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Ship Digitally, Print Locally with ishipdocs from ARC

Let’s face it. Shipping documents via overnight courier is an expense that eats into the profits of every architectural and construction firm on the planet. It’s also time-consuming, which can adversely affect important deadlines. And it’s clearly not very environmentally friendly.

But when you’ve got to ship plans, designs, specs, and promotional materials within the United States or internationally — and sometimes on the same day — what’s the alternative?

ARC Document Solutions is glad you asked.

It’s called ishipdocs. A cloud-based print fulfillment service, ishipdocs lets you create, store, distribute, and rapidly deliver high quality printed documents anywhere in the world.

And the process couldn’t be simpler.

You send your digital file via ishipdocs to an ARC service center (visit to find the nearest center). Your ARC representative — your trusted print concierge — will contact a network member near the destination and get them the digital file. They will then print and deliver your materials right on time.

This well-oiled machine owes its ability to ensure consistent quality and on-time delivery to ARC’s global cloud-print network, which is comprised of more than 350 certified print service providers.

In the spirit of full disclosure, there are other services out there, like drop boxes and FTP. However, unlike ishipdocs, drop-box services can’t guarantee what will happen to your documents on the receiving end. And with FTP, there’s no security, you can’t track your documents, and, like drop boxes, there’s no guarantee of receipt. In short, ishipdocs will knock your socks off.

But don’t take our word for it.

Take the word of San Francisco-based URS Corporation, one of the world’s largest engineering, construction, and technical services firms. They’ve slashed delivery times and obliterated their overnight courier budget.

“When I need something done right away, ishipdocs lets me upload files, specify exactly what we need in terms of number of copies, size, finishing, and then direct the job to a destination I choose and trust,” says Racquel Rivera, URS Document Control Specialist. “Best of all, I can keep track of everything in one place.”

In point of fact, ishipdocs is more than a print and distribution network. It’s a tool that empowers you to coordinate with your project teams more efficiently, more cost-effectively (on average, companies save 30%), and with a smaller carbon footprint.

To paraphrase the former slogan of a well-known overnight courier, we run the tightest ship in the digital shipping business.

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