Print management significantly reduces the cost of print and related services through providing expert advice and innovative solutions for print sourcing, production and distribution.
The Australian print industry is comprised of four distinct groups:
Independent Print Managers such as BPA who are not print manufacturers, but source print and direct mail through a Panel of Printers using a competitive bidding solution - offering clients a true independent market value pricing solution.These print managers also provide a range of value added services such as campaign management, warehousing and fulfilment, online ordering, digital asset management and reporting.
Print Managers who have their own equipment, and who's pricing model does not provide a true independent market value pricing solution.
Printers who only provide print production and limited value added services.
Print Brokers who provide a competitive quoting service and generally no other value added services.
What your print manager should be providing
A print manager will analyse a business's entire print supply chain from artwork, through to print sourcing, production management, fulfillment and distribution out to the business's sales channels, to ascertain potential areas for cost savings. They utilise their buying power to reduce the cost of print; combined with workflow technologies to streamline the print supply chain and deliver process efficiencies in terms of reduced administration costs and improved speed to market. Print managers also provide reporting tools which enable businesses to monitor their print costs and activity across the full end to end supply chain, and assist them to measure their print ROI.
Print management can offer tangible benefits such as:
Lower unit costs and constant benchmarking of your print price, through competitive bidding on every print job
Brand management and colour consistency, through proven Quality management processes
Reduced design and artwork costs, through low cost onsite studio facilities
Reduced administrative burden,through the use of workflow technologies
Reduced obsolescence, through Management Reporting which highlights slow moving materials
Product, stock and demand management, through real-time Reporting which enables you to monitor and predict stock movements
On time deliveryof your product into your sales channels through Campaign Management expertise, efficient process management and on-site warehousing