Apex offer a flexible range of product fulfilment options for your business. We have customers with online businesses that send anything from cosmetics, homeware and confectionery right through to business products such as packing tape and industrial gloves.
We put together a tailored system in place to handle the picking, packing and distribution of these products. Most product orders are handled daily and we use a wide range of postal and parcel services to suit the clients requirements.
If you have an online business, however big or small, Apex can help you.
Services we offer:
Secure Product Storage
Bespoke packaging supply
Online order handling and processing
Product collection and packing
Online stock control
Re-ordering of stock
Bespoke postal service options
Overnight UK parcel delivery
Worldwide Airmail post and courier services.
If you'd like further information about our product fulfilment service, please get in touch.
Please note we have been advised by Royal Mail that they intend to change some pricing next year for both domestic and international mail. The changes will become effective from January 3rd 2017. The changes usually amount to an increase but not necessarily to all areas. We will advise you again once we know more about how the changes will impact the services we provide to you.
Join us at Apex in Aldershot tomorrow Thursday 13th October between 10am and 4pm for coffee and cake.
This is our first event in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Christmas Opening Hours
Apex Christmas opening hours are as follows:
Friday 23rd December 8am - 12pm
Saturday 24th December - CLOSED
Sunday 25th December - CLOSED
Monday 26th December - CLOSED
Tuesday 27th December - CLOSED
Wednesday 28th December - CLOSED
Thursday 29th December - CLOSED
Friday 30th December - CLOSED
Saturday 31st December - CLOSED
Sunday 1st January - CLOSED
Monday 2nd January - CLOSED
Tuesday 3rd January - 8am - 5.30pm
Please note that these opening times may change.
To beat the Christmas rush, make sure you post before the recommended latest posting date.
Apex are very busy from now until Christmas, so make sure you give us plenty of notice when booking in mailings.
The following dates are published by the Royal Mail and are subject to change.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our Client Services Team.
Last Recommended Posting Dates
Tuesday 20th December - 2nd Class and Royal Mail Signed-For
Wednesday 21st December - 1st Class and Royal Mail Signed-For
Thursday 22nd December - Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed
Friday 23rd December - Special Delivery Saturday Guaranteed
Sunday 3rd December - Africa, Middle East
Wednesday 7th December - Cyprus, Asia, Far East (including Japan), Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia)
Thursday 8th December - Caribbean, Central & South America
Saturday 10 December - Greece, Australia, New Zealand
Wednesday 14 December - Czech Republic, Germany, Itlay, Poland
Thursday 15th December - Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA
Friday 16th December - Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland
Saturday 17th December - Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg.
Please note: dates shown are the published Royal Mail dates and therefore, we recommend allow an extra couple of days for us to process and consolidate your mail.
On Friday, the Southampton Boat Show will open. and many of our clients will be exhibiting at the show. Tomorrow we shall be delivering exhibition material as well as leaflets and magazines, so our clients have everything they need for a great show.
This film gives you a behind the scenes look at how the show comes to life.
Apex specialise in handling publications and logistics for the marine industry, and this year is no exception
We have a number of clients attending this years Cannes Yachting Festival, and we assist them with the transportation of publications and exhibition stands etc.
Apex are often asked to store exhibition stands and material for shows. Once the show is over, we then arrange to have the stand and material transported back to Apex in the UK for storage.
At this time of year it can be busy, before Cannes has even finished, we are supporting clients at the Southampton Boat Show in Hampshire.
Our Deputy General Manager, Damon Meadowcroft attended the Cunard Queen Mary 2 Remastered event yesterday in Southampton following an investment in the region of $132 million, one of the most significant refurbishments undertaken by the world's most venerable passenger shipping line, now marking 176 years in operation.
The luxury liner has been lovingly remastered with new contemporary interior designs and guest experiences, some of which take inspiration from the original Queen Mary that launched at the height of the art-deco movement in the 1930s. Cunard's investment, marking 80 years since the original liner launched, has ensured every detail from the carpets to the curtains recalls that iconic vessel which became a symbol of British elegance.
