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2018 Digital Color Pricing Study

NPRC Releases New Digital
Color 
Pricing Study!

NPRC has just released the brand-new, 100+ page information-packed Digital Color Pricing Study.  Note that most PDF orders are shipped in  3 hours or less!

100% Money-back Guarantee – As always, this publication is sold on a 100% money-back, no questions asked guarantee if you are not totally satisfied.

To NPRC,

“It is great to see what other printers are charging for the same products and be able to compare those prices in an organized fashion.”

Kevin Williams, Systems Print & Mail, Laguna Hills, CA

Dear NPRC,

“While we have not gone thru the report from front to back, the report has shown us several areas where our pricing needs to be adjusted. It is helpful to be able to access data from all sizes of shops in all sizes of towns and use that data to increase our profitability.”

Doug Carlile, President / CEO, Professional Print & Mail, Inc., Fresno, CA 

Special Note to Survey Participants 

Printing firms who participated in this key received a special email containing a link to download the FREE PDF of the study on Dec. 20th and a second one on Dec . 21st, 2017. The subject line of the email was: “URGENT – Here is your 2018 Digital Color Pricing Study.” Please check your spam and deleted folders for the special notice. At this time, we are unable to process requests to send another copy.

Retail Price 
PDFs… $179.00     Hard Copy… $179.00

NPRC Member Price
PDFs… $89.50     Hard Copy… $95.50

Average and Median Sales

Breakdown of sales (2015-2017 projected) as reported by participants in this year’s survey.

This new study features pricing for dozens and dozens of popular color digital products, including some of the following:

Here are just a few of the products & services covered…

  • Average and Median Hourly Graphics Charges
  • Variable Data Printing – Cards 5.5 x 8.5 and 4.25 x 5.5
  • Flat Sheets (flyers & brochures), 4/0 and 4/4, finished size 8.5 x 11
  • Flat Sheets (flyers & brochures), 4/0 and 4/4, finished size 11 x 17
  • Rack Cards, 4/0 and 4/4, finished size 4 x 9
  • 2-P and 3-P Carbonless Forms, with and without numbering
  • Click charges only (Coated Text and Coated Cover)
  • General Stock Mark-up Practices
  • Newsletter pricing – 16-page and 32-pages, quantities 100 – 2,500
  • Booklet (with separate cover) Pricing; 16-page and 32-pages
  • Digitally printed Envelopes, #10/24 & 9 x 12 Catalogs, blk & color
  • Business Card Pricing – Cards produced in-house vs. brokered
  • General Discounting practices for various types of customers
  • Plus many, many other pricing details

My prices were significantly higher than those in the study. The Sales per Employee market baskets were very helpful. I am higher in the marketplace on smaller quantities and lower on higher quantities.
Paul Carroll, AP Navitus, Rumford, RI

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2017-18 Financial Benchmarking Study

Newly Released Study Reveals
What It Takes To be a Profit Leader

First published in 1983, the biennial Financial Benchmarking Study has been frequently hailed by many in the printing industry as the premier publication – a document that clearly illustrates in no uncertain terms the kinds of key ratios (percentages of sales) that are required to become or maintain “profit leader” status in this industry.

“If you check out the cost of goods ratio for those in the top quartile and discover that it is 26.2% and compare that to your own ratios and discover that you are 4% higher than most others in the industry (assuming you are comparing “apples to apples”) then you know you’ve got your work cut out for you – certainly if you’d like to become a profit leader.”
John Stewart

Sponsored by AccuZIP, this key study offers up almost 90 comparisons based upon annual sales, sales per employee, franchise vs. independent status, and profitability quartiles. Breakouts include profit & loss statements, balance sheets and special key ratio pages featuring 26+ ratios you can track and compare your performance against others. Margin of error for this popular report is an outstanding +/- 4.4%!

Samples of P&Ls, Balance Sheets, Key Ratios

Retail Price: $179.00

Breakouts (profit & loss, balance sheets and key ratios) include the following:

  • All Firms (independents vs. franchise)
  • Single vs. Multiple
  • Association membership status
  • Offset Printing vs. Digital Printing
  • Percent of Brokered Sales
  • Analysis by Sales Volume
  • Sales Per Employee Breakouts
  • Profitability Quartiles
  • Peer Group Membership
  • Firms with and without Sales Reps.

This publication is sold on a 100% money-back guarantee! Now available in both PDF and hard-copy formats. All orders are processed and shipped within 24 hours or less.

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Print Shop For Sale

Whatever you do, don’t try to sell your printing
business
or offer to buy another firm
until you’ve read “Print Shop for Sale”

Whether you’re planning on selling in the next six months or considering the purchase of a competitor, this 310-page book by industry leaders John Stewart and Larry Hunt is packed with information on how to arrive at a “fair market” price for the business – a price on which both you and a prospective seller or buyer can agree.

RETAIL PRICE: $89 (includes shipping & handling)
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NOTE: This publication is only available as a hard copy; An additional postage charge of $18 applies to Canadian orders.

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2015-16 Signs & Wide Format Pricing

Pricing Signs and Wide Format

This a first-of-its-kind study produced in the printing industry – a 100+ page report that analyzes pricing practices and equipment preferences in the signs & wide format industry.

A joint publication effort between NPOA and QP Consulting, Inc.,  this study was designed to address pricing for sign and wide format products specifically produced in the “quick printing” segments of our industry. Some of the many products priced and/or rated include:

  • Primary and Secondary digital printers
  • Popular RIPs, plotters & cutters
  • Laminating devices
  • Substrate Pricing
  • Banner Pricing
  • Foam Core Posters & Signs
  • Colorplast Signage
  • Magnetic Signs
  • Plus other items such as aluminum signs, decals, vehicle decals

More than 220 firms contributed to the original survey. The study is packed with useful information including ratings for a variety of printers, RIPs, laminators and cutters, and also includes average and median prices covering literally dozens of products and services commonly offered in the sign industry. This study is only available as a PDF.

Retail Price… $112.00
NPRC Member-Only Price… $56.00

Most PDFs are shipped in three hours or less. As always, all studies and reports purchased from NPRC are sold on a 100% money-back guarantee if you are not totally satisfied with your purchase.

 

 

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2015-2016 Signs & Wide Format Pricing Study

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2017 Survey of Color Digital Printers

 

This Key Survey of Digital Color Printers
Offers Guidance on Your Next Purchase!

A brand new, 60-page report that provides user ratings and performance data on 36 specific color digital printers plus reviews and ratings on 9 popular envelope printers has just been released by the National Printing Research Council (NPRC).

This new survey not only provides an excellent industry overview, but also provides ratings and recommendations for dozens of specific devices manufactured by the top four firms in our industry – Canon, Konica-Minolta, Ricoh and Xerox.

“An indispensable report for anyone considering a new digital color machine, NPRC’s 2017 Survey of Color Digital Printers is a must read. Covering both digital presses and envelope printers, the report provides ratings and performance information from those already using them in their operations. The report will guide your decision making process, allowing you to sift through the many machines and options available, and helping you to make the correct, informed choice for your operation. With the cost of making the wrong decision high, the price of the report pales in comparison.” Brian McGovern, Allegra, Billings, MT

Based on the input from more than 280 printing firms, this “hot-off-the-press” study provides average and median printer ratings, total and color monthly click counts, current click charges, and detailed ratings of various finishing options such as high-capacity feeders and booklet-makers. Weighted scoring for specific features such as image quality, color accuracy, front-to-back registration and reliability and service is also provided for each of the digital printers reviewed in this study.

Rating envelope printers – The 2017 Survey of Color Digital Printers also includes a dedicated section reviewing 9 digital envelope printers, along with user ratings of various feeders and conveyors typically available with these printers.

