Ultimately, United States commerce relies on print distributors to support the procurement of legal documents, checks, labels and other tangible paper forms, which are all necessary for businesses to complete transactions in an authoritative manner. Connecting logistics professionals with print manufacturers comes as a challenge, leading some organizations to step in to resolve the issue.
On April 23, the Print Services and Distribution Association will host the 2014 Distributor Solutions Expo at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. According to the PSDA’s website, the event will consist of product and service exhibitions, educational discussions and networking sessions. Though, the conference was held at the Navy Pier Convention Center last year, attendees had to be constantly shuttled from the Hyatt to the facility. In light of this issue, PSDA Executive Vice President Matt Sanderson noted that the hotel is now holding the Expo to make it easier for participants.
“We believe that holding the entire event at one property will further drive the power of partnership among distributors, manufacturers and suppliers, and enable our members to do more and better business together,” the organization said on its website.
The importance of fostering connections
Sourcing printed products from a single distributor is much easier than procuring different kinds of documents from disparate vendors. The PSDA wrote that print logistics professionals need partners offering different materials. While some fabricators create integrated cards or commercial presswork, others provide supply chain experts with web-to-print, e-commerce solutions, personalization, pURLs and other industry necessities.
Without the manufacturers to provide them with such products, retailers, critical infrastructure companies, legal firms and other market players ultimately wouldn’t be able to capitalize on the services offered by print distributors. The latter contingency is often known for staying ahead of the curve – notifying their clients when new technology is available or how common business issues can be resolved. Some of the assistance these professionals provide include:
- Comprehensive marketing and advertising initiatives, ranging from direct mail to email programs
- Intricate forms and tags, plastic cards, as well as book and catalog production
- E-commerce (driven by web-to-print solutions)
- Inventory logs, pick and pack solutions
- Transportation to multiple locations
- A better view of inventory fulfillment
- Critical document management and protection
Why the PSDA?
At the end of the day, the 2014 Distributor Solutions Expo will foster the connectivity that keeps U.S. commerce at the top of its game. If communication between print manufacturers and distributors isn’t encouraged, it could result in lackluster nationwide economic performance. PSDA membership consists of an expansive network of supply chain partners representing the interests of hundreds of enterprises. The organization currently possess thousands of participants, which cumulatively account for more than $5 billion in annual sales.
About 70 percent of those members are resellers of print, marketing and related services, with the remain 30 percent representing manufacturers that sell directly to the market. As opposed to a conglomeration of broad corporations, the PSDA is composed of small, mid-sized and large businesses looking to optimize the flow of printed goods. The Association hopes the event will attract attention from companies looking to streamline their operations.