Sign & Digital Graphics

August '18

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the wholesale catalog and placed via a call or email, Curtis says. "Ordering a sign from Component Signage is a really painless process," Curtis says. "The integration of smart phones within the last decade has made access to files and email seamless, which allow for ease of communication and sending and receiving artwork while out in the field." Orders can take three days to three weeks to complete, depending on the size of the sign, the style and the quantity, Iyoob says. Black posts, which are the most common for post and panel signs, are stocked in quantity, while custom col- ors are available but will result in a longer timeframe, he says. Frequently, the cus- tomer provides a drawing as a basis for the project, he says. "The biggest change in the process is the use of cell phone cameras," Iyoob says. "Quite often we get pictures asking if we can match a sign. The saying, 'A picture is worth a thousand words' is so true in this industry.'" More and more orders are happen- ing online, and website inquiries, online chats and email inquiries have drasti- cally increased over the past few years, Freeman says. "I feel the good old-fashioned phone call with a live person is still the best to avoid ordering the wrong thing," Freeman says. Once the order is placed, the produc- tion turnaround time can be one to two weeks or longer—the industry standard is two to six weeks, depending on project magnitude, Freeman says. Once the sign is delivered, most manufacturers now have five-year warranties, he says. Sign Bracket Store's business is pre- dominantly website-driven and the lead time for in-stock items is two to three business days and approximately four weeks for custom fabrication, Schulz says. "Sizing and styles vary, but once again it depends on the customer's needs and application for curb and walk-up appeal," Schulz says. SDG Product Highlights Welcome to the Product Highlights section, where each month we offer you resources to enrich and expand your business with great services and products from our adver- tisers. Quickly find and request free information on the suppliers featured in this section by visiting Post and Panel CONTINUED LARGE FORMAT WHOLESALE PRINTING | 330.481.1102 .030 Magnetic Material comes in a matte finish that can be used for vehicle signs, bin markers and menu boards. AVAILABLE IN CONTOUR & SQUARE CUT. MAGNETS .030 MAGNETIC MATERIAL PRICING: $4.25 / SQ.FT. MAX SIZE: 24˝x96˝ CUSTOM SIZE Discover more vehicle wrap opportunities at Customize everything from bikes to boats with Roland printer/cutters WRAPPED! It Can be If It Moves, 62 • August 2018 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S

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