Turning Printing Companies Around…

The Quick Consultant Turning Printing Companies Around One Firm at a Time! By John Stewart Between the late 1990s and well into the first decade of this century I made my living providing individualized, on-site consulting services to printing firms throughout the U.S. and abroad. I sometimes joke with folks that while my short-term memory has really gotten bad recently, I can recall almost every single detail, including the layout of the shop and the problems encountered, involving the 400+ consulting visits I undertook in those days. I consulted with printers in almost every state in the U.S. including two separate firms Continue reading

Save 18% On All Publications* Between Now and Oct. 31, 2017!

Instructions for Using Special Publication Discount Code The Quick Consultant is offering an unprecedented 18% Off Discount on all publications* listed in its bookstore. This special offer expires Oct. 31, 2017. (* Special offer excludes Print Shop for Sale.) To take advantage of this offer visit the bookstore, and check off the publications and formats you are requesting (hard copy or PDF).  Select “Add To Cart” for each publication selected. When you have finished, visit the Shopping Cart in the upper right hand portion of the page and select “Checkout.” Your discount code – After selecting “Checkout” you find a summary check-out page. Continue reading

The Offset Printing Department – Alive & Well or in the ICU?

Printers Report Strong Shift to Digital Printers Split on Shutting Down Offset Department By John Stewart “Is offset printing alive & well, or is it in intensive care” is a question we posed in a recent industry survey conducted Aug. 18-24, 2016. Well, the answers and comments we received were mixed, and while not all printers are ready to “pull the plug,” many recognize the patient is not doing too well and probably will not walk out of the hospital! Some are already making plans for the funeral! Our 15-question survey was more detailed than many we have conducted recently, Continue reading

Packed With the Latest In Digital Printing Pricing Info!

This Is the Most Detailed Pricing Study Ever Published by QP Consulting, Inc. This brand new 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). Retail price of this study is $229. However, for a limited time, you can SAVE 25% on this study if you place your order between now and Nov. 23rd. Orders are shipped same day as received. Instead of paying $229, you will pay only $171.75! “The Digital Printing Pricing Survey is the Continue reading

Hot Off The Press – New Workers’ Compensation Report

Workers’ Compensation rates vary dramatically according to a special 11-page report just-released by QP Consulting, Inc. However, contrary to popular opinion, owners still have options, to control or even lower annual premiums. The new industry report includes a number of charts and graphs, including a special table detailing 35 states and the most common codes and NCCI rates per $100 for the four major classifications available in the printing industry – Clerical, Sales, Printing and Delivery.  Continue reading → Continue reading

Profits & SPE Correlation

The comments below were written on April 26th and forwarded to the PrintOwners List Serv, but they never appeared on the list, because unbeknownst to me at the time I had been removed from the list a couple of hours prior. Nonetheless, I consider SPE to be one of the most important ratios to track in the printing industry so I decided to post the following. It is indeed unfortunate, that too many printers tend to either ignore, avoid, gloss-over or rationalize their sales per employee (SPE) numbers when compared to others. So here is the post that never made it to the Continue reading