Print Estimating and Order Management … Simplified

A Guide to help Print Companies and Sign Shops

Terms related to pretreating, drying, embellishing, labeling, and packaging custom-printed garments are explained in this print-business glossary.
With the right finishing equipment, your print shop can create and sell photo, art, and decor prints. This glossary explains some basics.
This print-business glossary covers the most popular methods of converting vinyl and fabric banners into ready-to-use displays.
If you don’t understand the difference between graphics and industrial laminators or different types of laminating films, this glossary can help:
This print-business glossary explains some of the terminology associated with post-print decorative and protective coatings, coating techniques, and coating equipment:
The blog post has been able to help you be aware of the most common and potentially harmful hiring mistakes to watch out for.
If your print shop is considering buying new cutting equipment for wide-format graphics, it’s helpful to understand some of the terminologies.
Learn more about different categories of finishing, binding, and embellishment equipment used with commercial offset presses.
The first post in a series of printing-related glossaries discusses emerging and specialty printing processes.
As advances in digital, hybrid, and analog printing systems change how printing businesses operate, here are seven points to consider.
Digital label printers use toners or inkjet inks to output digital files onto rolls of materials that are converted into different types of labels.
Direct-to-object printers use UV-LED inkjet-printing technology to customize items such as promotional products, product parts, and packages.
In direct-to-garment (DTG) printing, custom graphics and images are inkjets printed directly onto pre-made clothing instead of rolls of textiles.
Digital textile printers decorate rolls of various fabrics that may be cut and sewn into apparel, bedding, upholstery, and decor products.
The sublimation process for hard surfaces can start with the same inks and transfer paper but may require different heat presses and procedures.
Learn the difference between inkjet dye-sublimation and direct-to-textile sublimation processes for decorating fabrics for apparel, décor, and soft signage.
Grand-format printers are high-capacity inkjet printers that can print on rolls of vinyls, canvas, films, papers, and fabrics more than 100 inches wide.
Part 2 of our series on wide-format inkjet printing technology reviews characteristics of flatbed printers and hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll printers.
Learn about the higher-speed wide-format inkjet printers used to create many signs, graphics, displays, and custom wallcoverings and decor prints.
Production inkjet presses are fast, single-pass inkjet systems for the efficient production of personalized direct mail, documents, and books.
Part 1 of a two-part series discusses digital presses that use electrophotography and toners to print documents, labels, and packaging.
Overview of printing processes (offset, screen, flexographic, rotogravure, and pad) that digital printing systems are designed to replicate.
This basic overview of flexographic printing explains why efforts are underway to streamline and automate this versatile printing process.
Screen printing is a versatile process that equipment designers and ink chemists have adapted for artistic, graphics, and industrial applications.
This basic overview of offset printing discusses sheetfed and web presses, prepress, inks, substrates, finishing, common applications, and trends.
Staying competitive in the fast-changing printing business requires a basic understanding of different types of printing. Here are five reasons why this knowledge matters:
If you can implement just one of these social media ideas, it should help you get some more tractions with your prospective customers.
Conducting an annual performance review of your print shop management software can ensure it is living up to your initial expectations.
Diversifying your printing business requires working with clients who are involved with much more than buying prints and graphics.
As more print buyers strive to meet corporate sustainability goals, prepare to explain what steps your shop takes to meet sustainability metrics.
Unlike the content-marketing buyer personas, an ideal customer profile identifies the types of companies your print business can best serve.
For print projects that include services such as design, logistics, and installation, you may need to adjust your pricing formulas.
To be more effective in recruiting candidates with relevant skills, promote the creative technology aspects of today’s printing business.
Boost the effectiveness of your print-shop marketing efforts by understanding the needs of different types of creative agencies.
When print shop employees understand common marketing terms, potential customers will feel more confident your shop can help them achieve key goals.
Publishing credible customer testimonials on your website can influence the buying decisions of new customers.
While it’s smart to standardize on everyday materials, newer products might help reduce overall production and shipping costs.
Setting up a public (B2C) web-to-print storefront is different than setting up a B2B storefront for your customers.
When your promote your print shop, it’s important to educate customers about the many services you provide beyond printing.
Postponing the adoption of web-to-print solutions for your print shop could prove to be short-sighted as B2B e-commerce grows more common.
Measuring and documenting achievements in different facets of your print shop can help you zero in on areas for improvement in 2019.
In the urgency of meeting everyday deadlines, it’s hard to keep up with all the changes that disrupt your client’s business or your own bottom line.
When a good print-shop management program is in place, your staff can focus on special projects that shape the future of your business.
While past performance doesn’t guarantee future success, an honest year-end review of your print shop’s performance can build momentum for 2019.
Using a good Print MIS to organize your print-shop workflow can help minimize the risk of losing customers because of unreliable deliveries.
Failure to develop an onboarding process for new hires can cost you time and money if the employee leaves just a few months after starting.
Your print shop marketing strategies should show that you understand how much marketing has changed and why printing is still a valuable channel.
Branding tips for print shops often focus on external communications. But internal branding can be equally vital, especially in B2B firms.
If your print shop is constantly busy, but you’re not meeting your profitability goals, maybe it’s time update your pricing strategy.
Finding the right outsourcing partner can help you become a print-services-provider in the full sense of the word.
Four tips for incorporating primary and secondary market research into the operation of your printing business.
How effectively you choose and implement technology is integral to the future strength, agility, and competitiveness of your printing business.
If you don’t have time to train your employees to calm unhappy customers, don’t be surprised to see negative reviews online.
As B2B e-commerce continues to gain popularity, it will become increasingly important to have web-to-print storefronts available for your customers.
