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Solopress is one of the UK’s leading players in the online printing services sector. A member of the Germanyheadquartered Onlineprinters Group, the company employs over 300 staff and is celebrating 20 years in business in 2019. With the aim of bringing embellishment capabilities in-house, Solopress has partnered with Konica Minolta to install an MGI JETVARNISH 3DS with iFOIL S. Based in Southend-on-Sea, in Essex, Solopress deals with a very high volume of business. The online specialist ships out around 2700 orders each day, and in March 2019, saw order number 2 million fly out the door. Products range from business cards, flyers, leaflets and brochures to roller banners, posters and canvas print, and much more. The majority of orders are B2B, servicing smaller companies including resellers, agents and printers, along with some B2C work for end customers ordering direct. Managing Director Simon Cooper, who has been at the helm since the beginning of 2019, is keen to stress that despite its super-fast delivery USP, Solopress is not just your typical e-commerce business. “Although we acquire customers through our online portal – and if those customers choose to, they can handle the order and checkout process in a self-serve way – we are also able to handle them in an offline, traditional way, with a large team of people working with those customers after initial contact to further build relationships. It’s e-commerce acquisition, but not a pure e-commerce business model,” he explained. Solopress runs a vast fleet of offset and digital presses, along with platemaking and finishing equipment to match. An impressive investment programme in 2019 has seen the company update its digital capacity, both wide format and B2 sheetfed, to support continued growth.
“The JETVARNISH 3DS fits perfectly with that vision. We can now offer digital varnishing, foiling and tactile effects to embellish products and create a higher value to the customer and to the end customer, but at a fairly low cost. It means we can cater for a wider array of demands.”
Managing Director, Solopress
“We’ve achieved our main objective of bringing previously outsourced work in-house and we are now looking at growing the market by building on that base. I’m very optimistic about the potential of the MGI JETVARNISH 3DS.”