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Benefits Of Outsourcing High-Volume Copying

There are many ways of outsourcing high-volume photocopying work. If you are just looking at numbers you could argue that copying work in-house will save you some money, and for smaller jobs, where quality is not important, this can be the case. A single document for an in-house use like meeting notes can be printed on your desk printer or MFD (Multi-Function Device) in the office. However, for larger volumes of printing this is going to result in a loss of both money and resources. Most print companies that have digital black and white (or colour) machines can run at lightning-fast speed, churning out A4 copies at 100 sheets per minute and faster. If you have a large amount of hard copies then scanning and printing will be a lot more economical to outsource. One example of the benefits of outsourcing over in-house copying occurred about 7–8 years ago when a client called us requesting a cost for a large photocopying job. The client was a solicitor. The job was priced at around £1000 and was needed back to their office within a couple of days. We told the client this would not be an issue at all and the job was all ready to go until, at the last minute, the client cancelled. Her boss had calculated that as they had various office printers in-house they were going to save money and carry out the printing themselves. The next morning the client called us — it had all gone wrong. We were informed that they had spent huge amounts on ink cartridges, as they had run out quicker than expected and been forced to make a late-night dash to Staples to top up. On top of [...]

Benefits Of Outsourcing High-Volume Copying 2018-08-07T17:09:06+00:00

How To Save Money In Your Print Supply Chain

Staying competitive in your market is not just about sales — supply chain management is just as important. Approaching your print supply chain management with some of the ideas below can save excess spend and help your business to stay lean by “cutting the fat” from your expenses. Many companies waste money simply by inefficient print ordering and warehousing. This is not just corporates but SMEs too. Optimising your print supply chain can eliminate bulk ordering, freeing up storage costs and reducing wastage. This allows your marketing and communication departments to order what they need when they need it. Printing in smaller amounts also allows customisation of marketing materials specific to your event. When inventories are managed properly you can eliminate the rushed, same-day ordering process. Some print companies will add on a “rush charge” or overtime costs, and even if they don’t you may have to incur same-day courier costs. I can understand that a same-day courier charge for some work is a necessity and the value of the printed materials arriving on time far outweighs the cost implications of a courier. However, if your marketing team are organising same-day courier services for, say, an exhibition that has been arranged for months, or just on a regular basis, this is a cost implication coming straight off your bottom line. If you have a content and workflow management system (see our example www.printonlineportal) you can easily see your workflow history, quantity of items in storage and any orders in progress. This can help to reduce unnecessary printing and wastage. Another way to reduce costs is to design documents better. Many companies send us artwork that either needs amending or is overcomplicated. If you are looking to print 30 [...]

How To Save Money In Your Print Supply Chain 2018-08-07T17:07:54+00:00