An individual’s stationery requirements will differ greatly to that of a business. Likewise, a small business will have a different set of requirements to that of a large national or international business. Stationery printers also differ in the quality, quantities and services that they provide.
An individual who requires a few letterheads or moving house postcards will probably be quite happy with the quality, price and service provided at their local copy shop. For something extra special like a complete wedding stationery package, they may seek a different quality of paper and design. Again, the local copy shop should be able to provide this service, as they will have access to larger stationery printers who have the more expensive specialized machinery with which to carry out this type of work.
A small business or sole trader will also probably be happy to visit their local copy shop for most, if not all, of their stationery requirements. Anything outside of the copy shop’s normal remit can be sub-contracted out to larger commercial stationery printers with whom the copy shop has a business relationship.
Businesses with a large volume of stationery printing requirements will find it quicker and easier to contact commercial stationery printers directly. Expensive dedicated state-of-the-art machinery and printing presses together with large stocks of quality paper and card are the mainstay of a professional commercial printer. They will also have the knowledge and expertise to advise their customers on the most appropriate color or colors, the weight and quality of the paper or card to use depending on what is being produced, the correct method of production as different methods are used for printing the various types of media. There is a lot of hard work that goes on behind the scenes and a proper professional printing job requires a lot of typesetting and document creation.
Some stationery printers, who have invested in the correct machinery, can produce continuous stationery forms such as invoices or delivery notes with company name and logo emblazoned on the front and your company’s terms and conditions on the reverse and are supplied in 2 or 3 part sets.
Many companies are exclusively available online and offer a full stationery printing service without you having to leave your office. Most have built in safeguards to ensure that proofs or drafts are provide, and corrected where necessary, and they allow the customer to play around with standard templates and choose one they like at their convenience.
A well-established professional company in the printing industry will be a member of a professional body and its employees will have undergone training in customer care, which is as much a vital and important part of their business as the printing side. They must provide products of the highest quality as well as ensuring that their customer’s experience, from their first contact with the company to taking delivery of their order on time and correctly printed, is a calm and happy one and one that, hopefully, will continue and flourish.