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In the Spotlight: The Marketplace Designer of the Month

Published 27. Jul 2021 in Brands
Designer of the Month July 2021

Spreadshirt’s Marketplace has a lot to offer. Next to offering a home to more than ten million crowd-sourced designs ― contributed by some of the web’s most talented independent designers ― it highlights the diversity of our international community of partners. This series present the Designer of the Month.

Marketplace Designer of the Month July: Monsieur Mouton

The designs of our Marketplace Designer of the Month July are anything but sheepish! Monsieur Mouton from France amazes with fun and colorful designs.

Designer of the Month July 2021
Designer of the Month July 2021

Are you excited about puns? Discover the playful world of Monsieur Mouton in his showroom and on his Instagram account msieurmouton.

Designer of the Month July 2021
Designer of the Month July 2021

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Spread Group Announces Security Incident

Published 08. Jul 2021 in Company

Spread Group faced a security incident and has immediately taken all necessary technical and organizational steps to ensure its data security following a recent incident. The details behind this incident are currently under investigation.

Data security is of highest importance and we are currently running an extensive investigation into the this incident’s background and impact. It is currently not clear what data might have been compromised. Spread Group is working closely with external security consultants and has been in contact with the authorities.

Our business operations were not affected by this incident and all systems are running without incident.

We will keep this post updated as well as a dedicated help page as soon as more information is available.

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Eike Adler

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Follow-up: The radioeins gallery moves into Bikini Berlin

Published 29. Jun 2021 in Brands Company
Follow-up: The radioeins gallery moves into Bikini Berlin

Spreadshop and Berlin radio station radioeins are putting artwork by Berlin artists on T-shirts. The “radioeins gallery” campaign has just opened an exhibition in Berlin’s Bikini shopping center.

At the beginning of May, the virtual “radioeins gallery” was launched (click here for the news article). The joint campaign by Spreadshop and Berlin radio station radioeins is helping Berlin artists through the pandemic by printing their artwork on T-shirts. The “art to wear”, as the campaign website puts it, is available for purchase in the radio station’s shop.

Now the online gallery is coming to the offline world and can be experienced in an exhibition space in Berlin’s Bikini shopping center in Charlottenburg. Over the summer months, the T-shirts can be admired as canvases in a pop-up box. On site, visitors can order their favorite T-shirts directly to their homes via QR code in the online store of the radioeins gallery. Spreadshop takes care of the printing and shipping of the products.

We are happy that we can take our joint campaign to another level and that the gallery can now be seen in a real exhibition space. As a result, the artwork on T-shirts will gain even more attention and a much larger audience,” says Johanna Wallburg, Key Account Manager at Spreadshop.

Follow-up: The radioeins gallery moves into Bikini Berlin
“This is art. It can’t go!” is the message on radioeins’ campaign website

The proceeds from the sale of the radioeins gallery Spreadshop will be used to support artists in the pandemic. The following Berlin artists are participating in the campaign:

Franziska Maderthaner
Julia Maier
Matthias Dornfeld
Moritz Schleime
Roman Lipski
Kennet Lekko
Kim Dreyer

Detailed information about the participants, their work and their motives can be found on the website of the radioeins gallery.

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Spread Group Is Awarded the Family-Friendliness Prize of the City of Leipzig

Published 24. Jun 2021 in Company Insights
Spread Group Is Awarded the Family-Friendliness Prize of the City of Leipzig

The City of Leipzig’s Family Friendliness Award has been presented for the 13th time. This year, companies and institutions were honored that showed particular commitment to the compatibility of family and career during the pandemic. In the “Retail & Distribution” category, Spread Group received the award for being a family-friendly employer.

Local companies became particularly active and also creative in the context of family friendliness during the pandemic. That was the big issue at this year’s presentation of the City of Leipzig’s Family Friendliness Award 2021. Several Leipzig businesses and institutions applied, and Spread Group can count itself among the award winners.

