Which print projects should I send to bid?

Answered by Suzanne Morgan

How do I know whether or not to bid a print project - or just pick a printer that I feel comfortable with? What types of projects are appropriate to have my printers bid on and which ones, if any, would not benefit from the quoting process?

Many print buyers feel very strongly about the bidding process. Your decision on the projects and methods of bidding is affected by your personal beliefs, company policies, experience, etc.

I won't tell you exactly what you should do; you'll have to come to your own conclusions. However, these issues and thoughts may help you decide.

Bidding your jobs with several suppliers is sometimes very appropriate, as indicated above. However, I do believe that buying all of your printing on a job-by-job basis does not allow you to save the most money in the long run. Working with a core group of printers and developing partnerships with some improves product quality and service and provides more opportunity to drive out excess costs by creating efficiencies with projects and processes.

There are no absolutes. You have to find your own way that meets your ethical standards, workflow, and company requirements.
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