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Supply Chain Management
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PeopleVine is the newest addition to the family of companies that make up The Alliance Creative Group!
The Alliance Creative Group (ACGX) has now become a full Product Development Agency! With the new addition of PeopleVine, ACGX can now help their clients from inception to completion and beyond. ACGX can help with the creative process of designing a brand, developing, printing and packaging (box, bag, clamshell, labels, displays, etc.), coordinate the assembly and fulfillment, facilitate the distribution and VMI (Vendor Managed Inventory) and provide the software platform to better engage with clients and build a solid brand.
PeopleVine enables brands to quickly launch engaging experiences to build brand loyalty. This is done through a series of engaging and interactive campaigns that are designed to learn about their customer through every touch point. Today PeopleVine has helped companies such as Live Nation, ZipCar, Chick-fil-A and many others build a stronger relationship with their customers by engaging with them in contests, loyalty programs and competitions.
PeopleVine is a customer engagement enterprise software platform that provides businesses with the tools to sell, reward, engage, automate, socialize and connect to and with customers. The PeopleVine platform bridges together common marketing and engagement tools into a single, easy-to-use platform to create a single point of view of interactions with customers across commerce, loyalty, brand engagement and social.
PeopleVine is an infinite campaign engine as it allows ACGX’s clients to connect their offline world with their online world on all devices.
Now with the addition of PeopleVine, any product that is on a shelf or a hook ACGX can not only design and create the packaging and coordinate the distribution but now they can give them the tools to add a QR code, a text # or a URL to engage with their clients beyond the shelf via contests, surveys, emails, text and other more personal and targeted campaigns. The PeopleVine platform also has a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) and other software tools to help keep everything connected and organize analytical data in user friendly reports to provide valuable information about how to better service their clients. www.PeopleVine.com
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The Alliance Creative Group was the official printing and packaging sponsor along with being a presenter at the 1st Annual Cannabis Investors Conference in Denver, Colorado on June 29, 2014 to July 1, 2014. They met with several companies in the medical marijuana industry as well as companies in the cannabis edibles industry to discuss packaging needs. Due to very strict government guidlines on safety for the medical marijuana industry and the edibles industry, The Alliance Creative Group is now working with an importer and a manufacturer in China to meet the needs for certified and patented Child Resistant Packaging for the cannabis industry. This Child Resistant Packaging will be a requirement for all cannabis products and The Alliance Creative Group is working hard toward being ready to meet the very high demand for packaging when cannabis products go mainstream.
More About Alliance Creative Group
Launched as an online marketing company in 2000, Alliance Creative Group (ACGX) today operates four key business units pooled together as a strong and profitable source for customized plans and projects for clients spanning multiple industries. The company's key services include creative and design, printing and packaging, direct mailing, product development, supply chain management, project management, event marketing, business consulting and strategic marketing.
ACGX maintains and operates several company websites: AllianceCreativeGroup.com and Print4aCause.com to name a few and now their newest acquisition PeopleVine.com. Always on the prowl for advancement, the company is also currently in discussions with multiple parties regarding more potential mergers or acquisitions, and exploring other equipment and software upgrade options. Additionally, ACGX is seeking a funding partner to help create and accelerate its bigger roll-up business model.
The company’s overarching long-term vision is to create a one-stop-shop printing and packaging company powered by synchronized business divisions that share the vision to increase overall revenues and profits. This business model leverages vertical integration and cross-promotion between various company sectors and allows ACGX to share resources and maximize efficiencies. These components also improve buying power for the corporation and increase value for both clients and shareholders.
ACGX’s management team boasts decades of production and creative experience that guide the company along its trek to generate sales revenue and profits and create a high quality customer experience. ACGX in the last three years has recorded more than $30 million in total revenue; $2 million in net income; and has $6 million in total assets in the books.
ACGX just reported yet another record breaking year with over 12 million in total revenue for 2014!
