print buying

Press Pass Top Tips: Print Buying Help and Advice

by Rich B

If you’re printing a project with a new, untried, printer or printing an item for the first time, it’s likely that you’ll want to be there when it’s being printed, to make sure everything’s going to plan. It gives you piece of mind, tighter control of what’s going on and you’ll be on hand to [...]

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News: UK Printing Companies Capacity Squeeze Comes Early

by Rich B

With the continued reduction in capacity in many sectors of the UK Print market, we’re starting to see the annual capacity squeeze coming early across the UK. What is the Capacity Squeeze? For those of you who aren’t aware, UK printing companies go through an annual cycle where there is press space available during most [...]

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Web Offset Printers: 4 Steps to Finding a Good One

by Rich B

You want to buy print? You want to make sure you get great quality? You also want a good price? You’re scouring the web for Web Offset Printers? …but you’re not sure where to turn? It’s a problem lots of us print buyers have had. And it’s not just web offset printers who are tricky [...]

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A Beginners Guide to Web Offset Printers

by Rich B

We’ve produced a 2 minute guide to web offset printing before, explaining how the process works. Here, we take a look at web offset from a product perspective. What sort of products can be produced at a web offset printers? It’s a key question because, as you may (or may not!) know, placing your job [...]

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5 Tips for Specifying Print for an Estimate: a Print Procurement Guide

by Rich B

Whether you’re new to buying print or a print procurement expert, there’s lots of things to think about when requesting an estimate. Not only is it very easy to forget that vital piece of information that can mean the difference between a high or a low price, but if you’re new to print, you can [...]

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An Analysis of the Price of Printed Brochures.

by Rich B

We published our first look at the price of printed brochures in our last article. It shows a huge pricing difference between printers in a non-contract buying marketplace. But what lessons can we take from this, to improve our buying (and supplying) of print? Key Lessons For each print project, there are savings to be [...]

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Print Buying/Selling and the Price of Print Part 2. Data Analysis.

by Rich B

We developed our in house print buying/sourcing platform throughout 2007 and by 2008 our testing procedures finally came to and end and we were ready to use it live. It was an exciting time – for many of us. It was so new, some on the team thought it wouldn’t work. No one had tried [...]

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Print Buying and the Price of Print. A Wide-eyed and Gob-smacked Investigation by Data Miner No.1

by Rich B

I’m on a mission. It’s a mission which will require cunning and daring. It will entail physical endurance, mental anguish and aching limbs. You see, I’m about to embark on the biggest chunk of data-analysis I’ve ever undertaken, equipped with a wheezing copy of Excel 2000, a comprehensive knowledge of at least one Excel formula [...]

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The Best Place to Buy Print. Print Management, Commercial Printer, Online or High Street Printer?

by Rich B

Buying print can be fraught. There are several million variants on every print specification. There a number of different printing processes. There are also hundreds, if not thousands of commercial printers, printing services companies, high street printers and print management companies all ready to convince you that they are the right company for your job. [...]

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Where’s the best place to buy print?

by Rich B

When you have a particular print job in mind, it’s important to look at which printing process will give you the quality you need at the most cost effective price. Each Print project is different and has to be first assessed in terms of which printing process is best suited to your requirements. For example, something like the [...]

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