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On-Demand Labor Guide for Printing Companies

By Taylor McAlpine on Jul 23, 2021 4:15:00 PM

Topics: Industry Guides
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One day you might get a rush order and need to work around the clock until the next morning to fulfill the request. And if the print job is for an event, the customer is not going to be happy about delays, meaning you’ll get an earful about how they don’t need the signs anymore because they can’t go back in time.

Veryable offers an online marketplace for on-demand labor for manufacturing and logistics, so that businesses can meet demand quickly and precisely. We’ve worked with other printing companies who have made on-demand labor part of their strategy for handling the volatile demand they face.

In this article, you’ll learn how on-demand labor helps printing companies respond to demand volatility, what types of work on-demand workers do in other printing companies, and how to get started with on-demand labor in your company.


How on-demand labor helps address volatile demand in printing companies

Volatile demand runs rampant in the printing business. It’s the nature of the work, because people have come to expect a quick turnaround on printing. With a project-based demand like yours, having the ability to respond quickly to demand is key.

While people might assume that every printer works just like the self-serve kiosks at the supermarket, you know that certainly isn’t the case. On top of the skilled workers you need to operate your specialized machinery, you have plenty of additional work to put into each order that’s time consuming.

That’s where on-demand labor can help. If you need to rush an order and have setup and packaging work to do, then you can find on-demand labor to assist you for that order. That way your employees can focus on keeping the machines running and doing what they specialize in, while on-demand workers help rush the order by handling the other work that goes into the project.

Using on-demand labor, you can scale instantly to rush orders without delays and delight customers. And you’ll only pay for the work you need done, because on-demand workers are looking for short-term agreements. You can even pay by the piece so you can easily control your cost per unit.


Common tasks for on-demand labor in printing companies

On-demand workers commonly tackle tasks that enable specialized printing machine operators to focus on their work and keep production humming. Since the machines are doing the bulk of the value-add work, you want to be sure they’re always fed with materials to print on. And whatever steps of the process come after printing will benefit from extra workers because the final steps are typically labor intensive and can be learned quickly.

Kit & envelope packing


Paper folding

factory worker in printing shop folding papers

Paper cutting

veryable Operator working on paper cut machine in printing factory

Machine operator assistant

Male industrial warehouse worker operating a printing machine in a printing factory shop

Loading and unloading

on demand worker uses pallet jack to transport and move paper into the printing machine at printing factory


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Real World Example

Based in Nashville, TN, DNI Corp specializes in Targeted Marketing Solutions for various industries, such as education, healthcare, insurance, public utilities, and financial institutions, to name a few. Rooted in a customer-centric approach, DNI takes pride in offering end-to-end marketing solutions.

Security and speed are paramount when mailing critical client communications and targeted marketing. Last year when DNI won the contract to mail over 1 million units for a nationally recognized insurance provider, they knew it was time to re-think how they scaled labor capacity if they wanted to maintain the lead times and on-time rates that their customers have come to expect. 

Within the first three weeks of using Veryable, DNI filled over 125 Ops. This instant capacity allowed them to complete the 1-million-unit contract on time and with zero cost to scale. Now with a healthy labor pool at the ready, DNI can take on any project that comes its way, solidifying itself as a market leader for direct mail services.  

DNI Corp Nashville Tennessee veryable on-demand operator usage by week

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How to get started with on-demand labor

Getting started with on-demand labor is easy. You can sign up for a business profile with Veryable and post your first work opportunity today. You only pay when the work is completed, so you can control your cost per unit. Create your free business profile to get started.

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Taylor McAlpine

Written by Taylor McAlpine

Director of Business Development - Atlanta, Georgia