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Unread postby guru » Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:10 pm  

Hi All,

Had a question and thought of asking here.

I believe I've seen certain posts wherein project creators have mentioned that uncut sheets have either got lost or misplaced during transit. Is this a regular occurrence by any chance? I'd ordered an uncut sheet along with a prototype deck from MPC for DAPC (soon to be launched project). I received the deck today but there was no uncut sheet in the package. There were 2 packages and tracking page shows something happened along the way between Hongkong & Sydney, as there is no scan for the package containing the uncut sheet upon arrival @ Sydney Airport.

This also begs the question that are there any best practices in shipping uncut sheets like availing transit insurance, shipping providers with good track record of handling uncut sheets. I'm still hoping that it is one of an occurrence and not something that crops up regularly.

Please advise.

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Re: Uncut sheet - lost in transit

Unread postby guru » Mon Sep 05, 2016 3:06 am  

Received the uncut sheet today after a no. of followups with DHL. Feeling relieved.....
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Re: Uncut sheet - lost in transit

Unread postby lms_jam » Thu Sep 15, 2016 2:04 pm  

Glad you got your uncut. I have not had any lost uncut packages myself but I have heard about others having problems. Also someone said that the were not offering uncut sheets because sometimes the printers don't pull any off the press not sure why. It does not seem that big of a deal to pull some sheets of the press before they get stamped out.
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Re: Uncut sheet - lost in transit

Unread postby MagikFingerz » Thu Sep 15, 2016 4:27 pm  

lms_jam wrote:Glad you got your uncut. I have not had any lost uncut packages myself but I have heard about others having problems. Also someone said that the were not offering uncut sheets because sometimes the printers don't pull any off the press not sure why. It does not seem that big of a deal to pull some sheets of the press before they get stamped out.

I agree, but it has happened a few times now (printers forgetting to do this). I would hypothesize that this is caused by them just not having a standardized system for making sure this happens, simply because not that many ask for it. But I could be wrong.
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Re: Uncut sheet - lost in transit

Unread postby guru » Fri Sep 16, 2016 4:09 am  

Yeah, glad to get it back.

That said, I think the issue of uncuts not being fulfilled by major printers is a process issue. USPCC already states +-10% variance in their production run during quotation itself. My hypothesis is that pulling uncuts from the process may be a manual step which is akin to losing dollars. In the same time, they can produce lot many decks so it becomes a tradeoff between fulfilling an order or productivity.

Companies using Taiwan printer states in their quotation that they can't guarantee fulfillment of uncut sheets as well. Now, I hypothesize that considering the fact that Taiwan based printer works for LPCC, EPCC, HCPC etc. it is producing so many decks for all of them. Any issue arising due to manual intervention of pulling the uncuts off the press, may result in the escalation from the client/s. And, if the Taiwan printer hasn't been able to fulfill such orders before, it is much safer to put such a clause in their quotation so that they can stay safe.

MPC should be in a far better position as they use both digital and offset press extensively. My hypothesis here is that even if due to some production issue, uncut sheets are less in number, it can be found easily during reconciliation before shipping. They can go to their digital press then and get the difference done.

This is my understanding and I may be wrong here.


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Re: Uncut sheet - lost in transit

Unread postby Mike Ratledge » Fri Sep 16, 2016 9:04 am  

I tend to believe what Tom said, it's just not a given that they will be pulled any more, which is strange, because it used to be done almost every time.

Several artists have ended up with no uncuts, even though they ordered them, which I am betting is the reason why the disclaimer is being added, to cover them as opposed to wearing a dance cap.
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Re: Uncut sheet - lost in transit

Unread postby guru » Sat Sep 17, 2016 11:40 am  

Mike Ratledge wrote:I tend to believe what Tom said, it's just not a given that they will be pulled any more, which is strange, because it used to be done almost every time.

Several artists have ended up with no uncuts, even though they ordered them, which I am betting is the reason why the disclaimer is being added, to cover them as opposed to wearing a dance cap.


Mike -Yes, I do agree with Tom as well. Uncuts are so beautiful, so I can understand when someone doesn't receive it, how he or she would have felt.
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Re: Uncut sheet - lost in transit

Unread postby Bruno » Sun Sep 18, 2016 6:58 am  

Crazy 8 Limited Un-Cuts ....
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