In one word it’s pretty simple, economics. Manufacturers depend on shipping whether it’s rail, ground, air, or by ship. Turn around times for printed labels, and packaged goods are the lifeblood for manufacturers whether small or big. If your shipping point is farther away it’s going to cost you more in shipping, but more importantly invaluable time. You want to get the product to the shelves, vendors, or suppliers as soon as possible. Having to wait for a vendor who is poorly located can be costly.

Shipping is an important part of supply chain management. Those managing supply chains and logistics for manufacturers are continually faced with finding more immediate streams of supply in an effort to cut their costs and thereby increasing revenue. You can have shipping issues from your plant to a vendor to complete a product fulfillment, or from your location to the consumer, retailer, or distributor.

One of the most important considerations when contracting a printing and packaging vendor is the location starting and endpoints once their work on your product is complete. Is the vendor shipping directly to your customers, or back to you for the fulfillment of the order? Other important considerations are your average order value, weight, margins, and special instructions, or shipping restrictions.

Real estate has always preached, “Location, Location, Location!” Nothing could be truer for companies in terms of shipping. Is your printing and packaging company centrally located to ensure on-time or better shipping? Are they causing you time and money because shipments are taking longer because of their location?

The Upstate of South Carolina is uniquely located in terms of ideal shipping locations. The Upstate is the westernmost part of the Palmetto State and includes the ten counties that have easy access to the I-85 corridor. Greenville County is half-way between Charlotte and Atlanta, also known as the economically and commerce powerful Charlanta Corridor.

Greenville provides access to I-85/I-26, and South Carolina’s two ports, the inland port in Greer, and the coastal port of Charleston. Three major airports instate are accessible within three hours by ground, Greenville Spartanburg International, Columbia Metro Airport, and Charleston International. Rail access to both ports is easily accessed in Greenville County. Serviced by Norfolk Southern the South Carolina Inland Port located in Greer offers 1-day rail service to the Port of Charleston, and a 1-hour, two-way truck turn around. This doesn’t include ground access within two hours to Atlanta and Charlotte!

Greenville County is located within a two-day shipping point of any location within the United States! It provides peace of mind and quick turn around for companies with vendors, suppliers, or manufacturers in the region.

Successful label printing and packaging companies recognize the importance of delivering quality products on time. Delays can be costly for these providers and their customers.

Ben Waldrop
Century Printing & Packaging
Greer, SC 29651