Print eCommerce made easy
EFI MarketDirect StoreFront is designed to get you up and running fast. With integrated site templates, building and branding your own online stores is simple. Managing products, users, pricing and cost centers is simple and flexible. Whether you’re a commercial printer, in-plant print center or enterprise multi-site facility – MarketDirect StoreFront can reduce your costs and improve your customer’s experience.
Making technology work together is painful, so we’ve made it easy. With more integration options – MarketDirect StoreFront allows you to connect your Web to Print solution to your existing website, security and user authentication systems, MIS, ERP, CRM, Inventory, or shipping and payment gateways. Of course, if you’re using an EFI Productivity solution – rest assured you’ll have access to our premium integration and automation options.
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MarketDirect StoreFront supports more product types and combinations than any other solution, so you can be sure you’re investing in a platform that will enable you to solve all of your customer’s needs now and in the future.
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What is Web to Print Software?
Web to Print, sometimes referred to as W2P, or Web-to-Print is technology designed to enable printed materials, products and services to be sold on an online eCommerce site. The products and services vary and there are many different parameters that need to be captured in order to ensure the job can be fulfilled or produced as specified.
Those products include but are not limited to:
- Print on Demand items – products consisting of finished artwork (typically in PDF format) that are catalogued into the store front and simply re-ordered as required.
- Inventory items – preprinted products, or non-print products – stored in inventory, managed in a warehouse available for order. Item counts are maintained – and typically when inventory levels get low, more items are produced and returned to inventory.
- Adhoc Upload on demand items – products whose artwork is supplied by the client at the time the order is placed. Artwork is completed at the client side, and then uploaded to the web to print solution. The artwork is typically processed by the Web to Print solution, where pre-flighting takes place (the process of confirming artwork attributes such as color, resolution and font specifications are correct) the client is then presented with a series of finishing options for that job (including paper stock, item count, bindery) and is finally presented with pricing which should adjust according to the options selected.
- Design online items – products which are designed entirely or in-part online. These products often begin as templates, where select elements are available to the client to modify or produce. The client customizes or builds the artwork in the browser using tools which are similar to most desktop publishing tools such as the Adobe® Creative Cloud.
- Non-printed items – most web to print solutions can also house and manage non-print items, as an example these may include branded merchandise such as hats, apparel, coffee mugs, promotional items – but can literally include anything.
- Variable Data Print items – variable data products (sometimes referred to as VDP) are predesigned templates, which can be combined with client supplied data to create versioned printed products. The simplest example of a VDP item is a business card. The client selects the business card template and creates a single version by entering their name and address. This is sometimes called “Single record VDP”. For a more complex VDP job – like a direct mail piece, the client uploads a data file (usually in a delimited format such as .csv) and each line of data creates a unique piece. The data file and template are combined to produce a VDP output file (there are many different formats utilized and many are Print Engine or RIP specific).
- Packaging products – packaging products differ from conventional printed products in that artwork (typically client supplied) is applied to a 3D model of the finished item, enabling the client to visualize the design on the product. Packaging products support folding cartons, tag and labels and even some flexographic applications.
- Kitted products – kitted products are a combination of products (sometimes of different types) that are combined for convenience as they are typically ordered together. “Kits” can be configured by the client and each item can be customized per its own options and parameters. Rather than having to order each item individually, a kit enables a web to print client to add those items together in one step.
- Cross Media campaigns – these products are more complex multi-channel (sometimes referred to omni-channel) campaigns. They typically include one or any combination of; email items, HTML landing pages, mobile messages, social media posts or content and printed items. One key characteristic of cross-media campaigns is any or all of these elements can be personalized for the receiving client. Cross media campaigns are extremely powerful when used for demand generation or customer communication and engagement programs.
How does Web to print software work?
A service provider, printer or agent offering products and services to their clients builds out an online store or site, sometimes referred to as a “storefront”. That online store can be a site that serves as an online shop for the Service Provider themselves – designed with their own branding elements and logo’s. For example consider a fictional commercial printer, “ACME Printing” – ACME Printing may build their own storefront per the example below.
With this example anyone can visit the online store – or web to print site, setup an account and submit jobs, select from existing products or items. These web to print sites are often referred to B2C (Or Business to Consumer) storefronts.
Alternatively, the Service Provider may opt to build a DEDICATED site specifically for one client, sometimes known as a B2B (business to business) web to print site. Consider a different example – a fictitious college, Ergon University, and their print shop, the Ergon University Print Center – an In-Plant print operation. Ergon University Print Center want their students and faculty to be able to order documents, forms, calendars, books and branded items centrally. Today they may currently be managing those orders internally via email, or the students and faculty may be using 3rd party external printers.
To streamline this process, the Ergon University Print Center, build a B2B storefront or site for the students and faculty and provide login accounts for each. Enabling them to login, select the products, items they need and purchase them online. The order and transaction are captured, and the invoice can be assigned to a Cost Center, or Purchase order or even Credit card if required. The products, once produced are distributed directly to the customer. Reports can be generated to provide to the department manager for inventory, audits and billing.
Figure 2. A sample “B2B” Business to business web to print site, a fictitious University in-plant providing printing services to the faculty and students.
Who uses Web to print software?
Web to print software is used by a variety of organization to manage online sales of printed and non-print items that require specialized handling and production. These include:
- Commercial printers
- Publishers and magazine printers
- Packaging producers
- In-plant Print Centers for Universities, K-12 School districts, Healthcare organizations and Financial companies
- Corporate communication departments for Fortune 2000 companies
- Franchise and Network print operators with multiple locations