If you have never analyzed your print shop’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats now is a good time to do so.
Learning more about how your best prospects make buying decisions can help you waste money on marketing channels they rarely use.
Running a sustainable print business can help you attract employees, customers, and investors. It can also save money over the long run.
Your print-shop can’t afford to lose clients due to poor customer service. Here are nine tips that can help your shop match what competitors offer.
It’s never easy to pass along news of price hikes. But when it must be done, there are ways to make the process less painful.
Publishing useful educational content about your expertise in signs and visual communications projects can help your sign shop attract new business.
It’s hard to convince print-shop customers that you can help them solve marketing challenges if your shop lacks a well-run marketing program.
Business development is more about long-term growth than short-term sales and marketing. Consider these six steps as part of an action plan.
Tips for expanding your print business to serve niche markets for packaging, home decor, travel gear, and specialty indoor and outdoor graphics.
A well-planned, automated print shop management system helps you reduce chaos, miscommunications and stress and improve quality, service, and profits.
How to avoid print shop growing pains such as employee burnout, communications mix-ups, patchwork systems, and cash flow and profitability issues.
Automating your print shop workflow can free graphic designers and prepress staff to become creative technologists who bring interactive print to life.
With the right key performance indicators (KPIs), you can measure whether your print shop is on track to meet strategic goals.
Attracting qualified employees for your print shop can take longer than expected. Why you should regard recruiting as a year-round process.
Growing your print business involves more than increased production capacity. Design and marketing talent and automated processes also help.
The automated purchase order module in a print shop management program can reduce miscommunications and improve efficiency and profitability.
How to use your print-shop management program to prepare for unexpected disruptions to your everyday operations.
To choose the best sign shop management software, conduct a needs analysis first. A quick overview of what steps are involved.
Improve print shop workflow by adopting a cloud-based print shop management system that integrates with collaboration tools you already use.
Why grand format print estimating and order management software requires different capabilities than standard estimating software.
Affordable, flexible cloud-based print business management software can help small businesses lay a strong foundation for growth and diversification.
An integrated Print MIS and web-to-print system saves time and money, provides real-time decision-making data, and avoids costly mistakes.
A well-run Print MIS program can increase the perceived value of your printing business when you decide to sell it.
These six resolutions for print shop cost management can put you on the path to greater profitability in 2018.
Print shop management software can free your staff to prepare for emerging trends that can shape future strategies for your business.
Five reasons why your sign-shop management software should provide a super-simple alternative to your current methods of processing quotes and orders.
Workflow maps can help you identify some of the touchpoints that a good Print MIS program can eliminate. Creating workflow maps before and after installing a Print MIS can help you
Eight questions to ask when planning web-to-print storefronts.
Consider these selling points for creating web to print portals for brand owners:
Five reasons a good digital print MIS can set the stage for growth in 2018
Pricing digital print is different than pricing wide-format jobs. If your print shop
When adopting a Print MIS, use these tips to manage employee misperceptions and reluctance
The five customer service benefits of a good Print MIS program.
Five good questions to ask when evaluating print order management software
FInd a digital print MIS partner that is focused more on the future than the past.
A flexible Print MIS program can prepare your print business for Industry 4.0:
Why wide-format printing should be priced differently than sell sheets and
How to use a good Print MIS program for customer relationship management.
Consider these do’s and don’ts for pricing banners.
Five key questions to guide your print company software strategy.
Do you still believe one of these five common myths about Print MIS?
Tips for calculating the ROI of Print MIS software.
Can you name 11 major types of print company software?
Avoid five common pitfalls of pricing wide-format print jobs.
Five reasons why automated print order management systems are better than
Print estimating software can’t help you be more profitable if you haven’t included all
To grow a successful business around your love of screen printing, consider software
Do you understand the difference between print management software and print business
How to minimize the potential risks of providing printing quotes online
The right sign shop software for cost estimating will enable you to continually
The right print estimating software can be the cornerstone of your business. It can help
Many web-to-print solutions are available to help your company serve the growing number of
How business-management software can help you prepare your screen printing business for
Start-up printing businesses should know about software that can enable them to grow
Selling “print solutions” can boost your printing firm’s bottom line. But only if you
Brand marketers and retailers use multiple forms of communications to improve the
When setting up a web-to-print portal, these talking points can help clients all the ways
Overwhelmed by options for printing business software? Consider these do’s and don’ts to
Answer these 8 questions before setting up a web-to-print portal for the best customers of
Five things to know about the newest screen printing business software:
Estimating large-format print jobs involves more than ink, print time, and materials. Use
Seven steps for making a smooth move from an outdated, complex Print MIS program to a
The right sign estimating software can make your life easier and your business more
As the print industry evolves, upgrading your print Management Information System (MIS) is
A computer application should help your shop operate more smoothly, not be a source of
When Ordant first drew up plans for its all-in-one price-estimating software solution
Integrated software tools for print estimating and order management make print
Operating a profitable screen-printing business depends on skilled employees who
Many customers assume all modern printing uses digital technology. While the digital
The profitability of your print operation could hinge on the percentage of house stock
Trying to save money by fixing equipment in-house is a great idea - if your employees
In the midst of running a hectic day-to-day print operation, you may just find that it’s
Few print shop operations can afford inefficiency. Ordant, makers of the most
The sign-making industry, despite concerns that technological advances would cripple it,
Eye-catching graphics make vehicle wraps a powerful marketing tool. If you are
Owning or managing a print business can be overwhelming but Good Print Shop Management
If you are already using Facebook to talk about and market your printing business, you
Increasingly important web-to-print storefronts can become big profit-generators
Consistent pricing is fundamental to the success of a print shop.
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