Printing is on-demand
Mimeo.com, a six-year-old, privately owned print shop, has always had
an online approach to the print medium.
It provides clients with customized printing with a one-day
turnaround time, on items approved by 5 p.m. The company claims its
1,500 corporate clients, including Citigroup, Burger King, Jenny
Craig and Heineken, save money by controlling print amounts, not
requiring storage and seeing better results with targeted creative.
"It a cliché to say that the world is moving ever faster," said Jeff
Grill, vice president of marketing at Mimeo, New York. "But digital
printing is bringing down the costs usually associated with print."
Mimeo revenue increased 68 percent in 2005 versus
2004 to about $50 million. The company projects extensive growth for
"We've taken a work process that was labor intensive and made it
easier," Mr. Grill said. "You could decide today to do a new
The ability to provide more personalized collateral is attractive to
a corporate parent that has several stores or franchise owners but
Mr. Grill said that Internet marketing was not a direct threat to
"Within the same person there is someone who has a preference to view
and see some things over the Internet and a preference to view and
see some things via mail," he said. "At the end of the day, you still
need intrusive media to grab someone's attention and if it's
customized, you have better odds at grabbing their attention."