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Warehouse Signage for Zapp

Zapp deliver groceries in minutes, we print and deliver signage in hours… so you could say the two of us have something in common.

We were approached by Zapp to provide internal branding to their new West London hub, specifically to the outer walls of a newly constructed cold room. Knowing warehouse environments are typically cold and high traffic areas, we opted for Metamark MD5-H High Tack Vinyl, to provide a strong and high quality result.

Zapp Signs installed in West London by Citiprint - Same Day Printing and Signs 24/7

The overall sign, measuring it at 2.5 x 7m is hugely visually striking and visible from outside the unit with the shutters open, providing additional impact to those on site. The comments from our client on site in relation to the vibrancy and depth of colours just highlight the power of our Epson SureColour range of wide format printers.

Material choice here was the most important factor with the wall also being recently painted – with MD5-H eliminating the need for primer, speeding up installation to just under an hour. Matt lamination to the graphics adds a large degree of durability to what should be in place for years to come.

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What we’ve learnt in the past year

It was five years in January since we officially committed to the premise of producing and delivering Same Day Printing across London, with a further 6 months of planning prior. Since those early days with a few rented desks in an office, we’ve continued to grow massively year on year, expanding our operations, bringing in new machinery and talent and continuing to push further ahead at the forefront of this ever growing industry.

The Print market in the UK is now worth an estimated £14bn, with that figure expected to fluxuate hugely in the coming twelve months as COVID affected firms unfortunately come and go. It remains unclear how many firms are now solely reliant on furlough whilst the market is quieter. Those who have seen a huge increase in turnover from social distancing signage and graphics may have invested heavily in new kit on the up and now face a harsh sales slump as the demand drops off. It has been imperative to us to survive the last year’s lockdown measures and market downturn, with the wait for the event and exhibitions industry to reopen almost tantalising.

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But… (and I know we shouldn’t start a sentence with But but this isn’t all doom and gloom) – in the words of Sir Elton John, we’re still standing – writing this from our unit just outside of London, something we’ve been repeatedly reminded of during COVID as scam and outsourcing firms continue to crop up with no tangible bricks and mortar element. The first thing we’ve learnt is how key having premises has been to us. Whilst we’ve explored several options for moving to larger units recently, our focus has been shifted to doing the best with what we have and extracting the full potential first. We originally moved to Tilbury to provide quick and easy links to the Excel, O2 and City of London with deliveries now covering any address in London and further afield more recently. The key learning curve here has been maximising our workflow’s efficiency to enable delivery times to remain consistent with typical journey time 45 minutes.

It wouldn’t be 2021 without the huge push for sustainability and the rise of the EV, something we’ve been looking into since day one, keen on introducing zero emissions into our delivery infrastructure. Downtime last Summer enabled us to research and trial the all electric Renault Kangoo, capable of carrying around 70% of the jobs we produce. However, we found the range of these vehicles is still limiting for multi drop deliveries where vehicles can often go from East to West and back again in order to fulfill deliveries in order of urgency. The charging infrastructure within London is still somewhat limited – so does the cost of a vehicle being parked for several hours charging outweigh the savings? We’re continuing to trial new additions to the EV market this year including those from Arrival and Volta to hopefully find the perfect match for our first of many zero emissions vehicles.

Whilst the world’s manufacturing has faced huge staff shortages and issues during the pandemic, the print and sign industry has been relatively unscathed on the whole, however material shortages are starting to occur in some key areas, with many suppliers closing branches and locations and even the bulk hoarding of materials by those in the trade, namely floor graphics. This has inevitably led to inferior and unsafe floor graphics being slapped onto shop floors across the nation, with the sellotape now holding them down reminding us in the professional game how there will always be a cheaper way out for a quick buck. We’ve proudly stuck to using R10 rated floor vinyls at a minimum for all relevant jobs including those for Car Giant, care homes and those in the retail sector.

The strong position we hold as London’s only 24/7 Print and Sign company has continued to garner trust from our influx of new clients recently – with the key issue being the arrival and increase of middle men. Whilst there’s no issues in reselling or marking up in this industry, the problem comes when jobs are taken on without a supplier to turn to, hoping to find someone to squeeze on cost to maximise margins whilst never seeing or touching the final product. We are often called to fulfill orders for these jobs, and often called a short while later by the end user themselves who has paid for a product to one of these printers who has since gone silent. It falls to us to actually print and deliver, something we’re proud to have done in house now for over 1500 days. You can read more about the equipment we’re currently using here and how it enables us to deliver so quickly on Same Day Vinyl, Foamex, Signs and Banners.

And lastly, as an industry, we’ve proved we are tightknit after all. What is typically a cutthroat industry for many has been all but transformed by the new trade partnerships many have forged as they look to downsize, sell up or refocus their energy. We have seen a massive increase in trade customers with many utilising our flatbed UV printing service, powered by swissQprint.

We know it’s inevitable some names won’t reopen, a lot have made the difficult decision to close already. But come rain or shine, we’re still open all the time. In the past week alone, we’ve been through a pallet of roller banners, delivered to several film sets where others failed to deliver, and worked on Team GB’s fitting out at the NEC.

So let me tell you this printers and signmakers – it’s not long now until we’re fighting for parking spaces at exhibitions, borrowing each other’s tools and selling material to one another again. The end is in sight, and the new beginning for many is on the horizon. But for us, we’ve always been here, always will be.

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Same Day Mug Printing London for Age UK

Fast turnaround on a batch of mugs for Age UK required for filming on Channel 4.

