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Consultancy

zipcon consulting regards itself as a technology and strategy consultant to companies operating in the print and media industry. Our integrated approach always includes the drafting of a call-to-action document (white paper or concept) as a follow-up to a status-quo analysis.

As part of this innovation consultancy partnership, working relationships with clients can take a number of different forms.

Range of services

  • Brief analysis – project screening
  • Know-how workshop
  • Specialist on-site consultancy
  • Selection of solutions and providers (tenders)
  • Management consultancy
  • Due diligence projects
  • Project consultancy
  • Project controlling
  • Project mediation
  • Long-term consultancy
  • On-site coaching/interim management

Media, print & publishing innovation consultancy

As part of our consultancy projects we can offer you packages that take different forms and provide different types of coverage. You decide whether you require feedback on the status-quo of your current project or a sparring partner for long-term consultancy.
  • Brief analysis – project screening
    During the course of a conversation or workshop zipcon consulting’s consultants ascertain the status of your project and provide valuable tips as to how your media project can be refined or actioned successfully.
  • Know-how workshop
    An on-site workshop provides you with information about current topics in the media industry – a “helping you to help yourself” guide. The ideal solution for smaller projects or for project preparation.
  • Specialist on-site consultancy
    We can offer you workshops on current issues/challenges within your business, e.g. workflow adjustments, automation, ink management, standardization, data checking and quality management.
  • Selection of solutions and providers (tenders)
    We help you to evaluate one or more suitable technical solutions as well as with putting provider selection projects out to tender.
  • Management consultancy
    We provide advice to your senior management team on how to develop your own strategies (vision, technology, marketing) and customer-specific solutions.
  • Due diligence projects
    Short consultancy projects – following two days of on-site analysis we develop an “action plan” jointly with you within five days and brief your team accordingly.
  • Project consultancy
    Mentoring a project from A to Z – initial analysis, conceptual design, selection of providers, development of project plans, project support (upon request), project controlling, training up of employees, implementation mentoring through to successful completion of major projects.
  • Project controlling
    Projects are systematically monitored by zipcon consulting’s consultants on-site and/or from a zipcon office.
  • Project mediation
    Settlement of disputes between providers and clients in connection with print-/media-related technical projects.
  • Long-term consultancy
    Helping a company over the course of several months/years to implement a sustainable media project-linked change management process.
  • On-site coaching/interim management
    Mentoring a project/company as part of a fixed remit or as an interim measure.

Here’s what our clients have to say

Hans Scheffer

Co-Founder and CEO helloprint, The Netherlands


Bernd Zipper is an icon in the European online print industry. As one of the few, Bernd is extremely well informed about the latest trends and facts and has a clear view on the future of the online printindustry, unlike others. Therefore, i highly recommend Bernd Zipper and zipcon as a strategic partner.

Andreas Schrägle

CEO RATHGEBER GmbH & Co. KG, Germany

We value Bernd Zipper as an accomplished partner with a distinct clarity of vision. This combined with his likable personality, high degree of e-business print know-how and large network of contacts were key factors in enabling us to achieve our objectives.

Olu'yomi Ojo

Chief Idea Officer, Printivo Limited, Nigeria

What Bernd Zipper is doing for the online print industry and the global printing industry as a whole is awesome. Zipcon today has become a connection point for every decision maker and stakeholder in the industry. This is not just good for everyone, it was what the industry need at the moment.

Stephan Bühler

Head of Online Print Sales dierotationsdrucker.de, Germany

Always a good-humored and popular guy – a networker, who is at home in the online print world, who patently feels comfortable in this environment and is held in high esteem. In his presentations, which are liberally peppered with facts and figures and to some extent with provocative statements and challenges, he attempts to waken the print community from its deep slumber. I think the speed at which he delivers his presentations is his way of saying that time is of the essence!

Josef Prasser

CEO Styria Print GmbH, Austria

I regard Bernd Zipper as a very proficient and far-sighted online marketing go-to person. Given his experience and knowledge, his likable personality and optimism, he can point people and companies in the right business direction.

