By @SimonCocking

Describe the company – elevator pitch

Printful prints and ships t-shirts and other print products for ecommerce retailers. We provide software and order fulfillment to make it easy for anyone to launch and run an online store.

Printful is a print-on-demand drop shipper that goes the extra mile. We integrate with some of the most popular ecommerce platforms, like Shopify, to automate order fulfillment. Our design services team helps customers create designs for printing. We’re also beta testing our warehousing service, so anybody can store and sell their products through us.

How are you different?

Printful is one of the few print-on-demand drop shipping companies that does everything in-house – from printing and packaging, to building integrations and internal software. We  control our internal processes to provide quality prints for our customers.

We also offer extra services that some of our competitors don’t. Like our mockup and embroidery file generator, design and photography services, and more branding options. And we offer stellar customer support that’s available via email, chat, and phone.

Why will the product/company do well?

Ecommerce is quickly growing as a popular way for consumers to shop. These days consumers are also looking for more unique items instead of mass-produced products. This is evidenced in US economic trends – big box retailers and shopping centers are closing down and going bankrupt.

Printful fits into this space. We provide a way for people to launch online stores and sell their unique designs. We’re also continuing to diversity our services and experiment with what we can do. Our warehousing project is an example – customers will be able to easily sell more stuff that we don’t fulfill.

Where are you based?

We’re spread out across three locations: Charlotte (North Carolina), Los Angeles (California), and Riga (Latvia).

We fulfill orders from all three cities. Our developers, marketers and part of the design and support teams are located at a separate office in Riga.

When was the company launched?

Printful was launched in 2013. It started when the company founder launched an online store and started printing posters from in his LA home. As order volume grew, he knew he needed to outsource the printing. No existing services satisfied his quality standards, so he launched his own drop shipping company, Printful.

Now we serve over 300,000 registered users, we’ve printed over 1 million t-shirts, we occupy 150,000 square feet of fulfillment space, and invested $4.7 million in printing tech.

What have been your biggest wins to date?

One of our biggest wins right now is launching our Europe fulfillment center this past July. We’re one of the few print-on-demand drop shippers that has in-house facilities in both North America and Europe, and we’re excited to break into a new market.

We invested over $1 million in this location, and we expect to hire 150 local employees over the next two years.

What type of market segment are you trying to attract to your product?

Mostly entrepreneurs and people who are internet savvy. We attract people that want to launch an online store, whether they’re artists that want to monetize their designs, or a 9-5er that wants to earn extra income with a side hustle.

What are the business benefits of implementing your solution?

Printful lets anyone launch an online store with low financial risk. Since we print everything on-demand, customers don’t need to spend money buying bulk inventory. And they don’t have to invest in their own printing equipment and materials – we’ve got that covered.

Customers can also spend more time on things that matter to them. They don’t have to worry about the printing and shipping, so they can focus more on other priorities.

Tell us about your team?

The Printful team is 300 people strong – roughly 200 in the US and 100 in Europe. We’re made up of fulfillment specialists, customer support reps, marketers, designers, and developers.

What are your favorite tech gadgets?

Printers. Just printers.

How do people get in touch with you?

Email support at [email protected] or hop on chat at!

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