A Personal Note from John Stewart

A possible delay in filling publication orders – I’ve never posted anything like this before, certainly of a personal nature, but I have to share with readers the news that my wife was recently operated on for a rare form of cancer, and she is now beginning simultaneous chemo and radiation treatment. This means much of my time is now being spent running from one oncologist to the next, as well as various scans and MRI’s, etc.

Thus the delays – The above is provided to advise you that if you choose to order a publication from our Bookstore that order might be delayed by as much as 24-36 hours, as opposed to the 3-4 hours we typically promise.  Thank you for your understanding.

John Stewart

NPRC Offers Early Glimpse at Bindery Pricing

Don’t miss out! There’s still time for you to participate in NPRC’s 2022 Bindery Services Pricing Survey and receive a FREE PDF copy of the of the final pricing study when it is released in mid-July.

The new report will provide average and median pricing data for literally hundreds and hundreds of variations of bindery operations, varying in quantities and finished sizes. Below are just a few of the very preliminary prices we have gathered so far, with hundreds more to follow.

The deadline for this survey is June 6 and it will not be extended. Be sure to check below as to how to participate in this popular industry survey. Final study expected to contain more than 1,300 prices covering dozens and dozens of bindery services.

Preliminary Average Bindery Charges
Below are some preliminary prices extracted from some of the first surveys submitted to NPRC. We hope you enjoy a preliminary look at what we have gathered so far, recognizing of course that many of these prices may vary dramatically by the time the deadline rolls around.

Scoring & Creasing Chgs.
Average chg. To score 2,500 100# 11×17 cover stock directly in-half… 209.10
Average chg. To crease 1,000 100# 11×17 cover stock directly in-half… 101.97

Hand-work Charges
Average hourly rate for handwork… $54
Average price per M hand pickups… $34

Basic off-line machine collating charges:
Set-up fee… $14.83
Collating chg. per M… $23.41
Min. collating chg…. $20.80
Collating hourly chg…. $68.26

In-line Stapling/Stitching…
Your chg. To collate & corner staple 250 ea. Of 10 sheets… $57.40
Your chg. To collate & corner staple 1M ea. Of 10 sheets… $173.20

Basic cutting charges
Hourly cutting chg… $77.18
Min. cutting chg… $7.73
Min. set-up chg. (if any)… $10.03
Chg. Per each cut… $1.58

Round Cornering
Average chg. To round-corner 500 3×5” cards… $48.35

3-Hole Drilling
Average chg. To 3-Hole drill 1M sheets… $25.94
Average chg. To 3-Hole drill 5M sheets… $53.93

NCR Padding Fees
Average Min. NCR Padding charge… $8.45
Price Per M sheets for NCR padding… $16.31\

Average digital number charges
Min. chg… $30.29
Set-up Chg… $16.87
Chg. Per M #’s… $38.43

Here’s How to participate and receive your own FREE PDF
of the soon-to-be-released bindery services Pricing Study.

Don’t miss this opportunity to analyze and compare your prices for cutting, folding, collating and dozens of other bindery operations against  printers down the street as well as across the country!
Complete this key industry survey and you will receive the final, 100+ page report absolutely for FREE.
Discover how your prices compare for dozens of bindery operations such as drilling, shrink-wrapping, scoring, perfing, numbering and dozens of other operations compare against others. A great opportunity to check whether you’re leaving money on the table or pricing too high.
This Study will sell for $200 or more when it is released in early July, BUT it’s yours absolutely FREE when you complete and submit your survey by the June 6th DEADLINE.
NPRC strongly recommends that participants first download, print and complete our survey WORKSHEET (the Green Button). Once that is done, you will visit our official on-line Survey Site (The Red Button) where you will re-enter your responses and submit your survey.
Yes, completing a worksheet does take a bit longer but it is guaranteed to be faster and more efficient in the long-run.
Our preliminary data indicates that completing the worksheet first only involves about ten minutes additional time as opposed to going directly to the survey and taking the chance of losing all your data in the event of a loss of electricity or a software glitch where you could lose 35-50 minutes worth of data entry time. Plus, you can take 2-3 days to complete your survey worksheet, rather than feeling compelled to complete the actual survey in one sitting.
Remember, you can always assign this survey, or a major portion of it, to a trusted manager or other key employee! Make sure, however, to stress the need for accuracy and the June 6th Deadline.

Click this button to download your survey worksheet.

Click this button to visit our official survey
page where you will re-enter your survey answers.
Be sure to complete this brand new survey and submit it no later than the June 6th Deadline and we’ll have the final report in your mailbox no later than July 15th.

In order to guarantee that you receive important updates and announcements
regarding this and other key studies, please make sure our email
[email protected] is “white-listed” and not being directed
to spam folders. Please also alert your staff that they should not delete
emails from the above address.

 

NPRC Launches New Bindery Survey

Don’t miss-out. Complete our survey and receive a publication containing more than 1,300 price points for various binery services. this opportunity to analyze and compare your prices for cutting, folding, collating and dozens of other bindery operations against  printers down the street as well as across the country!
Complete this key industry survey and you will receive the final, 100+ page report absolutely for FREE.
Discover how your prices compare for dozens of bindery operations such as drilling, shrink-wrapping, scoring, perfing, numbering and dozens of other operations compare against others. A great opportunity to check whether you’re leaving money on the table or pricing too high.
This Study will sell for $200 or more when it is released in early July, BUT it’s yours absolutely FREE when you complete and submit your survey by the June 6th DEADLINE.
NPRC strongly recommends
that participants first download, print and complete our survey WORKSHEET (the Green Button). Once that is done, you will visit our official on-line Survey Site (The Red Button) where you will re-enter your responses and submit your survey.
Yes, completing a worksheet first takes a bit longer but it is guaranteed to be faster and more efficient in the long-run. You can take 2-3 days to complete your survey worksheet. Once completed, you will visit the official survey site where it should take less than 15 minutes to transfer your answers and submit your survey.
Remember, you can always assign this survey, or a major portion of it, to a trusted manager or other key employee! Make sure, however, to stress the need for accuracy and the June 6th Deadline.

Click this button to download your survey worksheet.

Click this button to submit your answers from worksheet.
Be sure to complete this brand new survey and submit it no later than the June 6th Deadline and we’ll have the final report in your mailbox no later than July 15th.

In order to guarantee that you receive important updates and announcements
regarding this and other key studies, please make sure our email
[email protected] is “white-listed” and not being directed
to spam folders. Please also alert your staff that they should not delete
emails from the above address.

 

NPRC Launches New “Classifieds”

NPRC is proud to announce the launching of a brand new feature – a free Classified Section where folks can list equipment for sale, equipment they are looking for as well as other services normally found in a classified department.

The NPRC Classifieds can also be used to post job vacancies as well as by individuals seeking new employment in the industry. So if you’ve got a digital or offset press for sale, or a paper drill or creaser you’d like to move, or you are seeking a management level job in some other section of the country then visit the classifieds today.  Simply click on the “CLASSIFIEDS”  tab at the top of this page or go to: https://printingresearch.org/classifieds-2/ Please NO Dealer Ads. 

NPRC Report Details Newsletter Pricing

Popular NPRC report details pricing for 4-p, 8-p and 16-p newsletters. Based upon feedback from more than 165 printers from across the U.S. this new report features average and median pricing, as well as comparisons between independents and franchisees.

Also included in this 11-page report is a breakdown of pricing between large $$$ volume shops compared to smaller firms. Price for this report is Only $35 and is available for instant download.

Click Here to order your copy. Links for downloading your purchase are provided instantly upon payment. You can also order this special report by visiting our Bookstore.

Pricing Digital Envelopes – NPRC’s Newest Report

Download NPRC’s newest survey results – NPRC’s Mini-Survey #4 is now available for immediate download. This new report tackles pricing for #10/24 envelopes. The survey was conducted Jan. 24-26 with the results released exclusively to participants via email on Jan. 28 & 31. The survey attracted 114 participants.

NPRC’s latest survey tackles pricing for both regular and window envelopes, black and 4C. Although the survey was not intended to exclusively survey digital printing, 74% of those responding indicated they would use a digital printer to produce envelopes in these quantities. In fact, approximately 31% of respondents said they no longer utilize offset presses to produce envelopes in the 500 – 2,500 quantity range.

A special announcement about future surveys – The results of future surveys will be provided only to participants. Firms desiring to obtain one of surveys in the future will either have to participate in the survey itself, or pay a modest fee to purchase the reports when published, explains John Stewart, NPRC’s Executive Director.

In the past, many printers chose not to participate because they knew they would still get the results free without their participation, thus placing the burden on other printers who they trusted would complete the survey. Now the association is basically switching to a “Play or pay” approach, explains Stewart.

To download the results of our latest mini-survey, click here.

NPRC Publishes 2022 Profit Leader Ratio Sheet

NPRC has just released a brand-new, one-page sheet outlining five key ratios for industry “Profit leaders.”

