Exploring the Beatitudes is the first of a three-book set, designed to guide members of the Diocese of Oxford through Christian studies.
Paul Jarvis from Holywell Press, met with Ruth Hamilton-Jones at the Diocese's Langford Locks offices to discuss the needs of the project. The guides information needed to be added to a website, so they could be purchased by parishioners across the county. E-commerce websites and shipping books to buyers was not something the Diocese wanted to explore, so asked for help.
Paul was happy to agree to setting up the logistics of a Shopify account, which he then arranged to link to the Diocese of Oxford’s website. From here, team members of Holywell manage the fulfilment of the orders, leaving the Diocese to concentrate on the subject matter of the course, and the attendees themselves.
The 10,000 books were printed by offset lithographic methods and are held in stock at Holywell Press Limited, awaiting fulfilment.
Origination: 210 x 148mm portrait, 36 pages of text and a four-page cover.
Printing: Litho print text in four colour process throughout, onto 120gsm Essential offset. Litho print cover in four colour process, both sides onto 250gsm Essential offset.
Finishing: Cut, fold text, impact crease and fold cover, inset, saddlestitch with two wires and carton pack.
So, Holywell Press log in to the Shopify account every morning and download the order details, which can be between 1 and 30 copies on any given day. One of the team at Holywell fulfils the orders by printing the labels and packaging the books accordingly, then dropping them off at the local post office for delivery.
The benefits of outsourcing stock and fulfilment
Because the books were printed on a short-run, they are easy for the Press to hold in stock for when they are needed. Holywell also save the files in archive, so when the 10,000 books have nearly all been sold, we can very simply print on demand.
Exploring the Beatitudes is the first of three guides to be printed, which are all along a similar theme and so when ‘Lazarus’ and the third guide are agreed upon, it is easy for Holywell to make minor changes to the plates and be ready to print in a brief time.
The Diocese is not a book shop. Nor is Holywell Press, but we can act as one, meaning the client’s focus is not distracted from the goal, and their customers’ orders are seen to with alacrity, giving the impression of a single smooth operation, from on-line ordering to receiving the goods.
If you have a similar need to the Diocese, where you have the product but don’t want or are not able to hold stock and spend time checking orders and making deliveries, give us a call at Holywell Press Limited, and we will happily come along for a chat and supply a no-obligation quote.