The compatibility of family and career is a living culture at the Spread Group. For home-schooling and home-care, parents working at the company were provided with additional technical equipment for digital lessons. Working hours can be individually timed to fit in with family situations. Strategies have been devised for online meetings to ensure that the fun factor is not neglected. Digital sports breaks, lunch lotteries or an Easter challenge are just some of the actions implemented to support the team during the pandemic. This also applied to the children: For them, special kids’ yoga classes and a kids’ disco were created,” says the current press release of the city of Leipzig.

Spread Group Is Awarded the Family-Friendliness Prize of the City of Leipzig
Burghard Jung (Mayor of Leipzig), Silvia Lauterbach (Spread Group), Vicki Felthaus (Mayor for Youth, School and Democracy), Georg Teichert (Central Equal Opportunities Officer for Equal Opportunities, Diversity and Family at the University of Leipzig) and Volkmar Müller (Managing Director LVV), from left to right, © Copyright Eric Kemnitz.

In his laudatory speech at the award ceremony, Georg Teichert, Central Equal Opportunities Officer for Equal Opportunities, Diversity and Family at the University of Leipzig, paid tribute to Spread Group: “Giving expression to messages is Spread Group’s corporate idea, and when it comes to family-friendliness, this company has a very clear plan for its employees, where home office has long been part of everyday life. The corporate culture is characterized by flat hierarchies, a willingness to engage in dialog and participation at all levels.
The jury of the Family Friendliness Award was particularly impressed by the fact that Spread Group has always thought about the children of its employees and has created (virtual) formats such as Kid’s Yoga or Kids’ Disco.
With the words “We as jury members say ‘wow’ and are thrilled by so much commitment!” Silvia Lauterbach, Head of Recruiting & Employer Branding at Spread Group, will ceremoniously hand over the certificate and the prize money. “Many thanks for this award and this great laudation! I would like to give a very special thanks to our colleagues and Spread Group’s management. They have always supported and promoted all these ideas and actions. Hopefully, we will continue to have the courage to be an innovative pioneer and inspirer,” says Silvia Lauterbach.

Spread Group’s Image of Family Friendliness

Work-life balance has been an integral part of Spread Group’s culture since the beginning. As a family-friendly employer, the company relies on 100% trust-based working hours with flexible home office options and usually no appointments after 4 pm. With a very accessible HR department, family-friendly part-time models can be agreed with the employee and implemented promptly. In addition, the company has maintained a successful cooperation with a daycare center in Leipzig for several years. Since 2011, the company’s Feel-Good Management department has also been firmly established. Among other things, it organizes yoga and meditation breaks and joint after-work events for colleagues, summer parties and hiking days, as well as children’s activities such as the kids’ disco and painting activities, all of which currently take place virtually.

Spread Group Is Awarded the Family-Friendliness Prize of the City of Leipzig
Spread Group Is Awarded the Family-Friendliness Prize of the City of Leipzig
© Copyright Eric Kemnitz

In addition to Spread Group, other Leipzig institutions and companies have been honored for their commitment as family-friendly employers. The award winners include pioneer communications GmbH, the Mütterzentrum Leipzig e.V. association and the Dr. Anita Wieser practice. Kunststoffzentrum gGmbH was also honored with the special prize of the Leipzig Chamber of Industry and Commerce. The prize of the children’s jury went to a Grünau cooperation project between the Grünau Family Center (Caritas Leipzig e.V.), Haus Steinstraße e.V. and the association dezentrale e.V. The prize was awarded in a small circle of finalists on June 18, 2021 in the LVZ dome.

To watch the award ceremony there is a video recording, which can be accessed at the following link: https://www.leipzig.de/buergerservice-und-verwaltung/unsere-stadt/auszeichnungen-und-ehrungen/familienfreundlichkeitspreis/

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In the Spotlight: The Marketplace Designer of the Month

Published 22. Jun 2021 in Brands
Designer of the Month June 2021

Spreadshirt’s Marketplace has a lot to offer. Next to offering a home to more than ten million crowd-sourced designs ― contributed by some of the web’s most talented independent designers ― it highlights the diversity of our international community of partners. This series present the Designer of the Month.

June

We welcome summer and open the stage for our Designer of the Month June: Squirrell from the UK. Colorful and modern is the motto of her cheerful designs.

