ShopWorks reached out to over 25, 000 screen printing, embroidery, promotional products, digital printing, and awards & trophies companies to hear from them who they believe are the best screen printing suppliers and why. In evaluating screen printing supplies best vendors, the survey examined ten factors and how well each vendor performed against those factors.
Separating the Best Screen Printing Suppliers for the Rest
Dozens of screen printing suppliers were identified as the primary, go-to source for screen printing supplies and equipment. Each company participating in the survey chose their favorite supplier and identified relevant factors from “fast delivery” to “lowest prices” in making a purchase decision.
What separated the most popular screen printing suppliers from the rest? The leaders demonstrated four factors that distinguished themselves from the pack. The best screen printing suppliers are better, compared to the others (on average), at:
- Making it easy to do business with them.
- Ensuring fast delivery of orders.
- Providing lowest product price.
- Providing ordering online.
These are all the factors survey participants chose as most relevant when evaluating a supplier (in descending order of importance):
- Ease of doing business.
- Fast delivery.
- Broad selection of products.
- Strong customer support.
- Lowest shipping costs.
- Lowest product price.
- Proximity to business.
- Online ordering availability.
- Self-service order status.
- Product quality.
The Best Screen Printing Suppliers
In light of the recent Olympics, we separated the best screen printing suppliers into three categories: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. These categories are based on how frequently the vendor was selected as the primary, go-to screen printing supplier by survey participants. It is important to note that all screen printing suppliers in this survey performed well across the importance factors. However, some were identified as more popular than others.
So who were selected as the best? The Gold suppliers were selected as the primary choice vendor more often than the Silver and Bronze suppliers and as noted earlier performed particularly well in some importance factors. Here are the Gold Suppliers (in descending order of popularity):
This supplier claims on their website to be the leading supplier of equipment, inks and supplies. And our survey respondents agree. Of all the leaders in the survey, survey participants felt they had the broadest selection of products. Nazdar is preferred by those shops that use both local and online suppliers. They also had a strong loyalty rating where nearly 35% indicated they rarely use other vendors. Nazdar is popular with screen printing shops of all sizes but particularly those with more than 20 employees.