Natural Grocer & Co-op Reduces Waste and Saves Time & Money by Eliminating Lamination

With departments like a garden center, bakery and deli, The Community Food Co-op were challenged with producing signage that would stand up over time, especially in high-traffic areas or places where moisture was common. REVLAR solved the problem!

Natural Grocer & Co-op Reduces Waste and Saves Time & Money by Eliminating Lamination

The Community Food Co-op began using REVLAR waterproof paper for their signage needs in 2013. Prior to that, they were using laminated card stock, which did the job, but was expensive and time-consuming to produce.

With departments like a garden center, bakery and deli, the Community Food Co-op was challenged with producing signage that would stand up over time, especially in high-traffic areas or places where moisture was common.

“To ensure the longest life for the finished product, we created our laminated signage in a two-step process,” explains Habiba Sial, the Community Food Co-op’s graphic designer. “We designed, printed, and cut each individual sign, then laminated them and trimmed them again…the lamination process took time away from other more important tasks.”

Making the leap from lamination to synthetic paper

After years of laminating, the Co-op’s Sustainability Program Coordinator Melissa Elkins began to review synthetic-paper options as a potential replacement, but there was an additional challenge: the paper needed to be recyclable to pass muster. Fortunately, REVLAR met those recycling requirements. The Co-op is deeply committed to sustainability and ecological responsibility:

“The laminated signs couldn’t be recycled, so they just went into the garbage,” says Elkins. “We closely track all our recycling efforts. As our company’s sustainability program coordinator, I’m always looking for ways to cut back on our landfill contributions, and REVLAR has definitely fulfilled this requirement. We love that our REVLAR signs can be recycled.”

Time savings that add up

With REVLAR, the process to create signage is much simpler because the signs only need to be cut once. Sheets of REVLAR are preprinted with a light green color to create a two-tone color image, and individual department managers just run the sheets through black and white printers to add text as the signs are needed.

Don’t forget actual cost savings

In addition to time savings, Community Food Co-op has benefitted from cost savings with REVLAR. “Laminating a typical piece of cardstock cost about $1.17 per sheet for the lamination alone; the REVLAR plus toner is as much as $0.20 less per sheet,” Elkins says.

To learn more about the Co-op’s recycling efforts and how REVLAR waterproof paper made it happen, read the full case study here.

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Atlantic Grill Loves the Look, Feel and Ease of Waterproof Menus

Watch the video to learn why Atlantic Grill uses waterproof menus! Atlantic Grill is open year-round, but because they are located in a seasonal community, they receive an influx of customers during the summer months. As the number of patrons increases, the need for durable menus becomes even more critical.

 

Atlantic Grill is situated in the coastal community of Rye, New Hampshire. They’ve been in business for three years and they specialize in fresh seafood and traditional fare with a creative twist. The restaurant is located just minutes from Rye’s beautiful sandy beaches.

They are open year-round, but because they are located in a seasonal community, they receive an influx of customers during the summer months. Their hours expand and they begin to offer both lunch and dinner 7 days per week. As the number of patrons increases, the need for durable menus becomes even more critical.

For Atlantic Grill, their interest in waterproof menus originated for both aesthetic and practical reasons. Becky Donovan, Atlantic Grill’s General Manager, explains:

“We didn’t like the look of paper menus in plastic sleeves. That’s what we had when we first opened. We wanted something that was just a little more different. We needed something durable, that didn’t need additional protection. We wanted something that could handle a lot of use, especially in the summer when we have a high volume of customers.”

Learn more about how Atlantic Grill uses waterproof menus by watching the video above. Click on the play button or click here.

Why are REVLAR waterproof menus such a good fit for Atlantic Grill?

  • They are much happier with the look and feel of REVLAR vs. the plastic protectors they previously used
  • Their management prefers to purchase products from NH companies
  • It fulfills their operational needs for cleanable, printable and durable menus for a high volume of customers

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Ace Hardware Saves Time and Money Printing Waterproof Signs on REVLAR

Find out how one hardware store franchise saves time and money by printing their outdoor and garden-center waterproof signs on our REVLAR durable paper.

Waterproof Signs Ace HardwareWith eight stores across Lake County, Ill., the Laskowski family’s Ace Hardware franchise group is touted as one of the premier family businesses in the region. The group’s 84,000 square foot Ace Hardware Home Center and seven smaller retail stores serve thousands of customers annually.

The Customer Challenge: Waterproof Signs

With expansive outdoor space at each store—particularly at the Home Center—displaying trees, shrubs, plants, patio block, potting soil, mulch and other items customers need for seasonal outdoor projects, the Laskowski Ace Hardware group needed weatherproof signage to help customers identify each item and its price.

“We focus on providing excellent customer service and always want to be sure that our customers have a positive shopping experience,” explains Chris Hoehne, advertising manager for the Laskowski Ace Hardware group. “Clear signage is important, and in our outdoor nursery and garden supply areas, signs must be durable and impervious to wind and rain.”

Before transitioning to “outdoor” paper several years ago, Hoehne spent time replacing signs almost daily as they ripped, blew away or were damaged by rain. While the first type of waterproof paper the hardware stores used met their requirements, the cost became prohibitive, and Hoehne began to research alternatives.

“My criteria were simple,” Hoehne says. “I wanted a waterproof paper that would hold up to abuse and was affordable. Like virtually any business operating today, we keep a close eye on our expenses and take advantage of any opportunity we can find to save.”

The Relyco Solution: REVLAR Waterproof Paper

Hoehne’s Internet search led her to Relyco.

“Relyco’s website was easy to navigate, so I found REVLAR and the information I needed right away,” Hoehne notes, “and the company’s customer service was excellent. They answered my questions, addressed my concerns about the cost, and gave me a price that was right where it needed to be. They even provided samples of REVLAR so I could test it to make sure it would operate well with our store printers.”

The Laskowski Ace Hardware group is now in their second season using REVLAR and working with Relyco, and Hoehne continues to see the benefits.

“We have outdoor signage that is long-lasting, durable and cost-effective to produce,” she concludes. “Most importantly, our customers can easily get the information they need.”

View the complete customer story here.



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