Yale In-plant Shows Off Fulfillment Expertise
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Yale Printing & Publishing Services (YPPS) has performed one very crucial service for the New Haven, Connecticut, university: the in-plant has handled fulfillment of COVID-related items and PPE inventory, a service that has boosted its value and stature within the university.
Recently the in-plant used its fulfillment expertise to accomplish another important task. A team of six YPPS employees assembled 7,000 welcome back kits for Yale undergraduate students. YPPS collaborated with the Yale Environmental Health and Safety team on this initiative. The kits, which have been delivered to all 14 residential colleges, contain KN95 masks, rapid antigen tests, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, and instructions (printed by YPPS) on how to properly use them.
Over the course of seven working days, YPPS assembled the bags of items and packaged them for each of the 14 colleges. Yale’s Transport, Receiving & Storage (TR&S) team delivered the packages.
“During the past two years, the YPPS team has pivoted to provide new and necessary services. I’m proud of the team and its ability to quickly adjust to the university’s changing needs,” says YPPS Director Lisa Scott. “Anytime an in-plant operation can expand into new areas of service, there is an opportunity to increase visibility and value to the parent organization.”
In addition to fulfilling COVID supplies like masks, gowns, rapid-access tests and hand sanitizer, YPPS also provides fulfillment services on other products such as the Yale School of Management Admittance box, which contains a Yale luggage tag, moleskin notebook, and informational brochure, along with the Yale Law School acceptance packages, which includes a branded Yale blanket. YPPS is also the sole source of fulfillment for The Yale Collection, which includes a variety of branded items such as gifts, apparel, signed prints, etc.
The next project YPPS will be working on will be preparing student isolation kits, which will be provided to students who test positive for COVID-19 and are temporarily housed in isolation housing, an initiative requested by the Yale Health team.
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Bob has served as editor of In-plant Impressions since October of 1994. Prior to that he served for three years as managing editor of Printing Impressions, a commercial printing publication. Mr. Neubauer is very active in the U.S. in-plant industry. He attends all the major in-plant conferences and has visited more than 170 in-plant operations around the world. He has given presentations to numerous in-plant groups in the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Association of College and University Printers and the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association. He also coordinates the annual In-Print contest, co-sponsored by IPMA and In-plant Impressions.