CREATE YOUR REVOLUTION Talks inspires the audience with stories of revolution, activism and positive change
While the UK is planning its withdrawal from the European Union, Germany is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The 71st Frankfurter Buchmesse (16-20 October 2019) is taking place against the background of global political and social upheavals worldwide. What role does culture play in dynamic times like these? And why is culture more important than ever, given the current situation of global warming and unstable world politics? These are the core topics of CREATE YOUR REVOLUTION (CYR), the campaign by Frankfurter Buchmesse in cooperation with the United Nations (UN), ARTE, the German Publishers & Booksellers Association, THE ARTS+/B3 and Spreadshop. These topics were also the focus of the CYR Talks taking place at Frankfurter Buchmesse on October 16th.
Spreadshirt CEO Philip Rooke talked about empowering activists to express themselves with Spreadshop.
“The CREATE YOUR REVOLUTION Talks was a fantastic evening with extraordinary talks from around the world”, is John Kampfner’s summary. The former Chief Executive of the Creative Industries Federation and TV-Journalist Nazan Gökdemir moderated the event which celebrated freedom of expression, creative change and a better world. During the three-hour event, cultural activists from all over the world inspired the audience with personal stories and ideas for the future of democracy and culture. Phyllis Omido, Environmental activist and Founder of The Center for Justice, Governance, and Environmental Action, called on the audience for worldwide support for one another: “We share a planet and whatever happens in Africa has an impact in Europe – let’s support each other.” But the evening not solely presented outstanding fighters for worldwide change passionately discussing their ideas, the event also included expressive performances. Corey Scott-Gilbert showed an extract of Sasha Waltz’ dance performance “Creature”.
A summary of the highlights of the event will be available from 23 October in the ARTE Mediathek (arte.tv/buchmesse). Read more
Stellar print-on-demand quality and customer satisfaction planned for 2019 and 2020
Spreadshirt, the self-expression global e-commerce company plans to invest a total of up to $10 million on capital expenditures over the next 2 years. The company will renew and enlarge its printing machinery to handle increased demand and to expand into new categories. In addition, it will set new standards in print quality and delivery times.
“Spreadshirt is the market-leading cotton apparel print-on-demand company across 18 countries, we have a rapidly growing business and great success with our recently launched fulfilment division,” says CEO Philip Rooke about the planned capital expenditure. “Many 3rd party companies wish to access our printing capabilities and the leading standards we use for our own customers.”
Self-expression company attributes sustainable success to mobile sales, partner engagement and service improvements
Spreadshirt ended 2018 with the biggest profit in the company’s history. The self-expression global e-commerce company reported €10m EBITDA, up 23% on the previous year and a total revenue of €110m (+3.4%). 10m designs were uploaded in 2018.
The company attributes some of this growth to mobile traffic (mobile phones and tablets), which increased by 17.7% to 58%. In addition, almost half of all orders were placed via mobile devices in 2018 (10% more than in 2017).
“Spreadshirt achieved something in 2018 that many of our competitors are failing to do,” says Philip Rooke, CEO of Spreadshirt. “We have sustainably increased our profitability. We’ve been able to drive success for our partners and ourselves through our focus on technology and service improvements. By investing in other companies and new printing technologies, we will further strengthen our market position as the leading platform for self-expression”.