Designer of the Month June 2021
Designer of the Month June 2021

Discover the fabulous world of Squirrel in her showroom and on her Instagram account @nicsquirrell.

Designer of the Month June 2021
Designer of the Month June 2021

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In the Spotlight: The Marketplace Designer of the Month

Published 25. May 2021 in Brands
Spreadshirt Designer of the Month May 2021

Spreadshirt’s Marketplace has a lot to offer. Next to offering a home to more than ten million crowd-sourced designs ― contributed by some of the web’s most talented independent designers ― it highlights the diversity of our international community of partners. This series present the Designer of the Month.

May

On June 1, it is that time again: International Children’s Day is celebrated. The featured Marketplace Designer of the Month MademoiselleKiki inspires with lovely designs for children.

Designer of the Month May 2021
Designer of the Month May 2021

Are you still looking for top-notch gifts for kids? Check out her colorful animal designs in her Showroom!

Designer of the Month May 2021
Designer of the Month May 2021

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T-shirts Worn as Canvases – Spreadshop Supports Local Artists

Published 19. May 2021 in Brands Company
T-shirts Worn as Canvases – Spreadshop Supports Local Artists

Spreadshop and Berlin-Brandenburg’s radio station “radioeins” promote Berlin’s cultural scene by printing the artwork of local artists* on T-shirts.

This is art. It can’t go!” is the message on radioeins’ campaign website. The radioeins gallery was launched to support Berlin’s artists during the pandemic of closed museums and exhibitions. Since the beginning of May, printed T-shirts with different artwork designs have been available on sale there.

Anyone can hang pictures on the wall! We wanted to take it a step further, and now you can wear a piece of art from the radioeins gallery as well,” a statement from the campaign’s initiator radioeins reads. The T-shirt paintings can be purchased in the radioeins gallery’s Spreadshop to support artists in the pandemic. “The Spreadshop will strengthen the awareness of culture and bring art to the streets. By buying and wearing the merchandise shirts, everyone can make their support visible in public spaces. We are proud to be part of this campaign,” says Johanna Wallburg, Key Account Manager at Spreadshop.

Interviews with the participating artists are presented on the radioeins gallery website as well as on the air on Mondays to Fridays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (CEST). Franziska Maderthaner, Julia Maier, Matthias Dornfeld, Moritz Schleime, and Roman Lipski are currently participating in the campaign. Works by Kennet Lekko and Kim Dreyer will also be added to the virtual gallery soon.

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The Spread Group’s Spreadshirt Create-Your-Own brand is reviving the embroidery-look trend by launching embroidery textile finishing in all its European markets. 

The embroidery refinement technique has just been adopted by Spreadshirt’s Create-Your-Own brand. At the Spread Group’s site in Leipzig, the research and development team has put embroidery’s functionality and versatility to extensive tests in recent months. Convinced of the enormous durability of the textile refinement method, a pool of Tajima’s highly automated embroidery machines has been put into motion. Now Spreadshirt is offering embroidery in all its European markets, and thereby expanding its existing range of classic digital and foil printing techniques.

Embroidery impresses with durability and exclusive properties

Embroidery not only looks classy due to its vibrant appearance, but also convinces in terms of enormous durability. The finishing allows washing fabrics of up to 60°C (140°F) and is just as durable as the clothing itself,” says Tobias Beutel, Director of Personalization Services at Spreadshirt Create-Your-Own. These high-quality features are in particularly high demand in the business customer sector. Whether in the catering industry, at events or in customer service, embroidered workwear with company logos or slogans conveys exclusivity and quality.

The demand for embroidery designs in individual orders and gift orders keeps increasing, and the design options for any occasion are huge. Currently, 50 products from Spreadshirt’s range can be embroidered with custom text. To be able to offer customers an even wider selection of items that can be embroidered, Spreadshirt’s range is constantly being expanded. In addition to the current embroidery bestsellers such as hoodies, polo shirts, caps, and aprons, a variety of (fleece) jackets and workwear will be added to the product range. Gift items such as custom towels and bathrobes are also in the pipeline.