Proven Ability To Generate Revenue, Turn a Profit
Demonstrated Synergy, Comprehensive Approach
Wide Range of Project-Based Products & Services
Clearly Defined, High-Potential Growth Strategy
Unique Supply Chain Management Abilities
Highly Experienced and Diversified Management
ACGX is comprised of eight key components that allow for supply chain synergy and a one-stop-shop approach for clients to achieve their strategic marketing objectives. Vertical integration and cross promotion between company sectors allows ACGX to share resources, maximize efficiencies, and utilize economies of scale. These components improve buying power for the corporation and increase value for clients and shareholders.
Creative & Design
ACGX has a unique ability to blend decades of production experience with a talented creative team to help clients develop unique and eye-catching designs while also understanding the practical assembly requirements, display configurations and labor costs associated with major retailors display requirements and standards. From start to finish, ACGX’s creative team can help develop brands and provide endless packaging solutions designed to make lasting impressions.
- Advertising campaigns
- Marketing Materials
PowerPoint template design
Packaging - Flexible, Folding Cartons, Thermoforming & Corrugate
ACGX provides a variety of solutions to fit any client’s packaging needs. The company offers custom options catered to individual needs as well as stock supplies with more than 10,000 items on the floor for next day delivery. ACGX’s mission is to be the single source solution for all of each customer’s packaging needs.
Every business is unique, and custom packaging solutions are a must for maximizing efficiency, minimizing damage, controlling expenses, and overall integration of the distribution chain. ACGX’s packaging team has the capability to take the positions as both consultants and partners that create custom solutions to meet any business’ needs. The company’s services include comprehensive audits to help clients with automation, inventory management, package handling, procurement and forecasting.
Sometimes traditional packaging is the best option. ACGX offers a wide range of standard supplies used in everyday packing and shipping at very competitive rates. From corrugated boxes to cushioning and carton sealing products, the company is able to meet any packaging need at an affordable price. The company proudly offers more than 10,000 quality products from well-known and trusted brands like 3M, Sealed Air, Intertape, Rubbermaid, Ivex and many more.
Supply Chain Management - Inventory, Distribution and Logistics (JIT)
ACGX offers intuitive supply chain services by combining industry experience and know-how in supply chain strategic planning. Evaluating mins & maxs, re-order points, usages and geographical distribution points are some of the core fundamentals the company applies to each project. ACGX works with its clients to implement innovative solutions that align and support business strategies by implementing supply chain management programs that help organizations transform their supply chain capabilities.
Printing - Commercial Offset, Large Format and Digital on Demand
When it comes to printing, ACGX is the total package. The company has the latest technology in the pre-press, pressroom, and bindery areas. ACGX’s printing division sets the company apart from the competition by offering full accountability to each and every project. The company strives to reach a high level of accountability by bringing structural design, retail, assembly, packing speeds, and eye catching graphic design into a one-stop experience for its customers.
- Design Support
- Local, regional, and national warehousing
Inventory control and analysis
Multi carrier freight
Automated and manual pick and pack
- 24/7 distribution
Assembly and kit building
Direct field requisition
ACGX offers quality and successful mailing campaigns at very attractive prices with quick turn-around. The company has extensive knowledge of postal regulations and cutting-edge postal software to achieve the best and most affordable postage rates available for each project. ACGX provides its clients with various options for creating on-demand direct-mail campaigns.
Fulfillment, Assembly and Kitting
ACGX is able to provide fulfillment, assembly and kitting services to handle initial distributions and provide replenishment orders on demand to meet client needs in the most efficient, cost effective way. The company also helps coordinate national distribution and warehousing so the client is able to eliminate the need for warehousing space and the associated costs. If distribution includes materials that require assembly or kitting, ACGX provide options for both simple and complex projects.
