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Everything’s bigger in Texas – including Dscoop

Wednesday, 02 May 2018
By Jake Nelson

Part of the Australian delegation at Dscoop USA 2018, including Kelvin Gage (back row, second from right) and Jason Beckley (front row, second from right).

More than 20 printers from four Australian states attended this year’s Dscoop USA conference in Dallas, Texas, which Kelvin Gage, chairman of Dscoop Asia-Pacific and Japan, hailed as ‘a return to the great Dscoops of old’.

2250 attendees from around the world descended upon the Lone Star State for the four-day conference, which included 68 different education sessions, four keynotes, and a solutions showcase of 90 different partners. Gage was full of praise for the program, the speakers, and the sessions. “Dscoop is all about providing print businesses with the tools to grow. It provides a community and an environment for learning and collaboration, and Dallas certainly delivered,” he said. “The feedback from attendees and partners has been outstanding.”

The 26 printers who made up the Australian contingent also visited sites in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Texas before the event. According to Jason Beckley, business development manager at HP, these visits focused on labels and packaging technology. “As well as a great event, this trip was particularly good because of the various site visits we arranged prior to Dscoop. A conscious effort was made to visit sites that would provide different revenue streams for traditional commercial printers,” he said. “All the companies we visited provided a fascinating insight into their sales, marketing and production techniques as well as their transition from traditional to digital technologies.”

Aaron Lusch.

Aaron Lusch, general manager of Platypus Graphics, was a first-time attendee who ‘definitely’ plans to go back after his Dscoop experience. “Dscoop was a great mix of education and entertainment. The keynote sessions were upbeat and informative and the education sessions provided industry relevant information across an array of topics,” he said. “I came away from Dscoop feeling informed and, dare I say, inspired with new ideas about growing our business.”

Dscoop next heads to Seoul, South Korea, from May 14 to May 18, and is on track to hit at least 700 attendees. Registration is open now at the conference’s website.

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