“I recommended the use of Printronix printers when I joined the company in 1996. I had previously worked at the Leclerc group, a major French retail chain, which used their equipment. I therefore knew Printronix for large-volume printing and also for the quality of their solution”

The business challenges associated with distribution require the technologies within the logistics chain to be mastered perfectly. Of these, the choice of printing solutions plays a key role. Regardless of whether issuing delivery notes or producing invoices, volumes can in fact become so large that they constitute a considerable proportion of a company’s operating costs. This is the conclusion drawn by the Cercle Vert group, which decided to integrate Printronix line matrix printers into the heart of its IT system.

More than 2.5 million sheets printed per year for 450,000 orders delivered

Founded in 1985, the Cercle Vert group specialises in the distribution of food and non-food products in the region around Paris for professionals in institutional catering (healthcare, public authorities, schools and businesses) and commercial catering such as restaurants. The company employs 250 people and has over 8,000 customers. With 14,000 items in stock, the Cercle Vert group performs almost 450,000 deliveries each year with a fleet of 80 trucks.

The company has a major need for printed documents. The Cercle Vert group issues almost 8,000 documents a day. Delivery notes, invoices, billing statements, account statements, and commercial reports related to every order require paper-based documents to be produced quickly and are essential for managing the company’s logistics chain and business chain.

“We face major logistical hurdles. The challenge is to deliver to our customers quickly as they must be supplied on time in order for them to run their business well. We perform more than 1,000 deliveries every day, which is a considerable volume given that each order consists of multiple items. We produce 8,000 printed documents every day in our logistics centre. Each pallet needs to be labelled and there needs to be a corresponding delivery note. These documents are produced using multi-copy forms. At the same time, invoices are issued and the documents are attached to the goods,” explains Patrick Mendez, IT Manager at the Cercle Vert group.

Delivering printing solutions adapted to the business needs of logistics

Cercle Vert was looking for a printing technology that met the business requirements of logistics. The company has been using Printronix printers based on line matrix printing technology since 1997. 8 printers are deployed in the group’s warehouses and head office.

“I recommended the use of Printronix printers when I joined the company in 1996. I had previously worked at the Leclerc group, a major French retail chain, which used their equipment. I therefore knew Printronix for large-volume printing and also for the quality of their solution,” Patrick Mendez emphasises. Continue reading the full story by clicking here.