As we deliver printed materials nationally and internationally on a daily basis, we have learnt that there are better ways than others to organise multi site role outs or drops of multiple items.
So where do you start? Timelines, regardless of whether you’re sending to 5 sites or 500 sites across various locations you need to work back from the point of completion. Taking that into account, we know that the majority of mainland U.K deliveries are next day and depending on your international locations can take up to 7 working days, depending on sending tariff. As a note, if you are delivering to one or multiple of the Royal Mail distribution depots make sure you adhere to all their packing requirements i.e. box labels, numbers of items per box. Final courier tip is make sure you have access to the delivery information from your courier, the name, time and confirmation of drop is essential especially if a remote location denies receiving their goods.
Print production planning next, this is massively variable depending on the complexity of your printed items, but most print jobs can be completed within a 5-7 working day window, so if we work with that as a guide. Now this is where you need to pre plan with us to find out about production timelines and fulfilment requirement options. You may want to think about releasing certain sites before others so make sure you pre plan these options alternatively you may be happy with getting parcels out as soon as they are ready in part and not as a completed set this will speed up the final drop being delivered.
Finally artwork and item planning, depending on whether you design your artwork in-house, with a professional agency/designers or do it yourself, make sure you create all artwork pieces to our guidelines (normally CMYK, 3mm bleed and all text converted to outlines). If you are looking to have various items fulfilled together make sure you get these artwork pieces get submitted together as they will be printed in sequence and will need machine time planning.
This is just a basic guide for a more in-depth plan and a print quote drop us a line and we can help you achieve the print plan you’re looking to achieve.