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What are the symptoms of a multi-generational print management contract?

There are doubts over the ongoing effectiveness of the major print management providers and the easiest decision is often to keep them in situ across several contract renewal cycles. We have prepared a short checklist for procurement professionals tackling their print category. The management information from the print provider seems vague with the savings glow [...]

Right to audit and benchmark clause in your print management contract

After spending many hours negotiating and finalising the contract with your print provider, you probably included the all-important clause that allows you to audit/benchmark. Have you ever used it to help deliver your organisational objectives? These exercises are a valuable way to identify quick wins and opportunities in the following areas:- Cost saving targets and [...]

You can’t drive change unless your print and postage spend is baselined

Baselining in print and postage is simple: specification + quantity + cost = control over your spend. But with a high volume of transactions the technical detail can become unreliable making it hard to be certain about your true cost base. It is typical for half of requirements to change during a contract cycle which [...]

Socially responsible initiatives in print

Harler has developed a straight-forward approach to improve, monitor and report on socially responsible initiatives in your print and packaging supply chain. We know how to manage your business pledges and apply international social responsibility standards within your supply chain. We know how to work with, and monitor, the suppliers that make a difference to [...]

Why do Financial Services organisations keep tendering their print spend?

The financial services industry was the first to take print management outsourcing seriously over 20 years ago, and has arguably been the greatest beneficiary since. These providers have done a tremendous job by addressing most of the classic procurement levers so we question the value of following procurement protocol to manage print spend any longer. [...]

A 600-year-old industry that stays ahead of its time

Although today’s print entrepreneurs trace their origins back to the 1430s with German inventor Johannes Gutenburg, they are just the latest participants in a trade that keeps surprising the outside world by reinventing itself – and they are fuelling its growth towards a trillion-dollar industry. Most readers will remember the early 2000s when digital speculators [...]

Major brands set the scene for in-house print solutions

The media has been full of stories about brands making their move to bring their advertising services in-house with high profile companies such as RBS, Arla, P&G, Fender, and M&S already making the shift.  These changes rightly get lots of publicity where the debate continues around transparency and value for money from the big agency [...]

Benchmarking your print provider

At Harler, we believe auditing and benchmarking your print provider will validate and realise hidden opportunities and should be a regular process within your working relationship.  Working collaboratively and with complete transparency, Harler uses specialist technology to access complex data sets to ascertain the true market value and unlock the potential benefits.  Our unique analysis [...]

Inhouse vs outsource

Introduction: Establishing the right way of managing printed communications is an important but complex subject for most organisations so it’s no wonder many do not achieve the right level of value from their supplier arrangements. This is especially relevant in today when, despite the continued growth of digital marketing, many corporations are seeing little downturn [...]

Is the print industry ready to take responsibility to tackle pollution?

Often many months in the planning, most print ends up as waste within two weeks of reaching its audience. Yet, during the planning stages, relatively little effort is spent understanding what happens to a piece of print at the end of its life. So we took a quick look at lots of printed items from [...]

The print industry has dealt with some unprecedented forces!

In the last twenty years, the print industry has dealt with some unprecedented forces – volume decline, digital and print management. These forces have now converged: The print industry has managed to maintain its market power. It just looks different now After years of decline in the number of printers, there are now buoyant suppliers [...]