Envision3, a full-service offset and digital printing, packaging, mailing, and finishing company in Bloomingdale, Ill., has acquired mailing services, variable printing and fulfillment provider Direct Mail Solutions (DMS), of Carol Stream, Ill. Graphic Arts Advisors, LLC (GAA), Mountain Lakes, N.J., a strategic financial advisory and consulting firm devoted exclusively to all sectors of the graphic communications industry, represented DMS in the sale. GAA Director Mitch Evans served as lead advisor on the transaction, with GAA Managing Director Mark Hahn providing support. The acquisition reflects a growing industry trend toward firms providing a full roster of services rather than focusing on one or two capabilities. “As more and more printers add mailing services and lettershops add digital printing capabilities, a convergence is occurring,” noted GAA’s Hahn. “Acquisition is often the best and fastest route for printing companies seeking to build deep mailing services expertise, and we are seeing continued transactional activity along those lines.” Click Read More below for additional detail.
Printing and packaging businesses seeking growth by offering pick-and-pack fulfillment have an important new, automated offering from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. Newly launched EFI™ MarketDirect Fulfillment software is designed for easy implementation. The new inventory management product is part of the MarketDirect suite of web-to-print, eCommerce and cross media solutions. Equipped with intuitive and flexible administration tools, the new fulfillment offering creates a seamless order-to-fulfillment workflow that businesses can use to expand service offerings, create efficiency in warehouse operations, and drive even greater customer loyalty.
The new software offering delivers out-of-the-box functionality for existing MarketDirect StoreFront web-to-print/eCommerce users, with a structure designed to reduce the time and complexities needed to start and manage print fulfillment operations. MarketDirect Fulfillment also leverages the latest in web eCommerce technology to provide a brilliantly simple and powerful administrative dashboard to manage both clients and orders.
One central solution for a more integrated experience
New York City-based print, marketing collateral and branded merchandise enterprise strategy provider The Sourcing Group had an early experience testing the new solution. According to Lynn Smith, the company’s chief marketing officer, “EFI MarketDirect Fulfillment is a game changer. With full integration of our web-to-print and fulfillment services, we can manage our clients with one central solution, providing a more integrated experience for our customers and better automation for our production team.”
Full-featured fulfillment to protect revenue from competition
EFI MarketDirect Fulfillment is ideal for commercial print and packaging businesses, in-plant print centers and corporate marketing communications teams looking to create immersive order and fulfillment portals for customers with an easy-to-use and intuitive administrative dashboard for staff. As a part of the EFI MarketDirect StoreFront web-to-print workflow solution, both customers and internal users are presented with a familiar interface that gets them up and running quickly and efficiently.
Offered as an ‘always-on’ EFI cloud-managed solution, MarketDirect Fulfillment also removes customer concerns about server availability and uptime, allowing companies to focus on servicing their customers and efficiently running their businesses. As with the rest of the MarketDirect platform, the new product also integrates with comprehensive EFI Productivity Suite MIS/ERP workflows for end-to-end, automated business and production management.