VistaPrint teams up with FedEx office, launches e-mail services

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VistaPrint Limited and FedEx Office (formerly FedEx Kinko's) have teamed up in a multi-year strategic alliance that has VistaPrint providing business stationery and marketing materials for FedEx Office's customers. In addition, FedEx will be a primary express carrier for VistaPrint's orders coming from its production facility in Windsor, Ontario, to locations in North America.

Using a new application developed by VistaPrint and FedEx Office, customers will be able to design and order their customized stationery and marketing materials online at or in-person at any of the 1,600 FedEx Office Print & Ship Centers in the US.

“We're very happy to be working with an unquestioned leader in the retail print and copy marketplace, and believe that the synergy between the two companies will yield great results,” said Robert Keane, president and CEO at VistaPrint, in a statement. “There are various components of this deal, including the sourcing aspects, which we believe will allow VistaPrint to increase its level of service and consistency while reaching more small business customers, which we are confident will benefit us in the long run.”

“There's no question small businesses are looking for easier and more efficient ways to design and customize their own printed marketing products,” said Brian Philips, president and CEO of FedEx Office, in a statement.

The application will be available at in May and in FedEx Office Print & Ship Centers beginning this summer.

In other news from VistaPrint, the company introduced e-mail marketing services for small businesses and announced plans to relocate its parent entity to the Netherlands and re-establish an office in France as it commits to becoming a market leader outside of North America.

For the third fiscal quarter ended March 31, VistaPrint reported revenue grew 21% for a total of $127.5 million. Net income for the quarter totaled $14.2 million, a 24% increase over the same quarter  a year ago.

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