In the world of envelopes, there are two types of companies; those that actually make the envelopes and those that sell envelopes that are made by others. Both companies will more than likely have the word “envelope” in their name but they couldn’t be more different in what they do and the services they can provide themselves.
Envelope converters make envelopes. They have the equipment necessary to die-cut paper and fold and glue into an envelope. Envelope converting is an industry term used to describe the process by which a company takes a sheet of paper and “converts” it into an envelope. An envelope converter will almost always be an envelope printer as well. That is, they will have the capability to not only manufacture the envelope but print on it as well. So, you can get pretty much any type of job done through a converter and printer.
Dealing directly with an envelope converter provides two big advantages: expertise and efficiency. A company that makes envelopes knows its product well. The staff can advise you on the best way to produce the envelope you are looking for in the best possible way. There is no hidden agenda in trying to steer you to toward a service or product that fits them but not you. Also, it makes sense that a company which is producing your job in-house will be able to do things faster and with fewer hands involved. That reduces the potential for mistakes and delays in production.
So, the moral of the story is the next time you are sourcing an envelope company for your next project, ask the potential vendor this simple question: “Do you actually make the envelopes”?