As always, this study/report is sold on a 100% money-back guarantee. No questions asked.

Retail Price (PDF): $114.95
Retail Price (hard-copy): $124.95

NPRC Price (PDF): $57.50
NPRC Price (hard-copy): $67.50

* Survey participants received special emails containing a download link on Friday, Aug. 18 and again on Aug. 23. The subject line was: “Your digital color copier survey available now.” Please check your spam, deleted and trash folders carefully. If you are not sure whether you participated or not, please visit our home page and check the list of participants.

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Hourly Rates & Mark-up Practices Report

 

Survey Reports Printing Industry
Mark-up Rates & Hourly Charges 

A just-released, 58-page report covering hourly rates for hand labor, graphic services and mark-up rates for both brokered services and paper. More than 240 printing and copying firms participated in the survey used to compile this report.

The 2017 Hourly Rates & Mark-up Practices Reports includes a special break-out comparing the differences in hourly rates and mark-up practices between companies at both ends of the sales per employee (SPE) spectrum. This new report also compares how firms charge based upon their annual sales – Do larger firms tend to charge more or use higher mark-ups for handling brokered work or marking up paper? Read this report and discover the answers. Click here to view the Table of Contents.

NPRC Member Pricing           Non-Member Pricing
   PDF Copy… $24.95                        PDF Copy… $49.95
   Printed Copy… $31.95                   Printed Copy… $56.95   

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2017-18 Analysis of Personal Net Worth

Just- Released – A Never Before Look
At the Personal Net Worth of Printers

This 110+ page report is literally a first-of-its-kind report in the printing industry. While NPRC and other organizations have published many studies dealing with pricing, wages and profitability, no association or industry trade group has ever tackled a topic such as personal net worth. Click here to read what fellow printers have to report about this just-released NPRC Report.

More than 120 printing firms with sales ranging from a low of $200,000 to a high of $7.5 million participated, with most firms proving full names and addresses, despite the highly confidential nature of the data uncovered. This brand new study is packed with charts and graphs allowing owners to compare their own net worth against other owners based upon age, annual sales and quartile placement.

This just-released report contains 17 four-page extractions based upon net worth, annual sales, age and net worth indices, all designed to help you better understand this important metric.

Compare your own net worth against peers in the industry. Examine how fellow printers with extremely high net worth’s diversify their holdings. Explore the ratios of business values and business real estate to total net worth. 

This brand new study was officially released Jan. 30, 2017.)**

SOLD ON A 100% MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE!
Available only as a hard copy at this time.
All orders shipped with 24 hours or less.

RETAIL PRICE: $225.00 (Includes shipping & handling)
NPRC RETAIL PRICE*: $112.50 (Includes shipping & handling)
 * Limited-time offer. Join NPRC between now and June 1, 2017 (NPRC Dues are only $240 annually) and received this study FREE! (Click here to visit our membership page.)
** Current NPRC members will be receiving their own free copy within two weeks.

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2017-18 Industry Wage & Benefits Study

Read About the Latest Wage & Benefits
Being Offered in the Printing Industry! 

This just-released 110+ page study covers wages and benefits paid to 22 different positions commonly found in the quick and small format printing industry. This study reports average and median wages for positions such as general managers, production managers, graphic artists, digital press operators, offset press operators, bindery and mailing specialists plus 15 other key positions.

Special Breakouts – This new study contains a variety of breakouts to compare wages and benefits based upon various sales levels, profitability, population density and geographic locale.

Special Bonus Offer included – This new study also includes eight pages of data extracted from the 2016 Outside Sales Rep Compensation Report released in mid-2016. These pages highlight compensation practices, bonuses, compensation rates, as well as sales levels achieved by some of the top outside sales representatives in the industry. 

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RETAIL PRICE: $179 (includes shipping & handling)
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2015-2016 Mailing Services Pricing Study

This Study is a “must-have” Report
for analyzing pricing in the
mailing services industry!

 

Our studies dealing with pricing of mailing services have been consistently praised as outstanding resources for providing guidance on the pricing of dozens of mailing-related services and products. This study was jointly published in 2015 by QP Consulting, Inc. and NPOA. It is now sold and distributed by the National Printing Research Council (NPRC).

“It is difficult to get competitive pricing on mailing services. This survey provides us with the information we need to price our work properly.”
Bob Weingard, Print Tech, Pittsburgh, PA

This valuable, 122+ page report contains detailed pricing information on more than 45 key services and products provided in the mailing services industry.

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2016 Workers’ Compensation Report

 

Hot Off the Press –  An 11-page special report on Workers’ Compensation rates and practices for printers located in 35 different states. This report notes that while Workers’ Comp rates vary dramatically from state to state, there are still options for many for reducing annual premiums. This just-released report represents data and specific rates provided by more than 150 participating firms who supplied information on more than 510 individual employees.

Compare Your Firm Against Others – Our newest report allows you to check various states and see how employees in these states are being categorized and the rate per $100 being charged under NCCI employee classifications.working in these firms.

Available Only in Printed Format – Please note that initially this special report is only available as a printed document. All orders are shipped and mailed same day as received via USPS 1st Class Mail. The price indicated includes all shipping and handling fees.

Retail Price: $42.95

All studies published by NPRC, Inc. are sold
on a 100% Money-Back Guarantee Basis.

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The 2013-2014 Mailing Services Pricing Study


The Most Popular Study
In the Mailing Industry

This study is consistently praised, year after year, as a “must have” tool for analyzing pricing in the mailing services industry!

“It is difficult to get competitive pricing on mailing services. This survey provides us with the information we need to price our work properly.”

Bob Weingard, Print Tech, Pittsburgh, PA

This valuable, just-released 124+ page report contains detailed pricing information on more than 45 key services provided in the mailing services industry.

RETAIL PRICE: $179 (includes shipping & handling)
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2016 Outside Sales Representative Study

Printing Industry Study Analyzes
Sales Rep Compensation Practices

A first of its kind publication – A detailed look at compensation practices for outside sales representatives in the printing industry. Based upon the feedback and participation of almost 150 firms, this 75+ page study details the sales generated and the commissions and bonuses received for firms ranging in annual sales from less than $500,000 to firms with sales of $15 million!

If you already employ an outside sales representative you can compare the performance of your sales representative against firms reporting similar annual sales, profitability and productivity as measured by sales per employee.

One printer who asked us not to use his name or location because of competition, rated this study as “excellent” as to the value to his business and told us he was definitely making changes as a result of the information revealed in this report. “Thank you – I’ve always wanted this type of information. I’ve been missing a lot of $$ plus control over this segment of my business, resulting in a lot of stress.  Thank you.”

If you’re thinking about hiring a sales representative, especially for the first time, this study will prove to be a real “eye-opener” as to what you can expect to pay an experienced outside sales rep. and what you should expect that person to produce in return!

The study is available as either a hard copy or a PDF. Participants received their “complimentary” copies on March 21, 2016. Prices include S&H. Orders for hard copies are shipped within 24 hours, and PDFs are normally transmitted within 8 hours.

NEW RETAIL PRICE $185 (includes shipping & handling)
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2016-2017 Digital Printing Pricing Study

NPRC DIGITAL PRINTING STUDY
ANALYZES COLOR & BW PRICING

This information-packed 114-page study is one of the most comprehensive pricing studies we’ve ever published. Dedicated strictly to pricing of digital products and services, this new study is now available for immediate shipment (hard copies and PDFs).  