Brand Development & Management - PR & Marketing
ACGX created a product development division focused on getting products to retail and building brand equity for clients. The blend of retail and marketing experience makes this division a strong resource for both existing and start up products looking to enter the marketplace or increase market share. ACGX utilizes a combination of media, marketing and management resources to help clients improve visibility, identity and infrastructure. ACGX can help in virtually every phase of the product life cycle including creation, marketing, placement, distribution, and management. The company utilizes its network of shared resources to provide a lower cost of entry into the marketplace for existing products and easier start up capabilities for new products, services and clients.
Creative and design services
Printing and Packaging
Marketing materials, brochures, and sell sheets
Media and PR
Continued marketing and branding services
ACGX’s PR team works closely with other agency disciplines to develop truly integrated plans that drive measurable business results.
Business Consulting & Strategic Marketing
ACGX recently launched a new consulting division to offer business advisory, consulting and marketing services for the diverse needs of small- to medium-sized companies. The company applies a tremendous amount of hands-on experience to its clients, advising and helping to implement effective, practical solutions for a variety of business challenges.
Most businesses get bogged down with the overwhelming challenges they face maintaining their day-to-day business, leaving little time and/or expertise to unbiasedly evaluate many of their missing business and marketing plans. They also almost never get a chance to analyze their current systems, processes and organizational challenges. ACGX offers practical advice while also thinking outside the box, which brings real results.
What ACGX can do:
Articulate and document business, marketing and strategic plans
Market products and services
Build a plan that focuses on the best marketing tactics to be leveraged in the relevant industry
Develop video promo/messaging and create viral marketing
Set up social media platforms, mange activity and content, grow viewership, manage metrics
Clarify roles and responsibilities
Create measurable goals and objectives
Identify areas for cost reduction
Help find investors, raise money, or facilitate a company’s entrance into the public market
Assist in finding and evaluating potential mergers or acquisitions targets, joint ventures, partnership or buy-out opportunities
| ||“We started working with Alliance Creative Group a couple years ago on a project for the biggest retailer worldwide and were pleasantly surprised on their flexibility, turn-around time and absolute customer focus they provided to us along the way. Today, Alliance Creative Group has proven to be a valuable Wellnx Life Sciences Inc. strategic business partner. Their continuous support, entrepreneurial spirit and reliability have made a huge difference for us. They achieved this by juggling several projects with multiple shipments going in and out of the U.S. and Canada with very short lead times and have produced high quality results and great prices.” -Ivan R. Vulicevic, Senior Vice President - Wellnx Life Sciences Inc. |
| ||“Alliance Creative Group has been an excellent design and packaging partner over the past three years as our company has grown and developed. They continue to supply a wide range of products and services that keep our business running and help us succeed in our field, and the level of customer service we receive from them cannot be paralleled.” -Joe Brandonisio, Vice President of Operations - Acquaviva Winery |
| ||“Alliance Creative Group has been the ideal business partner in developing our design, printing and production needs. From devising unique and complex solutions to solving the simple and not so simple problems, their team has been the critical complement to our content creation and publishing initiatives. Curriculum development and design in the religious education market needs the marketing power of a firm that understands and can execute creative designs for diverse products and markets. ACG has been the innovative packaging and production powerhouse behind the successful and standard setting products that we have been able to introduce to our market. We have gained sales, market share, and long term customer relationships thanks to the expertise and effective execution of this leader in (packaging, printing, design, and production) The “wow” factor in product design only comes when the partners in (design, printing, production, kitting and assembly can bring the years of experience, the out of the box thinking, and the flawless execution that we have been able to achieve through the relationship/partnership with ACG. When we have a problem that our team cannot solve in (printing, packaging, production, etc...) we have learned that turning to ACG results in surprisingly creative results, new solutions, and execution that brings sales, customer satisfaction and profitable growth!” -C. Jeffrey Wright, CEO, MBA, JD and Minister - Urban Ministries, Inc. |
ACGX in the last three years has recorded more than $30 million in total revenue; $2 million in net income; and has $6 million in total assets in the books.
