Internet--The Evolving Print Community
PrintLynxx.com is a fully integrated print procurement Internet site, designed for the print buyer. Print buyers can establish and control their own print vendor pools and use the Internet site to communicate directly with select, pre-qualified printers to issue solicitation bids and to receive confidential estimates.
iMark.com, an Internet marketplace for used industrial equipment, is targeting commercial printing, with a buyer's platform featuring prepress, pressroom and bindery systems, for sale on the Web.
Printable.com provides a full range of e-commerce services for commercial printers, including Website hosting. The site is positioning to supply industry information and online supply shopping.
Innovation Printing & Litho is a good example of a family owned printer that is not afraid to embrace such dynamic, new services. The firm does not fear change.
"If you do not seek out new ways to employ new technologies to grow your profits, you're done," Cooley states.
"The Internet is the direction for the printing community, like it or not—and it's wiser just to like it."
Harbinger of a New Age: Noosh & Print Buying
If the future of printing is Internet-based collaboration and streamlined communication, then Internet services such as Noosh are the harbingers of a new age. The Noosh.com service, powered by Live Jobs collaborative technology, provides a way to develop a standard and efficient information workflow utilizing one centralized database to store, retrieve and push information.
With Noosh.com, users communicate more accurately and effectively with their internal and external customers throughout the whole print process—from conception to delivery. The result: reduced costs, better on-time delivery and performance, enhanced productivity, and a superior quality of life for all participants. Instead of sending 10 different faxes or e-mails to make one small change in an order, a user now only has to send one message to communicate with everyone on the job.