Here in Denver, Colorado, the Red Book Solutions team handles a lot of restaurant printing services. There’s all of the Manager’s Red Book of course. And then all of the custom ispec into all of our Managers Red Books and scrap universal books.
What a lot of people don’t realize, though, is that The Red Book Solutions team handles a ton of what we call “Value Add Services.”
What are Value Added Services?
Many years ago, some of our best customers came to us and said “hey, you have a big printer. Do you think you could also handle some of our other print-on-demand?”
The answer was “yes!” and we’ve been handling print-on-demand jobs ever since. What do we print? Lots! Menus, training manuals, recipe cards, in-store posters, limited time offer promotional cards – we’re pretty flexible.
Along the way, we’ve also discovered some key reasons why our customers have made the switch to our Value Add Services. Here are some challenges that we’ve seen our customers face and how the Red Book Solutions Value Add Services have helped restaurants streamline their printing needs.
Challenge 1: Too Many Vendors!
A lot of our customers come to us and say, “we just have too many printing vendors and we’d like to centralize everything.” They’re using multiple vendors for their operations, training and marketing materials and they’re printing for both corporate and franchise locations. All that administrative and invoicing work gets complicated and could end up costing more in time and errors.
The Solution: Choose One Trusted Print Vendor
The Red Book Solutions Value Added Services group can help design, produce and distribute all of these materials on a just-in-time basis to locations both domestic and global as needed. And here’s the best part – there’s just ONE invoice and ONE contact for all Red Book Solutions products.
Challenge 2: Delivery is Expensive!
Because each department goes out and secures their own vendors, the costs of printing can’t necessarily scale. At the same time, both corporate and franchise locations need their print-on-demand materials delivered at a low cost.
The Solution: Increase Volume, Optimize Delivery Costs
The Value Add Services team can ship print-on-demand products w/ The Manager’s Red Book shipments, which reduces overall freight charges. Customers can take advantage of a very low cost to buy model for print-on-demand products created simply because you’ve increased the volume of your order and print run. Scale is a beautiful thing for both the printers and our customers – it’s a win-win.
Challenge 3: Shelf-Life & Version Control
Many of our customers manage a lot of different printed products. Each of these products gets updated on a regular cadence, which can make version control difficult to manage.
The Solution: Let Someone Else Manage Versions
Our Value Add Services team does it all. We help you manage all of those products, in all of their versions, ensuring the products with the right content arrive at the right place at the right time – every time. We’ll build an electronic storefront for you to help expedite the ordering process and ensure the right products, in the right versions arrive every time.
Challenge 4: Manage Inventory Internally
When you’re managing inventory and orders internally (or doing it alongside a vendor that doesn’t place a high value on customer service) you end up with obsolete inventory – or in simpler terms, a bunch of product that goes unused. That’s an expensive inefficiency.
The Solution: Streamline Inventory
Eliminate excess and obsolete inventory by moving to a complete or near complete just-in-time model due to lower costs to produce, short lead-times and direct shipments for orders both large and small.