- 31st January 2017
- Published: 29th November 2019
If your business is looking for ways to save money on printing insource printing with a Sharp MFP can help you. Finding the right tools for the right job can save you both time and money. Whilst outsourcing may be ideal for some, your company should take a closer look at insourcing those all important print jobs. This blog looks at the benefits of insourcing and explores what's best for your business.
Outsourcing corporate communications materials, such as brochures, newsletters and posters, has some benefits, but in the modern office environment, insourcing print jobs can be the most feasible and cost effective approach for many businesses. One example of this is when a local Chamber of Commerce saved time and money by purchasing a Sharp copier to perform all printing jobs on site. They produce numerous print pieces each year, from invitations and fliers to booklets and brochures. While adequate, the previous printer was limited in the types of paper that could be used, offered no full-bleed functionality and was more labour intensive when creating large print runs.
"The new Sharp copier printer has helped us consider new ways of communicating with our members while cutting our costs and increasing our control of the final product". The Chamber of Commerce was able to take advantage of the many features of the copier, including the ability to print booklets with full-bleed and edge-to-edge printing. Numerous other options available include triple air-feed paper handling and a print server with Command WorkStation for precision job management from the control panel.
Here at Digitech BE we believe that in-house printing is generally less expensive because a business can control what is printed, how it's printed and how much is printed. In addition, companies can print on demand when on a tight deadline, instead of hoping that the outsourced job sent to the local commercial printer finishes the job on time. Our customers want flexibility and efficiency and we sell a lot of copier printers for these reasons.
Only yesterday we installed two machines at a local estate agent, allowing them to print their brochures internally. It's far less cost for them to print themselves, as their print runs are unknown. After all, will the house sell on day 1 or 8 months later? How many brochures will they need? What if the seller wants to reduce the price? What if they add a floorplan or even just tidy up the garden and want a new picture? Their new solution of insourcing print resolves these issues. In times where the internet is so dominant, you would think that they wouldn't print any at all, but this is not the case. Their premises had people coming in and out the entire day and it's just not cost effective for them to outsource this. They've even gone as far as having one machine at each branch based on the travel savings.
There are many additional reasons why insourcing is often the best way to control costs, quality and production time. By printing on demand, you only print what you need versus paying more for excess prints in order to get a volume discount. With in-house printing, there is no need to store materials that may have a short shelf life, saving you space. Printing onsite, locally, means that you won't need to pay extra for shipping and handling, or wait to receive the final product, allowing you to control work deadlines. Saving time, work is prepared and printed in house, keeping control of confidentiality and production time.
There once was a time when most print jobs needed to be outsourced, but in the past few years, digital printing devices have been definite game changers. Products such as the Sharp MX-6500N and MX-7500N, can perform edge-to-edge, brilliant-colour printing in-house, so that when it comes to keeping costs low and efficiency high, in-house printing with the Sharp MFPs is the way to go. If you'd like to know more about the Sharp MX range of multi-format printers, please get in touch with us and we can arrange a demonstration for your classroom or office space.