It's always interesting to take a closer look at the work that goes into creating the sales figures the franchise systems report. With system-wide sales of more than $2 billion, even a small percentage represents a sizable chunk of change.
Prepress services made up 6.3% of sales; down 0.3% from the previous year. In the offset arena, single-color press work accounted for 6.2% of sales; falling 1.7%, and multi-color offset was down 1.2%, but still brought in 18.8% of sales. Four-color process offset was up by a slight 0.1% for 8.2% of sales. All told, offset accounted for 33.2% of sales, or $666,834,757.
Digital printing accounted for 37.8% of sales, or $759,227,525. It breaks down to 13.2% from monochrome digital output; up 0.6% from the previous year, 21.3% from color digital printing; up 1.7% on the year, and 3.3% from wide-format printing; the same amount as in 2007.
From the back of the shop, bindery and finishing services accounted for 8.2% of sales; up 0.8% on the year. Mailing services was up 0.2% to provide 4.3% of sales. And 10.2% of sales came from brokered work and undefined products and services listed as "other." That category was up 0.1% over the previous year.
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To break all that down in to dollar amounts, see the chart above.
U.S. PRINTING FRANCHISE CONTACTS
Mr. Carl Gerhardt, President
21680 Haggerty Road
Northville, MI 48167
(Sir Speedy Printing, PIP Printing & Document Services, Signal Graphics, Copies Now, MultiCopy)
Mr. Richard Lowe, CEO
26722 Plaza Drive
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Websites: www.sirspeedy.com, www.pip.com, www.signalgraphics.com, www.copiesnow.com, www.multicopy.com, www.franserv.com
Websites: www.copyclub.com, www.franklins-printing.com, www.iwa.com, www.kkbconline.com, www.kwikkopy.com, www.iced.net
Mr. Kevin Cushing, CEO
268 S. State Street, #300
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(Copy Club, Franklin's, Ink Well, Kwik Kopy Printing, Kwik Kopy Business Centers)
Mr. Bob Metzger, CEO
12715 Telge Road
Cypress, TX 77429
Mr. Eben Swett, CEO
29900 SW Kinsman Road, #200
Wilsonville, OR 97070
Mr. Tom Crouser, CEO
4710 Chimney Drive
Charleston, WV 25302
|Minuteman Press International
Mr. Robert Titus, CEO
61 Executive Drive
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Especially in the face of a recession, being part of a larger organization can offer many benefits. Franchisees can draw on the resources offered by their parent companies to improve their marketing capabilities, offer more services to their customers, obtain preferred pricing on equipment, and even get advice when a business plan needs to be reworked or a little extra financing is needed.
Senior contributing columnist John Stewart wrote last month about the number of printers facing retirement who are considering selling their businesses. In such cases, the various conversion programs offered by the franchisors can benefit even those who are not part of their systems. By matching up independent sellers with pre-qualified buyers and incorporating the business into the franchise, they create a win-win-win situation across the board. To learn more about how this works, read our Web Exclusive feature "Still a Champion."