Innovation


Blockchain and Printing, Publishing, Packaging

Blockchain, it’s probably going to be the most used buzzword in boardrooms this year. According to Gartner’s Hype Cycle, it has just passed the ‘peak of inflated expectations’. And that’s what we see: everyone is talking about it, many are saying it’s going to dramatically change the way we do…


Inkjet isn’t about jetting small drops of ink anymore

When looking at the latest developments in inkjet, it becomes clear that inkjet isn’t about jetting ink anymore. And it isn’t about small drops anymore. Inkjet is being used more and more to jet – or maybe better: deposit – all kinds of materials. And drop sizes are growing, significantly….


The 2017 Nobel Prize for Economy: why you should care

In case you never bothered about prizes awarded to scientists, this time it is different. The Nobel Prize for Economy 2017 was awarded to one of the founding fathers of ‘behavioral economics’, the father of ‘nudging’. And this is something you should care about. Nudging is something really useful when…


Disruptive innovation: (when) does it pay off?

It’s a common theme in about every boardroom: the need to innovate. And not just a bit of sustaining innovation, no: the need for really disruptive innovation. Because that’s where the future is. Or at least that’s what we’ve been told when looking back and seeing disruptions from the past….



Printing companies looking into 3D printing: check this first!

Over the past years, many printers shared they were looking into 3D printing. For two reasons: business was rather slow and all reports about 3D printing showed a gigantic new market at their fingertips. But be sure: making that move will not be easy. It is not because it’s called…


Where are the time/temperature indicators on my frozen pizza? The L-word that freezes innovation…

They were supposed to revolutionize the frozen food chain: time/temperature indicators. Every frozen pizza box would get one, according to many specialists and analysts. But it didn’t happen. Why? For an unforeseen factor that can restrict great ideas: the L-word that has the power to freeze innovation. CONTENTS: Time/temperature indicators?…


Short term vs long term strategy: which one pays off?

Earlier this year McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) published a ‘discussion paper’ on the economic impact of ‘short-termism’ and therefor also the difference between short-termism and long-termism. A study that provides some interesting insights… CONTENTS: ‘Corporate Horizon Index’ | The findings | The right metrics? | Why do we buy shares? A…



Smart medical packaging: high tech vs low tech

When you hear ‘smart packaging’, what kind of technology comes to your mind? Probably you think about something high tech, with integrated (printed) electronics and wireless communications. And smart packaging can be like that. But it doesn’t have to be: it can also be very low tech… CONTENTS: The high tech…




Amazon Go and its impact on smart packaging, on printed electronics

Earlier this week Amazon announced Amazon Go, its store with automatic checkout. I immediately wondered how they are going to do that. In the past, the concept of an automatic checkout always involved RFID labels or something similar. But I never believed such a solution would happen anytime soon. CONTENTS:…