Is print becoming less core to your business? Are you re-allocating resources to digital, mobile and social media? If so, your organization’s ability to buy print effectively has almost certainly decreased in lock-step. Yet for many companies it remains a significant category of spend that requires focus, diligence and expertise to manage effectively.
At Continuum, we seamlessly integrate into our clients’ production workflow and workspace, enhancing the capacity of their marketing team and adding value beyond cost savings. Our solutions are based on a collaborative approach with Continuum bringing proprietary data, technology and industry expertise to the table, providing the ideal compliment to existing staff. We respect each client’s brand, ensuring its preservation throughout the print and fulfillment process. In short, we become a true extension of our client’s organization.
Check out our case studies for a detailed look at how we’ve transformed the print procurement process...saving money and increasing efficiencies across the board for a few of our clients.
Delivered an $800,000 annual savings on print and postal costs, while simultaneously reducing lead times by 50%...
Continuum developed the OnSourcing™ service delivery model so companies could leverage the benefits of outsourcing within the framework of an integrated, onsite delivery team. Our flagship offering, Continuum OnSourcing™, is a
comprehensive print sourcing, production and management solution that allows us to become a true extension of your organization, providing complete transparency, increased visibility and control. For companies where print is still viewed
as core to the business, we offer Continuum CoSourcing, a solution that allows us to deliver procurement and pricing services with the client maintaining oversight of production and supplier transactions.
Continuum has long-standing relationships with some of the country's leading brands; companies that value our insight, integrity and expertise. In addition, Continuum has the breadth of industry knowledge—combined with our capabilities and resources—which allows us to service any large enterprise-level account across all sectors, including the following examples:
Our customized print management solutions deliver real cost savings, optimize human resources and increase transparency in the print and fulfillment process. To achieve this, we invest the time necessary to truly understand your business and current print situation.
Our comprehensive opportunity assessment incorporates both a qualitative and quantitative focus. We meet with key departments and personnel; collect print production data, job specifications and pricing elements; and have a dialogue around unique business goals, pain points and cultural nuances.
Next, with your input, we develop a custom solution and implementation plan based on the pre-stated goals and savings targets which we present to you and your executive team.
Lastly, we launch your custom print management solution. We become your company’s embedded print management partner, overseeing and implementing your print management function.
At Continuum, we combine deep expertise, technology and people to deliver substantial and sustainable procurement savings. In the process we increase the efficiency of your marketing staff by off-loading print management responsibilities to our integrated team. This combination drives savings straight to your bottom line while also enabling you to grow the top line by focusing on your core business, accelerating your time to market, and investing in new initiatives.
When considering options for the sourcing, procurement and management of marketing related print, companies have two primary alternatives – do it themselves or partner with an outside firm to manage it for them. In today's hyper-competitive world most companies want their people focused on driving revenue. Our solutions help companies achieve just that.
Continuum has powerful competitive advantages over similar providers. As part of LSC Communications (NYSE: LKSD) - a global leader in print-related services – Continuum provides unrivaled resources, scale and financial stability. Yet as an independent operating division within LSC, we are nimble, creative and laser focused on the execution of the print management solutions we implement for our clients. As a "pure" Managed Print Services provider, all manufacturing functions are provided to our clients through Continuum's Supplier Partner Network. Not being encumbered with assets, allows us to be 100% objective in selecting and developing the most optimal supply chain for all of our clients, inclusive of all their key incumbent suppliers.
Continuum brings experience and expertise that spans the entire print and paper supply chain. As a result, we design our solutions to address total system cost (see graphic below) which drives far greater impact on your bottom line than competing solutions.
Ultimately Continuum's structure, heritage and unique approach to the market enable us to deliver more value-add for our clients than other providers are capable of.
It’s no wonder this chief leads Continuum’s veteran industry team. He’s a master win-win creator whose experience as a print and paper exec gives him in-depth, unsurpassed knowledge of the entire print supply chain.
As President, Jonathan’s primary goal is to maintain Continuum’s reputation as a customer-centric, high-performing organization that consistently exceeds customer expectations by evolving to handle ever-changing demands and challenges. He leverages his extensive print management experience to help clients realize measurable and sustainable value on their enterprise print spend.
Prior to Continuum, Jonathan served as Senior Vice President of Operations at InnerWorkings, helping steer the company’s record-breaking growth in addition to leading the acquisition of several large enterprise clients.
A true pioneer in the field, this industry expert was among the first to promote the print management solutions concept. He’s coached countless “Fortune 1000” companies about the benefits of adopting such an impactful solution. In fact, Marc’s often credited with transforming business plans to improve bottom lines.
As Chief Sales Officer at Continuum, Marc works with each client to assess their needs and readiness for print management. He thoroughly reviews the comprehensive benefits of print management, while providing considerable support throughout the implementation process. Marc’s clients appreciate his diligence and objectivity when making solution recommendations—keeping his clients’ best interests in mind.
Marc joined Continuum after more than eight years at InnerWorkings—where he helped the company achieve record growth—working with clients such as Valspar, Rent A Center, Northern Trust, Morning Star, Walgreens Healthcare Initiatives, United Airlines, Office Depot, and ACH, to name a few.
As Director of Account Operations, Sue knows how to improve efficiency, communication and costs on print expenditures. A proven leader in magazine, book and promotion production, Sue’s experience extends over 25 years. Her outstanding skills include strategically maximizing system efficiency and foreseeing production details to ensure a smooth program.
Sue manages and mentors both onsite and remote client service teams with a keen eye toward improving value, productivity and growth opportunities. Creative idea generation and cross-team communication figure into her daily activities. As a direct mail expert, Sue actively participates in postal industry events, keeping everyone up to date with the latest regulations, trends and insights.
Earlier in her career, Sue applied her talents at Reader’s Digest Association, Human Rights Campaign, PETA, National Parks Conservation Association, to name only a few. Working with design, copy and marketing, Sue has participated in the execution of many winning direct mail formats. She continues this legacy at Continuum, working hard to innovate our direct mail activities.
Head of our Retail Services practice Lisa's ability to exceed client expectations while staying at the forefront of retail marketing strategies and trends is legendary. Just ask her former clients, a list that reads like a who's who of leading retail brands: Lands End, Whirlpool, L'Oreal, Nokia, and Google among others.
With 20 years in the procurement and print management space Lisa is precisely the kind of partner clients want alongside them working in the trenches on a daily basis. Her expertise spans strategic sourcing, procurement and project management of all phases and facets of print production. Experienced in concept development, implementation, cost analysis, distribution management, and supplier management Lisa is uniquely equipped to deliver on both the short term details as well as the long term program goals.
Prior to Continuum Lisa was Vice President of Procurement for HH Global providing brand and print management solutions for large retailers and their agencies. Before HH Global Lisa worked at Sears for ten years as a Senior Print Production Manager.
Inside Outsourcing is the premier publication providing a forum for the exchange of information in this rapidly evolving industry. Inside Outsourcing’s Larry Janis interviewed Continuum’s President Jonathan Shean about the print management market and Continuum’s OnSourcing solution.
As you consider implementing a print management program, cost savings are only one part of the picture. We shared this and other insights into the hidden benefits of print management with the Direct Marketing Association of Washington for an article in their AdVents publication.
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