crisis hit as there had already been an established culture and structures that supports remote working. At the same time, you may have seen news reports that speaks of several large organisations, including banks and even government sectors struggling with increased network loads, having to deal with security prevention issues, and many other problems. COVID-19 has driven the world’s biggest shift to remote work to date, and it is time to acknowledge that working from home or remotely from elsewhere will be one of the new norms.1

It is now a top priority for businesses to ensure employees adhere to governance and security policies, while deploying flexible work arrangements. It would be especially beneficial for small-medium businesses (SMBs) to gain a competitive edge by promptly adapting to the changing stance of remote working by implementing a workflow and collaboration solution that bridges the physical and digital workspace.2

Managing paper documents can be a cumbersome and challenging process as it is expensive, and documents can be easily misplaced and require huge physical storage space. On top of this, paper processes also hinder collaboration and productivity.

Productivity increase by percentEmployee used up to percent of their time to sort out paper work

With Konica Minolta’s Document Management Solution, KOMI Doc Cloud Platform helps streamline business processes with workflow and collaboration solutions. Unleash your digital potential by transferring your paper-based processes into an electronic workflow to manage your operations more efficiently.3

Benefits for KOMI Doc

Interested to find out more about our KOMI Doc Cloud Platform ?

Speak to our sales consultants to find out more about how your business can benefit from our KOMI Doc Cloud Platform or simply contact us today.

 

Source

1https://www.rolandberger.com/en/Point-of-View/Digital-workplace-in-the-era-of-Covid-19.html

2https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/6827-file-sharing-security.html

3https://www.konicaminolta.sg/business/service/document-management-solutions/komi-doc/