Dr. Michael Fries

CEO Onlineprinters GmbH – diedruckerei.de, Germany

Bernd Zipper has been an influential player in the world of Internet and print for many years. He uses his experience, his contacts, events and his consultancy services to drive the evolution of the industry and the medium of “print” forward.

Dr. Kai Hudetz

CEO IFH Institut für Handelsforschung GmbH, Germany

Bernd Zipper is an absolute man of conviction, who exudes an enthusiasm that’s infectious. Working with him is really great fun!

Ralf Schlözer

Director On Demand Printing & Publishing Services, Info Trends Ltd, United Kingdom

Few people have such a profound understanding of web-to-print and e-commerce as Bernd Zipper, and somebody, who can encapsulate their knowledge in terms that anyone can understand, is even rarer. A visit to the Online Print Symposium is highly recommended.

Günther Longo

CEO Longo AG, Italy

New inspiration, specific strategy recommendations, substantiated methods and implementation examples: zipcon consulting played a significant advisory and mentoring role during Longo’s repositioning process, going about its work systematically, professionally and displaying astuteness and insight. We look forward to a great working relationship in the future too.

Mathias Schmid

CEO Schmid-Fehr AG, Switzerland

Bernd Zipper’s refreshingly critical approach enables him time and again to highlight what’s new in e-business – and in doing so he does not have any respect for tradition, which is a real positive. This approach helped him to provide me with valuable “input” and plenty of food for thought.

Norbert Hettrich

CEO Druckhaus Weppert Schweinfurt GmbH, Germany

I have got to know Bernd Zipper as an all-rounder, who is very much at home on the stage. His visionary yet critical, yes sometimes even cynical presentations capture your imagination. He is able to articulate his e-business print, web-to-print and online print experience with clarity and precision.

Stefan Harder

CEO harder-online GmbH, Germany

In his blog articles he asks interesting questions and rubs salt into the wounds of the print industry without really mincing his words.

Dr. Gerd Dussler

CEO viaprinto, Germany

Without Bernd Zipper the online print industry would lack a figure of authority. He is the guy, who observes the market and brings the main players together – and his passionately felt objective is always to promote and enhance online print and e-business. Given his wealth of knowledge, we at viaprinto regard him as a valuable source of inspiration in the technology and best-practice strategy role he plays.

Markus Hutter

CEO HUTTER DRUCK GmbH & Co KG, Austria

We have been operating in the same business environment for more than ten years now and e-business print has been a major topic of discussion. We are convinced that you can rely on Bernd Zipper to provide substantiated insider knowledge and professional assistance in this new business segment.

Wim Koning

Business Development Screen Europe, The Netherlands

Bernd Zipper has a very good view and opinion on the fact that added value applications make the difference for Print- and Marketing Service Providers. I have been evangelizing added value applications for many years and therefore had a positive click with Bernd directly after our first meeting.

Thomas Petermann

CEO WDS Pertermann GmbH, Germany

Bernd Zipper is always a key asset. I not only value his vigilant gaze beyond the usual horizon, but his down-to-earthness above all, which gives the insane dynamism in our industry a structure that people can get a handle on.

Jos Steutelings

Senior Innovatieadviseur VIGC, Belgium

The way Bernd passionately talks in his publications about e-business print, is frankly inspiring. I see him as the reference in this field. The Belgian W2P.pro project takes many inspiration from the insights shared by Bernd.

Prof. Frank Romano

Professor Emeritus RIT, USA


Bernd Zipper is a thinker. Bernd Zipper is a philosopher. Bernd Zipper is a person, who is taken technology and found the applications for. He has been an innovator, he was one of the first to see the applications of PDF. He was one of the first to see the applications of JDF. And then he was one of the first to understand and be passionate about web to print. Bernd Zipper is the person who is our guy into the future of the printing industry.