PVS In-Store Graphics started in 1991 and has been at the forefront of the printing technology curve since inception.
PVS rarely says “no” to a customer—that’s how they have kept such a loyal customer-base, and built a reputation as Portland, OR’s go-to source for signage and displays. When one of their largest clients came to them with new ideas for a project, everyone had their doubts about its execution—even the client.
The client, a major athletic shoe manufacturer, needed custom store graphics for 45 locations to promote the launch of a new shoe. Each location needed display graphics that included printed and assembled backdrops, vinyl window clings, shoe displays, printed and cut acrylics in the shape of the shoe—some of which needed to be backlit—and various other promotional pieces. To make matters even more difficult, PVS had to meet a turnaround of 10 days to ensure that everything arrived in time for the overnight installation before the day of the launch.
What would have been a nightmare for other companies was a breeze for PVS, since they were the first to own an EFI VUTEk GS3250LX LED printer (Booth 2000), even participating as a beta customer during the product’s launch.
“The VUTEk GS3250LX LED printer has changed the way we work,” says Wes Shinn, Co-Owner, PVS In-Store Graphics. “It’s an effortless production process, and it opened up a whole new range of opportunities that we can explore with our customers.”
EFI’s VUTEk GS3250LX 3.2-meter UV-curing printer’s “Cool Cure” LED technology generates less heat and improved adhesion, so PVS can use a wider range of materials, including very thin styrene sheets that are less expensive to purchase and ship.
To complete their project, PVS ran their VUTEk GS3250LX LED printer in 10 to 12 hour shifts for several days straight. They calculate that they printed about 180 sheets of foam-board, 60 or 70 sheets of PVC board, six or seven rolls of vinyl, plus four rolls of clear vinyl, and about 30 5' acrylic shoe displays.
“I kept waiting for something to go wrong with the VUTEk GS3250LX, but it never did,” says Nick Olson, Co-Owner, PVS In-Store Graphics.
“At the end of the project, we calculated that only about 30 to 40% of the work was actually print time; we needed the rest for assembly and shipping,” says Shinn. “The VUTEk GS3250LX helped us meet the deadline by getting everything printed so quickly.”
So how big does a project have to be to qualify as PVS In-Store Graphics’ largest-ever job? “We had three FedEx trucks and two semi’s come on the first shipping afternoon to ship everything out, then we had three more days of shipments,” says Olson.