Solutions

Our clients operate in highly competitive environments so they need partners that can help them go to market faster, more efficiently, and at the lowest cost possible while still maintaining quality and brand standards.

For almost 30 years, clients have relied on DataSource to help them execute on their corporate initiatives, store openings, marketing campaigns, and employee programs. We are particularly adept at helping companies meet their requirements for local execution — restaurant chains, franchise operations, retailers, and companies with multiple stores or distributed sales offices.

DataSource not only delivers integrated solutions and cost savings but also provides recommendations for print design and execution based on analytics and three decades of experience. We have been building supplier partnerships, staying abreast of new approaches and technology, and developing best practices, allowing us to provide our clients with an ironclad value guarantee.

A key element of our service offering is the flexible structure of our business relationship model and how it adjusts to meet a client’s specific needs. For example:

  • For some clients, our relationship is based on their ongoing need for tactical print-related capabilities, such as print procurement, warehousing, and fulfillment
  • For other clients, they want a fully outsourced, exclusive solution that incorporates all of the traditional elements of print services and the ability to tap into our process management and optimization expertise

Whatever the need along the outsourcing spectrum, we begin with a conversation to determine how we can best assist you. If you are interested in a fully outsourced relationship, the initial conversation is followed by a more in-depth assessment of your current process and approach. We then provide you with detailed recommendations as to where and how operational improvements can be made.

Whether your need is for tactical print-related services or a complete outsourced solution, you will find our team to be knowledgeable, experienced and client-focused. Our sales, account management, and customer service team members have long tenures with us and are highly skilled in understanding how to get the best results for you.

In addition, members of our outsourcing team have an average of 20 years of direct experience in workflow management and print supply chain optimization. They are intimately involved in helping clients to adopt new approaches and move toward greater operational efficiency.

We believe that all companies should focus their time and resources on their core business activities and let firms like ours handle the rest. Why? Because while there are specialists in finance, marketing, and other areas of the business, print often gets pushed to the back burner. Print procurement and managed services are what we do every day. It's our passion. It’s what drives us to give our clients the capacity, efficiency, and speed-to-market they need to serve their clients.

In our experience, a successful relationship is based on:

  • An internal champion. This is usually a senior leader who is able to create alignment around a common vision.
  • True partnership. Our two companies have a mutual desire to succeed, and stakeholders are accessible and engaged throughout the project.
  • Transparency. We believe it’s important that you have insight into how we work and that our financial interests are aligned to create a win/win outcome.
  • Significant direct and indirect cost savings
  • Simpler, more efficient processes that lead to faster execution
  • Increased alignment in print buying, marketing execution, and overall business goals
  • Enhanced quality

Core Capabilities

Despite the major role of online communications in business today, companies still need to print sales and marketing collateral, training materials, point-of-purchase displays, signage, promotional items, product packaging, and other materials they need to run their business. We specialize in helping companies get more value in this area of their operations.

The technology we use to source and bid projects, combined with the expertise of our in-house team, ensures that all client projects are matched to the right supplier and printing process, for the right price and with the right outcome. That’s part of our value guarantee.

Benefits

  • Knowledgeable partner with expertise in every type of printing solution
  • Access to a certified vendor network that delivers quality outcomes
  • Leveraged buying power to influence price and quick turn times
  • Multi-bid process ensures the best available price
  • Simplified ordering process that saves time and increases efficiency
  • Consistency, coordination and quality control

Our online e-commerce system, Brand Store, provides clients with a single, centralized technology platform that can be customized to reflect single or multiple brands. It is fully integrated with our sourcing and ERP applications to streamline all the processes required for order management and reporting.

More than a storefront, our platform allows clients to:

  • Order items that require either static and/or variable print options
  • Control artwork, messaging and brand standards
  • Approve workflows
  • Set up unique billing procedures and options
  • Track inventory
  • Establish reorder point levels and quantity lifetime limits
  • Drive efficiency through the location profiling feature
  • Access over 300 pre-formatted reports

Benefits

  • One-stop access that increases user efficiency and satisfaction
  • Control from inception to archive
  • Brand compliance
  • Easy organization, access, sharing and tracking
  • Production efficiencies
  • Reduced costs associated with wastage and obsolescence
  • Improved local user experience that drives sales and brand loyalty
  • Insights into usage that informs future decisions

Our on-site, 130,000 square foot warehouse provides clients with a one-stop solution for:

  • Shipping and receiving
  • Storage
  • Inventory management
  • Pre-built kitting
  • Kitting on-the-fly
  • Order fulfillment
  • Logistics analysis

From here we can support your product launches, grand openings, customized push campaigns, local events as well as on-demand shipments for everyday use. From our Midwest location, ground shipments reach over 60 percent of the U.S. in two days and 99 percent in three days or less.

Benefits

  • Fast response time and improved speed-to-market
  • Easy intake process that is responsive to just-in-time deliveries
  • Ability to switch priorities to meet emergency needs
  • Reporting that provides insight into usage trends and informs future decisions
  • Consolidated shipping and cost-effective freight solutions
  • On-time shipment rate of 99%