Print management - account management & delivery
Print management services
The term print management means a whole lot of things to different people. Taking a simplistic view it can be regarded as managing a supply chain of good suppliers to help drive down costs.
We believe that it is much more than that. An effective print management partner can help you to transform your communications – helping you to not only drive down costs but also to increase your effectiveness but engaging your target audiences to deliver tangible results.
We have based our print management solution on our overriding mantra of right content to the right person in the right context.
Our advice and consultancy is matched by specialist expertise covering all print formats, use of variable data to personalise communications and the increasing use of digital channels. This ensures that the right approach is used to best effect, whilst costs are minimised.
Our efficient online platforms and certified quality management systems and processes ensure consistent delivery of each piece of work from one-off print jobs to complex campaigns.
Our print management experts analyse each print requirement and seek to identify improvements that can deliver a job that is fit for purpose, meets the needs of your audience and offers the best value for money.
Dedicated Account Management from CDS
Expertise and value: Demonstrable cost savings
The foundation of our print management service is to provide our clients with relevant expertise. Every single request that comes to CDS is scrutinised by an experienced account manager.
The account manager is the first point of contact for all enquiries, providing advice and guidance, discussing specifications, providing quotes and acting as a bridge between you, design agencies and print specialists. As highly skilled print and communications professionals, our account managers rapidly gain knowledge of your business, objectives and corporate identity to ensure effective policing of all communications.
As print technology and distribution channels advance, the best approach to meeting the needs of your audience should evolve. Our specialism in print and digital techniques, coupled with the pool of knowledge within our supply chain, means we can give impartial and expert advice – offering innovation and continuous improvement.
Case Study: Wakefield Council
Savings through single sourcing and supporting the local economy.
Wakefield Council wanted to appoint a single print supplier to help drive cashable savings on their print spend. With a wide variety of print products in their portfolio, it was essential to engage with an experienced supplier who had the capability to manage a vendor neutral supply chain and support the local economy.
Using our continuous improvement methodology - combining technological advances and industry best practice - the partnership with CDS delivered in the region of £62,000 of additional savings to the Council in 2016/17.
Our Supply Chain
Our approved supply chain offers an extensive range of products and services enabling us to efficiently source and market test all of your print requirements.
We proactively monitor performance for each piece of work across key metrics with feedback on every job. We take a partnership approach to our supply chain, sharing feedback and the latest industry innovations through regular communication and onsite review meetings. Our re-vetting procedures also ensures that they comply with our stringent quality and environmental standards.
Where appropriate, we also work closely with our clients to support their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) objectives through local suppliers and employment opportunities.
Case Study: Middlesex University
Middlesex University is working in partnership with CDS to deliver a digital strategy to its 1,300 staff and 23,000 students.
As part of this strategy, CDS provides a Digital Mailroom and an Archive and Records Digitisation Service to the university. We also built a bespoke, web-based data repository for the storage of records and archived material.
Print Portal - all your print managed online
Our browser-based Print Portal is a comprehensive print management system developed and supported by CDS used to manage all our work covering thousands of print jobs and supporting hundreds of users across our diverse client base.
Template Central (Web2Print) – Design, print, repeat
Template Central is a web to print template system that enables non-designers to create brand compliant products. Your colleagues can enter variable text and select from pre-approved imagery, while the key elements that determine the look and feel of the product are locked down.
It is ideal for including business stationery, leaflets, flyers, posters and newsletters. Approval and workflow processes can be tailored to individual business needs.
CDS Asset Bank: Digital Asset Management
Asset Bank is an on-line Digital Asset Management system that helps our clients to organise, maintain and control the use of a wide range of digital assets – from logos and imagery through to documents and multi-media files.
The system ensures accurate version control and different user rights can be assigned to offer different levels of access to your organisation’s assets.
Case Study: Online web2print for Queen's University Belfast
Queen’s University Belfast, uses Template Central, CDS ‘self-service’ online web2print solution to improve the efficiency of communications work and control costs.
Their Marketing and Creative Services team designers were getting increasingly involved in repetitive work, instead of concentrating on new communications. This led to more and more work being placed with external agencies – incurring unwanted additional expenditure.
CDS recommended that they move regular publications, like newsletters, flyers and postcards, to Template Central, improving efficiency and saving money.
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CDS just gets us. We know that anything we involve CDS in will go smoothly, will be delivered on time, and that the team will do all they can to make life easy for us.
Dan Tomlinson, Publications Manager
London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG)