QP Consulting Posts Latest Printing & Politics Survey

If we could only get these kinds of response rates to our major industry surveys dealing with sales, profitability and pricing of various products we would be ecstatic, especially when you can get more than 200 responses in less than three days!

Anyway, here is a link to the complete results of our survey. However, so as not to keep you in suspense, we are providing a graph below depicting the results to Question #10, where we asked:

“Based upon your personal political
inclinations at the present time, who would
you
most be inclined to vote for if the
elections were being held in the next 7 days?”

Printing and politics graph

“Are my labor costs too high,” asks client

I recently received a call from a former client. He and I have been corresponding on and off for many years since my first visit to his firm back in 2003. His firm is located in the far northwest. “John, I was going over my ratios the other day and noticed that my total payroll ratio is almost 31% and that seems much higher than it should be. Do you have any suggestions?”

Yes, under normal circumstances, 31% for total payroll costs, assuming all other financial ratios for the company were typical and average for the industry, would be high, but not in this case. Based on additional data he provided, Bob (not his real name) told me they had just finished their best year ever in 2015 with sales of $1.6 million. “My manager earned $105,000 last year and he is very happy. He and his wife just bought a house, and their first child is on the way, and he couldn’t be happier. The rest of my employees are also being paid well above average wages, especially for this market area,” Bob added. Continue reading

2013-14 Bindery Services Study

THE 2013-2014 BINDERY SERVICES PRICING STUDY

2012-13BinderyCover_Final_rev-sm2013-2014 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. To view the bindery services covered in this study, please check here to view the Table of Contents.This just-released study, sold with a 100% Money-back guarantee if you are not totally satisifed, is available either as a tape-bound report or as a PDF. Continue reading

2013-2014 Mailing Services Pricing Study

One of the Most Popular Studies in the Mailing Industry
The 2013-2014 Mailing Services Pricing Study 

2012-13PS_Mailingcover-smThe 2013-2014 Mailing Services Pricing Study – This study is consistently praised, year after year, as a “must have” tool for analyzing pricing in the mailing services industry! This 124+ page report contains detailed pricing information on more than 45 key services provided in the mailing services industry. Plus, we provide you national breakouts and pricing for three different categories of firms – All Firms, Small Firms (those with mailing volume less than 100,000 pieces per month, and Large Firms with mail volumes of 500,000 or more pieces per month.

Please note this study is available now as either a hard copy or as a PDF, and orders are typically processed the same day they are ordered. Remember, as always, this study is offered on a 100% Money-Back Guarantee! Continue reading