Feedback from Age UK: “They went down a storm thanks so much!”

 

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Huawei Mobile – Office Branding and Wrap

 

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⏩⏩⏩⏩⏩⏩ SWIPE! What you see is the result of a couple of late night installs at Huawei’s London office. Direct job after a call from the client needing over 150m of vinyl printed and installed on a quick turnaround. Stunning artwork made this job all the more impressive with vibrant colours on high quality vinyl and settings. The attention to detail from our installation team is second to none and the whole workspace is now truly transformed into a fun, bright and innovative space. Incredibly proud moment fulfilling this job for what is now the world’s largest telecoms brand! 😲 When it comes to that last minute request, we always outperform! #print #signs #printing #citiprint #vinyl #wideformat #largeformat #mutoh #huawei #huaweimobile #london #theo2 #greenwich #london #installation #install #wrapping #wrap #citiprint #mobile #phone #branding #interiors #officespace #retail #graphics @huaweimobileuk @huaweimobile @huawei

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Internal Office Branding for Huawei Mobile in London

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Same Day Digital Printing – Wide Format Wrap Installed in London

Our client needed a long term yet easily removable solution for their treatment rooms. Lasers being used in hair removal would reflect off the mirrors fitted to the walls in these rooms. The recommended solution by Citiprint was to wrap all the mirror elements in matt laminated digitally printed wide format graphics.

The large graphic is 2 x 2m.

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Same Day Vinyl Cut Graphics Lettering for Upping Your Elvis

“It looked great and the client loved it! Thanks again for the quick turnaround”

Great feedback from our client on these Same Day Vinyl Cut Graphics delivered to London direct to client.

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Overnight Foamex Panels for Motorama Vending Machine London

Our agency client got in touch at midnight seeking four large foamex panels printing ready for use as a vending machine for a pop up display in London’s Waterloo Station for Motorama.

Our Epson SureColour printers churned out the job in under an hour with the graphics then being laminated and applied to foamex before delivery direct by us to site and what a result, take a look below.

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Replacement Signage at Essex Emergency Services

Signs are a powerful marketing tool for any business and Essex Emergency Services makes no exception. Aluminium panels on three sides of their North Weald warehouse span nearly 300ft wide all in. When powerful winds battered Essex at the start of the year, the fixings for some of these panels failed, causing huge 8x4ft panels to come away from the building. As the signs are visible from up to 1km away, it was key to ensure a swift repair/replacement to maintain the impressive image EES have.

We started this project with an initial site visit to investigate which panels would need replacing and ascertain heights and access for fitting them. The signs are fitted at a height of 10m, requiring specialist access and our IPAF/MEWP trained and certified staff. On the day of installation, we first used a cherry picker platform to remove the damaged panels and fixings. Building a new frame mounted to the warehouse provided a new sturdy and solid platform to mount the replacement panels on. This also helped with the adjoining panels, keeping them all firmly mounted to prevent a similar issue occuring again.

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5 Reasons Why you need us

Brave title for a big topic but let’s run you through why Citiprint are the Leading choice in Print and Signage across the UK.

PRODUCTION

For starters, we produce 90% of our print in house at a purpose production unit meaning total control over quality, efficiency and cost. This saving we can then pass on to you and can keep you updated on your order every step of the way, whether it’s one t-shirt or 1000 banners. We have been constantly reinvesting since day one in better equipment to keep at the forefront of an ever changing market, allowing us to always produce high quality results every time.

SERVICE

When you order with us, no matter what the value of your order, you’ll be given a dedicated account manager who will assist you in choosing the right spec for your print, signage or workwear and will benchmark ourselves against competitors to show how competitive we are on pricing, whilst still delivering unbeatable service. We always aim to give you the same account manager every time you order with us as we love building relationships with our clients and seeing how print can grow their business.

INSTALLATION

We install signage and graphics up and down the country with regular work in the surrounding area, London and other key cities. We strictly don’t outsource any installation so you’ll always have contact with an employee of ours, trained, tested and approved to our strict criteria. You can of course also visit us for graphics installation at our unit where we provide a secure, contained environment for your vehicle or fleet and Netflix, tea/coffee and comfy sofas for you!

SPEED

Faster, faster, faster! In this day and age, we want everything on demand. We can tap our phones and have a taxi arrive at the door or a chinese sent to us in minutes. It’s that ease and speed that we know our clients need and that’s why we’re proud to be the UK’s Fastest Printing Company. We have designed, printed and installed lorry signage in muddy fields overnight at Goodwood Festival of Speed, we’ve produced workwear through the night for Amazon and delivered the next morning 200 miles away and even produced Same Day graphics for a ’60s Ambulance! No job is too big or too small on our fast turnaround. We achieve this by constantly reinvesting and managing our workflow efficiently to give you the best shot at a fast turnaround when you really need it.

PASSION

We’re experienced, passionate and quite knowledgable about print, if we don’t say so ourselves. Ink runs in our blood at Citiprint and we only hire people who share the same enthusiasm and approach as we do. We’re totally different to any other print or sign company, offering in effect a 24/7 service, tons of advice to allow you to make the best informed decision and the highest quality materials as standard. We’ve even cut certain product options from our range as the quality isn’t good enough for us. We’ve tried and tested many suppliers and now deliver the fastest service possible to a growing demand.

 

So there you have it, that’s 5 reasons why you need us in your life. Now, you just need 1 number – 0203 167 0400.

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