Print Supplier Management - Choosing and getting the best from your suppliers
Course detail

From creating clear specifications, comparing and evaluating prices, to managing supplier relationships - there are many aspects that print buyers need to master in order to ensure their expectations are met.  You will look at some of the pros and cons of various approaches to print buying and discuss what elements, besides price, should also be considered before placing work.

The day includes a number of practical exercises and discussions that will help you build your skills and effectiveness.   

Who is the course aimed at?
Production staff or those with purchasing responsibilities.
  • Understand what the key elements are in print buying
  • Learn how to draw up a good specification
  • Understand where savings may be made 
  • Learn how to use and compare print prices
  • Understand how to develop and maintain good supplier relationships

My favourite part of day was discussing pricing and what affects it, how production can keep a hold of costs through internal/external issues. Also looking at negotiating, and seeing who would be the right supplier. Using the KPI and WIP reports to check things are running smoothly, and comparing your printers hardback jobs and novelty jobs, and seeing which ones have least amount of issues were also useful to learn and apply

Chris Tucker - Bonnier Publishing

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Eunice Paterson, Teresa Solomon
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Eunice has worked in print production for 30 years for companies as diverse as Dorling Kindersley and Sage Publications. Eunice has extensive production experience having worked on children's magazines, pop-up books, children's books with books plus elements, illustrated coffee table books, fiction, academic books and journals. Such a wide range of products has given Eunice experience of hand assembly, web and sheet fed litho, digital and ink jet production. In the course of her working life, Eunice has worked extensively with printers in the Far East, Middle East, Europe, USA and Canada.
Teresa is highly experienced in colour and the technicalities of book production. She worked on the Production side in book publishing for many years before moving to Imago. While Production Director of Dorling & Kindersley she moved the company over to working digitally (away from working with film) and trained the staff in the new technology. She has worked closely troubleshooting colour and print problems with printers, repro, production and designers for many years. For the last 15 years Teresa has worked for Imago developing training courses for the Imago Training School and is one of Imago’s colour experts. Teresa is now closely involved in the development of new courses, working with the trainers, and with consultancy work offered by Imago’s Training School.