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Are FedEx’s Rising Shipping Rates the End for Printing Proofs?

Rolling out on January 3rd of next year, FedEx’s new shipping rates show an across-the-board increase in price by upwards of nearly 8%. While nearly every business that ships products will be affected by these price changes, printing and publishing businesses will be particularly hurt. At first, you might expect these changes to impact the shipping costs of finalized printed goods the most. But, these shipping rate changes will have a far larger impact on the cost of sending out proofing materials.

Sending proofing materials has remained the single most effective way for printing and publishing businesses to ensure customer satisfaction. Most customers maintain a strict requirement of receiving proofing materials prior to processing the full transaction. Even when customers do not demand proofing materials, it is still in the best interest of the printing or publishing business to send proofing materials. But with rising costs of shipping as well as proofing supply costs also increasing by 9-12%, it is time to look at alternative options.

So, how much of an impact will FedEx’s new pricing schedule have on printing and publishing businesses? Also, is there anything printing and publishing businesses can do to minimize these impacts?

How are FedEx’s Shipping Rates Changing?

FedEx intends on changing its shipping rates over the course of a defined timeline. Their pricing increases start on November 1st of this year and the full changes will be in effect by January 24th of next year. January 3rd marks the largest across-the-board price changes resulting in an average increase of 5.9%.

Starting on November 1st, FedEx is adding a fuel surcharge fee for all FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, and FedEx Freight deliveries. The amount of the fuel surcharge varies from $1.61 to $4.00 depending on the type of shipment.

FedEx has stated these changes in pricing stem from incremental costs incurred due to the sudden influx of shipment seen during the COVID-19 pandemic. Alternate shipping options prove to be no better. Even the United States Postal Service requested a temporary increase in the prices they are allowed to charge due to the same incremental costs FedEx plans to combat with their new pricing.

What Do These Pricing Changes Mean for Printing and Publishing Businesses?

To put it simply, these increases in FedEx’s shipping rates will result in higher costs for sending out proofing materials to clients. The addition of new surcharges also adds to the unpredictability of shipping costs. So, not only will the flat cost of shipping proofing materials increase, but the costs will also become less consistent. With higher shipping costs and increased material and labor costs the price per page proof could increase 15-20%.

Considering how important a color accurate proof with a client approval is for printing and publishing they either need to accept these new costs or find an alternative.

Are There Any Alternatives to Shipping Proofing Materials? Introducing DALIM ES6 and DALIM DIALOGUE

While some businesses will choose to just eat these additional shipping costs for sending out proofs, many will look to technology as a way of digitizing the proofing process. By digitizing the proofing process, you completely remove the cost of shipping and the uncertainty of changing shipping rates. Online proofing can also completely eliminate proofing costs thus actually saving money in the process. It can also significantly expedite the proofing process by removing shipping times. However, the major concern with digital proofing revolves around the accuracy of colors.

That’s where DALIM ES6 and DALIM DIALOGUE come in. DALIM ES6 provides an intuitive workflow for all parties to communicate requests and share proofs. It offers fast 3D rendering capabilities for accurate depictions and automated cover detection for PDF pages. All together this provides a simple interface for both the printing and publishing business as well as the client.

Now, for the issue of color accuracy, DALIM DIALOGUE provides a high-resolution rendering of any proofing materials. Then, the rendering is presented in a high-resolution viewer to present highly accurate colored renderings. DIALOGUE’s high-resolution viewer is certified by the Fogra Institute to ensure all digital proofs match the final printed materials.

Between DALIM ES6 and DALIM DIALOGUE, printing and publishing businesses can digitize their proofing process without sacrificing quality. These tools work alongside one another to provide an intuitive experience that allows for seamless communication, faster approvals, and a streamlined workflow.

Key Takeaways

As shipping rates continue to rise, printing and publishing businesses need to find alternative methods for sharing proofing materials to avoid these rising costs. Between new surcharges and across-the-board rate increases, shipping proofing materials continue to become increasingly difficult. To add to these difficulties, shipping delays are far from rare these days which can set back a time-critical project.

So, printing and publishing businesses are looking to digitize their proofing process through digital proofing tools like DALIM ES6 and DALIM DIALOGUE. While it may seem as though proofs need to be physical, printing and publishing businesses are already switching to DALIM ES6 for their proofing process. Continental Web Press switched to DALIM ES6 for their press-checks completely eliminating in-house color press-checks. Want to learn more about how CWP implemented DALIM ES6 to digitize their proofing process? Download the full story here .

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