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Print on demand business enables entrepreneurs to stand out from the crowd by creating unique apparel from white-label products. Still, the difference lies not just in the finished product but also in the way the company can represent its brand.

We want to devote this article to one of the Illinois print shop's successful promotions, which may inspire your future achievements. So keep reading to find a proven method to generate sales and gain more revenue for a small POD business.

Several times a year, Rockford Art Deli organizes a special event right in their shop hall, where thousands of buyers gather to get exclusive custom print on demand products free of charge. The only requirement is to bring a new cotton blank tee, and the RAD team will cover it with a unique design in a few minutes.  

Traditionally, events occur on Saturdays from 10 am to 6 pm before Valentine's or St. Patrick’s Day, Fourth of July, Halloween, and winter holidays. Rockford Art Deli also doesn’t stay apart from expected movie premiers and sports competitions, especially when it comes to the local baseball team. 

RAD posts a Free Print Day calendar schedule and designs on social media ahead of time. Usually, it’s a black image with a brand name and a dedicated theme. Those visitors who haven’t prepared a blank cloth may buy it right in the store for $10. Clients with no opportunities to join live events can make a pre-order and receive their customized Rockford Art Deli apparel for $20 (e.g., a t-shirt, a hoodie, or whatever they want to be printed). 

The RAD initiative is widely welcomed among customized stuff lovers – let’s learn the reason in the next chapter.

What is a sure way to boost sales? The Rockford printing service definitely knows the answer. When RAD first announced its special one-day free offers, it pressed around 100 t-shirts. Nowadays, their events attract more than 3000 people from downtown Rockford. The reason for the shop’s popularity is simple: they found a niche relative to local inhabitants and did their best to satisfy customers’ wishes on a Free Print Day and at any other time.

RAD team focused on several themes in their plastisol designs (a classic type of screen printing, where ink is set on the top of the fabric), widespread among the majority of the shop clients: legalized cannabis, Rockford Art Deli 815 (the town code), the rocking Peaches (women's baseball team), and even a brand mascot (a dog Pepper).

Free Print Days allows citizens to become a part of something special for the local community – a kind of celebration that brings positive emotions, smiles, and happy meetings. RAD has created an unprecedented event, which gathers a multi-thousand crowd. The customized design makes it easy to get family-look apparel for 4 persons. And an opportunity to receive a limited edition for free stimulates the interest to visit a store even more.

You may already wonder how it is possible to fulfill several thousands of orders per day. Let’s deal with this question in more detail.

How You Should Have Prepared Your Print-on-Demand Business for a Holiday Season

The main reason RAD's special offer days run smoothly and productively is excellent teamwork and wise planning. Jarrod Hannis, the print on demand store owner, always announces the upcoming event and design examples on their official website, Rockford Art Deli on Etsy, and through social media. With a substantial promotion, RAD expects high attendance. That’s why Jarrod appoints the areas of responsibility for every employee in the shop hall to run the process without delays. And this is how he does it. It all starts with creating some kind of team structure:

  • 2 workers for accepting orders;
  • 2 more for operating printers;
  • 1 to fold a finished product;
  • 1 to sell ready-made stuff;
  • 1 to manage the crowd;
  • 2 for other kinds of support.

If you also want to organize a Free Print Day at your land-based store and improve sales statistics, then you can apply RAD best practices for your staff.

This smart strategy helps store workers to serve clients faster and avoid rushes and long queues. If you don’t know how to boost sales for a small business with just a couple of team members, you can hire on demand staff or call for volunteers’ help to organize free print days, as RAD sometimes does. 

To use your store area wisely, determine more retail space and locate screen or DTG printers in a remote place to minimize crowd gathering and accelerate the pressing process. Bright pointers and arrows will help visitors to navigate the shop, etc.


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