Stephen Gould offers a broad range of print and fulfillment services that make it easy to produce and distribute printed materials. Our deep experience and vast network allows you to create a streamlined turnkey for all your print and fulfillment needs so you can focus on growing your business.
Few things are more exciting than seeing your business gain traction and grow. But new growth also brings new challenges. Operations often become more complex, including managing your printed products and materials. It takes a great deal of time and resources to handle printing, storage, assembly, packaging, and shipping all of your print materials.
For many business owners, the question is whether to handle printing and fulfillment in-house or to outsource it to a third party for the sake of maintaining a consistent standard of quality and saving the most important resource of all: time.
Challenges of Handling Printing and Fulfillment In-House
Handling print fulfillment and distribution on your own requires business owners to invest in developing multiple new capabilities at once.
When businesses handle printing in-house, quality can suffer because personnel have their attention and focus split between multiple responsibilities. Every product that is incorrectly fulfilled creates added costs in labor and supplies.
Equipment and technology
Hardware and software needed for high-quality printing can require significant upfront investment and depreciates over time.
Supply and materials
Not only are these additional costs that businesses need to shoulder to print in-house, keeping materials on-site requires storage solutions and, depending on the size of your business, inventory management.
Smaller companies often pay higher shipping rates and have less negotiating power than companies sending a larger volume of packages.
Tracking and delivery
This is a key part of the customer experience. Providing shipment tracking and reliable delivery times is a high touch customer service and requires the ability to organize large amounts of information and make it accessible on-demand. Without a dedicated fulfillment partner, it can be difficult to guarantee consistently reliable delivery for customers.