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.