For the three months ended June 30, 2014, ACGX posted a 26% increase in revenues to $3.0 million as compared with $2.3 million for the comparable second quarter of 2013.
The company also swung to profit, reporting net income of $40,165 compared to a prior-year Q2 loss of ($74,850).
Gross Profits increased 15.6% to $753,317 while total assets increased to $6.5 million compared to $5.6 million in the year-ago quarter.
CEO Steven St. Louis, said, "We are very proud of our team's accomplishments, especially since this is the first time we have generated over $6,000,000 in revenue during the first 6 months of any given year. We are making progress in the execution of our business plans and feel more confident about our future potential each quarter. We will be introducing some expanded services in the coming months and are increasing our overall PR and marketing to help introduce our company to more potential opportunities, clients and shareholders. Historically our 3rd and 4th quarters have been strong quarters; therefore, we are projecting continued strong sales for the rest of the year."
Plans for Growth
ACGX has successfully integrated many areas of the product development process including creative design, printing, packaging, fulfillment, distribution, inventory and supply chain management and PR, marketing and event planning to offer a superior product and service for its clients.
As part of its overall growth plan, ACGX is currently looking to enhance and improve some of their services by finding a complementary and synergized potential acquisition or merger in the PR, marketing and event planning industries.
Roll up strategy:
Acquire companies in similar industries with good synergy
Estimated buyout amounts – 3 to 5 times net income
Eliminate redundant expenses
ROI in 18 to 24 months due to reduced shared expenses
Adding Revenue Producing Assets:
Additional Warehouse Capabilities
And Other Revenue Producing Opportunities
Consumer packaged goods is one of the largest industries in North America, widely valued at approximately $2.1 trillion. Every product manufactured in the U.S. is identifiable by its package, be it a box, bag, clamshell, blister pack, bottle or a combination of all of them. Whether the items market to consumers by dangling on a hook at the end of the grocery aisle, stacked on shelves or sold in bins, these products also generally have stickers, labels or other packaging or display materials.
When it comes to printing, the consumer packaged goods industry includes a wide variety of products such as magazines, manuals, brochure, business cards, banner, flyers and 100s of other types of items that help businesses market their product and/or services.
Together the printing and packaging industries sell more than $200 billion worth of products every year, demonstrating continual growth to meet widespread demand.
The Alliance Advantage
Alliance Creative Group has a number of advantages over its competition in the consumer goods packaging industry. These advantages include:
- Experienced management team
Superior customer service
Ability to leverage buying power and long-term relationships
Flexibility and adaptability to trends, deadlines or other factors
Speed of service & quality of products
Long-standing reputation of more than 15 years
Detailed hands on industry knowledge
- Strategic sourcing
Proven procurement strategies & processes
Cost-effective solutions & systematic processes
Unique supply chain management abilities
Ability to provide bottom-line value
Effective strategic procurement sourcing
Assist clients in creating sustainable competitive advantage
Established track record
Steven St. Louis
CEO and Chairman of the board
Steven St. Louis CEO and Chairman of the board Steven St. Louis began his career in 1990 as a Navy Corpsman in the United States Marine Corps Infantry. He was part of an elite amphibious recon unit and served in Operation Desert Storm / Desert Shield. St. Louis received the Kuwait Freedom Medal, a Combat Action Ribbon, and 12 commendations for his service. Following his career in the United States military, St. Louis attended Illinois State University from 1994 to 1997. He started St. Louis Packaging in 1997 and is the president of St. Louis Packaging, Inc. and STL Graphics Group. He is currently the CEO and chairman of the board for the Alliance Creative Group.
COO and General Counsel
Paul Sorkin is the COO and general counsel for the Alliance Creative Group. He previously served as CEO and general counsel for the Alliance Creative Group/ Invicta Group from June 2008 until December of 2011. From 2005 to 2008, Sorkin served as CEO and general counsel at Image Worldwide/Nationwide where he was also the publisher of IMAGE magazine from 1996 to 2004.
