Having wide format print technology in your business can provide many benefits, including faster turnaround times, increased security and confidentiality, and potentially lower costs—depending on your print activity.
Faster turnaround times
When you own a wide format printer, you can theoretically print whenever you’d like. You can produce a document in a matter of seconds or minutes, depending on the complexity of the job. In contrast, when you outsource wide format printing to a print shop, you may not receive your print(s) right away. Not only are you at the mercy of the provider’s schedule, but you may need to wait days for pickup or delivery. With wide format customers requiring quicker turnaround times (according to Keypoint Intelligence-InfoTrends research), in-house wide format printing might make sense.
Increased security and confidentiality
Outsourcing wide format print jobs requires you to give up control of your confidential documents and data—at least to the print service provider. While this provider may be someone you trust highly, the chance for a potential security or confidentiality breach is only heightened when access to information is opened up. Certain kinds of documents may not require confidentiality, but others may contain valuable internal, customer, or strategic information that must be protected. Conducting wide format printing on your own reduces the chance this information falls into the wrong hands.
Potentially lower costs
While wide format printing is certainly an investment (e.g., a printer, media, and ink are required), it can be one that pays off nicely. Depending on your wide format printing needs, it may be significantly less expensive to print in-house as opposed to outsource to a third party. In most cases, a third party will charge you a higher cost per page than what you can achieve on your own. When you are printing a fair amount of wide format output, this savings can outweigh the cost of the printer and consumables. Your office equipment dealer can help you calculate if in-house wide format printing would save your particular organization money.