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PSS adds new blueprint and poster printing capabilities

Printing Shipping and Signs is pleased to announce acquisition of a new HP DesignJet T2530 blueprint and large-format scanning and printing machine. In addition to producing high-quality prints in black & white, PSS now has the capability of printing in color. Not only will this apply to architectural and engineering documents, but the machine now offers a way of printing posters for clients, freeing up our Roland large-format printer for larger banner and signage projects. You may still submit your files for printing to us in PDF format, and the shop is thrilled that the capability to scan blueprints and other technical drawings to PDF is now in place, which is an important feature not previously available to clients.

If you have questions, feel free to send a message to info@printingandshippingkc.com, call at 816-532-5010, or stop into the shop!

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New client tools coming! Plus a note about turn time and rush fees

New client tools coming! Plus a note about turn time and rush fees

Greetings! We hope everyone had a FABULOUS Labor Day weekend (we sure did!) Now that it’s time to get back to work, we wanted to forward some news about some website updates coming your way, and discuss a mundane but important topic: how long will it take for you to complete my job?

First, our website. We will be creating expanded information to help clients prepare jobs for printing, including print specs and file setup FAQs. We’ll be adding these slowly over the next couple of weeks – so for those of you designing your own jobs, or even sending photographs to be used on jobs, these documents will not only help you prepare your file for proper printing, but explain why a certain photograph or logo may reproduce wonderfully while another is of poor quality.

Secondly…that dreaded topic – deadlines and rush fees. Depending on job, our turn times usually vary between 2-4 days, with a few custom printing jobs taking a bit longer than that. Some projects simply require a certain amount of time; for instance, a lot of our printed vinyl must dry for 24 hours before being applied to a substrate such as coroplast or metal; there’s just no getting around this. With our website update, we’ll be introducing a section detailing turn times for each type of job we specialize in printing, and a tiered rush fee system for clients needing jobs prior to that published turn time. Our business has steadily grown over the past year, and we’re pleased to report that our printers are usually completely scheduled for a workday 2-3 days in advance. If a client needs a job the next day, someone else’s job must be bumped to accommodate that rush job. Which means the client that was bumped may not get their project when anticipated. Our rush fees will be tiered depending upon need-by date; for instance, on a job that has a published turn time of 3 days, if that job is needed within 2 days the rush fee is a certain percentage, and if it’s needed next day it is another, increased, percentage.

Again, these turn times will be published on this site, communicated to clients who send us jobs, and reiterated on proofs sent to clients. We anticipate rolling out this system two weeks from today, which is Monday, September 15th. As our job list continues to grow with each passing month (on any given day, we now have 30-40 different jobs active in our system, many of which require multiple items), we are going to have to evolve to handle the increased workload. We will be happy to work with you on a tight deadline, but if we have to bump already-scheduled jobs to complete a rush job, we simply have to create a system for it.

We pride ourselves on very quick turn times compared to other print shops in the area, and we also pride ourselves on our incredibly competitive pricing! We look forward to working with you on your next project and unveiling our expanded website with multiple new customer tools and tiered pricing.

Since any blog update is worthless without pictures, below is a recent job we did for Burton’s Bait and Tackle in Smithville, MO – a window perf job for their front door, to help block the morning sun (and add some added marketing for the business!). Our website update will include a gallery section to show off the various types of work we do for clients!

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PSS Shipments On Schedule Despite Winter Weather

Despite the winter weather conditions here in the Midwest, Printing and Shipping Solutions reports that so far, the weather has not affected most shipments. With only a few exceptions, all carriers report that their deliveries are reaching their destinations on time.
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In an attempt to keep UPS customers informed, UPS has released a statement regarding severe weather which stated, “Due to the impacts of a mix of freezing rain and snow across the Ohio Valley, Great Lakes, and Northeast, we are balancing our priorities of employee safety and customer service. Our team is monitoring the situation and has contingency plans in place to minimize service disruptions. We are committed to moving shipments to their final destinations as quickly as possible and are making every effort to deliver to all areas as conditions safely permit.”
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Printing and Shipping Solutions will continue to monitor the status of deliveries with all of our carriers and keep you informed as the weather changes. For status of individual packages, please refer to the tracking number on your receipt for up to the minute progress of your shipment.

PSS Vinyl Banners = A Great Way to Promote Your Business

Vinyl banners are one of the most powerful marketing mediums in the world. As you drive around, take note of how many banners you see each day that are placed on buildings, stages, at sporting events and almost anywhere else that can grab attention and can promote your business to literally thousands of people.
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There are a number of ways you can use a vinyl banner from Printing and Shipping Solutions to promote your business. For starters, thousands of people pass by building after building every day and most don’t even notice businesses that do not stand out. A bright, colorful vinyl banner draped across the front or side of your building, or even along side the road at a busy intersection, can get your business noticed by hundreds or thousands of potential customers every day.

Festivals, concerts, performances and other social events are always seeking sponsorships. By placing your vinyl banner front and center at the big event, you will not only find yourself being the center of attention that day, but your banner will appear in photographs and videos that will be shared through social media receiving literally thousands of views long after the event is over.

Football stadiums, baseball fields, soccer fields, basketball courts and other athletic events draw millions of potential customers every year. Sporting events present unique opportunities for targeting your audience that puts your banner in front of thousands. Just like the outdoor concert type events, photographs and videos taken at these events always have banners in the background that are seen by thousands of people long after the event is over. Why shouldn’t that banner be yours?

Printing and Shipping Solutions can help you with every step of developing a banner that will best promote your business. From concept, through design, to final printing, we will not only guide you through the process, but make sure you end up with a product that helps promote your business. After all, our business is all about helping you market your business!

Printing and Shipping Solutions Expands Services

Printing and Shipping Solutions is proud to announce the addition of canvas wraps to the already expansive list of services currently offered.  The canvas wraps are a great way for customers to take their own images and have them placed on large canvas wraps that are a way to turn any photo into a work of art.

With the Holidays approaching, every family seems to have a member who either has everything, or desires nothing – yet we still feel obligated to give them a gift during the holidays. Oftentimes, too much money is spent on a gift they barely use.  This year, give up on buying expensive gifts and consider a canvas wrap from Printing and Shipping Solutions.  Whether it is that great baby photo, senior shot or a picture of that classic car, a canvas wrap is a unique, low cost gift that will leave a lasting impression for years to come.

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Printing Shipping and Signs | 14450 US Hwy. 169 Suite L Smithville, MO 64089 | 816.532.5010 | info@printingandshippingkc.com
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