Estimating Print Jobs is Critical But Complicated
Many printers struggle with speed, accuracy, and control over their estimates. Outdated software, slow manual processes, and disparate data all impact an estimator’s ability to produce estimates on time and profitably. We know it as the estimating bottleneck – where customers are waiting weeks to receive a custom quote and end up choosing a different print shop. While there are many reasons behind these common print estimating mistakes, it all boils down to the technology and processes you have in place. The best way to enhance quote accuracy and timeliness while reducing mistakes and delays is to consider investing in integrated print estimating software.
How Your Estimating Process Can Help – Or Hurt – Your Business
The first estimate received by a customer is usually the one that is accepted— provided the costs included for the job are within reason. In this whitepaper, our print technology experts have shared some insight into how an integrated print MIS/ERP software with estimating capabilities can help you increase the speed and efficiency of your estimates. From setting different pricing strategies to substrate flexibility, you will learn what it takes to simplify your estimating processes and boost your profit margins.
Get Ready to Create and Share Accurate Quotes Quickly
Imagine if all your estimating needs were met with a single core business application, so you could spend less time manually rechecking your work and more time delivering.
With PrintVis, you get an all-in-one print MIS and ERP system built to simplify the quoting and estimation process. By bringing together all data from sales through to estimating and production, information is always accurate, which demonstrates your ability to build estimates that give sales what they need to drive more business, and ultimately increase revenues.
Make Estimates Easy, Quick, and Accurate with PrintVis
No matter what kind of print job you are quoting, PrintVis provides the tools estimators need to streamline the estimating process and help you improve productivity and profitability in your print shop.
How to Create an Estimate in PrintVis
By automating key processes and pulling the right calculation data, PrintVis produces fast, reliable estimates in a fraction of the time. See for yourself in this short video on how to create an estimate in PrintVis.
Print Estimating Software FAQ
Print estimating software is typically designed to streamline the estimating process, reducing touch points and automating key elements of the estimating and quoting workflow. These systems also provide the required tools to build estimates easily, including templates and cost tracking.
You can choose between a standalone estimating solution or an integrated print MIS/ERP system with estimating capabilities. While both will help you improve your estimating processes, there are a few areas to consider before investing. Learn more about print estimating software and what to choose here.
Here are some of the ways print estimating software can help you save valuable time, money, and reduce (or eliminate) any chance of the print estimating mistakes:
- Create pricing consistency through highly-customizable templates and price lists
- Simplify repeat orders by storing all vital details that go into producing a job
- Speed-up the time it takes to generate a quote
- Reduce the chances of losing money on risky jobs
- Provide greater flexibility to customers
- Provide useful insights into “estimated vs. actual” reporting and analysis
- Reduce errors by automatically guiding an estimator through the right path
Learn more about how to produce more accurate estimates in this whitepaper.
Whether you are starting from scratch or updating an older print MIS system or standalone estimating solution, it’s important to understand what the problem is with your current infrastructure and/or processes and identify what you’re missing. If you decide to select integrated print ERP (MIS) software to better manage your estimating and pricing processes, Wye Print can help. We’ve compiled a useful step-by-step guide with expert advice on assessing your requirements and choosing the best-fitting software for your print shop.