Closing the Print Shop – Download Report

OffsetNewsletter_QPC-1You can now download and print our 12-page report titled, “Printers Report Strong Shift to Digital,” by clicking here. If you wish to read it on line, the full article appears immediately below in the adjoining column.

The file is currently 12 pages, 8.5×11. To print as 3, 11×17, 2-sided pages from Adobe Acrobat > Print,Page Setup in lower left corner, > Tabloid, landscape orientation. then > OK. Under Page Sizing and Handling, select Booklet. Then just choose 2-sided from your printer.

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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!

image007Our 15-question survey was more detailed than many we have conducted recently, but it still received the third highest rate of response out of nine surveys we’ve conducted with more than 220 printers responding within the four-day window we allowed for responses. Continue reading

Printing & Politics – A QP Poll

The One Question We Forgot to Ask!

It looks like we may have set a record of sorts with our most recent survey titled, “Printing & Politics – Your Choice for President.” More than 270 printers responded within 48 hours, the largest number of responses to a survey in the past four years.

“More than 270 printers responded within 48 hours, the largest number of responses to a survey in the past four years.”

Unfortunately, after the survey “hit the streets,” and we were already processing the results, it suddenly dawned on us, especially after seeing the early trends, there was one question we wished we had asked but didn’t. We’ll let you know what that question was near the end of this survey. Continue reading

Hot Off The Press – New Workers’ Compensation Report

WorkersCompPg1Workers’ 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

Business Climate Survey Results

BusinessClimateNewsletter-2QP Consulting, Inc. has just released the results of its 1st Quarter Business Climate Results.

All firms participating in the survey were sent a private email with a link to download the confidential PDF Report.

If you did not receive an email it may be because you never provided a proper address. If you believe you did provide the necessary information, please contact us at johnstewart@quickconsultant.com  and we will provide you with the proper link.

FREE Download – If you would like to download this 3-page PDF please click here.

Upcoming Surveys Report

Pricing & Financial Ratios Prove Most Popular

First, a big “thank you” to all of you who participated in our “quickie” survey about surveys. We were one shy of reaching the 200 mark in terms of respondents to the survey we conducted March 10-11, 1016.

Approximately 96% of our survey respondents indicated they had participated in at least one major industry survey in the past five years. Far more encouraging, however, was the fact that 39% (78 firms) had completed 3-4 surveys during that time frame, with an additional 36% (72 firms) indicating they had participated in five or more surveys during that period.

Rating Surveys
Rating of Surveys
– We first asked survey respondents how they rated the overall value of surveys and subsequent studies that have been published by QP Consulting, Inc. and the results were overwhelmingly positive with 84% of all respondents telling us they believe the studies we’ve published have been either “Extremely Valuable” or “Very Valuable.” Continue reading

2016 Business Climate Survey

RESULTS OF QP CONSULTING SURVEY…

Printers Continue to Report
Mixed Results

By John Stewart, President, QP Consulting, Inc.

Approximately 18 months ago (August 2014) we conducted a survey on behalf of NPOA titled, titled, “Down to Earth, No Punches Pulled” – a general business climate survey. In August of 2014, approximately 28% of owners reported that sales were down either moderately or significantly. Move ahead 18 months and we find that number has improved, but only modestly! Today, approximately 20% of respondents are still reporting that their sales continue to be down.

Unfortunately however, as you can see from the chart below, the percentage of firms reporting to us that sales are “pretty flat” has actually increased from the 28% reported in 2014 to 35% in Feb. 2016. That means that approximately 55% of our industry is still struggling to some degree and telling us that their sales are either “down” or “flat” as we head into the remainder of 2016. image001

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