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Noteworthy Mentions

Just 14 more shipping days ‘til Christmas
Christmas day falls on Monday this year so the Friday three weeks from today is the last day we will be open prior to Christmas. Our last shipments will go out on that Thursday.

We encourage you to accept orders for Christmas right up until the last minute. As noted below, with just a couple of product line exceptions, you can request rush service on just about any order and that order will be in and out of the lab in 3 days or less. 

Please keep the following in mind as you promise last minute work to your customers:

  • All orders will be dated for normal delivery times as noted in our 2006 price guide. 
  • If you request a Rush or a delivery date shorter than normal the order will be handled and billed as 100% Rush. In that case allow 1 day per service area. 
Each of the following lines represents a separate service area
  • Retouching
  • Digital Printing
  • Finishing (Gold Stamp, Texture, Spray and Mount)
Only a few services cannot be rushed, they are:
  • Flush Mount Albums
  • Press Printed Products
  • Novelty Items
More key dates:
Shipments leaving Pounds Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (the 19th through the 21st) will be shipped EXPRESS with a goal of delivery by Friday the 22nd. Note that shipping EXPRESS does not guarantee receipt by Friday since DHL suspends service guarantees the week leading up to Christmas.

Service Centers will be open Friday the 22nd until 11 a.m.  We will be closed from 11 a.m. Friday the 22nd until the start of business Tuesday the 26th and then closed again Monday January 1, 2007. 
 

Digital Education

Last Chance to Catch Kelly Moore Clark in Houston, December 4
Kelly Moore Clark's "Modern Methods for Studio Success” seminars in Austin and Dallas a couple of months ago were a huge success. Just over 200 photographers were treated to seven hours of tips and insights from this hip, young, open and obviously successful leader of the next generation of wedding and bridal photographers.

Kelly’s topics ranged from:

  • Staying within your budget when starting out 
  • How to shoot with available light
  • Building your image…. your “brand”
  • Getting “WOW” pictures in “UGLY” surroundings
  • Managing workflow when you are shooting multiple weddings a weekend
  • And hundreds more points in between
The following are representative of the comments we received:
  • “Loved Kelly”
  • “Kelly was very enthusiastic, very knowledgeable and fun to listen to”
  • “Excellent Seminar”
  • “She was very incredible! Just fabulous!
You have another opportunity to catch Kelly in Houston this Monday (December 4) at the Marriott Houston North at Greenspoint. We still have room for a few more folks so come on down and enjoy the day. The cost to attend is $45, but the value you receive is priceless.
Product Update

Press Printing
Our folding greeting cards have been in PROS about six weeks now and have been well received. We are looking forward to adding more press products.  Post cards and business cards soon after the first of January.  Bound books and calendars shortly thereafter.  We would love to hear what you would like to have available after that. Drop us a line at poundsmarketing@poundslabs.com.

Additional Panoramic Prints for Albums
We have added the following print sizes to both PROS and LabPrints.  These prints are primarily used in producing flush mount albums.
 

 

Color Corrected

 

No Color Correction

Size

1st Print

2nd Print

 

1st Print

2nd Print

6x8

$2.25

$1.90

 

$1.90

$1.80

6x9

$2.25

$1.90

 

$1.90

$1.80

8x12

$3.25

$2.85

 

$2.87

$2.52

9x12

$3.50

$3.05

 

$3.00

$2.75

10x15

$4.99

$4.25

 

$4.00

$3.50

12x16

$12.00

$10.00

 

$11.00

$10.00

13x20

$12.00

$10.00

 

$11.00

$10.00

15x20

$14.50

$12.00

 

$13.00

$12.00

Catalogs for Volume Print Pricing
To get the special volume pricing on small prints mentioned in our holiday promotion below, look for two new PROS catalogs: Volume Printing – E Surface and Volume Printing – Metallic. Volume pricing is still available in the Machine Print catalog should you need approval prints or specific color matching.
 

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Holiday Promotion

Lower Pricing for Photographic Greeting Cards and Volume Machine Prints
From now until after Christmas, the prices for orders submitted through PROS for photographic greeting cards and orders for quantities of 50 or more small machine prints have been significantly reduced.

Greeting card prices (both 5x7 and 4x8 sizes) now start at 55 cents each in quantities of 25 and drop to 28 cents for more than 1,500 of the same card. That’s a fraction of what you will pay for press printed cards.  The special seasonal volume print pricing starts with 50 or more of the same size prints from the same image. You will now pay just 17 cents for 3.5x5, 4x5, 4x6 and 5x5 prints on E surface (lustre) paper and 21 cents on Metallic paper.  For 50 or more 5x7’s from the same image the price is 25 cents for E surface and 30 cents for Metallic prints.

Get the scoop! We encourage you to download the following PDF for more details about these two special programs. The special volume print prices are only available through a new Volume Print catalog in PROS. It is important to note that the volume print special does not support matching or approval prints or remakes for color. If those points are important to you our volume machine print prices are still available, just pick the Machine Print catalog in PROS.

Your customers can view all of our greeting card graphics!  We have placed a link on the home page of our Web site labeled “Greeting Card Designs” which takes the user to a special site that has minimal Pounds branding. Each of our photographic greeting products and the related graphics are visible there.  You are welcome to link to this site from you own Web site. The URL is http://www.poundslabs.com/cardgraphics/.  To increase point-of-purchase sales, we also offer spiral bound sample books, printed on photographic paper, that show off many of our graphics and standard greetings. These books can be purchased for $5.00 by contacting customer service. 
 

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Date of Publication:  December 1, 2006
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