If you are in the process of choosing a business printing service, in my opinion there are a few factors that you should consider before you can make an educated decision.
One of the main concerns when ordering business stationery is the quality of the finished products; after all you want stationary that represents what your company stands for and that you are not ashamed to send out to your clients and business partners. A quality printing company, will not just try and satisfy their customers – a quality commitment should mean that all business contacts with the company, even those to suppliers and sub-contractors should be professional and of a high standard.
Good Customer Service
Good customer response times certainly constitute part of a quality service. But not just the timeliness of a response is important, the quality of the reply is too.
Good Printing Value
Money does not always guarantee you high quality and vice versa. You should have a look around and get an understanding for what the best prices are. If you are planning on getting a stationery bundle this might get you a good discount in comparison to buying your business cards, letterheads and other stationery separately.
Sometimes in business, speed is of the essence. Having a printer that can deliver a 24 hr turnaround on their printing orders provides you with flexibility and less planning related admin. You do not want to have to worry about your stationary when you have money to make!
Does your printer have a website and online ordering facilities? If not try a printer that does, and see what difference it makes to the ease of ordering your company stationary online.
Suitability for your needs
Does your printer have the products you are after? Do you like the materials they use? Does the finished product look as you would like it to and do they help you out with any design questions you might have?
Where are your printers located? It is always good to know where they are as it gives you an idea of who you are dealing with.
This is connected to the locality of the service, as if you order your stationary from another continent, obviously this will create a larger carbon footprint than if the finished printing products do not have to travel very far too reach you. Do they offer recycled products and environmentally friendly inks? Not only will this consideration give you a good conscience, it will also make an impression on your business partners, clients or customers.