The printing services companies offer vary greatly depending on the size of the firm and whether they are a general printing company or one that specializes in just one or two methods of printing. You would expect that the larger the company the more printing services they can offer but smaller companies tend to diversify in order to obtain a strong customers base.
A local print copy store can offer a wide range of services but specializes in none, and they may have to out-source some of their printing because they do not have the experience or machinery available in-house to complete the order. They do this because they do not want to lose a customer and, if they have to turn a customer away, then there is always the chance that the customer will not come back and they might take all their printing requirements elsewhere.
A professional reliable printing company will offer their customers the highest possible customer care service along with first rate printing services provided by knowledgeable and experienced staff using the latest high technology machinery and quality raw materials.
Among the services offered by printing companies are:
• Stationery – letterheads, envelopes, compliment slips, etc.
• Continuous stationery – business forms
• Business Cards – cut out, laminated, folded, etc.
• Catalogs/Brochures – from 8 pages up to 64 pages available
• Showcards – thicker card for menus, etc.
• Invitations – wedding, birth, special events, corporate events
• Seasonal – Christmas, Easter, etc.
• Delivery – sometimes included in cost and/or negotiable depending on quantity ordered.
Some businesses prefer to speak to a printer face to face and form a working relationship together. They do not mind going to the printer’s premises to discuss their print requirements, see samples of the printer’s work, place their order, check the proofs, and then collect their order using their own vehicle. This works well for small orders but larger orders can cause problems as not all printers offer a delivery service.
Individuals and small businesses are more likely to visit their local copy store but many prefer the convenience of online printing services. From the comfort of your chair, at home or in the office, you can browse the various companies and see which suits you best. These online companies allow you to play around with fonts and templates for most printing jobs before making a final decision on what suits your business and your finances. Also available are reasonably priced software packages for individuals and small businesses to use with a home or office computer and printer.
A large regional, national or international business will use the printing services of a large company that can supply all their printing requirements. Their orders can be substantial and they place regular orders for delivery every month, quarter or annually. Printing companies compete aggressively for this lucrative source of income. Business customers will expect in return for their custom the highest quality in customer care service and products, and for their orders to be delivered correctly printed on time, every time.