When companies have to deliver marketing or operational printing to their branches, franchisees or agents, most just ship from the United States and don't think anything of it.

Below are 9 reasons why when you have a need to deliver international print to your customers and prospects, that you should print in country.

  1. No import taxes, duties and fees. You don’t know what that is until you are
    charged on your invoice
  2. Eliminates all chances of your product being held up in customs.
  3. Eliminates all chances of your product being opened an inspected by customs.
    Please note, they will open shrink wrap and will page through the product.
    They don’t never repack it the way it started out.
  4. Reduces the chances of damage to product.
  5. Shorter Delivery times. Typical delivery time 3-5 working days
  6. Emergency replacements. No matter what, there will be mistakes, customer gave us the wrong copy, damaged material in shipping,
    need more product. We have been able to produce a replacement order in 24hrs. When you ship it from USA overnight will take
    2-3 days and cost you 10X the cost of the original shipping charges, plus all the taxes duties and fees.
  7. Marketing budget vs operations budget. I have found that when you talk to the customer, a lot of times
    they can split the cost between marketing and operations. Marketing budget is just the cost of the printed item,
    operations picks up all the rest of the cost, such as the freight, taxes and duties. Please make sure you understand this
    when making you presentation.
  8. Your prospects ability to know exactly what their cost is for a job. When you ship overseas, all you know from UPS, FedEx and
    DHL is the cost of freight. They don’t add all the import taxes, duties and fees until you are invoiced. With American, there are no
    surprises, the customer know exactly what their cost will be. It is plus nothing in most cases. If the contract calls for it, we can separate
    out local delivery charges.
  9. Our prices are plus nothing. All prices include all VAT taxes from the local country. That could add as much 17% -25% to the sell price.
  10. Reduces your carbon footprint!

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Only 12% of employees give their organization top marks


It’s never been easier to find a job or harder to keep top talent.

According to Gallup’s 2017 State of the Workplace study:

  • 42% of employees feel it’s a good time to look for work, compared to only 19% in 2012

  • 51% of employees are actively watching for job opportunities

  • 35% of people have changed jobs within the last three years, and 91% of employees left their company to do so

Couple these stats with Bersin by Deloitte’s recent research showing 14% of new employees leave within the first 12 months and your recruiting dollars, turnover costs and training investment start piling up. Not to mention the impact it has on customers, other employees and overall business performance.

So how do you create a workplace new employees want to be a part of – long term?

It starts with the initial impression candidates have of your organization from the recruiters, to the interviewers in the hiring process and most importantly to the employee experience during the first 12 months on the job. According to Gallup, only 12% of employees feel their organization does a great job of onboarding.

be in roles where they can do what they do best and they want to be proud of the organization they work for. This requires ongoing efforts and a plan. An onboarding program cannot end on the Friday of the employee’s first week. It needs to be structured with touch points that allow management to support employees, solicit their feedback and recognize efforts throughout the first year.

Organizations spend huge amounts of money building their external brand and customer sales strategies. Companies can take the same approach and focus on their internal brand by investing in employee retention strategies. The result? Less turnover, improved productivity and a more positive place to work.

CSISTARS Onboarding program supports managers with a structured communication and reward program. These regular touch points ward off dissatisfaction and identify any intention to leave – before it is too late.

CSISTARS Onboarding Program:

  • Communicates Expectations as the new employee and their manager are engaged together in the process allowing for better accountability and real time metrics

  • Captures New Employee Impressions during the critical first 60 and 180 days highlighting employee perceptions and expectations

  • Improves your Internal Brand as we help you transform employees into brand ambassadors through program suggestions and branded recognition items

  • Encourages Social Interaction since employees feel supported and see company appreciating their value and contributions

A structured onboarding program can give your organization a competitive advantage, improving recruiting, retention and productivity – measurably.

CSISTARS helps organizations walk the talk. Our recognition experts can clearly and authentically help you communicate your employee value proposition and give you the tools to ensure expectations are being met or shortfalls identified, before it is too late.

CSISTARS Onboarding program or request a demo today.
Mike Larkin

Conducting seamless business overseas is critical to the vitality of your company!
Often times many people within your company are dependent on the attainment of a global shipment, so avoiding delays or mishaps is imperative to ensuring a continuous and uninterrupted operation.

So instead of printing locally and ship globally / Order Locally and Print Globally.

If you need to export your print, below are 4 pitfalls you need to be aware of:

  1. Don’t rule out the importance of international rules and regulations. Understanding the various and constantly changing requirements and regulations from across the globe is critical to seamless shipping. Paperwork errors and custom brokers will cause significant delays. With International Print on Demand you’re printing in country, eliminate paperwork and custom brokers!

  2. Get your priorities straight to determine which transportation mode is best. When choosing which mode of international transportation to use for your shipment, be sure to know your timeline, budget, and any regulations associated with the materials or goods you are shipping.

    With International Print on Demand you’re printing in country, we handle this for you!

  3. Recognize the importance of supply chain visibility. When shipping internationally, the importance of supply chain visibility from a customer service and financial perspective is especially crucial.

    With International Print on Demand you’re within 2-3 days ground shipping for 80% of the global!

  4. Know when to ask for help and leave it to the specialists. No matter how many or how few shipments you move internationally, it doesn’t take much for a shipment to get complicated, fast.

    With International Print on Demand printing in country is much simpler!

One critical area that we run into quit often is International Holidays. If you are planning a training program and you need printed materials, it is always good to check the Holiday Calendar in that country. With a little planning you can:

• Spend effectively
• Optimize efficiently
• Grow Exponentially

Below is a great link that will assist you in planning your events:

It is really invaluable in planning your overseas events.

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