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April 11 - 13, 2022 • Hyatt Lost Pines, Austin, TX

Agenda

Monday, April 11

  • 12:30 pm 4:00 pm
    Executive & Supplier Badge Pickup
  • 4:00 pm
    2022 Inkjet Summit Conference Opening
    Speaker
    • David Pesko Executive Vice President of Business Development, Hosted Events & Research NAPCO Media
  • 4:15 pm 4:45 pm
    Keynote: Automation and Innovation, Driving the Inkjet Opportunity

    The printing industry, mechanized since the middle of the 19th century, is still substantially oriented toward mass but fragmented production, but its “smart” future is now coming into view. The bridge to that future is automation operations to drive efficiency, while balancing labor and supply chain instability. With private equity investment fueling demand for increased profitability, it has never been more important to drive efficiency into the production print process. Inkjet is at the heart of optimizing print operations. In his keynote, Marco Boer will set the stage for the conference and will talk about key trends in inkjet technology and the drive for efficiency.

    Speaker
    • Marco Boer Conference Chair | Vice President IT Strategies
  • 4:50 pm 5:50 pm
    Keynote Panel: Optimizing Business with Production Inkjet

    The key benefits organizations experienced from investing in tools to automate print production workflows include faster job completion, better press utilization, fewer errors and waste, improved delivery time, and better margins or cost savings. In addition it opens the door to new revenue growth opportunity. In this keynote panel, you will hear from users of inkjet technology that have innovatively automated operations to drive new business opportunity and profit.

    Moderator
    • Barbara A. Pellow Manager Pellow and Partners
  • 5:55 pm 6:30 pm
    General Session: The Labor Challenge: Is Automation the Answer

    The labor shortage has forced many printers to adopt new strategies to meet their staffing needs. With an entire generation of workers nearing retirement, younger workers who enter the printing industry are limited. A pressing issue for many print service providers is how to attract as well as retain skilled workers after investing the time and money to train them.

    This session will explore an array of topics including:

    • Strategies to attract new employees
    • Strategies to train and retain employees
    • Techniques for leveraging technology to reduce manpower requirements
    Moderator
    • Mark Michelson Editor-in-Chief Printing Impressions
  • 6:30 pm 8:30 pm
    Welcome Reception

    Located outside on the Riversong Lawn

Tuesday, April 12

  • 7:00 am 8:00 am
    Networking Breakfast

    Located in the Lost Pines Ballroom (General Session Room)

  • 8:00 am 8:30 am
    General Session: Digital Print: It's About Efficiency and Effectiveness

    Many people think that “snail mail” as well as print is dead. But that is not the case at all, especially given the need to efficiently reach consumers during these pandemic times. While it is true that printed books, general commercial, and direct mail advertising are the oldest methods of communications and digital communications are growing by the day, print isn’t a relic of the past. Printed books are experiencing growth based on a desire for consumers to immerse themselves in an experience that is not digital; data-driven direct mail has healthy response rates and rate of returns. This keynote session will focus on how service providers are meeting client demands efficiently for effective communications.

    Speaker
    • Barbara A. Pellow Manager Pellow and Partners
  • 8:35 am 9:15 am
    General Session: Workflow Automation - Providing Profitability and Customer Engagement

    Holding back on investments in workflow automation means holding back on growth potential – a mistake that no printing business can afford to make in an environment where growth and profit are essential. The extent to which a business is automated has a strong influence on customer engagement and meeting critical customer requirements while maximizing profitability. Automation streamlines process communication and breaks the production bottlenecks: the inefficiencies and constraints of manufacturing that hamper productivity and profits. In this session, you will get recommendations and examples from an industry expert in workflow automation as well as your peers relative to how to streamline key manufacturing processes.

    Speaker
    • David Zwang Principal Zwang & Company
  • 9:15 am 9:30 am
    Coffee Break
  • 9:30 am 10:55 am
    Boardroom Case Study Presentations
  • 11:10 am 11:40 am
    Industry Insight: It's Not Finished Til It's Finished

    The work is not finished until it is…finished as in post-press finishing. Your inkjet press, media, ink, software, and finishing form the workflow infrastructure, but the finishing equipment is what brings you differentiation. Finishing is not just a production step. It is crucial to your business strategy. Today, it’s not just about cutters, prefers, inserters, folders, or booklines. Today you need to seriously consider the options robotic solutions can bring to your production floor. Let’s talk about the gamut of finishing options available today to automate and optimize..

    Speaker
    • Pat McGrew Managing Director McGrewGroup, Inc.
  • 11:40 am 1:00 pm
    Networking Lunch
  • 1:15 pm 2:40 pm
    Boardroom Case Study Presentations
  • 3:00 pm 6:20 pm
    1:1 Meeting Zone

    Located in the Foyer & Barons Ballroom

  • 7:00 pm 9:00 pm
    Networking Reception, Dinner, & Backyard Barbecue!

    Located outside at the LBJ Pavilion & Deck

Wednesday, April 13

  • 7:00 am 8:00 am
    Networking Breakfast

    Located in the Lost Pines Ballroom (General Session Room)

  • 8:00 am 8:35 am
    General Session: The Sales Process: In a Post Pandemic World

    Covid has had a major impact on sales and how we reach and interact with clients. The fundamental goal of solving customer problems remains unchanged — however, sales rep techniques and timing need to adapt. Reps need to develop remote communication skills and a plan for every customer interaction and use every tool available. This session will discuss sales strategies and how peers are dealing with practical implementation.

    Speaker
    • Barbara A. Pellow Manager Pellow and Partners
  • 8:40 am 9:10 am
    General Session: Where does production cut-sheet Inkjet fit?

    As high-speed production inkjet presses continue to shift the production landscape and expand opportunity, a growing area is cut-sheet inkjet. While the first high-speed production inkjet presses were roll-fed systems, innovations in sheetfed inkjet presses are expanding opportunity for a wider section of print service providers to invest in and benefit from inkjet. A variety of format sizes (B-3, B-2, and B-1) are offering printers affordable high-quality color printing, attractive running costs, smaller footprints, substrate flexibility, and enhanced productivity. Attend this session to find out the what’s new in cut-sheet inkjet and if it’s for your operation.

    Speakers
    • Marco Boer Conference Chair | Vice President IT Strategies
    • Nathan Safran Vice President, Research NAPCO Media
  • 9:25 am 12:00 pm
    Boardroom Case Study Presentations
  • 12:00 pm 1:00 pm
    Networking Lunch

    Located in the Lost Pines Ballroom (General Session Room)

  • 1:15 pm 2:05 pm
    Industry Best Practices: Market Segment Deep Dives
  • 2:20 pm 2:50 pm
    General Session Panel: Driving up the Value of Your Business with Automation and Innovation

    The bidding war for RR Donnelley has brought renewed attention to the value of printing businesses. How does one increase the value of one’s business, and where does inkjet printing and automation fit?

    Speaker
    • Marco Boer Conference Chair | Vice President IT Strategies
  • 2:50 pm 3:00 pm
    Conference Wrap-Up
    Speaker
    • Marco Boer Conference Chair | Vice President IT Strategies
  • 3:15 pm 6:10 pm
    1:1 Meeting Zone
  • 7:00 pm 9:00 pm
    Cocktail Reception, Awards Dinner & Entertainment

    Located in the Lost Pines Ballroom (General Session Room)

Thursday, April 14

  • 6:00 am 1:00 pm
    Transfers to Airport

Questions?

Please contact David Pesko at ijsinfo@napco.com or read the FAQs.