Drop Shipping is also known as order fulfilment, or ‘print on demand’ – an exciting business model for artists, print sellers, online shops and galleries. It’s enabling business to be more efficient, with quicker turnarounds, better quality control, and less initial investment and risk. We will provide your customers with our highest-standard fine art prints, supplied in protective packaging, and sent out all over the world.
Drop Shipping Advantages
- No overheads, investment in stock or inventory
- Time-saving, automated service to take orders from your website or by email
- Tracked and insured services available for local, national and international deliveries
- Protective packaging, with your own branded stickers (optional)
- Certification & bespoke embossing stamps available
- No minimum or maximum orders
- Clear pricing structures
- Quantity discounts available
Advantages in detail
Since you don’t need to own any inventory, your setup costs are minimal when it comes to stock, and also storage! You don’t need physical space to store prints, frames and all the packaging to run your print business – we’ll take care of that.
Your artwork will be held on our server and a backup in the cloud, so your designs will be safe in the case of (almost) any eventuality.
Lower setup costs mean that more of your time and money can be spent on marketing your business, making the print on demand model the most efficient way of selling prints online. No wastage, no time spent running to and from the post office.
When you get set up as a drop ship customer, let us know if you’d like to have our branding on your shipments, or use your own stickers and corporate identity. We can also include flyers, inserts, certificates of authenticity, or dispatch notes for you. Feel free to get in touch and discuss your requirements.
Certified Editions - Print on DemandCertificates of Authenticity can be supplied with each limited edition print
Our Certificate of Authenticity system is designed to give your customers the utmost security and reassurance that they are purchasing a genuine limited edition work of art – reducing the risk of forgery and ensuring that the work they are buying is authentic.
Each certificate is manufactured by Hahnemühle in Germany, and made of premium deckle edged mould made paper with a Hahnemühle watermark and fluorescent security fibres. A serialised numbered hologram is added. A second, identically numbered, paired hologram is then applied to the reverse side of the artwork. Both certificate and print are supplied to the customer, with each serial number recorded with the date and method of production, ensuring that a work can always be traced back to its source of production.
Certificates are, of course, an optional extra when drop shipping prints. However they are a great tool to provide extra assurance and a sought after feature to your sale.
Our Fine Art Printing
Each fine art print is produced under careful supervision, to the highest standard, on archival stock using pigment inks.
Prints are made on a variety of papers from Klein Imaging and Hahnemühle, including Smooth Rag, which has the luxurious texture of a traditional smooth board and a bright white point, making it the ideal medium for images with fine detail and vivid colour.
Klein is an official partner of Hahnemühle, one of the finest manufacturers of fine art papers for giclée printing in the world. Hahnemühle papers are highly regarded as the pre-eminent media for limited edition fine art prints, and together we ensure consistency and exceptional quality for every print.
The Ordering Process
Drop Shipping & Print on Demand FAQ
Can you send my print orders directly to my customers?
Yes, we offer a complete drop shipping service, allowing you to simply forward your print orders to us and we then print, pack and ship on your behalf. This allows you to focus on creating the work without worrying about the cost of ordering large stocks of prints and packaging, as well as saving you time and storage space.
We can use your own branding or ship in unbranded packages, and can provide authenticity certificates for limited editions so you don’t need to hand sign every print.
See our drop shipping page for more information.
How will my work be packaged?
We have a variety of different packaging to suit all shapes and size of prints. Premium postal tubes, hard board envelopes with stiffeners for work that needs to be sent flat or for orders of 3+ prints, print boxes for oversized pieces, and archival print boxes for special orders. We can also custom crate work that needs to be protected at all costs.
Can I use my own branding?
Yes. By default, packages will be sent with Klein Imaging branding, but we are happy to use your own branding materials if you supply them to us. We stock logo stickers, flyers and dispatch notes for various different sellers. We always use your seller name as the reference on the postage label.
Are shipments tracked?
Our standard UK service is Royal Mail business post. This is not a tracked service, but we can generate on-demand delivery notifications (which does not include a signature). We can also send your packages via Special Delivery in the UK, or via International Tracked in Europe and the Rest of the World. These are fully tracked and insured services (delivery confirmations for international orders are subject to the availability of local mail services in the destination country).
We also regularly use UPS and FedEx to ship prints around the world.
What happens after I receive an order on my website?
The most straightforward implementation for website orders is to have your order confirmations sent both to you as well as to us (you can usually define the destination email addresses for your order confirmations within your shop settings). If you sell products other than prints, you would need to define the confirmations on a category-by-category basis so that only print orders are sent to us.
Alternatively, you can manually forward order confirmations on to us that arrive in your email inbox.
You are also welcome to supply the information for each drop shipment in a separate email to us if you prefer.
What is the turnaround time from ordering to dispatch?
3 working days, or sooner.
How can I control edition runs?
For limited edition print runs, you will usually manage the availability of that edition yourself, recording sales as they happen. Simply forward us the edition number with your order when you make a sale.
When we are supplying a certificate of authenticity for a limited edition print, we will record the date of production, date of dispatch, recipient and certificate number on our database.
Do I have to come in to the studio to sign each print?
For customers who want to sign every print before it gets sent out, there are a few options available:
- visit the studio in Manchester city centre to sign an individual print, or batch, before they get sent out
- have the prints sent to you for signing and onward shipping to your customer
- we can provide a heavyweight embossing stamp with a seal unique to you, and emboss each of your prints before dispatch as an alternative to a physical signature. This method means that you don’t have to spend time going to and from the print studio and post office, and spend your time creating new artwork or marketing your business instead!
Do you ship framed prints?
We specialise in bespoke frames but we do offer some ready made framing options for drop shippers. These frames are available for UK orders in A4, A3 and A2 size – at larger sizes the risk of damage is greater and the shipping cost is more expensive.