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Quark Software Contracts with FedEx Office® to Deliver Online Marketing Solutions on Windows Azure
DENVER, CO – October 9, 2013 – Quark Software and Microsoft have contracted with FedEx Office to meet customer needs for an enhanced online signs experience. Quark’s core technology, running on the Microsoft Windows Azure cloud platform, is now integrated with the FedEx Office Print Online service, enabling the 24/7 creation of richly-designed marketing collateral.
“FedEx Office is always looking for ways to increase convenience and offer more services for our small and medium-sized business customers,” said Randy Scarborough, vice president of Retail Marketing, FedEx Services. “This new online solution allows our customers to access an advanced and growing portfolio of professionally designed templates and marketing materials all with a few clicks of a mouse. Backed by the FedEx network, customers can pick up their materials in one of our 1,800 stores or have them shipped across the world.”
By integrating Quark’s online design and editing capabilities with the FedEx Office Print Online system, FedEx Office offers hundreds of templates for signs, banners, and posters that customers can access, customize, and order. These free templates span a wide range of vertical markets and can be customized within the browser. The combination of professional design and global access through a cloud environment makes it a unique and scalable web-based publishing system.
“FedEx Office is a market leader in online design and print services, and we are thrilled our work will enable FedEx Office customers to leverage our enterprise dynamic publishing technology on the world-class Microsoft Windows Azure cloud infrastructure,” said Ray Schiavone, president and CEO of Quark.
The solution is based on Quark’s cloud-based design, workflow, and production technology in conjunction with the Microsoft Windows Azure platform, which connects the FedEx Office Print Online service with over 1,800 FedEx Office print locations. Working on the Microsoft Windows Azure platform allows Quark and FedEx Office to develop and deploy global solutions rapidly, while offering customers always-on access to services for creating rich color and high quality materials.
“Windows Azure and the FedEx Office Online Print system demonstrate how cloud-based architectures are helping the world’s leading organizations minimize investment in infrastructure while giving customers instant access to valuable services,” said David Aiken, Group Product Marketing manager, Microsoft. “On the front end, a speedy user interface lets the FedEx Office customer customize marketing materials, and on the back end Windows Azure is allowing that customer to connect with every FedEx Office print location in the U.S. and Canada.”
About FedEx Office
FedEx Office, an operating company of FedEx Corp., has approximately 1,800 stores and locations primarily in the U.S. and Canada, providing convenient access to printing and shipping expertise with reliable service. The company’s network features retail stores, centralized production centers, corporate on-site print centers, and on-site business centers at hotels, convention centers and universities. Services include copying and digital printing, professional finishing, document creation, direct mail, signs and graphics, computer rental, free Wi-Fi and corporate print solutions. In addition, the company offers FedEx Express and FedEx Ground shipping, Hold at FedEx Location, and packing services backed by the FedEx® Packing Pledge. InformationWeek 500 recognized FedEx Office® Print Online and FedEx Office® Print & Go solutions with the 2011 Most Innovative Products award. Products, services and hours vary by location. For more information, please visit www.fedex.com/office.
About FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $45 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 300,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.
About Quark Software Inc.
Quark’s software enables organizations of all sizes to meet customer demand for engaging, relevant communications when, where, and how they want them. Our cloud and on-premise solutions combine the power of XML with flexible layout and design to automate the delivery of customer communications to print, Web, and interactive experiences on the latest digital devices. Financial services firms, manufacturers, and governments around the world rely on Quark solutions to elevate customer communications to new levels, reduce time to market, and lower costs.
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.