In his role as COO and general counsel at S & B Collectibles, Sorkin helped the company grow from about five employees to more than 250 employees and from about $1 million in gross revenue to more than $100 million in gross revenue. He was also involved with getting new products on TV, in retail distribution and online. Sorkin holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois and earned his J.D. from Chicago Kent College of Law.
Vice President of Sales - Packaging
Kevin Piemonte has more than 15 years of successful outside sales experience, formerly working for one of the largest packaging master distributors in North America and producing over $5 million in sales in Illinois alone. Piemonte leveraged his industry experience and proven account management skills to open and expand the distributor’s base of national accounts. In 2002, he joined St. Louis Packaging, Inc. (now part of the Alliance Creative Group), and his expertise has helped more than double sales.
Vice President of Sales - Printing
Greg Kardasz got his start in the printing business in 1982 working as a feeder on a 40” six color press. He has worked in virtually every facet of printing and in 2002 he came to STL Graphics Group (now part of Alliance Creative Group) with more than 20 years of prepress, pressroom, bindery, and sales experience. His broad range of printing experience has helped ACG improve overall operations and has made him a valuable resource for all clients.
Director of Operations/Controller
With more than 25 years of experience in the field of corporate finance, Donna Hamilton’s diverse resume extends beyond that of the typical CFO to include human resources, managing day to day operations and organizational reconstruction. As Alliance Creative Group's controller and Director of Operations, Hamilton tracks the day-to-day financial activities of the three divisions and provides team leaders with expert financial advice as well as plans their yearly budgets.
Prior to joining ACGX, Hamilton ran her own financial consulting firm DH Infinite Financial Solutions, which specialized in cost reduction and budget planning for small to mid-size companies. One of her largest clients was ProSource Financial, which she supported and spearheaded the merger with Arthur J. Gallagher and Company.
Hamilton was also the CFO, VP of Finance and Partner at Slack Barshinger & Partners. While there, she headed up accounting, finance, human resources and operations and tracked the day-to-day financial activities of all clients and provided client team leaders with expert financial advice as they planned their yearly budgets with clients.
She also is quite the entrepreneur and owned her own franchise WineStyles Wine & Gifts.
Stephen Taucher began his career in direct mail when he should have been enjoying summer and holiday breaks during school. Who knew all that time on the mail shop floor would turn into a career? Fifteen years later, Taucher extended those summer vacations into a successful career in production, management, customer service, and sales in the direct mail industry. He’s worn all the hats. As the years passed, Taucher was made a partner and eventually became sole owner.
After selling his company 2006, Taucher began selling direct mail packages from conception through delivery. Today, he leverages all of that experience as a production manager, creating solutions for Alliance Creative Group clients.
President and Chief Software Architect of PeopleVine
Mr. Gilman is the President and Chief Software Architect of the PeopleVine division of Alliance Creative Group, a platform that he originally founded. He brings over 20 years of experience as a software architect and programmer where 7 of those years were spent at Whirlpool Corporation in a variety of capacities; most recently as the Principal Design Lead for rolling out Whirlpool’s eCommerce throughout the globe.
He has helped many Fortune 500 companies deliver engaging and interactive experiences for their consumers in addition to helping Whirlpool launch several B2B sales channels online. Mr. Gilman has managed project budgets in upwards of $50,000,000 along with teams across 4 continents totaling 150+ team members. Although his forte is in eCommerce, Mr. Gilman has a wide capacity of knowledge in CRM, Marketing and Consumer Engagement which have helped him build the PeopleVine platform from the ground up. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University focusing on Information Systems and Computer Science.
ALLIANCE CREATIVE GROUP, Inc. (Stock Symbol: ACGX) is a printing, packaging, procurement, supply chain management and consulting company.
The company has 3 core brands and DBAs at this time include: St. Louis Packaging, STL Marketing, Snap Graphics and Print4aCause
Some of ACGX Product Portfolio
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