The remastering features:
•Redesign and refurbishment of the Queens Grill and Princess Grill suites and restaurants, as well as Britannia staterooms, the latter to be fully complete by the end of the year
•The addition of 30 further Britannia Club staterooms, 15 Britannia single staterooms and five Britannia inside staterooms
•Redesign of key public spaces and restaurants, including the transformation of the former Winter Garden into the Carinthia Lounge, the introduction of The Verandah as the ship's new speciality restaurant, and the complete refresh and restructuring of the Kings Court, the ship's popular buffet area
•10 additional kennels, complete with Liverpool lamp post and New York fire hydrant to make dogs feel at home in the world's only transatlantic kennel service
•And as befitting the flagship of the Cunard fleet, a complete repaint of the ship exterior and significant technical enhancements and structural changes
Over one million man hours has gone in to the refurbishment, over a 25 day period, 594,000 square feet of luxurious new carpets (the equivalent of 10 British football pitches) has been laid, 4,000 new framed pictures have been brought on board and over 3,900 gallons of paint have been applied to the ship's hull - are just a few examples of the sheer size and scale of these refurbishments.
The essence of Queen Mary 2 lies in allowing guests to lose themselves in a world of glamour, timeless sophistication and luxury. Alongside brand new dining experiences, guests can sample the delights of the world's finest wine cellar at sea, with a unique collection of 486 fine wines and a stunning collection of Ports, dating back to 1840.
This modern icon also plays host to some of the finest quintessential British and international brands, with an exclusive co-branded travel collection from Aspinal of London, and sought after Cartier products available for guests to purchase whilst on board.
The Queen Mary 2 experience is revered for its exceptional crew – in its 176 year history Cunard has seen seven of its Commodores knighted, an honour no other shipping company can claim. On board Queen Mary 2 today the level of expertise and tradition is not forgotten, with highly trained and attentive staff, all graduates from the ship's White Star Service Academy. From skilled personal butlers and concierge teams of the Cunard Grills to the teams of sommeliers and waiting staff across the breadth of dining venues – all are ready to cater for the needs of every guest.
"The significant investment into our flagship, Queen Mary 2, is indicative of our commitment to our guests, and to the special place that the ship holds, not only for those who are passionate about our famed ship, but also for the unique position she holds in the cruise landscape," said Richard Meadows, president, Cunard, North America. "From her spectacular debut in 2004, to her current remastering, Queen Mary 2 continues to capture the imagination of those who experience her classic ocean liner voyages."
We would like to thank Cunard for allowing us to be part of their celebrations yesterday. It was a fabulous day.
Designing marketing materials for print means adding a set of processes to ensure your brochure, leaflet or poster is ready for the printers. Your designer should do this for you but we are often supplied with artwork that will not print correctly as the design has been produced without print bleed. This guide will explain what print bleed is so you can be sure to get the right version of the artwork from your designer.
How much bleed do I need?
You need to add 3mm on each edge, making the length of each side 6mm longer than it needs to be. So an A4 sheet with the correct bleed is sized at 216mm x 303mm. You can then add the crop marks at the correct document size before exporting the document.
Unfortunately there is no short cut for creating bleed after a design has been flattened. In most cases, it is not possible to simply increase the document size by 6mm each way, as this is likely to drag text or logos outside the safe zone.
What is the safe zone?
A 5mm space on the inside of the crop marks brings all content a safe distance from the edge of the print, creating a safe zone that works as an opposite to the bleed area. If a print shifted 2mm, the design would be trimmed inside the crop marks by 2mm on one side and into the bleed area by 2mm on the other side. So any text or graphics close the edge might be compromised.
If you increased the document size to create a bleed, depending on your design, you may have encroached on the safe zone, causing the opposite problem. As with most things, it is best to get it right from the start, add your bleed when you open a new document and add the crop and safe zones as guides for you to work around while you create the design.
Apex can help you with your print requirements, please get in touch if you need us.
Every day we fulfil and post thousands of items, including postcards, self-mailers, brochures, magazines and letters.
Our clients are often too busy to contact different suppliers when organising their campaign. So to help you, here at Apex we can also arrange the printing for you. We offer a wide range of print services including:
• Exhibition Material
As well as a full range of printing options, we can also offer print finishing services such as stitching, trimming, creasing, laminating, binding, hole punching and folding.
So next time you have printing requirement, contact us for a no obligation quotation.