Retailers are preparing for the frantic peak selling season kicking off with Black Friday on the 24th November, the biggest shopping day of the year, when retailers offer extraordinary deals and discounts on their range of products.
UK retailers have fully immersed themselves with the American tradition over the past few years – last year the shopping extravaganza saw the total spending of British consumers amount to £2.9 billion (source), a figure which is expected to rise again this year.
Following Black Friday comes Cyber Monday, another 24 hour sales event, which then leads onto the Christmas shopping period. Combined, the demand from hungry shoppers puts an enormous pressure on the retailers’ infrastructure; they simply cannot afford to miss out on this selling spree and need resilient equipment and processes to manage every transaction.
It can certainly be a challenging task for companies to keep track of how much all of this printing and copying is costing, both in-house and outsourced, in such busy environments. While no company can afford to overspend on any element of its processes, they cannot risk downtime and an inability to take and fulfil orders. With multiple locations and huge peaks in tight timeframes, this situation can quickly lead to inefficient document handling, unnecessarily high costs, wasteful use of consumables, an out-of-control data stream and a lack of flexibility to adapt when the technology you use updates.
Apogee’s Retail Managed Services – proven expertise
Here at Apogee, we have experience working hand-in-hand with retail and distribution companies for over 20 years. From large multinational franchises to local corner stores, small distributors to international logistics organisations, we know exactly what makes for efficient document handling in retail and distribution environments.
As Europe’s largest independent provider of print, document and process technology and outsource services, our reputation as the first choice provider for multi-vendor print technology and service is built on the unique approach we have taken to Managed Services, pro-actively monitoring our clients to maximise their uptime, and the innovation we employ to maintain a portfolio of services which differentiate us.
Over the 20 years we have accumulated unmatched experience designing bespoke Managed Services tailor-made to retail and distribution businesses large and small. Many high street brands, including McDonalds and SuperGroup, rely on us to keep their document infrastructure up and running, allowing them to focus on the core business of taking sales. As the peak selling season approaches we are working with many more retailers who have chosen Apogee as their partner, project-managing the roll-out of new document systems so they can maximise their operations during this busy time.
Apogee’s Digital Document Services
In addition to Managed Services, we also offer an unrivalled suite of Digital Document Services across the entire document life cycle, delivering huge value to organisations looking for total solutions. At the heart of our Digital Document Services is our 24/7 outsourced print facility, producing high volume digital printing and copying, scanning coding and unitisation, document finishing and eBible services. The SE1-based facility hosts our creative design and large format printing division, providing many retail clients with end-to-end point of sale materials and visual communications from concept, through to design, sampling, print production and installation.
To find out more about our Managed Services and Digital Document Services for retailers please speak with our Strategic Accounts team.
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