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Products & Services Update

Greeting Card Sample Books & Promo Kits
Increase your holiday sales this season with our Greeting Card Sample Books and Promo Kit. These great marketing aids feature real samples of our Photographic Greeting Cards, Gift Tags and Holiday Wallet Magnets. They also show thumbnails of our entire Greeting Card Graphic Collection.

Digital Press Papers & Coatings Sample Book
This marketing aid is a way to show your clients how their products will look on each of our digital press papers and surface coatings.  Each page is printed in full color on the front and black and white on the back to help your clients visualize the product.  Digital Press Papers & Coatings Sample Books are available for free.

Finishing Sample Books
This new marketing aid is designed to help you sell more finishing options to your clients. Composed of over 20 pages of real samples, this book is a great tool to help support your bottom line. To find out more information and to order a Finishing Sample Book, click here.

Senior Graphics Sample Collection
Generation Y is often referred to the “skeptic generation”. With our Senior Graphics Sample Collection, you can show this important demographic how awesome our graphics look and increase senior portrait sales.

Digital Press Products – Additional Fees and Ordering Tidbits
There has been some confusion on the pricing of our digital press products. All standard prices indicated for our digital press products are based on output to our Smooth Gloss Cover Stock and are stated as a per unit price except where noted.  Premium papers (i.e.: Linen, Pebble and Pearl) and surface coatings (i.e.: matte and glossy) are available at an additional price.  For pricing details on digital press products, please see pages 37 and 38 of our Products & Services Catalog.

While on the topic of digital press products, we ask that you place one order per product.  If you wish to submit various different layouts for a product, please submit the first order and begin a new order session in PROS for the second and third and forth.  Failure to do so could cause delays in the production of your order.

Kodak to Discontinue ProShots
Earlier this year, the Eastman Kodak Company announced its intention to discontinue service and support of its Kodak Professional ProShots System.  This effects the ProShots Studio Software Suite, Basics Software, Online Services, and Lab Interface Software.  Effective December 31, 2007, all operations associated with the ProShots System will cease. 

If you have not yet transitioned from ProShots to another software solution, we encourage you to place your final orders now.  It is also worth mentioning that depending on your use of the ProShots System, the Pounds Automated Sales System (PASS) will be an excellent alternative.  For more information regarding PASS, please visit www.poundslabs.com/pass.

Digital Education

Bustling Holiday Activities
With rush of holiday portraits, parties and other activities going on—December is going to be a busy month.  As such, we have postponed all workshops until January 2008.  Check out our December newsletter or keep checking our Web site for a schedule and registration information.

Love Affair 2008
Ever feel your heart speed up endlessly when you think about a special experience? Take the thrill of passion, love and creativity and you get the Love Affair Workshop.  Kelly Moore Clark, who many of you may remember from her day-long seminars we sponsored last year, and some of her compadres are putting on a four-day workshop exclusively for women at every level of expertise and business knowledge, this photography workshop experience gives you personalized attention to teach you everything to improve your photography and business skills, along with the art of balancing a family and career.

For more information about this exciting event, visit their Web site at loveaffairworkshop.com.  Be sure to check out the blog as well! It contains important information about registering for a scholarship.  Hurry—deadline is December 5th!

Your Ticket to Revitalizing Sales & Profits
Pounds Labs is a proud sponsor of two seminars on December 10 and 11 in San Marcos, Texas.  “Family Portraits + Church Directories = $100,000 More in 2008 Sales” and “Event Photography Business Essentials” take you through the path of discovery as Chris Wunder demonstrates money-making practices that will lead to a more profitable calendar year.



New Shipping Option in Place
This month, we transitioned to our new shipping software and started converting the default shipping method for accounts who indicated a preference for a carrier other than DHL.  Available options include FedEx, UPS and the United States Postal Service.  If you are still a DHL customer, we'd love to have you try either of the two carriers during this trial period. If you wish to change carriers, please e-mail Doris Cox at dcox@poundslabs.com.  Be sure to provide her with your account number and preferred carrier.  You can alternatively give Doris a call at 512-833-3523.

Please note that this will not be a definite practice.  We are fortunate to be able to offer this choice of carriers through the end of the year. Each of the carriers has waved the volume requirements normally in place to get their volume based pricing. What this means is that at this time there is little difference in our costs between the three carriers. This will last until the first of 2008 at which time they will evaluate our pricing based on the volume we have shipped with them through December. We are hoping there will be enough volume for each carrier to justify the continuation of the competitive pricing.

We will have more announcements after the end of the year as we hear from the carriers about what pricing they can maintain.

Holiday Schedule
The last day of production and shipping prior to Christmas will be Friday, December 21. Our service centers will be open Monday, December 24 until noon. Normal business hours will resume December 26 through 28.  Our production lab and all service centers will be open on December 31 until noon.  We will be closed on January 1.  Normal business hours will resume on January 2.

There are NO early cut off dates for Christmas delivery. All orders will be dated for normal delivery times per our new Products & Services Catalog.  If you request a rush or a delivery date shorter than normal, the order will be handled and billed as 100 percent rush. In that case, allow one day per service area.

Each of the following lines represents a separate service area:

  • Retouching
  • Digital Printing
  • Finishing (Gold Stamp, Texture, Spray and Mount)

No rush service will be available on:

  • Flush Mount Albums
  • Digital Press Products
  • Novelty Items

This season, we will have the luxury of being able to ship using any of the three major private small package shippers in the United States: DHL, UPS and FedEx in addition to the United States Postal Service.

It is important that you understand that during the last week or so leading up to Christmas that shipping service time commitments may be curtailed. Here is what we are hearing from each of the three private carriers.

Holiday Service Times for the Three Carriers

Regular Pick-up
and Delivery
Regular Pick-up
and Delivery

Express & Ground: Open
Home Delivery:

Christmas Day Closed Closed Closed
Year's Eve
Regular Pick-up and Delivery Regular Pick-up and Delivery Regular Pick-up and Delivery

At Pounds, we are committed to using a service that will get your orders back to you within two business days of our having shipped them. If you determine that for any given order you need faster delivery than what our standard provides call customer service and we will arrange to ship your order for next day delivery using the service of your choice.  Extra charges based on the service requested will apply.

Regardless of the stated service time commitments, we encourage you to allow at least a day or two extra time when you make delivery commitments. Things can happen and if you have allowed a day or two extra to recover, that can make all the difference.

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Date of Publication:  November 28, 2007
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