Wan-Ifra launches online marketplace for news publishers, suppliers

WIZONE tailored for the news publishing industry

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Winzone online marketplace poised to lift connections between suppliers, service providers and news publishers on a global scale

On Day 1 of the Indian Printers Summit 2023 on 14 September in the picturesque sea port city Kochi, the World Association of News Publishers (Wan-Ifra) officially launched WIZONE, an online marketplace that will connect suppliers, service providers and news publishers on a global scale.

Tailored for the news publishing industry, the platform serves suppliers and publishers worldwide, and aims to facilitate seamless connections, foster collaboration, and drive innovation within the industry.

Unveiling the marketplace, K N Shanth Kumar, Wan-Ifra board member and director of The Printers Mysore Ltd., said the service, which transcends traditional boundaries and embraces digital evolution, is poised to redefine how the industry operates and connects.

“WIZONE represents a significant milestone in our commitment to facilitating growth and collaboration within the news publishing realm. Our vision is to facilitate and accelerate interactions between suppliers, service providers and publishers, advance the best solutions and talents to the market, and propel the industry into the digital era and propel the industry into the digital era,” said Vincent Peyrègne, CEO of Wan-Ifra.

WIZONE has a portfolio of over 250 featured products and solutions. It offers three plans for suppliers – Basic (free), Standard, and Premium – with tailored options. Suppliers can feature their companies and advertise on the home page.

For news publishers, WIZONE has a complimentary service, allowing them to explore a wide range of products and solutions such as artificial intelligence; data and analytics; editorial systems such as CMS digital publishing platforms; prepress such as CTP, color management; newsprint and consumables such as ink, plates, blanket; and used printed equipment, etc.

In its next phase, WIZONE plans to augment its offerings with additional content, including Requests for Proposals (RFPs), white papers, and webinars delving into news media technology and business trends.

In 2024, we are looking at full recovery and growth-led investment in Indian printing

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. It created the category of privately owned B2B print magazines in the country. And by its diversification in packaging, (Packaging South Asia), food processing and packaging (IndiFoodBev) and health and medical supply chain and packaging (HealthTekPak), and its community activities in training, research, and conferences (Ipp Services, Training and Research) the organization continues to create platforms that demonstrate the need for quality information, data, technology insights and events.

India is a large and tough terrain and while its book publishing and commercial printing industry have recovered and are increasingly embracing digital print, the Indian newspaper industry continues to recover its credibility and circulation. The signage industry is also recovering and new technologies and audiences such as digital 3D additive printing, digital textiles, and industrial printing are coming onto our pages. Diversification is a fact of life for our readers and like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

India is one of the fastest growing economies in nominal and real terms – in a region poised for the highest change in year to year expenditure in printing equipment and consumables. Our 2024 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock – to emphasize your visibility and relevance to your customers and turn potential markets into conversations.

– Naresh Khanna

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