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Chicago. Home to some of the world’s greatest food, most passionate sports fans, awe-inspiring architecture, and miles of shopping. And for the next four days, Chicago will also be the home of the print industry’s largest North American gathering in 2015.

Graph Expo represents an opportunity for an entire industry to come together, energize and find trending business solutions and exciting new opportunities for profit. In the Xerox booth (#613), you’ll find all that and more – from an array of high-end digital color printing technologies to workflow solutions that address the automation needs of today’s print providers.

Editor’s Note: When show hours are over and you’re looking for some fun to unwind, Chicago offers something for everyone. Consider taking a stroll through Grant Park, catching a White Sox game or two (they’re home each night after Graph Expo), picking up a gift for a loved one on Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile, or exploring the city’s buzzing night life.

Here is your must-do checklist at Graph Expo:

  1. See Award-Winning Digital Presses in Action

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Each year, industry experts gather to hand out MUST SEE ‘EMS awards, representing the most compelling new products being introduced at Graph Expo.

This year, two Xerox digital presses claimed this prestigious honor: The Xerox iGen 5 Press and the Xerox Rialto 900 Inkjet Press.

Both award-winning technologies address booming opportunities for print providers to seize:

  • Digital Production Color, which is projected to grow from nearly 460 billion pages today to 725 billion pages globally by 20181, and
  • Production Color Inkjet, the industry’s fastest growing segment and one whose page volume is expected to exceed that of digital color toner in the U.S. by 2017.

The Xerox iGen 5 is the first in the flagship family to feature an optional fifth toner station to extend the press’s color gamut and increase its capability to match spot colors. Meanwhile, the Rialto 900 is the world’s first fully integrated, narrow web inkjet press – whose all-in-one design brings the advantages of inkjet to any size production facility.

  1. Achieve True Automation with Cloud Solutions

In a competitive marketplace with tightening margins, survival comes down to your ability to reduce costs or add new services. With a robust rollout of workflow announcements, Xerox is committed to both while making the path to automation easier than ever before.xer_cloud_computing_alternative

How? The release of cloud-based versions for FreeFlow Core and FreeFlow Digital Publisher eliminate some of the largest barriers to automation adoption: lack of IT support and large upfront capital costs.

Now, cloud systems are installed, managed and hosted securely by Xerox while you only pay for the services you need. No hardware to install, no maintenance required, and no in-house IT support needed.

Reducing costs by automating print processes is as simple as logging-in remotely to the FreeFlow Core Cloud solution and building touchless workflows. Meanwhile, you can easily enhance the services you offer by creating print and mobile/online communications simultaneously from a single workflow with FreeFlow Digital Publisher (now available in a SaaS model or stand-online ePublishing configuration).

  1. Uncover New Business Opportunities with Packaging

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While the retail value of digital packaging is expected to achieve a compound annual growth rate of roughly 19 percent between 2013 and 2018, folding cartons are expected to grow at a rate of over 50%.

Driven by a growing market, product fragmentation and a trend towards shorter runs; a greater number of printed packaging is falling within the sweet spot of short-run digital printing. Brand owners are also embracing digitally printed solutions for the advantages it offers, such as just-in-time delivery that reduces warehousing and obsolescence costs; the ability to develop prototypes cost effectively in small quantities; and added value with variable data printing.

Discover the opportunities to produce targeted, specialized offerings that better meet your customers’ needs with the Xerox Automated Packaging Solution – the first integrated, inline digital solution for packaging.

  1. Take Home Personalized Applications!

Want to take home your very own personalized 2016 calendar, embellished with sparkling Gold Ink? Maybe you’d like a wide format beer poster printed with your name on the labels? Or how about a playful door hanger for your office that features your name and lets your colleagues know when you’ve stepped away?

Stop by one of our many iPad stands to personalize an application and watch it move seamlessly through production with XMPie and Web-to-Print workflows.

  1. Customized Solutions to Fit your Business Needs

To deliver certain customer jobs, your business may sometimes require specialized or unique production requirements. When this is the case, our Production Customization is here to help.

We can modify or enhance standard Xerox production printer or workflow systems to meet an individual, industry or market need.  These solutions include standard Xerox capabilities while adding advanced functionality – helping you gain a competitive advantage while.

One example on display is Thick Stock Capability for the Xerox iGen 5 and iGen4 110 Presses, providing a wider range of media support up to 24 point stock (610 microns). This is great for short run applications such as packaging, signage, merchandise tags and specialty photo pieces – where added substrate strength and rigidity is required.

  1. Grab Golden Nuggets with Industry Education Panels

What better way to ensure you bring back golden nuggets of actionable information than to attend education sessions? The PrintMediaCentr booth (#3867) will feature loads of industry panels (also live streamed here). Don’t miss:

  • Breach Is The New Black: Data, Privacy and The Cloud
    Sunday, 9/13, 4pm: A focus on helping printers understand how to protect their customers and their data by sharing best practices, tools, and tips.
  • 50 Shades of YAY! Color Management, Paper & Digital Print
    Monday, 9/14, 11am: A discussion of the value of color management and how to manage color across multiple devices and substrates.
  • Zooming In: Bringing The Value of Digital Print Into Focus
    Monday, 9/14, 1pm: 
    Customer success stories that highlight the amazing and creative things that can be achieved with digital print.
  • I Can’t Believe it’s Not Offset! Everything You Need To Know About The Inkjet Revolution! (Tuesday, 9/15, 11am)
  • An ROI River Runs Through It: Mapping Your Muti-Channel Marketing Streams
    Tuesday, 9/15, 11am: 
    Ways printers can market themselves through print and additional channels.
  • Print Smart: Evaluating Tools for Saving Time and Money
    Wednesday, 9/16, 12pm: 
    Tips, best practices for printers to assess their workflows and processes in order to find the right solutions for their business.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!