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The Right Label Partner Can Reduce Print and Process Management Costs

Client:

This client is a large producer of polymers and high-performance plastics. As we worked with the Purchasing
Manager on a label application,
he did choose another vendor.
He was impressed, however,
that we had not simply
provided a price on
duplicating the current label.
We had suggested a new
label structure that would
work as well but at a lower
price point.

 Challenge:

Several months later, the
Superintendent of Material
Handling at the client’s
warehouse location was experiencing poor performance of his drum labels and asked if the Purchasing Manager knew of any label suppliers who could come in, analyze the situation and provide solutions that would fix the problems. Curtis 1000 was the name that came to mind.

We discovered that the current vendor was often late on shipments. In order not to be caught short, the Superintendent had to shut down his operation and perform a physical drum label inventory—only to find he needed a rush order. The Curtis 1000 team left the meeting with a comprehensive list of issues.

 Solution:

Our solution called for the labels to be run in increments of three-month supplies to be shipped and billed as needed. The issue of inventory would be resolved by implementing a bi-monthly schedule of visits where Curtis 1000 would take the responsibility of handling the physical inventory; there would be no more “stock outs.” We presented samples from related industries that illustrated the quality that could be expected. As a test run, Curtis 1000 would produce a one-month supply of the first label that was needed, let the client run it through their process, and scrutinize for problems. Then, if the client was satisfied, Curtis 1000 would produce, ship and invoice the balance of the run.

 Results:

Curtis 1000 earned this custom drum label business by delivering a customer-focused business solution that saved the client time and money. The labels run without issue through the client’s equipment, greatly improving downtime, while the inventory ordering system keeps just the right amount of stock on the floor, eliminating expensive rush orders.

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Manufacturer’s marketing staff gets needed resources and expertise

Client:

Our client is a large industrial tire manufacturer in a growth mode.

Challenge:

With global needs for their international
organization, the client was thinking
about switching vendors, from a small
print shop to a more secure printing
company with a solid position in the
market. The first order of business was
an online ordering site for their dealer
network that was easier to manage,
easy to use, accessible to all of their
dealers, and capable of tracking
inventory and shipped packages.

Solution:

Of the three vendors that our client had in
mind to build their online ordering site,
they said Curtis 1000 was the most
responsive. Our software, services and
modifications were more flexible than the
competition’s. The value of our
CurtisDirect® solution for easy, online
proofing and ordering of their promotional and print-on-demand items was apparent. We built a site that rivals the top competitor’s sites with innovative solutions to handle unique consolidated-billing needs.

Results:

All 50+ users in the dealer network can
now go online, find their products, proof
them online and easily order them,
track the shipments, and take advantage
of real-time inventory management.
Gone is the labor- intensive managing and
tracking of the program. And the client didn’t have to hire additional resources. Enjoying increased efficiencies through our resources and processes, the marketing staff can do what they are supposed to do—focus on their core competencies and grow their business—instead of tracking orders, projects, and packages.

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CurtisDirect® adds resources to client’s staff

Case Study: Manufacturing – Adding Resources and Expertise

Client:

Our client is a large industrial tire manufacturer in a growth mode.

Challenge:

With global needs for their international organization, the client was thinking about switching vendors—from a small print shop to a more secure printing company with a solid position in the market. The first order of business was an online ordering site for their dealer network that was easier to manage, easy to use, accessible to all of their dealers, and capable of tracking inventory and shipped packages.

Solution:

Of the three vendors that our client had in mind to build their online ordering site, they said Curtis 1000 was the most responsive. Our software, services and modifications were more flexible than the competition’s. The value of our CurtisDirect® solution for easy, online proofing and ordering of their promotional and print-on-demand items was apparent. We built a site that rivals the top competitor’s sites with innovative solutions to handle unique consolidated-billing needs.

Results:

All 50+ users in the dealer network can now go online, find their products, proof them online and easily order them, track the shipments, and take advantage of real-time inventory management. Gone is the labor-intensive managing and tracking of the program. And the client didn’t have to hire additional resources. Enjoying increased efficiencies through our resources and processes, the marketing staff can do what they are supposed to do—focus on their core competencies and grow their business—instead of tracking orders, projects, and packages.

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Importance of name, brand, and reputation

Client:

Phillips Brothers Country Hams is a family-owned business serving North Carolina since 1947. Committed to a life-long, honest relationship with their customers and community, Phillips Brothers is dedicated to being the best provider of pork products cured the old-fashioned way.

Challenge:

The owners of Phillips Brothers Country Hams were not pleased with the appearance of their current prime labels. When used in a cold environment, the ink would smear.

Solution:

We began meeting with the owners of Phillips Brothers Country Hams to discuss the 4” x 6” prime labels used on their refrigerated hams and other items. To quickly address the problem of smearing ink, we suggested a laminate over the label to protect the ink and provide the moisture protection they were looking for. As bonuses, the laminate would add durability to the label and make the colors pop, adding attractiveness to the finished label—a very important factor for Phillips Brothers.

As the Curtis 1000 team began to discuss label usage, several stocks developed specifically for refrigerated food products were reviewed and compared to our client’s usage and volume. One particular label stock packed a lot of benefits at a reasonable price.

 Results:

The owners were pleased, having found a business partner who understands the significance of a customer’s name, brand, and reputation on every label.

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