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Employers worry about home office productivity - but often fail to invest in solutions

More than 18 months after the pandemic hit Germany and forced businesses into home offices, only two-fifths of companies say they have provided the tools and technology needed to maintain employee productivity regardless of where they work, according to a survey released today by Ricoh Europe.

Safe in-person trade fairs in Frankfurt

The first in-person trade fairs have already taken place. Messe Frankfurt is ready to resume in-person events with its proven safety and hygiene concept and requirement that everyone be vaccinated, recovered or tested. The first events have already been held successfully, and the next in-person events will be opening their doors in Frankfurt in September.

Hybrid working – connecting staff to let the work flow

By Craig Lewis, Head of Enterprise Printing, Ricoh Europe

The increase in employees working from home is one of the consequences of the pandemic that has been most talked about. Sometimes celebrated, sometimes criticised. But, inescapably, a hugely prominent corporate phenomenon of the last 18 months.

Print industry prepares for a future of shorter print runs and new technology, according to Smithers expert study

A defining factor for graphics, packaging and publication printing across the next decade will be adjusting to print buyer demands for shorter and faster print runs. This will reshape the cost dynamics of print buying radically, and is creating a new imperative to invest in new equipment, even as the commercial landscape is reshaped by the experience of COVID-19.

97 percent of companies want to continue participating in trade fairs

That was the finding of the second round of Messe Frankfurt’s customer survey. Known as the Customer Care Campaign (CCC), the survey was first conducted in autumn 2020 and then repeated in spring 2021. The goal was for local sales partners to contact Messe Frankfurt’s customers during the coronavirus pandemic, inform them of trade fair cancellations and support their efforts to participate in current and future trade fairs – all while invigorating Messe Frankfurt’s sales network.

Innovation essential for future print equipment market as COVID cuts worldwide sales by $4.0 billion in 2020, new Smithers research finds

The global market for print and finishing equipment will reach $15.9 billion in 2021, despite seeing a recovery from the disruption caused by COVID, the outlook of the market remains challenging through to 2026. This will place a premium on new technologies, value-adding systems and services, sand greater automation, as print OEMs look to maintain profitability.

“Trade fairs are essential for a healthy and successful economy”

Trade fairs pave the way for economic upswings and are a key to prosperity – this is something that Nicola Beer, Vice President of the European Parliament, and Wolfgang Marzin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Messe Frankfurt GmbH, both emphasised when they met at the home base of Germany's biggest trade fair organiser. Beer also spoke forcefully about the importance of international trade fairs to a strong, stable and healthy economy.

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