Shopping for Washington D.C. Print Services
When looking for printer providers, go local
There is no denying that we are living in a global economy, but it is important not to overlook the advantages of working with a local business. This is especially true when it comes to secure communications and building relationships with vendors that you can trust.
At AGS we have been serving the Washington D.C. area and building relationships since 1975.
Our main 100,000 square-foot facility located in White Plains, Maryland, started out with a much smaller footprint as a composition and type-setting company that created pages from database files.
Today, we still focus on data, but now we offer offset, large format and digital print, programming, and graphic design. We can supplement that with storage, fulfillment, finishing (binding operations), mailing, and content creation including translation services.
Our modern facility, with investments like the Kodak Prosper press, give us the capabilities to specialize in variable data booklets, book blocks, letters and the intelligent insertion lines to support the needs of our customers.
We are a HIPAA certified shop, so our customers trust us with their highly regulated secure communications. We also serve numerous associations, and we print and bind books for the education industry.
Whether your company is in the Washington DC area or not, when utilizing a local printer, here are some of the advantages to consider:
1) Usually, a local printer can offer a faster turnaround time
With a national company, your project could potentially be one of hundreds or even thousands they have on the schedule; this usually means longer lead times. A local company will not be hard-pressed to process thousands of jobs. They will take extra care to make sure it is done right the first time.
2) Competitive pricing
You may think you are receiving a discount with a national chain printer, but you’d be surprised at how competitive local printing services can be – just as low as chain printers in some cases. Why not reap all of the benefits that come with a local company?
3) Better customer service and communication
Expect quicker access to a real live person who can answer your questions or quickly resolve any issues you have providing optimal support for new projects, or current ones. Local printers offer the chance to do press checks or get a tour of the facility to know that your communications are in good hands.
4) Build trust and long-term business relationships
Using the same printer multiple times will give you an opportunity to build a great working relationship. This means you can trust them to deliver a great product, or to make adjustments when something goes wrong. It could also mean discounted pricing for continuous orders.
5) Invest in your local community
Supporting another business by choosing a local printer means that you are boosting the economy in your area. Locally-owned businesses most likely will share their revenue back into the community, making it a win-win for both the customer and the printer.
If your print project is only being distributed in your area, then there’s even a bigger reason to go with a local printer – no shipping costs incurred from a major carrier.
So, the next time you want to find a local – in the D.C. area – printer reach out to AGS and you will be happy you did!