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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M D E C E M B E R 2 0 2 2 • G R A P H I C S P R O 3 7 Look at items you buy weekly, like white screen-printing ink. Ask your vendor about how many you are buying. Say it is 60 gallons of white per year, but when you buy them, you are only buying one or two at a time. If you do this, you are naturally paying more in shipping alone, so it would save you at least $30 to double up your spending as many companies give shipping discounts. If you work a deal with your vendor on buying a certain minimum of that col- or ink each time, some will give you an additional 5% to 10% discount, which creates greater savings for your company and makes your money work for you. You want to practice this on as many supply items as you can. The more you can make those investments, the more you increase your profit margins and protect yourself from inflation. Around three years ago, our normal gallon of white was no more Another main thing we look at is investing money into new equipment and processes to help drive costs down.

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