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Here are the exciting new trends that will dominate year 2020. If you haven’t read part 1 of this article, please click here.
IoT and AI
The Internet of Things (IoT) is where products and appliances automatically connect to other appliances or service center through the internet. Naturally, printers are connected to computers, but it’s increasingly common to see printers that connect to smartphones, enabling services such as printing-on-the-go. The IoT will enable consumers to purchase print products by interfacing with other products or even advertising pieces. Companies that offer print on demand services will experience the most growth in this respect.
It’s almost time to close the books on year 2019, and look forward to the new year ahead. The past year has taught us, that despite some gloom and doom predictions, print is not dead – in fact it’s alive more than ever. After a 1.8% industry growth in 2018, the industry has grown by 3.5% in 2019, with a total amount of $850 billion in industry revenues in the US alone. Technology innovation is pushing the print industry forward, and the coming year 2020 looks promising.
The alarming rates of worldwide pollution, carbon emission footprint and global warming have pushed manufacturers in various industries to “go green”, and the printing and packaging industry among them. After the innovative Paper Bottles and Treeless Paper, now it’s time for ink to go green as well.
Want to know how to achieve accurate and consistent color every time, no matter what the platform or process? The COLOR20 conference provides attendees with insights, best practices and answers to their most pressing color management questions. The conference is to be held by the Printing Industries of America (PIA) on January 11-14, 2020 at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa.
Plastic water bottles are a known danger to the environment, and probably a health hazard to consumers as well, as the chemicals found in plastic bottles can seep into the contents. The main culprit is Bisphenol A (BPA), an organic synthetic compound widely used in plastics, which may cause diabetes, high blood pressure and even cancer.
The QR Code has been around for decades, but some say it’s time to move on. Historically, The QR Code was developed from the Barcode – which was introduced in the 1960’s in Japan, to help cashiers, so that they wouldn’t need to manually enter product codes into the cash register. Over the years, manufacturers requested a 2 dimensional code, so that they can customize and brand it.
Since 1962, the Fuji-Xerox joint venture is one of the oldest partnerships between an American and Japanese companies. In 2018, a complex $6 billion merger deal between the two companies lead by Xerox Holdings Corp.’s former CEO, Jeffery Jacobson, was blocked in US court, when Xerox shareholders Deason and Ichan argued that Jacobson acted without authorization to strike the deal in order to preserve his position. The joint venture, Fuji Xerox Co., would eventually have Xerox controlled by Fujifilm.
The prominence of social media in recent years has caused a major shift in consumer behavior and expectations. As consumers feel “in control”, many businesses – from SMB’s to global brands – try to connect with consumers and consider their wants and needs.
Our ancient ancestors used to burn wood and timer for energy. Later generations discovered coal and oil, which nowadays are the major sources of energy produced worldwide. However, burning coal and oil (also known as ‘fossil fuels’) is the world’s largest cause of pollution, emitting greenhouse gases, climate change and danger to the environment. In addition, these resources are finite, and are not readily available everywhere in the world.
For the past 40 years, the European Union has passed over 500 directives and regulations under the environmental law. Some of these environmental policies, especially ones regarding the preservation of forests and others regarding the restrictions of chemicals – may have impacts on the printing, paper and paint industries.