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HOK Uses ishipdocs for Global Document Solutions

HOK, a top ranked architectural and engineering firm with 1,800 employees in 25 offices around the world, needed to get thousands of color-printed documents from New York to multiple locations in Germany. Fast.

Enter ishipdocs, an ARC technology solution.

HOK, a long-time ARC customer, was introduced to ishipdocs and learned that with this cloud-printing service it could collaborate, print, and distribute printed material anywhere in the world.

For HOK there was an even more important benefit: agile edits.

A day before the documents needed to be shipped the HOK team in Germany requested a massive increase in quantity. Over 30,000 A4 prints, 5,000 tabbed dividers, and 240 more printed binders were thrown into the mix.

The ARC New York team was able to upload the digital files, get them approved, and then sent digitally to an ARC location in Germany for printing and delivery to seven separate locations around Germany.

Everything arrived on time and the result was at least 25% less expensive than if HOK had printed locally in New York and used international overnight shipping. In addition, ARC handled all the printing, delivery, and bank transfer fees.

This initial project went so well that HOK asked ARC to handle the final submission a few months later. The advantages of using a single vendor and of avoiding delays at customs and the unknowns associated with third-party shipping made ARC and ishipdocs an obvious choice.

With ishipdocs, HOK found a tool to collaborate more efficiently with remote teams and accelerate slow and costly international shipping methods. ARC’s cloud-printing services involves a level of coordination and print facilitation which does not exist elsewhere. The project management provided by ARC for this complex and sensitive project allowed HOK to spend more time doing what it does best, designing buildings.

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