Dayton, Ohio, - Today, Standard Register, a leading provider of document services, announced it has completed the majority of a $10 million refresh of its national network of digital printing centers, aimed at heightening customer service, expanding overall capabilities and improving environmental sustainability.
Since January, the company has transformed five of its regional print centers into "super centers," equipping each with high-speed, high-quality color printing, and in-line finishing and bindery capabilities. In addition, the regional centers and Standard Register's three largest satellite facilities were upgraded with the latest high-speed, monochrome printing equipment as well as wide-format printers.
Advances in production have been complemented by new digital workflow technology. Rolled out across Standard Register's entire digital print network, the software allows Web-based orders to move from customer desktops through the production process with minimal intervention. It automatically routes jobs to the printer center most convenient to the customer, which dramatically improves fulfillment times and reduces freight costs for the customer.
"This investment creates a strategic advantage for us and significant value for our customers," said Joe Klenke, vice president of manufacturing for Standard Register. "The marketplace is changing. Customers want and expect high quality, customized printed materials, yet they want to reduce their time to market. We've aligned our resources and enhanced our capabilities to meet those expectations."
According to Klenke, the new capabilities also create growth opportunities in Standard Register's commercial, healthcare and industrial businesses, particularly among marketing and training professionals. With specially-equipped super centers in major markets, he said that the company can respond to delivery requirements for customized booklets, flyers, mailers, kits, binders and posters, with calibrated color that rivals offset print quality.
Implementation of the new digital printing fleet is also yielding important benefits for the environment. "Our new fleet is more energy-efficient, requiring 37 percent less energy to operate," Klenke reported. "It is enabling us to lower ozone emissions, and reduce both paper and toner waste."
In addition to five regional super centers, Standard Register operates a network of 14 satellite print centers that are focused on meeting local market requirements and fulfilling the needs of national customers on a local basis. The company will continue to upgrade the remaining 11 satellite facilities with new monochrome printing into 2011.
"The transformation of our digital print network is another strategic step in achieving organizational excellence - an excellence that will translate to exceptional service for our customers, significant efficiencies for the company and a greener environment for our communities," said Joe Morgan, president and CEO for Standard Register.