Snap has set up a new production model for its Queensland franchisees, outsourcing its print to trade outfit CMYKhub. The new model will work with web-to-print ordering.
The new CMYKhub facility replaces Snap’s own production hub, which closed down late last year after 12 years of operation following pressure from the franchisees.
Ironically the founder of CMYKhub Clive Denholm was also the founder of Snap rival Worldwide Online, where he pioneered the hub and spoke model.
The partnership gives Snap franchisees the use of CMYKhub’s four-colour offset printing services, and new digital printing equipped with a Konica Minolta C8000 colour digital press and a bizhub 1200 with black and white output. The partnership doesn’t impact on CMYKhub’s business with its multitude of independent QLD print customers.
Snap chief executive Stephen Edwards says the partnership, which also includes equipment upgrades to Snap franchises by Konica Minolta, will help local franchises with large orders that outstrip their capacity or equipment.
He says, “This is an exciting partnership for the Snap network, especially as the print and digital industries continue to rapidly evolve. CMYKhub in Queensland has a reputation for delivering superior printing services for small and medium print centres.”
Edwards says there are no plans to use this model anywhere else in Snap’s network.
“It was emotional to make the change after 12 years in the co-op print centre, but CMYK have been gold partners of ours for some time and are well aligned with our culture and values, so everyone quickly signed on to the idea and are happy with the outcome,” he says.
Edwards says CMYKhub director Clive Denholm’s history running the Worldwide Online franchise network gave them extra confidence in the deal.
Denholm says: “CMYKhub is delighted to be a key partner with company of this calibre, and we see huge potential for Snap Franchisees and their clients in the new and enhanced services that it will deliver them.
“It also reinforces our belief that heavy capital investment in a hub model reduces risk for print centre owners and allows them to have a greater range of products,” he says.