This Market Intelligence Report focuses on the printing services marketplace in the United States from a supply chain sourcing perspective. Printing services include managed print contracts for documents ranging from marketing materials to compliance. The scope of this report focuses on document output services and outsourced printing services, focusing explicitly on the transfer of files for print and fulfillment. A relatively young industry, printing services has a consolidating supplier base and is contracting at a medium rate. The printing services category has low product segmentation and serves primarily commercial and consumer markets. The demand for printing services is generated by various downstream industries with primary drivers including the overall economy, the expansion of the service sector and corporate cost cutting initiatives. Key costs around the printing services category include materials, labor and shipping. The major trends in the printing services industry include: increasing competition, the expansion of digital technologies, increased competitor consolidation and the integration of online channels. The risk outlook for the printing services industry is deteriorating based on high substitution risks from emerging technologies and rising raw material costs. Category management best practices around the printing services industry include strategic sourcing practices, green initiatives and international market dynamic advantages.
Starting with detailed background information to provide category context, this report provides insight into the market drivers around demand and key costs, including both historical and forecasted commodity pricing. The supply base section covers the top suppliers, including high-level overviews and market news. The report presents the NAICS category cost structure and historical, current and future pricing curves. The trend section reports new and emerging industry directions. Regulatory considerations include developing governmental initiatives. Risk outlooks offer a view into upstream drivers that could adversely affect the industry and category. Insights and Best Practices share winning strategies around the management and sourcing of this category.