Good news: Impresse.com service is free for commercial printers, who are pulled onto the Impresse.com backbone by print buyers that subscribe.
Formed in 1998, Noosh is a Palo Alto, CA-based Internet startup offering Noosh.com, a business-to-business print management network. Using Noosh's Live Jobs technology, Noosh.com allows print buyers, brokers, as well as commercial printers and creative agencies, to create, store and manage all documentation pertaining to print jobs, including job specifications, estimates and change requests. On the Noosh.com network, print jobs can be created, submitted by buyers and quoted on-line by printers—locally or anywhere in the world.
The print buyers decides which and how many printers can bid on any given print job. Job specifications, including revisions, are managed consistently, enabling print buyers and printers to share common formats that describe requirements.
Significance: Noosh.com uses the Internet to eliminate some of the communication mayhem typical between print buyers, print brokers, commercial printers and creative agencies.
Noosh.com provides a collaborative, Web-based workbench from which all elements of the print life cycle can be managed. By providing a single source of information accessible to all parties, Noosh.com promises to help shrink the print cycle time.
With Noosh.com, there is no software or hardware to buy, install or maintain—the Noosh community members simply need a Web browser and Internet access to start. Users of Noosh print buying, selling and management pay a nominal fee per job.
In October, 58k.com went live. What is it? 58k.com is an Internet-based auction site designed to serve the U.S. commercial printing market specifically by opening up all print jobs to all commercial printers on the service. A standardized electronic spec sheet on 58k.com allows print buyers to post a request for quotation (RFQ) to all commercial printers on the site.