Masters of Digital Printing
The Best Value Copy executive team includes Robert Stokvis, founder and chairman; and his son Mark Stokvis, vice president of sales and marketing.
Press operator Susan Winters reviews a proof that was printed on Best Value Copy’s Xerox iGen3 digital press.
The Need for Speed
Because of the amount of work coming in, Best Value Copy has had to make adjustments to handle the diverse range of clientele it now serves. For example, it expanded its workforce to 75 employees, and has also added new equipment to handle the influx of quick-turnaround jobs that have been pouring in. With two facilities based in New York—encompassing a total of 30,000 square feet—Best Value Copy operates a fleet of Xerox iGens, Xerox 6180s, Xerox Nuvera 120s, Xerox WCP 90s, high-speed Kodak scanners, various wide-format color printers, oversize blueprint copiers and a series of smaller digital printers for the legal work.
Mark Stokvis joined the company in 1999 when he graduated from college. He started as an account executive, selling litigation copying services to New York-based law firms. When both he and his father decided to launch Best Value Copy, he jumped at the opportunity to direct the new business. “I was so excited to be a part of our new online division. Not only was it a new opportunity for me personally, but also for the company,” he explains. “Creating Best Value Copy was the best way to combat the decline of our traditional printing operation, and we hope that it will enable us to keep that going as long as possible.”
While the growth of the Internet has helped to strengthen the company, it has also presented many challenges. For example, much of the legal work that it had produced over the years has transitioned from paper-based, to electronic, documents and communication. Other challenges Best Value Copy has experienced include competition among other Web-based printers, cutthroat pricing, as well as the high IT costs involved with developing a robust Website and a Web-to-print platform.
Robert Stokvis likens the challenges of starting an online printing business to the California Gold Rush. The amount of work it took prospectors just to find a few nuggets is akin to the amount of time devoted to developing a Website, in hopes of finding new clients. “Web-based businesses have to do a lot of work just to try to be seen, and are forced to spend a considerable amount of money to advertise online through search engine marketing,” he adds. “It is also challenging to get profitable clients due to the very high cost of a paid search. Each time a prospective customer clicks on your ad, you pay a substantial charge, and very few actually turn into orders.”