Print Services

What Are the Varying Types of Print Services That I May Procure?

Areas in which a procurement professional is often required to source print is business stationery, house journals, specialist magazines, advertising literature, sales brochures, posters, packaging, labels, cheques, vouchers and transactional that covers; bills, payslips and statements.

How Would I Build a Print Specification?

A print job must be specified accurately and with enough detail to ensuring your requirements are met. To quote accurately a supplier would need to know:

  • Quantity
  • Elements
  • Materials
  • Size and the number of pages
  • Number of colours
  • Personalisation
  • Finishing requirements
  • Enclosing
  • Delivery

Is There Anything Specific I Should Consider When Ordering Print?

Anything going to print will need to be ‘artworked’. Artworking should be done by the print supplier or repro company (design or production company) if the service is not available in house.

Proofing is an important part of the print process, and there are many proofing processes that can be utilised by the buyer to ensure that sign off of the print pass is made prior to any large production run, this mitigates the risk of print errors occurring with the finished products.

Environmental considerations are essential to many businesses’ CSR policy. Virtually all paper bought today will either be PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) or FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified. Advice should also be sought from paper producers and printers as to the suitability of the various recycled papers for your specific application and their processes. Paper may well constitute 50% of your final invoice and so it is worth researching the options available.

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