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The National Printing Research Council (NPRC) is the printing industry’s premier organization in terms of industry research. NPRC has  published more highly respected studies dealing with pricing, wages & benefits, bindery practices, digital printing devices and profitability than all of the other trade associations combined.

NPRC, founded by industry consultant John Stewart and former Quick Printing magazine editor Bob Hall, is a trade association dedicated to gathering and sharing, on a confidential basis, key financial and pricing data essential to improving both profits and sales in today’s highly competitive environment. We invite you to explore this site, check out our lengthy and info-packed blog, and then seriously consider joining our new organization.

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NPRC Launches New Mailing Survey

NPRC has launched the 2020 Mailing Services Pricing Survey! Participate in this just-released survey and receive a copy of the final study when it is released in January 2020. Discover what fellow mailers & printers are charging for various mailing services and products. When you receive the final study in ...
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Bookstore Re-Opens With 15% Sale

NPRC is celebrating the re-opening of its Bookstore with a 15% Discount Coupon on all studies. The studies on sale include the following:
  • The 2019-2020 Financial Benchmarking Study
  • 2018-2019 Signs & Wide Format Pricing Study
  • The 2019-2020 Digital Color Pricing Study
  • 2018 Bindery Services Pricing Study
  • The 2019 Wage ...
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A New Look at Company Valuations

NPRC recently sent out an email offering a free copy of a previously published company valuation chart. The chart compared 35 different offset/digital printing firms in terms of gross sales and estimated value. The chart provides a summary of 35 valuations conducted in the past eight years by QP Consulting, ...
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Printers Praise New Digital Pricing Study

Below are just a few of the printers who have praised the value of our latest industry report, "The 2019-2020 Digital Color Pricing Study."  You'll find the very latest info on pricing digital products and services when you dive into this new study. Many printers have admitted that after studying ...
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$130,000 SPE – The Magic Number!

By John Stewart, Executive Director, NPRC $130,000 SPE - The Magic Number! If your firm is going to survive or prosper in the next five years, you must currently have an SPE of $130,000 or higher. If your firm fails to achieve that SPE the chances are good you will ...
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Pricing Study Now Available as PDF

In response to dozens and dozens of requests from printers across the country, the new 2019-2020 "Sweet Sixteen" Digital Color Pricing Study is now being made available as a PDF. Retail Price for the PDF is $225. Hard copy price remains at $245. The new 90+ page study is packed ...
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Spouse’s Salary Not Part of Profits!

We've talked about this before but it is worth repeating. There is a big difference between what a couple takes out of a business in terms of salaries and other benefits and what is or would be considered profits. Remember, when it comes to valuing the worth of a business, ...
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Industry Mark-up Rates & Practices

Occasionally, we receive inquiries from printers asking us about markup rates and practices in our industry. Some of the inquiries come from folks who have just gotten into the business, while others come from old-timers who entered the industry during the 1980's and 90's. Here's an email we received just ...
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