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Elle Bee Design

Elle Bee Design is an independent wedding stationery boutique established in 2013. As a result of its rapid growth, the business required a digital production printer that could reduce lengthy lead times and accommodate changing customer demands while producing high-quality, customisable designs on a range of different materials cost effectively.

Wedding stationery with a personal touch

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Elle Bee Design was started by Laura Beaumont as a part-time hobby creating handcrafted greetings cards and relying on third party print suppliers to produce them. The business took off when Beaumont expanded into wedding stationery but the uplift in demand made it challenging to turnaround customer orders quickly, as well as meeting the growing demand for personalisation. The decision was made to bring printing in-house, a move that was facilitated by a single OKI Pro Series A3 CMYK printer. Affectionately nicknamed ‘Bertha’, the OKI printer allowed the business to significantly reduce the cost of printing compared to outsourcing. The device performs everyday office printing alongside greetings cards and wedding stationery and has slashed turnaround times from 10 months to just two days. The business soon introduced another OKI printer – a Pro9000 Series five colour digital production printer. This high impact device provides the flexibility to print in CMYK+White including high-density white-under single pass printing for truly unique results on any colour background. The OKI printers and their fast turnaround time helped Elle Bee Design pivot from ‘save the date’ cards to sharing revised wedding plans throughout the pandemic, as well as fulfilling customer orders on-demand.

“Another benefit is turnaround time. It is not nine to ten months like it was when we started. With the OKI devices on site, we have been able to order, proof, sign off and print ‘save the date’ cards in just two days, so turnaround time is greatly reduced.” Laura Beaumont, Founder & Owner, Elle Bee Design.

Read the full case study to learn more about how Elle Bee Design has grown and pivoted its greeting cards and stationery business using OKI’s digital production printers. 

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