INKREDIBLE REFILLS 5,000 INKS A MONTH !

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INKREDIBLE REFILLS 5,000 INKS A MONTH !

 user 2008-01-11 at 1:22:00 pm Views: 64
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    A
    Chattanooga entrepreneur says he and his partner have grown their sales
    tenfold since last year by inking a deal with Bi-Lo to serve the
    grocer’s ink refilling operations at all 222 stores across the
    South.”They came to us and said ‘Can you do this?’ ” said Tim Wallis,
    chief manager and co-owner of Inkredible Cartridge. “It gives us better
    retail service and better inventory as well.”

    Inkredible
    Cartridge twice a week refills empty ink cartridges that grocery
    shoppers drop off at Bi-Los. Inkredible Cartridge fills between 4,000
    to 5,000 Bi-Lo cartridges per month, Mr. Wallis said, which accounts
    for about half of Inkredible’s business.The refill store at 6025 East
    Brainerd Road next to Firehouse Subs handles the Bi-Lo account as well
    as walk-in customers. Inkredible Cartridge has a Hixson store that does
    only walk-in business.Titus Arthur, a technician at the Inkredible
    Cartridge, refills an empty cartridge at the company’s East Brainerd
    Road store.The East Brainerd refill store, which last year was part of
    the Cartridge City franchise, pioneered Bi-Lo’s cartridge refill
    program during a test run starting in 2006 at Chattanooga Bi-Los, said
    Mr. Wallis, whose partner in the venture is Dave Taylor.”We’re always
    trying to find ways to give customers the one-stop shopping
    experience,” said David Ryan, manager of Bi-Lo’s miscellaneous income
    department, which oversees ink refilling, DVD rentals and other
    nongrocery programs. Bi-Lo has stores in Tennessee, Georgia, South
    Carolina and North Carolina.The cartridges are refilled the day they’re
    received, Mr. Wallis said, and shipped back to the grocery store with a
    turnaround of two business days. Inkredible Cartridge hired shipping
    company Unishippers Association, Mr. Wallis said, to ensure the
    cartridges are shipped from and to Bi-Lo in an expedient manner.”At the
    next shopping trip the customer can pick it up,” Mr. Wallis said.
    “Bi-Lo is aggressively courting busy moms.”Bi-Lo was interested in
    contracting with Inkredible Cartridge not only to distinguish itself
    from other grocers, Mr. Ryan said, but because the refiller cleans and
    tests its cartridges.”We’re offering customers a good, quality
    product,” he said.Because of the Bi-Lo account, Inkredible Cartridge
    went from four full-time workers to nine full-time positions, Mr.
    Wallis said, although the company has two vacancies.Inkredible
    Cartridge’s business could continue to increase, Mr. Wallis said,
    because Bi-Lo officials are helping the ink refiller contact officials
    with Bruno’s Supermarkets, which last year split from Bi-Lo.