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Procurement Market Intelligence Report

Catalog Printing Services
Sourcing Guide & Market Trends

Comprehensive intelligence for making smart purchasing decisions

Learn about actual and potential costs

How much should I pay for Catalog Printing Services?

What is the average price of Catalog Printing Services?

This procurement report includes pricing information to help you purchase Catalog Printing Services. Our analysts provide a benchmark price and a price range based on key pricing factors to help you understand what you should be paying for this specific product or service. To see the average price for this and hundreds of other products and services, subscribe to ProcurementIQ.

Has the price of Catalog Printing Services been rising or falling?

Analysts look at market data from the previous three years to determine an overall price trend. You can use the recent price trends to help you understand price volatility and plan your budget.

I’m not ready to purchase Catalog Printing Services yet. Will I pay more if I wait too long?

We forecast the next three years of price movements by looking at factors likely to affect the market's supply chain, such as inputs, demand and competition. You can then use the price forecast to figure out the best time to purchase.

What other costs are associated with purchasing Catalog Printing Services?

Our analysts calculate the total cost of ownership and assign a level of low, moderate or high, depending on things like customization, integration and installation. Use this information to budget for Catalog Printing Services with a reduced risk of unexpected costs.

See how we display average pricing information, trends and market data.

Find the vendor to meet your needs

Where can I purchase ?

The market for catalog printing services is characterized by high market share concentration, with the top four providers accounting for over 70.0% of total market revenue in 2021. The market currently contains about 2,038 providers. The number of providers of catalog printing services has been decreasing in the three years... Subscribe to learn more.

Questions to ask potential suppliers

How can I gain leverage during negotiations?

Experience and Expertise

How long have you provided these products to your longest-tenured client?

What qualifications does your staff have and what measures do you take to keep those qualifications up to date?

What industry do you most commonly supply this product for?

To what extent will ordering multiple products from your firm allow me to save on costs?

What is your repeat business rate for businesses in my industry and how does that compare to your overall rates?

Supply Chain Risk

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to raw input materials? How has that changed?

Has the availability of raw materials tightened due to the coronavirus outbreak?

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to labor?

How have fluctuations in input prices affected the prices of your products during the past three years?

How do you mitigate sudden price increases in raw materials?

When input prices rise, how much of the cost is absorbed by you and how much is passed onto buyers?

How, if at all, has your supply chain been affected by import tariffs levied in 2018?


How do you manage regulatory change? Do you have regulation advisers or methods to track regulation?

How have changing regulations influenced your pricing now and how will the changes affect prices over the life our proposed agreement?

What ongoing training procedures do you provide for your staff?

Have you ever been found to be noncompliant with regulatory frameworks?

Amid widespread health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, what contingency plans are in place to mitigate risk to your clients and employees? Do you offer clients any flexible exceptions, such as contract suspensions?

Customer Service

What is the best method to contact you? Does this method differ based upon the issue I am having?

What is the typical turnaround time for a customer service query?

What processes do you have in place to quickly resolve potential errors with my order?

How often do you review systemic customer service complaints?

How often do you update your customer service procedures?


Do you source materials with high exposure to market disruptions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic? How are you coping with these disruptions?

How diversified is your supplier base for inputs? Do you source from multiple suppliers in different global regions?

Amidst widespread health concerns, what contingency plans are in place to mitigate risk to your clients and employees? Do you offer clients any flexible exceptions, such as contract suspensions?

Are you experiencing fluctuations in demand as a result of the coronavirus pandemic? What measures are you taking to handle increased/reduced demand?

Print Infrastructure

How many printers do you have?

What is your maximum catalog output? How often can you fill such an order?

How often do you perform maintenance on machinery? How does this improve the performance of your printers?

How often do you invest in new technology? How does this improve your operational efficiency?

Distribution Capabilities

How many printing and warehousing locations do you have?

Which facilities will be supplying my business? What advantages does this offer my business?

How do your transportation procedures maximize efficiency? How do they limit risk?

How often do you review your transportation procedures?

Can you ship catalogs directly to my customers if I provide you with a customer list?

Product Quality

What type of paper do you use? Does this differ for color catalogs?

What kind of ink do you use? How does this benefit your catalogs?

Can you offer samples of your catalogs? What about samples from a customer with similar operations?

How do you enhance the color of your catalogs?

Quality Control

What quality standards do you have in place? How do you enforce these?

What are your quality control procedures? Do you use machines or labor to check for quality?

How often do you update your quality control procedures?

How quickly can I expect you to address any service errors?

Financial Stability

How has your company adjusted to declining demand for catalog printing services? Have you diversified your operations?

What methods do you employ to differentiate yourself from your competitors?

What sectors make up your customer base?

How do you adjust to fluctuations in paper prices? How does that affect your profitability?

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Key elements for every RFP

What should my RFP include?

Project Budget

Buyers should indicate their expectations for payment, including methods and schedule.

Buyers should indicate the total value of the contract.

Buyers can reference the Benchmark Price and Total Cost Ownership sections of this report for additional information on pricing considerations.

Buyers should inquire about any volume or bundling discounts.

Selection Criteria

Buyers should evaluate vendors based on their production capabilities.

Buyers should consider the transportation capabilities of different vendors.

Buyers should evaluate the customer service offerings of different vendors.

For more detailed descriptions of additional selection criteria, buyers should consult the Buying-Decision Scorecard section of this report.

Project Schedule

Buyers should indicate the desired length of the contract.

Buyers should include when proposals for services are due.

Buyers should indicate when contract awards will be announced.

Buyers should state the date by which the completed catalogs will need to be delivered.

Evaluate major factors to mitigate risk

How risky is the supply chain?

Providers in the catalog printing services market have faced a moderate level of supply chain risk in the three years to 2021. Moderate supply chain risk reduces buyer power because it means that providers face a greater likelihood of supply chain disruptions that could increase their operating costs. Consequently, providers... Subscribe to learn more.