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Willman: Very well. We continue to grow this sector of our business with our Standard [and] Standard Plus lines of software-compatible checks and forms, deposit tickets and security bags. Pressure-seal mailers [have also shown growth in the financial sector]. With this product, businesses can reduce stocking envelopes [and] labor time of mail processing while increasing productivity.
PP: What do you see as the industry’s most in-demand product?
Willman: Software-compatible checks and forms continue to be in demand. ... Customers are looking for secure checks, checks printed on security paper [containing] chemical stain, UV fibers, watermark and TonerFuse, [and] not just MOCR bond paper. They are also asking for layered security features such as thermochromic ink, coin-reactive ink and micro-printing.
Clarke: The most in-demand products are image-compatible documents that are Check 21-compliant. Since the federal government made all electronic images of documents negotiable, there has been an ongoing effort by banks to take advantage of the increased processing speeds and reduction in personnel associated with optically read forms.
PP: What other products are most in demand this year?
Clarke: The other products gaining in popularity include [GFS’s] holiday line of currency, drive-up teller envelopes and receipts, along with gift card holders and envelopes. ... GFS has also introduced Uncompromised Check Solutions, a complete line of Check 21-compatible laser checks containing a variety of security features. … The Uncompromised Check Solutions line utilizes thermochromic printing in each of its products, along with features such as holograms and foils. [The line also] incorporates chemical protection, visible fibers, invisible fibers, security background and either a true fourdrinier or artificial watermark.
Willman: Pressure-seal mailers and related folding [and] sealing equipment [are popular]. [These products] can be printed, folded, sealed and mailed, saving businesses precious labor time versus the conventional mailing process using envelopes. Applications for pressure-seal mailers include payroll and accounts payable checks.