The 2022 Financial Model & Goals Sheet is a one-page summary for owners who aspire to achieve or maintain “profit leader” status in the printing industry. The data is based upon statistics drawn from various statistical studies published in the past 18-24 months.

Ratios covered include Cost of Sales, Payroll Expenses, Operating Expenses, Owner’s Compensation and Sales Per Employee.

We encourage you to print-out this goal sheet and post it conspicuously in your office where you can monitor through the year.

To download your copy, click here.

Save 18% on NPRC Sign Study – Sale Ends 2-11-2022!

NPRC has officially released its 2021-22 Signs & Wide Format Pricing Study.

For a limited time (Offer Expires Feb. 11, 2022) you can

save 18% on this popular 2021 new study. Use coupon NPRC2021VIP

Packed with more than 1,600 average and median prices, the new study features the latest pricing for banners, feather flags, foam core, coroplast and magnetic signs just to name a few.

Other products featured include decals (square and contour cut), window perfs, vehicle wraps and vinyl signs.

Click here to download and view the Study’s Table of Contents. 

RETAIL PRICE* (PDF): $169.00
SALE PRICE: $138.58

Visit the NPRC Bookstore to place your order.

Remember, As always, these reports are sold with a 100% money-back guarantee if you are not totally satisfied with the information it provides.

Most orders are processed in two hours or less. Orders placed on Fridays, however, may be delayed until the following Monday. (After ordering, be sure to check your trash and spam folders, since that’s where some of our publications land if [email protected] is not  “whitelisted.”)

 

NPRC Releases Survey on Typesetting Charges

Published Dec. 15, 2021

NPRC Mini-Survey Explores Typesetting
Charges and Key Industry Productivity

By John Stewart, Executive Director, NPRC

Once again, we would sincerely like to thank the owners of 123 printing firms who took the time to complete our most recent survey. Without their support and prompt participation, detailed surveys such as this would simply not be possible. Thank you very much.

NPRC is proud to present the results of its latest mini-survey. The survey was launched on Friday, Dec. 10th and Closed end of the day on Dec. 14th. While the survey data presented below is based upon 123 firms, additional responses continued to come in after the formal deadlines.  This survey covered pricing practices for basic graphic and design services in the printing industry. Below are the questions and the corresponding answers based upon our data.

#1 – Do Most Firms Impose a Minimum Typesetting Charge? Approximately 75% of our survey respondents indicated their firm “strictly” imposes or enforces a minimum typesetting charge, regardless of how small the task might be, while another 15% said they did not.

“Minimum Typesetting charge?
We say we do… but often not enforced.”

An additional 10% checked “Other” and we think their answers, although representing only 10% of those surveyed, was closer to the truth than many participants would acknowledge. Some of the comments we received included:

  • “$15 min. charge, usually waived for regular or non-abusive customers, applied to those who are abusive…”
  • “Yes, with a handful of exceptions.”
  • “We are supposed to, but many times do not.”
  • “If it takes less than about 5 minutes then no we don’t charge, say a name change on a business card.”
  • “We do about 90% of the time”
  • “Depends on the client …”
  • “We say we do… but often not enforced.”

Based upon our experiences over the years in tracking general productivity in this department, we suspect there are many owners who upon more serious reflection, would agree with one or more of the sentiments expressed above. The bottom line is we are failing miserably in tracking productivity.

To read the rest of this special report, click on the following link:

MINI-SRV-3-FINAL.pdf (printingresearch.org)

 

2021 Wage & Benefits Study

The 2021 NPRC Printing Industry Wage & Benefits Study is one of the most popular reports published by NPRC. It contains 150+ pages of the very latest wage and salary data for 24 key positions in the printing industry. This brand new report also covers sales and compensation practices for outside sales representatives.

Specific positions covered include general managers, production managers, Sr. and Jr. customer service representatives, Digital and Offset press operators, graphic designers as well as bindery operators and mailing specialists, just to name a few. This year’s survey also included employees assigned to producing signs and large format.

 

Wages & salaries are broken down based upon population density, geographic location, sales and profitability.  Discover what firms your size in similar markets are paying for specific positions such as press operators, bindery assistants and delivery technicians. Click here or the artwork to the left to download and view the Table of Contents for the 2021 Wage & Benefits Study.

Complimentary Copies Distributed – If you’re one of the 200+ firms that participated in this popular industry recent survey you should expect to receive your FREE, complimentary copy of the study between Nov. 4-6th. If you did not receive your copy please drop us an email at: [email protected].

 

2021 Wage & Benefits Study PDF
Price… $179.00
To order your copy, visit the NPRC Bookstore.