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What's Vendor Paper?

 

Posted: 06 May 2005 02:04 pm

 

Maybe it's just not registering with me today, being Friday and all, but what is vendor paper for?
. . . . . Craig Hofer
Loris Printing  Joined: 05 May 2005  Posts: 79  Location: Sandusky, Ohio

 

Vendor Paper, for lack of a better term (and if someone can come with a better one, I'm open for suggestions), is any paper that hasn't been designated as a "My Paper" house stock. Vendor Paper is purchased as needed for each order. Vendor Paper and My Paper can also have different markups.

The main difference between the two is the way the program looks at paper in terms of availability and pricing. When you sell 300 1-color letterheads using My Paper, Morning Flight will add 45 sheets for spoilage. That's because you can use what you need and put the rest back on the shelf. When you sell 300 1-color letterheads on Vendor Paper, the customer is always charged for a full ream.

My Paper doesn't have to be an in-house stock item. You can designate a popular brand as My Paper and then buy it as needed from an XPDX Paper Shop, for instance. If you're willing to sell a broken ream and save the rest for the next customer, make it a My Paper item. For that particular brand and color (I'd restrict it to white or off-white), you'll always have a competitive edge.
. . . . .  Hal Heindel

 

So I would use it for Mill ordered paper. Thanks!
. . . . . Craig Hofer
Loris Printing  Joined: 05 May 2005  Posts: 79  Location: Sandusky, Ohio

 

Not only Mill ordered, but any paper that you order from the local vendor for a specific job.

At Unitac, we designate as 'My Paper' a number of preselected flat sheets, matching envelopes, and matching card stock for business cards. One of the requisites for My Paper is that it be stocked by the local XPDX Paper Shop so we can walk in and pick up a single ream if we needed to. Anything the XPDX Paper Shop doesn' carry, even if the local XPDX warehouse does, is automatically Vendor Paper.

So what we have at Unitac are really three categories of paper: (1) My Paper, available in broken cartons from the Paper Shop, (2) Vendor Paper, available from the XPDX warehouse in broken cartons (although they're not anxious to sell you just a couple of reams), and (3) Vendor Paper, available from the Mill in full cartons only.

Some printers will tell you that they don't stock paper, so in effect there is no 'My Paper.' My answer is that if they stock 20 lb white bond and #10 white wove envelopes, they have at least two 'My Paper' items. What you include in 'My Paper' is basically a marketing decision. Check out the Unitac website, Craig, which will eventually become a showcase site on how to integrate Morning Flight into your marketing and sales promotion.
. . . . .  Hal Heindel