FastPrint paper bag trade print service up and running

Printed paper bags are in big demand and newly launched trade print service, FastPrint, is ready and able to supply full colour printed paper bags to printers in quantities from just 20 to 200,000 plus.

FastPrint is a division of Smartbag which is established in the paper bag supply chain selling branded paper bags direct to the public online and also to large retailers including Harvey Norman and Cue.

The company noted in early 2019 inquiries about its printed paper bags began to increase with many of these calls coming from printers looking to access printed bags for customers.

The rise in interest prompted Smartbag to launch FastPrint – a trade printer for paper bags.

Smartbag director Sean Downs has a background in printing and understands printers need to be able to add value to their product range to increase their margins.

Smartbag director Sean Downs

“We were getting a lot of calls from printers about our printed paper bags, so we started talking to them,” Downs said.

“We are basically giving a wholesale discount on the same products that we sell online and this gives printers the opportunity to increase their market share or sell a value added product and make margin on it.”

The paper bags come in a variety of sizes and styles and can be printed to order and delivered in four to five days depending on order size.

It is also possible to order as few as 20 bags, Downs said, removing the risk of having boxloads of unwanted bags leftover.

Downs said printers wishing to purchase printed paper bags through FastPrint will also be given a login and password to use the company’s portal which will populate with pre-agreed pricing and order history.

“We also want to give printers access into our custom-built software platform which is branded as Smartbag,” Downs said.

“Our customers get a login and a password and they see all their pricing, they see their quantities, they can generate reports. Being able to do this also offers printers value as well.

“It means printers will not have to get quotes all the time as they will just be able to do their own quotes on their own system.”

Downs and his team at Smartbag have spent the last 18 months perfecting how to digitally print the paper bags on a Mimaki flatbed press.

That process has now been fine-tuned to such a point that is possible to rapidly print the volumes required to provide a trade print service and also keep Smartbag’s existing customers in stock.

The company also invested in a second Mimaki flatbed press in February this year and once that is up and running will have added further capacity.

Click here for more information about Smartbag and FastPrint or call 1300 874 559.

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