Embroidery is key to future market success

The potential of the embroidery refinement technology is immense. In 2019, embroidery accounted for over 40% of the total customized apparel market. At the moment, this is still a strongly offline-oriented market. As a successful e-commerce platform, we want to mix this up and transfer embroidery into the online world with a versatile product selection and attractive pricing,” says Tobias Beutel.

The next steps have already been planned. More highly automated embroidery machines will soon be installed at the Spread Group’s production facilities in Europe and the USA. In the recently opened new production at the site in Legnica (Poland), the first machines will be put into operation in May 2021.

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Spreadshirt’s Marketplace has a lot to offer. Next to offering a home to more than ten million crowd-sourced designs ― contributed by some of the web’s most talented independent designers ― it highlights the diversity of our international community of partners. This series present the Designer of the Month.

APRIL

Be a hero for the earth! Meet the eco-friendly Designer of the Month @wirfuerdieerde who fights for animal rights and environmental protection. Her designs inspire climate positive actions for our planet.

More great designs against plastic pollution, animal testing and Co. can be discovered on the showroom of wirfuerdieerde.


MARCH

Designer of ther Month March MYINKI

On occasion of Women’s Month we are featuring an empowering Designer of the Month! MYINKI is a French Spreadshirt Designer who puts women at the front and center of her designs!

MYINKI’s designs are stunning and empowering. You will fall in love with her illustrations when scrolling through her Instagram feed.


FEBRUARY

In the Spotlight: The Marketplace Designer of the Month February Lobitos

February is often known for being a month dedicated to love. Valentine’s Day (Feb 14th) and Love Your Pet Day (Feb 20th) are less than one week apart! Is that a coincidence? When talking about the Designer of the Month in February, Lobitos, we know that greyhounds have found their way into her heart.

Lobitos inspires with imaginative and colorful designs for dog, cat, and bird lovers.


JANUARY

Designer of the Month January 2021 Strandmuschel

The German designer Strandmuschel kicks off the series with their playful and wintery designs that have an appeal for adults and children alike.

Strandmuschel this or that

Strandmuschel Winter foy

These fanciful images will make even those who are no winter fans fall in love with the cold season. Don’t you agree?

Penguin ice skating design from Strandmuschel

polar bear and comet design from Strandmuschel

Spread Group’s Polish production moves to a new location and expands its capacity and technical park.

Spread Group has opened a new production facility in Legnica, Poland. After 13 years in the north of the city, the company is moving into a state-of-the-art new hall in the Panattoni Park in the south of Legnica. With a total area of almost 11,000 m², the new building offers space for an enlarged warehouse, expanded machinery with different printing technologies, and more office space.

New production facility becomes European central warehouse

The new location helps us optimize our European logistics. From now on, Legnica will serve as the central warehouse for our production in Germany, the Czech Republic, and Poland. We currently have around 4,500 storage locations for products. We are now able to double or even triple this capacity. The move was a real team effort! I am very proud of the entire team who, despite the circumstances over the last 12 months, got our new, strategically important production facility up and running on schedule,” says Hanne Dinkel, Spread Group’s Chief Customer Delivery Officer.

The investment and the move to the new building also underline Spread Group’s commitment to the region and the expansion of its printing technologies. In addition to machinery of refinement methods such as foil printing, thermal sublimation, poster and sticker printing, additional state-of-the-art digital-direct printers have been installed. Newly developed machines for printing on polyester products and machines for embroidering clothing will be moving into the site in the near future.

Logistical advantages in every respect

The production hall and warehouse are now located on one level, which optimizes and simplifies the entire organization and production. In addition, our new location now boosts very good transport links to the highway, which will benefit our suppliers, logistics service providers, and our colleagues,” says Ewa Ziemba, Director Production in Legnica.

Currently, around 200 colleagues work in production in Legnica, some of whom have been working there for many years. With this move, Spread Group has been able to recruit new employees. The team is also looking for further reinforcements on site – from seasonal workers to new specialists.

The production facility in Legnica is one of five Spread Group production sites. In 2020, a total of 9.8 million products were printed at the various sites and shipped to customers worldwide. The print-on-demand provider plans to further increase the number of printed products in 2021. With the new facilities at the Legnica site, the company is ideally positioned to achieve this goal.

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(Copyright: Spread Group)