Semper Survey Finds Uptick in Printing Sales, but Negative Outlook Continues
• For the seventh straight survey, a large majority of companies reported that healthcare is the labor cost component that increased the fastest during the past quarter. Although healthcare remains a concern, it is decreasing in importance. Overtime pay is a significant concern this quarter, with 23 percent of respondents reporting an increase in concern.
• The greatest competitive threat to printers remains the current economic climate. Respondents reporting threats from lower cost competitors jumped 53 percent.
• Ink to substrate is the respondents’ primary profit center. Digital print was the primary profit center in the Q2 and Q3 surveys.
• Referrals (43 percent) from internal staff and online searches (35 percent) continue to be the most popular ways to find employees.
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