Print on demand is increasingly popular nowadays. Some people may have known it before, but it may be still unfamiliar for the other ones. 

But What Does Print on Demand Mean? 

Print on demand (POD) or on-demand printing is a system where people or companies will only print books (or documents and other items) until there is an order for it. In POD, the order quantity does not have to be large, as single or small quantities are also allowed. 

Print on demand exists because of today’s advances in digital printing technology. When people were still making copies of documents with traditional printing, they would not allow single or small quantity printing as it only makes disadvantageous or not economical for them.  

So, What Is Usually Made with the Print on Demand System? 

As mentioned earlier when defining about print on demand, this system is not only for printing books or papers only. POD can also be applied when making other custom items such as Men’s and Women’s tops, hoodies, tote bags, or other items that require a printing process. 

Today, book printing and custom shirts are the two largest industries in POD. Why? 

First, they might love the idea that they can customise shirts, create their personalized designs, or maybe own a clothing company.  

Or second, POD in printing books opens up new opportunities or alternatives for creators who are pursuing writing careers, and organizations or institutions that need to make their manuals book only for a limited number of their people.  

Advantages of Print on Demand 

Since you have a brief explanation about print on demand. Now, let’s talk about what makes it special? Or in other words, what are the benefits that make people choosing or implementing this system? 

So, here are a few points about the benefits of print on demand that can help you figure out why people are considering this system.  

  1. Speed. As previously mentioned, print on demand exists because of the development of digital printing. Compared to offset printing which takes about a month to set up, digitals printing is faster than that. 
  2.  Low-cost process. Actually, you will pay a fixed cost for each product you make with POD regardless of the size of the order. In book printing, if you make a small number of copies, the average price with the POD is lower than when you make it with offset printing. However, if you want to make it in large quantities, the price per unit of the product with offset printing might be cheaper than the POD. 
  3.  No minimum inventory. Print on demand doesn’t require people to make a stock. So, people don’t have to worry about their products that cannot be sold, stock costs, overstocked, out of stock, or even lead times because they will immediately produce their products as soon as orders arrive.  
  4.  No waste. Since print on demand doesn’t have the required stock number, so there will be little or no waste of it.

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