Big Lots Gets Big Overhaul
Big Lots also updated its Xerox DocuTech from the 135 to the 6180 model, installed a Xerox 2060 color production device and added a 90-copy-per-minute Xerox Work Centre Pro 90 copier. Then, in January of this year, it added a Xerox 6060 color printer.
The spending spree came on the heels of a two-year study that examined how much it was costing Big Lots to outsource its printing. This was compared to the cost of purchasing and leasing equipment to produce the same work. Layman's department was able to show a "significant" cost savings that more than justified adding the new equipment.
'Time To Move Forward'
"Our shop had been in the same configuration for about 12 years and it was really time to move forward with new technology across the board," says Layman. "As we looked at trying to replace some of the old and worn equipment, we were also presented with new challenges to support a new sign package that was going in all our stores. The timing was so right, we actually got to tailor our equipment purchase to specifically support what our graphics department was asking that we be able to print."
The work that was no longer being outsourced—the "As Advertised" signage—provided the cornerstone of work for the new equipment. The signs are printed on the A.B.Dick 9995A-ICS and trimmed to 11x17˝ on the Baum cutter. The 2020 folder is used to score, perforate in two places and slit the sign to its finished size of 8-1⁄2x11˝. Then pricing information is overprinted using the Xerox 6180.
Run lengths are just under a quarter million pieces, with each of the 1,350 retail stores getting two sets of 74 completed signs. Compared with the in-plant's previous role in the signage—overprinting the pricing information—the in-plant has seen a 37 percent increase in the number of impressions printed over 2002.