4 Tips To Minimize Turnaround Times With Your Print Vendors

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One of the most crucial elements in getting an order printed is turnaround time. While most printers offer rush services at an extra cost, the ideal approach is for both the client and the vendor to maximize efficiency and minimize the overall time it takes for the project to be completed. As a leading design and print agency in Arizona, we have years of experience in working with a variety of clients and providing a variety of services. We would like to share 4 tips to minimize turnaround times with your print vendors and hope that you find value in the timesaving advice we have to offer.

Clear, Complete Information Upfront

It is important that your print vendor has all the information they need in order to be successful, and the sooner they have this information, the sooner the job can be done. Remember to share all relevant details, requests, dates and requirements for the project with the vendor before final estimates are given. Do not be afraid to ask questions and to request clarification on any pieces of the project that you are unsure of.

Communication

Seek to establish an open line of communication from the beginning to ensure that both parties remain on the same page and have the same expectations. Find out if there is one person, in particular, that you will be working with, and obtain their direct contact information and their preferred methods of communication. You should be able to ask questions and make comments in every stage of the process, from obtaining a quote, to proofing, to arranging pick up, and know that your comments are being received quickly and trust that you will get a response in a timely manner. Good communication from both parties speeds up the process and ensures accuracy and satisfaction.

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Digital Efficiency

Printing Solutions has systems in place that allow us to provide digital proofs for our clients and to exchange communication with them via our digital software platform. This greatly reduces our turnaround time and provides convenient methods of proofing and correction making for our clients. When you are exploring and comparing printing vendors, ask about their proofing process and find out how much impact it will have on the overall turnaround time. Digital proofing and project communication tools can make the most significant impact on the turnaround time, so it is worth checking into before committing to work with a specific vendor.

Completion

When you have given your approval of the proof and your printing vendor has the go ahead to complete the job, you should have a clear idea of how soon the project will be completed. The contact or representative you have been working with should reach out to you prior to completion to make sure you understand when you can expect the project to be done and to arrange pick up, delivery or shipping options. At Printing Solutions, our customers can approve or disapprove a digital proof with the click of a button. When approved, we move forward and complete your order as quickly as possible and with the highest quality possible. We will also go the extra mile to accommodate your needs with Valleywide delivery and a variety of shipping options.

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Finding the right printing vendor and making sure they have the systems and customer service in place in order to deliver what you need is vital in minimizing turnaround times. Knowing that your vendor can provide fast, efficient service with digital tools to make your role in process faster and easier is the best way to speed up the process and know that you are in the right hands.

We would love to visit with you and find out how we can help get your latest project brought to life quickly and beautifully. Give us a call at 480-596-6300!

Andrew Pinch

About Andrew Pinch

Andrew has been working in the print industry since 2003, working in prepress, management, and ultimately owner of print shops, including Printing Solutions of Tempe, Arizona. See Andrew's LinkedIn Profile here.