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MIS: Is Your System Working For You or Against You?
Implementing print management systems is not a democratic activity. What you need to become is a dictator to ensure proper implementation.

Profiling Business Management Software Options for Specialty Imaging, Signs and Graphics
An MIS/ERP program can help you streamline everything from quoting and job tracking to inventory management, shipping and invoicing.

See Your Shop Floor in a New Light
How to Utilize a Project Management Philosophy for Greater Visibility, Accountability & Adaptability

Getting Up to Speed with Job Management Software for Large-Format Graphics Production
Companies that specialize in large-format graphics have long used job-management software to stay profitable. But developing a job-management system that can support a 'full-service' printing business is not always that easy.

The Science of Effective Estimating
In the breadth of the sign & graphics industry many methods are used for estimating and job quoting. Some shops are using the correct tool for the job, while others arenít. Which category does your business fall into?

Spreadsheets Work, but when is an Industry Specific Solution Better? You be the judge.
In the breadth of the sign & graphics industry many methods are used for estimating and job quoting. Some shops are using the correct tool for the job, while others arenít. Which category does your business fall into?

Commercial Screen Print Pricing
Like their digital brethren, commercial screen printers typically use two fundamental approaches to pricing depending on their size. The two methods are pricing tables and time-and-materials.

Pricing Guidelines for Direct-to-Garment Products
Pricing Strategy for Direct Garment Printing and a snapshot from a shop in the business.

Digital 2.0: Digital Workflow - The Next Big Thing in Profitability
The current business environment calls for new priorities such as increased productivity and a focus on creating efficiency and automating systems. Productivity gains are being recorded throughout the economy. Read on to learn more.

Competitive Pricing Strategies
We spoke to Jim Drisler, National Sales Manager at CRC Information Systems; Udi Nachmany, Partnerships and Business Development Manager at Hewlett Packard, HP Scitex Division; and Scott St.Cyr, Principal at Cyrious Software, about some of the most common pricing issues affecting specialty imaging companies.

Make Your Prices StickÖWithout Getting Stuck
When a customer asks, 'What is your best price for this?' - can you make your prices stick without getting stuck? Delve inside to find out how to maintain a profit during challenging pricing times.

Pricing Approaches and Accuracy - Is Close, Close Enough?
This series on pricing and estimating will address the most common pricing approaches for different segments of the sign and graphics industry.

Digital Print Pricing
In the last article, I touched on the elements of pricing. Chiefly, pricing will vary based on competition, industry practice, and the skill vs. cost of accuracy in pricing. With digital printing, these basic concepts hold true.

Estimating Success Doesn't Just Happen
The most competitive sign shops are using estimating software to offer up accurate pricing in a flash. Are you keeping up with those Joneses?

Show Review: The 2009 ISA International Sign Expo - See what you missed!
What was the best booth location at the ISA Sign Expo 2009? What was worth talking about at this show? SignIndustry.com was there and has the scoop!

Stay Ahead with Accurate Sign Estimating Using Advanced Technologies
Submitting the winning bid for sign projects is more challenging today than ever before. Click for some insider perspectives on optimizing your company efficiency with estimating.

Looking Behind the Accounting Curtain: The Accounting Team and Print MIS in the Big Picture
The goal of a print management information system in this global picture is to provide accurate, timely information that can be quickly and easily consolidated and organized.

Project Management Made Easy Through Estimating & Business Management Software
The programs continue to evolve and mature, and with this improvement cycle the results are increased productivity, greater control of costs and an improved bottom line. All achieved with greater ease and accuracy than ever before. So how can you afford to not be on this bandwagon?

It Costs How Much? Determining What It Costs to Sell Your Signs the Right Way.
Pricing your products or services sold is determined first by costing. Do you have any idea of what it costs to sell a sign or banner? For that matter, what does it cost to open the doors to your sign business each day? Pertinent questions that will influence your pricing.

Good Estimating Affects the Bottom Line
Unless your business is to provide the same product, without variation, at the same cost of production, there is no fast, simple answer to the question...'What Does It Cost?'

Using Technology To Its Best To Maximize Your Company's Workflow
Do you think you are running your business as efficiently and effectively as possible? See how technology can assist you in keeping a closer track on your bottom line and maximize your profits while reducing the time your organization spends on communicating between departments.

The Price is Right. Or is it? Estimating Tips That Make Sense
The rules are simple and straightforward. To win, you must find an applicable price point that affords you an appropriate profit margin while, at the same time, keeps your competition at armís length and keeps your customers happy and satisfied.

Spreadsheets Work, but when is an Industry Specific Solution Better? You be the judge.
In the breadth of the sign & graphics industry many methods are used for estimating and job quoting. Some shops are using the correct tool for the job, while others arenít. Which category does your business fall into?

Vinyl Sign Pricing
This article will address a segment of the industry that tends to be found in almost all other types of sign companies - Vinyl Signs.

Mysterious Art of Electric Sign Pricing
This article will discuss techniques commonly used in pricing electric signage such as illuminated box signs, channel letters, pylon signs, and neon. While some smaller companies will use area (a.k.a. rule-of-thumb pricing), the vast majority of electric sign companies all use the same technique: Cost-Plus pricing.

Commercial Screen Print Pricing
Like their digital brethren, commercial screen printers typically use two fundamental approaches to pricing depending on their size. The two methods are pricing tables and time-and-materials.

Digital Print Pricing
In the last article, I touched on the elements of pricing. Chiefly, pricing will vary based on competition, industry practice, and the skill vs. cost of accuracy in pricing. With digital printing, these basic concepts hold true.

Pricing Approaches and Accuracy
This series on pricing and estimating will address the most common pricing approaches for different segments of the sign and graphics industry.


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