About Performance Ratios and Profectus

About Printing United AlliancePrinting United Alliance

The Printing Industries of America (PIA) was founded in 1887 right after the linotype typecasting machine came into practical use. Headquartered in Warrendale, Pennsylvania, the organization serves the interests of more than 6,100 member companies and an industry with more than $160 billion in revenue and approximately one million employees. Together, Printing Industries of America and its local affiliates offer members the products and services that enhance their growth, efficiency, and profitability. We are the largest graphic arts trade association, representing an industry with approximately one million employees and serving the interests of thousands of member companies through advocacy, education, research, technical information, and cost-saving resources.

PIA, with local affiliated associations, delivers services and products that enhance the knowledge, growth, and profitability of members through advocacy, research, education, and networking. We are dedicated to the advancement of the graphic communications industry worldwide. Printing Industries proudly hosts two specialty Centers of Excellence--the Center for Technology & Research (formerly GATF) and the Center for Digital Printing Excellence. Both serve our members and the industry with in-depth, quality research, reports, products, services, and more.

About Profectus Inc.Profectus Logo

Profectus is a national consultancy that helps printing and packaging organizations improve their business by implementing best business practices and maximizing the value of their information technology investments. The company was founded in 1993 and has contributed to the success of hundreds of printing and packaging organizations spanning all industry segments.

Our consultants are proficient in the business practices necessary to run a successful printing organization including budgeted hourly cost rates, cost accounting, sales & marketing, estimating, pricing, customer service, order entry, inventory control, production management, accounting, and Lean Office. Profectus also has a thorough understanding of Management Information Systems (MIS), ecommerce solutions, and web-to-print software from years of helping printing organizations evaluate, purchase, and implement systems. In addition to professional consulting services, Profectus has written publications, articles, white papers, and studies, and provides educational programs, seminars, and speaking engagements at many industry events.

About Performance RatiosPerformance Ratios

The Ratios have long been a compilation of accurate financial information from hundreds of printing and related graphic arts firms. They allow companies to gain access to financial and productivity benchmarks that can help your company become more efficient, productive, confident, focused, and profitable.

The Ratios include a report on operations, profitability, and sales factors, cost drivers and expenses, balance sheet statistics, funding ratios, leverage ratios, liquidity and activity ratios, value-added analysis, basic payroll data, employee profiles, inventory turnover, and billing cycles.

The Ratios allow you to take a close look at these areas and answer key questions:
   -    Are my expenses too high in relation to sales?
   -    Is there too little or too much inventory in stock?
   -    Can we meet our debts as they mature?
   -    Should we increase our selling prices?
   -    How can we increase our profits?


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