Can I have it tomorrow? 7 tips for getting your Express Print & Mail job faster
The number one question customers ask our sales team when they place an order with Express Print & Mail is “how soon can I have it?" - followed closely by "Can I have it tomorrow?"
Express by name, express by nature, delivering fast turnaround times for printing is important to us which is why we do everything we can to get your job on the press and out the door as soon as possible.
But there are some things that you can do to save time and help us meet your deadlines.
1. Tell us your deadline.
If we know exactly what you need, what you need it for and when you need it by, it helps us to schedule your job and consider any processes that take additional time, as well as packing and delivery timeframes.
And of course, be sure to let us know if something changes.
2. Check our turnaround times
While these are subject to change, our usual turnaround times when print-ready artwork are supplied are below.
- Flyers or brochures: 2 days
- Saddlestitched magazines: 3-5 days
- Perfect/burst bound magazines: 5-6 days
- Presentation folders: 3-4 days
- Business cards: 2 days
- Stickers: 1-2 days
- Flyers, brochures or invitations: 1-2 days
- Business cards: 1-2 days
- Posters: 1-2 days
- Saddlestitched books: 2-3 days
- Perfect/burst bound magazines: 4-5 days
Wide format printing
- Pull-up banners: 1-2 days
- Corflute or foamboard signs: 1-2 days
- Posters: 1-2 days
- Teardrop banners: 5 days
- Outdoor signage: 5 days
Turnaround times vary depending on the product. Allow approximately 2-3 weeks for most items such as customised chargers and other technology products, drinkware, coolers, shopping bags and notebooks. Some custom products have longer lead times so please check with our sales team for details.
3. Allow additional time for embellishments
Some embellishments, binding methods and die cutting can add to printing times.
- Allow four additional working days for burst binding, used on larger books over 72 pages.
- Allow an additional 2-3 working days for PUR binding (used on magazines, yearbooks and smaller books).
- For large format die-cut jobs such as for presentation folders or anything requiring a special shape to be cut out, allow an extra 2-3 working days.
Foiling and embossing
- While most foiling and embossing jobs are completed in-house, we recommend allowing an extra 2 working days for jobs with these embellishments.
4. Get your artwork professionally designed
A professional designer will understand the artwork requirements for printing which means our pre-press team spends less time spent adjusting your files and preparing them for print.
While Express Print & Mail invests in the latest technology, software and processes, if your print files are not set up properly or designed in the right programs, your job won’t look professional.
Keep in mind that any documents designed in programs like Microsoft Word or PowerPoint will need to be converted by our design team prior to going to print, usually at additional cost.
5. Use high res images and logos
With the rise of cheap online logo services or “make your own” type platforms, we often find that logos are supplied in the wrong format or a resolution too low for print.
The best logo formats for printing are png files. If in doubt, feel free to send your logo through to our team for review, or ask your designer to check the file before use.
Images should be a minimum of 300dpi at final size. That means photos taken on your phone or tablet are not recommended for professional quality print.
6. Add bleed and crop marks
Bleed is the area on the side of a document that extends beyond where the document is trimmed. It ensures that colours or images go all the way to the edge in the final printed document. The following bleed guidelines are essential for all Express Print & Mail jobs:
- 3mm bleed for flyers and brochures
- 5mm bleed for booklets and magazines
Please contact our design team for guidance on bleed for other file types.
Crop or trim marks tell us where to trim the paper. Designers include these in files supplied for print.
For more details, check out How to create artwork ready for printing.
7. Ensure you provide final artwork files
A common problem that can cause delays is supplying draft versions of files that have been sent to clients by designers. Once you have approved a designed item for print, be sure to obtain the final artwork files from the designer before sending to us.
The designer will package the files with fonts embedded in the document, no security settings and in a format suitable for printing. Final artwork files tend to be large so are best submitted via our web transfer system at https://expressprintandmail.wetransfer.com/
We're here to help
Here at Express Print & Mail, we work in partnership with our clients and are dedicated to achieving the best possible results for every print job. We pride ourselves on fast turnaround times and go out of our way to accommodate any urgent print requirements. Often there are workarounds that can be implemented to ensure you have what you need when you need it.
If in doubt, please contact our friendly sales team.