Regular Retail Price Only $229

40% OFF SALE (Effective 2/1/18)… $137.40

“I find it very helpful to be able to cross check my own pricing against similar sized shops.”
Don Black, Sprekelmeyer Printing, Ardmore, OK

“If you don’t participate in the survey (or purchase a copy later), how can you possibly know whether your prices are fair to your customers and to you or not? I participated in the survey, and I can confidently say that our prices are competitive. Our shopping cart of 10 items is average for our areas, and I believe our service puts us over the top in value. I highly recommend participating in or purchasing this study.”  
Jim Makina, Allegra Marketing Print Mail, Alsip, IL

Please note that NPRC members are entitled to a 50% Discount – You must complete and submit an application form first. After your application is accepted (normally 12-24 hours) you will then be able to order any publication in our bookstore 50% Off the retail price. We do verify all memberships prior to processing and shipping publications.

RETAIL PRICE: $229 (includes shipping & handling)
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2014-2015 Financial Benchmarking Study

This 103-page study, sponsored by Ricoh and published by NPOA, is packed-full with critically important financial data regarding the current financial health of our industry. The study contains dozens and dozens of profit & loss, balance sheets and key ratio sheets detailing the performance of firms based upon population density, geographic locations, franchise vs. independent, as well as many breakouts based upon annual sales volume.

Of greatest value are the reports based upon profitability which compare the top and bottom quartiles in this industry when broken out based upon profitability. The data provide offers a clear guideline on how to improve your profitability and the value of your firm by adjusting or modifying key ratios. The comparative data and ratios available comparing the “Leaders” and “Laggards” in our industry is invaluable to firms desiring to become “profit leaders” in this industry.

The “Executive Summary,” prepared by industry author and financial guru Larry Hunt, is one of the clearest analyses ever written explaining what has transpired in this industry during the past 30 years and what needs to change if firms are to continue to grow and prosper. More Study details coming soon!

  • “This type of information is extremely valuable as a management tool for so many reasons. Great job!!” Skip Novakovich, Esprit Graphic Communications, Kennewick, WA
  • “An excellent tool for seeingt how you are doing in comparison with your competition. Also shows where you need improvement. Well worth the effort or cost.” Sam Gromowsky, Almar Printing, Kansas City, MO
  • “We fount it was valuable to compare our company with other companies & profit leaders. Overall we are doing pretty well.” Caitlin Sullian, Furbush-Roberts Printing, Bangor, ME

Available in both Hard Copy as well as PDF formats. 

RETAIL PRICE: $159 (includes shipping & handling)
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2012-2013 Mailing Industry Wage & Benefits Study Pricing Study

This valuable, just-released 100+ page study contains detailed salary and wage information for 31 key positions in the mailing industry, including compensation practices for outside sales representatives – how much do they typically sell and how are the compensated.


Wage and salary data (including both averages and medians) is also broken down based upon Market Size, Sales Volume and Profitability. Look up companies similar to your own and see what they are paying Mailing Department Specialists, Data Base Experts, Production Managers, Inserting Machine Operators, Handwork Specialists and dozens of other key positions.

RETAIL PRICE: $189 (includes shipping & handling)
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NPOA’s 2013-2014 Printing Industry Bindery Services Pricing Study

2013-2014 BINDERY SERVICES PRICING STUDY
This brand new, 140+ page study, published by NPOA and QP Consulting, Inc., and co-sponsored by Printer’s Plan and EFI, is the most comprehensive study of pricing for bindery services and products ever published in the printing industry.

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The NEW 2012-2013 Quick Printing Industry Pricing Study

This the largest, most comprehensive Industry Pricing Study ever published in the printing industry. Pricing data is provided on more than a dozen individual topics, including:

Pre-press and Graphic Design services/charges
Digital Color Printing Prices
Most Popular Digital Printers & Ratings
Variable Data Pricing Practices and Charges
Booklet Finishing Charges on Digital Devices
Detailed Pricing info on Digital Business Cards
Digital B&W Pricing Practices
B&W Copier Placements and Ratings
1 & 2-Color Offset Printing Prices
Bindery Services – The most comprehensive ever!
Popularity and Ratings of Creasing Devices

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