Typically, a large number of quotes and orders is handled every day. As a result, some quote requests require extremely complex calculations and options, others can just overwhelm by sheer number. In either case an error can make the difference, not only in winning or losing an order, but also winning the job and then, losing money on it. All in all, the main reasons for losing money could be misjudged materials usage, press time, promised delivery date, etc.
In addition to this, the job managing departments are staffed with highly experienced printing experts who need to be supported by a sophisticated system. So, the system makes it possible to get a quick overview of the cost, status and progress of an order.
Many orders also involve subcontracting work for other processes which cannot be handled under one roof. As a result, the printer with the best price and shortest delivery period will typically win the job due to very tough competition.
Full visibility through the entire production cycle will give the competitive edge to a printer, from estimation to production planning, job costing and delivery and invoicing.