Infigo Software explores how Web-To-Print can revolutionize the way printers operate their businesses and what they can learn from e-commerce giants, such as Amazon.

With COVID-19, communities and businesses had to adjust and adapt to the “new normal.” International Minute Press printing franchise owners Tracie and Glenn Hansen are helping people in Flagstaff, Arizona celebrate milestones, stay safe, and get back to business.

Between the Lockdown period of May to the end of July, CMYUK has experienced a 30 per cent upsurge in sales for its ESKO digital cutting tables.

Digital out of home delivers work that is noticed and remembered across the world.

A new global business survey commissioned by Xerox Holdings Corporation (NYSE: XRX) shows an estimated 82% of the workforce in respondents’ organizations will have returned to the workplace in 12-18 months’ time, on average. In preparation for a return, companies are investing in new resources to support a hybrid remote / in-office workforce, with 56% increasing technology budgets and 34% planning to speed their digital transformation as a result of COVID-19.

Over the past few months, Signs Express have had the privilege of supporting essential businesses including the NHS, supermarkets, and pharmacies through what has been an exceptionally challenging time for all.

Communications and information clarity – or lack of – have been firmly under the microscope in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. News in all its forms, from the Prime Minister’s address to planned routes around supermarkets, have been drafted, shared, and evaluated more than ever before.

With the chaos that’s insured these past few months, businesses have been forced to create and develop signage that keeps both their employees and customers safe.

YR is a UK fashion tech company working with global fashion brands and event organisers to deliver live customisation experiences to their customers - including Michael Kors, DKNY, Selfridges, Nike and Levi. Working on projects from product launches, retail pop-ups to exhibitions and global campaigns. With the latest venture being YR Masks.

Print Service Providers (PSPs) looking to reassess their operation and identify how to shape future developments in response to the global pandemic are being supported by the newly launched Ricoh Business Booster programme.

Dining in at restaurants tops the list of activities consumers miss the most – according to a May 2020 survey about the impact of COVID-19 – ahead of visiting friends and family. This is further supported by an increase in weekly orders for take-out. Rather than fall back to their original marketing strategy, small business owners with mobile operations have an opportunity to strengthen their marketing with vehicle graphics that deliver brand recognition and customer service information to potential customers.

With a growing number of more than 70 participating businesses on their free Bounce Back Buffalo initiative, Minuteman Press in Buffalo is helping area business owners mount a resurgence of growth by making sure they remain connected to their own clients with free advertising and access to resources.

Hillstone Primary School in Birmingham recently approached HNS Signs for both innovative and friendly signage solutions to help their pupils adhere to social distancing best practices. With their re-opening for selected years in June they needed the scheme to be designed, manufactured and commissioned within just a week without compromising on the brief’s quality or effectiveness. ‘We wanted to create a friendly positive environment for pupils, whilst reassuring staff and parents that we were conforming to government guidance and that the safety of everyone on our site was our top priority.’ stated Kerry Cartwright, Hillside’s Strategic Business Manager.

The world famous Piccadilly Lights in London has become the nation’s noticeboard during the Covid-19 pandemic, carrying a series of supportive, positive messages and content to help lift the country’s mood.

Avery Dennison’s Retail Branding and Information Solutions (RBIS) division, a global leader in providing end-to-end solutions in the apparel and footwear industry, today announced the ​Patched Together ​campaign, which aims to provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign features a series of limited edition patches designed to celebrate healthcare workers and promote important health and safety behaviors. 100% of net proceeds from the sale of the patches will be donated to Doctors Without Borders ​/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF),​ in support of the nonprofit’s ongoing humanitarian efforts.

To help you handle the “new normality” and reopen safely, Ritrama supports you with a range of materials for large format digital printing to communicate effectively and quickly the rules of the engagement, for COVID-19 FREE supermarkets, restaurants, shops, hospitals and public offices.

Let’s face it, the industry – and the world – has been in a brawl with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and I think it will take a while before it is business as usual and things return to the way they were; not just within our industry, but across many others too. Despite the obvious challenges print providers continue to face, I do think that by leveraging their strengths and capabilities, there may be opportunities to be seized – both currently as we continue to endure restrictions and lockdowns, as well as when we finally put the coronavirus in the rearview mirror.

Erik Schwartz has owned Minuteman Press in Turnersville for 12 years. As a local business owner himself, Erik knows how important it is for the community to rally together and support local business while staying safe during COVID-19. Erik’s Minuteman Press franchise located at 4991 Route 42, Suite 4 is doing its part by providing vital personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks and facial coverings (for non-medical use), social distancing printing products such as COVID-19 safety posters, floor graphics and sneeze guards, and even free marketing through their community website Bounce Back Turnersville.

As we adjust to the new normal of working from home, wearing face masks when in public, and rethinking the way we meet people for business and otherwise, Design’N’Buy takes the opportunity to launch new templates of many marketing collaterals and COVID-19 print products such as posters, floor graphics, t-shirt, and signage for businesses to communicate effectively.

With recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic creating an unprecedented demand for printable floorgraphics, the AlumiGraphics range has seen significant adoption by signmakers and print providers seeking a long lasting, slip resistant flooring material that can be used on a multitude of interior and exterior surfaces.

Based in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, Brett Martin is one of the world's leading producers of plastic sheets, so when local company Denroy was looking for a high quality solution for face visor manufacturing, Brett Martin was the natural partner - its aPET sheet, known as Marpet-a FS, proving the ideal solution.

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