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July 25 - 27, 2022

Agenda

Wednesday, July 28

  • 12:00 pm 4:00 pm
    Conference Registration
  • 4:00 pm 4:10 pm
    Welcome & Opening Remarks
    Speaker
    • Steve Duccilli Conference Co-Chair | Executive Vice President Wide-Format and Industrial Printing, NAPCO Media
  • 4:10 pm 4:40 pm
    Keynote Session: The Wide-format Landscape and Preparing for the Surge Ahead

    Product rollouts were dampened as trade shows worldwide were cancelled for more than a year. The pandemic also upended the vertical markets served by wide-format PSPs, dramatically changing the needs of both print shops and their customers. As the recovery gains strength, how should shop owners re-evaluate their strategic plans and investment decisions given the changed landscape?

    Speaker
    • Marco Boer Conference Chair | Vice President IT Strategies
  • 4:45 pm 5:30 pm
    Keynote Session: Four Topics the Wide-Format Industry Cannot Ignore

    What are the most pressing concerns in the wide-format printing industry today? What issues do shop owners ignore at their peril? Wide-Format Impressions Editor-in-Chief Denise Gustavson will lead a panel featuring the Wide-Format Summit Keynote Sponsors, among the thought leaders in all of print.

    Speaker
    • Denise M. Gustavson Editor-in-Chief Wide-format Impressions
  • 5:30 pm 6:00 pm
    General Session: Why People Are Your Biggest Challenge and Greatest Opportunity

    The shrinking labor pool, lack of experienced production staff, and difficulty of recruiting new talent into the printing industry are urgent challenges for every printing company, and they will only intensify as growth resumes. Our speaker, co-author of Rules of Engagement: A Guide to Better Communication and Relationships with Everyone Who Is Important to Your Business, will provide a fresh look at the entire employment cycle from recruitment and onboarding through culture and continuous improvement.

    Speaker
    • Brian Adam President Olympus Group
  • 6:00 pm 8:00 pm
    Welcome Dinner

Thursday, July 29

  • 7:00 am 8:00 am
    Networking Breakfast
  • 8:00 am 8:30 am
    Keynote Session: Meeting the Needs of Tomorrow’s Buyers

    Our world has changed dramatically since March of 2020, and so have the needs of our customers, regardless of which vertical market they represent. This session will look at the forces that are changing what print buyers need and the specific things that buyers would like their buyers to do better, with feedback directly from the buying community on everything from products offered to value-added services that truly matter.

    Speaker
    • Nathan Safran Vice President, Research NAPCO Media
  • 8:35 am 9:05 am
    Color Measurement Metrics that Matter

    Want to know what Brand Managers are looking for when it comes to color metrics? How about getting great color across varying equipment, substrates and inks? This session will cover the metrics that matter to brands as well as the best practices to ensure that your company meets your clients’ color expectations every time, regardless of the variables. Get a quick overview of the standards that brands are tracking and certifications/training that can make a difference in your organization.

    Speaker
    • Ray Weiss Director, Digital Print Programs PRINTING United Alliance
  • 9:20 am 11:30 am
    Boardroom Case Study Presentations

    Suppliers and attendees discuss challenges faced, strategy, implementation, outcome, and the future.

  • 11:30 am 1:00 pm
    Networking Lunch
  • 1:00 pm 1:35 pm
    General Session: Why Automation Is No Longer an Option

    As sales rebound, many printers will have production capacity – but that’s no longer the critical KPI in most shops. The challenge is to deliver increasingly smaller run sizes, faster, at a time when competition is sure to increase pricing pressure and buyers have been conditioned to on-demand fulfillment. A panel of top PSPs will join Ray Weiss to discuss why the only way to meet those expectations while controlling costs is by streamlining everything from prospecting through order delivery.

  • 1:50 pm 3:00 pm
    Boardroom Case Study Presentations

    Suppliers and attendees discuss challenges faced, strategy, implementation, outcome, and the future.

  • 3:20 pm 5:40 pm
    1:1 Meeting Zone

    1:1 Meetings between Suppliers, Advisory Board Members, & Attendees

  • 6:30 pm 9:00 pm
    Networking Dinner & Casino Night

Friday, July 30

  • 7:00 am 8:00 am
    Networking Breakfast
  • 8:00 am 8:30 am
    Keynote Session: The Art of Contingency Planning

    As 2020 reminded us, you never know what challenges may lie ahead for your business. In this session, Steve Duccilli will lead a panel of print executives to discuss how they negotiated the crisis and specific things they did to mitigate their exposure no matter how bad things became – as well as the lessons they learned along the way and the steps they are taking now that will ease their journeys back into “war rooms,” whenever the next crisis should come.

    Speaker
    • Steve Duccilli Conference Co-Chair | Executive Vice President Wide-Format and Industrial Printing, NAPCO Media
  • 8:35 am 9:05 am
    General Session: Designing Your Move into Digital Textiles

    Fabrics — whether in soft signage, garments, fashion, or interior décor — is playing a larger role in the digital print market. Digital textile printing, however, involves more than a traditional digital print workflow. What market opportunities exist? What do you need to know in order to get started — or expand into more complicated projects? What equipment, software, and skills are essential to ensure success?

    Speaker
    • Tim Greene Research Director IDC
  • 9:20 am 12:00 pm
    1:1 Meeting Zone

    1:1 Meetings between Suppliers, Advisory Board Members, & Attendees

  • 12:00 pm 1:30 pm
    Lunch & Closing Comments

Questions?

Please contact us at wfsinfo@napco.com.