Improved Direct Store Delivery with Rehrig Pacific’s DSD GeoSystem

The DSD R40 Electric Lift and the GS Pallet are components of Rehrig Pacific's new DSD-GS solution.


Rehrig Pacific Company has launched its new DSD GeoSystem (DSD-GS).

“The DSD-GS solution is specifically designed to optimize beverage and other retail delivery applications,” explains Brian Lindell, Vice President of Beverage Markets for Rehrig Pacific. “Each component of our DSD-GS has been tested and proven to provide measurable supply chain productivity benefits and overall financial savings.”

The new DSD-GS solution from Rehrig Pacific offers an improved system for order building, loading and delivery of DSD retail products. The system includes four key products that when combined, offer reduced delivery times, increases routing efficiencies, lowers supply chain costs, improves customer engagement, and advances towards sustainability initiatives. Rehrig Pacific’s DSD-GS solution consists of the DSD R40 Electric Lift, the GS Pallet, the DSD Hydraulic Sled, and Pallet Wrapz®.

Pallet Wrapz is a reusable wrap solution that saves money and eliminates disposal issues.

The DSD R40 Electric Lift is up to 800 lbs. lighter than other competitive models but holds 4,000 lbs. of capacity supporting GMA, beverage pallets and current DSD system platforms. Rehrig Pacific’s new GS Pallet moves picking to the distribution center and provides an efficient method of delivery – enabling more stops made with fewer routes. The DSD Hydraulic Sled is designed to speed up productivity when making deliveries on uneven surfaces, including ramps and high thresholds. Additionally, the DSD-GS offers the use of Pallet Wrapz, which is an eco-friendly, reusable alternative to plastic stretch film.

The DSD-GS solution will be on display by Rehrig Pacific at ProMat booth #3627, March 23 – 26, Chicago. For additional information about Rehrig Pacific, visit or call (800) 315-4379.


Digital Services Provider Atos to Acquire Xerox’s Information Technology Outsourcing Business

Atos, an international leader in digital services, and Xerox, a global business services, technology, and document management company, has announced their intention for Atos to purchase Xerox’s ITO business for $1.05 billion and become a primary IT services provider for Xerox. Additionally, this transaction will enable new levels of collaboration in client situations and innovative solutions leveraging Atos’ world-class ITO capabilities and highlighting Xerox’s Business Process Outsourcing and document outsourcing expertise.As part of this transaction, Atos will add Xerox’s blue-chip ITO clients to its portfolio in order to accompany them on their digital journey. With estimated 2014 revenue of $1.5 billion, Xerox’s ITO business employs approximately 9,800 ITO employees in 45 countries, with 4,500 in the U.S. and more than 3,800 in global delivery countries such as India, the Philippines and Mexico. The Xerox ITO leadership team will also join Atos. Xerox’s existing ITO clients will gain access to Atos’ global IT services capabilities and a broad range of cutting-edge services.

Also under the terms of this transaction, Atos will provide IT services to Xerox.

Atos and Xerox have established a working relationship spanning several years. For example, Atos has relied on Xerox for managed print, human resource and financial services. Xerox currently uses Atos for ITO work in Europe.

“Atos is a company with whom we’ve had a long relationship in several capacities,” said Ursula Burns, Xerox’s chairman and CEO. “Selling the ITO business to Atos gives our clients around the globe an expanded, world-class suite of IT capabilities that complement Xerox’s industry leading BPO and document outsourcing solutions. This transaction is another step in our ongoing portfolio management strategy and increases our focus on those areas where we can deliver the most value and expertise to our clients.”

Acquiring Xerox’s ITO business provides Atos with a broader geographic footprint and the ability to support the needs of its European and U.S. clients anywhere in the world. This adds breadth to its already deep services portfolio and leading technologies, particularly in Cloud, Big Data, Cyber-security, and in High Power Computing.

Thierry Breton, chairman and CEO of Atos, noted: “Increasing our position in the United States is a major step in the completion of our three year strategic plan and responds to a strong demand from our global customers. This transaction will allow us to strengthen our footprint in the U.S. market which is an early adopter of high growth innovative technologies and to access a pool of talented and highly skilled technologists. At Atos we are all excited to welcome soon our 9,800 new colleagues who will be part of a leader fully dedicated to the most advanced IT Services.”

He continued: “The two companies already have a successful long-standing commercial relationship. This provides both companies the opportunity to take full benefit of this strategic collaboration and it makes me very confident in our ability to generate value for our customers and shareholders.”

