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Major retailer invests in Vivid technology

NEXT has invested in a Veloblade Nexus and Zip Core Packaging Suite software from Vivid Laminating Technologies

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British retailer NEXT has invested in Vivid’s Veloblade Nexus and Zip Core Packaging Suite

Major British multinational retailer, NEXT, has invested in a Veloblade Nexus and Zip Core Packaging Suite from Vivid Laminating Technologies.

NEXT has approximately 700 stores in its portfolio with around 500 located in the UK and the remaining 200 located across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

The brand’s in-house print department needed a new system for its own signage needs with its previous cutting system resulting in extended waiting times for support. 

As a result, NEXT has now partnered with Vivid and has invested in a Veloblade Nexus and Zip Core Packaging Suite. 

This technology has enabled the brand to take full control of its in-house production, save time, and benefit from substantial cost savings.

Vivid has thanked Ricoh, a reseller of Vivid, for its instrumental role in making the sale possible with Ricoh a long-standing technology partner to NEXT. 

Over the years, Ricoh has supported the brand with innovative workflow and process improvement in its warehousing and storerooms as well as providing wide-format and cut-sheet print and finishing technology.

The investment has enabled NEXT to take full control of its in-house print and graphics production 

The new Vivid technology will work alongside Ricoh Latex and UV flatbed technologies within NEXT’s in-house print department. Due to this, the system needed to be operable over three shifts, easy to use, able to cut various materials involving routing, and be reliable.

Alongside Vivid’s technical support, the Veloblade Nexus meets all these criteria and enables applications to be easily prototyped and brought to production in just a matter of hours.

Stephen Clarke, print services manager at NEXT, comments: “Vivid’s support is truly deserving of a five-star rating. The company consistently goes above and beyond to ensure we have the best support when operating the Veloblade Nexus and Zip Core Packaging Suite. This level of support is truly invaluable to us.

“Since partnering with Vivid, our experience has been nothing short of fantastic. The Zip Core Packaging Suite opens up endless possibilities, and the ability to send a 3D virtual CAD of a project, rather than creating a physical sample, has saved us an incredible amount of time.”

Clarke continues: “The Veloblade Nexus has demonstrated its precision, speed, and clean-cut performance, surpassing all our previous experiences with other brands. This has given us the confidence to take full control of in-house production.”

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