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We also have publishers who are willing to pay a little more to remain in North America. That threshold seems to be 15 percent to 20 percent; beyond that, they will decide to go to China. The market is very volatile right now. People are testing the overseas suppliers. …
McFarland: Global competition continues to place pressure on pricing for domestic firms. In response, McNaughton & Gunn focuses on our customer’s needs, ensuring that we are providing value to them. In addition, we continually evaluate and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our operations.
Krehbiel: Global sourcing now includes India for printing and IT services. However, the weak [U.S.] dollar and high fuel costs are helping to keep some work in North America.
Hegwood: Global sourcing has had a tremendous impact on the North American markets, especially on large web printers. However, based on our experience, POD applications are non-existent in Asia, and the move to shorter runs continues to provide us with opportunities for growth.
Matt Steinmetz is the publisher and brand director of Publishing Executive.