The intended transaction, which has received the unanimous support of both the Atos’ and Xerox’s Boards of Directors, is subject to customary closing conditions, regulatory and antitrust approvals, and consultation, when relevant, with employee representative bodies. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2015.


Midtown Printing to Become Modern Litho-St. Louis After Merger

Modern Litho of Jefferson City, MO, completes its strategic merger with St. Louis-based Midtown Printing with the final step of changing Midtown’s name effective Jan. 1, 2015, to Modern Litho-St. Louis.

“We wanted to enter the market gradually to preserve the relationships and brand value Midtown Printing has established over the nearly 50 years it has been in business. Our results show we’ve gained ground and earned trust in the St. Louis area,” explains Darrell Moore, president of Modern Litho.

Since the merger, Modern Litho has continued its five-year upward trend of double-digit revenue growth. Investments in equipment, added staff and square footage have all resulted in an expanding client base at the St. Louis Midtown facility.

Tom Auffenberg, president of Midtown Printing, added, “Now, together as a fully integrated organization, we are ready to serve the market with expanded capabilities and an enhanced sales and customer service team.”

As a result of this merger Modern Litho-St. Louis now offers:

  • 40” press capabilities
  • Enhanced digital and interactive print services
  • Expanded direct mail and mailing services
  • Advanced Web-to-print technology, e-commerce and storefront capabilities
  • Large-format print capabilities including signage and display graphics

Moore says customer-centric solutions will always remain a priority. “Our strategy from the beginning, which is why we merged with the award-winning Midtown team, has been to bring to the area both the best service and talent as well as the most diverse and state-of-the-art technology. It’s my hope that this merger and our results in the months to come prove Modern Litho-St. Louis synonymous with that mission.”

ABS Graphics Buys Wohlenberg Cutter For New 130,000-Square-Foot Facility

It’s the week before Christmas and while some businesses have already eased off the accelerator for the holiday break, that’s not the case at ABS Graphics in Itasca, IL, a western suburb of Chicago. A combination of steady and consistent client work and moving people and equipment from two locations into new space is keeping everyone active. One of the first machines pressed into service was the new 72” Wohlenberg cutting system purchased from and installed by industry leader Colter & Peterson.

ABS is consolidating separate large-format and litho operations in nearby Addison and Chicago into a new, 130,000 square-foot facility. Moving a large company from two locations is a herculean task, and Owner and Principal Steve VanderVeen is quick to credit a dedicated group of 150 full-time and as many as 50 temporary employees for making significant progress every day. The move began last month and is expected to be completed sometime in late January.

Once a traditional sheetfed offset printing company that first opened its doors in 1978, ABS has expanded into large-format litho and screen print as well as digital and variable data printing. For now they maintain a 24/7 schedule as necessary to accomplish the production of mixed marketing materials in a wide range of substrates and sizes for their national Fortune 500 clients. This versatile production level, as well as the ability to offer data-driven fulfillment, personalized packaging and shipment across North America, allows ABS to uniquely and effectively serve the national retail market.

“Supplying to the national retail market is what we are all about,” explained VanderVeen. “We bought the new cutting system to complement our 40” sheetfed capabilities and handle the influx of large-format litho for our clients, while having the ability to cut many different items to meet customized needs. We’ve known Colter & Peterson for many years, and we knew they were the right place to go for this type of specialized cutter.”

The Wohlenberg system includes a 72” paper cutter with automatic rear loader, jogger and lift. It offers a ton of benefits and joins a pair of 45” and 85” paper cutters. Featuring precise cutting, a 15” touch screen display and a CIP data module, it is working in tandem with another recent addition: a five-color KBA Rapida 142 press.

“The sizeable amount of retail in-store work that is displayed in stores is printed on the large-format press and requires a cutter that can handle all the material handling. The KBA press prints 40×56” sheets, which is double the size and weight of 28×40” sheets,” informed VanderVeen. “Running two-sided, we use the auto loader to pick up and turn it over, as well as aerating and jogging the loads, and then put it back on the press.”

As VanderVeen walks the floor from one area to another, he points out that run size usually varies. Picking up a stack of single use coupon books with digitally printed individual bar codes, he explains how ABS can print tracks of 50,000 at any given time for a run that eventually adds up into the millions – and repeats the process on a monthly basis.

“We bought the auto loader and jogger for its speed. With a two man operation, we’re seeing a significant increase in the amount of volume we can turn around on the Wohlenberg system,” remarked VanderVeen. “The training and installation went well except for a few minor things where we needed to make some adjustments. Our business level is very good and we will have to determine how much and how often we use it. For now, it’s as much as possible.”