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What type of paper do you print internal office documents on?
About three months into my journey in the printing business, I (Keith, aka The Bald Guy at Minuteman Press in Puyallup) visited an office supply store. My purpose was to confirm my retail price on reams of paper is lower than theirs.
If all you run through your desktop printer or office all-in-one is 20# Bond, you should buy that paper at the office supply store. That is the right stock for internal office documents.
Call Us for Specialized Paper and Cardstock
Our price on every paper more specialized than 20# Bond is at least competitive.
If you need a case of 24# or heavier paper, let us know when you order a print job, we will gladly deliver the case of paper alongside your printing. Or, you can call in an order for paper only and we will get it for you in about one week, though we will not deliver stock only orders!
A Story about Office Supply Store Copy Centers
So, there I was, having only recently entered the printing industry after a career in the U.S. Army, standing in the entryway of an office supply store.
A customer was at the copy center counter asking to have a family greeting card reproduced.
The service person said that she could not guarantee the store’s stock would print. The customer would have to go across the store, buy the stock she thought she wanted, and then test a sheet with no guarantee that the stock sold in the store would run through equipment available. Then the service person slid the original card into the corner of the sample she was using for demonstration and said she would have to cut the paper twice, getting only one card from each sheet of stock.
I Immediately Saw How I Could Help the Customer in My Print Shop
I could see that by simply rotating the card 90* on the stock, you could cut only once and get two cards out of one sheet.
In our high-end production equipment, we would run that card on 11 x 17 or 12 x 18 stock. This would get four cards per sheet for the customer.
Helping the Customer without Helping
Watching this painful exchange, I wanted to intervene. Clearly, because I was in someone else’s store, I could not steal their customer.
I then leaned to the man standing next to me and whispered, “I’m a commercial printer. I could help this person.” and handed him my business card.
His response was, “Oh, Minuteman Press. I use the Minuteman Press in Tacoma for my business cards. That’s my wife having trouble at the desk. I did not even think of using Minuteman Press for the family card.”
I suggested that he should get his wife out of the office supply store and take her to the Minuteman Press he is already using.
The office supply store copy center was not the place for her printing needs that day.
Office Supply Stores are usually not Equal to Print Shops in Capabilities
Mail and shipping centers or office supply stores may be convenient. However, their staff and equipment might not have the capability and experience to truly make your print project look amazing.
We help you look amazing,
We Design, Print and Promote ... YOU!
Many companies (for-profit and non-profit) waste time and money on printing that simply doesn’t work.
We take the time needed to understand what message you are trying to convey and who your audience is, then we help you find ways to communicate clearly and effectively.
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quality control matters
I had to be in commercial printing for three months before I knew why I was a printer in the 21st Century
I agreed to join the team. I went to the Minuteman printing school. I was working in the business. But I still didn’t know why I was there.
Then this print job came across our desk. I asked my team, “Who is St Francis House, what do they do?”
You know what a food bank is ... St Francis House is basically a clothing bank. Their mission is to prevent family homelessness.
Once I understood what they do and HOW they do it ... “THAT is important.”
Which makes this thank you card from Sister Pat important.
What each of you does is important. That makes quality control and brand consistency on the little bit of printing you do ... important.
You need print materials that look as amazing as the products and ideas they represent.
The problem is, web-to-print “services” might be cheap; but they push all the risk on their customers. They have poor quality control based on a “keep the machines running, get product out the door” mentality using multiple production lines in separate factories which aren’t calibrated uniformly. This results in inconsistent color and finish in the final product.
You cannot put marketing materials in front of a potential customer which don’t make you look as amazing as you truly are.
It shouldn’t be hard to find a print provider who takes quality control seriously.
At Minuteman Press in Puyallup we catch errors in grammar, spelling, brand color, and finish every single day.
We will gladly dump any job in the recycle bin and start over before we will give you something we aren’t proud of or that we aren’t absolutely certain will meet the same high standards you hold for yourself and your products
Without the personal touch provided by the Puyallup Minuteman Press, you risk buying marketing materials you are embarrassed to show even to your mom.
If you trust us with your printing, you can be sure your marketing materials will reflect the high standards of the products they represent.
Instead of being anxious about the image your printing is presenting; you can be confident that your customers are FEELING the value of your AMAZING products and services.
I am Keith Besherse. I’m the bald guy. at Minuteman Press. in Puyallup
What They Say About Us ... makes us blush!
The folks at Minuteman are a great help to us. We had some fairly short deadlines and I'd figured we were just going to have to be late, but they really came through for us. Thank you!!!
This company is awesome. The girls were very nice and my order was done in 2 days. Definitely will be using them again.
I'm not sure I've known any business to be so involved in the supporting and uplifting the community. Keith truly values people as individuals, not another sale or job, like so many other providers do. I appreciate that he promotes the creatives in the local Puyallup area for work. He's a true team player!