Changelog

New email notification preferences

This week's release includes new email notification preferences to keep you updated during the production and shipping of your items, and new settings that allow you to control the notifications you receive from Lumi.

You can now receive a weekly production digest with information about all your active orders and shipments. In addition, new email notification settings are available that alert you automatically when any of the following changes occur:

  • The estimated delivery date of an order changes
  • Production on an item is completed
  • A shipment is delivered and its bill of lading (BOL) or proof of delivery (POD) is available

The new settings allow you to toggle on and off the email notifications for activities happening across your company’s account, such as proofing, ordering, and invoicing. To subscribe to the weekly digest and production emails, head to your Settings page.

Compare quotes with new marketplace features

The latest update to Lumi includes a set of features we're particularly excited about: an all-new way to manage your quoting process and choose the best option for every packaging component you need.

With this release, we’re giving your team the tools to better understand costs, compare across manufacturers, and respond directly in the Lumi interface. You can read more about this release on our blog.

  • Compare quotes across manufacturers
  • See all the quotes you received across products in a single view
  • Filter and sort by quote, product group, lead time and status
  • See the detailed cost break down for every quote
  • View landed unit prices, savings, and first-order versus reorder costs
  • Respond to quotes through the platform and give feedback to manufacturers

We've created some resources so you can learn more about how costs are broken up, how to use filters, and accepting and rejecting quotes.

Simplified order deposits

With this release we made it faster to get your orders into production.

Instead submitting the order and payment for upfront costs separately, all the upfront costs indicated in the billing schedule of your order will be automatically debited as soon as your order is accepted. You can set the default payment method in your settings.

Billing schedule

When you submit an order, it will be reviewed to verify that all details are correct. If everything is good to go, your upfront costs will be automatically debited from the payment method of your choice. At this point, you will receive an invoice for your records as well as confirmation of the payment. If your order requires any changes before we can accept it, we will be in touch with you and no payment will occur.

Subsequent invoices for your order will continue to work as they did before.

Multi-split orders

Lumi has a brand new way of ordering! The new process is designed to provide more flexibility around item and shipping details as well as increase visibility into costs and lead times. Read more on our blog.

What's new:

  • Save orders as drafts and collaborate on them with your team
  • Clone orders
  • Split shipments by date and location
  • Better lead time projections
  • Tooling is automatically added to orders
  • Detailed payment schedule

To help your team get up to speed on the new workflow, we've also published an in-depth guide on how to create orders.

Analytics

Analytics are now available in Lumi! Analytics provides more quantifiable, measurable insights about your packaging supply chain. You can read more about this release on our blog.

We're starting with three report types:

  • Orders by product category. Data can be aggregated by spending (dollar amount), by volume (quantity of units), or by order count
  • Invoices by spending category. This includes items, shipping, tooling, overs and unders, etc.
  • Shipments by location

Features:

  • Aggregate your data by month, quarter or year
  • Customize the date range
  • Drill down on a category by toggling it on or off

Compostable Poly Mailers

Poly Mailers are one of the most popular packaging products, yet they are notoriously challenging to recycle and are made from non-renewable materials. Today we’re announcing our new array of Compostable Poly Mailers that help move the ecommerce industry towards more sustainable options.

A few months ago Vox published a fantastic article titled “No online shopping company can figure out how to quit this one plastic bag”, explaining why poly mailers continue to be so prevalent and difficult to eliminate from supply chains. In summary, no other product provides the same combination of properties: a great printing surface, water-repellent, low cost per unit, and lightweight to reduce shipping costs and emissions.

We set out to find a better way to make poly mailers that meet the needs of businesses but also move the industry towards more sustainable options. We’ve worked with factories in the Lumi Network to provide compostable PLA and PBAT Poly Mailers, while maintaining similar printing quality, costs and lead times.


Pura Vida is one of the first Lumi customers to use the new Compostable Poly Mailers

Standardized quality control

Today we’re announcing the Standardized Quality release — a set of features that raises the bar for quality standards across every factory in the Lumi Network. This release gives you the tools to identify and report quality issues.

Your reports contribute directly to our quality monitoring systems, which helps improve manufacturer selection tools and overall reliability for all members of the Lumi platform! We're really excited about it and have written more in depth on the blog.

What's new:

Plus, our guide on how to run a quality inspection using the Acceptable Quality Limit (AQL) procedure

Production tracking

A big new feature went live: production tracking! Read more about this update on our blog.

Production tracking gives you a single place to view activity related to any item you produce in any of the 20,000+ factories available through Lumi. Production statuses are available for any item ordered after April 1, 2019.

Here's the new data you can see in your Production view: 

  • Production status
  • Units produced
  • Units shipped
  • Delivery window
Production tracking may 2019

Proof Management

The proof approval workflow can now be managed entirely in your Lumi Dashboard. Here are some of the new features we launched today:

  • Monitor proof statuses
  • Approve or reject proofs
  • Track who approved proofs and when
  • View rejected proofs
  • Improvements to the proof page

Publications

We're also excited to launch Publications! Multi-page printing and binding capabilities help you create magazines, catalogs, booklets, and newspapers to bring your content offline.

We've found a lot of inspiration from Lumi users designing publications to provide product information, share new products, or just engage folks in their community.

Options span the gamut from full color digital printing, or with lithography for more accurate Pantone color-matching. From newsprint to glossy cover stock, the paper options are nearly endless.

Collateral is here! We're talking about paper — flat, folded, glued, in just about any size, construction style, and paper stock you can dream up. Use collateral to welcome customers to your community, promote a new product, or provide product instructions.

Print your collateral digitally in full color, or with lithography using Pantone matching. For a special touch, consider spot coatings, lamination, emboss, deboss, or foil stamping.

We've beta tested this collection for over a year, and now it's available in your Lumi supply chain across all geographic regions. Here are eight new collateral products to get your juices flowing.