MARKET-X trading platform will start the pilot stage

MARKET-X trading platform will start the pilot stage

manroland web systems will start the pilot stage for the new MARKET-X trading platform from August 2017 in order to connect more and more qualified suppliers to the future marketplace of the printing industry. MARKET-X trading platform will have numerous suppliers and will lift up the one-stop shopping experience to the next level.
Presently, the manroland web STORE supplies well over a thousand web offset customers with spare and wear parts as well as authorized consumables. Completely redesigned and relaunched in July 2016, this well-established online shop follows the model of the most modern shops in the B2C sector.

MARKET-X trading platform is a further development of the established manroland web STORE to offer customers of manroland web systems and others a much wider selection of products and services.

The first suppliers have already started to sell their products at the manroland web STORE. “We are very happy to welcome considerable players from the printing industry. Together with a range of selected pilot customers, we are at the testing phase at the moment. The manroland web STORE has been established to be user friendly and in close cooperation with our customers to implement all additional functions which are required in a B2B world. Having the customer as the main focus of all of our activities ensures ideal solutions. We are proud to provide the same high level of service for the additional MARKET-X products,” explains Alexander Wachter, vice president – eCommerce & Customer Support.

The company will further work on new improvements and functions to offer the most modern shop for the industry. “The main objective is to offer a round-the-clock modern, convenient and reliable one-stop shopping experience no matter from where in the world. That’s what I would like to call a MARKET-neXt Generation,” Wachter confidently says.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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